Saturday, December 07, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
:: Inspired by Soule Mama ::
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Thursday, December 05, 2013
A record of what's growing on in our Bird House Garden.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Partly cloudy, 57/43F. Rain forecast for Saturday.
Bed 1: cilantro seeds, carrot seeds
Bed 1: Spinach, carrots... coming along slowly. Strawberries did not transplant well, but still looking like they could rally. Basil still producing.
Bed 2: Carrots growing
Bed 3: Pole beans twining, slowly... may be getting too cold for them to progress and mature
Bed 4: Garlic, and potatoes going strong, and lots of nasturtium. Very few coriander seeds sprouted.
Harvested: All of the tomatoes, and guavas are done. Lettuce will be ready, soon. We have plenty of radishes, but no fans of radishes besides the rabbits. Beets look good, too.
Roughly speaking, our chicas hatched in July. Early July. And chicks need between 20 and 24 weeks to mature and begin laying... excuse me a moment... (takes off shoes so she can count fingers and toes).
Aha! This is week 22, since their hatching. More or less. And so, I really shouldn't be too insistent with my big-fat-hens about eggs, not just yet.
Henceforth, I will revise my expectations, lay-off harassing them for ovum, and just continue enjoying the hens for their company and charms.
Good morning, chicas!
Hmmm... well, I cannot say what I find charming about that wicked, hawk-eyed gaze, but nonetheless, for some reason my chickens do charm me.
Inara Rabbit was licking Mako's tail feathers.
I have no explanation for this behavior.
I have no explanation for this, either. But I do love my goaters.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Now the brushes are cleaned, the paints are packed, we saved the butter, and put away the tools. The vest is finished. And, I guess, I am just catching my breath, gazing into the future and focusing on the days ahead. It's important to sit quietly, reflect thankfully, and breath deeply when contemplating the future, especially a future that includes Christmas, baking, lights, living trees in the house, church, wrapping packages, plans, parties, and hopes, and wishes, and stories, and grace, and peace, and love, and joy! Oooh... it's dizzying. In a good way.
Did you see what I did there? Ducks in a row. I can make myself laugh... an endlessly invaluable gift.
Geoff and I compared calendars, then Alex and I compared calendars, I ran some dates by Ruth, and confirmed our annual city holiday plan, and I even dashed over to Anna Banana's house, where we did more calendar work together! So many ducks! So many hopes and sugarplum visions! Anna Banana and I set dates for MNO, for making tamales, and for watching Elf. We have the Zoo on our calendar, making gingerbread houses, and more baking. There will be a second annual Solstice party. And Max and Alex have outlined unequivocal plans for their ideal Christmas... would you believe they say "no food" on Christmas? Apparently eating interferes with play, slowing you down, making you too sluggish, and that their energy comes from the pure pleasure of Christmas joy. They have other points and philosophies on the matter of opening presents, spending the day, appropriate attire, etc. It's oddly fascinating.
Fascinating and a teeny bit daunting, all these dates, appointments, and sugarplum visions. Best take my vitamins, and maybe take a cue from The Foo...