Farm life has been hectic here for the last several  months and I guess I just let this slide.  No apologies here.  We have been busy!

I doubt our schedule has been anymore hectic than anyone else’s but it sure seemed that way to from here.

I am still trying to get the downed trees up from the land clearing and the really daunting part is that I already know that was just the first cut.  I KNOW that it is going to require going back over and removing more if grass is to grow there.  Sunshine has to be able to get to the ground to accomplish that.  So a lot more will have to come down and be removed.  Cutting down is slow enough but I can certainly get a lot more down in one day than I can drag out and pile oh say the next day.  Not only am I a one man operation, which requires constant on and off the tractor but the work is on a slope as well.  Hey I am a flatlander by birth and it doesn’t take much of a slope to make my heart go pitty patter when a tire leaves the ground , even a little bit!

Then those pigs we bought back around Thanksgiving were ready to go to the freezer.  Boy did I get a surprise there!  I call the processor that has been doing my slaughtering the last couple of years only to find out he was booked to mid May.  I thought traditionally farm folk slaughtered in the fall and winter but spring apparently is the big time here.  Everyone I called said the same thing.  Mid May to June before they could take them.  But they are ready now.

I had to do it myself.  Actually I am kind of proud of myself.  I started just after 7 that morning and by one two pigs weighing 150 to 200 pounds each were skinned, dressed, sectioned up and hanging in our little make-do refrigerator/meat cooler and I was cleaning up.  I did take the better part of a week to completely process, wrap, make sausage and finish that up.

Another surprise?  My local supplier for casing was out and having a hard time getting it in for some reason.  Finally got that taken care of as well but think I will just go ahead a get a full hank and keep them on hand.  I just read that if kept salted natural casing can be kept for years.  Yep that is years.

One of the barn doors blew off!  Well not off but loose an just hanging there.  Hey!  It is only about 70 years old.  That I will start this morning when I stop here.  Have to do all four doors.  Can’t have new wood showing on just one.  That 50 to 75 year old wood has a rather distinctive look.  Never a drop of paint on it.

I didn’t start on the doors!  SURPRISE!  I went out there with good intentions but was distracted by the tractor sitting there and remembering there are a few things needed on it.  Grease fittings changed where broken off drilled out where needed so they could be replaced  I have some oil leaks as well.  Then there are the brakes.  Or the lack thereof.  This is another thing that makes working the hillsides fun.  Once it starts down you are going to the bottom!  It is amazing how much speed can be gained is such a short space.  Keeps the heart going though.

That will be todays project I guess.  Remove the rear tires so I can get to the breaks to find out what I have to buy and hopefully where to get them and not have to mortgage the house to pay for them.  I have never performed a break job on a tractor before,  Cars and trucks yes, tractor no.  Just bigger right?  Maybe,  I Hope.

So goes life on the hobby farm.  And no doubt any other kind of farm or not farm in existence.  There is always something.



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