The biggest news today is that one of Violet's eggs has hatched. At least one. I finally had to force myself to stop bothering the little hen. She is stressed out enough as it is. But on one of my checks, I heard a peeping and sure enough, one of the babies was just about through a tiny hole in the membrane of the egg. Did you know that you can hear them peep before they hatch? Oh! What joy! And I do know that it has entirely hatched now but I have got to leave them alone. I am not sure why I'm so fascinated by Violet's eggs hatching. I mean- they're not even really her babies. Well, of course they are because she will be their mama but not biologically. I'm glad that one of Darla's chicks is Violet's bio-babe. But honestly, I think I'm attached to Violet in a different way because she's been with us so long and because she's definitely an older mother. There's just something so impressive and inspiring about such a big and strong spirit living in such a tiny bird.
Hopefully, tomorrow I will be able to take pictures of some new fluffy peeps.
It's been a most beautiful day here in Lloyd. The high was only around 85 degrees which is a sight better than 95. That rain really cooled things off. I walked down to the post office this morning and then to FDG site and unfortunately, the rain did not wash everything away.
Anyway, today while this girl was making all the noise, I suddenly heard Liberace sing out to her. Just a few notes. And I swear it sounded like he was saying, "Would you please be quiet? I'm right here."
And sure enough, she quit with the bawking.
I thought of Kathleen today as I knelt in the garden between rows of tomatoes, pulling weeds. My Lord, but she had a growing spirit! I'm not sure I ever met anyone in my life who was as intensely nurturing as she was despite the fact that she never had children. She nurtured her beloved dogs and cats and chickens and plants and all of her friends. And every single creature and creative endeavor and bit of flora that she put her hand to, was sure to grow in the light of her loving care.