Rain hat and bale bag, no big dill
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
I live in a very rainy corner of the world. With outdoor pets come outdoor duties, and those don't stop when the rain starts. Like many, I own a rain coat with a hood, which is great, until the wind blows my hood off or I need to use my peripheral vision. I can hold my hood on, but that makes the work take twice as long since I am then doing it one handed. I could buy a whole new raincoat with a drawstring hood that ties around your face, but the last thing I need is ANOTHER coat. All I need is a good rain hat. And being that I live in a super rainy spot in the world, you'd think there'd be a demand for those and they'd therefore be readily available for a low price. As it turns out, that is incorrect! I decided I needed a sou'wester style hat since that's what we used while tending animals in the rain growing up. They're nice and sturdy, well designed and very effective at keeping your head dry. I wanted to just go grab one, be able to try it on in the store first to make sure it fit, buy it, and be done with it. Well, I scoured every store in my town that might have one and NOPE, not a sou'wester anywhere! Not even a fully waterproof rain hat could be found anywhere. So weird here in the rainy Seattle area! REI had something like it, but for $65, I wasn't impressed. It's just a hat, for goodness sake.
Online hunting made the problem clear. Nobody had just a plain black sou'wester for sale for under 20 bucks. That product for that price didn't exist. As a last ditch effort I scooted over to Ebay and found one clear over in POLAND that fit the bill. Only available in S, M and XL (with no description of measurements differentiating between the 3 sizes) and it won't get to me for about a month. Since that was the only one, I took a gamble, ordered the medium and now I wait. I don't know what ever happened to go to the store, get what you want for a reasonable price and leave, but I sure miss those days! On a happier note, Ebay also solved another pesky outdoor problem that's been plaguing me since the cluck cluck crew have been free ranging. I have a bale of straw I keep on the back porch that I use to replace nesting box material when I clean the coops. As one might imagine, I go through it VERY slowly. This wasn't a problem until the girls discovered it one day and kicked it all over the place. Since then, they've made it their sincerest mission to get at it every day and repeat the process. I was trying to come up with a storage solution to contain it and found a bale bag on Ebay for $20. Again, a long wait for shipping, as it's literally coming on the slow boat from China, but if it works it'll be well worth it.
My next mission is to plant some dill. I've never grown it before so am excited to see how it does. My mom gave me seeds from her plant so hopefully I'll get wonderful results like she always does in her garden. I was hoping to start it in pots and wait for it to get big and strong before putting it out in the garden, but apparently it has a long taproot that makes transplanting unadvisable. Hopefully the girls don't jump over the garden fenced and dig it up before it sprouts!
The chicks are still growing fast but are also still sweet fluffy headed babies. They are quite the chirpers and cheap so loudly when they don't like something, DH rightfully described it as a bark. They REALLY let you know when they get triggered. And all the neighbors too!
So that's life in chicken world. Always eggciting! Enjoy the last few days of April, sparkies!