I wish all days felt like this one. We had beautiful weather and I was productive. I've had a ham curing in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks and it was time to rinse the salt off and hang it to dry for 6 months. I covered it with lard which I had rendered from Roxie's leaf lard a few weeks ago, then I sprinkled it with cracked pepper which is supposed to keep bugs away. It's wrapped in cotton cloths and is hanging in the basement. I hope it's edible when the time comes. It was a ham from either Calvin or Hobbes that I had frozen a long time ago so it may not have even been good to start with after being frozen for so long. I figured I didn't have much to lose (except maybe our lives if we die from e coli or something).
I said I was productive but I didn't say I was successful at everything I did. I tried making a cheese I'd never made before. For some reason my cow's milk hasn't been setting up like it used to. What I made will be safe to eat but it won't be the cheese I was hoping for. Who knows, maybe it will be a great new discovery (that I'll never be able to reproduce).
Temps have been in the 50s and should be in the 60s tomorrow. Our maple trees are raining on us so we decided it was time to tap them. It's always exciting to put the spile in the drilled hole and see the sap begin to run. Hopefully we'll be able to cook up a few gallons of maple syrup soon.
And just for fun, if you have 3 + minutes to kill, here's a video of Yogi and Willy playing. In case anyone is worried about me leaving my parrot alone with a cat, it's ok, I supervise them. Willy spends most nights in the chicken barn and has never hurt a bird, not even the small chickens. She and Yogi have spent lots of time together and seem to be fond of each other.