Archive for April, 2011

Problem solved

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

So we’ve been having some conflicts with our neighbors over the property line. In fact that was how we first met – them charging bellowing out of the house as I was fiddling with some string lines, trying to figure out where exactly it lay. Not a great start, but we’ve all mellowed a bit […]

Bacon deux

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The first bacon turned out so well that Josh wants me to make all our bacon from now on. Since our bacon intake is now easily twice what it was, it’s time to make some more! 6 pounds of belly with salt, brown sugar, fresh-ground pepper (man that took a lot of wrist work), rubbed […]

Rain rain go away

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I’ve just decided that Fall is officially my favorite season. I always thought I liked Spring better because of the warmer weather, and Fall less because it heralds the advent of Winter. But even though it’s warmer now, this incessant spring rain is making it impossible to get outside after all. Fall at least has […]

For Susy

Monday, April 11th, 2011

We had our Mom’s Club Easter party this morning. SofĂ­a’s Easter dress is something very special – a dress that had been handmade for me when I was a toddler by my incredibly talented aunt, who also later crafted my wedding dress. When I say handmade, I mean no sewing machine involved. Just a needle […]

Signs of Spring

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

We’ve been waiting for Spring around here for a long time. It always seems it must be just about to happen and then the forecast is another week of nights in the 30s and grey, rainy days in the 40s. But it’s finally April. The Elberta peach tree is a week or two further along […]


Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

A hawk attacked Panda a couple weeks ago. Panda came out ok. The hawk’s talons left huge scrape marks on either side of her back, cutting the skin but not enough to bleed. She has a bald spot now, though it’s already growing in. She’s been fine and perky, but all the hens have been […]

Waste not, want not

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Stacking wasn’t the only thing I did on Saturday. I also took care of the pile of leftover logs that were either too long for the splitter, or too rotten to bother. I left two as benches facing the pond. (They look small, but each can seat 2 adults.) The rest became pathway edging. If […]


Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

I spent all day today stacking wood. It was nice cool weather for it, though I did get hailed on for a bit and rained on so hard that my leather gloves and heavy work coat were completely saturated. I went inside, glad that an Act Of God had called a halt to my work […]