April in Montana is a trickster. One day the warmth of spring sunlight on my face spreads hope and tranquility through my entire being. The next day? Snow, and a vicious wind tosses branches against the windows like a petulant child. But the snow doesn't last, and all around are signs that winter is losing its grip to spring. At the farm of Dear Neighbor Friend, the evidence takes the form of fuzzy chicks and kids teetering on brand-new legs.
DNF's grandchildren have a ring-side seat to the miracle of birth. They quickly bond with the animals and take caring for them very seriously. But life can be closer to death than we like, and occasionally the family must cope with the loss of an animal. This week, one of the recently born kids passed shortly after birth. Below you can see the remaining kid, Amelia, using her mama as a jungle gym.
As you can see in the photo above, we had some snow on the 18th - the storm I mentioned at the outset with the ferocious winds. It was enough to raise whitecaps on the lake.
But never fear, wait a few days, and you will be rewarded with blue skies and calm waters once again!