We’ve had such a busy and such a turbulent week, weather-wise, that I haven’t had much of a chance to take many new pictures this week. We were gone for just a few days last weekend and the weeds popped up like crazy in the garden so the first few days of the week were dedicated to getting that back into shape! The scary weather started mid week and at one point I actually slept with the weather radio in one hand all night because it kept going off. We escaped those storms with just small hail.
But the excitement was just beginning…
The next night was significantly worse. 6 tornadoes touched down in our state, 4 of which were within 30 miles of the farmhouse. The cloud above was the storm that produced the tornadoes, we couldn’t quite see them from the house because of all the rain. I didn’t want to anyways! We stayed glued to the news all night and watched the worst storm get very very close (the basement was ready!) and then we felt our stomachs turn as we watched the nearest town to the north of us have a tornado sweep right through the south end of it, destroying many homes and businesses. Thankfully no one was seriously injured in any of the tornadoes this week in SD. Unfortunately the violent weather here is just starting.
If you’ve heard to me refer to our basement as the dungeon…now you know why. This is how we get down into it! Our house is built on large boulders as parts of the foundation and the “basement” part is actually very small, enough for our appliances (water heater, well pump, ect) and for us to have a place of safety. It’s yucky and dirty and yes, this week I watched a SNAKE slither into it, but we are grateful that we have it.
My garden made it through the wind and the hail but the corn is looking pretty sad. We are hoping we can prop it back up and it will start growing straight again.
Our exciting news for the week is that we added our first livestock to the farm! Meet Mabel and Abel. Two Nubian Milk Goats that are a few months old. We are excited to get our pasture cleaned up (one of our goals for this year) and I’m excited for fresh milk next year for drinking and for all kinds of fun lotions and soaps. I never really wanted goats but the hubby talked me into it, and so far they are pretty fun. These goats haven’t been worked with much yet so each day we’ve been out in the pasture talking to them and petting them and they act like they want nothing to do with us but then when we walk away they cry. 🙂