What have we been up to lately? With the garden now nothing more than a few dead plants and the weeds now, we are trying to get it ready to put to bed for the winter. Of course that sounds easy enough doesn't it? Uhmmm..... We've been working on the beds a little at a time trying to knock back the Johnson grass as best we can while we are at it. The irrigation lines still need to be rolled back up for the winter. The beds all still need to be dressed with the compost and the mature manure from the neighbors horses. Then we should be good to go for the spring. I noticed while searching in the dirt for the bottom of the dang root systems of this stupid Johnson grass that the soil is so much better than it was last year. We'll get a soil sample done before spring too. I'd be curious as to what is going on out there!
In other news on the home front, we (read Mars here) did our first butchering out here. The two big ol roosters I had to separate from the others (and each other) were the first to go. Mars built himself a butchering station out under a big old tree and proceeded to off Stewie and Randy Roo. Everything went according to plan. Stewie made a wonderful meal of chicken and dumplings and Randy is now waiting in the freezer for warmer days! LOL I'll have to pressure cook him cause they are pretty tough old birds. We still have 3 roosters to go. These were the ones from the chickens born in the spring. I don't know why we waited so long.... all I can say is... Stuff happens!
We've also been taking advantage of these nice days. I've been saying all summer that once it cools off we can tackle the mess out there in the barn. All our "stuff" is stored out there on pallets and was pretty much just a big ol' tumbling mess. Not anymore!! Everything has been reorganized and I can actually find something when I need to. We even made walkways between the pallets so it would be easier to access things.
Mars is working on getting the wood stove hooked up out in the barn. Gotta have heat in the "man cave" ya know! He doesn't like to be indoors if he can help it but I'm betting he'll be spending some time out there this winter. This RV can give you claustrophobia when cooped up in it for to long! Trust me on this one.