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
We seem to be over the various sicknesses we’ve had of late and this weekend we actually made some progress on various and sundry things. They’re not hugely important tasks, but things that need to get done regardless. Saturday we did a rather fun thing… we set up the weather station that my folks gave us for Christmas. Yes, I know we’ve had weeks to do that, but it’ts really the first time we’ve both felt up to figuring everything out. You know how it is when you’re sick… your mind just doesn’t want to take on anything the least bit taxing. Anyway~ here’s the skinny. Continue reading
Wednesday night and most of Thursday, we had some fierce winter winds. They were blowing like crazy! On the littles’ side of the coop, the wind was just barreling through the small chicken door – heedless of the wind shield Sue put up for just this reason. So, Sue went and picked up some straw bales from Gem’s, our local feed store, and arranged a wind break for them. You can see Imen there, inspecting for bugs today. This is really the first day they’ve been out with the bales, because it was so bitterly cold and windy yesterday – they all hung around inside. Today it was warm and calm enough to have the door open for a few minutes when the sun was shining right inside. They love to hang out in the door way and sun themselves. Anyway~ Sue also added three bales on the other side for the biggies as well. Just so their food pallet would have a little protection as well. The biggies were out a bit more yesterday than the littles, but they are all still quite interested in the new hairy lumps that have been added to their run. I was out there watching them this afternoon, and I goy the distinct feeling they think that the additions are for a Christmas Barn Dance. I saw them making all kinds of little preparations….
The last couple of days we’ve had freeze warnings here. We did take them to heart, but we really didn’t think it would get as low as it did. I have the NOAA weather application on my phone, and it is pretty accurate about the warnings that it gives. I have it programmed for Ramona and for Hereford. So, while Ramona warnings were all about wind and extreme fire danger, ours were about freezing temperatures. Continue reading
It’s funny how when you do an image search on “Winter Is Here” you get so many Game of Thrones references. I didn’t search for “Winter is Coming”, but that’s what the majority of the images were. Anyway… tiff over. Even though it’s not technically winter – according to the astrological calendar, that date is actually December 21st and it arrives here at 9:28 in the morning – the temperatures are heralding its arrival! Currently it’s 41°, but the weather info says “feels like 36°”. Last night we received a frost warning that goes through tomorrow. There was also a small possibility of snow in the mountains last night, but I didn’t see any on my way to work. ‘Course, it’s still a bit dark then. We’ve had the citrus trees covered for a few nights now, and I’m contemplating giving the broccoli some water bottles to keep them warm tonight. Doesn’t take much to keep them from freezing. Continue reading