When I came down this morning, they were really going -- the wind had blown open one of my french doors to the garden
during the night!
Coming down the stairs I am thinkin' "Why is it getting colder
as I go down?" The woodstove is on the first floor, so it is always warmer down there. Then came the smell of fresh air and the breeze, and the wide open door! Well! It sure did smell fresh in my living room! Thank you, brother wind, and
the f@#$*) manufacturer of these doors. No wonder both cats crawled under the covers with me last night (I did get a sliver of the bed).
The chickens are refusing to go outside! What happened to Yelllow Comets being an "extremely cold-hardy breed"? So I propped the coop door wide open and threw their morning snack on the packed-down snow outside. By the time I finished giving Marsha and Matilda their morning hay, a
few of the more adventuous ladies had hopped out and were checking out this white stuff. Most of them were crowded by the coop door, looking outside and squawking their dilemma: Stay warm or eat?
I ate, so I am going out now, to wrap bubble wrap around the coop (didn't get to it the other day). It will not look nice but it will provide some insulation for the ladies during the cold, cold nights. And I may be able to use the heat lamp less. It is 250 watts and adds quite a bit to my usage. I mean, it is nice that
the electric company thinks I am their darling but... paying for the popularity? H'mpffh!
Our friends Paul and Alice are coming to dinner tonight. They used to be teachers, then wound up running a homestead/ farm in Wisconsin, then moved to this area, and started a peony farm. That was, oh, maybe 20 years ago. It is impossible to visualize the beauty of the acres of peonies in May and June at their place. They have a very busy growing
season, then as the weather cools Paul picks up on his home-building jobs and Alice turns her focus to her editing jobs. Wonderful people, who carved out a lifestyle that works for them. It will be good to see them again, especially since Louie is cooking and I will just show up at his place for my care and
OK -- off to the coop with bubble wrap! Go, go, go! The fresh air will do me good. And just as good it stays outside!