Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring surprise

We awoke to snow this morning! Not completely unheard of, but spring snow is uncommon here.

It was slushy stuff, and was eventually washed away with a cold rain. (In the last photo, I was trying to capture the plum blossoms through the rivulets of rain running down the window, but my camera didn't capture the neat effect my eyes were seeing.)

Red the chicken has a painful condition in both feet; I'm guessing it's bumblefoot even though it doesn't look like the photos I found online. She spends most of her time on the roost, I think because jumping down hurts and she's getting harassed some by other hens. So when I'm out and about, I go in and gently deposit her on the floor of the coop, where she eagerly eats and drinks while I stand watch. The others, not nearly as tame, watch from outside:

Instagram posts made me aware that today is National Puppy Day, so I snapped this shot of visiting pup Gatsby for his family:

Below is a brief video of him playing "soccer." His girl brought him a new ball last weekend. He really likes it, but also likes that pink nubbin of a toy in the photo above. So he'll carry one in his mouth while dribbling the other one all over the house with his front feet. It's pretty cute – and I'm also easily entertained by animal antics.  😁

That's it for now from cold, wet . . .

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Throw-back Thursday

Aren't you glad we can't see the future?
Nine years ago I thought this little guy had a lot of attitude. Ha!

The present is all I can handle at . . .

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring and "winter"

I took these photos yesterday to post for the first day of spring (best laid plans and all that). It was definitely springlike! Today is wet, gray, and colder; we have a fire in the woodstove and it feels good. But today's weather is not the "winter" in my title. It's my dad. He was in the hospital earlier this week and things don't look good. We are preparing to visit him soon, and while I am hoping to be able to tell him I love him and am sorry for the heartbreak the circumstances have caused, I am bracing to be rejected (again) by an angry, bitter, sick man. There will be lots of time for spinning on the drive back and forth . . . and there may be plenty of time for me to spin while there. I have a photo to share for #tbt (throw-back Thursday), but other than that, posting may be slim to none for awhile; we'll see.

That's it for now from . . .

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Four photos

Things were not going well at home this morning, so I took myself for a walk. I headed down into the woods where Lance and I used to go, traveling the overgrown track on two feet instead of four for the first time. I also hiked off the (un)beaten path and sat on a boulder for while, and was treated with the company of a Spotted Towhee, two lovely little Bewick's Wrens, and a sparrow – Song or Fox, I think. A pair of vultures flew and perched in the middle distance.

The walk didn't fix anything, but it was good to #getoutside.

That's it for now from . . .