On Saturday, Will came tearing into the house and I was afraid some catastrophe had happened. But when he told me “The wild turkey is back!” I about jumped up and down in excitement. And, he said, she’s not alone! She brought her daughter. The daughter is not this spring’s batch, but the spring before as she is a full grown adult. You can see the wild turkey coloring but she is also slate gray mixed and we have a slate gray tom. Hmmm, we know who Daddy is. Now they fly in and out of the chicken yard and have tamed down so I can go out and toss them some grain without causing any disruption. We’re so glad.
Since we’re really sucking it up to save money to pay much more on the principal of our land payment for the new forty acres where David’s cabin is being built, I’ve totally quit buying snack type desserts from Walmart’s day-old shelves. Yep, I got lazy as we were so hugely busy. So yesterday I made a great big apple pie that was really good. (If you’d like some tips and a recipe, check out my article “Can she bake an apple pie, Billy Boy?” in Issue #77 of Backwoods Home Magazine or the Thirteenth Year Anthology. It’s also in my book, Jackie Clay’s Pantry Cookbook.) We even had a piece of the pie for breakfast. I also whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies as it was cold outside and I was in a baking mood.
Yesterday I cut one of our last Iran pumpkins open to seed it out. Such a gorgeous pumpkin, both inside and out! The meat is three inches or more thick and bakes up very nicely. We just loved this gorgeous, productive new pumpkin.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank and honor all of our American Veterans, both living and dead. Without them, our country would not survive and those in other countries would also suffer tremendously.
Our weather remains very cold and snowy. We were so lucky to have gotten the footing piers for our new solar array poured before it got so cold. They are all set up nicely and Will is busy working out the measurements and details for the rack which will hold them. I can’t wait to see them up! It will cut our gas bill (for the generator) down to hardly anything at all. We are working on ways to even further reduce that so we can run the house with Mother Nature. Yea!
I hope all of you in California remain safe from the devastating fires. They are doing too much destruction and causing so much loss of homes and lives. — Jackie