Stash Report – July 24, 2016

Sorry for the lateness. We seem to have some kind of bug going around here and we’re both feeling a bit wimpy this morning. Not good!

 

Nothing used and nothing added in the fabric department:

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 2.5 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Fabric for 2016: 2.5 yards used

For yarn . . I finished the the fifth Tour-de-Sock and that was 370 yards. Camp Loopy/August yarn arrived and that was 1,300 yards. Also, a skein of Dream in Color Classy was part of the Pirate Pack for Camp Loopy that I had purchased so that’s another 250 yards added this week.

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 370 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 13,723 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 1,550 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 15,893 yards
Net Yarn for 2016: 3,116 yards (red means Iā€™m in the red!)

Yes, I went a little farther into the red but it’s an easy hill to climb to get back into the black.

Fig Kombucha

This morning as I was stirring up my brew, I was wondering what to put in for flavoring. So far, ginger is our all time favorite. I didn’t have any ginger in the house, have cuts on 2 fingers so figured digging in the dirt to get fresh ginger might not be the best idea for today so I was looking around to see what sounded interesting. Figs! We have those.

Fig Kombucha

Fig Kombucha

It was a small batch so I made 2 blueberries from Ikea blueberry syrup and 2 figs to see if we like that. If we like the fig, I’ll make more in a few days when the next batch is ready to bottle up.  Hmm . . maybe fig/ginger together would be good. I wonder if pumpkin/cinnamon would work with my fresh pumpkin. Not sure it has enough flavor to infuse the tea but what’s one bottle just to find out. I probably have enough goji berries that I can pick those and try a batch of that too.

Kombucha

Kombucha

With it being so warm, the kombucha brews up/ferments so quickly that I’m making just one batch instead of two so we don’t end up with kombucha taking over the place. In the winter, it takes a good 7 days for the first ferment and usually 5 or 6 for the second ferment so I keep two batches going. In the summer, the first ferment is done in 3 or 4 days and same with the second ferment.

We love that stuff!

Stinky Snake

There are no really gross pictures. You can keep reading.  šŸ™‚

For the past several days, when I walk out toward the chicken coop, I smell something dead. I told Vince “I smell something dead over there <—.”  In wife talk, that means will you please go see if you can find it? In husband talk, that means hmm, I can’t smell it from the recliner so I’m not worried about it!

I really didn’t want to find it because I was afraid it was something I didn’t want to see. My imagination can be quite wild!

I had already counted chickens and they were all accounted for. Yes, the little bantam is back and she seems to have lost her desire to live on her own after dark and she also isn’t trying to sit on the eggs and the other hens are back to laying where they are supposed to lay. Unfortunately, I had to buy eggs today.

So, my chickens were all ok. I walked around halfway looking but I really didn’t want to find anything. Then I remembered this plastic netting that we use pretty often. It will keep baby chicks from escaping through the regular chicken wire. It will keep birds off the peach trees. When it’s all wadded up, it’s the best snake trap ever! They get all tangled up in it and can’t get out.

I had avoided looking too closely at this pile but today decided I had to find that smell and yep, there he was . . in the pile of netting we had taken off the peach trees.

Stinky Snake

Stinky Snake

You can barely see him over on the left side . . a big fat black rat snake.

Fig Tree

Fig Tree

He was only a few feet from the fig tree and every day when I’m out there rummaging around and climbing in all the nooks and crannies, I’m thinking . . if I were a snake, I’d hide out in here. It’s cool, shady and damp. Almost every day I’m watering under the big fig tree.

Fig Tree

Fig Tree

I try to always search around for a snake before going deep under the tree, and I make lots of noise hoping anything under there will leave but the whole time I’m out the picking figs, several times a day, I’m thinking about those blasted snakes. Flip flops? Nope, I’ve given them up. Don’t even own a pair except my house shoe type flip flops that I don’t wear outside. Snake boots? Nope, they are way too hot, too bulky and too much trouble for just walking out for 30 minutes to pick figs. It’s either tennis shoes or rubber boots, neither of which are much protection against a snake but better than flip flops, I suppose.

Last year we saw very few and this year, I think I’ve killed 3 rattlesnakes, and have seen at least a dozen other snakes. And it’s only July, right? Lots of snake season still to come. Vince is pretty lucky that I grew up in a snake infested area or I’d have already packed my stuff and run away to a bit more civilized place. In southwest Louisiana, snakes are just part of everyday life. It’s pretty common to find them inside the house, as well as outside. I guess when you think about that, having the snakes we have here isn’t so bad but it’s still really nice during winter when we don’t see so many of them.