A Day Filled With April Showers

April showers kept us inside most of the day. We did make a run out midday to cut some milkweed leaves to feed my “Little Woman’s” monarch butterfly caterpillars. I think she has seven now and they are growing rapidly. Seems like they double their size every other day. It was warm so we left both doors to the house open so the breeze could blow through and add the smell of spring to the indoors. All the pics today were shot out our back door. It was a reading day and it was a nice break to try and capture the wet birds as they went about their business. Late in the day the showers turned to a few thunderstorms. We even had a little hail but such a short burst of it by the time I got to the window to look out it was gone, which I am thankful for. Hail can do a lot of damage. One year a hail storm destroyed our garden in late June. Wrecking a couple months of hard work. I am getting antsy to plant a garden but the steady rains keep the garden spot from drying out. We did get potatoes, broccoli and a few asparagus roots planted a couple weeks ago. The potato plants are coming out of the ground and my wife has scattered old hay over the top of them. We used to hill them but now we just add old, old, hay or straw. Worked pretty good last year and is less work.

Hope to get back to work on the chicken tractor today so probably won’t have time to photograph anything for tomorrow. It is taking a little longer to construct this coop then it should. The reason is we will have to scrounge around the place and find the wire and metal roofing we plan to use on the sides as well as the roof. Working from just an idea and not a plan takes some sitting and thinking and a bit of arguing about how to do it. I love working on things with the lady of the house. Usually we work off her well thought out ideas and plans drawn up ahead of time. This time we don’t want to spend a single penny so are working by my method of getting started and figuring it out as I go. Which works out sometimes and sometimes not. This method does clean up a lot of the discards left over around the place.

Last week I dug up a bunch of heavy wire coils that I have no idea where it cameĀ  from. Gave it to a nephew who will strip it and sell the copper. He is a junior in high school and is missing out on playing baseball this spring. Gosh, that would have killed me to miss a season at that age. Baseball was my life for many years growing up when I was not hunting or fishing. He did have a girlfriend with him when he came to pick up the wire. So I bet that has eased the strain for him. It would have for me should I have been able to catch a gal’s interest way back then. Here is hoping all the April showers bring May flowers…

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4 Responses to A Day Filled With April Showers

  1. It rained here all day too, and tomorrow as well, they say. We can’t seem to string two good days together this spring. I hope you’ll have a better day tomorrow.
    I’m looking forward to seeing your brood of Monarchs!
    Excellent back door shots!

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      We are supposed to have three days without rain counting today. It was windy but wonderful with sun all day so hoping it will dry out the garden so maybe can break more ground Saturday. Me too on seeing my wife’s first batch of the year Monarch’s. Thank You…

  2. BJ Helton says:

    Love, love, love these pictures.

  3. Jim says:

    B.J.Hellton,
    Glad you enjoyed them. Always seems as if wildlife are more active in inclement weather…

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