Sorry I’ve been a little off schedule here lately. Lots going on. I thought I’d just give you guys a random update on the happenings around our home…
So, I’ve scheduled Ms. Porkchop to go to the butcher on this coming Monday (the 28th). We still have no idea how in the world we are going to get her there!! I suggested to my husband that we lure her into the back of the pickup, and keep her in with a camper cover, but he made a good point saying that she would bust out all of the windows before we could even get out of the driveway. Oh yeah. That won’t do. If we kill her before going to the butcher, it would make transporting her there much easier, not to mention save us the $30 kill fee. But I don’t know how long she can be dead before they get her. I’ll have to call and ask. We may be able to borrow a livestock trailer from somebody, too. It should be interesting, either way!
Between the puppy and a fox, we’ve lost all but two hens and Dirty Wilson. Now I’m only getting one egg a day!! That really stinks. But, a friend of ours just blessed us with five more babies, so that will help, though I’m pretty sure one is going to be another rooster. If so, he will probably end up being our first home butchered chicken. It will be a while before the new hens start laying.
My husband has been working hard at putting up a new fence around the garden. Remember the cheapo chicken wire one we put up? Yeah. That didn’t work out so great. We bought some 4′ tall welded wire fencing, some 4×4 posts concreted in at the corners, and some metal stakes to reinforce between the posts. It’s looking really good, and I’m so glad to finally have a proper fence around the garden! Plus, we’ve extended the garden area, oh, I don’t know how much, but it’s quite a bit larger than before. I’d like to fill the space with more raised beds.
There are countless projects to be done around here, as always. I’d like to have a nice chicken run built, and a proper coop, so that the chickens can still semi-free range, but be more protected. (I’m tired of losing my hens!) There are trees I want cleared out to make room for a small orchard. I have plans to terrace the slopes in the yard, so that I can use the space more wisely and create more planting beds. Ugh! I could go on and on.
Today we visited a farmer’s market and I bought a bushel of green beans (more on that to come). I’ve been busy canning. It’s frustrating to have to buy produce from other gardeners, when you have a garden yourself! One day I’ll get there. I feel so burdened with stocking our pantry with canned goods. I want to can SO many things! I’m really hoping my tomatoes do well, as I’d love to make a lot of ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and salsa in particular.
We’ve been enjoying my dad’s pool as well. I really want to teach the kids to swim by the end of the summer, at least Jada anyways. It’s such a blessing to have my dad just through the woods on the other side of the lake. He’s far enough that we still have to drive, but it’s wonderful having a gorgeous pool all to yourself, surrounded by nothing but nature as far as you can see. An hour or two at the pool a few times a week has been a nice break on these hot days.
Oh, this morning I walked down to the lake to pick blackberries again. I was hoping there would be more ripe berries this time. When I got to the patch, I was disappointed to find that a bunch of the blackberries had already been scavenged by other creatures. I bent down to begin picking what few ripe ones there were, when I suddenly heard a crazy, high pitched sound, kinda like a whistle, just a few feet away from me, and then a huge crashing through the trees. I jumped at the commotion, and stood there startled for a few moments! What the heck was that?! I’m guessing it was a very large deer, though I’ve never heard of a deer making that sound before!! My husband laughed, and said it was Big Foot whistling at me, then running away. Ha ha, Jerry. Whatever it was needs to stop eating my blackberries!! I haven’t even picked enough to fill one canning jar.
Well, that’s my life at the moment. There’s a huge crate full of green beans calling my name, so I guess I’d better get back to work! Hope you guys are enjoying your own every day happenings!