I'm afraid I was AWOL for a bit. First, my husband came back from his hunting trip in Alberta with a moose. I am here to tell you that a moose provides a lot of meat. I know that, because I am the butcher. It took me 4 days to get him all put away. Part of the problem is my husband took the freezer and a generator, so the meat was frozen solid by the end of their two day trip back. It takes a while for something that big to thaw. I did a lot of roasts using the wonderful food saver my mom got me. Then I tried canning for the first time. I canned 21 jars of stew meat. YUM. Best of all I did not blow up the pressure cooker. My little sister will understand why I am so relieved about that. While all of that was going on, I also picked buffalo berries for jelly and wine. I apologize for not having any photos of that project. I forgot the camera.
I wasn't just in the kitchen while I was AWOL. I made a quick trip back home and then went with my parents to St. Paul, MN. I didn't take a lot of photos on our road trip. After our business in St. Paul, my parents and I visited my brother and then my sister and her family. Then on the way home I saw my Grandma. It was good to see everyone. I also enjoyed returning to the ranch in the fall. Words cannot describe the the smell of the prairie in the fall. It brings a sense of peace.
These are the farm pets; the dog is Wiley, and I don't think the cat has a name. I also got to meet my parent's newest addition on the ranch, Santee. She is a beautiful 3 year old POA. They are currently breaking her and wanted someone to do the stunt work. Namely, get on and off her for the first time. I miss breaking horses, so I was happy to oblige. She is extremely calm and the session was uneventful. I told Mom and Dad it takes a hundred photos to get the perfect one and the one with Mom and Santee is the perfect one.
Well, I'm sure you are as tired as I am now. I hope you enjoyed the adventures. Hopefully, I will be home and settled for a while. It was great seeing everyone and spending time with family, but it is also good to be home.