There are a lot of things I would like to get done this weekend but there are only so many hours in the day. A few things really must be done though:
-Shopping-I always have to go shopping and to the feed store on Saturday. Phil will be working again so I will be going by myself (the car is much, much smaller than the truck).
-The 3 gallons of pink lemonade wine must be racked into the jugs. Normally that would have happened last weekend but the wine did not get to fermenting last week. Either the yeast was not good or it was just too darn cold in the house. Either way I made a yeast starter (yeast, sugar, water, yeast nutrient), let it grow for a day then added a cup of wine and let it grow again, added more wine and since I could see it was doing well, after a few hours I added it to my bucket of pink lemonade. It has fermented nicely this week.
-The pumpkins have to be dealt with. Some of them have to be canned to make pumpkin pie or whatever with. I am looking up recipes though so I can try something besides pie and bread with it. Pumpkin soup will probably be nice.
-The pansies need to be planted. I bought some pansies to plant in the larger cement urns but they have lived in the greenhouse for the past week.
-The garden needs tending. Some of the seeds did not come up and need to be replanted. A deer nicely dug into the cauliflower bed and although it missed the plants (mostly), I need to clean it up some. There are also lots and lots of leaves in the beds that need to be cleaned out.
-I need to get to my friends house and drop her off more eggs (I have 7 dozen again) and also give her some of the pear relish. Going to my friends house takes time...we talk a LOT. I will try to get that done before work today.
-The house needs a good cleaning. The house is dirty and cluttered. I need to stop putting this one off.
And, of course, there is always in the back of my mind (where I tend to shove it) my knowing that those last three meat birds have to go. I have had them way too long (I have come to like them--or perhaps that is what I keep telling myself so I won't have to do the work of butchering them). There are also a lot of bantam roosters that need to go as well. Just yesterday I opened the nest to one of the hens and found 11 live chicks (and one dead). Luckily I already had the brooder going for 3 chicks that the two of the other bantam hens hatched. So they all went in together. (The last batch of quail, 8, are finishing off brooding in a cage in the greenhouse).