After a brief respite I have returned

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by MissPrissy, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Good morning, everybody! How are y'all doing this fine day?

    The last three weeks of the year are fairly tight around here. I have been flat out busy beyond busy from morning to night.

    My husband takes hs annual vacation at this time and all four of the children are home full time for two weeks. The cooking and the laundry alone requires extra hours of work.

    Then there is all of the cooking and preparing and planning to pull off all of the holiday magic. Since my oldest was born 20 yrs ago I have tried every single year to make sure they understand why we celebrate Christmas, the glory of the birth of Christ, and at the same time put the magic of the season together with Santa and his reindeer. It is a big job but once again I managed to pull it off. This year was a little different because this was the very last visit from Santa for my oldest daughter. 20 years is enough.

    Then there is the hoopla of the coming New Year with some of the same social obligations, making sure my kids are safe and having a good time, too.

    Mix that in with an uber geek husband who udates/upgrades our network and does other stuff so that I have limited or no internet accesses AND a cable company that was extremely unpredictable for the better part of a week and you will see another reason I wasn't here for so long. I couldn't get on the net! I was having withdrawals!

    I have had mayhem in my poultry house that has not only p!ssed me off but made me very sad. Something happened over the course of a day and a night. I went out to find someone had been picking and pecking and I had 5 of my best laying hens bloody and tattered and have had to move them out in their own small coop and play vet for the last week. One of the wyandottes I was sure wouldn't make it but she seems to be just fine now and healing nicely. I do know had this been the heat of summer there is no way I could have kept the flies and their larvea off of her. So yaaahhh for super cold weather and hens that are recovering.

    Back in October I recieved 27 jumbo cornish cross from McMurray and have been growing them out for meat. I am happy to report I have not lost any of those monster cockerals. We began processing them (HUGE JOB!) last saturday and it has been very time consuming. The smallest so far has weighed in at 10 lbs and the largest at 13 lbs. These birds just turned 12 weeks old and they are(were) the size of small turkeys. The breast of one bird will easily feed a family of six (even more if the children are young). My freezer and fridge is packed to the gills with chicken meat.

    I have been experimenting with rendering the fat from the chickens and using it for savory pie crusts for chicken pies and other goodies. Let this be a hint to all of you who process your own chickens - get a crock pot, render the fat, make pie crust for homemade chicken pot pies, dumplings, etc. You won't be sorry.

    My hens are laying about 19 - 24 eggs a day. I have a fridge full of those too! They move quickly as the people at our church love fresh eggs. (I have to remember to tell you the story of the giant basket of eggs!)

    Throw in 10 Christmas trees, 22 wreaths, 500ft of garlands, Christmas cards, present wrapping, cookie baking, candy making, basket making, goat milking, soap making, ornament making .........

    So, that is where I have been. It is all over now. January is fresh and bright. I am back in full swing here as of this morning.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2008
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] good to have you back............made me tired to read all you do girl............. wow.......... you are one busy is good isnt it........... now tell your hubby to stop undating [​IMG] , I do not let mine near my puter haha
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I wish I could tell him but I can't. We have an entire network in our house. It is because of his job. We run our own servers along with far too many pc's. Sometimes I have to take my medicine if I am to enjoy the access to the internet that I have here although I would prefer a lump of sugar to help the medicine go down. Perhaps the sugar would stop the shaking in my hands when I can't get on. LOL
  4. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I agree with okie....I need a nap after reading all that.....Welcome back!
  5. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    MissPrissy you have been sorely missed. It was like part of the family had up and vanished, I am glad your holiday went smoothly but at the same time I'm glad your back.
  6. peacebird

    peacebird Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    Wow! Makes me tired just reading about all you're doing...! (of course the fact I'm home sick with a fever has something to do with it too I think...)
    I have been curious about processing some of my birds for meat, but am not sure I could do it... Never have killed anything intentionally except blue crabs, shrimp, or fish - and some how they don't seem to count. I think the first birds we use for meat will be rounded up and taken into the valley to be processed for me.
  7. Hooray Miss Prissy is back, see what happens when your gone? we all get up to mischief, now we will have to be well behaved again.
    Wow you have been busy, sad to hear that your chickens were injured, I know that flies can actually clean out wounds,.
    I saw it first hand when my stepdog labrador x went missing but returned 5 days later with puncture wounds from a dog pack mauling. It was summer and she had maggots in the holes throughout her body, poor sweety.
    The vet said the maggots actually prevented her from getting sick and that the wounds werent septic as the maggots had eaten the flesh. Yukkky sorry.
    Anyhow, glad to see you back and Happy New Year.
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Wow!, And I thought I had a busy December!!...Glad your back and posting [​IMG]

    These BYC'ers really missed you!!.... [​IMG]
  9. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    MissPrissy--I'm so glad you're back! [​IMG] I figured you were extra-busy during the holidays, as I'm sure everything you did or made was equal to, if not better than Martha Stewart's.

    Don't you love the extra flavor that the chicken fat gives the savory pastry? It's a shame that the chickens I buy from the farmer don't have that much fat left on the carcass by the time it gets to me. I will have to ask around at the farmer's market and see if anybody there will save the fat for me.

    Peacebird--(love that name!)--do you save the heads from your shrimp? IMHO, that makes that makes the best stock for shrimp & grits, or gumbo. My FIL, DH & DH take a trip each fall and fish at the Outer Banks. They caught some shrimp for me because DH was tired of my fussing about not being able to buy whole shrimp.
  10. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    welcome back - just reading all that made me tired! [​IMG]

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