We gathered up the ewes and put them through the gate into the hayfield. I love watching sheep go through a gate like water pouring through a funnel. The ewes have produced a really heavy wool fleece. They're fat and fluffy! Toodles said to me, "Gram, they have their snow pants on for winter." Yes, they sure do!
I had cut the parsley all down with the first frost we had back in September, but look how much it grew back! I whacked it all down and brought it in the house to dry on a sheet on the kitchen table. I'll have lots of parsley to share. Did you know parsley tea is a good-for-you tonic?
The grass is brown now but it's still packed with nutrition. There was so much regrowth this fall with the moisture we had that there will be some green pickings down below the dry grass for a short time. The cows were happy to get to their destination after about a seven mile walk through the plains.
Many little, but necessary chores are completed. All the livestock water tanks have their heaters installed, the chicken coop is cleaned, the firewood is in, the gardens are cleared and the bicycles are put away in the old bunk house for the winter. I even had the chance to paint a granary door and wash a few windows on my house before the cold snap hit. The jeans are mended and winter coats and hats are pulled out of the closet and hang on their pegs. Tomorrow we are expecting snow and deep cold so I plan to find some cozy indoor things to do like baking bread and maybe a batch of cookies. We'll stoke up a fire and sip coffee early in the morning. I love a fireside mug of coffee.
We will be selling bulls tomorrow. It will be opening day for our new way of selling bulls -- private treaty instead of at a full-blown bull sale auction. Many ranchers have already stopped by to look at the bulls and make their picks so the phone lines will be open early in the morning -- first come first serve! We are looking forward to trying something new and seeing how it all shakes out.
I want you to know that I made that Fire Cider and it's pretty good stuff. You can read about it here. It turned out to be a very good thing to have on hand. When I've begun to feel a little blah or feel a sniffle or the aches come on, I just take a tablespoon of it and chase it with some water. I haven't been sick yet. I really think that onions and garlic can't be beat for keeping the body healthy and strong. They can really fight off colds and flu (at least for me). I like to chop a clove of raw garlic into bits and swallow it like little pills along with a glass of water when I feel a cold coming on. Nips it in the bud every time.
The lemon infused vinegar was also a successful little project. It smells SO much nicer than just plain white vinegar, and I'm enjoying using it for cleaning purposes. I use it for cleaning windows and for everyday jobs like mopping, deodorizing, and cleaning off the stovetop. I'm sure there are lots of uses for it too.
How is your November going? What are you doing to prepare for winter?