Since last Monday, the weather has been hot and humid here and I’ve not had much energy to do much else besides stay home. I visited with several friends over breakfast and lunch earlier this past week, but besides those short outings I have been keeping myself busy here. The sun has been out in full bloom for the most part this past week but on Wednesday afternoon I noticed clouds moving in. Most of Thursday was hot and cloudy, and yesterday morning- we had thunder.
I like the sound of thunder. I like the way it sounds strong and mighty, the way it calms my soul — how it makes everything outside go quiet at the first sound of it’s cracking and roaring. Thunder makes me think of the Lord, and as I thought of Him yesterday, the hymn How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds in a Believers Ear, by John Newton came to mind. Have you ever read the lyrics to that hymn? They’re beautiful.
I was taking pictures on Thursday of the different kinds of clouds forming above me and one picture I took was of the west sky, which is the picture above. I know there’s nothing fascinating about a picture of electrical wires, though seeing the “X” formed on those wires reminded me of the precious Lord also.
Late July and August is when we usually begin to get thunderstorms out here, and it’s during this time of year when I begin to get excited for Falls arrival. We still have quite a few more weeks of summer, however, so until Fall is here I’ll be enjoying watering these colorful summer flowers and spending warm days outside in the garden, with the chickens and the pup.
What pup am I talking about? I’m talking about a tiny one named Barney.
Meet Barney — He’s a two year old orphaned Dachshund. His mother Sheila passed away late this winter. He is such a loveable and smart guy. He knows how to shake and fetch, and he knows the meanings of other words as well, like stay and go. I know dachshunds are supposed to be indoor lap dogs, and Barnes is not. He’s an outdoor dog and he loves being outdoors, though we do have to keep him away from the chickens as he’s a hunting dog by nature. Just last week I found a dead, partially skinned gopher in the back lawn…and guess who did it? Among gophers, he has also hunted some wild birds so I have to constantly keep an eye on him. Though, I think he’s still such a loveable pup. He just needs to learn to leave wildlife alone, as well as the chickens.
Henrietta has also been laying more eggs and I believe Bella has begun to lay as well since we have been getting eggs in every day this week, and since Thursday- two eggs a day. This was the first egg Henrietta laid, it was a double yolked egg.
The first and only double yolk egg she has produced so far. I didn’t want to cook it into anything else but wanted to taste the egg as naturally as possible so I cooked it over olive oil and added a dash of salt just to bring out its flavor. It’s true that fresh healthy eggs are the most delicious.
This was Henrietta’s second egg and it was a single yolk and quite a small egg. Isn’t it cute?
The eggs have gotten slightly bigger since this one but not by much. I’m hoping she’ll begin laying larger eggs within the next few weeks. I read that when hens begin laying, their eggs can sometimes come out without a shell, or with a soft shell, double yolked, and in most cases small. As the hen begins laying more eggs during the first several weeks after her initial lay, her eggs will begin to get larger…so I’m hoping she’ll lay larger ones soon, though if she doesn’t that okay. So this was a short wrap up of my week. I also dried some herbs which I’ll post about soon.
*And on a side note! I was supposed to share my spring break hiking trip pictures a long time ago…though the trip came around when I was preparing to move. Those pictures along with some others got lost somewhere as I lost my camera card. I’m sorry I never got to share those moments with you, but I’m sure more of those adventures will come so I’ll try my best to post them. Until next time, grace & peace to you!*