Archive for October, 2011

October – Out Like a Lion

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

I had heard we may get a freak snow storm over the weekend, and to expect 4 – 8 inches of snow, and even though it started snowing at 8PM Friday night, I really refused to believe it.

Until we woke up Saturday morning to this……

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I don’t think the goats chose to believe it either…..

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And Dolly definitely chose to ignore it…..

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The chickens and turkeys totally ignored it and stayed inside their coops all day long.

Bernie got a nice fire going in the wood stove.

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Diesel called dibs on his spot right in front of the wood stove.

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And then we lost electricity.

*sigh*

I couldn’t let that stop me, though. I had a bunch of peppers to get ready for canning. And I ended up with several bowls of very pretty peppers.

Like these jalapenos.

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And these assorted hot peppers.

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And these wonderful pepperoncini.

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But, with snow steadily falling, and no electricity, canning them had to wait. And this is where the peppers waited it out….

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And here…..

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And when Bernie shoveled the deck, he left me a little cooler for my wine.

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That made me very happy.

When it started to get dark, I got to use my wine bottle lamp, with my nifty rooster wick holder.

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And we lit the house with oil lamps.

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And enjoyed the pups by candle light.

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We heated up leftover hamburgers on the wood burner, and warmed water to wash with, but I didn’t get pictures of that. I must say, those were some of the best hamburgers I think I’ve ever eaten though.

And when we woke up this morning, we had electricity.

Which is nice.

And we celebrated by canning those peppers on the deck.

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How odd to be canning with snow in the background.

But the peppers look so pretty.

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October is going out like a Lion.

I’m just a little afraid of what November may bring………

Fall Bounty

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Bernie and I spent yesterday morning cleaning up the garden for winter, and gathering one of our last bounties for this year. After such a drought this summer, the peppers did surprisingly well.

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These pepperoncini are the largest we’ve ever grown.

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And these are about the size we usually get.

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We’ve really enjoyed the bell peppers this year. I saved three of the larger ones to make stuffed peppers for supper tonight. The rest were chopped up and yielded three quart bags for the freezer.

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Some of the jalapenos were quite large.

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And, added to this bag full, will make several pints of pickled jalapenos.

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The tabasco peppers are just starting to get ripe, and we gathered enough to make a small batch of tabasco sauce.

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Only a cup full, but this stuff is atomic! You can make hot sauce from any hot pepper with this easy recipe.

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That jar is sitting on top of the Harsch crock, which is filled with cabbage that is close to being sauerkraut.

We found the last of the potatoes.

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And gathered the final tomatoes of the season.

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The garden is mostly cleaned up and ready for winter now. I, on the other hand, am not ready for winter.

Maybe I’ll put out the vegetable seed magazines and start dreaming about next year’s garden……..

Sometimes You Just Need a Little Reminder

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

At the end of a long day on the homestead, all I need to do is look down at my feet as I rest in my chair……

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and watch how Diesel licks Dolly’s face….

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and chews Dolly’s ears…..

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and how much she enjoys it……

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and I know…..

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I just know……

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that this is what it’s all about…..

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Working hard.

Playing hard.

Loving life.

And loving each other.

Sometimes we just need a little reminder.

They Don’t Want to be Seen Like This…..

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

We’ve got some molting going on here. It happens every year. And every year, one or two will go through a harder molt than the others.

This year, in the chicken flock, Lucy-fer is going through the hard molt.

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Poor thing. She’s looking pretty rough. But Bobby Lee doesn’t mind.

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And this is after her feathers started growing back in!

She was so embarrassed, she refused to look at the camera.

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In the turkey flock, Tanya is our new mother, and she is suffering through the worst molt.

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Her feathers are starting to grow back in these pictures, too. But she was still unhappy about being photographed.

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Don’t tell her I said so, but a turkey with no tail feathers is a little comical. Shhhhhhhh.

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Her babies don’t care.

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Look how that turklet in the front is walking exactly like mama.

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I think our molters would rather end this on that note.

But I can’t resist……..

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The end!