Aside from all the rain we’ve had so far, I think this year is going to turn out pretty good. We’ve been blessed with cabbage, green peppers, banana peppers, jalapenos, and cucumbers so far. Should be ready for some green beans here in the next few days. We have green tomatoes now, and blossoms of zucchini and melons.
Stopped in at Rural King last night to pick up a few canning supplies I was needing. Picked up a pack of spicy pickles – never seen these before so I thought we’d give them a try. Made a batch last night and it went smoothly. I’ll tell you what though – When you pour that packet into boiling water, stand back! Those vapors will get you! Few seconds after I poured it in I was coughing and sneezing like crazy! Felt like I ingested some jalapenos. Matt was in the other room and said he felt like it was stuck in his throat. Might help if you have a fan above your stove… we don’t. But never the less, I’m excited to try the outcome. Here’s a few pics from last night…
The last few days have been absolutely gorgeous! We’re talking 80’s during the day and low 60’s at night. Everything is so green – its so pretty. Not to mention all the deer we’ve been seeing lately in the bean fields.
We have also had a couple unwanted visitors here lately – big fat nasty raccoons. We’re pretty sure that’s what got our chicken and beat our cat up… I don’t think I told you that story! Well, lemme digress! About a month ago, I walked out to let the chickens out in the morning and our cat came up to me with a huge scratch down his back and the whole side of his neck was bare with no fur – straight down to the skin. He had ticks all over his lacerations. I got him cleaned up and treated him the best I could. Over the next few days he developed an abscess on his neck… Basically a “bubble” formed under his skin as a result of rough fighting or even a bite. Bacteria festers and then finally bursts out a small hole in his neck and drained puss. Sounds disgusting doesn’t it? We kept it clean and within a month, his fur has grown back and is doing well. But back to raccoons, Matt went outside to feed Blaze one night and found Asher shimmied up a 4×4 post while a raccoon ate his food. That didn’t set well with us at all. So over the weekend, Matt and his friend Corey did a stake-out to “take care of the problem”. They were a no show. The following night, we opened the back door and our cat was surrounded by 3 raccoons. 2 ran in front of our stove so we couldn’t get those, but Matt got the third one that ran on top of our wood pile. It was a good shot – He died within 5 seconds. It’s not something we want to do, but we can’t have raccoons getting comfortable around our home – especially on our doorstep! We checked last night and didn’t see any so hopefully lesson learned.
Still no eggs from the chickens or duck. They are 16 weeks old today so I’m guessing anytime. I’ve heard of some laying as early as 13 weeks! Wouldn’t that be nice! They are pretty well adjusted to me now. Sometimes when I’m in the yard, they run up to me or follow me around. At night, the duck walks up to me and sits down as if waiting to be put in the coop. I’ve been trying to teach her to walk up the ramp. If I put her at the end of it – she’ll walk up… she just won’t do it on her own.
Well it’s almost 10am and I have yet to make coffee (Priorities, Megan!)
Hope you all have a lazy Sunday!