Hard to believe it is November…and the time change already too! It has continued to be snowy here, although we have had a lot of nice fall days in between the snows as well.
When you live on a rocky mountainside, maintaining a dirt driveway can be quite a chore. Thankfully, we have access to a tractor and Mtn Man knows how to use it to fix up the road. So he has been working on that project. He got a couple of loads of road base and added them and got it all smoothed out and the water running off properly to the ditches. He also fixed up the ditches. So that is done for another year until next fall.
Mtn Man and Young Man have done some more hunting the last couple of weeks and put more meat in the freezer. They each filled their buck mule deer tags, so we spent a couple of afternoons butchering those. Mtn Man’s buck was a smaller one, we got about 30 lbs of meat and 5 lbs of dog food off it. Young Man got a pretty good size one and we got 50 lbs of meat and 10 lbs of dog food from it. It feels great to have all that meat in the freezer to feed the family this winter.
Our dog, Hazel, has a very important job during butchering…keeping the floors clean so no one steps in little chunks of meat that accidentally fall. She takes this job very seriously and stares intensely at the floor so she can immediately clean up anything that falls.
It is exhausting work…
Earlier this fall Young Man filled his cow elk tag (125 lbs of meat), and we were gifted meat from another cow elk someone we know hunted (125 lbs of meat). So we now have meat from 2 cow elk and 2 buck mule deer in the freezer. We don’t buy red meat, so whatever we hunt is what we get for the year. If we get less (like last year) we have to ration more strictly and don’t eat as much meat. When we get more we eat more meat. Mtn Man still has a cow elk tag, and if he is able to fill that we will for sure have enough to make it until next fall eating plenty of red meat, and probably even be able to bless some other families with some meat as well. He has until January to fill that tag.
We planted the garlic and put straw on the over-wintering plants. I am trying to overwinter celery for the first time this year in an attempt to get celery seeds to save next year. I have been able to do it successfully with carrots, so I am hopeful this will work too.
The tomatoes continue to slowly ripen in the basement root cellar racks. As they ripen we use them and can them.
Besides the tomatoes the gardening and canning season is officially over for us. We are having hard frosts often and a lot of snow already. I am contemplating planting some lettuce and spinach under grow lights in the basement to grow us some fresh greens this winter. I need to get that planned out and started.
I continue to work on Christmas present knitting. I also got another 15 squares done for my scrap square afghan. This makes a total of 135 out of 192. I am getting there!
I also have some sewing projects in the works. First I had to finish the items we were sewing for Operation Christmas Child boxes this year. I am now done with that and can get to some of the other projects that have been waiting.