It was a bit warmer this morning when I took the chooks their cooked wheat and currant gruel; 40 degrees at 7:30 am. After breakfast I dressed, made my bed and began working in the kitchen again; still attempting to stay on task with the Fly Lady's challenge of working in the Kitchen this week. I finished cleaning and organizing all the kitchen drawers, washed the cabinet doors inside and out. Organized a bit in the big pantry and labeled the 12 half pint jars of collards that I canned last week and put them in the pantry. Amy came today to help clean the house which is so appreciated; keeping the floors done is a real blessing to me as it helps keep up with the pet messes. Olivia, the cat, loves to pull out tufts of her fur and sadly my little buddy, Fritz, piddles in the house and not on his pee pee pads.
Yesterday afternoon when I arrived home from buying the eggs the young white hen and one of the red roosters had flown or jumped out of the fence. At first I was upset bu then decided to let all the chickens out at 4:30 in the afternoon and they had a ball scratching around. Unfortunately they scratched around all the trees and shrubs that Amy and I had dressed with wood chips to cut down on weeds. Thankfully it was not too hard to herd them back in to the coop as dark neared with treats of freeze dried meal worms. Egg production and quality is so much better when they can forage the field.
To my surprise Mike Case stopped by about noon to put the metal overhang he fabricated to protect the nesting box. Since the metal roof of the coop doesn't have an overhang I have had rain water entering the nesting boxes at the seam where the lid lifts up. Nothing like damp poopy wood shavings to put the 'girls' off laying in the nests. I helped him hold the overhang in place while he attached it. Afterwards we walked around the garden checking on my winter crops and talking about how much we both needed to accomplish. He has been the kindest gentleman to help me realize my dream of having laying hens again.
Amy slipped off before I could say bye to her but I will email her and thank her for changing the bulbs in the pantry. I will never again install florescent light fixtures anywhere in my home. They are a real pain, always flickering and not a very long bulb life. When I came back inside the cottage there was a voice message that Mother had a prescription at Wynn's Pharmacy to pick up. Her eyes have been itching a lot and she is worried she will hurt her eyes rubbing them. Her cataract surgeries have been a real blessing and we certainly don't want any problems with her improved vision. I jumped in the car and drove into town to pick up the eye drops. Good grief, $72.00 for a teeny tiny bottle of drops. Eye medications are dreadfully expensive.
too tired and too late to make a big deal out of supper so Mother had chicken and rice soup and a ham sandwich for supper. I had Stouffer’s Chicken a la King and a couple of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. We watched a PBS show on Country Houses and went to bed at 9:00. Fritz was sick at his stomach tonight and threw up several times. I hope it was just that he ate too much and not that his illness is flaring up again.