Last few months have been rough. It’s been a bit since I was able to care for my animals directly. Injury and then illness, including a brief hospital stay. I still can’t handle the cold air without my lungs trying to relapse. Trying to manage the assistance I’m getting without being able to do more… Continue reading Plodding Through
My birthday sucked. Pretty sure my two small toes on my “good” leg/foot are busted, not a day after the damaged meniscus in that knee decided to get caught in the joint and PULL/tear again. (After all, it’s not fixed yet.) 0/10, do not recommend. I mean, I’ve been in worse pain (from migraines) but… Continue reading Every little bit helps
The Shipped Chicken Eggs Shipping eggs requires a lot of prep work on the vendor’s part: padding, sturdy boxes (yes, more than one), proper storage ahead of time, and known fertility from one’s own flock. If shipping between states, it also requires an NPIP approved/tested flock. Despite this, both the seller and the purchaser at… Continue reading Chick Hatching Woes
It is the amazing Small Person’s birthday weekend, and we were fortunate that Grandpa (aka, per SP, Zombie) was able to visit for her birthday again. Accordingly, Zombies has been a game all weekend, with Baby Brother joining in the festivities. (“Graga, graga!” is BB’s attempt at saying grandpa.) She had a unicorn and Plants… Continue reading Birthdays, Unicorns, Zombies and Expansions
Projects have been getting completed around the house, albeit slowly. I have a time-sensitive item to work on, so, obviously, everything ELSE is also time sensitive and needs to be done before it. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve built out a cat box cabinet to keep the toddler from climbing into the automatic… Continue reading Cages and Babies and Scratches, Oh my.
If you’ve ever made Scotch eggs, you know the concept: hard boiled eggs, wrapped in sausage. Traditionally, they’re then rolled in a batter and deep fried. I can’t have the batter, so my normal method for Scotch eggs is to wrap the egg-and-sausage in bacon and bake. This particular twist is: hard-boiled quail eggs, rabbit… Continue reading Mini Scotch Eggs – Quail & Rabbit Sausage
I currently keep ducks, chickens, and quail, both jumbo and normal sized. Went out to care for the birds, and collect eggs. This is the range of eggs: Left to right: Abnormally large duck egg (about the size of a goose egg, in fact), duck egg, Leghorn chicken egg, Jumbo “True Blue” Celadon Coturnix quail… Continue reading Look at the size of that!
One aspect of homesteading and being frugal that is often both reviled and feted is bulk purchasing. Reviled as “hoarding” at times, or “just too expensive”, and feted as budget saving, if you can manage your finances for it. In my case, I’m damned expensive to feed. Purchasing meat — and decent quality meat —… Continue reading Printable Labels for Bulk Freezing
Among the small homesteading tasks I perform, I make Greek-style yogurt. I’ve done this for years now. (Here’s my previous post on how I make it: https://farm.firehazel.com/2019/02/24/yogurt/.) When I first started, I used regular coffee filters lining a strainer for straining the yogurt. After a while, I got frustrated with that, and acquired a HUGE… Continue reading A New Yogurt Making Tool!
I haven’t forgotten the blog. It’s just been downright hell attempting to manage everything. You might notice the date of the previous update. There have been a couple of false starts on posts since then, but I’m usually pulled off to do any billion of other things. I will say that “virtual schooling” a very… Continue reading Haven’t Forgotten I Have a Blog