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November 14, 2014

Friday Follow-Up

This week has been full of little and big challenges.
After the Frost

I made a tasty pot of chicken broth. I turned off the burner so the broth could cool while we ate dinner, and in the morning I realized that I'd forgotten to strain it and put it in the refrigerator. The dogs and cats were grateful though.

Then I watched an egg roll out of the open refrigerator door and onto the floor. One of the dogs enjoyed that too.
The next day I made a pot of beef broth and made sure it went into the refrigerator in a timely manner. We have several packages of "soup bones" in the freezer from the last time we had a steer butchered. Although it's tedious, I pull all the bits of meat off the bones after the broth is done, and the meat sure makes an excellent pot of chili or sloppy joes, or a pan of enchiladas. Of course, it could be used in soup too.
And the weather has certainly been challenging. I heard the wind slam into the side of the house Monday night when the wave of cold weather hit us, and it howled and screeched all night long. Doing chores the next morning was pretty miserable in the cold and wind. I haven't found my winter work gloves from last year; I must have come up with a new place to store them for the summer and now I can't remember where it is, so I've been borrowing hubby's.

The biggest challenge though was the disappearance of another of my barn cats. It happens semi-regularly, and it hurts every time.

My posts this week: After the Frost and Gardening With Heirloom Seeds, a guest post by Mary at Mary's Heirloom Seeds. Several of the plants in my garden this year were grown from Mary's seeds. She sells only heirloom, GMO-free, open-pollinated seeds, and she ships fast!
What I found: Granny's Best: Growing Fodder for My Goats. I've been fascinated by this subject for quite awhile. This series she wrote is worth reading.


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  1. Sorry about kitty...this is Awful early for this cold...

  2. Thank you, Michelle. Some weeks are just discouraging.

  3. Thank you for the link to the goat fodder articles, Kathi. They are interesting.

    You're right about losing cats, Kathi, it's never easy.


  4. Thank you, Fern. I thought the articles were interesting.


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