Minnesota Farmer


Spring pushes back
April 11, 2014, 7:57 am
Filed under: family, Farm, Ice, Minnesota, planting, seasons, snow, spring | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Winter was long and hard here on the prairies of southwestern Minnesota, but spring is now pushing back.

We’ve had a string of glorious days that  have allowed us to get outdoor activities moving along without wearing all of that insulation.  Corn was hauled into town to fill some contracts and my wood pile is now growing instead of shrinking.  Some spots in the yard are still soft so you do spend some time filling the trenches made as you move machinery.  Although area rivers and ponds have been open for some time now, we still have ice on most lakes, though it too is starting to leave the shoreline open.  Protected areas still have some snow piled up including this over 5 foot high drift in my grove. (Note the yard stick.)100_2645

Wild turkeys are on display along the river, geese are nesting and ducks are paired up in every wet spot you see.  Area gravel roads are starting to get soft as the frost goes out of the ground and makes them soft.  Yes, spring is pushing its way forward.  I even saw one of the area farmers out planting oats!

Spring also brings new life, and we were very excited to welcome our new grand-daughter into the world this week.  Gwendolyn Irene arrived on Tuesday morning.10255434_831106574130_8979663364570547513_n

Little Gwen will share her birthday with my sister’s grand-daughter, Isabel Rose.  That makes 5 great-grand-daughters for my parents, no boys yet.  Gwendolyn and her parents, Michael and Elizabeth, live in south central Nebraska so I have not yet been out to see her, but I will before Easter.

Spring is an amazing time of year.

Michael

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Congratulations on another granddaughter, Michael!

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