Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The (mostly) uneventual day

Shortly before leaving to work this a.m. my DH looked out and noticed one of the neighbor's ducks came over to visit our temporary lake.  Yesterday we saw it walking along the edge of the neighbor's yard, as if deciding it wanted to come over or not.

It is a funny looking creature, yes?

I get a kick out of it's pompadour.

The neighbor has a menagerie of ducks, geese, chickens and guineas.  She is fortunate that she has a big pond right on her property so the critters have a pretty good home.  

I guess this is one of those times where the grass is greener on the other side, according to the duck.

Work was uneventful for the most part.  I had three people stop  by my office to let me know that it was snowing this afternoon.  Lovely news, yes? Not really.  The snow turned to slush on the roads and every car that passed me splashed the whole car in a slushy mess. 

When my son came back from checking for eggs he told me that Grandma P had blood on her back end.  I went and checked it out and saw the feather eater has struck again.

Poor Grandma P.  When we first got her last summer her back end was (and still is) bare.  We joke about her featherless rear and her waddle makes it all the more humorous but the poor thing deserves to have her feathers back.   Every time the feathers started to grow someone would pick them.

We have a pretty good idea who is doing it too. :-/

My guy felt so bad about her getting pecked at again he decided to move her out of the coop temporarily.  He was going to put her in with the bigger babies but they were immediately attracted to the blood.  So she is currently in my craft room in her own set up until we can figure out a new solution.  She's a very docile chicken and I think she is appreciating being brought it. For one, it's warmer in the house and she doesn't have to worry about getting picked on.   I haven't heard a peep out of her.  I did look in on her a while ago and she was just sitting there, being zen.

Later on my guy took one of the turkeys and put it in with the guineas.  At some point I'd love to group these guys all together but I think it won't happen anytime soon.  I was told that the guineas tried to go after the turkey but the turkey pecked a bit.  Then when the turkey went "weep-weep" the guineas freaked out and ran into a corner and tried to climb the feeder.  Then the turkey started to panic.  

Today I was watching an episode of Single Handed Knits and Mel was talking about Bunny Nuggets.

Bunny Nuggets is a free pattern from Rebecca Danger. The finished object is so cute it makes my teeth hurt.  I printed out the pattern, checked my stash and cast on tonite.  I'm not sure how many I'll make. I do have one or two people in mind for these.

I'm nearly done with the body of the first one.  I'm working with a bulky yarn on US size 8 DPNs. I do have a second ball of leftover yarn for the second bunny.  I need to measure it to make sure it's enough.

One of my friends on Nimblestix posted in the Knit One, Eat Two guild about a new-to-me canning podcast.  It is the Canning Season podcast.

I've listened to the first episode so far and I really enjoy it.  It's very professional.  The podcaster has a nice, clear voice,  you can tell he's enthusiastic about what he's talking about and he has a pretty good plan for the podcast.  I can't wait to hear more and see where it's going. He's also a bit "local" to me in that he's from Minnesota.

Daily 5 of things that made me happy today

1. How much the family cares for the critters we have.  How you treat animals is a true test of character, IMO.  My guys are awesome!

2.  Casting on a new project.

3. New-to-me podcasts.  I've branched out from knitting podcasts. 

4. Being able to finish one book on my kindle and immediately start another.

5. Black Cherry yogurt.


Kristyn McCain said...

I made some bunny nuggets for my sons' Easter basket. They are very cute.

Amnicon Studio said...

They are such a quick knit too. Well, says the woman who's only knit two halfway. :-) I can't wait to see a completed one.