A cow ambled by yesterday afternoon as the kids and I worked on insulation. Anna pointed to it and said, “Behold the product of hundreds of years of selective breeding: a rectangle on legs.” Most modern cattle do have a strangely industrialized look to them. They don’t appear to be real animals at all. Heritage breeds look more natural. I like the diminutive long-haired Scottish cattle, and Belted Galloways; and of course the traditional small Jersey cows are very pretty, with their doe-like faces, dark, long-lashed eyes, and demure sweetness.
We finished the under-the-house insulation yesterday. Hooray! I made one trip to Home Depot to buy more staples for the staple guns and a few other things. A woman by herself in dusty work clothes at Home Depot is an object of interest to male employees and male customers alike. I had ample assistance in finding all that I needed.
Today I will not be insulating anything. I will stay home and dehydrate some pecans that I soaked in salt water overnight. (The salt-water soak disables the enzyme inhibitors that make raw nuts difficult to digest.) I also plan to make a pie crust and take the kids to the library.