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Fayette Co, KY, United States
I am a country girl stuck in the city, for the time-being. I enjoy the country way of life, and practice that in my home as best I can by canning and preserving foods, cooking and baking from scratch, crocheting, living vicariously thru the many blogs I follow about country life. I enjoy learning about raising livestock, and glean from my past employment and personal experiences of working with animals to fuel some of my postings. I have 5 cats, who keep my life interesting. And I am also an amateur poet. Thanks for stopping by and checking out this Farmer-gal who is caught in town, for now.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Long time . . . no post!

Hey everyone! I'm in town and at the library in Casey Co. It's been a long time since I posted. I've been pretty busy getting ready for the Winter, and just had a rick of wood delivered. Plus I have over a rick of "slab wood" that is from a sawmill - smaller pieces and slabs of wood taken off the logs that have bark on them. And everything is in the woodsheds.

I've spent the last couple-three weeks canning. Turkeys were on sale at the local grocery store and I bought 2, just one at a time. I put it in my cooler on the front porch to thaw, then baked it in the woodstove. The first one turned out a little dry, but I got an oven thermometer for the second one and it turned out great. Between the 2 birds I got 11 quarts of meat, deboned. Then I canned 12 pints of chili. And now have 40 lbs of russett potatoes in the cellar waiting to be canned, and will hopefully get to those soon. Although the grocery store here has whole pork loin on sale very cheap, so I hope to get a couple and can those with a little onion and garlic added, and I can process that meat raw, and it makes its own juice.

My latest purchases besides wood have been a double-blade axe, and a small hatchet for splitting some of the slab wood that is too wide for the stove. Oh, and someone asked me if I had electricity. No, I don't have it, and I have the wood cookstove for heat and cooking. I'm finally almost all of the way unpacked, and have some more things to sort thru before moving my bed up to the loft. The cellar is under the whole cabin, so quite large for a cellar, and there's plenty of storage space, and a ton of shelving made just for canning jars. And with the hard, hard rains we had in the last few weeks, it doesn't leak at all - thank the Lord!

Sorry no pics today. I have been coming into town to do laundry, then take it home to hang dry, and there are lines running across the ceiling in the loft, so I can take home what I washed today and hang it up inside. The cats are doing great, and my youngest, Pookie, has caught numerous voles, and is so proud of himself that of course he brings them to me. One of my females, Annie, caught a vole and brought it inside and it was still alive, and it got away from her, so I'm assuming it got out some way since I've not seen it for weeks - or smelled anything dead! LOL

I'm not sure when my next posting will be. I don't come to the library much. If I come to town, I generally just get errands done, and need to get home to do chores, etc. But I'll try and be more reliable in the future. I really appreciate all ya'll's friendship and for following this blog. Oh, my email account had been hacked, but I went in and changed my password, so hopefully that will cause the hacking-sending out spam emails to stop.

Take care everyone, and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I sure hope I post before Christmas, and maybe next time I can post some pics of the cabin and valley in the Winter with snow. We have had a little snow lately, but this weekend we're getting rain on Saturday, then snow on Sunday with very low temps. It was in the single digits at night a few times this week. God's abundant blessings be upon you all. I'll be back soon, from Casey Co KY.


affectioknit said...

A very Happy Advent Season to you!

Peggy said...

So glad to read you are doing great. Think of you often and hope you have a very wonderful, peaceful Christmas. Sounds like you are all prepared for winter at the cabin. take care my friend

Michelle said...

Glad to hear things are going well. Stay warm

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Thanks for posting, kathy! I have been a little worried about you :)

But, now I know you are doing wonderful and very busy!!!

Your kitties sound like they are having a blast! Country life suits them, too!
Hope to hear from you soon!!!
xo, misha

clairz said...

It's so good to read an update on your new life. You touch more people with your adventures than you could possibly know. I hope you have a wonderful December, and a lovely Christmas. I look forward to the next chapter on this blog, as do plenty of others, I'm sure.

Marigold said...

Just FYI. Your hotmail email has been hacked. Probably time to get a new email address. You'd think those guys would have something better to do with their lives. A goat would, I can assure you!

Rural Rambler said...

Kathy it is so nice to hear how you are doing! And good to hear that you are happy and that those kitties are good too! I am wishing you a Merry Christmas now since your puter visits are few and random. So Merry Christmas! I will be looking forward to some pics :)

Sue from Ky. said...

Yes,yes,yes!We are so glad to hear from you and that you're ok. The hacker sent me so many emails from your address, I really got worried. I let a few folks know on my blog that I thought that was what had happened, and Farmchick seemed to agree. She had gotten a strange email from your address,too, I think. Can't express enough how glad to hear you are fine. I know you will be busy,busy,busy,doing all the things you must,to make things work out better with no electricity and such,but you will most likely pick up some short cuts as you go along. Just know, we are all thinking of you, during this first winter. Put a kettle of water on the wood stove when you have it lit up. Moist air is warmer air,and healthier,too.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

one more thing...on your blog, change the way your e-address is written to kschanding at hotmail dot com; it's far more difficult for 'bots to pick up your address.

Unknown said...

Kathy, So glad to hear all is well. It sounds like the cabin and life in it are keeping you very busy! I'm sure your views are just beautiful after a snowfall.

Thinking of you dear friend!