The “March Winds” have bled over into the time for “April Showers”. We have not gotten the promised rain for this month yet, but the wind was quite powerful. I expected to freeze when I went outside but it was surprisingly warm, in the 60’s. Fionn and I went out to see the pond and there were practically breakers! The great new development was that the bluegills have begun to appear to eat the fish food I have been offering. I was a little afraid they had vanished, but I guess they were just too cold to be hungry yet.
With the warmer weather, I am beginning to dream about the projects for the summer. I signed up for a free introductory subscription to “Backyard Poultry” magazine and can see myself nurturing a batch of little chicks. Joe wants to build a small coop under the back shed overhang on the barn. We think it would not be so hard. It’s just a matter of rationing our time (and our money) to the most practical items. We’d love to jump in and do all the things on our long-term list: orchard, vineyard, pond deck, chickens, sheep, landscaping. We haven’t finished purchasing all the stuff needed for the house either. I am a little uncomfortable not having a clear budget laid out until the house is done. Saving up for things is more my normal way but building the house has been a real change in strategy. When I get scared about it I take a deep breath and assure myself that it will all work out and I need to remember to have faith.