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Petey's Most Awesome, Pretty Good Day 
Jul. 31, 2013 6:11 pm 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2013 4:36 pm

The freezers are full. In order to relieve some of the ‘congestion’ I grabbed the few chicken carcasses left from when I parted out meaties and tossed them in the stock pot, along with some onion, peppercorns, carrots, a couple ribs of celery, fresh from the garden thyme and parsley, a little rosemary and some garlic. I added a couple of necks and of course, the feet, which had been cleaned. Chicken feet make the best kind of stock because they are mostly cartilage and supply all the glucosamine and chondroitin you could want. I let it simmer all day and the smell is heavenly. Once it is done and everything has been pretty much leached into the broth, I let it cool down some, then strain it into another large stockpot. That goes to the walk in to chill, while I pick through the solids that remain, putting bones in one bag, the veggies in a bucket to throw on the compost and the meat into a bowl. I gleaned enough meat off of the 3 carcasses to make  Chinese Chicken Salad, with more than half a bowl left over. This is one of my favorite summer salads so I was tickled to have it readily accessible. The only things I don't always have on hand are fresh celery, bean sprouts and the chinese noodles, but I grabbed some last trip to town. The dry noodles will keep a pretty long time so I’ll be picking up extra next trip and I have ordered mung beans to make our own sprouts, as they don’t last long and often, I can’t find them in the stores I go to. Green onions are always available in my back yard, winter and summer. I always have dry celery on hand, but not fresh, so that is something that is always on the grocery list and I always make something that requires it when we get it home. Then whatever is left over, goes in the dehydrator for soups and stews later on.

Uncharacteristically, I awoke before dawn one morning and not from being in any pain. In fact, I felt like a million bucks, so I quietly snuck outside in the dark under what was left of the moon and headed to the back pasture. I’d heard Cletus barking so I figured something was out of place back there, although he was quiet again so whatever it had been, had already been handled. I snuk up to the alley fence and peeked over to see all the sheep had been huddled together out in the open at the top of the pasture. Both Maremmas were trotting toward them so apparently it had been an encounter of the sheeple-threatening kind. The pups suddenly became aware of me and seconds later I was met in the corral by 200+ lb of highly enthusiastic, wagging polar bodies. After establishing that our infatuation for each other had not dimmed, we watched the sun rise together. It was a wonderful beginning to the day.

EmmaLouMoo has been out back with the bull and about a dozen cows for the past several weeks. SushiMoo has been isolated as she is too young to breed, and we were using the opportunity of her being lonely to get her to bond with us and become a bit more social. She was able to come and go from the corrals and out to the horse pasture as she pleased. Unfortunately, she found a way thru the fences and was loose out with the rest. I was able to capture Wimpy and saddle him (something I had not been able to do in months) and rode down to bring all the cows up from the bottom of the pasture and separate Em and Sushi out into the corral. They tried to pull a sneaky by racing back around the octopus tree and trying to double back on me while we were caught up in the wet, mucky ground, but Wimpy was a good boy and we managed to head them off and accomplish our objective. It made me a very happy camper.

A couple of days later Sushi came in heat which was a relief because #1 she for sure didn’t get bred over night and #2 it means she can go back out there for a couple of weeks until she is due to come in again, at which time I will bring her up and separate her again until her heat is over and turn her loose again. It makes her a much happier little cow.

The Red Rangers are STILL not ready to butcher. We definitely won’t be buying anymore of them as they don’t hold a candle to the cornishX as far as being economical and quick to finish. I know a lot of folks like them because they are hardier, but as we’ve not had problems with the CX, we’ll happily stick with them. 

When I had gone to visit Wimpy and Mister, Thomas followed me into the big corral and waited at the gate. When I returned, he wouldn’t let me pass. The next thing I knew, he began attacking me. He was running at me and jumping up, flapping his wings and kicking at me with his feet. I was using a foot to kick him back each time but he continued. I finally hollered for Bruno, who rescued me by body blocking Thomas and keeping him from getting too close to me. The heavy socialization and bonding I did with the Maremmas, once again paid off. It looks like Thomas might grace our Thanksgiving table, after all. He’s happily residing beneath the raspberry bushes with the Rangers for now.

It’s been unusually hot this summer and the garden has suffered for it. The flowers and hidden veggies have been making a valiant effort to survive and compete with the weeds.

I love sneaking stuff like cabbage and squash into the flower gardens

Hopefully, next year I will be more successful in my battle with weeds and dirt. For now, I'll just settle for what we have and plan on starting more perennials next spring to fill in the spots that need it.

Going out with Randyman to feed the other night, Cletus roared and took off out of the corral toward the orchard. He was upset because THIS guy and his co hort were parked in the trees. Apparently, Cletapotamus has not forgotten that they killed a bunch of his meaties and he was unable to stop them.

As for the rest, he's been fairly vigilant so I've got no worries.

Yesterday I pulled the stockpot out of the walk in, skimmed the fat off the top and canned  2 gallons of chicken broth as well as 7 qts of mixed veggies-carrots, potatoes, corn, peas and butter beans. The plan is to be able to grab a jar of veggies and a jar of chicken I have canned, dump them in a pie crust with some gravy and have a quick chicken pot pie. I tested the theory last night and it was a GOOD plan!! I think I will can more veggies and perhaps a couple different mixes with mushrooms and such as this would be good for sheperds pie, beef pot pies and some other stuff too. It's been a pretty good week for me and I'm looking forward to August!
Jul. 31, 2013 6:30 pm
I can smell your stock pot simmering from here! Glad you are feelin' better.
Jul. 31, 2013 6:38 pm
So happy you have felt well for a few days. Perhaps it will continue. Praying so anyway.
Jul. 31, 2013 6:47 pm
so glad you had a good day (except for the attack by Thomas!) i love making homemade chicken stock and freezing it...too hot for me to put up now, but stock piling veggie cuttings and chicken bones/scraps to use at a later date. the pictures of your property are beautiful.
Jul. 31, 2013 7:13 pm
Never a dull moment for you! Life stays quite hectic for you! I'm glad for the beautiful pics you post!
Jul. 31, 2013 7:40 pm
I know I've said it before, but I just love your blogs. I am so grateful you've felt good these past few days. I would love it if you would give us your chicken pot pie recipe using your canned chicken and stock. We love CPP's, but not the ones in the square cardboard boxes.
Jul. 31, 2013 9:03 pm
Candice, all I did was make a pie crust, put in the veggie mix I canned (corn, carrots, peas, butter beans, green beans and diced potato) a jar of chicken I had canned, then took a pint jar of stock I had made and made a gravy for it. I filled it all up, popped on the top crust and baked it. It was great! I also made some extra gravy to pour over it for Randy cuz he likes LOTs!
Jul. 31, 2013 9:04 pm
..the nice thing was, the whole thing only took as long as It took me to make gravy. No thawing, no mess, nothin'. Now we can have it whenever we want, not just when I feel good.
Jul. 31, 2013 9:05 pm
Thanks everyone. I am STILL feeling good! I am praying that maybe I am going in to remission from the new treatment! :)
Aug. 1, 2013 2:45 am
I'm thankful you have had some pain-free time, too! B.T.W., that cabbage (in the flower patch) looks like a giant green rose! Thanks for sharing your world with us.
Aug. 1, 2013 3:58 am
Another great read and farm adventure . Thanks for a beautiful start to my day and so happy you had a reprieve! Hugs to you, continued prayers! Maggi
Aug. 1, 2013 6:57 am
Hey! This was nice to read this morning! I'm so glad you've had some good, productive days lately! As for August, please, take mine! Hotter than Hades down here in FL. :o)
Aug. 1, 2013 8:11 am
Another smile from one of your posts as well as a few laughs. Thanks for sharing, and I'm so happy that you had this good, pain free time. Many more to you!
Aug. 1, 2013 9:36 am
Hi Petey!!! I am so glad to read your blogs. They are the most interesting by far. Your flowers with the hidden vegetables are a hit. What a great idea. Please hug those furry white pups for me. So glad to hear you had a pain free day. I know how important they can be.
Aug. 1, 2013 2:25 pm
Hi petey, happy to hear about your pain free time. Hope those infusions are working for you. As always a very good read, lovely photos. Wishing you more and more pain free days. Take care.
Aug. 1, 2013 2:41 pm
Glad you are feeling so much better right now. That Thomas is one handsome turkey!!!. I think all turkeys have a mean streak in them. I remember being chased by them as a child.
Aug. 1, 2013 6:22 pm
Okay, I am gonna give homemade pot pie a try. Thank you Petey for the easy directions.
Aug. 1, 2013 7:19 pm
Things have just been going really well! Feeling like a million bucks! Thanks for stopping to say hi, all! Candice, let me know how it all turns out. It wasn't complicated, it was just a lot of work if I had to do EVERYTHING the same day. Canning made it into fast food for me haha
Aug. 2, 2013 6:01 am
Happy to see you're in an upswing these days. It must feel so wonderful to you to be able to do some of the things you love. There's a lot of beauty in and around your ranch. Love when you post pics. Only thing, when I look at one like the horse in the pasture, all I think of is - - -snakes! All I see here is an occasional garter snake, but even spotting one of those is enough to send me inside for the day!
Aug. 2, 2013 8:12 am
Petey, I love your pictures!! I am so happy you were having a great day, makes me feel better knowing you were able to go out and about. I hope you continue to feel better. God bless!!
Aug. 2, 2013 8:31 am
Thanks for the update on all the critters great and small. Hope you continue to feel good. Keep on writing.Love reading your posts.
Aug. 2, 2013 1:37 pm
I haven't seen any snakes recently sweetcook (knock on wood) I'm not sure why. There were a lot of them the year we moved here. Maybe the chickens and guineas bother them too much Thanks Cheoah and colorado cookie! You guys have a great weekend!
Aug. 2, 2013 4:02 pm
This is the first blog I've read on Allrecipes and so glad I did. What an delightful article. I'll be sure to read the rest of these. I see people commenting on you "feeling better". Not know what's wrong, I'll just say I hope you continue to feel better. I guess I'll get filled in as I read other entries. You really write a great piece. I enjoyed it so much.
Aug. 3, 2013 7:12 am
Another great blog. Petey so glad you are feeling better. Hope it continues..Again I will say I really look forward to your blogs..You really should compile them into a book... :)
Aug. 3, 2013 10:14 am
Petey love reading your blogs! love your pictures and everything you do, always look forward to your next blog, praise God your feeling better!!
Aug. 3, 2013 1:26 pm
Petey, thank you for another great read and beautiful photography. I love your photo of "meanie" Thomas. He is a handsome bird and I think the rascal knows it! He will be a tasty bird to grace your Thanksgiving table - LOL! I pinned your picture of Thomas onto my Pinterest board along with your "Time Began In a Garden" sign - both link back to your blog. Glad to hear you are experiencing some pain free days. Sometimes chronic pain causes us to forget that God is in the midst of all our storms. He will never leave us or forsake us. I am continuing to pray for you Petey :)
Aug. 4, 2013 1:52 pm
thank you lakelady, I appreciate your stopping by to say hello! ginger2, thanks, I need to do something, I suppose...but it sounds so much like work! LOL
Aug. 4, 2013 1:53 pm
lvmy2girls, thank you and thank you too, shearone
Aug. 5, 2013 6:38 am
Petey, what a beautiful turkey. Sounds like things are going well for you. I hope your pain free days continue. I think the best part of the day is early morning. I loved it when we went camping, I was always the first one up. I enjoyed those solitary moments in the early morning.
Aug. 5, 2013 6:36 pm
Early morning is beautiful and serene. I just love when I have slept well and wake up to see the dawn. Things are always looking up here! :)
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