HappyFeet, the silkie bantam, hatched 9 chicks a couple of weeks ago. The day she hatched the last one (it took 2 days), a woman and her daughters came to pick up the two "extra" polish tophatters we had (three was just too many) and took 5 of the chicks with them as well...leaving us with 4..which is much more manageable because you all know exactly what I need is MORE BIRDS! It looks like out of the 4, we have two purebred silkies...one pure polish and one polish silkie mix. I'm almost afraid to see what it grows up into.....
The lambs are almost as big as their mothers. We contacted a guy...he's coming to dispatch 3 of them at the end of August and I already have my order in for maple lamb sausage. MMmmmm. We will be keeping Hershey-pie (moorit (brown) gray), Annushka (solid black), SPED (White ram), Ellerby (black mouflon) and Spot (black/grey ram). Yes...I'm keeping two rams...not what I had planned....but SPED licks your arm if you scritch his chest...and is the first to come up to you to be petted...and you can hug him...and you can kiss him...and you can name him George...oh..wait...no...well...maybe...but not the George part. So, the plan for him is to have the kids halter train him...maybe teach him a few tricks...like jumping through a hoop of fire! Ok...maybe not that...but something exciting...like jumping on a platform. oooooo.
My garden is running over with produce. I have been shredding zucchini and freezing it every day and I still can't keep up. The tomato plants are full of fruit....just waiting to turn red. I get pepper every couple of days....and cucumbers. I have harvested and frozen more green beans than I can count...and yesterday we harvested our garlic. I'm hoping I can come up with many ways to put stuff away so we will have fresh veggies all winter. I might need a bigger freezer. OK...I will DEFINITELY need a bigger freezer.
I've started making fresh bread every day. I made the mistake of reading the label on a loaf of bread. Is it just me or should bread be made with ingredients you can pronounce? The kids are getting used to it...they still don't understand that you can make a sandwich out of homemade bread...the daily conversation goes something like this " Mom...where is the store bought bread?" "we no longer buy that...use the homemade". "but.......I want to make a sandwich". *sigh* "you can make a sandwich out of the bread I made....just cut it thin." "really??" "yes...just like yesterday..." Really.....I just don't understand why they can't get it. They love the bread...and eat it for toast..or just a piece of bread and butter at dinner...but they just don't understand you make sandwiches out of it too. Weird. And yes, I realize making bread every day by hand..no machine...may sound crazy...I have to say there is something really therapeutic about kneading bread. Having the whole house smell like fresh bread is awesome too.
I should be off doing something productive today...like arranging for a teacher to come out and evaluate the boys homeschooling from last year....Yes..I'm THAT far behind. And yet here I sit....typing away...avoiding real work. I'm such a slacker . The Major is going to put an end to my slacker ways tonight though....he "says" we're going to be putting the windows in the addition. I'll believe it when I see it. Although he's been fairly motivated about getting that room done since I started cutting certain things out of our night life due to "no privacy". Maybe I really will get a bedroom sometime before snow falls!! I'll keep you updated :)