Friday, April 27, 2012

Nothing like the sound of ducks on an old tin roof

 It has been a long and tired week.  But somewhat productive in spite of tired and long.

Our ducks are flying higher and higher, and this week they've taken to roosting on the roof of our house.  I think that the first time it happened, it surprised them, and it got dark, so they couldn't see their way down.  But now, they've made a habit of it.  I comfort myself with the notion that there are probably not any owls around here big enough to pick up an 8 pound duck.  But i would still really like it if they would stay in the coop.  The really sad part is that the male duck is too heavy to fly up to the roof, so he sleeps with the chickens, and the girls desert him for the roof.  I feel bad for him every night.

The picture below is from early this morning when i let the drake out of the coop to go coax the girls down from the roof of my house.  If you look carefully, you can locate all four birds by the reflection of their eyes to the flash.  1, 2, 3, on the roof, and one on the ground.

The sound of the ducks slipping and sliding their way around on the roof early in the morning is funny.  Unnerving if you don't know what it is, but then funny.  My ducks surprise me every day.  I have a ton of fun watching them.  I recommend them highly.  Great animals.


On Resurrection Sunday, my cousin, Patsy, told me about how she has been putting the root end of lettuce and other grocery store produce in water to re-sprout and make more produce.  What a great idea!  That works?  Well, i had to try it.  Of course!  I currently have four lettuce heads and four green onion roots sitting in water in my kitchen window sill.  I was surprised this morning when my husband pointed out that they really are sprouting.  It's only been about 3 days, and voila!

SPROUTS!
Re-sprouting Lettuce

This could be fun!


Tomorrow is the big bee day.  Lord willing and creek don't rise, we'll drive to Navasota and pick up one package of bees from R. Weaver Apiary, bring them home, get them really full on sugar water, so that they won't sting us, don our full fledged bees-please-don't-sting-me garb, and put them in their new home.  And then we'll wait.  It's one of those things.  We just have to wait and let them build their home and store their own food.  And then eventually, at some point, we can ask them to make food for us.  A year or something, i'm told.  But a start is a start.


Here we go!
Bee Astronaut


For our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:20


3 comments:

  1. Gosh I am glad you are posting more often. You make me happy.

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  2. Kris, you are too kind. Thank you for the encouragement. It means a lot from you. <3

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  3. I love your blog!!! I just found it! :) Found it on BYC. Adding you to my blogroll!! Find me at www.fruittreehillhannibal.blogspot.com we are just new to the "urban" farm scene :) Love, JL~

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