Oh my god, those teenaged chickens are beasts! Beasts I tell you! I don't know what I'm going to do when I run out of garden greens to feed them. Well, hopefully by then they'll be old enough to get out and find their own veg.
The baby birds are growing too and today when I gave them a bowl of chopped greens and grapes they went crazy over that.
Little dinosaurs, all of them, with wicked beaks and claws.
They're so adorable.
I had another completely inert day. I did manage to take my walk and Ms. Ewe was there at the regular meeting spot, as suspicious of me as ever.
I should take her a carrot. Lord knows I have plenty. Maybe she could learn to trust me. Be my friend, you know? Doesn't everyone want a sheep friend?
Yeah. Maybe not.
Speaking of animal friends, I have a new grand dog. Lily and the kids brought me a few things from Publix today and introduced me to Pepper.
She's a lab/terrier mix. As Lily says though- what SORT of terrier? Rat or Staffordshire? This could make a big difference. Her forehead is very wrinkly. A friend of theirs adopted a female who turned out to be pregnant with a litter of seven so here we are. Normally I'd be all Lily! What are you thinking? You don't need another dog! Etc. Etc.
Now I'm just glad that the kids have something else to entertain them.
They love her. Of course. And she loves them.
Those kids are handling this no-school situation far too well in my opinion. They'd just been by the school to pick up their individual learning packets as well as the free lunch and breakfast that the school is handing out.
Why not? They're giving them rather odd things. Like- for lunch a packet of crackers, a packet of Craisins and a packet of sunflower seeds. Granola bars and jerky are often involved. Now, in the case of Lily's kids, those are nice and appreciated snacks but if they were having to depend on that as a meal, it would be a different matter. And I have no doubt that a lot of kids are. So many kids at this school fit the requirements of getting free lunches and breakfasts that they just give them to everyone.
Well. One more example of how truly fucked this country is when it comes to income diversity.
As they were getting ready to leave today (and I was tearing up again) little Pepper was whimpering and the kids were begging their mom to let her have more of the jerky.
"No. She's had enough jerky," Lily said.
"You shouldn't give her too much jerky," I said. "It's not good for pups." And then I thought about it.
"Hell, I don't know what's good for pups. Why did I even say that?"
For some reason I am feeling freer than ever to admit that I don't know shit.
I did suggest that Lily do a Vet Surgical study course with the kids so that they could spay little Pepper. Lily did not seem to take that suggestion seriously. I have no idea why. I am sure there are Youtubes that demonstrate the entire procedure in exact and terrifying detail.
As to the rest of the day I did the barest amount of laundry, tended chickens, kicked bamboo and...
took a nap.
Yep. That was about it.
Mr. Moon took his boat out on a lake and brought home some bream for our supper. I'm cooking some greens to go with the fish.
Here's what the wild azalea looks like today.
That color is somewhat magical, I think.
May reported that she went to Publix today and that people were definitely NOT keeping proper distance. That the same people who were hanging out and talking in the aisles together were the ones with carts full of toilet paper. Why is that still a thing? Why are people being so ridiculous about not keeping distance? She said it took her over an hour because she was being so careful to wait until the spaces she wanted to go were free of people. She also wore a mask that she made. I think I'm going to make a few. They've got to help a little bit, right?
And I think a nice Frida print would be just the thing.
There's me in my dress looking like a huge old dork.
Which I am.
The pockets are great, though. They are big enough to hold my phone and also three or four eggs.
I know this has all sounds rather lighthearted. I never know how my daily reports are going to come out when I sit down to write them but please know that behind each and every one of them I am vastly aware of the danger and the horror of this situation. I can't even express how grateful I feel for the healthcare workers, the grocery store workers, the pharmacists, the delivery people, the folks at the post office, the sanitation workers, the people making food for take-out including those who are handing out those granola bars and Craisins, and, and, and...
You know. And let us not forget the magically powered people who are maintaining the internets because without that, without THIS, without all of you, I don't know what I'd do.
And I mean that with all my heart.
P.S. Please don't bother responding to the idiot bot who posts the thing about how wicked and evil we baby boomers are because I delete them all as soon as I find them. Thanks.