We don’t do much gift-giving around our home. A partial reason is because we are frugal, but another reason is because we figure we have everything we need to be happy, so why clutter things up with more “stuff” that we really don’t need?
Having said that, Bev and I did get one gift each, and my new gift was a jig saw.
And this boy is excited!
It’s pretty funny, really, because growing up I couldn’t care less about power tools. They intimidated me, to tell the truth, but I also had baseball to occupy my time, and everyone knows baseball is more important than cutting pieces of wood, right?
But now I love them! I love my circular saw, and my power drill, and my reciprocating saw, and now I love my jig saw, and my head is swimming with ideas, what I want to make, how I want to use it to finish projects around the place . . . it’s the perfect toy for this aging boy!
WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE?
Well, for one thing, it’s cold. No, not cold by North Dakota standards, but for us pampered Northwesterners, it’s still cold. I have no desire to be outside, but that doesn’t mean I have nothing to do. I’m working, this week, on organizing the garage, making room for the quail incubation process, which will begin in another month. I’m building shelves and I’m going to build a workbench so I have a place inside to play with my new jig saw. A boy and his toys, right? Anyway, I’m doing the indoor chores now so that when it warms up I can take my act outside where more work is waiting for me.
TAKING CARE OF THE CRITTERS
No matter how much I try to avoid it, I do have to go outside. Every morning at six I’m outside giving fresh, unfrozen water to our critters. For whatever reason, they balk at drinking solid ice. Silly animals!
We’ve cut our quail flock down to a dozen, and we’ll use them in the spring for breeding. Along with those dozen we’ll incubate about 100 new quail, and after six weeks or so we’ll introduce them to the existing dozen, and then we start collecting eggs.
CHICKENS AND EGGS
For whatever reason, one of our new hens is suddenly laying eggs. She’s the only one of our eight that’s laying, and I have no explanation for it other than the fact that chickens are unpredictable regarding laying habits. If you have chickens I’m sure you’ve found that to be true.
When will the rest of them start laying? Your guess is as good as mine, but probably sometime in March.
I don’t know if I mentioned it, but we lost three chickens a couple weeks ago to raccoons. It was our fault completely. I wasn’t quick enough to get out there and lock up their coop. The weather was cold, and when the weather is cold the raccoons get an early start on their nighttime hunting. By the time I realized I had forgotten, we had three dead chickens.
Lesson learned. A painful lesson but a lesson learned.
Our local markets start up again in March and April, and we’re already getting ready for them. I’ll be working the next couple months on making some new items to sell along with our quail eggs and the goat cheese made by our son-in-law.
And Bev is waiting for her interview for a job she applied for….director of the Tumwater Farmer’s Market…exciting times if she gets that job….so cross your fingers and wish good thoughts for her.
SPEAKING OF COLD WEATHER
While we’re on that topic, there’s a great article by Mother Earth News about keeping water from freezing outside for your animals. I’m going to try it this week. Check it out.
THAT’S IT FROM OLYMPIA
Stay warm, be safe, and have a fantastic week!