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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring has Sprung Part II (Survivors)

 
Grape Hyacinth

Red Bud

Dogwood

Hosta

Violet 
Violet
(the kind that grows in the neighbors' yard)

Azalea

Tulips

Really? Dandelions already? And sideways ones at that. Crazy. 







Now, let me properly introduce you to Violet. Violet shares the neighbors' yard with Ginger. You might remember Ginger from here. Ginger is loud and crafty. Violet is quiet and sweet. But I think she lies. At least I hope she does. I join her at the fence to visit and she tells me she hardly ever gets pet and that I am the only one that loves her.

 

Animal Behavior

I made my way up to the coop last night to visit with the ladies.

They love the rain.

It was raining the first day I brought them home. I was so worried about them getting wet that I chased them around their pen and tried to convince them to go inside the coop.

Last night they were perched outside, gossipping in the drizzle. "Did you see that squirrel?" "Oh, I saw it all right."...

They made their way inside as I walked over to my access door. "Ah hem. Our water could use a little attention. Though it is nice to see you." (My hens are so polite.) 

After setting down the fresh water I just stood and visited with them for a while. The ate and continued to chat, there was some dancing, they pecked at some more food and indulged in the clean water. Then Eleanore straightens up looks Kathy right in the face, and goes in a for a peck/kiss. It looked kind of violent, but considering chickens don't really have graceful, fluid movements I think she was just helping Kathy groom. (Kathy had something stuck to her beak.) Then, of course, it was time for more water.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Will Power

Not only did Tractor Supply have 2 large galvenized tubs of chicks, they had ducklings as well. The minimum chick purchase is 6, ducklings 2. If we only had a pond...  Anyway, I made it out with just my 50 lb bag of pellet. It was tough though with all of the fuzzy, little birds clumsily falling on top of each other trying to get the warm spot.

Remember my boots? I got mine from Target, but they had the same style at Tractor Supply. Somehow that made me feel validated.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Uh Oh.

I was checking prices on layer pellet on the Tractor Supply website and came across this banner.





I'm done for.
If I go missing you can probably find me under the warming lamps playing with the chicks at Tractor Supply.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bunch of Pansies

Last night I brought the pansies in off of the front porch. I thought it was supposed to get pretty cold and I didn't want to see wilted flowers. (Then again, pansies are pretty hardy- probably could have left them out. Oh well.) 

The daffodils have had their run and they were starting to droop a little anyway. If the tulips were more portable I would have brought them in too. We had quite a few just about to open. I am curious to see how well they survived the mid 30's last night.

Last year when we had similar weather, the azaleas had just blossomed. We used every spare tarp, blanket, sheet we had trying to protect them from frost because...

2 years ago when we had similar weather, the azaleas had just blossomed and we said "Ah, they are plants, they'll be fine." And fine they were, but what an ugly existence. The clean white flowers collapsed, wrinkled, and turned brown.

Guess I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed. (which makes it really difficult to type, by the way)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In the News

Knoxville begins taking applications for chicken licenses.

I may or may not have filled out an application.
I may or may not have to go underground with Kathy and Eleanore and our adventures.
I may or may not be living on the edge.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Look at what I Found

A bloomin' onion!
I had tossed half an onion into the composty goodness of the lasagna garden a few weeks ago and found this when I pulled back the tarp the other day to spread some grass trimmings.



I re-"planted" it in the flower box where all of the rescued worms are residing. Obviously we are not great consumers of onions, so if I start to harvest them - who wants to be on the onion list?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Incredible Edible

Whenever I am out at a restaurant to eat breakfast and the server asks me how I want my eggs I often reply with great confidence, "Over Easy." And then I stammer and shake my head and correct myself after double checking with Aaron that what I actually meant to order was "Over Medium". 

For some reason my mouth must find it easier or more fun to say "over easy" than "over medium."
One day I will be bold and order them Sunny Side Up - but I probably won't eat the whites.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Back in the Saddle again

Yesterday evening I got on my road bike for the first time in 6 months.
All I could hear in my head was this song...



for the better part of 15 miles.

Just thought I would share.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Worms

I tend to do my yard work in stages (i.e - I'm lazy) so the pile of leaves and other plant matter that I had raked out of Charlie's yard a couple of weeks ago sat in the driveway and began to decompose quite nicely with all of the rain we've had recently. When I got around to picking that pile up yesterday there were probably 20 or more worms wriggling on the pavement.

(You know how sometimes after a rain shower there will be a bunch of dried up worms left on the sidewalk or other non porous surface? That grosses me out a little, but it also makes me sad. Worms cannot breathe without dirt. Or maybe more accurately, the moisture in the dirt.)

Anyway, I didn't want a bunch of crispy worms in the driveway, especially since their deaths would have been on my conscience. So for about 5 minutes I picked the worms up off the driveway -first with a stick, then with my fingers after I got over the heebie-jeebies - and placed them in a planter box full of potting soil.

Under one smaller pile I uncovered a family of four. There appeared to be 2 good sized parental units and 2 scrawny children. The mom and dad were laying as parallel lines, touching. I think I may have interrupted something, but my knowledge of worms is pretty limited. And I seem to remember some worms are asexual which means they can reproduce without a partner. But again, I am pretty new member of the Greater Knoxville Worm Rescue, I haven't had time to read all the handouts yet.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Daffodils


Steven N Meyers

I was concerned for the early bloomers at the top of the driveway. I just knew they were going to open, be pretty, and then freeze and turn brown and fall over. But, they didn't. They are still standing tall and delightfully yellow.

NatureMandalas Etsy Shop
Apparently daffodils don't bring out the most inspiration when it comes to photography - at least not with the results provided from Google Image Search. I too have an uninspired picture of the first daffodil to bloom on my camera so I decided to expand my search to Etsy. I highly recommend clicking on the caption.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Map

A map of my poison ivy rash.
Maybe there are not sooo many dots on my stomach and right hip, but a rash exists none the less. 
Yesterday was the first day I didn't have a new blister pop up.
Let the healing begin.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lasagna

My lasagna garden,  aka: pile of leaves, discarded fruit and veggie peels, hay, newspaper and chicken poop, is now "baking". Before I put the tarp over the pile I mixed up the ingredients a little bit and found an earthworm. I'll take that as a sign of good soil.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring Cleaning.

Last weekend I did a little cleaning in the coop.

I scraped and shoveled all of the well-used hay from the winter,
filled up the basin with fresh water,
and brought in some new hay.
I like the put the hay down as tiles to give Kathy and Eleanore a chance to make it their own. You know, give them a sense of purpose.
You can view the fresh hay dance here. It starts around second 20.

video




Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Daffodils, Lasagna and Spring Cleaning

I have some photos on my digital camera.
All I have to do is plug my camera in to the
USB port that looks like a lady bug...
and click "OK" or "Next" or something.
For some reason this task has been difficult
to get around to. But none of the topics of the
title would be fully explained without the photos.
(Or, at least would be less entertaining.)
So I am going to try to get to it.

And another thing: Nuggets!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

February's Figures

I don't know how many eggs I actually got this month. I have had a few no egg days and a couple of 3 egg days. Mostly 2 egg days, though.

The important part is I still have 2 chickens and they survived yesterday's flood. Does that count as a traumatic experience? The coop is on pretty high ground...