Hams and Thoughts

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My dad cures a few hams a year.  Its something he enjoys and we all like country ham.   Weve had a bit of confusion this year and it would appears that some of our hams have gotten mixed up.  Generally speaking a 2yo ham is good eating.  A 1yo ham is good and is usually what you get at the store (if they are that old).  3yo hams start to get a little tough.  Notice the hams in order from left to right.  1yo 2yo and 3yo.   We don’t give away the 3yo hams and try not to keep them that long.  They start to dry up and usually arnt good.  We don’t have ideal storage for them and they hang in a non climate controlled barn.  Any who im taking the 3yo ham and am going to see how good it really is.  The thing needs to soak in water 3 or 4 days before cooking it.  If you never hear from me again you know the ham was bad.  Notice the salt deposits on the last picture.   YUMMY

 

Thoughts – What am I going to have on my new farm?

 

I dunno.  I know a garden and some chickens.  Do I want turkeys? how about worms?  to I want to grow things to sell or for self use?  So many options and so long til spring.  It just has my mind going all over the place.

Need a camera

Ive been wanting anew camera but cant justify the big bucks needed to get one.  I want something I can swap lenses and so forth.  I was playing with my brother in laws 2500$ work camera today(hes with the news paper).  The clarity and speed of consecutive shots is impressive.

 

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Long winded Post

You know live have been keeping my busy.  Ive been going to school, thinking about the kids, spending time with a wonderful woman, looking at seed catalogs, and thinking about the future.  Not just what im having for lunch but my goals for life.  This whole EMT thing is going well but boy there is a lot of stuff to remember.  We are starting to get into the skills section which is great for me seeing how im a hands on kind of guy.

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I like real trees.  I always have so I knew I was going to get one this year.  I decided to do something a little different.  We got a live tree so I could plant it after the holidays.  I think it will be a good reminder for me and the kids of our first Christmas in our house.  Trip and I went to bring the tree inside and….. well the root ball must weigh about 600 pounds.  We couldn’t even get it up the steps.    Hello Mr. tractor time.  I used the front loader to get it in the front door.

 

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Walking in a winter wonderland.   Its been cold here the last couple days.  Down around 0*.  We had a little Ice storm last night. Well, at least that’s what they said.  Its not enough to do any damage but just enough to make the stupid people scared to go out.  the roads arnt that bad just take it easy people.

 

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Grow seedlings grow.  I have some seeds I started a month ago that havent done a thing.  One is a KY coffee bean tree the other is a tree or unknown species we had growing when Emily and I lived in town.   Wonder how long or even if they will sprout?

 

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