In the admin statistics for this blog, I have a record of search terms that led people here. There are the expected searches, like things relating to goats, or root cellars. Some are a little surprising. The top terms that bring people to Rural Dreams are searches for a recipe for rose petal jelly, and searches relating to dogs eating tampons.
Then there are the ones that make you wonder. “Pictures of chickens when defecating”? Really? Or “chicken with raggedy bum feathers”? “Do sun city palm desert garages have rebarb”? Huh? “Porn”? When I read that last one out to Hubby, he laughed out loud, and said my blog must have been the very last click on a totally epic night. How many pages in would you have to be in on google to find this blog with that search?!?
Some of the search terms make me wonder if the seekers found what they were looking for. I even have good answers for some off them, but I don’t know if they’re really typed out, here on the blog. It’s been bugging me, here are some of the questions, and my answers.
How long can you keep unwashed eggs in a root cellar?
We’ve kept them in the root cellar for several months, even in the summer. It does depend to an extent on how cool your root cellar is, but even if it is a cool-ish room temperature, you’ll have a couple of months at minimum, as long as the eggs were fresh from the chicken when you put them down there. In the UK (and possibly other parts of Europe, though I wasn’t paying enough attention in other countries), they don’t refrigerate eggs at the store or in homes – they are often kept on a basket on the counter. Of course, the UK doesn’t experience the same sorts of summer temperatures as, say, Texas, so your location does play a role. However, most root cellars will keep a reasonably stable cool temperature right through the summer, so you should be fine.
Also of note, if you have any question about whether your eggs might be good, drop them in a glass that is three- quarters full of water. If they float, discard them. If they sink, they’re probably fine.
How to melt winter snow quickly for toilet flush?
Well, first, don’t flush the toilet if it’s only pee. That’s a waste of good water. It takes a few gallons for a satisfactory flush, and it takes something like eight or ten gallons of snow to get one gallon of water.
We found the most effective way to melt snow was in large pots on the stove. One trick, though, is to melt one pot full by continuing to add snow as things melt and compact, then let it get quite warm. Pour that into a five-gallon bucket of snow (if you have one), and the heat from the water will melt a lot of snow very quickly.
If you suspect you will need to flush a number of times, it is efficient to scoop up pots and buckets of snow in the evening and bring them in the house to melt overnight. Then you can heat the resulting water to melt a bigger bucket-full for flushing.
What to do with 20 pounds of cherries?
I recommend eating as many as you can. I am happy to eat both sweet and sour cherries out of hand, but I am odd that way. They are a pain in the neck to pit. If you have a cherry pitter, it is a little more manageable, but it is still an awful lot of work.
If you are still determined to preserve them, the best way of doing so depends on whether you have sweet cherries or pie (sour) cherries. Sweet cherries freeze fairly well, especially if you have a vacuum sealer. Sour cherries are best canned, in my opinion. I have tried making jam from sweet cherries, and found it fairly bland; pie cherries make a delightful pie filling or jam. You could also make them into pies, and freeze them that way.
Can homemade ice tea stay out on the counter?
Yes, but not for more than a couple of days if it is sweetened, especially if it is hot out. It will, in fact, go off. Even if it is unsweetened, molds can grow in plain black tea, though unsweetened iced tea would probably last longer than the sweet stuff. If in doubt, give it a sniff, and you’ll know. However, to me, the whole point of iced tea is to have a refreshing cold drink, so we normally keep it in the fridge.
How long will my infant goat live without food?
It depends on the age of the goat kid, but if it is still exclusively nursing, then you probably have hours, not days. The baby goat gets its liquids from the milk, as well as its nutrition, so the main issue here would be dehydration. By the time a goat kid is a couple of weeks old, it will start experimenting with nibbling hay and grain, but it may or may not be drinking from a bucket. If you are desperate, dip your finger into some water, then drip it in the goat’s mouth, or give it some in a baby bottle with the nipple sliced a bit to make the hole bigger. This will buy you a little time to figure out what to feed it. If it is a brand-new newborn, however, it needs colostrum right away, which gives it some antibodies to keep it from getting sick. Without that colostrum, it does not have a very good chance of surviving.
Pics of dreaming cute baby?
Yup. We can do sleeping:
Or waking up:
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