Mars was on a mission to finish the interior walls on the barn before it got cold. He did a great job with it. He's fired up the wood stove and it gets pretty nice in there. I can see why he wanted it finished. This RV gets really really small in the winter time and the barn is now a good place to escape. He's got tons of projects lined up. I don't even ask what he's up to anymore. At least I'm usually pleasantly surprised with what he comes up with.
I've been trying to get things re-organized and clutter cleaned out. That's another thing about living in a small place. Things go from clutter to full blown disaster much quicker. Counter space is prime real estate around here and sometimes I feel like I should be pushing a shopping cart like a bag lady.
The hen that was sitting on a big bunch of eggs decided that she was tired of sitting. So she got up, stretched her legs, got a drink of water and a big meal. And didn't go back.... Danged if she was only a week shy of them hatching. Maybe she knows something I don't?
Mars put together a really good soup for dinner last night. He took the carcass of the chicken left from Christmas Dinner and tossed it in the pressure cooker. He made a nice chicken broth and then started adding dehydrated ingredients. It was fun watching him look through all the dried foods and build a nice solid chicken, rice and veggie soup. The chicken was actually the only thing that wasn't dehydrated. Really tasty meal with some thick sliced bread! He did use up the last of the onions I'd dried from the garden which means we really need to look at planting much more this coming season. We are both crazy about onions and it seems like we use them in more meals than not. From using the things we grew this summer I can see the things that we need to grow more of next year. Like onions. And Carrots And... well you get the idea!
Speaking of the coimng season this is the perfect time of the year to start planning your spring garden. I know I need to do an inventory of what seed we have and what we need. I also need to make a list of things I'd like to try. With the amount of garden space we have one of the plans is to suppliment as much feed for the critters that we can. Of course this is just in the "thought" phase at the moment. I'll have to budget the groceries for the next couple of months to include some seed purchases. That's the only part of the budget that I can wiggle just a bit. Sometimes I wish there was such a thing as a seed fairy!! LOL!
I wish I could say that I've been busy and just haven't had time to write. Honestly I think it's just that time of year. I have all sorts of things that need to be done yet the energy it takes to get them done has been eluding me. None of them are really large projects in themselves but I can't seem to accomplish much this past month or so. I think it has something to do with the lack of sunshine. That's what I'm blaming it on anyway!
Christmas around here was quiet. We didn't exchange gifts. The money was better used to pay the land taxes. We had a really nice dinner and waited for the snow. The weatherman had been hyping up the chances of snow so much that I was just SURE we would have a white Christmas. Errr..... they got the cold right but the snow was mainly to the south and east. We didn't see a single snowflake. BUT... Yesterday while I was out feeding the critters I looked up and saw a bit of a snow falling. Tiny snow flakes turned into huge fluffy flakes for about an hour. It was just enough to dust everything and was gone inside an hour. It was fun while it lasted though. I'm still like a kid around snow. Of course I've never dealt with it on the same level as many of you. I admire those of you who can take it all in stride. I will probably always be awed at snowfall and the glorious way the sun reflects off it. Like tiny diamonds strewn across the land. Can you see this Texan trying to to talk herself into liking winter yet??? LOL Now that's truly a work in progress.