The Ants Are Dead, The Butler’s Been Discharged

Hurrah for no ants in the kitchen this morning! Jen’s tip about vinegar must have worked! There are probably lots of thoroughly brined ants outside now, and I’ll probably be finding pickled ant carcasses in the flower bed for the rest of the summer. Yar.

The title of this post is a tad disingenuous seeing as how we didn’t actually have a butler, so I didn’t really discharge him. But if we did have a butler, I would definitely discharge him straight away and get chickens instead.

Or maybe not. I have been reading this incredibly interesting book called “The Encyclopedia of Country Living” that gives step by step instructions for how to live off the land. So far I have not found many things that I can actually implement, but it’s super fascinating. You know, you can read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods” with it’s idyllic pictures of making butter, tanning hides, curing meat, making cheese and so forth, but reading the step by step instructions for how to do those things gives me a new level of respect for pioneers and farmers! It’s all fun and games until you have to castrate a bull, you know?

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