I can't wait for spring any longer. I have plants and crops to set out and these cold winter days just won't stop. We had flurries this morning! But I still set our my veggies and flowers and protected them too. Can't count on the cat to keep them warm. At least the plants are growing in spite of the cold nights. I have very hardy plants, herbs and veggies. But the good thing is that we have had lots of rain and the grass is tall. This means a good hay crop. I have baby chicks as well, but luckily they have fully feathered out and can take the cold in the coop now. I hope by May it warms up so my next hatch stays warm. Life is never boring on the farm.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.