What a waste

There are few things that piss me off more in life than seeing an animal going to waste, especially now that I raise my own food. I’m going to take a few minutes to just vent. There is a family that lives across the street from the cabin. Total trailer trash IMO and should have CPS called on them (this family would not last one day in the city without raising eyebrows). They live in a shit hole of a house and there is garbage (literally) all over their front lawn. There is also a deer carcase hanging from a tree… it’s been hanging for a week now! The deer was shot, gutted and hung from a tree… and there it remains. How does this make any sense? What a waste. Why kill something if you have no intent on using it for anything other than a morbid lawn ornament. Apparently this is an all too common thing for this family. I left the city so that I could find peace in my surroundings and now I get to witness this. Human beings can be so pathetic and I’m often surprised that the Earth puts up with us… actually it seems like the Earth is finally catching on as of late.

Things are continuing to move forward on the sale of the house. All the minor repairs have been made and the buyers bank appraisal was done on Friday. I still have a few things to pick up from storage in the basement and I think I may be coming down with my Mom sometime after Thanksgiving… I’m not sure if I will have time to see anyone but I will do my best to make some visits.

The animals are doing well. I was dealing with some frozen water bottles during the cold spell and may need to hang some plastic sheeting to help hold the heat. I do have a heater in the barn but it’s set on low (just above *40). I don’t want to raise the electric bill any more than I need to, and it’s not a good idea to get the animals used to warm temps in case of a power outage. Next year I will insulate the barn better, we were in a bit of a rush to get the animals settled and cut some corners when we threw the walls up. The “barn” is actually a boat house that Gene (my roommate) built some years back- it wasn’t designed to hold animals, let alone hold heat in 50 below weather. The rabbit kits are doing well and gaining weight rather quickly- probably because there are only five of them this litter and there is plenty of that rich milk to go around. Their eyes are open and they are starting to explore the confines of their cages- I feel a bit sad because they won’t be able to experience the wonders of the outside world… at least they wont be strung from a tree to rot!

Not much to report this week. We cut down some trees and split the logs- there is something about the smell of oil, gas and wood that gets my blood going… chainsaws are so” manly” and I admit feeling sexy when using one! Gene bought another four wheeler at auction (I’m going to buy his old one for a reasonable price) and he got me an awesome deal on some snowshoes… thanks buddy! I also busted out the cross country skis earlier this week and spent a great deal of time attempting to use them- until I realized that they were the waxable kind (facepalm). I did get quite a ways down the road and back… it was a workout to say the least. I have another pair of cross country skis that were my grandpas and they don’t require waxing… I will use this pair next time! All the snow has since melted and I find myself wishing for more… probably won’t have the same feelings once December arrives. We still need to gather more wood before we can raise the “mission accomplished” banner but we definitely have a good dent made.

Gene and I went into town on Friday and saw Ender’s Game. The movie was okay, but more and more I find myself disappointed in what I find on T.V. and at the movies lately. I’m not sure why this is. I’d rather prefer to spend time watching Youtube videos or reading books on subjects that help grow my knowledge base- be it gardening, hunting, fishing, self-sufficiency etc. I think I’m enjoying life more these days and don’t need to suppress myself in fantasy based works. I have a few novels (including Ender’s Game) that I plan to get around to sometime this winter… probably during bath time.

I’ve been eating more healthy (no processed foods and added sugars) since Christopher left (it’s not all up in my face)… okay maybe a coke when we went to the movies, but hey I deserve a treat now and again. I’m losing weight again and feel better physically. Since Christopher left it’s also easier to get up and get going in the morning… I no longer have the luxury of saying “I thought you were going to take care of that.” My workload hasn’t gotten much larger either, despite Christopher’s claims of having done everything… I have added cooking and laundry back to my list of chores, but seriously it’s not any more difficult than everything else I do and I like to hear Gene saying, “this is the best _________ I’ve ever had,” when I cook him a meal. Speaking of dinner… it’s time to go cook. Hope all is well with you dear reader and I will leave you with this awesome picture of me being “sexy”…

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And poor Gene…

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Changes

I’ve been holding off on updating the blog… just to make sure that I’m secure in saying this. Christopher and I have decided to part ways. I know this may be a bit of a shock to some of you… I sort of saw it coming. All that I am going to say publicly about the situation is that honesty is the key to any relationship, and there were some honesty issues. I wanted to make sure that the decision was final before I updated the blog. It is what it is!

Now that I’ve stated that… I’m doing fine and I intend to continue with my original plan and will continue to document my adventures on this blog. Christopher left with his dad a few days ago and I’m not sure where his travels will take him… I wish him well.

The sale of the house is going according to schedule and I’m looking forward to closing out my final ties to city life. The woods are filled with blaze orange and echos of gunshots… hunting season has arrived. I’ve started to plan the summer garden and will be ordering the seeds from a wonderful company: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (www.rareseeds.com)- They have a catalog that will blow your mind! The garden will certainly be a sight to see and will be filled with interesting and unusual varieties. I busted out the crochet and whipped up a few dishcloths to get my fingers back into the rhythm… kind of like riding a bike. Maybe Mom will finally get her shall that she’s been waiting 2 Christmas’s for (I have no excuse for not having the time now). Well… I think this is enough for now, I’ll let you all digest the situation as I’m sure you probably need it. Thanks for following!

Oh yeah!

sold-signs

We got an offer on the house today… if everything goes as planned we will be¬†closing on December 13th. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers… they obviously worked ūüôā The next step after closing will be placing the order for the tipi, wood stove and composting toilet (our most expensive items), this way everything is on site and ready for spring!

As for Christopher’s hasenpfeffer… the recipe calls for three days of¬†brining¬†so we will be having that for dinner on Tuesday night. Photos and taste results to follow… Christopher is finally going to start learning wordpress and ¬†writing posts.

Goodbye facebook!

Well… we deleted our facebook accounts.b

I love how Facebook attempts to guilt you into staying by showing you all the people that will “miss you”. It was weird waking up and not logging on first thing in the morning to see what everyone’s status updates were. I realize now how much time was wasted “click, click, clicking” away. Granted, it did have it’s perks… but I’m glad it’s gone; less distraction.

One of our rabbits kindled this week. The first litter¬†this doe kindled she had 10 kits. This time around there were only five. We saved two does from the last litter and will breed them in January. According to what I’ve read and¬†been told by other breeders: 3 does and a buck is a good number to start with. The meat is tasty and is similar to a cross between chicken and pork. Christopher has hasenpfeffer brining right now… can’t wait to try it! I will eventually create separate pages for “rabbits, chickens, garden and honey bees” that will have more¬†specific details for those that are interested in the individual “processes” behind those subjects. I’m going to keep the posts pretty general and more along the lines of a diary so if you are interested in the more¬†DIY aspect¬†check out the individual pages.

One of the awesome things about this move is that now we are only an hour away from my parents and other family members. We’ve been taking advantage of this opportunity and spending some quality time with Ma and Pa. Tomorrow we are going over to help them pull out their dock, we’ve already helped them put the house “back in order” after the remodel. The projects around the cabin continue and should keep us busy for the most of the winter. Here are a few pictures of¬† Barn and the cabin we are staying in:

Rabbitry

Rabbitry

Barn

Barn

Coop

Coop

Barn interior

Barn interior

Porch

Porch

Bathroom

Bathroom

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My favorite spot

My favorite spot

Living room

Living room

Kitchen stores

Kitchen stores

The loft

The loft

Loft sitting room

Loft sitting room

Christopher's favorite chair

Christopher’s favorite chair

The loft

The loft

I also found out this week that my prediction was correct…¬†I left my job at just the right time. I feel bad for my coworkers and wish them the best of luck finding new employment- something has been pulling us in this direction and I’m confident¬†now that the correct choice was made… not that I had any doubts.

On a happy note… we¬†got some good feedback on¬†this last¬†showing… “interested and will sleep on it” was the comment made. Please cross your fingers that the house will sell soon- it’s the last¬†thing that is¬†keeping me from feeling “free.”

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” -Christopher McCandless