I didn't get the job, so need to re-look at al Wonder what our future holds. I'm lucky to have a loving and supportive husband, who's hard working, but I get so impatient. I really want Herbie out of that truck. Every time he goes to work I dread having his bosses pitch up to tell me he's in the hospital or worse. Driving a bomb, particularly in this weather, scares me.
Worried about Liquorice. The bone in her leg isn't close enough to knit, it still dangles. So the end piece of bone has died, but the flesh around it is still alive. I don't know enough about the diagnosis in a case like this. Will the bottom part of her leg fall off, will it poison her whole system, should I butcher her. Ideally I'd like her to live, even if it's without the bottom part of the leg. She moves around well without it, and she drops beautiful lambs.
The boarded chickens are a little more work for me. Separate feeding, and have to give them water twice a day. I'm not sure how they'll do if I put them into the chicken house with the others. After losing the one Grey Silkie boy, I don't want to chance losing any more and they seem OK in the side yard. They're getting used to me being their care-giver and they seem quieter and more civilised than my lot.
Went out with Jackie yesterday up to Stanton. The quilt shop was celebrating an anniversary with cake :) and the antique shop was everything 50% off. I found a cast iron griddle and a bean pot then at the Goodwill, I found a corn shaped cornbread cast iron pan. Now all I need (want) is a chicken fryer and another pot or 2. At some time I'd like to upgrade my frying pans to older, better quality ones which are lighter that the newer pieces, but that can wait. Also interested in a few more enameled pieces. Have a white Le Cruseut oval dutch oven, but it burns every time I use it.
Had such a great evening at the Moselys' on Friday. All their family arrived for dinner, Angie made fish and chips, all from scratch. Their son, Adams' girlfriend, Katie, peeled the potatoes which Angie fried on the stove, the fish was Blue Gill caught here in Morrison Lake off David Hwy. Their daughter, Jessie, came with her guy, Gary and youngest daughter, Izzy, who is nearly 3. Such a cute and polite little girl :). Angies grandma lives with them and she was in and out all the time in her electric wheelchair. John said that this was what was important to him, his family all around him. And he's right. That's the most important thing. It was so nice being part of that happy gathering. John had de-boned the deer and alpaca, with Angie and I then cutting it up and packaging it with the vacuum machine. When Angie started cooking supper, John came and cut with me, and Jessie did the packaging. The cutest was Izzy, sitting between John and I, patting a piece of meat every now and again, totally surprised that I was her grandmas', whom she calls MeMe, friend. Angie was amazed that Izzy wasn't shy around me. I was so thankful for their help processing the meat, learnt a lot and came away with about 60lbs of steak, stew cubes, ground meat and biltong strips. Gave them some alpaca to try, and Angie found a website which advised that 50% of alpaca meat is seen as prime. Just not sure which 50% :). Neither of us have tried it yet, but she also gave me a pint of venison that she canned last year. We had it for dinner tonight and it was good. I actually cooked today, the first time in a while. Made oven-baked potato with butter and sour cream, fried cabbage with fenugreek seeds and apple cider vinegar, and the venison stew with potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and garlic. The meat was tender and delicious. Think I may can some too.
Also re-connected with Elizabeth. Now this may be confusing. She's my dads' second wifes' brothers' child :). She lived with us over 30 years ago in Somerset West, but being 2 years older than me, we didn't move in the same circles. She still lives in Durban and it's fun catching up all the time that has passed.