January 3, 2011
It was slightly warmer today.
DH requested I make him more granola; so I did.
The big accomplishment was taking down and storing all the Christmas decorations. We don't do that much and it took so long it made me think of all you who do each room!
One day wouldn't do it.
I made grilled cheese sandwiches on the stove top griddle and that worked well too.
The birds are beginning to flock to the feeders. A red-bellied woodpecker was forced to come to the kitchen window feeder because the one out by the tree was empty. The feeder was full and by evening it was almost empty. He acted so funny; first he seemed to be calling to a mate. He chirped a lot. He must have thought the window was a tree cavity because he flew at it several times before he just sat and looked at the window, cocking his head this way and that.
So far we have had the sparrows, Black Capped Chickadees, Red Bellied Woodpecker, American Gold finch and a female cow bird, doves,and Purple finches.
Our dog is part retriever; he is very attracted to the chickens. He has killed a couple in the past when they got out in the yard. He just plays them to death.
Well over the holidays he somehow got into the chicken yard two days in a row and we are now minus two chickens. We scold him mightily and he knows he has done wrong, but, trust me, he will do it again if the opportunity presents (when we aren't in sight). He is a wonderful dog and loves people and the yellow cats adore him. They even sleep on his back. He loves the attention. Something has to be done. We have kept the chickens up and will until we can build a dog-proof chicken run.
Life on the farm.................