Busy Busy Busy

Sorry for the silence.
It’s been a busy few days.

Pigs are done.
It’s all over but the cut and wrap.
That’s my task for the next day or so, plus canning up some of the meat, making bone broth, prepping and brining bellies for bacon and getting the winter cat food made.
So, Ima be scarce for the next week.
But when I’m back, I’ll post the final numbers…from what we put into the pigs money wise, to our cost per pound.
And our plan for next year.

Until then, here’s a lovely picture of our sweet CinderBella having an early morning nap as the sun rises…

The prettiest Palomino on the prairies.

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Cats…and Chickens?

Right now, I feel like I should be swimming.
We’ve had another 55mm of rain here in just a few days time.
The water paths are filling up…that’s actually okay, because the past few summers, they’ve been dry.
Which has been good for The Merry Mares’ feet, but not so good for the water table.
6 of one, half dozen of another, if you know what I mean.
😉

It’s been a lot though, in a short period of time.
And we all keep wondering how amazing the hay crops would have been if we’d gotten this 3 months ago.
And in case anyone is wondering, that coffee money y’all keep giving me?
1. Thank you again.
2. Goes into the hay fund.
Because when I make any money on Farm stuff, that’s where it goes.
It is one of our biggest expenses, but them nags, they’re lifers here so we pay it with a grin…well, sometimes a grimace.
Life wouldn’t be the same with out ’em though.

Saturday we did have a bit of a break from the rain.
So Hubby fixed the heater fan on the truck, took the air conditioner out of the window (BOOOOOOOO!!!!) and made a run to the potato farm.
I literally cannot in my garden space grow enough potatoes for us for winter.
That Hubby of mine does love his spuds.
So we get from the potato farm, because 50lbs is $10 (that’s the ugly cull ones…I don’t care about looks, neither does Hubby).

While we had a break in the rain, I took the chance to go around the Farm and take some pictures…
The best of the day was this one:

Xena and BokBok

Xena was not a happy feline, having to share her food with the chicken.
😂😂😂
Greedy chickens sure do love to eat the cat food though.

Like this post?
Feel free to buy me a coffee.
🙂

 

Good Morning!!

It’s been a crazy week again.

Finally finished canning that 300lbs of tomatoes.
With a final count of:

39 quarts whole tomatoes
19 quarts basic tomato sauce
78 pints basic tomato sauce
13 pints pizza sauce
11 half pints pizza sauce
and
4 1/2 gallons tomato juice (to add to green tomato wine)
2 lbs of skins to dehydrate

Plus roughly 4 ice cream pails (gallon sized) of seeds and skins that the pigs loved.

It’s been a big push to get it all done before anything started to go bad.
But now it’s done and on the shelf. Yay!
I think we should be ok for tomato products this winter…though I bet we’ll run out of pizza sauce first.
Just a feeling I have. 😉

Next up, apples!

Our odyssey apple tree gave us some big, beautiful apples this year.
Not many…by the time the wind was done, and I had a couple to taste test, we had 8 apples left.
But still. That was our first on Farm grown apples and they were sooooo good! 🙂

Since we didn’t have enough for a batch of wine, I put out a call on Facebook for anyone who has a tree, but isn’t going to use the apples, to let us come pick.
Well, friend of a friend got a hold of me and told me she’ll pick out her tree for a couple bottles of wine in return.
DONE!!
So now I’ve got 50ish lbs of apples to process and start a batch of wine with.
Last year’s apple wine was **amazing** so I’m hoping to replicate that this year.

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Yesterday life changed for the remaining birds from the original hatch of 18.
We kicked them out of the coop they were living in.
They’ve been running with the bigger chickens all day for the past few weeks. It was time to get them integrated into the main coop for overnights as well. So when we let them out yesterday, we closed thier coop back up so they couldn’t go to bed there last night.
When we went to put everyone to bed, we found this clump of chickens, with their protective brown duck mama, cuddled up in a corner under a shade over hang.
*Not* a safe place to spend the night, for sure!
So we had to pick everyone up and take them to the main coop and put them in for the night.
The whole time the brown duck mama was kvetching at Hubby for stealing her “babies”.
😂😂😂

This morning, when we opened them up, those poor little chickens didn’t want to come out.
Everyone else, the layers, the rooster, the ducks, they all come boiling out like crazed wasps to get the to food…not these guys. They were so unsure of coming out. lol
They’ll get it. It’s just going to take a day or two.

So now, the 2nd hatch 17 are in the meat chicken house, with more space and a small yard for them to enjoy.
They’ll stay there for a couple of weeks before we let them run free with all the bigger chickens.
And then we’ll integrate them into the main coop too.
By the time Fall hits hard and stays, we’ll know better who’s a hen, and who’s a rooster.
We’re planning on keeping 1 rooster to go with The Highlander, and the rest, well, they’ll go to Sausage Maker’s Camp.

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Finally, I did manage to get out at sunrise and take some new pics of the horses.
And this adorable one of my photography helper, MaxCat:


Have a great week folks, and if you liked this post, or any other, feel free to buy me a coffee!

Good Morning!!

Good Sunday morning everyone!
It’s been a while again, huh?
😂😂😂

Things are warming up here and I think (hope for reals) that Spring in on her way.
Today we start pepper seeds.
Yes I know, I said I was starting them earlier, but looking at my notes from last year, I decided to delay by a couple of weeks to avoid those leggy tall plants.
So today, I’ll start my bell peppers and some jalapenos.
So excited!!
Made my list of what seeds I need to buy this year too.
Been reading up on straw bale gardening…why, when I have so much space, you ask?
Well, because 1. you can never grow enough food. If there’s a way to grow more, I want to do it. And 2. I have a couple big squares that aren’t good for making the shelter extension for the horses next year, so before they end up burned for smudges or on the compost pile, I want to get 1 more use out of them. And if I can grow food on/in them, that’s even better.

My hope/plan is to be so busy putting up food this summer/fall, between the garden and food animals we raise and hunt, that it’s all I do. lol 🙂

So.
Excited.
🙂

And I think I may have solved a problem I’m having here on the blog too…y’see, I’ve been writing here for a few years, and I’m running out of space.
It’s not in the budget to go for a paid blog, so I’ve been hesitant to upload the tons of photos like I used to.
And I don’t want to move to another new blog, because then I’d have to try to coax everyone to follow the new one.
Well, I finally discovered that I can download some of my posts.
Once I have a discussion with my Tech Nerd(s) I’m going to download the older posts and then delete them to make space.
That way I still have the posts, but also have the space for new posts with pictures. 🙂
I can honestly say, I never expected to run out of space here…but I have. So fingers crossed this works, and then, hopefully I can get back into the swing of writing/posting on a more regular basis.

‘Til then, enjoy a picture of King Trouble watching over his kingdom…with Toby below, because no one pushes the King off his fence post. 😉

Mid-February Warm Up

We’re almost 1/2 way through February.
Today is a balmy -8*c.
Compared to last week’s deep, deep freeze, this is positively t-shirt weather!
I, of course, celebrate days like this with open windows and loud music…and a few pictures.

Ruby decided to have a nap in the straw bale.
Those ears tell me she wasn’t happy about my disturbing her with the camera.
After all this time, she oughta be used to it.
😉

And then I captured this little one…

Fluff!!

This feline showed up in the Fall and moved into the garage.
S/he had a grand time chewing on a pig head that was left in the grass after butchering through the winter…
S/he also was enjoying meals in the garage during the coldest of days.
As always, when a newbie shows up, whether they arrive on their own or are dumped here, everybody eats.
And, once the weather settles out a bit more towards spring, we’ll trap this one and take them to the vet for spay/neuter and a check up.

Still trying to wait patiently for Spring.
This round of nice weather has me antsy to start getting things going, but I know it’s too early for plants, and there’s too much snow for building.
So I’m working on props for my Kid’s b-day photo shoot with her horse.
In 1 week they turn 18.
That needs to be marked with photos.
🙂

First Images of 2019

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.
Resolutions are, in my opinion, little lies we tell ourselves with the idea that we *might* do things better in the future.
I don’t have time for that.
I just do better when I can…and when I can’t I work to do better anyways.
Sometimes I make it, sometimes I fail.

That said, I did say I’m going to try to post more often.
Try not to get sick of me, ‘kay?
😉

Today was a gorgeous day. Above zero, which is wild and welcome in January in Canada!
So out with the camera I went.
With my trusty Helper, we were able to capture this adorable sight…

Sable does not look impressed.
😂😂😂

And then, Trouble decided he wanted in on the action…

“You. Owe. Me. Cookies.”
~ Sable

Oh, how I love the look on her face!
She’ll be thankful for the cookies she’ll get later.
😉

Sharing with Brian’s Home for Thankful Thursday.