So I have been slowly figuring out what I can do here on the farm with my good-for-almost-nothing back. I could simply use my laptop on the couch, play Farmville, and go quietly crazy. Or I can figure out what I can still do that involves no sitting or bending forward, and limited standing. As I mentioned earlier I learned how to spin with my miniSpinner laying on my side (the preferred position for my back). Above are the skeins I have finished so far. Below is me finally taking on the task of spinning my dog Mica’s fur. Mica’s been dead a few years now, but when she was alive I saved her fur that I had to shear off her each year or she turned into a matted mess. Her fiber is amazingly soft and a gorgeous color so I finally feel competent to spin it. I initially was spinning it raw but then used my drum carder on some ,and it is easier to spin and a softer prettier yarn.
I helped Tom catch roosters for butchering. We did it after dark (which occurs at 5:00 now) so I just had to grab them from their roosts. No bending involved. Here’s the freshest chicken you can get.
I have also been making wine from fruit I picked before my back had its little temper tantrum. Here’s the wines just after racking the liquid must from the fruit solids. There’s blackberry, red plum and golden plum/white grape.
And I have pickled some eggs. Our new hens have been laying enough eggs I can actually pickle again! There’s almost nothing better than a pickled egg sandwich and after 10 days of pickling I will have my first in a number of years. On the left is Dilly Eggs and in the middle and right are the Mustard Pickled Eggs.
Next I am trying to invent a skirting table that does not involve bending forward. I am thinking tall and tilted. Our fall fleeces are almost dry and will need tending to. (By the way, if anyone is interested in Shetland, Gotland, Cotswold, Mohair or Nygora fleeces let me know before I start advertising them.)
Obviously I am walking better as is Vanessa. We are both down to anti-inflammatories only (no narcotics). We both think rehab is boring though, but it is a good excuse to lounge around and watch football together.
Here is the pickled eggs recipe I usually use.