I sort of woke at 5 a.m. this morning and then Danny wanted me to take him outside. He is the most considerate dog I’ve ever encountered. He waits until he knows I’m awake before he asks to go out. He also waits until he believes I’m not busy. The amazing thing is that I can be working in the kitchen and he doesn’t ask to go out until he sees me sit down. However, if I’m sitting on the couch doing something, he will wait until I get up before asking to go out. So it’s not just me always sitting down or me always standing up that alerts him that I’m not busy. He can somehow figure it out. He’s amazing.
Although I wasn’t thrilled about going outside so early, I didn’t mind taking Danny out today. He’s really struggled with constipation this week, poor dog. I was beginning to get concerned about him and was wondering if I should take him to the vet, but several people–and the Internet–said that giving him pumpkin can help him. So I gave him some pumpkin and that did the trick. I think he must have eaten something he shouldn’t have. Or else he “held it” because with the deep snow, he couldn’t get to his regular pooping place. He always goes in the same area. I didn’t teach him to do this, he just decided to choose his “bathroom area.”
Once it grew light outside, I tended to the ducks and chickens. When the outside temperature had warmed to 15 degrees, I went out and snowblowed the driveway. We are expecting 11 to 15+ more inches of snow this weekend, so I wanted to clear the driveway before the additional snow fell. By the time I finished, I was cold to the bones and very tired. It took me a long, long time to get warm again.
I spent a few hours today working on two sunflower pillows someone ordered from my Etsy. I think these pillows are very pretty.
A flock of 25 turkeys showed up this afternoon to eat the seeds that had fallen from the bird feeders. They stayed for several hours. I think they might have been eating as much as they could before the storm arrived. It’s always fun watching the turkeys. I took lots of photos and videos. I think that I probably take too many, but I find the birds/wildlife interesting and amazing and I can’t help myself.
As JJ was getting ready to leave for work, the turkeys hunkered down behind his Buggy. JJ asked, “What am I supposed to do?” I said, “Well, I supposed your company won’t be impressed if you tell them you can’t make it to work because of turkeys.” I took a video of JJ leaving for work and all the turkeys running down the driveway.
JJ told me later that he followed the turkeys all the way down the driveway. After a while, they came back up the driveway again. As they came up the driveway, I saw two crows in a tree on the top of the hill. I didn’t really pay much attention to them because we have lots of crows around here. But then one of the “crows” flew down and joined the turkeys and I realized that it wasn’t a crow at all. I quickly took a picture of the other turkey in the tree. I knew that turkeys fly and that they roost in trees, but I though they kept to the lower branches. I didn’t realize they flew so high.
We were getting low on groceries so when EJ got home from work, we had a quick bite to eat and them went to the store (where JJ works) to stock up on groceries before the newest storm hits. We figured we might as well get them before the weather gets nasty. Now we can sing “Let it snow, let is snow, let is snow…” while we hunker down safe and warm. Well, except for JJ, who has to go to work. At least he doesn’t have far to go.