My Thanksgiving prep started on Tuesday when I picked up 2- 11 lb Vermont turkeys I picked up from Yankee Farmers Market in Warner. I took one of the birds apart and vacuum packed the parts. The other turkey I brined on Wednesday around noon and then took it out of the brine before I went to bed and dried it off and left it to dry in the basement fridge. I was up very late on Wednesday....actually it was Thursday morning when I got into bed. But I got up at 8 am to get the bird out and ready to put in the oven. I enjoyed the preparation for the meal and sharing it with my former neighbor. After dinner was over my friend left and I did my farm chores and the dishes before I headed to my friends house for dessert and a movie. It was a very nice day overall. I am very thankful for all my friends, family and workmates for their support since Brandon's death, I am very lucky.
After all the cold weather ,today was a relief. The Septic is half done and should be finished on Monday and the roofers come Wednesday. I got the 100 gallon and 50 gallon stock tanks free of ice and turned over. The faucet on the south side of the house had thawed so I could fill the two 50 gallon heated stock tanks in the barn. I got all the buckets set up for the winter (hanging up close to the stock tanks) and rehung the donkey's mineral block that had been pulled down the first time I put it up.
I collected all the hoses, finished cleaning up the planters and finished putting the barn door back up . Overall it was a good day.....unfortunately is will get cold tonight and we will be back to winter instead of fall.....how sad...I really like fall...no bugs.
I have been very proud of myself.....I bought a smart phone , got it up and working, got new dental and health insurance and managed to get a new EZ pass transponder for my car.....all by myself. Although I did ask my sister for help on the health insurance. All of these things Brandon use to do and when things happened with my phone he dealt with them. It is amazing how many things come up that you never had to worry about before you got married and then once married things became very complicated and each partner took on what they were best at....most of the time. I am very thankful for my friends, family, neighbors and my dog Zorra for helping me to navigate this last year.
Mary Will Sussman