Life On Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel

Life on Regal-Hill by Gail Hillriegel is a weekly column about the many aspects of life on a farm, including care of animals, working the land, and gardening. Recipes are shared for readers’ cooking enjoyment.

Life on Regal-Hill: March 16, 2011

Thankfully winter is about over. There is less than a week of it left before spring arrives on Sunday. Let’s hope we have a nice, long, warm spring. It sure was a nasty winter.

Our heifers are also tired of winter. They haven’t been outside in a long time. Being in the barn all winter they haven’t had any exercise and they are getting ft and lazy like the rest of us. Our dog, Spunky, spent most of the day sleeping in the rocking chair until the sun in the big window got too hot on him and he moved to the kitchen floor.

Life on Regal-Hill: March 9, 2011

The maple syrup season is here at last. We look forward to it every year here at Regal-Hill. It signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. We just need the weather to cooperate a little to make the sap run. Warm, sunny days and cold nights make for perfect conditions.

Our sap bush is mostly tapped. We use plastic tubing that carries the sap from each tree right to the sap house where it is stored until there is enough to boil. George plans to finish tapping before the end of the week. Plastic tubing eliminates carrying sap and takes a lot of the work out of making syrup.

Life on Regal-Hill: March 2, 2011

It’s another cold but sunny day here at Regal-Hill. It sure makes it seem warmer to see that the sun is shining. It was zero here earlier this morning. Since the sky cleared off and the moon was out I guess it is no surprise it was cold. Fortunately there is some snow cover to protect the ground when the temperature goes down so low. It is supposed to be even colder tomorrow.

Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 23, 2011

Our cat Spunky continues to provide us much enjoyment here at Regal-Hill. When it is really cold I question why he wants to go outside, even for a few minutes, but he does and eventually he meows to be let back in.

Life on Regal-Hill: Feb. 16, 2011

With Presidents’ Day falling next Monday, it is time once again to see how much presidential history we know. Match the following first ladies with the statements on the left that identify them. Have fun!
——a. Called “Mrs. President” by some who thought her outspoken for a woman in the late 1700s.