We were of the belief that
April showers brought May flowers,
But we forgot about
Mother Nature’s powers.

She brought snow and rain,
She blew and she howled.
Our poor feathered friends,                                                                                                                     
Their stomachs growled

Sun rises early,
Sun sets late,
If it weren’t for that,
We could assume it a different date!

The worst of the wintery weather
Brought delays of all sorts,
And brought us the heavy snow
Just right for making forts!

The power clicked off
Then flickered back to life.
The generator was putzed with,
Cows can’t handle this strife.

The roar of the generator engine
Hummed all through the night.
Can’t let the calves and cows down,
It just wouldn’t be right.

The curtain on post fresh cows
Was frozen in places.
Mother Nature changed her mood,
Blowing snow in their faces

We blew the breaker,
Sent off a big spark,
Hand rolling a curtain down in this weather,
Not a walk in the park

Hard to plow snow
When the roads are soft underneath.
My journey to and from the farm
Involved a lot of gritted teeth.

Ira says,
April snows bring May woes
Perhaps this is indeed
How this saying really goes.

The ground is slimy and slippery,
Still frost in most places.
Now to thaw out, warm up,
Let spring go through its paces.

It will be a bit yet
Until the anxious corn planters get busy.
Once they get going,
They will make us all dizzy.

While the planters sit silent,
Little ones rejoice and splash
All over the puddle-filled farm
Everyday a mud-covered bash!

Digging out, thawing out,
Ready or not,
Spring might actually be on the way,
Let’s give it all we’ve got!
    Jacqui and her family milk 800 cows and run 1,200 acres of crops in the northeastern corner of Vernon County, Wis. Her children, Ira (11), Dane (9), Henry (4) and Cora (adventurous crawler), help her on the farm while her husband, Keith, works on a grain farm. If she’s not in the barn, she’s probably in the kitchen, trailing after little ones, or sharing her passion of reading with someone. Her life is best described as organized chaos – and if it wasn’t, she’d be bored.