The shock of the weekend has finally worn off. We had more record breaking weather around here. ( Honestly, I could do without it- what ever happened to normal? ) We had two mornings with temps down around freezing here. That's not supposed to happen for another dang month! Needless to say, I think most of the squash is toast. Same for the okra, beans and peppers. I really hate that. We were starting to get yellow squash, acorn, patty pan and butternut. It seems the squash bugs don't care much for the cooler temperatures. We hadn't had a single one munching out there. I was SO excited. Now, not so much.... I know it's just one of those things that happen but I sure was hoping for some sort of fall garden. Of course now that the damage is done the weather is back to normal and will probably stay that way for awhile.
I was able to put up another 10 pints of pickled peppers the day before the freeze. Then there was picking all the bell peppers that had started coming back after all that heat this summer. I ended up with one and a half 5 gallon buckets of them. Most were still pretty small but I'm cutting them all up and drying them. It's been a good year for the peppers. I've been able to dry several quarts of bell peppers and will have two or three more once I'm done with them. I've put up sweet n spicy banana peppers, pickled banana peppers, banana peppers and jalapeno mixes, jalapeno slices for nacho's, whole pickled jalapeno's, habanero's . and all sorts of variations of them all. Oh and hot pepper jelly too. I was sure hoping to be able to make some more of that this year.
I went today and picked out another doe. There's a woman down the road a ways that has quite a business selling rabbits, chickens, eggs.turkeys, milk and meat goats and who knows what all else. She's got a cool place and was happy to show me around. I almost came home with some guinea chicks but common sense prevailed at the last minute! LOL I'd really like to have some guinea's but we aren't set up at the moment to take care of chicks. I'd need to rig up a light and a cage for them and I'd want to have that all good to go before bringing home more critters. The doe is a nice looking rabbit, good coat, eyes ears, nose etc. I was happy the lady had this litter ready to go. They all turned 5 months old today so I should be able to start breeding right away. I feel like I'm so far behind where I wanted to be at this time. BUT everything happens for a reason. I just never seem to get the memo!
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