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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The faster I go, the behinder I get.

You won't be hearing a lot from me the next week or so.  I am canning my hiney off and trying to keep up with the endless list of to-dos outside.  I thought I would give you a quick update so you didn't think I had fallen off the edge of the earth.

My tomatoes were very "meh" this year.  Since I have access to a cornucopia of tomatoes and peppers at the farm field, I think I may restrict my tomato-growing to a couple of cherries and an heirloom or two.  (Would someone volunteer to remind me in the Spring?  Before the seed catalogues arrive?)  My peppers are taking an ICE AGE to ripen, thanks to the weird weather this summer.  After going through a week of high, humid temps, we are now in the 40s in the morning.  My peppers are confused.  I have to yank the cucumbers this weekend - I am so over them.  Thanks to very little rain, my beloved popcorn is starting to topple - I am watering them morning and night now.  I kept waiting for Ma Nature to step in.  Fickle wench.

The small coop needs cleaning out this weekend, so that I can get it ready for the Screaming Meemies - also known as the Langshans.  I have never, in my poultry raising history, had such a hysterical bunch.  This should be fun.  The enclosure needs to be replaced, but there is no time on my schedule for the next few months to do it, so it's been relegated to next year.  We will all have to manage.

I am dehydrating peppers and canning various tomato products on a daily basis.  I think I may follow my friend, Fiona's lead and start dehydrating tomatoes with snipped basil on top.  What a great snack idea!  Also on the list of to-dos is to sort through my canning stock to see what needs using up.  My great plan to catalogue my canned goods was derailed this past winter by....who knows....so I am paying for it now.

Work has been exceptionally stressful these past two weeks.  It's a reporting period, which is bad enough, but now that I am a Team Of One, all the rest of the duties are keeping me hopping.  The good thing is that it makes the day go fast.  The bad thing is that it means I am quickly depleting my wine supply...

I went out last night to feed the sheep and, lo and behold, Linden was on the wrong side of the fence.  The gate was intact, there were no holes, lifts, pushdowns or other breaches of the fence line.  The only thing I could figure was that he managed to squeeze his 'fluffy' self through the bungee'd gate and pop out the other side.  He has always been my problem child.  I had to trot quickly into the barn and get a scoop of grain to lure him back in.  He must have been out for a while, as he was pretty darn thirsty.  I have now (I hope) Lindenized the gate.

 
All's well that ends well.
Hard to believe that THAT can fit through
this...


There were two heavy-duty bungees
on the gate.  There are now THREE.

14 comments:

  1. I can't imagine how long it took Linden to squeeze through the gate. Was it a dare, were the others cheering him on? Work, the paid, city kind, is such a pain. The things of value there are so different to the country kind.

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    1. Susan - He's a very determined sheep. I think the rest of them just ignore him and are very happy relaxing and chewing their cud. Juno was probably hoping he'd run away from home. I have to say, I truly dislike my job. But, a job I must have, so there you are.

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    2. Yep. Both Linden and Juno (black/grey) are Icelandics. Norman is a cormo/giraffe cross...

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  2. I hope you like the tomato basil "chips". Just dry them to the "dryness" you like. I just made a tomato basil pizza for supper last night. Flat bread for crust. A thin coat of white pizza sauce. Mozzarella and chopped tomatoes and basil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and a light frosting of parmesan. It turned out well and was fairly easy. Ahh Linden....they are amazing at finding holes! Enjoy your work...you know it will be well worth it in the "season" to follow!

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    1. Fiona - I can't wait! I tend to over-dry everything, as I forget the dehydrator is on (surprise, surprise). I'll have to be more vigilant. That pizza sounds wonderful. I have yet to find a GF flatbread that I like. I'm still working on it.

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    2. I heard a rumor on this morning's news that snow is starting to sneak down from Canada ........ crazy weather this year.

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    3. I was looking at some whole grain tortilla's and wondered if they would work if you toasted them? They are round like pizza crust :}

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    4. Fiona, you're gonna make me faint from the hunger.

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  3. Susan,

    What a little sneaky booger Linden is, lol.......
    I've actually changed my gate and it stays shut with a padlock. There's no wiggle room on this gate at all. I have no choice but to do this because I have the 2 legged critters that like to help themselves.

    Fiona's idea sounds like trying!

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    1. Sandy - He is a booger! He's been more goat-like than sheep-like ever since he was a lamb. Just when I relax, he's at it again!

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  4. Dare I ask? Is there a countdown to retirement yet? Ha! We all think you're crazy busy now . . . just wait until we see what you can get into when you're "home" on the homestead 7 days a week!

    Yes, it's the 10th of September and we are already hearing the four letter S word. Gak! If I say I'm not ready, would that be an understatement?

    If Linden had actually squeezed through the gate, wouldn't you find some of his hair clinging? But where else could he have gotten out? Someone laid down by the fence and gave him a boost up? Ah, animals . . .

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  5. I wonder if Linden had perhaps been Houdini in a past life..............

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