This weekend Zachary and I worked on chores around the farm and the house. The temperatures drifted back to typical February weather, but it still allowed for some extra cleaning in the animal areas to be done. In the winter the sheds for the livestock get built up with manure and bedding due to the winter temps. But in the past two weeks, Zachary has had a few good days to get at the excess build up in the cow sheds. Hopefully the warmer winter weather stays. The cows sure like the weather of late too, they wander into the pasture more often when it is warm and sunny.
We also tried to keep up with the housework this weekend. We took care of the laundry mountain and even put it away right away. That is an accomplishment in our house. :-) A lot of paper sorting took place as well, as we are preparing for a date with our accountant this week. We have a ton a data entry to do in Quickbooks for the farm before then... We also sat down and reviewed our financial situation. With the milk price collapse in January and a bleak outlook for the upcoming months, Zachary and I felt we needed to assess our current status and revise our farm goals for the year. We looked for ways to cut back and save, and what we need to do to survive the slump. It will be tough for us and other dairy farms, but all we can do is try our best.
This morning Zachary and I drove to Iola to my parents' cottage and checked on the house for them. They have been in Florida since December and will be returning sometime in March. Here are a couple views from the deck, looking towards the lake.
How can you be productive when you have this thing laying around?