Saturday, December 08, 2012
The mystery of the house next door and other meanderings
For the past few days I have been working at teaching my two-and-a-half-month-old bottle calves what it means to be part of a herd, and how it feels to roam around on thirty-plus acres. They are too young to toss out there full-time, but they can start learning. Already they have learned that electric fence is liable to be found anywhere on the place, and after running through it twice, they now avoid it. They have learned to give Babe, the big Hereford, a wide berth; she has a low tolerance for young whippersnappers not related to her. I wanted them to learn to keep their distance from from Adam's horses, but Tude and Sassy have surprised me: For some reason, they let the two babies hang out with them in peace. Maybe they know Christmas is coming and figure Santa would want them to be nice to babies. Speaking of Adam's two horses, notice my new header picture in which you can see Sassy showing off as she runs to greet Tude.
I am trying my hand at making cheese again. Things went better this time; I gave the rennet an hour longer to work than I did yesterday, and it set up nicely.
If you have a Nook, or a Nook app, or if you read Nook books on your computer, I finally found out there are lots of free ebooks for it: Just go to Barnes and Noble's website, go to the search feature for Nook books, and type in 0.00; you will find hundreds, maybe thousands, of free books. You can find free books for Kindle at ereaderlove.com. You need to check often, because some of them are only free for a short time. I just finished reading Francesca of Lost Nation, set in Iowa in the 1940's. One of the best free books ever! I did have a slight problem with the fact that the country folks in the book had indoor bathrooms, since everybody I knew in Iowa as a kid had outdoor toilets. Even schools and churches had outhouses! I overlooked that little shortcoming, though, because the author did a great job of making me love the main characters so much that I was sad when the book ended.
I mentioned recently reading "The Jungle", a book that changed the way meat was handled just after the turn of the century. Well, this morning in the process of reading a freebie book, "Accidental Farmers", I was lured into actually paying for an ebook called "Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry". Guess what, folks? There is still a lot of work to be done in the meat industry. Maybe Cliff and I will just keep on eating meat we have raised ourselves.
Well isn't this a meandering entry? I had better quit before I go off on yet another tangent. Besides, I have books to finish.