When we got up at 6am to start the school routine we discovered we had no power. Tony looked it up on his phone and the power company noted they knew about the outage and should have it up and running again by 7:45am. I was really worried about the incubator. We have eggs that are viable, little baby birds kicking around in their shells, and with no electricity, I have no way to keep the incubator warm and humid. Nothing to do but wait it out and hope for the best.
This morning the railroad folks were working on our private crossing. I'm not sure what they're doing with it, but they said it could take seven hours. They started between 8am and 9am. Sure enough about 4 or 5pm one of the guys came up to say they're stopping for the day so the trains can go by and they'll be back tomorrow morning to finish grating the rocks.
The power was back on before 8am, and when I candled the older duck egg, the little baby inside was still kicking around. I don't know how long power was down, but it doesn't seem to have bothered at least that egg. I didn't check the other eggs. After school #3 told me when she left for school the temperature was in the low 90's.
When I went to let Moose out for his morning potty break, I caught sight of one of those giant brown birds again. I've been putting off letting the birds out of the barn, but I suppose I need to trust them. They are free-range after all.
Jubilee Watermelon - I planted 15 seeds. I had a bunch of these, and since we have Jubilee tomatoes, I figured why not Jubilee watermelon too?
Carnival Blend Sweet Peppers - Despite struggling with peppers in my winter sown containers, my husband and youngest daughter picked this pack of seeds out on a recent trip to the feed store. I planted 20 seeds.
Honeydew Green Flesh - Little #5 currently loves the color green. He asked me if there are green berries or green fruits, or green strawberries. This is the best I could come up with. I planted 15 seeds.
Petite Yellow Watermelon - Another one we picked up at the feed store recently. We want to try some different colored watermelon this year, and this one is supposed to have yellow flesh. Worth a shot. I planted 14 seeds.
Clemson Spineless Okra - I can't believe I've managed to put off okra for this long. Granted it does strongly prefer warmer weather, and I've seen better results putting it off until there are no more below-freezing nights. This is one of two varieties of okra I've selected to grow this year. I planted 30 seeds of this variety.
There are twelve kits between the three litters. Four black, three broken black, one broken red or fawn, two broken chestnut, one broken blue torte(?), and one red/fawn kit. The bigger broken chestnut has a split ear (completely healed, likely damaged by a momma stepping on it at an early age). The broken torte bunny is #5's favorite. He was snuggling with the bunny in the fenced area. We took all the kits out to the fenced area, set them in the food dish, and then let them go. This way they can have a little incentive to find their way back to the food dish in the future.