This weekend was supposed to be a gastronomical get away with friends. We had planned an long leisure ethnic tapas style dinner, followed by walks to a highly recommended ice cream shop and a night cap or two before spending the night at a hotel. The dog has reservations at his favorite dog sitter who has a doggie door, that he just can’t get enough of. Work circumstances for Mr. Ranger Sir have gotten crazy. He has been gone all week and will not be home next week. He squeezed a single day off Saturday and came home for a little R&R. There was no way our out-of-town rendezvous was going to happen.
He came with plans for doing dirty laundry and wanted nothing more than to sleep in his own bed for hours. Unfortunately for him the birds we had not butchered because of nasty weather were getting wild. They were starting to fight. They were picking at everyone’s feathers and some of them were start to have naked areas. Yep with the precious single day at home we spent three hours of it butchering 11 chickens. We started at the crack of dawn and got started before the predicted record highs for Montana became a reality. We got rid about half our flock. Gone are all our roosters and the broody girls. We have 12 birds left, one from the 2011 flock, four from the 2012 flock and the other seven are what is left of this year’s chick order. We will have to butcher one more time before the snow flies and get rid of about half of what is left, but that is for another day.
Next came laundry, laundry and more laundry. I can’t say a bad word about this because Mr. Ranger Sir is sure he does laundry better than I can. After 35 years with this man, I just get out of the way and let him do it.
Then we cleaned up the coop. We laid in fresh straw, cleaned containers, topped off food and reminded ourselves about why we don’t do this many birds. The remaining flock is so much more settled and our role to keep they healthy, clean and fed just got easier.
We cleaned up and headed to town. Lucky for us going to town included a stop at the dump, because the butchering We decided we deserved a two hour time out, and took in a movie. It was cool, mindless and fun. Next it was off the K-mart to pick up a few supplies and then the grocery to find food to stock my husbands pantry next week in while on assignment.
Together we cooked up a couple of pork chops with a most amazing mango pepper sauce, along with a salad. It was nice to sit at the table and try and catch up with all that had gone on, and try to make plans for the up coming week and beyond.
The last thing of the night, Mr. Ranger Sir packed up his bags with clean clothes, groceries, renewed supplies.
It wasn’t the day either of us had planned but it was full of what need to be done. It is amazing what you can accomplish if time is short. You can squeeze so much in and even unexpectedly have a little fun too.