Thank you for the idea, Carolyn - I love haiku(ing) 'tho I wouldn't quit my day job...
Chickens lay few eggs
Must I send in a masseuse
walk on chicken backs
Family fun is not
birthday full of miffs and sniffs
orphan status optional?
Beans and greens get cut
Pressure not just in canner
Ears coming out my ears
Although rain threatened all day yesterday, it didn't fall in earnest until last night and into this morning. Thankfully (this is Scrappy talking) there was a let-up just as I let them out in the yard. As soon as they came in, it started up again. After a weekend of everything out-of-sync, it was a nice feeling to be in rhythm with nature again for, even as I am Princess DeNial, daughter of the Queen of DeNial, I am facing up to the fact that I may be gluten intolerant. And, even though I am facing up to it, I have already worked out in my fevered mind ways of sneaking in bits of the bread I love. Cripe. Isn't it funny how, when you know you can. not. have. bread/chocolate/dairy/etc. it becomes the only thing you want?
I noted in my daily egg-laying journal, my hens have produced 8 eggs every day for the past four days. I would be thrilled with this if I had 8 hens. But I have over 20. So, I am not thrilled. I've checked them for parasites, I've upped their feed rations, I've cleaned their nesting boxes out every other day. Ergo, the masseuse crack. Heads will roll if the eggs don't.
I did a lot of pressure canning over the weekend - 12 pints of green beans, 6 pints and a quart of mixed vegetables, with 3.6 dozen ears of corn to go. I also dried six zucchini squash, four yellow squash and a large bunch of Swiss chard. I doubt if this will end anytime soon, as the beans, squash and chard are going gangbusters. Wish I could say the same for the tomatoes. Plenty of fruit on those miserable plants, but not a blush of color on most of them. My next indoor project is to catalogue my canned goods. While I can feel the first stirrings of tomato-mania in my heart, I need to come to grips with what I already have. I need to battle the seasonal "Channeling of the Prairie Housewife" (the one with a family of 8). I may need an intervention.