I haven't posted in quite some time because I am a bit behind on my latest commission and it is hard to justify time at the computer. I often get distracted in the studio, and can easily find that I spent an hour trying to make insects out of cork and wire when I should have stayed focused on the project with a looming deadline. Besides, with spring in full force, there is a ton of work needed on the homestead, and I'm way behind on all of it.
As for that mean turkey, he continues to be a nuisance. He especially dislikes adults, but seems to leave kids alone. I really need to clean the coop, but I really can't do much in there as long as I'm fending off a belligerent turkey. Worst of all, he has been terrorizing the other poultry. I had to break up a fight between him and the duck, and I often intervene on behalf of innocent chickens.
Mike has reseeded our lawn with a low-maintenance flower/herb mix, so we need to steer clear of it for at least 3 weeks, watering it 4-5 times/day. This is a huge challenge with three dogs and a (as of yesterday) seven-year-old. I have to leash each dog separately when they go out, which is frequently.
We have decided to bring on a second cat to manage the rodent population on the farm, as it has become a real problem since our female cat disappeared last fall. She was an outstanding mouser, preferring to hunt for her food over bagged kibble. We miss her, and we are hoping a new kitten will accept Lazarus as a friend. (Lazarus is our very sweet male cat, who begged Stella to be his friend for the past 6 years, only to be hissed at and snubbed.)
The bees are building comb and capping brood. We expect the arrival of new turkey chicks any day. The garden is blooming and some veggie sprouts are coming up. I just need to get to securing the dog yard, finishing the greenhouse, building a chicken run, tilling remaining raised beds, weeding about an acre of garden, trimming goat hooves, and stacking some huge piles of split firewood. And, of course, finishing that commission by the end of the month.