The days are getting shorter and shorter as we get closer to the winter solstice. For those of you outside of Arizona, you may not know that we do not observe Daylight Savings Time, so we never change our clocks. That also means that for 1/2 of the year we have the same time as my folks, and our friends, in California. This November, California will be voting on whether to continue to adhere to Daylight Savings or not. If that passes, then we will always be an hour ahead of California. Interesting times.
So, as the days are getting shorter – we’re getting to the end of my summer work schedule. After this week I’ll be going in early and getting home around 1:30 p.m. We have a couple more days to do some early morning projects. Today we started by moving the RCW to a new pasture location. The layers had pretty well denuded the patch they were in when the RCW toppled. Now they have a great patch of grass, their wagon is braced up the wazoo and quite sturdy. The fence went in quite easily, due to the nicely timed rain. So they are set for another few weeks. It didn’t take us as long as it normally does as Dustin was able to help with the wagon; getting it leveled and braced, while Sue and I worked on the fencing. Worked out well.
Sue took some time, today, to take in another on-line class on herbal medicines. There is a symposium going on, somewhere in the US, and you can tune in, on-line, to some of the classes for free. She’s been learning quite a bit. This was quite convenient actually, as she was also able to hold Hedgewig most of the day while I was at work. Hedgie is not doing well at all; suffering from the combined affects of old age and cancer. Nothing anyone can do for the little girl, really. It’s a common ailment for hedgehogs in captivity. In the wild, the average age is two – in captivity 4-5. We think she’s around 4 now. Anyway, we’ve been taking it in turns, holding her today. Just so she knows she’s not alone. We’ve been giving her water with a dropper to help keep her comfortable – she hasn’t eaten for a few days – and carrying her around inside our jackets. She’s mostly just snuggling with us. She’s been a good little girl; I’ll miss her grumpy attitude and her little hissy fits. A friend of mine said to me, “no matter how small the creature, it’s always a huge loss.” That feels about right.
I think this is the end for today. Not sure how this week will progress, so we’ll just have to see what happens over the next couple of days. Until then, as always~
Thanks for reading.
Today’s Weather: We had a partly cloudy day. The high was 79°. We did have about 15 minutes of a good rain around 5pm. Looks like we might have more rain tomorrow morning between 5 and 6. Our overnight low is predicted to be 55°. Currently, at 7:29 p.m., it is 62° with 30% humidity.
Egg Report: Saturday – zero goose, zero duck, 20 chicken. Sunday – zero goose, zero duck, 16 chicken. Monday – zero goose, 1 duck, 15 chicken.