Howdy-do gang, come on in and grab a cup full!
I hope this last weekend before Christmas has been a good one for everyone. Are y`all done your shopping? I just finished mine up today thank goodness. Just have to wrap what I bought and then I am officially done. We`ve had a busy three days here on the frosty hillside farm.
Friday Mister Yodeling took the day off to begin the butchering process of one of our steers, the Holstein Bubba. We had initially planned to do Patty the Hereford first but changed our minds. Bubba was a lot more skittish then Patty and we worried he would react badly being alone. So while I was uptown buying groceries Mister did the deed. He`s a better man than I am. I`m fine after the fact but cannot handle the deed doing.
Here`s what five hundred or so pounds of beef hanging looks like.
We`re going to let him age for another few days then begin cutting our steaks, roasts and ground beef. I`ll show you the process as we go along. This is a first for us. We`ve processed about everything else at home but never a steer. Our brother-in-law is getting half so he`ll be here to help as his work allows. I foresee a lot of grinding and wrapping in my immediate future!
Saturday is laundry day so I did that and Mister went up to help our neighbors. Miss Yodeling helped with the wash then went to a holiday party around 4. It was an all-girl party since none of the boyfriends could attend. They watched a movie with Zac Efron as opposed to the football story they had planned to placate the boys. Tears were shed, presents exchanged and much giggling and boy talk ensued. My kid came home with two new posters of Taylor Lautner. I tell you it`s starting to look like a shrine to Team Jacob in her room! I would shake my head but if I recall correctly when I was her age my walls were plastered with KISS posters, so I don`t have room to say too much do I?
Today we woke up to a whopping 4 degrees and hurried to get some wood hauled into the stove room.
Thankfully the daytime temps have been reaching the mid thirties so it`s been rather nice considering. The ducks and geese have enjoyed the nicer days and even Lucius snuck out to peek at the geese, although they turned their heads when he appeared. They`re so snotty at times!
After the wood-racks were filled we three yodeling goatherders hit the shopping trail. Three stores we rummaged through this morning. By the time we got to Wally World things were beginning to really get hopping. Of course I had something to return so Feral sauntered to the return desk and stood and stood and stood some more. Can someone please tell me why, on the last Sunday before Christmas, they have one girl handling returns???? Please, I need someone to explain that decision to me so that it makes sense. The line had snaked to the front doors by the time whoever decides such things sent another checker to the return desk. *Rolls eyes*
By the time we got home I felt much like Tinker looks.
At least it`s done now and I can relax. Dinner is whatever anyone can find and I`m going to visit with me blogging buddies then go watch ‘The Proposal’ for the fifth time. Ryan Reynolds prancing about nekkid is my Christmas gift to me. Oh! I almost forgot! I got an early present! Take a gander at this!
My old vacuum died. It was a good vacuum and had served this house well for nigh onto ten years. May it rest in peace in vacuum cleaner heaven, amen. This new one is bag-less!! Oh yeah, no more messing with dusty bags that dump dirt and dog hair back onto the carpet! No more stinky smells from the vacuum bag when you turn it on. Oh I do like this pretty yellow Eureka a lot….almost as much as Ryan Reynolds.
Well…. okay, maybe not THAT much. So how was your weekend??