The day is starting to dawn now at 7 a.m. Our days are lengthening although we have a long way to go until full summer time when I can see the sky brightening at 4 a.m. What a different world we have in winter versus summer.
We're pulling out of our first really cold spell of the winter starting today. Or so they say. Yesterday morning we had a low of -17°. That was cold. This morning the thermometer reads 7° above with a forecast of going up to the high 20s. And then the same warmer temps for the coming week.
I put off town errands yesterday because . . . well, because I could. And didn't want to spend anymore time outside than necessary. The cold temps held on right through the day before the warm-up overnight.
I was ready to start a brand new cross-stitch project but decided to be disciplined (ahem) and finish this Easter themed one I started last year and then got disgusted with
When I decided yesterday to "make it right" I rectified the problem by painstakingly taking out both letters, redid them in the correct position and am now finishing the left hand side of the word. Easter isn't until mid-April this year so I figure I have a good chance of getting this piece finished! Provided I use all fingers with which to count, of course.
The light we put in the chicken house continues to reinforce the fact that chickens really do need a certain number of hours of light out of twenty-four to lay a normal number of eggs. Our eggs are now rolling in with good consistency, and we once more have enough to share. Yippee!
There is a problem in the hen house, however, which we think we'll have to take drastic measures to fix.
The little black bantam Silkie rooster has been viciously attacking our full-sized Black Australorp rooster who is about four times as big as the Silkie. The black bantam has drawn blood several times and is merciless in making the Australorp rooster's life miserable. The banty hens are laying well now along with the full-sized birds, but come spring time we have no desire to hatch a fertilized egg with what may be the genes of this particular nasty Silkie rooster. He is going to have to go.
As the temperature climbs today, I'm going to load my vehicle for the Recycling Center (does everyone accumulate as much cardboard these days as we do?) with all recyclables, stop for a few groceries at our Co-op, and pick up some material at the library that has come in for me.
Then perhaps spend some time on my Easter cross-stitch project. And maybe I'll bake that Blueberry Pie my husband has been hinting for.
Hope you all have a great weekend!