I freely admit that I am not a fan of winter. This time of year generally finds me pining for Spring. I crave anything green, any sign of life. I call it my “Why do I live here?” time of year. I am sure other New Englanders can relate. But this winter has been especially grey and grim and COLD! We have had arctic air settle in and it is getting very old. We need some Spring! And I am not the only one who thinks so. My girls have been complaining for days!
They have been spending many nights in the Coop Under the Stairs.It is warmer than the outside coop for sure…but it is very small and dark. And they are tired of being “cooped up” there.
During the warm part of the day I bring them up to Cluckinham Palace. It is bigger and has some natural light. And the perfect nesting box is there so it is possible to lay an egg. But....it gets cold and there are no worms.
Unless I give them some..which of course, I do.
There is a run attached to Cluckingham Palace. And it is possible to go outside. But sometimes there is SNOW in it. And the air is COLD!
I coaxed them out for awhile today. Amber and Prudence came out first.
Brianna soon followed. But it took Beatrix awhile. She hesitated a long time.
But finally joined the others.
But the outside water was frozen!
And there was that stupid snow again! They didn’t stay out long.
Winter just isn’t very much fun.
Back in the Coop Under the Stairs for the night. A snack before bed and then it will be time to sleep. And to dream of better times.
Ah Spring! We have all been cooped up too long!
I have been knitting for many years. I have made scarves, hats, sweaters, baby things…but I have never made socks. It is not because I don’t like socks. I do. In fact I love socks, especially thick woolie ones. It is not that I don’t have any yarn. I have lots of yarn leftover from various projects. And I would love to turn it all into socks. But socks are made on double pointed needles…four of them. And that is a bit intimidating. So I was delighted when my friend Carole told me she would be teaching a sock class. A little hand holding is exactly what I need to finally attempt sock making.
So over the last three weeks I have been working on my socks. We started with the ribbing.One false start….my first attempt was too small so I started again on larger needles.
The next class was about turning the heel.Heel turned, foot done. Almost there.
Both socks are ready for toes. Very exciting!
TA-DA! One warm and wo0lie sock complete. And it fits perfectly! The other sock is almost done.
And a new pair begun! I can make socks!!! Thanks Carole!
It has been a snowy 24 hours here. Another huge storm has made its way across the country and up into New England. This was a Nor’easter, not atypical for New England in February. But as all storms in this new climate we have created, this one was HUGE. It began snowing Thursday morning, snowed all day and all night and finally stopped this morning. We got about a foot…which is on top of the foot we got last week. Sigh….Spring feels a long was off.
The branches are heavy with snow. You can barely see Cluckingham Palace, just beyond the trees.
It is 30F which is warmer than it has been. This makes the snow heavy and wet.
Even the more delicate branches of the birch are heavy with snow.
And our poor mailbox is buried!
I spent the morning shoveling. The driveway, the mailbox, front steps, back steps and paths to the coops and to the sheds. Fergus will appreciate the paths. The snow was TOO deep for him this morning.
The squirrels were busy at the bird feeders this morning. I will have to fill them again. The birds will be hungry.
So it was a busy morning. And there is more snow coming tomorrow..though only 4-6″…..and another storm should arrive on Tuesday. ENOUGH!
I am VERY ready for Spring!
Just thought I would let everyone know that Fergus is home again after his surgery. It turned out the tooth wasn’t actually broken, it was just worn. (understandable for a Lab of his age) The X-rays didn’t show that it was the tooth that had actually caused the abscess. So they didn’t remove it. This made his recovery very easy. All they did was clean his teeth. So that is the good news.
So what caused the abscess? That is the question. They did see a somewhat suspicious mass in his sinus cavity, right where the abscess was. But it wasn’t clear what it was. They sent the X-rays to a radiologist but he wasn’t sure either. It could be cancer. If it is, it is not operable because of its location. So if it is, there isn’t much to be done. The radiologist recommended an MRI. But aside from the expense, that would be a long drive and another very unfun day for Fergus. And since there is no treatment for it, it wouldn’t change anything.
The only other thing we can think of is that a piece of stick or something somehow worked its way in there and caused the abscess. It is possible, my Vet has seen that before. That would be treated with antibiotics..which we are doing .
Fergus is feeling fine and very happy. He has not missed a meal and he has gotten quite a few extra treats.
He gets his Greenie every morning after breakfast.
He gets his walk every day.
His couch is still available for daily naps.
And he gets his chewy every night after his supper. He is a happy boy.
While his future may be uncertain, for now things are back to normal for Fergus and life is good again. And that will have to be enough. In the end, that is all there is……for any of us.
A week ago, poor Fergus woke up with a swelling on his face..under his eye. Given the position of the swelling, it looked suspiciously like an abscess on a tooth.He was not a happy boy. We went to see his friends at the Veterinary Clinic and he did indeed have a broken tooth. He was given antibiotics and we were told the tooth would have to come out. Poor Fergus!
The antibiotics were magic, as they often are. The swelling went down and Fergus was feeling MUCH better.
Life was pretty much back to normal until today. Today he had to go in for his surgery to have the tooth removed. And that meant NO BREAKFAST for Fergus this morning. For a Lab, missing a meal or a treat is just about the worst thing that can happen. He was devastated when Merlin got breakfast, the girls got breakfast….I had breakfast….but nothing for him. He couldn’t believe it!
He was happy to see his friends at the Vet’s..they always give him treats…but not today. He has to stay for his surgery today, but he will come home tonight. We all miss him…we will have to make up for all the missed treats tomorrow.
And hopefully, soon, things will be back to normal.
And he will be able to have his treats and chew on sticks again!
Today is St. Brigid’s Day. In Ireland it is considered to be the first day of Spring….when signs of life begin to return to the world. Unfortunately, I am not in Ireland, I am in New England, and it will be awhile before we can expect any green shoots or buds here. But at least it was warmer today, and the sun was out for a time. The air actually felt pleasant. More people were out and about, enjoying the day and it was possible to even stop and chat. What a pleasant change from the bitter cold we have been having! It is not the beginning of Spring, but it is something, and I will take it.
The girls are back out in the coop and loving it. When I brought them their oatmeal this morning they were already out enjoying a dust bath.
But they didn’t mind being interrupted for breakfast. Look at the sunshine!
It was 40F in the run! Quite a bit warmer than it has been.
Lots of scratching and pecking to catch up on. They have spent too many days in the Coop Under the Stairs this winter. Hopefully they will be back in Cluckingham Palace for awhile.
And this was waiting for me when I checked the nesting box. Beatrix is laying again! So now Brianna, Prudence and Beatrix are all laying…but Amber is still waiting for warmer weather.
Snow is predicted for later in the week, with more cold. But today was nice…a touch of Spring…a reminder of what is to come…eventually.
For now I will have to settle for the colors of Spring inside.
Happy St. Brigid’s Day!