2016 was a tough year. The defining event was the loss of our dog, which continues to be very painful. Sure, I got even more done than usual, but I get tireder every year and the list stretches out in front of me to the horizon like a never-ending road.
There is every reason to be completely incapacitated by depression. Natural systems and species are being destroyed, Syria is being destroyed by war, nations are falling apart, and society as a whole seems more incompetent than ever at correcting the course. I’ve been frightened for our fate, that feeling seems pretty darn appropriate, and I can’t do a whole lot about it.
And so, this sentiment, embroidered by my new friend (one bright light of my 2016), that about sums up the year. All Growth does not Take Place in Sunlight. My new favourite phrase.
And a quote:
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” -Gandhi
It’s nice to let the birds out into the fenced yard on nice days. They pour out. Oh, can we go through the door today?
The guineas barging through; the layers are already outside.
Then after a few minutes of pecking outside, they start to hop back in. Hey, it’s cold out here, and all the food’s in there.
It’s almost time to turn over the calendar again.
One of my favorite things is re-using an old calendar, because great calendars are works of art worth saving, and the years do come around again (although you have to wait a while longer to pull Garfield 1992 out of storage -2020). Leap years are tough.
Those 2016 calendars you just about finished with come back around in 2044.
But 2017 is a repeat of 2006, which was only ten years ago. Cats and Kittens ’06 is probably just under a stack of papers downstairs.
This is my master list of calendar reuse. Of course, it’s online.
And if you want a shiny new one, then my photographer brother has a selection of calendars of his work (Iceland, New England, Utah, PNW, horses, etc) available at zazzle.com/derekkind. They’re amazing; I’m not just saying that.
Since he started making calendars in 2010, I’m saving them all and looking forward to the years returning so I can use them again:)
There’s little I enjoy more than driving home new hens. Usually in some ersatz container – sheet over stock tank, random boxes. Today my coat over a box with no bottom.
I like carrying them hugged in my arm for the first time, telling them they’re going to a new home now, their heads bobbing around looking at everything from 4´ higher up than usual. Sliding them into the carrying container du jour. The quiet that falls once we get on the road, broken by a few questioning little chirps from the backseat, some shuffling on tight corners. I sing to them, or play the radio
Today I picked up three hens I hadn’t known I would be, leftovers from the year’s laying flock that were hanging around as outlaws in the barn. I can’t resist a good hen, especially when it’s otherwise doomed.
They’re nice. Low hens, tame and easy to catch. Curious, as they always are, but laid back. In the dark I carried the broken-bottomed box of birds on my forearms, with their feet sticking through and grabbing onto me, from my truck to the greenhouse to tuck them into the coop, their new home.
Tomorrow they will meet the rooster.
I’ve been loving the two ceramic knives I have. They’re my favorites.
But I guess a spaghetti squash was too much for it. I was cutting away when I realized that my knife had developed serrations! It left the “teeth” behind stuck in the squash.
We got snow today, and are now properly snowed in, which is the best.
We were both out in it for awhile too, as more than 15cm fell in a few hours, from 8ish to lunchtime. It was kind of fun to be out in, in a creeping along an un-plowed rural highway in a blowing whiteout through snow deep enough to rub the belly of the vehicle kind of way. Things that are funnest once you’ve made it home safe and warm. Then for extra fun the temperature suddenly rose to change all that snow to heavy snowball snow in the afternoon.
Interestingly, it seems there was snow all across Canada today, including on Vancouver Island– how singular!
So the Silkies are staging a coop Occupy in the layer hen home coop.
Two can play at that game. Or three.
I’ve started to find full-size eggs in the Silkie nest box. They’ve investigated the other coop and found it pleasing. Well, there’s always someone in our nest box!
The layer hens are frustrated by the Silkie hen determined to bunk in their nest boxes. Is she STILL in there?
She’s not moving. The layers are pacing around, holding in eggs…
I guess we’ll have to SHARE.