Snails

ImageWe were cleaning up an old flower patch today and found a zillion snails,  sound asleep.  While we all know that snails do their dirty work at night,  it never ocurred to me that they hole up somewhere during the day to sleep. I collected the whole groggy mess of ’em and fed them to the hens who gobbled them up before they knew what hit them.  It was not a pretty sight.

Here’s some thrift shop animal planters with succulents:

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And finally,  today is the day that the Church remembers Jeremiah the Prophet who said these words:

Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.

Amen to that!

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The Samaritan Woman

Ruby and Rita

Hens are triangular creatures.

Today is the day the Church remembers the Samaritan Woman,  also known as the Woman at the Well.  The Orthodox Church knows her name was Photini,  or Svetlana in Russian.  When I hear this Gospel story I am struck by how true this story rings to modern ears.  Everytime the Lord says something uncomfortable to her she changes the subject,  just like I would have.   Happy name day to all the Svetlanas and Photinis and may God grant you many years!

The Lord and the Samaritan Woman

And HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the moms,  especially my own!

Spring Garden!

I think I can declare this year’s garden PLANTED!  Now it’s just a matter of watering,  fertilizing, weeding and eating.  The winter was very dry at first and I was afraid we’d have water rationing this summer,  but we had a rainier than usual spring so I am optimistic that I can water the garden without any worries.

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The hens are doing well, although we had a foxglove incident that makes me shudder to think about.  I always have foxglove in the yard,  which as we all know,  is quite poisonous.  However,  none of my animals ever ate it, not even Mrs. Rabbit,  so I figured the animals were exercising their God-given common sense.  But maybe chickens don’t have this feature…   Anyway,  I looked one morning and the foxglove showed definite signs of some serious nibbling.  And Flo was acting oddly-  not eating and wanting to sleep.  But, thank the Lord,  they all recovered and we put a fence around the foxglove to prevent future mishaps.  It’s so easy to make a dumb mistake that can kill your animals.  We generally get three eggs each day,  sometimes four.   During Lent I froze a lot of eggs by blending them and storing them in small containers but the results are not very appetizing.  I’ve been feeding them to Lilly the Farm Dog.

Farm Dog at Work