Last week I was speaking to one of our neighbors and she raised the subject of peafowl. She wanted to know if we still had our peafowl. I said "Yes, we have one peahen fastened up in a pen. She has only been out once and we got her back in almost instantly with a fig bar--her favorite food." So, our neighbor continued, those peafowl that were up in my barn aren't yours? No, they belong to the neighbor across the street and she has them penned in. I talked about how much I loved them, even when they roost on the deck, walk around on the roof, or make that peculiarly horrible screech. She shook her head like I was crazy. Yesterday morning when we got up, guess who was in the yard making themselves seen and heard--Peewee and his flock of six hens. They looked in the dining room window, pecked on the sliding glass doors to our sun room and ran around on the deck. Guess what! I still love them! They are so beautiful! Peewee's tail is twice as long as it was last year and he is showing it off. We took some pictures and fed them some corn. And, unless they turn mean or start some other horrible habit, I can't see that my affection for them will change. I passed the test!
Today when I looked out the store window people were wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts! Can it really be February? The birds and the trees are all confused. Usually the geese start laying eggs the first of February. They start sitting on the eggs about the middle of March and the first goslings hatch out the middle of April. This year--so far-- no eggs. What does it mean? It hasn't been cold enough for the geese to realize it is spring, is it too hot for them to sit on eggs, are the geese getting old???? I always thought the length of daylight was what triggered egg laying. Who knows? It certainly does make me wonder. The ducks and the chickens are laying, but then again it is not uncommon for them to lay all year. Since I have no pictures of nests filled with eggs I am posting a picture of a pretty pair of socks one of my customers shared with me. Hopefully, it isn't too warm to wear them!
January's Unfinished Objects complete--and yes, they were completed in January! I have one done for February. Hopefully, there will be another and I will post pictures at the end of February or early March.
Chinese New Year, that is! Chinese New Year was on January 28 and 4714 is the year of the rooster--fire rooster at that! What better time to post a picture of my weird, young, rooster. He is an ugly little guy and sort of looks like a "fire rooster". For those of you who have been reading this blog, this rooster is Bomber's son and he has many of his bad habits--magnified! If you remember, Bomber always dives into the feed bags. BJ (Bomber Jr.) flies from wherever he is and lands on the feed bucket. Then he tucks his head in and eats like crazy. The bad thing is that he looks me straight in the eye when he is on the rim of the bucket, at least it feels that way. I hope he doesn't get mean.
When does it end? These poor birds may be pondering that question. They have made it through Thanksgiving and at least one hunting season. If you look closely, you will see that they are turkeys--about 50 of them altogether in what is left of the cornfield on the other side of the fence around our yard. You can see six fairly clearly in the picture, perhaps more if you enlarge it. We seeing them virtually every day, but especially in the morning during dog walks. Some mornings they are down by the pond (when we come upon them there, they generally fly--it is almost heart stopping when they startle us, they are so big. They have to run and flap their wings like crazy to get airborne.) When they are in the cornfield they generally turn tail and run into the woods. A couple of toms generally stay back as a rear guard. When most of the turkeys are in the woods, they will fade backwards into the woods as well. They are truly beautiful and we have been enjoying them this winter. We had to take this picture from inside the house--otherwise, just a blur.
Well, I have already fallen off my resolutions and I really didn't have many--(1) Try to be a better person, keep up with reading and learning and at the same time have more patience, sympathy, understanding (This, or something like it should be on everyone's list.) (2) Keep to my exercise routine on a regular basis (Is this really part of #1?) (3) Pick up some of the UFOs (unfinished objects) stuck in closets or bins, (4) Do a better job keeping up with the blog.
I have been sorely amiss with the blog, so if I want to redeem myself, I need to get with it. Maybe, I can make up for missing two weeks. I have no excuse.
I have picked up two UFOs and am making progress on them. My goal was to finish one a month this year. There is hope that I can finish one this month--possibly, if I work really hard--two. BUT, I have conflicts. First, I got my beautiful Suri Alpaca yarn back from the mill. 36 pounds in total. Half in light sport weight the other half in light worsted. It is very tightly spun and on cones, but just gorgeous so of course I started a new sweater with it and have about 4 inches on the back. Second, I got my collage needle for January (the first of the needle of the month club). It is a lovely red size 5 and I am chomping at the bit to start anew project with a size 5 needle. I probably won't be able to help myself. Maybe, something in silk!!! Hmm! Maybe if I commit to showing a picture of a completed UFO each month?
Does shoveling out the chicken house, or Alpaca pen count for exercise? I hope so, cause if it does, I am good on resolution 2.
I have read 4 and a half books since January 1. Will that help at least as a learning piece of 1.?
Pictures are of the boys and the yarn!
Christmas has come and gone and my Christmas Cactus helped make the holidays very colorful by blooming big time on Christmas. It gives me a thrill every time I look at it, especially when I think of its history. This beautiful plant is a family "heirloom" being as it is a plant started from one my Great Grandmother Moore had in her house. I always loved it and before she died she made sure all of her relatives that loved her and it had a shoot to start their own plant. Unfortunately, I killed mine in my younger days during a move. My grandmother had one and gave a start to my Dad. Now, I have my own plant going beautifully. l love it and when I look at it, it brings back many happy memories of my Great Grandmother and my Grandmother, both of whom loved plants and bright colors, especially pink--the color of the Christmas Cactus blossoms. Hopefully, everyone had a great holiday and is looking forward to the New Year for another great holiday and a great year!
Christmas is almost here and that means in about a week we will be checking into a new year with all of its bright prospects before us. We could talk about New Year's Resolutions today, but we will save that topic for another day. Today we will talk about calendars. Maybe you have always wondered why many religious holidays seem to track through the calendar, never being on the same date and sometimes not even the same month year after year--examples are Ramadan and Hanukkah. To my western eye, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to when they occur. This week while reading an article, the reason came to light. I, as a typical westerner, assumed most of the world used a calendar based on the sun like our Gregorian calendar. Apparently, many religions and countries still use lunar calendars. A typical lunar calendar can lose as many as 11 days a year and therefore the dates for celebrations and holidays move around through the year. Fascinating! How on earth do we manage to travel from one place to another without getting totally confused. Enough about calendars. Happy Holidays to all of you, customers and readers! Have a great time and be safe!
Greenery! It sounds like something we decorate our house with at Christmas time, or maybe plant around the yard to enhance the landscape. Perhaps it is both, but today we are talking about it as a color--Pantone's 2017 color of the year. Pantone sees greenery as a bold color that refreshes and heals. It is the shade of spring. Pantone comes close to getting into politics by saying we have had a rough, divisive year with two colors for 2016. They feel that the new color will pull people together. Pantone also associates it with a lot of bold movements. These aren't clear to me, but green is one of my favorite colors. Greenery isn't my favorite shade, but I do like it. They say that Kermit the Frog should love it and maybe he is this color, but I have never seen a "greenery" frog in my pond or garden. However, even though we are nearing the official beginning of winter, the color of the year can make us start thinking about spring and all the plants we want to put in our garden. The ball of yarn in the bottom picture is the closest I could find to greenery--keeping in mind of course that all of these colors are subject to the vagary of computer colors.
Pictures from the harvest this fall. We saw three trailers full of corn--an amazing amount of food for someone or something--driven off the field to wherever they go. Deer and turkeys have been enjoying the kernels and cobs that were dropped or missed, so they must have had a happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully, all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving!