As I’m sitting here sipping red wine and watching my beloved painstakingly dig holes for the impending hog pen I’m reminded how truly lucky I am. He won’t let me lift a finger to back breaking work, works a forty hour work week, spends time with the children, and still does chores like this without complaint.
So here’s my Rooster. In shorts and a T-shirt, this long haired country boy enjoying the breeze digging three foot deep holes for “Honey” the future pig.
Almost every day I wake up and look over at him and wonder how I ever got so lucky. To have someone who treats me like a Queen, and lives out here wholeheartedly and loves the life we have as much as I do.
You’ll notice “Honey’s” Taj Mahal made out of younens bunk bed. I think it turned out quite nicely, and especially since it cost us zero dollars in materials.
Today’s trip to the local farm store was almost $250! Hog panels (4), t-posts (4), wood posts (5), a grain bucket and water pail. Of course we forgot post nails, the gate, and metal roofing so there’s another $80 next trip.
This first year of being hog raisers is going to be spendy, but expected. Crap we forgot concrete too…
I’m looking forward to his hard work paying off in pounds of bacon, pork and hams. My garden plans have been made to help offset the cost of feed, and we prefer our animals to be mostly scrap fed. The eggs from the ducks and chickens are worth their weight in gold for flavor from scrap. Their orange yolks are the talk of the town, and relished at our table daily.
We’ve all labeled Rooster as the weakest link in this hog business. The youngens and I know that “Francis” and his tender heart are going to have a hard time parting with “Honey”. We planned on naming her after a pork product to keeps Francis’s heart out of it. I refuse to keep a hog past 280 no matter how the tender heart feels. We couldn’t afford to keep a hog longer for a pet, and lose out on the meat to sustain us for the year.
Sigh… he’s remeasuring….
Have I mentioned that I love this man’s sense of adventure?
Catch us next blog for an update… he’s done for today. LOL