|Howard's hair is growing back nicely-- it's longer now.|
Friends have blessed us all summer with visits to the farm-- sometimes just to cheer Howard in his recovery, often to do farm chores that he couldn't. Two or three old friends got to get on a tractor to mow our pastures for us-- thrilling, they say! Tom came early in the summer, while Paul took a turn this month.
|Friend Paul hadn't been on a tractor for a long time.|
My sister, Iris, and my sister-in-law, Stacey, accompanied my daughter to Hawaii in June, when she attended Ag Discovery, a USDA-sponsored educational "camp" for teens. My gosh, that's going the extra mile --or 3000! (Now I know, it was probably more fun to do that than if the camp was in, say, North Dakota). In August, Iris picked Em up from band camp in Duluth, days after Howard's surgery.
If I forgot to mention anyone here, please let me know-- I am spinning out memories here, as they come-- I want to thank you all.
The Beauty is in all of nature around me-- fall is really coming, now. The maples outside my window are beginning to turn colors, and the fields of corn and soybeans, all around, have gone yellow. We have two apple trees-- Honeycrisp and Freedom-- that produced bumper crops of apples this year. Before the birds could get them all, we picked and brought the apples inside.
Daily, I put apple slices in the dehydrator (did you know that one teen can eat 5 dried apples in a half hour while reading a book?).
Apple butter, apple sauce-- mmm-- these apples don't keep well, or bake well-- the Freedoms turn to mush when baked, or soften while stored. So-- many quarts of applesauce we'll have. I also have the BEST apple butter recipe around.
|LOVE my apple peeler/slicer.|
|Some unemployed ram lambs, next to Little Red Oak Apollo, a polled Shetland Ram. All are for sale.|
|A Quad brown ram lamb, still available.|
|Mari and Lassi, the sweet Finnsheep ewes.|
Things are looking better every day.