We have so much snow on the ground that the wildlife, the deer especially, are struggling to get around. Many people in our area feed hay and corn to the deer, but we don't. However, in the past week we have been putting out some of our apples that are starting to turn along with extra beets and mangels. We put them at the top of a snowbank at the curve of our driveway where a deer path passes. We've been regularly seeing deer helping themselves to the goodies.
A week or so ago we heard that a lynx had been spotted close by. Last week we lost three hens and a rooster. The tracks in the snow were identifiable and not those of a lynx, but a bobcat. (Lynx and bobcats are easily mistaken for one another.) Yes, we feel bad about losing the chickens, but in a way it was their own fault. They were ones that refused to go into the chicken house, and preferred (bird brains?) to roost in a heavily branched evergreen right by the chicken house. We felt for sure they were going to freeze solid in the frigid nights we've been having, but Papa Pea got tired of capturing them every night (nearly impossible as they tried to outsmart him by roosting higher and higher) when they so definitely wanted to stay outside. Now we don't have to worry about them freezing to death. End of (sad) story. End of our Icelandic breed of chickens.
I can't remember if I mentioned I was giving thought to putting batting in my spring shower curtain (and am too lazy to go back and check) or not, but since I've been looking at it for the past day or so trying to decide how to quilt it, I'm thinking I want to use some batting to give the quilting more definition. I purchased a
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