Monday, October 31, 2011

Choir practice

    March 7th,  Did I say in my last entry we were seeing the last snow of the season?  Uh-huh...thought so, so why is it snowing now?!  And the wind! Didn't realize I had that many 'cracks' in the parsonage!  We reached our high at 5:40am this morning....my parents have 10" on top of what was left from Tuesday's snow, and my sisters are reaching 13", they only had snow left in the shady areas, so it's really coming down....something else I found funny, we have been put under a winter weather advisory!  What a hoot! woot  Snow may come to the Delta!
I was reading an email from my sister this morning about a bear that was crossing a bridge, cars from both directions scared it, it climbed out on a ledge, fell, caught itself...and pulled itself back up on the ledge....he refused to go back the way he came (the bridge road) he knew that way was bad, looked around, it was too high up, knew there was no way out, (at that time) and laid down and took a nap!  The game wardens strung a net under him, shot him with a tranquilizer, they got him to safety, undid the net from him, and he calmly walked over the net, on the ground, and to safety....
What do we have to learn from this bear?  Take a nap!  Seriously, he knew the wrong ways to go, didn't see an out, and didn't panic...he did what humans have such a hard time doing....stood still.  Yes, he just waited. 

Another thought that I want to remember, this really moved me,
"The Masterpiece of Your Life"...is it?  Is it something you will be proud of?  Is it something you hope is hidden away? 

My little chicks are growing!  They stretch their little wings (with feathers on them) and stretch their little legs....and chirp, chirp, chirp.  They have food, water, shelter, and warmth....how blessed! jumpy




March 10th 

My chicks are doing great!  I think....(I hope)....they seem to be healthy and happy....though they still are not thrilled when I pick their sassy little selves up!  jumpy
They are growing little feathers, topknots and booty area is beginning to sprout....their legs are certainly unusual looking...everyone who see's them makes a comment about how 'unusual' looking they are!  With good reason, they are beautiful!  I still can't get used to their black skin...it is so pretty against their feathers! (fluff)
I've got company, my in-laws, so I can't tarry.  We had a lovely week-end, church services were awesome this week-end, and the snow is all gone except in corners ditches, and super shady areas....but even that is leaving fast.  We've been playing outside off & on, and not even a sweater on! 
So I must put pen away, we are grilling out this evening...and  I don't want to ignore my company....






March 11th
Yippee! Lovely weather here today....77*  wee
Made a temporary outdoor brooder with some lawnchairs and chicken wire....happy chicks!  jumpy
Already brought them back in, but they had a lovely morning...forgot to wear a hat....my face is sunburned, feel something like a boiled tomato, fairly certain the looks would be similar as well! My children wore hats, and enjoyed the day!  I just didn't put my lazy self back in the house to get one!  And we've got an extra long choir practice tonight!! Our choir concert is the 22nd...can't wait for them to showcase their talents! Look what the Lord has done!!
I feel stiff around my eyebrows and mouth!  Singing may be a little harder (for me) than normal!
Got my strawberries planted, some even have little berries...
I've had a weakness for strawberries for as long as I can remember! My Dad would take us to the strawberry fields, we'd earn a little 'spending' money...that is, when I could keep the berries out of my mouth! I thought those fields were heaven! Acres and acres of strawberries, they just stretched on and on... I'm certain I had many a lovely dream about them! Daddy used to help me fill my basket, you had to have them brimming over when you took them to the check man, he had a little notebook with your name, and made tally marks every-time you brought your crate up, it held six pints (there were wooden crates that held them) you got a mark...seemed to take forever to make the five, then on to ten! I remember standing in line with all the other workers waiting to be paid! What excitement...was thinking just how I was going to spend it! Though I hardly ever did, seemed I'd go in those stores and nothing was worth all that hardwork. So, I just saved it till next time, figured something might come along!


March 12th
What a wonderful day...hear rain is coming...yuck! We are waterlogged! I sure was sorely tempted to wear those waders!
Here is a photo of the little chicks staying warm and dry in the brooder. They stay in the living room by the stove, what a happy sound they make, those soft little chirps. I'm certain they have "no thought for tomorrow." What a lesson they teach me every morning!
My family and I have enjoyed this experience with chickens...it has been a learning experience for both parties! Pity the poor chicks!
Oh yes, the Rev. brought me home some eggs today from a farmer down the road...they have been resting....will put in incubator tonight....they are standard Rhode Island Reds.  If---make that when, they hatch, I will sell them....my husband is either going to buy my another incubator, or make me one...I've got banty eggs coming!! Yes!