Happy Snowy Birthday

It’s the first time we’ve experienced snow since we’ve lived in North Carolina.  While I don’t get too excited about snow (being from Ohio and all), it was a really fun birthday present yesterday to get to watch Ephraim get excited about the white stuff falling from the sky.

I should have learned by now not to take videos with the camera rotated, because I don’t know how to turn them upright. I want to share this fun video with you anyway.  Ephraim was really excited about the snow!

Pork Butchering

It was a lot of fun learning to butcher a whole hog. We were so blessed to have a sweet Amish man come to give us a hands on lesson in breaking down a half hog. He did most of the first half, and Graham took on most of the rest. He did amazing, and I could believe how beautiful all the cuts looked when he was finished!

Bye-Bye Pigs

Our two pigs don’t live here anymore. It’s been interesting trying to explain that to Ephraim, who still wants to visit them in the barn and bring them acorns.  Graham just got back from the processor with some hopefully-delicious meat.  He only took the black and white pig to the processor on Monday.  Her companion died Saturday night after laying behind the barn all day refusing to eat or drink or move at all.  She had been gradually losing her appetite for a few weeks and we were just waiting it out to see if she’d get better.  We’re sad to just have 1/2 the pork for the effort and investment we put in, but we have a feeling of accomplishment, nonetheless, and are excited about the butchering, sausage making, and bacon curing that comes next!  More on that soon.