I never take my running water for granted. I never take hot water for granted. Because I have been without it. Not very long, mind you. But, I’m weak. A couple days without water turns me stark raving mad. A few weeks without hot water makes me crabby. And we have been having even more water issues lately. Sputtering. No pressure. Clunking noises. Thinking there was a hold in the well pipe, Jeremie and the boys pulled up all 100+ feet of pipe and yes, there was a leak. So they fixed that one. And the one that happened accidentally while it was laying on the ground, and we’ve been enjoying warm, if not hot, running water for days now. Hurray!
These girls never cease to amaze me with their hard work, ingenuity, determination and dedication. We’ve never been to so many shows in a season. And at each one, they’ve learned something different. Been encouraged or challenged in some way. Love these life lessons they are learning. Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose. But they are always gracious, always looking to improve, always encouraging to others. Lately, Charlotte’s lamb is a looking a little overconditioned. That’s a showmanship way of saying it’s fat! TEalier in the season, she and Katie bought a treadmill of of Craigslist for $50. This weekend Jeremie helped them build a cage around it, so they could exercise their animals. Haha! We will see if it works. Seems like a good idea, though! Just a couple more shows until we close out the 2017 season!
Even though the first hog for our hog roast didn’t turn out as planned, Jeremie was ready for another go at it. All his brothers were here, so it was a much easier task of lifting the carcass into the scalder. All the cousins were interested to see how it was done. Our young nephew, Matthew , even tried to stick the pig himeslf. It was a little to hard, though. And our neice, Autumn, took part in the eviscerating commenting, “if I’m going ot eat it, I’d better help out with this part, too!” It was a great learning experience for the city folk, lol! And sweet success! It tasted wonderful. Jeremie did have to trouble shoot a few things because the carcass was much too large for our smoke pit. It almost caught fire again, but Jeremie’s quick thinking took care of the problem. He will have to adapt our pit for next time. All the aunts helped to shred the pork. Perhaps they thought Jeremie needed some new tools because a few days later a package arrived in the mail. It was addressed to “Pigslayer Schultz” and inside were some BBQing gloves and claws for shredding the meat. Thank you to the anonymous sender! Jeremie can’t wait to try them out!
My garden is a veritable jungle! We’ve had so much rain, and I’ve been so inattentive and absent that the weeds got a little agressive. But, I’m still getting a lot of produce out of it and that’s what matters! I’ll deal with the weeds another time. After all, tomorrow is another day! Tomatoes are just starting to come in! Whatever the hornworms leave for me, anyway! This first batch will be for salsa! Too bad I forgot to grow cilantro..again. I don’t think it would like this heat, anyway. Lots of cucumbers for pickles and snacks. I’m happy to share some with Jeremie’s mom. She is sick, and this is one thing she can enjoy still! This is the first time I’ve grown purple hull peas. I though they would climb the trellis, but it turns out they only grow to be about 18″-2′ high. Makes for easy picking! And it’s so much fun to shell them! We’ve been canning a lot of green beans. All the kids like to have canned green beans in the winter time. And, Oh! These sunflowers! They make my heart happy! So tall and bright and cheery.
Putting up this extremely tall pole had this mama worried. I had visions of it going up then falling over and dooowwwn onto Tommy who was pulling it with straps from the other side. The reason I was worried is because it wasn’t quite in the hole, Jeremie was expecting it to slide into the hole, once it got more upright. What is this huge post for? What are your guesses?
The kids have a volleyball net set up in the front yard and boy, it’s seen some use this summer! It’s a great game for all the kids to play, no matter how good or short or aggressive or tall or fast or slow they are. It’s not to strenuous, and it’s especially fun in the cool of the evenings. I’ve captured some fun action shots of previous games.
Come take a walk with me around the farm!