Friday, April 27
Record Lows and Velociraptors
The record low is 25° set back in 1947.
Then I will be up, most likely with the baby in tow, making a bottle and adding wood to the hot coals. Tomorrow's weather is not looking all that spring-like either.
This weekend brings many tasks - stacking the rest of the firewood, moving the chickens portable pen, clearing all the downed limbs from last weeks winter weather reminder and finishing the soil spreading in the gardens. In addition, the mulch has arrived for the flower gardens and I am looking forward to spreading it. A cosmetic treat for my yard but something I enjoy immensely in that it makes everything look so orderly and gives my flower gardens an air of completion. I know that the whole summer will be a battle of weeds and wills, mulch or no mulch, but I count the spreading as a point on my side of the tally board.
Taking stock tonight with my feet up and covered by an afghan, I am thinking about my 7 new girls currently lounging under the heat lamp in the basement. They have already doubled in size and their brown feathers are just starting to show through the downy yellow fluff. I am always amazed at how fast chicks grow, but the most shocking part to me is how huge their feet are. Once as small as my thumbnail, they now resemble something from a prehistoric bird of prey. Their must be some truth to the theory that dinosaurs evolved into birds. I have 7 velociraptors eating chick starter downstairs.