These guys are not going to be dinner any time soon.
It's a moral dilemma. Since we're too attached to these turkeys to eat them (though not to any of the other food animals around here), do we (a) pay big dollars for a locally grown fresh turkey that still isn't as humanely treated as our own animals or (b) pay $.49 a pound for a factory-raised frozen bird that still tastes pretty good even though we feel a little guilty about it?
We go with (c): forget the turkey and roast one of our own meat chickens, raised this summer, thus getting good flavor at no additional cost and still eat something we raised ourselves. Our chickens go over 10 pounds and there will only be four of us for Thanksgiving dinner.
Not much else going on now that all the harvesting and canning and freezing is over. The weather has been eerily mild so it's been tough to get into the oncoming winter panic; there are still windows to be sealed up and all that stuff. I've done a bit of knitting. A Very Braidy Cowl is done:
Either I knit way too loose or I have a really tiny head because cowls are always a bit roomy on me. Go figure.
Milo is carbo loading in light of the oncoming winter.
As are we.
That's from the latest batch of Lazy J home brew, a yummy Canadian ale. I need to make more soon; we go through this surprisingly fast.
More Milo, hanging with the man.
And Sophie, the free-ranging sheep.
It's been a good run for the goats and the sheep; they've had their freedom for several weeks now. But it's time to fix the gates and build a higher perimeter on the fence (Who are we kidding? Sophie can't jump. But the goats sure can). Today I received two calls at work from drivers passing by our house and panicking that the goats are out in the yard. Two weeks ago someone even stopped and tried to corral them back in their pen out back. We were home but didn't notice the commotion and the would-be shepherd (who didn't notice our car) gave up after a few laps around the yard. It's better for all if we get them under control. We know.
Since I don't have much excitement in my own life, I will leave you with a pretty funny video you have no doubt seen, if you are a knitter. If you are not a knitter, watch and learn. Or not.