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Raccoons are not my friends.

Life got hard around here for a little bit during the cold snap – the ugly things got uglier (our pipes burst, so we had no water for close to a week, and so on), but we muscled through.  Some of the beasties didn’t make it through so well though.  As in a lot of the beasties.

As you may remember, we got ducks.  3 of them – a drake and 2 hens.  They ran away, and then came back.  Then one of them, the pretty one I picked for her looks and not her smarts, got eaten, probably by a raccoon.  So we got a new one, and our other hen ran away again, so we were back to 2.  Then our old hen came back and our new one got eaten.  So we were back to 2.  Long story short, 2 became 1 became none.  I feel like a bad duck owner.  I feel like a bad take-carer-of-my-flock.  So we’re not getting any more animals until we’re more prepared.

Millicent seems to be doing a little better.  She laid something that was a mixture between an egg and a half-cooked-egg-white.  I never saw it, but Jer said it was GROSS.  Kinda like after birth.  You probably didn’t need to know that.  Anyways, she’s been laying in the nest now, and although her eggs still aren’t hard, they’re edible now and hopefully she’s got her weirdness out.  However, half of Fred and George (Frorge?  Gred?)  is NOT doing well.  She may have the flu.  I think she does have the flu.  She huddles herself into a ball and we actually brought her in for a night.  She’s having a tough time, and we’ll see how it goes, but we may end up ‘putting her out of her misery’ soon… sad.  Totally.  But she’s pretty sad right now.  So we’ll see what we can do.

As for happy things, our garlic is coming up, seedy Saturday was a lot of fun, and our water pipe is 100% buried now.  Our maple trees have sapped out close to 400L of sap now (coffee made with sap isn’t awesome.  Tea, oatmeal, soup, and pasta made with sap?  TOTALLY AWESOME), and we’ve got about 4 L of actual syrup, and another 4 or 5 are close.  Our blackberry wine that we started this summer is in it’s (hopefully) final racking, and is lovely and strong.  AND I’m almost done knitting another pair of socks.  Yay!