Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Raccoons and Garden Tidbits
The night we pulled into the driveway, after bringing our son home, we saw 4 baby raccoons trying to get catfood at the side door. Of course there was none to be had, but the stinkin' things would not leave. Even Timmy (barn cat) came up to see us, and two raccoons charged at him.
Hubby grabbed water bottles and threw them out the car so we could get into the house. They would still just run to the door. Mom Raccoon was not around, that we could see anyway, but we were still careful. There's nothing worse than a Mad Mom.
So...."Mr. Raccoon" that's been living in the run-down barn, is "Mrs. Raccoon" and has 4 babies. They are not small either. Hmpf. Not what I needed to deal with, but the trap comes back out now.
You might not see many posts from me, during Son's time home. He's really filling up on his computer time, and now has a new cell phone to play around with.
I was back in the garden last night, picking green beans and more squash. I tied up about 15 tomato plants and 48 green pepper plants. Why so many green peppers? You'll have to ask Hubby that. I really needed more got banana pepper plants, but I will just hope for the best overall this season. I never got another batch of black raspberry jelly made, but have more berries in the fridge. I may make a regular batch of jam with them.
The racket in the woods continued all day yesterday (in fact, this time it ran until 10:00pm). I just happened to be putting laundry on the line, and saw the goats all huddled to one side of the fence, looking at something. Then I heard something. I walked over, only to find out that those noise makers were running a wild turkey out of the woods and up into our property. Poor animals. I do feel sorry for them, having their world destroyed so suddenly.
We had thunderstorms last night, and the garden is thankful. Pretty soon I will be canning tomato sauce and freezing tomatoes. Hopefully, I'll get some salsa made, or even some refrigerator pickles made. Cucumbers on on, but tiny (thankfully, as my time is much less this month).
Today, I hope to get time to make another batch of homemade goat's milk cream cheese. I received my culture now, so I will try that this time. Hopefully, I will have a good report on that. Once my new refrigerator arrives (can't arrive too soon either), I will make another batch of ricotta cheese.
And hopefully, I can read blogs soon, and catch up on everyone. Last night we has family movie time, along with good pizza. I am praying I get enough yellow squash soon, so I can make squash patties before Son leaves again too.