This morning we made our "Mount Olympus" erupt, per our Apologia Astronomy text book. The kids were all wet because they had just been running hysterically though our heaviest rainfall we've seen this season!
Last night I got a batch of delicious home raised rabbit canned up.
I butchered the rabbits several weeks ago in a large batch. I skinned, gutted them, and tossed them in the freezer to be canned when I had time. Well, I never really have "time" ;) , but with the mountain of beef coming from the steer we had butchered, we needed room in the freezers! So I filled the fridge with frozen bunny, awaited its thawing, and then trimmed it all up. There were still necks and ribs and other unwanted things. Here are the chickens and turkeys enjoying all those unwanted parts!
And I am not kidding you- I squat down to get a picture of all the chickens and this turkey strode directly in front of my camera and stopped, exactly like this. Apparently he wanted to be the star of this show.
I love north Idaho weather. Love! I have experienced more thunderstorms (and snow) here than I had my whole previous life in Oregon and California put together! Last night was yet another fantastic thunder shower full of hundreds of flashes of lightning that lit up our land brilliantly. And here are some of this morning's super cool clouds (technology sure clutters up photos, doesn't it?):
My current reading material. My subscription to Countryside magazine is running out. I've decided to replace it with a subscription to New Pioneer. What a great magazine! (Thomas the train there is covering my local library's address)
I found some simple, neat little "yearbooks" at Rainbow Resource for all my youngest to fill out this school year. They were only $1.60 a piece and will be fun to fill out through the school year.
The children were so excited to begin on the first day of school. Here is my 2nd grader plugging away at his new math curriculum at 7:30 am! He couldn't wait! lol (I'm trying out a math curriculum called Math Mammoth this year. So far we enjoy it very much.)
The boys helped their dad with the garlic harvest last week. That fresh garlic is so, so good:
We've butchered most of our own meat animals. However, we have used a slaughterer/butcher from the city for 2 pigs and one steer, and, a butcher from the meat department in our local tiny town for some lambs. The meat from the city guys has been superb. The meat from the local market butcher? Definitely could have used a little more attention to detail. It's hairy! Not only hairy, I've found grass and sand still stuck to it. Hmm. Would you like some lamb hair with your dinner?
Some late season garden veggies:
My 15 year old son preparing for his most recent Boy Scout expedition- a 21 mile hike into the Idaho wilderness over 4 days! He had a wonderful time and brought back many amazing pictures.
I ordered 40 pounds of tomatoes from Azure Standard and canned them up, along with 40 pounds of nectarines I made into jam. The chickens and turkeys were WAY more impressed with the rabbit meat scraps than the tomato & nectarine peels.
And one more quick thing- speaking of canning and trimming meat, both of which can be a long and monotonous job, I've been enjoying the radio shows on The Survival Mom Radio Network while I work very much! Lots of educational and inspirational goodness there.