An Unexpected Moment
As always in spring time, the small and sometimes large, creatures of the forest start wandering around foraging for food. Since we moved into their home and invaded their space we always get a visit from a number of them.
A week ago as the weather was warming and the days have been lengthening, I’ve been going out to close up the henhouse a little later in the evening. As I walked up upon the chicken yard I expected the girls along with the rooster to already be in the hen house. It was getting dark and usually they head in as the sun is setting. But here they are huddled up in the yard. How weird is that I thought. I’ll put their water in and then round them up. I opened the door to the henhouse and much to my surprise there was a young raccoon all snuggled up in a nesting box sleeping for the night.
It frightened me so I slammed the door shut. I stood for a second and thought about what to do. I looked around and grabbed a garden tool and went back in. I tried to pry him out of the nesting box but all that accomplished was waking him up and making him really mad. He hissed and growled and showed me his many little sharp teeth and when I tried to move him he stiffened his body and it felt like he weighed 20 lbs although I knew he was just a little guy. So he scared me, even more. I implemented plan B and went and got my husband. He brought his trusted tool and took care of business. Not my way of taking care of business but sometimes the only way to take care of business.
We then herded the apprehensive flock into the hen house and went about our evening routines. All of us that is, except the raccoon.
It’s almost Spring here in Northern Michigan. I say, almost, because in the woods, the ground is still frozen and we have had a couple of inches of frozen sleet still hanging around from the storm last week. It covers the ground hard packed and slippery from the sun. Soon we will once again be ankle deep in mud. It will be a few weeks before we are thawed out and dry.
There are flocks of migrating birds coming to the feeders and we’re seeing many small herds of whitetail deer in the fields browsing for edible grasses. All of the wildlife are awakening into the lengthened days of April and the Rollin’ Rock is no exception. Our household has become alive with activity with the addition of a new pup. Another little cowboy on the range to help Dish keep things in order. This presents a whole new perspective to our laid back retiree routine.
His name is “Deets”. A beautiful 9 week old pup with a pea sized bladder (and brain) and teeth as sharp as porcupine quills. He’s only been here a week and already has grown some and learned a few things about the workings of our tiny environment.
Dish being Dish, is not too impressed. Although he loves the interaction for short periods of time, he gets annoyed quickly. Although it is difficult for him to share attention, he is doing a great job.
As the world turns and brings the unknown to each day, we welcome in another year that’s going to be filled with exciting new adventures. Our journey continues……
Another Rollin’ Rock Rag Rug
This is the newest rug. What intensity it was to create. I know….just looks like a bunch of strips of material woven together, and it is. But these strips were all scrap. I had to cut each one to less than a 1/2 inch and double them up to get the calico design. This took me weeks to complete. At first it was just a little of this and a little of that. Then I would run out of interesting color and had to cut from different pieces. It was painstaking to complete. I now have a few ready for the spring market. Can hardly wait. However, after a long summer, there’s the, I can’t wait for this to be over, so I can take a break! Damned if you do, damned if you don’t!! It’s a love/hate thing.