Again the view from the front porch reflects the changing of the seasons. Long gone are the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves replaced by the freezing rain and snow of winter. Days are filled with providing warm bedding for the animals and clearing ice from their waterers so that they have plenty of non frozen water. The seed catalogs have started to trickle in and I have begun my yearly mooning over the beautiful pictures and descriptions inside each catalog. Christmas cards are mailed and the presents are stacked in the spare room waiting to be wrapped.
The venison is safely tucked in the freezer and O Wise One killed half a dozen turkeys yesterday from the flock of spring hatchlings.
A portion of the meat was ground into ground turkey for chili, tacos and spaghetti.
The breast and loin was sliced into turkey cutlets. Add a salad and a few vegetable sides and these become nice lean winter meals.
The bones become broth that I will can into jars tomorrow. With a storm moving in tonight it will give me something constructive to do while it snows.
And O Wise One's favorite, the legs, will be frozen to eventually go into the smoker.
We have about 10 more birds to be butchered out there but it will have to wait until we eat some more from the freezers because our freezers are still packed full.
I have been babysitting the grandsons several times this week because Fred has had finals all week. She has been taking some college courses online and giving her time to work on her school work also gives me a day or two a week with my grandsons.
I think I am finally getting over my cold but it sure was persistent. Baby O also has had tests all week and is working hard on her schoolwork as well. As I type this tonight I can hear freezing rain hitting the tin roof. Sometime tonight it is supposed to change over to snow. We are all stocked up here though and ready for whatever mother nature may throw at us.
Things have been exceedingly quiet here on the homestead and I hope for all of you as well. We ignore most of the holiday silliness and choose to buy presents early, online or make our own. Christmas dinner is safely tucked away in the freezer and pantry. So as the weather turns bad and the madness that surrounds the holidays increase we simply do as we always do and enjoy the simpleness and serenity of our lifestyle. We keep busy with our farm chores and stay out of everyone's way. I did go to the grocery store a week or so ago and swore I won't go back until after Christmas no matter what! I have plenty powdered milk and several loaves of bread in the freezer. I am making a strategic withdrawal for my own safety and sanity.
Don't know where all that "Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men" went but it aint in the Walmart.
So for now I will leave you all I just wanted to check in.
Blessings from The Holler
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