August 28, 2015

Friday Follow-Up

This week:

We had some beautiful weather at the beginning of the week, and some hotter weather at the end of the week. I liked the beginning of the week better.

Our youngest daughter once said that she prefers summer to winter. I couldn't believe she said that, so I asked her why. She said that in the winter, the Oklahoma weather is up and down, warm and cold, and she never knew what clothes she should put on in the morning or whether she'd need a heavy coat and gloves or a light jacket, or no jacket at all when she went outside. In the summer, she said, it's hot. That's it. You know what to wear.

Mama Duck is still sitting on her eggs; they're due to hatch on Sunday-ish. Muscovy duck eggs take 35 days to hatch; chicken eggs take only 21. I'm hoping for a better hatch rate this time. I can guarantee that none of her eggs were eaten by snakes and she has enjoyed a peaceful "pregnancy".

I've been wondering if Mama Duck would kindly hatch some chicken eggs for me. That might be an idea worth exploring, but in the meantime we're going to dig out the incubator and see if we can hatch some chicks. Hubby said he'll patch up the currently-abandoned chicken coop and rebuild the outside run. We're pretty sure the snakes were getting in through the ventilation slots we left in the eaves of the coop, so those holes will be securely covered with screen.

Our garden was a complete bust this year, so I've been frequenting the farmers' market and other sources, and canning like crazy, just as though it were our own produce.

I hope to add a great deal of horse manure and other "good stuff" to the garden when I put it to bed for the winter. Our apple trees are loaded and we're waiting for them to be ripe and ready.

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  1. If it wasn't for the garden, I would definitely prefer winter; ever up here in the North.
    My husband is a Comfrey fanatic. If you'd like some more cuttings before season's end, just say the word.

    1. I'm not a fan of our oklahoma summers, it's too hot for me, but I'd rather not have endless snow either. Hubby and I joke that we need to divide our time: winter here, and summer in a more temporate climate.

      I'll be writing to you about the comfrey!

  2. Sharon, your email doesn't come up in your comment. Could you please send me a quick email at this link?
    Thank you very much!

  3. I have to smile at the tale of Mama Duck. Reversing the situation and having a hen hatch a clutch of ducklings, I believe, always leads to the scene of a hen standing agitated beside a dam while her 'chicks' swim off on their own. Still, it's hard to imagine a better analogy for being a parent!

  4. Isn't that the truth, Stephen!


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