Is anybody else suffering from Spring overload? : LUSENET : Country Families : One Thread

I have just about over done it for the past few weeks on Spring projects. I sit here typing with swollen fingers because I just HAD to try and get a new bottom board on a bee hive when I KNEW better than to mess with them when the weather was really overcast and windy.... I am sore all over from trying to get the new hen house finished and I planted too many rows of green beans probably too early, too...Our whole routine was upset yesterday because we made a mad dash to take our mares to a romantic rendezvous with a stallion. I have too many goats freshened and more coming in May. The ewe needs shearing, the grass needs mowing, asparagus is coming up by the wheelbarrow load, and I need to figure out what to do with all these extra eggs. Seems to me, I was wishing for Spring not so long ago!! I must have been crazy!! LOL!!

-- Tana Mc (, April 18, 2002


YES!!!! Isnt it great!!!

Lots of things to do, Warm weather, longer days...

-- Gary (, April 19, 2002.

I'm already in over my head and I haven't even gotten outside yet! I got the bright idea to do my spring cleaning and decided to start on the kitchen. Since this kitchen probably hasn't been "really" cleaned in a dog's age it's long overdue. We heat with wood, so there is a nice even coating of soot on the walls and ceiling which you don't really notice until you wash a spot, then suddenly everything else looks black. I am using a new cleaner called "Orange Clean" which is really great; cuts through the soot/grease/soot/grease layers easily. So far, I've finished about half the kitchen which includes all the cabinets, drawers and shelves inside and out. Have removed three fairly decent size boxes of "stuff" I haven't used in years. Maybe I will have a yard sale. Today's goal is the refrigerator and two closets. Hope I don't run out of steam (or Orange Clean) before I run out of kitchen. Wish me luck; I still have eight more rooms plus a cellar and attic to go then I can get outside.

Wishing you enough.

-- Trevilians (, April 19, 2002.

Oh Dianne sounds like fun!! Truly my kids say I am never happier than when I am cleaning... My goal every year is to have the spring cleaning and sorting done by April 15th. This way I am through with doing taxes and spring cleaning at the same time.

The only thing I have yet to do is to scrub down the dining room walls. They are logs and it won't take long but that is where our wood burner is and there is always a lot of dust, so I save it for last.

Outside we have not started our garden yet, still getting organized to build the beds. I just do what I can each day and I don't worry about the rest. I read once to "do the next thing" and you can acomplish amazing results by doing just that.

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, April 19, 2002.

I'm always on overload! Can't seem to get caught up, and when I do, I find 10 more things to do all at once. The way of a homesteader.

-- Cindy (S.E.IN) (, April 19, 2002.

Only in my mind so far Tana..I applaud your efforts! I looked around my kitchen yesterday and said to myself, hmmmm, I really SHOULD get some of that orange-cleaner stuff and get busy with the cupboards before the board of health comes over..I'll bet your place smells wonderful!

-- lesley (, April 19, 2002.

We had an upcoming interview for an article on our horses this week. Had lots to do around here, plus had to move a lot of horses around to different pastures, pens, etc. Most of our horses are quite wild, which involves working them through corrals and chutes like cattle, not an easy task. We also had a half dozen near-yearling foals that had to be separated from their dams and sent to the trainer's for halter breaking etc. Of course, our Central Oregon weather performed on schedule....Tuesday afternoon we spent 7 hours in the corral working horses (till 10 p.m.) and we were rained on, hailed on, sleeted on & snowed on, TWICE. We were soaked through by 4 o'clock which made for a miserable evening. I am not in good shape to begin with and now hurt so bad I have been physically ill for 2 days. But at least the worst of it is over. Still have horses to work and horses to move but nothing like this last week, thankfully. I hate it when people say, "You're so lucky, you get to play with all these horses any time you want." Yeah, right.

-- Lenette (, April 19, 2002.

That is one good thing about spring in Minnesota you can't get over load. Our weather is so strange, for example; a few weeks ago we were wearing heavy sweaters and were having rain and snow mixed. Freezing nights days maybe 40. A few days later we had 70 degrees and 75 -80 on a few days. This morning, a blanket of snow is covering the ground and things are frozen again. In fact it is rather frustrating around here. While we had the really warm weather the ground was still frozen so you couldn't get into the dirt. One big plus, any of the mosquitos that had come out and and that had started to hatch are now dead :D The birds are still out in force and it looks like it will be a sunny day, I hope.


-- Susan in MN (, April 19, 2002.

We've had several periods of weather already where people were running around in shorts and tank tops. You couldn't tolerate a long sleeve shirt. Then it jumps to the snow and sleet and you drag out your down coats. Today we're back to shortsleeves again. Life around here is never boring. It's been known to snow in July here.

-- Lenette (, April 19, 2002.

The grass is always greener, isn't it Lenette? You get to play with those horses any time you want, but also lots of times you DON'T, huh?

Tana, where are you - I don't have any asparagus, and I am wanting some SOOOOO BAD! Maybe next year I'll have my bed in, but it will be at least two or three years before I have any extra! I sure wish you were here, I'd do about anything for a wheelbarrow load of asparagus!

-- Christine in OK (, April 19, 2002.

Hey Christine!!! I'm north of you in the edge of Kansas.... with the rain we got today, I will probably have to get out the jars and canner tomorrow. The rain was a big blessing because I dashed around and got the big buck pen finished, a quaranteen pen thrown up in a useless corner with and unused shed (expecting goats from somebody going on vacation--- am I stupid or what?!?) before it got here. Then I was able to go to town and get all the errands that I have been putting off done. I hope that it just pours down tomorrow so I can work in the house and not feel like I NEED to be doing something outside. Not that I want to do house work-- I would rather skin a live cat-- but we are getting pretty desperate for socks around here. My teenage son has begun cooking out of self preservation and we are begining to LIKE it....

-- Tana Mc (, April 19, 2002.

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