M. and I had a fantastic time away while our children learned the value of having an unpaid slave about the house who does 90% of the house work without being asked… yeah it feels great to have your 16 year old admit she is so glad your back because being Mom is not as easy as it looks!
I would like to say that my worrying was totally justified! I am not kidding that I got 2 out of 5… almost: First of all a man DID break down and knock at our door while we were away… fortunately he wasn’t a psychopath… he just wanted to call AAA… unfortunately K. E. and J. didn’t do the things we had prearranged in case a random stranger showed up at the door. SIGH.
And second: one of our chickens was taken. We don’t know when but we suspect it was at night as one of the Delaware hens was particularly stupid (for a chicken): she would sit on the roosting bar all day and then get stuck outside the hutch when the automatic door closed at night. The girls forgot to check and didn’t do a count in the evening… anyhow we found a mess of feather’s outside the hutch door and a path to where the varmint dug under the enclosure leaving some of it’s fur behind on the barbed wire. So one stupid hen down and one coyote/fox/raccoon/bobcat well fed.
On the bright side we came home to find the baby rabbits had opened their eyes and are so adorable!
M. and I went to Chico. Its a beautiful town (in the middle) and a bog standard San Joaquin town on the outskirts. M. and I were pretty happy to enjoy the time we had and explore some of the green (and sometimes not green) spaces.