This week we're expecting a low in the 30's (Friday night). Summer never lasts long enough here. Winter is already trying to put its icy fingers into the nights. I'm still trying to hold off as long as possible before turning the heater on. The thermostat is set to 60, and so far we haven't dropped below 70 in the house, despite temperatures n the 50's and 60's outside. Friday night I'll have to get some apple butter in the crock pot, some apples or herbs in the dehydrator, and the bread machine going over night to try to keep us above that 60-degree threshold. Maybe I'll fire up the space heater too.
Matt the duck continues to sit on her nest. According to when she first went missing, we're guessing eggs should start hatching about the 24th of this month. Less than a week to go! On last check she was up to a dozen eggs in there, and three were noticeably turning dark (rotten). For the past week or so, Quiche, the Indian Runner hen has been laying with Matt in the nest at night. I find the two of them every morning at the gate to the barn, hollering for breakfast. So when I open the barn, while all the other ducks, chickens, geese, and guineas are rushing out, they're running in to get at the food bin.
For some strange reason I have the urge to go through my seed collection. Re-organize, check inventory, and get it all sorted again. That's a heck of an undertaking though, I'm not sure I'm up for quite that big of a project. That may just be the colder temperatures talking.
Mazikeen, our Saint Bernard puppy, is five months old now. She is just a hair taller than Moose now. He's considered a large breed (80 pounds I think last time we weighed him). Mazikeen is going to be a beast of a dog. Her parents were massive too. She still has a year of growing. Wow.
Tomorrow is Tony's one day this week he has off. I think the project we'll be working on is building a door for our bedroom. Yup, that's right - no doors on the bedrooms here. Though the boys' bedroom does have a door, it just doesn't close all the way. So yeah, privacy is pretty much non-existent. I had drawn up a neat wooden door plan I liked from looking at other images online and Tony says he can make it. We'll still need to order hinges and a door knob of some kind, but that'll have to wait until next pay day. We already have the wood on hand because he bought it a while ago.