Weather in SW Michigan ...
The ground was cold and frozen this morning, but it's warming up today and the forecast is springlike weather for at least a week.
Wondering About Chickens ...
My neighbor has free range chickens. Today while I was walking the dogs they were over near our property line. They never come over to visit even though I'm sure my yard is full of yummy things that chickens like to eat, and they don't go out in the road.
How do chickens learn to stay home?
Something from the kitchen ...
Living miles from a store and grocery shopping once a week is good for the diet. If I can make it through the shopping without buying something wicked (= fattening), I'm pretty much doomed to a week without too many extra calories.
The past two weeks I've been experimenting with buying a package of cookies, dividing them by seven, and only eating a day's worth each day. The first week it went well. The second week (caramel scones), I only made it three days. This week I'm totally flunking the test with some very yummy oatmeal cookies. Sigh.
Time for a new plan.
I am creating...
A self-centered home for one.
I am procrastinating ...
It's (past)time to move Bob's computer equipment out of the living room.
It's been sitting there for seven months without being turned on and I've been ignoring it thinking I would take care of it some day when I felt better. Now it's to the point I think I'll feel better if I take care of it.
A good friend offered to come help me get through it, but I think I'd rather do it myself.
I am reading...
Bury Your Dead (Chief Inspector Gamache) by Louise Penny.
The Gamache mysteries are so much more than a normal mystery. They are rich stories about interesting people, the things they do, and why they do them.
To fully enjoy them, they need to be read in the order written.
I am hearing...
It's an early spring after a mild winter.
Even if we have another snow storm, and there's a good chance of that since it's only the first part of March, the snow isn't going to last long. The days are longer and green things are erupting from the earth.
A few plans for the next few days
Church tomorrow. Lunch with a friend on Monday. Do some work in the yard and see how my body handles it. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather before the black flies hatch.
Giving thanks for ...
The income taxes are done.
It turned out to be a bit more unpleasant than usual. I hadn't thought ahead that getting the numbers ready was going to involve reviewing medical bills and adding up medical miles for Bob's last seven months - memories I didn't want to revisit in that much detail.
But everything is done now except for paying the CPA and the signoff for the electronic filing. I am thankful it is finished.
The deer have been in the yard all winter scratching in the snow to eat the acorns.
No shortage of food for them this year and no deep snow to keep them from moving around to find it. That translates into hardly any winter kill and a larger deer population than the normal large deer population. I expect most of my hostas to be eaten to the ground by the end of June.
Still, I love to see them.