Yesterday I made my way across the desert. Slowly because it’s always a difficult trip for me physically, and a little worse this time because of some other health issues I’ve had going on the past couple of weeks. But, by going slowly and taking many long breaks that allowed me to walk around a lot, I made it to my parent’s before the sun set. It was a 10 hour drive this time. I think I’ve taken longer. I let Sue know when I arrived, she gave me the weather report for Hereford. They had been having thunderstorms for quite a while. The dogs absolutely hate the thunder; I’m not sure that the cats enjoy it either. It hadn’t really rained, and that was good – because of the chickens – and bad – because we need the water. She sent me a photo, though, that shows it was raining not too far from us. Continue reading
We are so very close to Monsoon season, I can truly feel it! It is so darn hot and muggy – that’s the feeling it part. The clouds are also making monumental appearances each day, there just hasn’t been any rain. We are praying for rain, daily… we are living in a dry and thirsty land at the moment just waiting to bless the rain. As I’ve been thinking about that, it’s funny that a friend of mine and I had a long text exchange about that song by Toto, “Africa”. I’ve embedded my favorite cover of it above… right before the rains begin, this song runs through my mind. Enjoy. Continue reading
Sue’s been thinking a lot about water lately. I’m hoping that means that the Monsoon Season is quickly arriving. According the National Weather Service, the “official” start of Monsoon season is June 15th. The doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll be getting a rain on that particular day, but that “in general” the season begins around then. Technically it begins when the dew point is at 55° for three days in a row, in Phoenix. But the weather service got tired of trying to get that information out and decided to just pick a date. Whatever, we’re praying for it! But praying for it, also means you need to plan for it! Holding it, directing it, moving it, using it, keeping it out of structures, etc. So, we’ve been talking about a few ways of doing that. Continue reading
and… it’s Monday. Sue and I were just talking about how quickly time files. Days are fleeting in and of themselves, weeks and months melt away. It is amazing to me. Especially when we are trying to get anything accomplished. I know that there are scientific reason why time seems to speed up as you get older, but I can’t always wrap my mind around that. Makes my head hurt some days – yet it fascinates me. I like listening to pod casts about this interesting topic… if you want to explore along with me try Radio Lab: there’s one specific episode I’m thinking of called “Beyond Time” – I’ve given you the link there, also look into Krista Tippett’s show “On Being” – she interviews some pretty cool people who talk about the essence of time. I’m thinking specifically of physicist Brain Greene who said recently, in a conversation with Krista Tippett about “Re-imagining the Cosmos,” (hey! this took me a while to find again – so check it out.) “If you went by your senses, you would think that time is universal. [That] It ticks off the same rate for everyone, regardless of their motion or the gravity that they are experiencing. We know for a fact that that is not true. We all carry our own clock, and it ticks at a rate that is hugely dependent on those features of motion and gravity. So there’s a very long list of things that you would be completely misled by if you relied on your senses to understand how that feature of the world works.” That sort of stuff blows my mind— I LOVE IT! Anyway, here we are today, experiencing our own time, through the week, over the weekend, and *blink* we’re at Monday. So. What’s gone on? Continue reading
The winds that is. Every time I think we’ve seen the highest winds, they get higher! Today we caught a high of 54 mph as it was showing on the weather station. At another time, I think the meter was overwhelmed because we had an amazingly strong gust, which did some minor damage around outside, and it never moved from 28 mph. We’ve had a slight chance of rain all day, and have had some; right now it shows we have around 41% chance of rain, but the humidity has dropped a bit in the last couple of hours. We might not have a respite from the wind until late tonight or early tomorrow. Continue reading
Definition of cagey (cagier; cagiest)~ 1: hesitant about committing oneself “officials are cagey about giving out details”. 2a: wary of being trapped or deceived: shrewd “a cagey consumer” 2b : marked by cleverness “a cagey reply” Then there is our addition: 3: feeling drawn to making cages “its been raining for 3 days and I need something to do in the house; I’m feeling a bit cagey.”
It has been raining for 3 days now. We needed it so badly!!! Thank you, God, for sending the rain. It’s been such a nice, steady gentle rain too, the kind that just soaks in really well. Wonderful! It has filled up our holding tank to overflowing (which is a great thing because I ran it out – bone dry – accidentally one day – and we’ve just been waiting!), that happened on day 1. So far we’ve had a smidgen over 2.5″ , almost an inch in the last 24 hours. That’s great! Continue reading
Do you feel the love? Our chickens don’t think they got much love today, it was wet and stormy. We, on the other hand, are so grateful for these wet things falling from the sky!!! The weather continues the tradition of raining on my birthday. I used to hate it as a kid, but I really have come to enjoy it as an adult. So far, our little rain guage has recorded .11 of an inch of rain, but it’s supposed to rain through out the night and into tomorrow, perhaps. It has been rather cold, with the wind that has accompanied the rain. Continue reading
The second part of Sue’s “deal” with our friend, Ron, began today. They have started construction on the Mobile Chicken Coop. I’m not exactly sure what we’re going to call it. I like “The Romni Chicken Wagon,” but we’ll probably settle on something quite mundane, like “The Chicken Trailer”. Can’t you just see it painted red with colorful floral designs, we could hang solar lanterns from the corners and unfurl a shade cloth when it’s not too windy. I think I might be idealizing it a bit,
but that is my want. Anyway~ I came home from work and quickly snapped this photo because I said to myself, “Sue has probably been working away and not thinking of taking photos at all! Especially not any action shots with Ron in them.” So this is on the fly shot. Then, she surprised me by sending a photo after they had the floor attached. They did a lot of planning today and figuring out the best way to do the overall project. Then they started out with the floor. Sue had purchased these screws that were supposed to go through the metal frame, but
they ended up having to drill pilot holes through the metal frame first and then put the screws in through the wood into the frame. Whatever the method, the floor is now attached. Ron’s coming back tomorrow and they may begin framing the structure. I’ve asked Sue to take copious photos of the entire process, so we’ll see how that works out. Until then, as always~
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Today’s Weather: It was a really nice day today looks like 72° was the high, currently – at 6:27 p.m., it is 66°. Our lows overnight continue to be in the high 30’s; tonight the overnight low is going to 37°. No rain in the forecast. Our winds stem from the west, currently at 11 mph, gusting to 18 mph. The warmer weather has the fowl in great moods – it’s like they can sense spring is right around the corner. Even Roma was in the mood to share the little black pool with her favorite duck. I was cleaning out the kiddie pools, so they were looking for a good place for a clean soak. Sue was able to capture this from outside the fence… Roma always seems to know when you’re trying to catch a photo of her.
Egg report: So… our egg numbers continue to fluctuate… it doesn’t help when I drop the things. Happens almost every day – except today. Over the weekend, this is how we fared: Saturday we had 7 chicken with one 1 broken, 1 new duck. Sunday zero duck, 10 eggs with 1 broken, zero duck. Today, we still didn’t have any duck, but collected 10 eggs, and I didn’t drop any. Also, shot this right quick while picking up eggs this afternoon… doesn’t it just look like spring?! I love the colors we’re getting. No two eggs are alike at all. We even have someone laying light beige eggs with brown spots; very cute.
Today is Groundhog day…do you care? Did you even remember? I didn’t, until I got home and started poking around on the internet. Supposedly, we’ll be having 6 more weeks of winter. Which, for us, means 6 more weeks of opportunities for winter rain. Which would be a good thing. Then, in my poking around, I come to discover that the groundhog is only about 40% accurate. Poop. I bet my hedgehog could predict just as well. That got me to wondering, what else do we rely on that is only 40% accurate? Continue reading
When I say, “Quick Post”, I’m not referring to those boxes that you can purchase in the post office…. well, I guess they are really called “Ready Post”… but rather the fact that we only really have time for a short post today. I also need to apologize for the absence of a post on Friday; we ended up unavoidably detained in the ER (my fault – all better now), and I just never got my act together this week to do a make-up, and now, here we are at Monday, already!!! Let’s see what we can come up with to share… Continue reading