This is a great time of year for picking pears and apples! YUMMY recipes will be filling the house with the delicious scents of approaching fall. From canned pear slices, pear sauce (like applesauce), pear honey, pear desserts and just eating them we go through lots this time of year. Read on for the secret of how to know your pears are ready to pick!… Read More »
There are so many wonderful days living this homesteading life. Then there are days like yesterday…
Monday started out like any normal day but took a drastic turn at chore time. One of our piglets was not okay (I will spare you the details) and it became very obvious after observation/intervention that I would have to put this sweet animal out of his misery.
Normally, this would be a job for my husband. I can butcher animals and hunt without a problem but I’ve always found someone else to do my livestock culling. However, it would be at least 8 hours before Mike returned from work and I couldn’t let this poor piglet suffer (if he even made it that long). After I debated “phoning a friend” to do the dirty work, I gathered as much courage as I could and did what had to be done.
Then I cried. And cried. Buried the little guy. Cried some more. I had to compose myself so that I did not upset the children (daycare kids especially, I didn’t want to ruin their day) but I spent the rest of the day “down in the dumps”. I am still teary-eyed thinking about the events of yesterday.
Ahh… time to take a minute and relax (ha! I wish…). Our first year of maple syrup making is behind us.… Read More »