Tuesday, October 30, 2012
As the leaves fall off the trees and vistas open up, I'm re-amazed at how beautiful it is around here.
Our backyard isn't in the running for any beauty prizes, but I love it regardless. Aaron has been building a fort with the boys in our backyard. We all worked on it this weekend. SuperDuperUperStorm Sandy didn't hit very hard here, but it has been windy enough that we wonder how our fort has fared.
Hunting season started on Saturday, hence the orange caps.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I recently heard a piece on NPR about new research on social mobility (or lack therof) by economic historian Gregory Clark.
"If I just know that you share a rare surname with someone who was wealthy in 1800, I can predict now that you're nine times more likely to attend Oxford or Cambridge. You're going to live two years longer than an average person in England. You're going to have more wealth. You're more likely to be a doctor. You're more likely to be an attorney," Clark says.
Monday, October 22, 2012
It took all day for Aaron to process the three geese. Mostly, I was busy with other chores, but I did take pictures and do some plucking. The other birds I plucked, some chickens for a friends’ farm wedding years ago, had long clear worms in some of the feather follicles, and many little gnat-y, itchy “chicken fleas” that leapt of the chickens and onto us as we plucked. Iggy, iggy, iggy. The geese were pest-free and oddly endearing. I think because their feathers are so soft and because their beaks have a little up-turn at the base, so they appear quite cheerful about the whole affair.
Stop here if you don’t want to see dead-bird and dead-bird innards pictures.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Last Monday, Aaron went goose hunting and shot a Lesser Canada Goose:
Of course, when you kill the animal yourself, it takes a while to get to the cooking