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Muladzh, what a wonderfully generous offer! It may be a while for me, as this upcoming year has some really good things in store. Pretty big things.

In June, I'll be flying down to Killeen to spend time with my daughter and hopefully will get there about the time the baby is born. Then, in Sept. DH and I are hosting a rather large family campout here at our home, in the 'back 40'. It's the cousins of my generation and my kid's generation, but no one under 18 if we can help it. Not so much because of any adult activity, but because we don't own the place, and there is way too much in way of farm equipment and such to entice younger ones to play on it, and possibly get hurt, or damage the equipment. So, we're not setting ourselves up for those kinds of problems. Plus, it will give the adults some "ME" time. It's just a weekend, but it will take several weeks, to a month of prep time to get the area ready and fenced off to keep the cows from getting in there and making a mess. We'll leave one side of the pond open for them, but the rest will be fenced off.

But, trust me, if things work out, I may have to see about taking you up on that offer as soon as I'm able. emoticon

Firle, your sister's house sounds perfect for them. It sounds larger than our place..lol. We have 2 bedrooms, kitchen/utility room, dining room, den and living room. One full bath and a toilet and sink in our room. The 'downstairs' is not really a downstairs. It's a dusty, dirty basement that's strictly for storage of canned goods, our camping gear(tents, chairs, etc), DH's reloading stuff (bullets for hunting), the freezers...basically it's a root cellar, with added benefits of storing other stuff. There is no living space down there at all. And, the only way to get into it is to go outside, around the back of the house and in that way. No doors from inside. One of many things I would change if this were my house.

Your dream sounds very doable! And I don't blame you for wanting chickens and rabbits for food. Rabbit is very good! I like it fried, but I bet it would be good in stew. Never had rabbit stew, but hear it's good eatin!

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There is a problem with Rabbit meat....

It has a kind of fat in it, that we cannot use, so the meat is totally non productive for humans - many people world wide, have starved because the meat was not compatible with human metabolism - However, all is not lost - add beef fat to it, and it becomes processable.

If you can't add fat to it, don't rely on rabbit as a protein source - it isn't..

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Interesting!

I once read that you can starve just eating rabbit (and nothing else), especially in winter when they are lean. In fact, that was explained in a YA novel. Good to know that adding beef fat will change that.

It makes sense to just mix them in a stew. emoticon

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Because of the total lack of food value in a rabbit, I don't usually eat them, but if it is all you can find to fill a stew, make sure that there is plenty of beef or lamb fat in there, to make it nourishing. Strangely enough, the meat of the close relation, the hare, is rather more edible. Squirrel is also edible, though finding a clean squirrel is not easy.

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I like squirrel, too, but not had either of them in a very long time.

I prefer my venison and chicken, to be honest. But I'm not adverse to other meats....LOL.

That's interesting about rabbit. I guess it's a good thing it's not one of our staple meats!

How are things going, Muladzh? Any new toys or projects?

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Preparing for Yule - we have guests coming, so need to get things ready. Been ordering toys for folk, as gifts, sorting out chaos, to make the place look nicer, and working on a couple of frustrating cases.. In other words, nothing much.

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Having company for Yule is great! Hope you can finish all the preparations in time.

And may your cases be solved easily! emoticon

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OH...lucky for your guests! To be able to spend YULE with one such as you is a blessing I may be a bit envious of... emoticon

And may your cases turn out to be not so troublesome... emoticon

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What fun! We rarely have guests at Yule...not 'spend the night' guests, anyway. Next year it's our turn to host the family...this year, we go to DH's brother's house. We alternate between their home, their oldest daughter's home and our home. Makes it easier, and no one gets stuck with everything all the time.

Sending blessings to wrap around your cases to make them a lot less than they are initially. emoticon

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