~BLIZZARD of 2012~

You’ve got to be crazy to live here, in Minnesota, during the winter time. 

On going blizzard blankets the bees today.

On going blizzard blankets the bees today.

Today and this evening I am reminded of the blizzard headings on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie.  We are snowed in here on the farm.  It reminds me of the storms we used to get all of the time.  The kids think we got at least 24″ of snow and the drifts are over 5′ high.  It’s no wonder they came in starving tonight for supper, which was pasta and clams.  The apple pies are in the oven and after we make some Christmas fudge, we will be playing some cards.  It’s a good feeling knowing you are stocked up here and that we could go a long time without needing to go to town.  This morning we had our own bacon, eggs, bread, butter, honey, potatoes, milk and cream in our coffee.

The girls knocked the deep snow off of the upper entrance holes of the bee hives so they would be able to get out if they want to.  Highly doubtful in this weather, but they were out a couple of days ago and we like them open.  If you place your ear over the hives entrance you can hear the bees in there keeping warm.  Totally amazing!  I took a few photos today which I will post here.  It is still snowing this evening and the winds are strong.  Tomorrow will be fun to wake up and see how it all looks outside.  This morning when I looked out of my upstairs window there was already a huge drift on the porch roof.  That will have to be shoveled off soon.  Nonna came out here last Christmas to experience a white Christmas and it didn’t happen.  Major bummer.   Oh well, maybe next year.

“A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for much of West Central Minnesota through this evening for strong northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts near 45 mph creating Whiteout conditions. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through midnight.  Temperatures will plummet behind the system to well below zero late tonight over western Minnesota with wind chill readings as low as 20 to 30 below. Travel in the blizzard and Winter Storm Warning areas is discouraged. Travel will be very difficult, if not impossible, and stranded motorists risk getting frostbite or hypothermia due to the frigid wind chill late this evening and tonight.”  (from weather bulletin)

A jersey steer peers out of the barn into the storm.

A jersey steer peers out of the barn into the storm.

Frenchy and Peter are hoping the new baby will wait to arrive until the roads open again and the weather clears.  As the song goes, that’s why we pray!

Luke clearing snow hoping to make it to mass.

Luke clearing snow hoping to make it to Mass.

Babe playing King of the Bales:)

Babe playing King of the Bales:)

Geese and turkey's  earlier in the day.

Geese and turkey’s earlier in the day.

Fred bucking out our yard.

Fred bucking out our yard.

All of the sheep were hiding in the barn.

All of the sheep were hiding in the barn.

The front yard this morning before the winds started.

The front yard this morning before the winds started.

Sunday's are great for reading a good Louis L'amour book.

Sunday’s are great for reading a good Louis L’Amour book.

About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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8 Responses to ~BLIZZARD of 2012~

  1. mary says:

    Geeze, why would anyone want to live where’s its cold and snowy anyway?? 😉 We’re warm and toasty up here in the UP! No snow here–not even that cold! Fingers crossed for a warm winter and an early spring… perhaps just a bit of snow for Christmas, then it can melt again. 😉 You guys can keep your crazy 30 below! 😛

    HUGE CONGRATS to Frenchy and Peter!! 😀 😀 😀 Yay!!! You must be one proud Granny! 😀

    Have an awesome Christmas. 😉

  2. Anet & Jim says:

    I’ll bet it will be even more beautiful with the blue sky in the background. I hope some of that snow comes here soon. I love a white Christmas! Make sure you can get to your mailbox on the 14th. Something special getting delivered for the whole gang! XO Anet

  3. Gwen DeLaune says:

    Beautiful Sandra!!!

  4. Marie Santucci Singer says:

    Sandra – Thought I missed the snow until I saw your pictures. It’s beautiful but I think I’m too old for that now. Love, Coma Marie

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