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Snovember

Where’d you go?
I miss you so.
Seems like it’s been forever
That you’ve been gone.
Where’d you go?
I miss you so.
Seems like it’s been forever
That you’ve been gone.
Please come back home.

~Where’d you go? Fort Minor
Ya’ll this week!! I don’t even know where to begin! I don’t know what Mother Nature is on but here in the Midwest she is acting a fool!
Remember Fall? Yeah, I don’t either. Winter came and stole it like a thief in the night. The trees didn’t even get to shine to their full potential before they were stripped naked! One day it’s sunshine and green grass and the next it’s a whiteout and I’m frozen like a popsicle. And that pattern has repeated itself too much already this month!
Apparently for once the weather folk seem to be making accurate predictions. If they have mentioned a chance of snow it has come true. Our stock pile of wood is depleting rapidly, mice are running rampant seeking warmth in the farmhouse and tis the season of being covered in hay, straw and mix-matched clothing more times then not.
We’re already to the stage where by the time the feed has been mixed and delivered to all the pastures and herds it’s almost lunch time. This November weather has us feeling as perplexed and ragged as my poor white turkey looks.
This past week found us still diligently working outside to prepare for what looks like another long winter. Clearing out bird nests so all wood stoves can function properly. Cleaning out chicken coops and adding fresh bedding for the flocks and barn kittens. Also putting the finishing touches on temporary fencing so the cattle can be moved to stalk grounds.
It’s that time of year where people are making plans for huge feasts. We are digging into our freezers and overflowing pantries gorging ourselves on farm raised meat and veggies galore harvested over the last few years. And I’ve been canning more broth stock to enjoy. One can’t be anything but thankful seeing the fruits of our labor and immense blessings the Lord has provided for us.
I started a new job this week so once again I’m trying to figure out how to balance work life and farm life responsibilities. The very first morning I needed to venture back out into the world a snow storm was wreaking havoc around us. Much like my flock who sleeps in the old coop that early morning surprise made me long to seek shelter back inside as well. But we all powered through the white stuff and the adjusting of schedules with flying colors.
As we approach Thanksgiving our list of reasons to be grateful during this past year is endless. And we owe it all to our Father in Heaven. Without Him our hearts would be empty vessels but instead they are overflowing from His goodness in our lives.
And again this year all of the turkeys wandering around the farm are also thankful that they will be strutting around the yard next week instead of sitting in the middle of someone’s family feast.
Many blessings and prayers are being said for you all as we head into the hectic holiday season.  From our happy abode to wherever you may be, Happy Thanksgiving!  

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