It was an amazingly busy month here, with the weather finally deciding that it could start to look a little like Spring. The Valley Quail we were incubating finally hatched - funny little cuties.
We took a long weekend trip to Southern Utah for a getaway to a warmer climate, near the Nevada-Utah border. Of course, it decided to snow the whole weekend we were there. Which didn't slow us down any. We hiked to a ghost town cemetery and poked around through all the galleries near Zion's National Park.
We also visited all the rock shops - one of my favorite things to do. I couldn't pass up the hunks of recycled glass from the nearby glass factory. They will find their way in to some ceramic creations.
We butchered our second beef steer, just in time to get two more beef calves to raise for meat. Not-So-Little-Anymore-Q helped with the whole process. He was particularly helpful with skinning. Raising our own food gives him such a great appreciation for the value of life and complex emotions involved in raising your own meat. He has become an old hand at milking cows, delivering calves, bottle feeding lambs, shearing, hoof trimming, dressing poultry, and weeding gardens.
The pigs we had raised all winter were ready for butchering, too. We elected to have a local smokehouse take care of them for us, so we could have smoked hams and bacon on a larger scale than we can do in our smokers.
And the garlic we planted last Fall finally made an appearance as the ground has begun to thaw. We know there will still be at least one more surprise snow storm and a freeze, but it is still hard not to get excited to plant all of the heirloom vegetable starts waiting in the greenhouse and the house.
I've been busy in the studio, too...more to come on that.
What's been keeping you busy this Spring?