Sunday Homestead Update

It has been another busy autumn week on the farm.

Another Loss

First, we will get the bad news over with and out-of-the-way.  Our sweet little beagle, that we adopted this summer, died this week.  It was very hard on everyone.  Back in January our wonderful Chocolate Lab, Holly, died at the ripe old age of 12, after having been my constant companion for 7 years.  So losing our new dog so soon was definitely a shock and very sad.

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This, yet again, leaves a hole in our house.  We have always had at least one house dog at any given time in our 16 years of marriage.

Flood Anniversary

This week marks two years since the floods ripped through Colorado and evacuated us from our homestead along with 70+ animals.  There is still a lot of rebuilding going on around us and in the surrounding areas.  It continues to surprise me how long it takes to recover and rebuild from a natural disaster.

Rabbits

The baby bunnies from Indi’s litter are 3 weeks old now.  That is the very cutest stage for baby bunnies.  So we have been bringing them inside and playing with them a lot this week.  It is helping to comfort us a bit from our loss.

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Knitting

I finished blocking the Antler hat and I am very happy with how it turned out.  I still have quite a bit of yarn left and I am contemplating the options of what to make with it to go with the hat.  Mittens?  Scarf?  We shall see.

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Tomatoes

We had several light frosts this week, so that means the end of the tomato growing season.  We cut all the green tomatoes and have put them in the basement to ripen.  We were amazed to find that we harvested 183 lbs of tomatoes!!!  I will be doing a full post later this week on how we successfully grow tomatoes in our cold, high-altitude climate without a greenhouse.

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