Like always, it’s often easier to SHOW you what I have been doing in the fast few months rather than tell you. Can you believe that it’s almost the end of November? Can you believe that I may just survive another semester in veterinary school? Here’s a brief update in pictures showing what I’ve been up to:
House restoration! The Boy and I are fixing up the old farmhouse on the property to hopefully move into sometime this spring. Right now we (and by we, I mean 99.5% him) have just about everything inside ripped out and are waiting on the architect to get back to us with the plans. The house is completely cinderblock outer walls, and so despite being quite old it has held up well. Although I am not looking forward to ALL the projects ahead of us, I am excited for the finished project and to do some painting and floor installation. We have some exciting plans for the house (including a gigantic kitchen, pantry, and a pretty nifty thermal mass rocket stove). So if we can pull it all off I will be happy to share what we learn.
Poultry: Most of our poultry are either long gone through our digestive tracks or hanging out in the freezer. We are down to just a handful of laying hens. Fall is always a bittersweet time of year. I’m excited to see the pile of delicious food we get stored up in our freezer and pantry, but also of course there is the sacrifice that comes along with that. Our little Kune Kune pigs (including Frederico), as well as the two red wattle sows have been sold and will be put to good use at a butcher shop in town that specializes in local meat.
Shares: We had our last winter share delivery this past week (this is a picture of the FIRST winter share… look! There were still tomatoes!) So finally The Boy will get somewhat of a break to focus on everything else that is going on (and take some naps). I’m glad for that. We have some big plans for the next few years when it comes to the CSA and having a long cold winter to discuss the details is just what we both need.
The Cats: They have been adjusting well to our move in with The Boy in August. They have a lot more room to run around and an even bigger bed to lounge on in the sunshine all day when I am at school. They really love the woodstove too.
Canning: See?! I told you I went a bit overboard here… This is roughly half of what we currently have in canned goods, and it’s not counting the hundreds of jars that got sold this summer. This picture makes me so happy, especially as it has started to get cold and we no longer have much fresh food. My excel spreadsheet labeled “Canned Stuff” tells me that we have over 55 different types of canned goods on the shelves. We had so many, in fact, that I hosted a food swap in an effort to get rid of some of it in exchange for other food we need. It was a huge success, and I will dedicate a whole post to it in the near future.
School: No picture of this, but just know it’s been crazy like always. Two weeks from now I will be doing a spay surgery all by myself. I already did anesthesia on a cat a few weeks ago. I’m exhilarated and terrified that lives are being put into my apparently capable hands. It’s a small light at the end of a very long tunnel.