It Feels Like Spring

but we still do not have a butcher.  This is a weird year for us.

Today the weather felt warmer, and there were what felt like spring showers.  I started noticing signs of spring around.

The turkeys have started laying eggs.

This hen is setting on eggs in one of the rabbit hutches.  So today I slid the ground eggs under her.  Hopefully this works out.  We have never hatched turkeys before.

I noticed the rhubarb starting to come up.  I weeded it and added more soil.  It is in a pot so Tom doesn’t weed whack it.

The croci are just starting to come up.

The day lilies by the house are sprouting.

The roses are starting to leaf.

The cherry trees are starting to bud.

The nettles are starting to grow.

And the magnolia is budding.

But we still have Rory who is getting to be quite impressive.

We believe he is infertile however as there are no signs of pregnancy in the cows.

Tom was able to shore up some of the fencing that he has been knocking down.

But there is more farther out in the field.  He does rub on the street sweeper brush some but still is working the fencing.

Starsky and Hutch are getting quite big.  We have never had pigs in February before.  I am still making cakes for them, and they are going through almost 1/2 bag of feed per day (costing $28 each).

I did talk to the butcher again today, and he said he will be out here before the end of the month.  I sure hope so!  We have decided to skip at least a year until things are more reliable.  It is too hard on the animals and us to wait this long.

We will continue with the chickens and turkeys though as we do have a reliable butcher for them. In that effort I decided to make turkey meatballs for dinner.  I found the recipe in a cookbook that Tom purchased a while ago (pre-pandemic) that we haven’t really used.

The recipe is called Baked Turkey Meatballs and Slow-Roasted Tomatoes.  I didn’t have tomatoes to roast but defrosted some tomato sauce I made with our tomatoes.  I defrosted one of our turkey legs and ground the meat.  I made broth with what I couldn’t grind.  I added a grated onion (I do not remember grating an onion before), grated The Old Spaghetti Factory Grated Mizithra & Romano Cheese Blend, Italian breadcrumbs, herbs de Provence, salt, pepper, Colman’s ground mustard, olive oil and basil.  I thought we had herbs de Provence, but we did not.  So I had to quickly make some using this recipe.  I made a large amount for only 1/2 teaspoon of it.  But at least we have it now.

The meatballs baked in the oven until done.  Tom had spaghetti noodles, and I had spaghetti squash with it and the sauce.  It was really good.  We couldn’t tell it was turkey.  I was surprised about how closely the turkey being ground looked like hamburger.

In other news, our septic system passed inspection.  This is huge news for us.

And these dogs showed up in our driveway.  They then headed down Prairie Road which was terrifying.  Then they headed up the hill to the development up there. I am hearing that they have been chasing deer and horses up there.  Not good!  I did post about them hoping someone will recognize them or at least be able to call animal control.  I fear for them.






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6 Responses to It Feels Like Spring

  1. Jeanne says:

    I would have been up a creek, trying to make a substitute for herbs de Provence! Good for you for doing it.
    I hope the owners of those dogs get them rounded up!
    Good news that your septic system is doing well!
    Regarding the death of Burt Bacharach … I had no idea, he was that old.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks. I end up having to create substitutes a lot. But I will say we have a lot of spices. I hope those dog get home too. No word for me about it though. And we are thrilled about the inspection. I didn’t realize he had died.

  2. Denise says:

    sounds like Steve was doing a good job earning those two dogs off! not good that they are loose on Prairie tho- and running horses around. geesh. but congrats on the septic inspection! Ours is still passing, but ancient and will need to be replaced soon. ah, the joys of owning an old house, eh?

    • Donna says:

      He was doing a good job. He defended the property and alerted us to the issue. He is such a great farm dog! And yes the joys of old home ownership.

  3. Jeanne says:

    I just went through this entry again. It’s amazing, how big Starsky and Hutch have grown! I wonder how much they weigh.

    Have you decided what to do about Rory? It’s too bad he hasn’t produced any offspring.

    • Donna says:

      Starsky and Hutch are big. Tom thinks they are 360# each. Not sure though. We will butcher Rory and hope that he was initially too short and impregnated them later. He used to mount then and now shows no interest. So the thought is that they are no longer cycling because they are expecting. I sure hope so.

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