Happy Thanksgiving!

I had to work last night so arrived home at about 9:30 this morning.  Work has been really tough recently so I knew I would be fried.  Plus Tom is in quarantine for an appointment Friday.  So we decided to have a quiet and alone holiday at home this year.  In our 22 year relationship, I believe this is the first time.  It started off with trying to spoil the critters a little.  Two of the spared turkeys enjoyed being alive, I believe.  

The pigs got pies and donuts today.

Rory got bagels.

Marji got a little extra grain.  Look how far she is into the stanchion now!

But now the donkeys can try to reach the grain too.

The sheep were enjoying the weather and the remaining grass.

Our oldest goat and sheep shared a bowl of grain.

I just cannot help taking photos of the peacock in the sunshine.  So pretty!

The birds got croutons as their Thanksgiving treat.  They seemed to like them.

The sheep got dinner rolls.

We caught some of the Macy’s parade before and after the chores.  We got done just as Snoopy was floating by.


We also watched the dog show and football.

Tom kindly made brunch for us.  He made blueberry scones with lemon glaze using our frozen berries.  They were so lovely.  He also scrambled our eggs as well as cooked bacon and potatoes.

I proceeded to make some items for our at-home meal.  I made a pie with Bramley apples that I had frozen earlier.  I have never made pie with frozen apples before, and it seems awfully juicy.  But we shall see.  Our lard went into the crust.

I also made Jan’s Parsley and Cheese Bread.  This recipe was posted by one of my favorite bloggers in honor of her sister who died rather suddenly on Halloween.  She made this favorite bread of her sister’s as a comfort, but tears made it into the dough.  I felt compelled to make it as well.  It looks and smells great.  I cannot wait to have it with our dinner.

I found my Thanksgiving themed sweater from the 1980s and put it on.

The plan is to start the meal with some Apple Toddy I made about a month ago with the same Bramley apples.  I thought it would be nice to be served warm.  We still do not have a microwave (thanks to Best Buy) so I am warming it on the pellet stove.

The rest of the meal is meant to be easy.  The plan is to have oven warmed cooked turkey breast, baked potato and yam, canned cranberry sauce and steamed green beans with the bread and then the pie after.  We miss seeing our families today but are having a nice day nonetheless.  I hope you all are having a lovely day filled with peace and love.

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Cold November Scenes

It has been dropping below freezing every day for the last week.  That means extra work managing frozen water issues.  But it has also been clear and sunny so improves images.  Here is our tom turkey looking regal.


I was able to felt Hodor’s fleece on the back porch.  Since I use hot water, I am not too cold doing it, which is nice.  

I was also able to felt Harlen’s fleece.

The mornings are cold for the animals (including me!).  All of the critters are in the sunshine then.  Mavis figured out it is warmer in an empty black rubber tub.

Inside the hay barn, there are the longest spiders webs I have seen here.  They go all the way to the floor.  The sunlight helps illuminate them.  These photos do not do them justice.

The older peacock is looking iridescent in the sunshine.

I pulled the flint corn off of the drying rake.  It looks pretty in the sun as well.

Tom had to comfort Ryeleigh while I vacuumed the house Wednesday.  I thought she looked cute.

I have been trying to train Marji to walk into the stanchion.  She wouldn’t step on the plywood platform though.  So I camouflaged it with straw in hopes it would be less scary.

On Saturday I went to Franz Outlet in south Mount Vernon to pick up bread for the animals, mostly the pigs.  I decided then to head to Fir Island.  Here is the view with some Trumpeter swans in the field.

I was heading to Skagit City School to a Holiday Bazaar.  It was a nice chance to go inside this old building.

Then I went to another holiday sale at the Rexville Grange building.  Unfortunately it was in the basement so I couldn’t check out the upstairs.

Saturday night we roasted Andal’s franks over the fire which was quite hot on a cold night.

Yesterday morning was quite cold again.  I put a sweater on Ryeleigh.  She did not appreciate it.  She finally seemed comfortable in it outside but then lost it near the hot tub.

Some ground nesting birds are eyeing the cow pasture.  I wish they would choose an empty one, but they aren’t listening to me.  The bald eagles appear to be courting around our farm.  The snow geese are flying high overhead.  The GBHs are flying low overhead.  I love all the birds around here.  I recently learned that in England they leave teasels on their lands for the goldfinch to eat.  So there is a use for our teasels after all (since I do not use them to full woven cloth).

And I am making progress with Marji going into the stanchion.  She is clearly stepping onto the platform now.  Hopefully soon I can get her all the way in.  Tom plans on building a head stanchion for me, and maybe I will have milk again soon!

I had mentioned previously that I made some pickled rutabagas, and I was asked to report how they turned out.  I didn’t like them.  They were quite hard and didn’t seem pickled to me.  I put them out for the chickens, and they aren’t eating them either.  So a fail.

Today it has finally warmed up.  No longer do we need to bring in the hummingbird feeders each night, empty all of the water containers and refill them, and empty all of the hoses.  The morning chores are so much quicker and easier.

And now I am watching the World Cup, USA versus Wales.  I must say, I have never seen a national anthem sung as passionately as the Welsh did.  I am hoping for a good game.


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Good News, for a Change

Hutch is finally eating.  Over the last 2 days he ate a little hog food, but today he ate quite well and really liked the Strawberry cake I made for them.  I have been make them cake each morning and feeding it to them warm.  I like spoiling pigs for some reason.

The white tom turkey has made a complete recovery as well.  He is strutting around majestically again.

The hens and roosters I saved from the butcher are doing well.  Everyone is getting along, and they have all moved into the barn.  Previously they were living under the gates leaning against the hay barn, terrorized by the hay loft roosters.  So peace is restored to the barnyard.

Our ancient sheep Wilma is enjoying the sunshine.  She likes to fall asleep with her head leaning on the food pan.

The geese are doing well.  They are adjusting to another new pool.

Tom bought a new-to-him motorcycle.  It is lighter than his current bike and electric start.  It runs well but does need some minor work.

I finally found some time to get one felted fleece rug made.  It does have some holes so will need some needle felting.  This is from Walda.

My hip is feeling better.  The quad and pellet stove are working just fine.  My new boots are wonderful.

And we will pick up our new microwave tomorrow.  It has been interesting learning to adjust to living without one.  We hadn’t realized just how much we rely on it.  Both of us remember when microwaves first came into our childhood homes.  It seemed so exotic at the time.

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