February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but in Wisconsin it seems the longest.Winter is dragging on, and after a tease last week of rain and temps in the low 40’s F we are now back to single digits above zero for highs and below zero lows. March can’t come soon enough! I left the lab I was working in for a different project in the same department, this one is only 3 days a week and a much better fit. Now I will have time to do all the things around the house that have been slacking while I was dealing with the work drama. The winter has been spent doing a lot of fiber work and curled up in front of the woodstove.
I will be doing a work exchange one day a week at a friends farm to pay for our pork and mutton and will be trying to get the business up and going again. I have not made soap in months but that will be remedied tomorrow, Nan is coming out and we are going to get back into our regular soap/project days.
We got our new hive and ordered the replacement bees for the original and a new nuc so we will be up to two hives this year, my seed order came and since I will be home again (at least more than last year) this growing season we will be expanding the gardens. I need to get knitting small things for sale, headbands, washcloths, that type of thing. Hopefully our fruit survived the winter so I can make some jam for sale as well. We will see if we can pull off this 3 day a week thing financially.
I am getting my energy back for being more creative in the kitchen, so there will be a new recipe from my Seven Centuries of English Cooking Challenge, I also got a book from the library “Shakespeare’s Kitchen” so I may be using that one as well.
Eliza had 8 kits, 7 of them survived the first few days and now they are healthy squirmy 2 month olds.
The chickens have started laying again, but very sporadically. The older two are going into the freezer sometime this summer and we have an order in for 3 new chicks. We are limited by the city on how many hens we can have so we really can’t have any that are not producing. They are 4 years old and have been pretty spoiled so that is a good chicken life in my book.