I wish I could find a certain essay I wrote several years ago. As part of my great unfinished memoir about my and Homero's quest to get married despite the best efforts of the U.S. government ("an epic story of love, separation, and reunion; spanning all of North America and the third part of a decade") I wrote a few pages about what happens to my husband when he crosses the Mexican border.
Monday, February 27, 2012
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Now that Keizer meats has called me with the hanging weight on our tiny, skinny, little pigs (109 lbs and 137 lbs, less than I expected) I can do the math to figure out how much our own pork is costing us and whether or not it is worth it to raise two pigs.
|Price Per Pound||Estimated Weight|
|Smoked Products||Smoked Bacon||$5.50||1|
|Smoked Bacon - MSG & Nitrate Free||$5.80||1|
|Smoked Boston Butt Bacon - MSG & Nitrate Free||$5.95||1|
|Smoked Canadian Bacon||$5.75||0.75|
|Smoked Boneless Chops||$5.35||1|
|Smoked Ham||$5.25||2 to 5|
|Smoked Ham - MSG & Nitrate Free||$5.60||2 to 5|
|Smoked Hocks||$3.30||1 to 3|
|Smoked Hocks - MSG & Nitrate Free||$3.60||1 to 3|
|Sliced Honey Glazed Smoked Ham||$5.25||1|
|Ground & More|
|Seasoned Ground Pork||$3.95||1|
|Roast BBQ Pork||$5.75||1|
|B-fast Saus. Links MSG & Nitrate Free||$5.50||1.25|
|Bratwurst - MSG & Nitrate Free||$5.80||1.25|
|Chorizo - MSG & Nitrate Free||$5.80||1.25|
|Andoulle Sausage - MSG & Nitrate Free||$5.80||1.25|
|Cuts||Boneless Pork Chops||$5.00||1.5 to 3|
|Tenderloins||$8.00||,75 to 1.25|
|Fresh Hocks||$2.25||2 to 3|
|Shoulder Steak||$4.75||2 to 3|
|Shoulder Roast||$4.75||2 to 4|
|Loin Roast||$5.00||2 to 4|
|Baby Back Ribs||$4.00|
|Pork Soup Bones||$1.50||1|
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Except for a freak snowstorm that dropped twenty-some inches of snow and brought sub-freezing temperatures in January, this has been a very mild winter. Lots of rain, but generally above average mercury. Since the snow melted three weeks ago, it's been quite warm, and the earliest signs of spring are at hand.
Posted by Aimee at 3:23 PM
Sunday, February 12, 2012
A friend of mine at my church, who I'll call J., has had a pet project for awhile now. One of many projects, actually - she is the kind of woman who, in addition to raising her children, running the family farm, and helping run the family business also volunteers for the PTA, and generally manages to be a pillar of her community. The kind of woman I admire but will never, ever be.
Posted by Aimee at 6:08 PM
Friday, February 10, 2012
The time finally came to call our local meat processors and schedule the pigs for execution. These two have been slow growers - probably due to the time of year more than anything else - and just as loud and obnoxious as every other pig we've ever owned, and we are heartily sick of them. Sometimes, pigs actually bowl me over when I head out to feed them. These two haven't actually knocked me down into the mud, but they do chase me, push me with their horrible snouts, and scream. I am not actively frightened of these pigs, but I can't say I enjoy their company either.
Monday, February 6, 2012
The last time the farrier came out, he was unable to trim Rosie's back hooves. Rosie, remember, is my rescue shetland, who has some sort of abuse in her background and is absolutely terrified of having her feet touched.