I hope you are having a good Memorial Day weekend so far! I took a vacation day yesterday so I ended up with 4 days off in a row. I needed a nice relaxing weekend after a stressful week though.
This morning, Charlie and I went to the farmer's market together and had a nice time. I bought a few plants to add to the garden (eggplant, sweet potato, lovage, chives and mint). Charlie bought a few Rada knives from the 4-H group and some cookies from a local bakery. I treated him to a cup of coffee at the Harvest Coffee House and we watched a little bit of a bicycle race that was running through town. It was a very pleasant morning.
This week was stressful for me because I lost two chickens from our flock. The two in the front row on the right in the photo above are dead now. Prudence, my Speckled Sussex, had a prolapsed vent. I didn't realize it right away -- I thought she was just being broody -- until I noticed some blood. I researched what to do, but after bathing her and examining the situation, it didn't look like she was going to get better. We put her down with quite a bit of sadness. Poor sweetie. :(
Then two days later, I came home and found Gertrude, the Buff Orpington, dead in the coop. There had been no signs of sickness/weakness at all. I'm not sure what happened, but I'm assuming it was a heart attack. I am, however, keeping a close eye on the rest of the ladies.
The other sad news is that my gorgeous outdoor cat that we had grown to love has not been around for a couple of weeks. At first, I was hoping he was just out trying to find a female friend. Now, I'm afraid he is gone forever. Perhaps he was injured in a fight, or ran into a coyote. I didn't see him along the road, but being hit by a car is also a possibility. Regardless, I miss his friendly greetings and his funny antics.
So, it has been a sad week. I try not to get too attached to my animals, but it is nearly impossible for me. I get upset over road killed raccoons and possums and I only kill insects when absolutely necessary.
This four day weekend is just what the doctor ordered. I intend to relax as much as possible. I'm also looking forward to a week long vacation in late June. We've booked an overnight trip to Detroit and left the rest of the week wide open so far. Hooray for time off of work!