We bought the last bit of lumber to finish the barn brooder, and the pieces we needed to fix the hose so it doesn't leak anymore. We picked up some candles from the clearance section, and some new landscape lights (solar powered) to light up some of the darker spaces around the yard.
Last night one of the ducklings in the basement brooder died. I think it was the weak one from the incident a few days ago that had a seizure and survived but wasn't doing well.
Tonight Tony treated us to a real feast. He fired up the grill and cooked pork tenderloins, asparagus, potato wedges, and portobello mushrooms. He seasoned the potatoes and the mushrooms with olive oil and a mix of sage, basil, and thyme from our own plants. It was delicious! We were all stuffed and we have left overs for the next couple of days too. I love when Tony cooks - he's a much better chef than I am.
This evening I went to get a head count on the newest colony litter. There had been one in there with a severe paw injury and I'm waiting to see how it does. All eight babies are still alive and well, but I found one dead kit, and one cold and struggling kit randomly around the building. I took the cold kit and warmed it up before putting it in the nest with the other babies. I know it's not from Spot. Given the fur pulling, this baby came from MoR. Unable to find her nest, I'm left to assume she's dug a new burrow and hidden her kits. I will try to check more thoroughly tomorrow when I have more daylight. In the meantime, I hope the struggling kit can be accepted into Spot's litter. It was still crying when I left it in there. At the very least, the other babies should help it stay warm. I don't think it's had a chance to eat yet. Spot has been a decent mom, and they've shared nest boxes before, so I'm crossing my fingers that the single kit will just incorporate itself into the litter and nobody has to be any the wiser. Of course that one will have to have a separate ready-to-go date because it's younger (assuming it survives).
While out and about I purchased a tomato plant and an Imperial White Currant plant. They should both make nice additions to the garden.