Sorry I have not blogged lately but our internet has been all fouled up. Today a Hughes Net technician came out and upgraded our system and we’re finally back online!
Meanwhile, we’ve been fighting freezing weather. A few days back, a widespread frost was called for and we madly began harvesting everything that would be damaged. That included more than 900 pounds of tomatoes. We had already picked and separated out all the different varieties of tomatoes we raised this year — more than 75 of them — plus our old standbys. Boy were we tired! Then yesterday it was forecast to drop to the mid twenties at night so we again madly picked everything that would be damaged by freezing. That meant four trailer loads of squash and pumpkins and several five-gallon buckets full of onions.
I’ve got a pan of cooked down tomato puree in the oven waiting to be canned up as enchilada sauce and several varieties of ripe tomatoes waiting to be seeded. So I’ll have even more sauce to cook down today.
Meanwhile, Will and David have been busy on our bandsaw mill, cutting support beams and floor joists for the new cabin. It’s so much fun to watch those boards come out of the sawmill. And just think of all the money David and Ashley are saving, not having to buy that lumber. Now David’s off traveling to Two Harbors on a job with his log home company, Voyageur Log Homes. He’ll be gone for three days. We’re just happy he was around here when we were madly harvesting.
Will got busy and cut up and split most of the slabwood cut from the lumber. But our woodshed is full. The south third of our goat barn is full. So where to put that wood under cover? Last night I thought of the two pig sheds sitting out in the cow pasture. No longer housing pigs, they were used by the donkeys as a place to escape the flies during the summer. But now they just sit there. So Will put the pallet forks on our Oliver tractor and brought them up next to the storage barn. Now we have a lot of space in which to stack firewood. (I think we have three years’ worth…) But one can never have too much firewood under cover and dry. — Jackie