A week on the ranch (September 7 -13, 2009)
by, 09-14-2009 at 12:52 AM (1423 Views)
This week brought two new lives to the ranch, one by chance and one by choice. The first was a baby zebra finch that I found in my aviary. The parents had tucked her away, and I accidentally destroyed their nest while cleaning up. They wouldn't accept her back, so I am hand-feeding her. Luckily, she is already a couple of weeks old, so it shouldn't be TOO tough. The second was a baby lionhead bunny, who I have named Ariel. I am always much happier with two of any particular animal, because I don't think I can provide anything close to the companionship another member of its species can, and with Angus McBunny by himself, I was thinking about getting him a friend. When the finch appeared, I had to make an emergency trip to the feed store, to buy baby bird food, and there was Ariel. She is a beautiful little bunny, about the size of a large kitten right now, and a lovely soft ash grey.
Autumn is right around the corner. I am sitting here in long sleeves and flannel pajama pants! And it is supposed to rain tomorrow!! The oaks are dropping acorns (a favourite snack for the goats), and all the deciduous trees are dropping their leaves. It is a pleasant change from the summer heat, but it also marks the end of summer fruits, a special treat that I always start anticipating in March!!
But with Autumn comes new pleasures! I harvested my first brussels sprouts today, and had them for dinner, baked in a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper!! So good!!
Also, with the cooler weather, I've started to pick up my knitting again. I am currently working on a knitted cap with "King Tut" Egyptian cotton, a decadently soft yarn that is a pleasure to handle. Because the yarn is so soft, I am knitting a chemo cap, and will probably end up donating it, if I like it when I'm done.
This week involved a LOT of long work days, so I didn't get as much done at home as I would have liked. But life seems to balance out, and I'm thinking the coming week will be a bit more relaxed. Maybe I'll even have time to try to work on my designated skill for the month (salt dough ornaments) or my project (birds' room).
Right now, I'm sitting here in my pajamas, listening to the hum of the food dehydrator (making raisins), and sipping a hot cup of tea, watching "Dr. Who" on television. Life is good.