Sometimes, we see things and we just can't help ourselves. We receive a few magazines related to horticulture (I wonder why that would be?). And, those magazines have advertisements. And, many of those advertisements are for products we won't use. And... well, here's a picture that is supposed to make us want to use an insecticide.
a. Caterpillar, it's what's for dinner (alas for Copland, a fine piece of music forever scarred)
b. Hey Rocky, watch me cut off my arm with this stylized hatchet!
c. I have something to tell you, I'm not left appendaged either!
d. Look, I've got a new cell phone holder! It makes me want to.... sing!
On another front, this picture is from early January. There is a snowmobile trail that goes around our property. The signs, set out by the snowmobiling club, indicates the trail crosses the road and into the ditch on the other side, before turning South and away from our farm.
Then, there is this picture. I took it when I noticed (in December) how shiny Chumley's bumper was. Mrranda noticed I was taking a picture and wanted to watch. So, you can see the cat looking up (bottom left).
Then, there was Bullwinkle the potato...
If you recall the growing season for 2013, you'll remember it was dry. But, do you also remember how warm it got REALLY early? All of the trees budded out early and fruit trees in Iowa went to town, putting blooms on absurdly early. Then, of course, we had freezes that took out most of the fruit crops in the state.
As veg farmers, we don't get quite as excited for Spring as we used to. Don't get us wrong. Both of us still felt the thrill of seeing some robins down by Knoxville last weekend. But, Spring means the beginning of the season that doesn't let us slow down. It's fine once it starts, but sometimes a person doesn't want to start. I'm sure everyone knows that feeling.
So, when all else fails. We remember iris flowers. Now, there's a good reason to look forward to Spring. The flower above is known as Spouting Horn. Hoping to see it again this Spring.
Speaking of "Spouting Horn," here it is - from the coast of Oregon. No, we don't get to go back there this March, but we sure did enjoy our trip there last March.
Spring also makes us think of wind.... speaking of which, we are slated to get a bit of that with some snow tomorrow. Now that I've visited Oregon, I can look at the picture below and get some perspective.
When I'm tempted to complain about the wind on the farm, I'll look at this. Our trees don't look like that. Maybe the wind here isn't so bad after all.