Happy Thanksgiving, Pack! I hope you enjoyed a bountiful dinner and the loving company of family and friends. Approximately one minute after the Thanksgiving turkey is served each year the grandkiddos become allowed to sign Christmas songs. Doing so before the November holiday always costs them a Christmas present.
Christmas is my favorite time of year – well, it is actually tied with the Fourth of July. Because we now have seven little and one adult grandchildren, making and picking out special gifts for them so I get to see the “wow” face they make when opening, warms my heart so much.
Just because we are now in the midst of the holiday cycle does not mean we are skimping on our preps. We are still in the storage building stage on our survival homestead.
We are about to finally wrap up some projects that required the harvesting of more barnwood from the vintage barn we had to tear down for stability reasons. We have finally about exhausted all of the beautiful barnwood and free lumber.
Pictured above is one of our pantry storage areas getting finished up. I love going “shopping” in my beloved’s “junque” piles and pole barn. I did buy new hardware cloth for the parts of the doors that will have it in front to showcase some cool items inside, but everything else came from the old treasures on our property.
In our tribe we start the training young. Ariyah, who just turned two in October, is learning by watching Gus build a door out of old barnwood. She and Auddie were the gophers, they fetched screws and hinges as they were needed – which was also a learning experience.
It did not take them long to anticipate when the items were going to be needed, and they gathered them up by themselves without being asked.
We also recently canned and put up ham and bean soup, chili, homemade ketchup, homemade salsa, and Bobby’s famous spaghetti sauce.
I also did my twice monthly Dollar Tree preps shopping. I like to buy at least a dozen of something shelf stable each time I go, and whatever useful odds and ends I can find to add to one or another of our prepping inventory lists. This week I opted for a bulk purchase of rubbing alcohol, and for some medical wrap.
In other preps this week, I may have found a new goat breeder to trade back and forth with to expand the quality line of my herd. We are having to put out hay now, but there is still a little bit of grass here and there for the horses, pony, and miniature donkeys to eat. The donkeys have been earning their keep recently keeping coyotes at bay.
Our future son-in-law is about to bring his hunting pups up here to train them. We are going to keep them at our barn to teach them which animals they are supposed to hunt, and which they are supposed to protect.
They will bed down in a nice stall at night that was built onto the outside of the far exterior barn wall to help them get used to all of the sights, sounds, and smells on that area.
My Buckeye chickens are remaining unimpressive. The hens are as sweet and docile as can be, but they simply are horrible egg layers. I am looking forward to getting more banties in the spring. They are great egg layers, egg sitters, and free rangers.
This Week’s Questions:
- What winter preps do you have planned?
- Do you shop Dollar Store for preps? If so, what do you buy?
- What is your favorite chicken breed to keep, and why?