As we start off the new year it is a time of change. Oh sure the spring is still a ways off, but that doesn’t mean change doesn’t happen. Let us take for example the water that we give the ducks. While the ducks arrived last winter, they didn’t make the change to living outdoors until spring. This meant that we didn’t have to worry about their water supply freezing until now. I knew the pond could freeze over, as it did last year, so I needed to be prepared to have water available to them. Since the time the ducks moved down to the pond, I had two 3-gallon plastic containers filled with water near their food along with a water fount. Well these obviously froze when temperatures dropped into the teens for two nights in a row. I thought “no problem, just knock the ice out of the plastic containers and refill them with fresh wate.” Of course if I had thought about it, plasti becomes brittle when frozen and the containers shattered as I tried to dislodge the ice. Lesson learned.
So it was off to Tractor Supply for new options. I now have two fiber reinforced molded rubber containers to fill with water for the duckies to dip their heads in.
The other change I was thinking about recently, has to do with an earlier blog post I did, in which I talked about how dark the nights are in the country. I commented how in the city you don’t know how dark the night is until you move to a location where the only light around may come from the moon and stars. To be honest the darkness was a little disconcerting when we first moved out to the country, but now it seems different. The nights are obviously just as dark but my comfort level in moving around in it has gone way up. My senses are still on alert when I walk through the darkness with only the flashlight to lead me, but they are not to the mind absorbing phase they had been. The darkness is now an accepted part of the day, not a time to hide.
And a great big happy birthday today to my beautiful bride today. You are the greatest.
Until next time my friends. D.