Hello, Pack. I hope everyone has had a productive and safe week of prepping. We have had a rare week around our survival homesteading retreat – nothing broke!
The amphibious vehicle engine rebuild is still a work in progress, but all of the SUVs, trucks, ATVs, tractors, and machinery are all in full working order. Yes, I did just knock on some wood.
All in all, it has been a pretty quiet yet productive week. The wood shed is now completely full and more logs are stacked beside and behind it to split if needed. We actually started the first fire of the year this morning.
I season my cast iron on top of the wood stove during the cold weather months. Against Bobby’s wishes, I also put wax melts in a little cast iron skillet on the stove top. I have been doing this for years now and not once has it actually proven to be a fire concern or get spilled.
The propane delivery guy came yesterday and got out 500 gallon tank filled for the winter. He is going to run a line over to Bobby’s new garage by the woodshed in the spring so we don’t have to get a second tank. His office will be on the second story of the garage and a reloading shed unattached but adjacent.
The delivery guy was really cool. They don’t like to make deliveries until the tanks are at least 20 percent empty, but laughed when we called and said our hill being our hill, they are more than happy to come out now before we all call the “fall rainy season” and snow arrives.
We struck up a conversation about smoking meat for some reason, not really sure why. He is an avid smoker and told me for the best pork butt and pork loins ever – and I mean tug on the butt roast bone and it comes right out, put it directly on the rack, fat side up, and slather it with regular mustard and your favorite rub -that’s it.
He said he smokes an eight or so pound butt roast at 270 degrees for about eight hours. I was surprised at the high temperature, Bobby thinks I get the smoker too hot at 250, but the gas guy said he smokes at this temperature for almost everything. Looking forward to trying out his directions on Sunday.
We have a family baby shower this weekend our oldest grandson Crosley turns nine on the 16th and Ariyah, our youngest granddaughter, turns one on the 19th, so it is going to be a lot of family fun in the coming days.
I painted wood peg dolls for Ariyah that turned out really cute. I love making wood and cloth old fashioned toys for all kinds of kiddos. I lucked into an affordably priced Waldorf style machine embroidery design this week, and am looking forward to trying it out tonight.
A few years ago I would have laughed about being excited about spending a Saturday night nestled at my embroidery machine, but with an adult beverage in hand and Bobby being patient about the machine noise sacked out in his chair, that is exactly what I will be doing.
The only other prepping we did this week was additional nut gathering, preserving some water dipper gourds, working on our road and ordering another load of gravel, made a door from scrap and turned an open and unused exterior barn stall in an equipment shed.
Our baby goats are now entirely weaned and full of energy. I now have chickens that do not know they can fly. It is the weirdest thing.
I have never raised Buckeye chickens before, so maybe they are late bloomers? They are dang near laying age now, so they really should fly about and enjoy all of the perches and swing in the large beginner outdoor run. Even during free range training they do not fly.
Bam Bam, thank you so much for emailing me the farmhouse table plans, I absolutely love them and it exactly what I had in mind.
This Week’s Questions
1. Are you all prepped for winter?
2. If the grid fails in January would you survive and how?
3. What is your funniest, weirdest, or most precious experience with raising young livestock?
How did y’all prep this week?