- The hard cider is still bubbling away in the guest shower.
- We think we saw a gander flirting with one of the geese.
- I want to make this. It could be the thing that pushes us over to add pigs to the farmstead, at least for our own use.
- I have 15 turkey poults on order for spring. No more new livestock projects for 2015.
- Turkeys eat grasshoppers. Grasshoppers eat apple tree leaves. I grow apple trees, not grasshoppers; I eat turkeys, not grasshoppers. Ergo, I want turkeys.
- I don’t think I’ve ever written a sentence before where I could use the word ergo.
- R has dreams of building a smokehouse. I can guaran-damn-tee you it will be small enough not to need a permit. There’s no accounting for taste, I know, but we saw this and have been saving bottles ever since.
- We have made some new friends, and he (of the couple) also has dreams of building a smokehouse. How cool is that?
- I ordered all my garden seeds for the year. My sense of optimism and expansive enthusiasm peaks, not with New Year’s resolutions, but with the seed orders. There are never any weeds, geese or tomato worms in my January vision of the summer garden. When the mailers and boxes start arriving, I sober up and wonder what have I done?
- Luckily, the seeds won’t arrive for at least a week, so I can bask in my imagined bountiful harvest for a few more days.
The long-anticipated snow storm dumped overnight. We didn’t get nearly the amount of snow that had been predicted, but it’s moisture and we’ll take it.
The geese, hatched last May, had not seen more than a dusting of snow before this storm. The cold doesn’t seem to bother them–they live inside feather pillows–but the deep powder snow confused them.
We pen them up at night and each morning they clamor to be let out. Usually they attempt a flight or two and settle down with a fresh bucket of water. This morning’s launch didn’t go so well.
I will give them this: they are hard-headed. All but one made it around the hoop house to the goat pen (they love taunting the goats). But they were exhausted. Little girl blue (the color of her leg band) foundered in the snow. R had to carry her back to the pen. I herded the rest of the flock back with a broom and penned them back up.
That didn’t silence the complaining, of course. A head of lettuce mollified them for a while.
In the afternoon the sun came out and we let the geese back into the garden. Naturally they had to congregate by the goat gate. Which only meant the goats started issuing their own complaints. We gave the goats some wilted roses to make up for it. Silence around here is a fleeting blessing that I gladly purchase with grain and cat treats. When you can get it in trade for compost-makings, it’s a win all around.
It’s clearing off, going to be cold tonight, everyone will need an extra ration of grain before dark. R loaded up wood for the stove a couple days ago. We’ve got a ham in the oven and some football to watch before wrapping up the first day of the year. Hope you’ve had a good one too.
Every New Year’s, one of my goals is to start with an organized Lightroom catalog, last year’s photos keyword, all my images backed up and my gear ready to go. This year was better than some: I just finished burning the last back-up for 2014 and keyworded a few images that were lingering on my phone. Here is a checklist for photographers and bloggers to do to start the new year right.
- Download all your image files: Bonus points if you get them catalogued, keyworded and backed-up, but start the year with empty memory cards. Don’t forget the images on your phone!
- Change your in-camera programmable dates: My camera records a copyright message that I have programmed for the current year. Yes, I can edit that metadata entry in Lightroom later, but let’s get it right in camera. Now’s a good time to check that your camera’s clock is set correctly as well.
- Update your blog or website copyright date: Nothing screams “untended web content” like an out-of-date copyright notice. A few days won’t matter, but it only takes seconds. If your blog theme doesn’t automatically update it for the current year, get in there and fix it. You only have to change one digit this year, how hard can it be?
- Update your watermark: if you use a custom watermark with a copyright date in Lightroom or Photoshop to save images for the web, remember to update that too. Update any Lightroom presets that use the watermark while you are at it.
That’s it! Four things already checked off your to-do list for the new year. You can get back to those important parades, football games or holiday naps.