Friday, March 07, 2014


The great thaw has commenced!  The temperatures are rising above zero and even up into the 50s one day this week!  Wow, what a change -- a 75 degree swing in just a few short days.  We've had fog, frost, melting snow and icicles, and last night a pouring rain.  A big melt down of snow has run off into puddles, gullies, creeks and rivers.  The reservoirs are filled to overflowing and some are spilling out of culverts or over their banks.  Low areas of hay fields and pastures are covered in water.  There are even places where the ground has heaved due to the constant thawing and freezing we've had over the past few months.  The next couple of days the weatherman promises even warmer days that will really have the water running down creeks and low lying areas. 

Our first calves were born this week.  So far, three babies are on the ground and there's a pasture full of heifers who will soon have their very first calves.  The ewes are all done lambing and have been turned out to pastures with sheds so they can be gathered up and sheltered if the weather should change to cold, snow,  or rain.  It's a busy and exciting season.


  1. Be sure to have your floatation devices handy sounds like a gully washer! Congrats on all the babies due hope calving is successful for ya this year!

  2. You are so right when you say it is a busy & exciting season. Although it blizzarded yesterday, they are saying that it will be PLUS TEMPERATURES tomorrow and for the whole week for that matter. I am so ready to smell that spring smell. We vaccinated the cows today & the heifers tomorrow -- and it won't be long now!! Hoorah! I feel like yes, there will be a few more dumps of snow, but I think we can start breathing easier & I'm so ready to spend more time outside with the children and not worrying about my babes in the freezing cold.

    I always love seeing your pictures too, Jody. What great country you live in. Wishing you the best of luck during calving.

  3. Wow! Gorgeous! We have thawing, too. Yay! I'll email you a photo of the blue sky and snow covered stick branches.

  4. The picture of the tree is my favorite, but I really like them all (pink skies and fuzzy ice cycles are not your usual sights). I'm glad you are able to brave the cold to get these wonderful photos. And here is to warmer weather and water! Wonderful blessings.

  5. Gorgeous photos, Jody! And we're all looking forward to gorgeous weather! Good luck with those heifers! :)

  6. Lots of new life on your ranch -- that's wonderful! I'm glad you're thawing out. I hope it lasts. It can be such a soggy mess -- at least it is down here. Spring is on the way!


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