We've been puttering around here working on a few of projects, one of which of course, is the barn. It's slow going but it IS going! Since it's basically only one person working on it sometimes the work seems to be going slow. But it is coming along just fine. One last section and the roof will be done! It just needs the tin on it now. The problem is that wind and those big sheets of tin don't really go well together. The tin just want's to take off sailing! I'm not sure but I think the wind is supposed to die down in the next few days. Until then, there are plenty of other things to get done around here.
Part of the plan is to use some of the old cedar trees that need to be cut down for poles for the corners of the chicken coop. It's time to get them cut now since coop building time is coming soon! The coop will be built on the right side of the barn, using the side wall as part of it. I'll take pictures of it as it goes up. Hopefully I can get them posted here eventually...
There was a sale last week on arm roasts at one of the local stores here. Nice looking roasts for $1.99 a pound. Now I don't know about where you live, but around here beef has been over $3.00 a lb all summer so to see some at that price was great. I picked up 10 of them and wish I had been able to afford another 10. I'll use these for all sorts of things, besides your standard roast. Stew meat, chili meat, stir-frys, etc all come to mind. I do know that I feel better having it in the freezer. Beef is going to be a real treat soon with the rising prices in the not so distant future. I've really been trying to get our freezer full before that happens. It makes going into the winter feel much more comfortable!
I am hoping that by this time next year we will have vegetables from the garden dried and canned for the winter, rabbits and chickens in the freezer (and maybe goat too) and eggs from the chickens as well. Wouldn't that be an amazing thing!
Speaking of goats, it seems the more I read about and research them it seems the less I know. Seems they can be as complicated or as easy as the persons writing the articles. It almost makes me nervous to attempt to raise them. But I really want to be able to have access to fresh milk and to learn to make goat cheeses. Cow's are out of the question here as we just don't have the room or resources to raise them and so goats just seem to be the natural choice.
I'll keep reading and Mars will keep working on a place for them. We were able to get some field fence for the pen area that is in the plans. I sure wish I knew how to show you all what we have planned as far as the lay out of it all. Maybe I should have tried learning how to use "Paint" so I could "draw" it for you. Oh well, another skill that probably won't really be necessary in the coming days.... LOL !!!
There is so much going on in the world right now. Things that should have us all concerned. It seems to me that things are starting to get more heated up and more ready to spill over into some sort of sticky mess. Like when you are making jam and it starts to get hot and the bubbles start creeping to the top of the pan, threatening to boil over on your stove and leave a mess that takes much hard work and elbow grease to clean up. Yeah, that's the feeling I'm getting from the overabundance of bad things going on all around us. The list is much to long to go into it all but folks, things are getting ready to become interesting and getting closer and closer to home. Stay alert, pay attention and prep like you have never done so before.
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