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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Updatery

What a week! Projects are stacking up like cordwood.

Aside from the mundane, we also finished our taxes. Huzzah! We won't go to jail--and a senator will get a new yacht.

Chicks: Of the first batch of eggs, five were duds. Judging by the yolk, it looks as if they were fertilized, but they never matured past a few days. The eggs in question seem to be coming from a specific hen. Time will tell if this was a one time thing or if there is a hen producing weak offspring. They're still young biddies so it could be a fluke.

The rest of the chicks are doing beautifully. They are adorable and very friendly! The dogs have already met them and approve.

Goat pen progress:  
My friend, Mike Keyton once saw an aerial shot of my property and said something to the effect: You live in a bloody forest! (Ya gotta love Brits and their fondness for understatement!)

Well, Mike, we just chopped some trails into that forest so we could build a goat pen, and your words kept echoing in my mind. The goats will take care of the remaining brush, but I didn't realize just how long it would take us to clear four straight lines in order to site the fence.

We don't have a lot of acreage, but I want to keep as many trees as I can. I like the greenery, and it's a nice buffer from outside eyes. 

Treed property is getting harder and harder to come by. This is horse and cattle country. Everyone wants pasture. But there is nothing sadder-looking than big swaths of land in nothing but grass. Good for a cow, but that's about it.

Grass: Speaking of grass, Greg wants to plant Bermuda in the front yard. I am so anti-suburban. LOL! I hate the idea of grass as decoration. I want plants that do something practical like feed me, my animals or encourage pollination. But I will concede to Da Man and give him his darn suburban lawn so he can live up to his title of country gentleman.

Writing: With all the outdoor work we've had to do, I've had no time to write. But soon, my beauties. Soon. I'm working on something I think will be quite intriguing. You'll never see Heaven and Hell with the same eyes again. 

What's your next big project?

24 comments:

Raelyn Barclay said...

The chicks are adorable.

I wish I lived in a bloody forest, LOL. Plus side is living in a bloody desert means no lawn or mowing of said lawn!

Hmm, Heaven and Hell...

Linda Leszczuk said...

Love the chicks. Still hoping for video. Did you get a pre-grass agreement in place re. mowing?

Marianne Arkins said...

We won't go to jail--and a senator will get a new yacht.

:::grumble....:::

Ain't the the truth?

Re: grass -- let your goats mow it. THEN it's feeding someone (maybe he could plant alfafa? *G*).

I still have serious chick envy.

RE: mama who might be defective -- if yes, does she turn into stew pot mama?

I live in a bloody jungle, too, though my DH is doing his best to remedy that...

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: You said it! I hate mowing.

Linda: OMG! you're right. Some people get pre-nups. I should've asked for a pre-grass.

Ref: video
We had to forego video. It would take too long to catch the actual hatching without editing the film and take off the hours in between.

Maria Zannini said...

Marianne: You're right. I forgot about the goats. The only challenge would be to make sure they can't reach the juicy trees and bushes. You think the deer are bad...

ref: defective hen
I hate to think on that, but if we discover who's laying the defective eggs, she'll have to go into gumbo.

Kay Theodoratus said...

I could never understand how cute little chicks turned into chickens. -- Looks like you have a variety of breeds. Any Plymouth Rocks? They were always my favorites.

Shirley Wells said...

Those chicks are adorable!

You live in a bloody forest? Wow. I'm envious.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Cute chicks! :)

I'm with you. I don't care much for a lawn. And it's not practical where I live in California because of the heat and the cost of watering. We're gradually putting in drought tolerant plants out front. In back we've got the veggies.

Maria Zannini said...

Kay: I used to raise Plymouth Rocks a long time ago. They were very sweet girls.

Shirley: It only looks like a forest to Mike. :) It's just a naturally wooded parcel of land.

Amanda: Thank you! I was afraid I'd be the lone dissenter to lawns. LOL. They can be pretty and they feel nice on bare feet, but it's not so nice if you're the one mowing.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

yay! Cuteness abounds! My next big project is querying...

Maria Zannini said...

You need a chick, Sarah. Think how much Twin would like it. ;-)

Good luck on the querying!

Angelina Rain said...

Aww, the chicks are adorable! You are so lucky to have so many animals. I so agree with you about planting something you could eat. The other day I bought a strawberry plant and blueberry plant. Pretty and edible!

Maria Zannini said...

Angelina: Blueberries should grow well by you. They like a little acidity in their soil. I lost mine last year. I'm trying to decide if they'd do better in another location. Keep me posted on how yours do.

Dru said...

what do you do when a hen continues to lay "dud" eggs?

I need to finish the quilt I'm working on.

Maria Zannini said...

Dru: I think Marianne said she'd take her. LOL.

If not...

Krista D. Ball said...

My big project? I'm LARPing this weekend. Since my character last year died, I have to come up with a new one. This time? I'm the dumb chick who blows stuff up and has a clothing fetish. Can't wait!

:D

Maria Zannini said...

Krista: I give up. What is LARPing?

Jenny Schwartz said...

I love the chickie photos and I'm glad you're letting your trees stand -- if the goats agree! LOL

As for major projects, does thinking of winter and contemplating recipes -- soups, stews, casseroles -- count? I'm so sick of hot weather here in my corner of Australia. I'm planning to try carrot and ginger soup just as soon as the weather cools off. So that's my big project, thinking of food!

Krista D. Ball said...

This video summarizes nicely:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ekugPKqFw

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: Food is a good project no matter what the season. We are just starting our hot weather up here.

Maria Zannini said...

Krista: LOL! My favorite sport. Hitting someone with a stick. That video was so funny! Sorry to hear your character got killed. Maybe you need a bigger stick.

Diane Dooley said...

Spring has barely arrived in my part of the world, so my next big project is clearing all the winter debris. Then it'll be on to weeding all the raised vegetable beds. Then I'm building a dry creek bed for all the water run-off from the hillside, Then...well, I could go on an on.

Mike Keyton said...

I still think it's a bloody forest. Wouldn't be surprised if your goats flushed out Robin Hood and half his merry men. And yes, I love trees. Don't cut 'em down!

Renee Miller said...

Oh, look at the cute little chicks. My stepson thinks he wants to raise chickens. We tried to explain that they are birds...but I don't think he really understands. You see, he nearly wet his pants when the pet store lady put a budgie on his shoulder. Not sure how he'd cope with a chicken.

My next big project? The fleas have returned.