Road work has been the “item” the last two days, the men have been working on this road which has been a big mud problem. It is 300 plus feet long and in the wet winter can try to eat a vehicle. Midweek they will be laying the gravel. (and I’m betting we will be on a starvation diet after this expense). But what a treat it will be to walk up to the barn from the house (you see the garage in the distance) on dry ground.
Yesterday after sweeping, mopping and other household chores we spent considerable time
tagging the babies that are big enough – actually we were a bit late in tagging and had to watch to see which lambs claimed the rights to which mother. Rams are tagged in the right ear, ewes in the left. This is Kaarstan, a keeper. She is gorgeous and will be shown this fall. She was born February 13, so is about a month and half. They grow so fast.
Dinnertime is crowd time.
We pray each of you has a wonderful Passover, Easter, or maybe just a wonderful Sunday tomorrow.
My cooking/gardening day began in the kitchen. I found another 10 jars of pear sauce to turn into pear butter since we eat the one, but not the other. So I filled the slow cooker with the sauce and will cook it down to a bit less than 1/2 what it is now. Then I went out to the hoop house. The weeds have started growing again with this warmer weather as well as the plants. So I spent time removing them and picking produce, I pulled the rest of the Brussels sprouts which were starting to flower. I picked then pulled out half of the winter broccoli which is basically done. The winter cabbage is still there along with half the broccoli plants.
I washed and stemmed the parsley. When I was done I had these 2 full gallon bags of parsley ready to use. I washed, cooked, and froze the broccoli. Winter broccoli is very different from spring broccoli in that it doesn’t have the nice big clusters, but rather many shoots with buds which are very tender. So between weeds, harvest, and cleaning, I filled the day. It seems to take as long to prepare some of these foods as it does to plant and water them.
After having looked at this on the quilting machine for the last month plus, I am excited to have finished the quilting. But the binding will have to wait a bit yet. I somehow injured my ankle so we spent nearly 4 hours going to urgent care. They were extremely busy. The outcome was that I just need to stay off the ankle as much as possible and see what happens. I am so very fortunate to have a neighbor who has offered to clean the stalls for me this coming week. By mid April, the pastures should be in good shape and that will cut the work load.