2021 September, October, November and December

The one biggy that I missed in August was the overhaul/revamp of our bathroom. We have a new shower and the bathroom looks fantastic. It took some time for hubby to get used to it but I love it!!!

Old shower was metal and put in around the 1950’s. It was rusting and that was through three coats of white enamel marine paint.

My doctor moved to another practice and I moved my records to a office in our town that my husband uses. Should have done it years ago!

We harvested peaches and apples and canned them after first making some fritters and pies.
Apples, peaches, pears, rhubarb, we had it all!
We harvested one super and four frames of honey.
One of the hornet nests that was full but European hornets moved in and killed the black hornets. September was an unusual month.

October brought in bow season and hubby gave me a new Tenpoint Crossbow which was awesome. I had the best hunting season ever!!!

8 pointer with my crossbow
Last of the tomatoes were canned.
Pears were canned. These were the first we’ve canned since moving here and they are so sweet and crunchy.
This is the inventory of the canning that we did this year. I canned and froze more venison throughout the hunting season. This year I added a teaspoon of salt, teaspoon of ham seasoning and a teaspoon of onion powder. It’s so good!!

Every year I have to have a mammogram and the last three years I always have to go back for a second and go through a biopsy, but God is watching over me and blessed me with negative results. I think God and country life brings me through with flying colors.

I started making homemade vanilla extract and lemon extract for my own use and some gifts. It’s amazing how much a small bottle of each cost and I think my homemade is better, it sures smells better!!

The bald and golden eagles were with us most of the spring and summer but have now gone to their winter area.

A private buyer came to buy all of our spring calves and the fall calves have all arrived safely. All of the hard work paid off and now we start over. We purchased two new bulls and sold our oldest one because he was getting too big especially for young heifer cows. We kept back eight raised here on the farm and bought eight from a neighbor. These sixteen will make up the losses of old cows over the last three years. They make a pretty herd but I’ve yet to get a photo of them.

Last but not least, I met and passed my Goodreads annual challenge this year, I made time to relax and read!!

2021 READING CHALLENGE

Congrats!You have read 37 books of your goal of 30! 37/30 (123%)

The year is ending and so much has happened across the world but our little piece of heaven treats us well and we try to keep it up as best we can. To all of my followers, family and friends we wish all of you a very blessed and happy new year with good health and happiness!!!

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Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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