Monday, April 14, 2014

Lent is almost over

This is Holy Week, the last week of the Lenten Season culminating in Easter. So what was my sacrifice? Well, I didn't give myself one. I did pray about it and apparently God gave me a good one. Over the last month I've had to deal with people who have wronged me seriously. These are people whom I've distanced myself from because of their actions. In each case I was put in a situation where I encountered them again. The encounters were enough to tell me that I can be civil to someone but I don't have to go all mushy with them also.

The Grebe that we rescued from the frozen pond was transferred to the Milwaukee Humane Society rescue center as they have more experience with water birds. After a month of hanging out in a deep pool diving for minnows, the Grebe was rehabilitated enough to be let go. The Humane Society has had 2 Grebes as rescues this year which is a record for them. Grebes are endangered here in Wisconsin (well, they ARE migratory..they may just not migrate here any more) and to rescue two of them is good and bad.

It's just been a very cold winter. Lake Superior froze completely over. Lake Michigan almost did. Its no wonder so many water birds had issues this year.

Nothing's cuter than a man and his pet goose. Here he and Sissy are exchanging Good Morning greetings. Sissy's whole family have gotten themselves moved into the garage for breeding/laying season. Buddy's been fiesty with them all.

I finished up the green hat. I made a mistake and kept on knitting it on the size 3 circs, but that's OK. The biggest issue is that I made the cast on too big: 132 stitches is too much. I'm wearing it now because it's like 32°F outside and it's very windy. The gusts are sneaking into the house.

Molly has been sitting on her nest now for over a week. We get hissed at when we enter the pen, but that's just her being a good Mama. I told Dave that Molly brooded her babies in June last year. This year she's going to get it done early. I'm already thinking of things that we'll need to do when the babies hatch.

The biggest obstacle will be the fact that there is a 4" step down into the goose pen. The babies will need some sort of ramp for about 2 weeks. They grow fast so after that it will be OK.

And for the last fun of this week, it's Dave and Sweet Pea. Sweet Pea is a gander who is gentle, mellow and very friendly. He likes to give kisses to us. He'll come up and nibble on your bottom lip. He's the only goose we have that will do this.

So here he is giving Dave kisses. 

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