I've got all of the chickens in protective custody today, keeping them in the coop, and they are not happy about that. And it's probably ridiculous and the very definition of closing the barn door after the cows get out but while that dog is still in the neighborhood, I'm not taking a chance. He's supposedly enclosed again but I know dogs and I know that once they figure out they can get out and have great big fun killing chickens, there's very little stopping them from doing it again. The chains do not bind, the gates do not stay closed. My neighbor tells me that the owners are trying to re-home him. Not only did he kill at least four chickens yesterday, he's also nipped a child.
So. Three of those chickens were mine. When it came time for them to all go to roost, we did a headcount and two others were missing besides little Blossom whom we knew was dead. Mr. Moon did a search and found the body of a Barred Rock and Lisa Marie has not shown up and I fear that she, too, is gone. My neighbor lost one of her favorite hens, a special breed, and Elvis, Jr., her rooster, (she calls him Foghorn) was wounded, probably trying to defend his ladies.
Sad day in Lloyd today.
Anyway, we go on and I've walked down to the post office and come back but I'm not taking a real walk today. I just don't have it in me and Owen and Gibson and Magnolia are coming over this afternoon for a few hours and it would be best not to be completely exhausted when they get here. Perhaps Owen will finish cleaning the library. Or at least make the love couch available again for sitting.
It's summer. And as Garrison Keillor said in "Pontoon" it is paradise but there are mosquitoes.
I just finished listening to that book. I sure did enjoy it.
Mosquitos and yellow flies and roaches the size of hybrid vehicles and beetles big enough to fry and eat as a main course if that's your desire and crazy dogs on a killing frenzy and heat hot enough to cook your mind and scald the tomatoes on the vine and dry your clothes as soon as you get them on the line and I think I'll go put some more water in the kid pool.
Let's just keep on doing it, okay?