Remember when it was summer and everyone was happy?
I was well prepared to launch directly into 2014, bright eyed and bushy tailed... but wouldn't you know that this was the one morning that my hubby got up before me and took the dogs out. So I didn't have my One Bark Woof Alarm to get me up. I was still in a heap when The Big Man got out of the shower. I barely made it out to open the gate for him. Despite my slow start... I'm looking forward to 2014.
I think this will be our best year yet. A couple things are at the top of my list...
Pork chops. It's all I can think about.
1. Pigz. I can't believe I'm saying this but I can't wait to get pigz. More accurately, I can't wait to butcher grown out pigz. Last nite we had some epic pork chops - bone in, at least 2 inches thick, and a nice layer of fat. They were so beautiful that I opened a special bottle of wine that I had been saving. Remind me of those chops when I'm cursing those filthy beasts.
This is Lil Buff - she was one of my favorite hens ever.
2. Chicks. We kind of messed up this last year and did not effectively manage the layers. We need to make sure that we get a clutch of new girls hatched. I love my old biddies but we need some young layers to keep the egg harvest rolling in.
3. Not for reasons that you might initially expect.... but we are gonna have a bang up harvest of baby goatlings! The new guy, Tommy Boy, has really been putting in extra effort to get his chores done, if you know what I mean.
Tommy is so splashy that all this babies should look like this.
If my calculations are correct (and all of the goats are bred) then we can expect goat babies on 4/10, 4/12, 4/19, 5/24, and 5/27! So if we get 2 perfect doelings from each momma then that is 10 little moneymakers which means... *OFG takes out abacus and performs calculations...* I'm gonna be rollin' in the dough! Am I looking forward to adorable baby goats? NO! All I can think of is hundred dollar bills... which I will use to wipe my tears of joy when I sell all them babies...
4. The clearing project. We've been making progress on the clearing project initially started by the goats. Wow am I excited! I can't wait to turn this into useable area. We can improve the drainage, use it for pasture, and even better still - set up our fencing so the dogs can patrol this area. While I wasn't able to shake the weasel last year... he won't stand a chance this time. Take a swing at my meat chickens this year, you rat bastard, you'll have no where to hide from the Dog Horde.
Kai and Zander. Stone cold killers. Can't wait to hunt varmints.
5. Better firewood management. This year we are going to do better with our firewood harvest. Once again we waited too long to get it under control. We've managed to eek out enough firewood from our clearing project but this next year we really need to get it in gear.
One of the best things we've been able to do is to use a bunch of felled small trees. These were taken out of the years-past hog lots, topped, then cut into useable sizes. You wouldn't think that a bunch of "posts" would amount to much but we got a nice little whack of wood from them. They dry quickly and make a nice hot fire in our wood burning stove. Unfortunately some of the bigger trees, downed from storms, were left too long. We had high hopes for a couple trees that were snagged by others and not on the ground.. but they started to rot and so a total waste.
Mostly I can't wait for it to be summer again!
6. I can't wait to "cook the M" again this year! I was not prepared for how much we loved our own maple syrup. At first it seemed like a silly project.. but actually it was a lot of fun despite the danger of being raided by the cops. We've loved having the syrup so this year we will go all out. You might want to get that bail money ready tho.. you know how much I want to be involved in a resisting arrest charge. I should probably get ahold of my attorney too...
7. And of course I can't wait to get the garden started. 2013 was the Year of the Tater and I hope to have just as much success....but maybe this time more moderate success and not so much insanity. Oh who am I fulling? If they have 50# sacks of seed potatoes on sale I'll probably get 2 or 3 and really go all out.
Happy New Year everyone! What are you looking forward to in 2014?