I seriously need HELP!
Won't someone help me....?
I can't freaking STOP
picking muscadines !
This morning by 9am
I had about 40 lbs. of those
beautiful little purple balls in my big bucket.
Ya'll.. this is the third time!
I went thinking that the scuppernongs were ripe,
there was a whole nother harvest of muscadines ready.
I should have walked away.
It is heavy enough that I don't
dare to put in on my old countertops.
It sits in the kitchen floor..staring at me...
And the figs too...
Those apples are slated for an apple pie.
I don't know what they are, but I made a pie
last week that was the best apple pie I have ever eaten.
But, today I will try to do the right thing.
I will try to wash them and bag them up and
give those muscadines away.. or at least some of them.
I said, 'try...'
And I will make more fig preserves.
The last bit I picked I set out to dry.
Every morning I carried them out ot the sun
and every evening I brought them loving back inside.
When they were almost dry, and I could put them all in one
pan, I started keeping on my dashboard in my car.
Sweet Husband borrowed my car and brought the figs,
the precious figs that I had sliced paper thin..
not an easy thing to do..they are squishy..
and put them in the oven.
Did he tell me this? Did he? NO.
I set the oven to preheat and went out to
pick basil in the garden. I sniffed.
I pondered that sweet, wonderful smell
that was filling the yard.. like burnt sugar..
Damn. It took hours to get all of the smoke out of the house.
It is getting ready to be rainy and damp here
so I have to 'preserve' them instead.
No dried figs for me this year.
And I need help with the egg and incubator thing too...
yep.. I am incubating MORE eggs.
But these are spoken for... or so I believe.
I don't have to feed these 80! eggs.
But Sweet Husband is setting aside more eggs everyday....
Isn't this a pretty picture?
I love it.
Everything is sparkling in the morning sun...
Of course, this isn't shabby either.
I think I am going to slap some on a oatmeal roll
leftover from dinner last night...
Of course, the butter is still on the stove
It needs to hurry because I have 40 lbs
of muscadines to put in that pot!
And I have crushing news...
Mr. White is gone.
He was my first ever rabbit.
I know you aren't supposed to love your food,
but I loved Mr. White.
Such an independent thinker.
He escaped the colony last year and I caught him up
and put him back in another mini-colony
with his favorite doe thinking he would stay there with her.
He broke her out. He is..was.. a fence climber.
He and Mrs. White have lived free in my yard
and barn and in the neighbor's yard way
across the field since then.
I loved seeing him in the barn.
He would bring the wife for a snack
of chicken feed from time to time.
He would run and scatter the hens
away from the food.. it was an awesome sight.
Little white bunny chasing big old hens.
Then he would come over and stand on
my foot for scritches.
We were planning on a whole new area just for him
where he would be safe and could raise
new litters of kits for us once again.
I cannot tell you how heartbroken I am
Old Blue Sue killed him. Damn dog.
He must have gone cruising around dawn
yesterday in the front of the barn. He knew better.
She didn't bite or tear him, just played with him until
he quit playing back. Sweet Husband found her
chewing on his ear. Damn dog.
It is quite the shame. He was incredibly heavy.
It was uncomfortable trying to hold him one handed.
He would have made great kits.
I still have many of his offspring to carry on the good traits.
However, if I can catch up Mrs. White
she will have to be sent to freezer camp.
I don't think she would ever accept another buck
and I don't want to sacrifice one to find out.
RIP Mr. White.