Sunday Homestead Update

We have begun having a lot of cold weather, as well as a lot of harsh wind.  We are coming to the end of our season of getting things done outdoors and scrambling to get what we can done before we really can’t anymore.  Pretty much all that is left is firewood, and hopefully we will get to that next weekend.

Oliver

Sadly, our sweet English Angora bunny, Oliver, died this week.  He was a very wonderful pet and fiber producing animal that we all miss very much.

A few weeks ago he got a wool block (intestines blocked with fur) despite the fact that we were using papaya tablets regularly to help keep that from happening.  We were able to clear the block with pineapple juice and more papaya tablets.  But despite that, Oliver never fully recovered.  It was a hard loss.  He was a sweet bunny that loved being pet.  He was litterbox trained so we would let him hop around outside his cage and play.  We enjoyed watching him do his “happy hops” and kick up his heels.

Chickens

Mrs. Arabel is hatching out her chicks today.  We can hear the peep-peep-peeping sound underneath her.  We are excited to see how many hatch in the next couple of days!

Sewing

We have continued with knitting, sewing and crafting projects for Christmas.  This week I worked through the mending pile as well.  Buttons sewn back on, holes in pants patched, etc.

One thing the girls love to have me do is take a pair of their favorite jeans that still fit their waist well, but have been patched and re-patched and are worn out in the legs, and I make them into a skirt.  That way they still have the comfortable pants top, and the worn out legs are removed and a skirt is added.  This week I made one for Little Miss using her favorite jeans and a dress that didn’t fit her top but had a cute bottom edge that is longer in the back and shorter in the front.

Wind Storm

We had a bad wind storm this week that busted the top off of one of our pine trees.  Thankfully it didn’t hit anything.  It was about 12 inches diameter, but it did have some rot on one side, which is probably why it broke off.

Cozy By the Fire

Despite the cold weather, our indoor kitty was careful to not let his belly get chilled.  He warmed it by the fire.

And his brother enjoyed the warmth of the fire from up on the recliner.

 

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