Spring Is In The Air

Well, it’s that time!  There are very few times here in north central Florida when you don’t have to run the heater or the air conditioner.  Those are my favorite times.  I consider the weather to be “perfect.”

I just love when I can go outside and work without sweating a river or needing a jacket!  I wish it lasted longer than it does, but unfortunately it is very short lived.  But I certainly intend to take advantage of it while I can.  My list of things to do is endless, so I need to start knocking them out.

Huge silver fox rabbit

Silver Fox Buck

Wayne and I just got a new buck rabbit.  I’ve been needing one and actively looking for quite some time.  I finally found a Silver Fox buck that is going to be a year old the day before my birthday.  And he’s big! He weighs 10 lbs. now, and his father weighs 11 lbs.  We had to drive into the bowels of Interlachen to get him, but it was worth it.  We sure didn’t think so before we got there though.

The road we took from the highway turned into a dirt road that wound around the side of a lake.  We went in and out and around with the road getting narrower and narrower until it dead ended by a house where we couldn’t go any further.

Turned out that the house we could see across the lake was where we needed to be, but we couldn’t get there from here.  We had to go ALL the way back to the highway and take another road to get the houses on the other side.  This road started as washboard type gravel and turned into loose dirt mounded on the sides 6-10 inches thick.  We don’t have a four wheel drive vehicle and were slightly concerned as we went deeper and deeper into the woods.  The sun was going down and it was steadily becoming darker also.  Just as Wayne said he was turning back, the road opened out into an area where we could see chickens on the left and a garden up ahead. We had finally found our destination! None too soon, that’s for sure.  The owners told us that the road used to go all the way around the lake, but had closed off quite some time ago. I guess nobody told the GPS maps lol!

Anyway, today is a good breeding day, according to the moon phase chart, so we’re going to see if we can make something happen there!

Yesterday we went and picked some lemons, so I see juicing in my future.  Chelsea, Trey, and I juiced some last week and it’s really good. Chelsea found a fresh juice recipe online, and it tastes great.  I’ll share it in case you have fresh lemons of your own and would like to try it.

Florida orange Lemons

Florida Lemons

FRESH SQUEEZED LEMONADE

1-1/2 cups lemon juice

1-3/4 cups sugar

8 cups water

Mix all and shake thoroughly.  I use a plastic 1/2 gallon empty juice bottle to mix it up in.  That way it’s easy to store and pour.

I love these particular lemons, but don’t know what kind they are.  If you happen to know, please leave us a comment so we can all know.  They are huge.  As big as grapefruits and dark in color.  They actually look more like oranges than lemons.  But they are so wonderful!