I say that Homesteading is like dancing. The challenge is you do not always get to plan what dance you will be doing. Today, the Lord blessed us with a quick step. Things happened rapid fire and we were just responding to them. Which can be a blessing and God always works things out for our good, sometimes it is just hard to keep your footing!
One the farm we are having a challenge with foxes. Today, the fox took our “pet” turkey. Now, we do not normally have pet turkeys, turkeys are here for a season and then they are frozen. This turkey had an umbilical hernia when it was younger. This needed time to heal and she was not able to go to butcher with everyone else. The problem then compounded itself. She became 30 pounds. We did not have a way to disbatch her on the farm and she was too big for the butcher to do. So we kept her until we had another plan. Little did we know the fox was the plan. My husband went out and saw the fox killing her. So we knew this was a fresh situation. As sad and horrible as it is. This meant that we would be able to save some of that 30 pounds of meat! We were able to save and cook that meat for the dogs. There was nothing wrong with it. It was perfectly wonderful meat, but I just felt safer giving it to the dogs than to me. This situation meant that our dance changed. We had to process this animal right away. We respected her, loved her and valued the gift God had given us, we did not want to see it go to waste.
While all this was going, I was in the process of making chapstick, bottling vinegar and rendering lard in the kitchen. I had to quickly finish what I was doing to make room for this blessing. Time to turn on the music, put your head down and just dance.
Making our own chapstick is something that we have started to clean up our lifestyle and use the blessings God has given us. We use the wax from the bee hive and coconut oil. That is it. Clean simple chapstick using the “waste” product of bee keeping. Part of the homestead is using all that you have been given.
The vinegar is made from apples. These are the storage apples that have started to go soft in the apple fridge. I chop them up, fill a jar with apples, water and a tablespoon of sugar. Cover with cheese cloth and let science do the work. This jar sat on the counter for 6 weeks till it reached a pH of 3. Today was the filtering and bottling day! It feels good to be able to make vinegar for my family.
The dance continues. This is the dance from a couple of weeks ago that I just never hit publish. It can be added to the snapshot of this weekend.