Lola’s kits all have their eyes open now. They will be two weeks old on Thursday. My how time flies. Every morning and every evening there is at least one kit out of the nesting box. Lola has been very good about letting us put her babies back in the nesting box. They don’t quite have the ability to get back in by themselves. They can flip up and over the side, but can’t reverse that action. This morning Lola let me pet her after I put the kit back in the nesting box. This is remarkable progress because she only likes to be touched on her terms and never in her cage. Maybe she is finally learning to trust us. I kept it to two strokes of her head though. I’m not pushing my luck.
The Italian prunes are ripe or almost ripe. I’ve only picked three so far, but in a couple more days a lot more should be ripe. They taste really good this year. My neighbor has more trees and has offered to let us go pick the fruit if we will leave her a basket of them on her porch. She doesn’t have time to pick them herself. I might be able to freeze a few gallons this year instead of just quarts. That would be nice. Fruit and potatoes were about the only things I grew this year besides the herbs that came back from last year. And I noticed this morning that the dill I had planted last year that died, must have self-seeded, because I had dill growing in the herb bed. I am excited because now I don’t have to buy any for my last batch of pickles.
This afternoon after school I’m going to head over to Joe’s Garden and pick up 20 pounds or so of green beans. Well, I should call first, but last Tuesday they said they should have them in a week. I am anxious to get some more canned and fill up the shelf. I bought lids yesterday so all I need to do today is wash jars.
Has anyone reading this ever frozen rabbit fur until they had enough to tan? I have ten pelts in the freezer. The directions I’ve found say to thaw them out before putting them in the alum and salt solution. How long does it take for a rabbit pelt to thaw? I am thinking of taking them out at night and leaving them to thaw in the garage overnight and then putting them in the tanning solution in the morning, but I’m not sure if that is enough time for them to completely thaw. Anyone know?
Oh, that reminds me, I need to purchase some rubber gloves and find a paint stirring stick and fill an empty gallon container half full of rocks. It sets on top of the furs to make sure they stay submerged in the solution. Well, maybe I’ll wait until Thursday night then to take them out. Then I can put them in the solution Friday morning and on Sunday we can work the furs the first time. I am going to follow this method by Marsh Prepper:
It seems the easiest method for a beginner.