|Left to right: Latte, Caramel and Ginger|
Life lately has been a bit of a blur. We're just about finished with the home-improvement projects which have consumed us (I'm not kidding) for a couple of months. There was so much we wanted to do and we needed to get it done between the really cold season and the really hot one, and let's face it, that's not a long time. Spring and fall are short here and we spend both seasons scrambling to finish projects that we can't do in winter or summer. We've reached a stopping point now, which is nice. We hung our new storm door this weekend. I am so happy with it! The whole room looks more finished. I've been kind of obsessive about keeping the glass clean on both doors, inner and outer. As soon as I see a fingerprint, I'm running for the Windex. I don't think this level of fastidiousness can last but right now I'm just so darn excited about this door. What a dork. A door-dork.
I've been missing this space a lot. I haven't had much time lately for blogging, but it's just that time of year. The big school projects are behind us, thankfully, but now there's testing and the class plays have started rehearsing. The LB is playing Doctor Craven in his class production of The Secret Garden, and the GB is playing the West Witch in The Wizard of Oz. I've been working on their costumes. The GB's dance school has their biennial recital at the end of May. It's held in a theater on the university campus and it's a very big deal. Her costume is just beautiful, a long dress with a red velour leotard-bodice and full pink tulle skirt with red satin trim along the bottom edge. Her class is dancing to "Reflections" from the Disney movie Mulan. She'll also have a guitar recital. So much to do! They're having fun, which is the most important thing. I've been looking ahead to summer break too; both will be signed up for swimming lessons again (the LB is almost finished and can take diving lessons soon!) and I've booked a camping weekend already and I'm looking for one more. Whew.
These past few days have been pretty chicken-centric as we get the new girls acclimated to life in the coop with Betty. We took it slow, first putting them in enclosures near each other, then letting them free-range together in the backyard. Eventually, we closed them in the coop together and stood back. Betty was a little bossy at first. Each chick got a little peck on the beak and they spent the first day huddled in a corner of the run while she patrolled the area near the food and water. Then the chicks discovered the ramp into the "apartment" section of the coop and hightailed it inside. But they all slept together peaceably in the apartment that night and everything seems fine since. Betty lets them eat and drink and hasn't pecked them again. They still stick together but I think they'll mingle more when they're bigger. Big Betty is dominant for now, but it may not last; the new Ginger is already looking pretty brawny. They have names now, by the way. The small Bears named them, overriding my old-lady name suggestions. The Buff Orpington is Ginger, like her surprise-rooster predecessor, and the New Hampshires are Latte and Caramel. I can't really tell those two apart, but I'm told Latte has more white on her wings, hence her milky moniker. It's fine, but I was holding out for Gladys and Harriet, in case you're wondering.
Thanks for your sweet comments lately. I hope you're doing well and enjoying a taste of spring (or autumn!) wherever you are.