Ewe Made It!
You are not bound by expectations. Keep on going and growing. Stick your tongue out at anyone who dares you not to thrive. — Juliet
Here’s What’s Happening At Good Spirits Farm
We celebrated Juliet’s first birthday this week! It felt like such a milestone - there were so many times in this past year when I was sure she would not make it—from the night she was born to the months and months we struggled to get her legs working properly. I am so glad she has defied the odds over and over again. (I did a little Twitter thread about her story, if you want to see the whole journey!) I remember taking this pic after she survived her first night, when I was still refusing to name her, because her grasp on this world was so precarious.
Our cow Julia is still pregnant, but I think she’s getting close to delivering. We ended up bringing her in during last week’s bitter cold snowstorm, and she was not happy about it—she moo-ed angrily almost the whole time, even with a pile of rich alfalfa hay parked in front of her. Since the weather is going to be warm these next few days, I may let her calve out in the pasture with her buddies. If we go that route, I will have to watch very closely because Stevie Steer is a bit of a goon and I could see him trying to hurt the baby.
We lost a few seedlings in our deep freeze last weekend. That’s my fault for needing to see the hope of something green in the garden in March. Thankfully, not everything got knocked back, but we’re down a few red cabbages. The good news is that we went from this:
To this four days later.
Hopefully the sunshine is here to stay!
Here’s What I Loved This Week:
Michelle Zauner’s memoir, “Crying in H Mart,” is a lovely portrait of a complicated mother-daughter relationship. The descriptions of the Korean dishes Zauner’s mother made for her had me wondering how hard it would be to get away from the farm for a trip to Seoul. I highly recommend adding it to your library hold list.