Good morning gang! Drop on down and have a fresh cuppa while we jaw.
We goatherder`s have been keeping busy now that the garden is ready. Seems we no sooner get one batch of tomato`s stewed down and there are more waiting. That`s all for the good though, especially given what a crazy growing season we had. First it was so dry we feared everything would shrivel up, then the monsoons set in and we feared everything would drown! Over the past week we did get some of our silver queen in the freezer. Doesn`t that garden fresh corn always taste SO good in the dead of winter? Kind of like macaroni salad in January. You know, you eat salad all summer and get tired of it but by the time January comes you`re really hungry for macaroni salad!
Yesterday we trundled to the corn patch for another wagon-load.
Good thing we had gotten what we wanted because it looks like someone *Cough* Mister Black Bear *Cough* got into the patch.
As we were chopping and braiding corn leaves (Mister was chopping, Miss and I were braiding) this dark cloud rolled overhead and a clap of thunder that shook the hill rolled over us. Mister got to chopping a whole lot faster after that sound! We just got into the truck and were heading home and the sky opened up. It rained so hard we could barely see to drive.
Once we harvest the ears then we have all those stalks just standing there. Frugal goatherder`s that we are we hate to see anything go to waste, so we go up nightly, chop down a wagon load and bring them up for the critters. The goats love the leaves but not the stalks. Patty eats everything--Stalks, leaves and especially the ears that either were missed or are too small for the freezer. I wonder if he`s checking out Miss Yodeling to see if she`s as sweet as silver queen!
Aside from gardening chores we finally got all the wood that Mister had cut and split hauled. *Breaks into happy goatherder clog dance* Now we won`t freeze and Mister has a clean slate for fall hunting. Or at least he thinks he does. Mau-ha-ha-ha! Little does the poor man know, but I have some odd jobs that need his attention. Like that leaky bathroom ceiling for starters! Fall seems to bring its own load of labors doesn`t it?
What else is new and exciting here on the hillside farm? Let me take a sip and try to recollect. *Lifts mug to lips* Mmmm, what wondrous stuff! The book news is good. I`m working on the last chapter and have two artists that are interested in doing the jacket cover! I`m really excited to see their sketches. Once they have their drawings done I`ll choose which one gets their artwork on the cover.
We have our yearly monarch caterpillar in a jar. A couple of days ago we actually caught him or her (kind of hard to tell even when you do lift their tails) shedding his skin and forming his chrysalis. That was very cool to witness. We`re on our last week of drying down the milking does. I miss my goat milk terribly but I like to give the ladies a break while they`re gestating. Auron has become a sad sight, standing in his pasture and calling to the girls just across the driveway. So close and yet so far away……..
Other than that it`s pretty peaceful here at the moment. I finished one book and have started on the newest ‘Fallen Angel’ novel from my hero J.R. Ward, so a book review of the completed novel will be coming round the mountain soon. Funny thing, Miss came home on Friday with two books from the high school library. One was ‘The Iliad’, which yeah, Greek gods? Feral like! The other was ‘Beowulf’, also a spanking good read! I asked her if both were for her honors English class.
“The Iliad is,” she replied. “Beowulf is for fun.”
Give that kid a knuckle bump! Any teenager who will read ‘Beowulf’ for fun is okay in my book! Ha! I made a witty with Beowulf and book and….Ahem. Yes. Anydoodles she said while blushing, I hope y`all had a good weekend and that the rest of the week smiles upon you!
Off I go to clean. Or write. Or maybe read. Or brew a fresh pot and write and read! Yeah, that`s the ticket!!