What a glorious weekend we've had. Although today it made it to not much more than 60 degrees, yesterday was in the 70s and we hardly knew how to handle it.
The garden and many spots outside are still very wet and muddy so work in those areas has to wait a while, but there's much that can be done outside now. It's so nice to work outdoors without my hands freezing within 10 or 15 minutes.
The poultry must line up by their pen doors because they shoot out each morning as eager beavers to scratch in the dirt, eat green grass shoots and head for the pond. The grass in the picture above doesn't look very green, but you'll just have to take my word for it that there are indeed green shoots coming up and the poultry is definitely enjoying the fresh fodder.
This morning was very gray and we thought we were going to get the predicted rain showers, but the sun prevailed from about noon time on. I'd like to hang the laundry outside tomorrow (for the first time this year), but the forecast I just saw said 80% chance of rain.
The precipitation would be bad for the mud situation, but good for making the rest of the snow disappear faster.
The goslings are growing so fast. Yes, all four of them are huddled in that pile there. No feathers showing yet to replace the soft fuzz, but I think they're starting to get their teenager faces already. Looks like the one in the front is giving me the Evil Eye, doesn't it? I'm convinced we have three males and one female rather than two of each sex we were supposed to get. Unless the weather gets a lot warmer quickly and they can go outside, we'll have to make a bigger brooder box for them because when they stand up their heads almost touch the wire on the top.
I'm sitting here well satiated after our dinner tonight. I was down to one package of cooked chicken or turkey in the freezer so picked up a turkey at our co-op this week and today made a full-blown turkey dinner, complete with pumpkin pie and whipped cream. The turkey carcass has been picked clean and several packages of turkey are in the freezer. I saved out a portion of meat to make into barbequed chicken tomorrow for sandwiches.
Yupper, it does seem like Mother Nature has finally gotten around to waving her spring time wand over northern Minnesota. When I got up at 5 a.m. this morning for a potty stop, I could see the day starting to dawn. Our long days of growing time can't be too far away.
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