Winter Ice

 
We got ice in the early morning hours. The trees are all dripping diamonds. The pines are bent down to the earth. And there’s a gentle tinkling as the breeze moves through the boughs. We get ice quite a lot in this place that can’t make up its mind whether it’s Southern or Northern. We hover on the edges of both, which makes for interesting weather all year round, but we see quite a lot of ice in the colder winters. Often, it takes down power lines, but not today. Sometimes, the sun comes out and it is pure magic, but not today. Just an ordinary kind of glittery beauty.
Happily, it’s not too cold today, and none of the animals are suffering for the weather!
 
But those steers!  Skinny Jersey steers. Jerseys are excellent milk cows with strong personalities and a classic sort of loveliness, but the steers are just annoying. They eat and eat and eat and never get any bigger. They demand more corn every time they see you, and still never put on any meat. We’ve started crossing with Angus just so that we’ll get some decent steaks. 🙂
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About Jennie Cooper

I'm the mother of eight children, the wife of a retired soldier, and a newly minted farmer. I spend my days fairly productively, home educating our children, raising large quantities of food for several families, and volunteering in our community. I read entire novels a page at a time in the comfort of my bathroom. I tell people I'm Catholic just because they find it so shocking. I think there's nothing so exciting as a thunderstorm coming in. It doesn't bother me at all that my dog barks outside my bedroom window all night. And I rather enjoy being 40. I didn't think I would, but 40 is pretty good.