I know this blog has been photo intensive, but so much about our lives have changed. Also, I have more children. It's just that Jeep is my sidekick most of the time and makes into the photos!
The first couple of week we couldn't get these ducks to the pond. They believed that they were chickens. So we would catch them and toss them in, much to their dislike and disdain. Now, when we let them out of the chicken run, the pond is their first destination. The ducks have been merrily named Click and Clack. They are Peking Ducks and I am pretty sure the stouter one is a boy. The ducks are hilarious to watch and noisy...so noisy.
The kitty in the background is Roma, named by our four year old. She and her playmate, Biscuit, came with the house and live outdoors. It has been quite a learning curve, as I know nothing about cats. The first time they brought me a chipmunk, I was pretty much dumbfounded. However, I am now use to it. So don't be alarmed if you find dead rodents or reptiles at my front door. That's just the kitties spreading the love!
While we have geothermal, we still want to use our fireplace. Dustin chops the wood, though I am determined to get better at it. Currently I get squeamish because of an unfounded fear that I will accidentally swing the axe, miss the wood and plunge it deep into my shin bone. It makes my toes curl just typing that!!!!
I have an ongoing battle with these chickens. They keep scratching all the straw off my garlic and I keep raking it back on. I am determined to win, though it might be a never ending struggle. Darn chickens
There is so much wildlife here at our new house. Our back meadow is filled with milk weed and so we see a lot of butterflies (the Monarchs make me cry every time!). We also have tree frogs, pond frogs, bullfrogs, hawks that try to eat our squirrels, praying mantises the size of my hand, garter snakes, blue jays, blue birds, cardinals, one eagle and so many moths. And we have only been here for a short while and I am sure spring will bring a whole new crop of live things!
Every day we take a walk around the property and everyday there is something new to see. At some point I will know this land like I know my hands, but for now, it still amazes me. We own this. It is ours to mold and grow. Dustin and I go to bed every night, EVERY NIGHT!, giddy over this land.