Tuesday, September 02, 2008

September at Last!

It is finally September and that means the hottest part of the summer is over! We'll still have hot weather for awhile, but not like we have in July and August. Whew! I love when September rolls around and the hope of cooler days and nights reappears. Of course, that means the real estate market cools off as well and it has been freezing already. Our house has been on the market for 2 months now and we have had 2 people look at it. I don't know when we will sell it. But Jesus does and that must be good enough.

In the meantime, our turkeys are growing up.

They'll be ready for the freezer in another month or so. I'm a bit sad. The turkeys are actually quite personable. They call us from across the yard and will follow me around whenever we let them out. But they are food and not pets and I'm just going to have to deal with it. God has been good to keep us from having to move before we could process our turkeys. It would have been difficult to add butchering to our schedule if we were in the middle of moving.

One of our chickens went broody recently.

We have 2 little chicks running around as a result. They are so cute, but the mother hen has been trying to keep the other hens away from the nests to protect her babies. As such, we've not found many eggs in the nests over the last week or so. Normally we move broody hens to the other coop, but with 9 very large turkeys in there, we decided against it this time.

I'm still not packing or doing moving type things. I don't know why. I guess I'm waiting until it seems more likely that the house will actually sell. So much for walking by faith and not by sight. I am knitting again however.

I finally finished my green and blue socks. They look pretty good on my feet. This is the first time I've tried an after-thought heal and I don't think it will ever become my favorite heal technique. I like the good ole short row heal.

I'm still thinking about weaving. Every time I see Michael with his "Bay" I think about my next project.

Michael drags it around the house so I see it often enough to begin to be obsessed. And God is so good. I'd been obsessing over the Gulf Breeze Sunrise colorway over at Heritage Yarns for awhile and today while looking at the weaving yarn in my stash I found that I already had some!

It has been sitting in my closet for probably a year! I'm not going to use it just yet because I'm trying to figure out why Michael's "Bay" ended up being only 40 inches long rather than the 56 or so inches it was supposed to be. I wove until I could no longer advance the warp and I wound an 8 1/2 foot warp, but I just can't figure out what went wrong.

Since I still have more than half of the warp yarn left from Michael's "Bay" and some of it is still on bobbins, I might try to use it up on another short throw before I use anything else. Of course that means I am committed to getting done with the next project immediately because the Lord could move us at any time. I asked Kurt again today to lower my warping board. I'm hoping he might look at it tonight. If he is not too tired.


The Gingerbread House said...

Your Turkey's look devine, with a little more time they will be ready for eating....I hope you can!. When I raised Ducks and Chickens in NJ , I couldn't eat them ....and gave each NY guest one to take home with them. They thought I was so kind...Little did they know I was too chicken to eat them...(Some farmer I turned out to be :o)...Ginny

Heather said...

I love turkeys too Deborah. They make me laugh. I ended up keeping one tom and one hen from my batch and was so glad I did. I love their personalities. Even more, though, they are fabulous guard animals, as you know, anouncing to all that can hear anything that passes by them. They can see very far. Try going out farther and farther to see how far they can see you walking by before they don't make their announcements. They announce us even when we are almost 1/2 a mile away walking through the pasture. I keep them with my chickens and hope that their alertness helps keep the chickens safe from predators. The older the toms get the prettier they get, too.