And she brought her family! This year, we’ve been seeing her, way down about 2½ miles from our place. She had four babies. Slowly, over the course of the summer, she and her family worked closer and closer to “home.” About two weeks ago, I spotted them heading west, toward our place, but still a mile and half away, and we hadn’t seen them since then. Then, two days ago, I was sitting in my chair in the living room, reading mail, when something caught the corner of my eye outside the south-facing windows. It was our turkey mom and her kids! She raised all four and brought them home for the winter. This makes five years in a row she’s done that, although last fall she came alone. We’re so happy she’s back. Now she and the family are coming up to eat piles of grain I leave out for them.
While Will’s busy finishing up the haying, I’ve been busy taking seed from various squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes. This year we got a good crop of a new-to-us smaller, two-person squash, Arnie’s Golden Buttercup. Last year we also had a good crop; hundreds to be exact, but the voles ate into every squash but two, which although mouse-chewed, we were able to harvest and try. Yep, the mice were right, this is one sweet squash! So this year we again planted it in an isolation plot and got a nice harvest with no mice. You can be sure we’ll be keeping this one forever. We absolutely hate acorn squash as they have no flavor and don’t keep worth a darn. But this golden gem is super tasty and also keeps quite well, long into winter at least. This year we also have some nice Long Island Cheese squash in our squash pile. I grew these for years and have loved them for both their pretty pumpkin-looks and tasty orange flesh. It’s one C. moschata pumpkin that is early enough for short seasons too.
We’ve got car trouble again. Yesterday, I drove out to get the mail, when I pulled away from the mailbox, there was a horrible grinding noise! Transmission noise. I stopped, then gently drove home. The noise came and went but I got home okay. Will checked and it wasn’t a heat shield, which I’d hoped, rubbing against something. So it looks like it’ll be in for some major work soon. Ish! It seems like vehicles like to keep you crazy and broke! — Jackie