The upside of this winter seems to be a lack of rodent activity (not counting the squirrels, who are in a PIA class of their own). I am hoping that they were all frozen out, died a horrible death, and those that survived went looking for a kinder, gentler place to pillage. It is gradually getting lighter, the days are longer, so I have unplugged one of my multiple timers. A little less cha-ching! on the monthly electric bill. I am finally getting more than four eggs a day. This means, in a month or three, the chickens will once again be earning most of their keep.
The 2013 Garden Plan has been started. Slightly. Ever so slightly. I got the notebook out and sharpened my pencil. Which involved finding my pencil sharpener. Which was buried in the craft/knitting closet. It's a wonder I can find clean socks. Actually, I am knitting some clean socks.
Speaking of knitting, I realized this morning that I have six projects in some level of started-ness. I have one and one-quarter socks knitted. One quarter (or less) of a cotton cardigan on the needles. One cotton hand towel cast on. I've got my 32nd hexi-puff on the needles for my beekeeper quilt. Only 400 more to go! I have started yet another cabled ear warmer. I discovered I did not finish the other iPod sweater I started. And I have the needles, yarn and pattern all ready for a very lovely lacy cowl that I want very badly to make NOW. Oy.
Another fun thing to do while you're waiting for Farch, is to go through the Murray McMurray catalog. And make two lists: the Wish List, where you list all 500 of the various breeds of chicken, ducks, goose, and turkey youngsters that you wish you could order. Please notice there was no mention of Guinea fowl. Then you sigh deeply and forlornly and make out the very much shorter practical list. Okay. Maybe practical is not the correct word. How about 'realistic'? Unrealistically necessary list? Whatever. It's the list that you've talked yourself into believing that you MUST have. So far, after much stops, starts, erasures and additions, I am looking at four black Silkies, two Aracaunas, two Marans, two Blue Laced Red Wyandottes (how could you NOT order these?), and a partridge. Kidding on the partridge. This list also means that there are some of the existing group that will have to go. I have most of my Barnevelders listed on craigslist, although it is a little early for the seasonal chicken frenzy.
Since the weather forecast for tomorrow involves a range of a few inches of snow to a few feet (I believe this is called "covering your
How are you all faring on your way to Farch? Any tips to keep the rest of us sane?