Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sorry I Haven't Been Around... an Update

I owe you an apology.  It's been a while since I've been able to visit here.  I am going into the most hectic part of my year and I'm having to tackle it all with a shoulder injury and restrictions on how much I can lift, reach, etc.  It's slowing me down quite a bit but this stuff has to be done and it will be done, it just takes longer to do anything.  Even something as simple as visiting the coop takes two trips.  One for water and one for food.  Instead of spending 30 minutes feeding/watering everyone now it takes an hour.  UGH!

News on Spuddy and Sophie... nothing new has happened with Sophie.  She's her usual old, bitchy self.  I've noticed that she sleeps more now than she used to and she's more demanding when she wants something.  I guess it happens to us all when we start to climb the age ladder.  Spuddy is still a butthole most of the time.  He's going to have a bit of a rude awakening when Sweets comes home because Sweets won't tolerate half of Spuddy's antics.  He does have his moments of extreme entertainment though...

As usual with my life, my three days off will be busy.  I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen today and am getting a goody box ready to go to Sweets in Georgia tomorrow.  After his last medical exam (he's not sick, the numbers just could have been better) he is beginning to appreciate my "gentle" pushing for him to eat better quality food than what he has been eating.  I have also started to really buckle down and eat better.  The thought of a McDonald's cheeseburger turns my stomach and I saw a Rally's commercial for what looked like kitchen floor crud crusted potatoes smothered in plastic looking fake cheese with fake bacon bits and ranch dressing.  It literally nauseates me every time I see that commercial because I know what that does to your body.  Same goes for anything processed out of the grocery store.  That stuff will make you fat, sick and will kill you.

The meaties are GROWING fast!  The roosters will be ready for processing in about 3 weeks, 5 days and the hens will follow over the following two weeks.  25 birds are a lot for John and I to do all at once so we are breaking it up into smaller batches.  Yes, we will photograph and video tape the process but you'll only watch the video or see the photos if you choose to do so.

Meatie cam is a bust right now.  Frank, my old computer, is just not cutting the mustard and it's one thing after another.  I am still going to run a live feed with chicks but just don't think that Frank will be up and running until the last stretch of the meaties.  I'm buying a Google Chromebook here in the next few weeks and getting  one of my laptops repaired to be a dedicated computer to the live feed.  It just takes time to get it all done.  I'll be so glad when it is finished!

The garden planning is in full swing and there are a LOT of plants going into the starter trays over the next few days.  We are going to be selling/bartering non-GMO, organically grown plants and seeds among other things this spring.  You can see a full list of what I will have available and how to reserve what you want by taking a look at the Google Docs page that I put together.  Reservation orders take precedence over the flea market inventory and if there is something in particular that you are looking for that you don't see, let me know and I'll try to locate it for you.

I will also be offering a limited number of fresh eggs, my homemade white, wheat and herbed breads and other baked goods, different types of my homemade jelly and preserves, dried herbs and fruits, pullets and roosters (probably even a few meaties here and there), some of the things that I make out of recycled materials like the feed bag totes, some antiques and re-purposed small pieces of furniture, garden decorations, produce as it becomes available out of my gardens and anything else that suits me at the moment.  I may even have a piece of artwork here and there if I could ever find the time to paint again.  It will be a wide variety of things and there will be something for everyone.

John built a new, one of a kind custom kitchen light for me and is coming to install it tomorrow.  I've seen the light in pieces as he was working on it but I haven't seen it together in person.  I LOVE it though and it will look fantastic in my kitchen.  He matched the wood in the light to the cabinets and trim.  I'll update tomorrow with the installation.  I swear I have the best brother in the world.  He's one of my four favorite men in this world (the other three are my nephew, John Louis, Sweets and Justin).  I can't wait to see it installed!

Well, that's all for today.  I have to get busy!  In order to get things done, you have to actually do them.  :)

Happy Sunday!



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