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This post is just to say that my life is amazing and awesome and I have no real major complaints anymore. I was going back and reading my earliest posts and realizing just how much being heavily in debt and so on was making me a depressed cranky monster and in turn relying on peripherals to distract myself from how much things sucked.

I consider myself truly blessed to have gotten to HERE from THERE.
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In-laws have gone, and the house is finally empty of guests again after weeks and weeks. I'm adapting, somehow.

The cats have come out of hiding. The sheep are in their own enclosure, now, which makes the geese very happy indeed. It has been alternating sun and clouds today, and I've opened the windows a smidgen to air the place out.

I'm tired, but I'm happy to have my house to myself! Now to figure out what to give the beast for dinner.
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We now have barn cats and kittens, Muscovy ducks, Soay sheep, and Toulouse geese. The geese are still shy and settling in (we only got them this past Sunday) and as a result, I have no good pictures of them. We'll be getting two more tomorrow (hopefully female) in an effort to even out the male-female ratio, as our starter flock of Toulouse geese consists of three males and one female.

The party was a success, I think; we had around fourteen people in all, and I spent the day before it cooking for nine hours straight. There was pineapple chicken salad, spiced mixed nuts (coriander salted walnuts and brown sugar and cinnamon pecans), spinach salad with dried cranberries, blue cheese, pecans and tomatoes, asparagus salad with red bell peppers and artichoke hearts, two kinds of Aioulle spread, rolls, kitchen sink vegetable lasagna, lamb with lentils and peas and apricot, cinnamon clove sugar cookies, and a cinnamon-filled bundt cake.

If there were more, I forget. :P

And, without further ado, the pictures:

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The farm's been keeping us busy, especially with the soon-to-be arriving parents of the beast. Our latest expansion pack has been a flock of chocolate and blue Muscovy ducks, 22 strong in all (6 adult hens, 1 adult drake, 5 adolescents and 10 ducklings). I've been woken up a couple of mornings to find that the chocolate hen has used their shelter's roof to boost herself over the electric fence and into the pond; the beast has solved this by extending the fencing to enclose the pond. No more blearily dressing and rushing out to chase a recalcitrant duck hen back into the enclosure for me.

The kittens continue to grow apace; Nibs managed to smack me in the face with a claw today when I bent down to tie a shoelace, but as he was aiming for my hair, which I had let down, I can forgive it. Still, a surprising amount of blood from such an invisible scratch.

Wimsey has been yowling a lot and demanding on being involved in anything and everything I am doing until I sit down so he can snuggle up. The rest of the time he is yowling and demanding to be allowed out; his petulant demands go mostly unanswered, although he did get some chicken livers from the roast chicken I made the other night. The chicken scraps and bones went into the pot for stock, some of which helped me have dinner tonight; potstickers and chopped leek in chicken stock, mm. I do need to get soy sauce, though.

And without further ado, the real reason you all read this: pictures.

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Updates

The kittens are doing well; things are otherwise still a bit chaotic. Most of the work on the house has been done, but there remains certain items (mainly stair-related); and, of course, a metric buttload (as opposed to imperial buttload) of unpacking to be done. Many items still are in the storage unit in Seattle, waiting to be ferried to the house - the beast is ferrying some today (too many; 28 boxes, going to be interesting figuring out where to put them).

The brackets arrived at Ace today and I took them home only to find out they're the wrong size. I suspect the larger size will turn out not to work either, locking us in to buying the overpriced Rubbermaid ones; hopefully I'll be proven wrong, but tomorrow I'll have to go back and return them and try the larger size. Sigh.

I made pickles last night; a version of half-sours, but not sure about the pickling spice I used, may end up having to toss them, which would suck. I am going to be making bread and butter pickles, pear jelly and preserved plums very soon; also salsa. Probably later this week.

The kittens are getting so big! My babies are growing up. Sniffle. The fencing arrived too, so we're looking into building a coop and getting chickens soon.

Too tired to write very much today, but here are some pictures behind the cut. fussylogic, if you got my invite I haven't seen a reply; let me know if your spam filter ate it!

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More house pics when there's better light to shoot by. Also edited to add, for those three of you pestering me about my wishlist for housewarming presents, I /think/ this should be correct: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3MMBPI4HDV99T/ref=cm_wl_act_vv?_encoding=UTF8&visitor-view=1&reveal=

There's non-house-related stuff on it as it's a general list. :)
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On Houses and Kittens, part the III

Much of our work is somewhat invisible at the moment; pulling up electric fencing, getting rid of half-buried posts where trying to mow the grass and weeds could prove detrimental to one's health, etc. The beast has been keeping very busy with this work of late, and we're yet nowhere near done. However, one of the things we've done has been to acquire some barn cats for the workshop. Or more specifically, one barn cat. Four barn kittens.

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Oh, and the kittens' names? What else? Tootles, Slightly, Nibs and Tink.