Singing the Swine Blues- not the Flu!
by, 12-15-2009 at 09:27 AM (1180 Views)
What an interesting few weeks it's been since I've had a chance to post. As you may have read in previous blog posts, my family and I thought it would be a good idea to raise a couple pigs.
We built a fairly nice pen in the corner of our rather large garden. (This was partly due to my own laziness, I thought that it would make it considerably easier in the spring, all we would need to do is remove the fencing and then till in the nice piggy manure.)
It's always easier said than done. Last week, the pigs decided they were bored with their surroundings and whilst dh and I were off working on a Roof, (due in part to recent 70mph winds!), they dug out from underneath their pen and took off into the woods, mind you, they were very nearly ready to visit the butcher. Suddenly we were out more than 300lbs of meat.
Upon returning home, we tracked their prints over several acres into severely thick underbrush, to no avail. A couple days later, we received a phone call stating that our pigs had been seen! Not only had they been seen, they had decided to dig a deep bed underneath a fellows shed, dig up his wife's flower bulbs and root around in their yard. They were more than 2 miles away. We tried catching them, trapping them, roping them (another very amusing tale that I'll save for another day). In the end we decided to leave them overnight while we reconsidered our options.
The next day, in the pouring rain and in 35F weather, we attempted to drive them back home through the woods, pushing them using voices, etc. We managed to get them within 1/4 of a mile of the house when they decided to run full speed down the side of the road and into oncoming traffic. At that point, we decided enough was enough. (Suey- you aren't going to want to read this part hon!)
I couldn't stand the idea of them running into someones car or running over the silly moped guy that drives up and down our road (completely clueless to anything around him at all times). So they met an untimely fate a few weeks early and I got a lesson in processing pork at home. Oy vey. Needless to say, we were thankful (for once!) that the weather was quite cold and we were able to hang them overnight until I could find someone to smoke the hams.
In the meantime, we rescued a pretty little Tennessee walker mare from extremely filthy conditions. She was quite ill and I received a crash course in Veterinary Medicine, learning how to give her shots of PC. Did you know that if a Horse has a cold, you can apply vicks vaporub to it's nostrils to help it breathe better? Even more interesting, did you know when a horse sneezes it can completely cover a husband in Snot? OMG, that was the funniest thing I ever saw in my life, and my sweet dh just stood there with a big hanky and wiped her nose like she a toddler. Personally, I think I would have hurled.
So with the farm critter drama keeping us busy, loads of Tornado warnings/watches and winds, the kids various activities- civil Air Patrol, theater productions/plays, and the impending holidays, I just can't seem to get a break to just B R E A T H E!
Yesterday, after driving an hour to the Meat processor, then another hour to pick up 600 lbs of grain for various critters, then home to make 15 lbs of fudge (literally!), frost & decorate some sugar cookies for a Holiday Party later that evening and then finally have a moment to get some laundry folded and put away, I finally had a few minutes to Design some labels and decorate a couple gift boxes of goodies, which I will post details and photos as soon as I get done finding some freebies this morning.