project weather

We had snow, Sunday we’re expecting rain… but more and more and I am feeling it is project weather! You know that we always have projects. We’ve accomplished a few, started others, Rhiann completed one while she was here and then Trent finished another just this Monday. So, as the sun rises and the sun sets become more and more beautiful, our weather warms and the days lengthen, more and more projects get placed on the list. Following is an update on the most current.

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snow

What goes through my mind whenever I hear the word “snow”

You may have heard. we had some snow. Started on Sunday afternoon. Slacked off over night and then started again with renewed vigor Monday afternoon. At one point, we contemplated changing Rhiann’s flight home because I wasn’t sure we’d make it out in the snow. Turns out that it was a good thing we did not. Tuesday we were socked in.

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chickenly observations by an objective party

If you are invited to a chicken farm, my recommendation is that you should expect to see chickens. Believe it or not, most chicken farms do have chickens, so on arrival, I am not surprised to see chickens bobbing around in at least four separate enclosures. The wind kicks up as I step out of the car and make my way inside, waving to Sue, who is in the middle of corralling the birds into one of their several chicken houses.

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sightings

As I mentioned, we have had some interesting sightings over the past week. The one on the left here, (not my photo, but taken here in Hereford) was from yesterday evening. Lenticular clouds are always so cool looking. What’s a Lenticular cloud? “(Latin: Lenticularis lentil-shaped, from lenticula lentil) are stationary clouds that form mostly in the troposphere, typically in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. They are often comparable in appearance to a lens or saucer.” Our other sightings were fauna.

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al

I thought I’d update you on our coyote problem. A hint: it’s been solved! To explain that, I’d like to introduce you to our friend Al. No, not my Dad, Al; although he is definitely a friend of the farm, but Al T. – sharp shooter extraordinaire. (WARNING: This post contains content that may be considered objectionable by some. If you are sensitive to talk about guns or hunting, or if you don’t want a kid to read about guns or the issues of predation and its control, just stop reading right now.)

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let’s rant on coyotes

When you walk onto the porch in the afternoon and the resident road runner is sheltering under the patio table, you might have a coyote problem. My first exposure to coyotes and road runners may be similar to yours: Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. You can see them here as they appeared in the “To Beep or Not to Beep” episode from the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies shorts (created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese). Every time I see our Road Runner, the theme song goes through my head… and it will for you now too! If you’re missing out, here’s a link to a YoutTube with the original song: https://youtu.be/OwYQsZuh2CM . Anyway, we are having issues with one coyote in particular. Here’s the deal…

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revels

To the novice Christmas participant, this may seem a rather late greeting; however, we are still in the midst of Christmas. There are twelve days, you know, leading up to Epiphany on the 6th – this is Christmastide! So we are still wishing you joys of the season. And, tonight, hoping that your New Year’s Eve revels are safe and fun, spent with your close family and/or friends. As for us, we’ll be home with the chickens, ducks, geese, goats, dogs and cats. Probably in bed by 8:30 pm Arizona Time.

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