Ted unloading boxes of pork We picked up the pork yesterday from the butcher. We do this every couple of years and yet I am still always shocked at how much meat actually goes into the freezer (it's a LOT). This is the end result of quite a bit of hard work. Removing ice build-up … Continue reading Pork time!
The pigs went to the butcher the weekend after Thanksgiving. Those girls were ENORMOUS! We picked up the meat today. Look at how many boxes of pork we got from these two pigs! These are pork chops. If I'd known they were going to be this big, I'd have only put two in a pack! … Continue reading That’s a lot of pork!
Bad news: we came home from picking up feed to find a pig dead. We have no idea what happened. She has seemed absolutely fine - eating, drinking, playing with the other two, rooting around in the pasture, but she was the pig with the hernia though so we think that may have caused some … Continue reading No idea what happened
We've been looking high and low for feeder pigs. Because of COVID19, lots of folks haven't bred their sows around here this year. Meat is being rationed in the grocery stores, and what few feeder pigs there are have been bought up quickly. A friend tagged me in a Facebook post of a woman only … Continue reading Pigs!!!
I love what I call my "kitchen days". Those are the times when I spend an entire day in the kitchen, cleaning and cooking/canning/freezing recipes, etc. My happy places are my kitchen, the barn, the local library, any beach by the ocean/sea, Christmas Eve/Morning (wherever the festivities take place), and Disneyworld. And today is a … Continue reading It’s a kitchen day today!
We brought home 1800 pounds of pig feed, and then Ted had to fill the big gravity feeder with it all. It's not as simple as you'd think. First, the bags go into the tractor bucket (as many as will fit without spilling). Then Ted drives the tractor down the path through the woods to … Continue reading Feeding the pigs is a whole process
I'm proud of where I grew up and where I'm from still. There's something about growing up Appalachian that prepares us for anything life can throw at us. We have a culture like no other, and I keep my heart and soul rooted in it. This article I just read in Appalachian Magazine speaks to … Continue reading Appalachian Proud
...for Jake's guinea pigs! Ignoring Diana so she will come out from behind the box... Bribes work, too! New tactical maneuver: sitting inside the playpen like a statue to see if Diana and Pebbles will climb all over him Not pictured: Me on all fours with my rump in the air as I fished Pebbles … Continue reading Built a new playpen…
Ted ran upstairs this morning, and he told me he could hear one of our cows carrying on down around the barn while he was stringing fence for the new pig pasture. He said he was going to run down and look. Ten minutes later he called me from his cell phone and said that … Continue reading TWO WERE BORN TODAY!!!