Thursday, August 29, 2013

these days




These days are so very full - Sometimes in a good kind of busy way, with lots of visitors and plenty of work indoors and out. And sometimes (at the same time) in an overwhelming kind of way. I have so much catching up to do with you! Here are some recent goings-on:

We are very likely going to have a honeybee hive set up here by the end of the month! There is a local beekeeper who runs a honeybee co-op of sorts and we've joined in the endeavor. So very exciting!

The egg I thought was a duck egg was not, but this one most certainly is. It has a thicker, harder, smoother shell than the hens' eggs, and I am delighted that the ducks are laying now. We appear to have 3 girls and one curly-tailed boy.

We lost our one female turkey to a predator (bets are it was a raccoon), and decided to butcher one of the injured toms. He weighed in at a whopping 32 pounds after plucking! I spent a few hours in the kitchen with my mother-in-law, breaking down the bird, cooking a huge pot of pho (a traditional Vietnamese soup), frying up some odds and ends to eat with rice, and making plans for the rest of the meat. So much joy, working beside her and learning from her. It felt like the way things ought to be, this kind of communal kitchen work. The turkeys are oh-so-fancy and grown up now. Each day the toms strut their stuff for us, and I make sure to fuss over them, telling them how beautiful they are. Harvest time for the remaining two is nigh, and I'm really going to miss having these guys around - it's hard not to grow attached to them, as they have a way of endearing themselves to you.

Summer is flying by for me this year, with still so much warmth I want to soak up before the long winter.


I hope the last of your summer days are filled with goodness.

3 comments:

  1. That is a handsome turkey and your little girl looks darling in her swim outfit! I envy you getting to spend time in the kitchen with your MIL like that. We have lost so much of that kind of connection in today's world with everyone so spread out around the country. (sigh)

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    1. Yes, that's so true, Candy. She actually lives on the coast, but I soak up these moments whenever I can during her visits. What I wouldn't give to have some time like this with my grandmother....

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  2. It certainly is a busy time of year. Congratulations on your bees and duck eggs!

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