Spring has come to Mosier, flowers are blooming, peas are planted, seeds are started and growing rather alarmingly fast. Next year I will restrain myself to one seed per cell instead of the three or four I allowed this year, necessitating transplanting and thinning already! I got eager and started pumpkins in peat pots and the tap root busted out in short order! They have been moved outside already under the cover of plastic containers. Our little silky chicken has gone broody, which is when they desperately want to be a momma and sit on a nest all day. Since we have no rooster it's never gonna happen with her eggs, but we do have a friend with a rooster who gets fertilized eggs and I've decided to see if I can't get her to hatch a few of those! I'm building her a little nesting pen out of some scrap wood and when it is done, I'll move her in and hope she takes to the new nest. Then we'll slip some fertilized eggs under her at night and with some luck, in about 20 days we'll have baby chicks and a momma to take care of them!
Julia's been busy playing outside. She runs out by herself which I love and am slightly anxious about all at once. She has a little patch of dirt where she digs and I got hear some little plastic flower and jewel bits to bury, to hopefully stop her from burying the eggs. This has been a big hit so far. She will play by herself for hours on a nice day, climbing the rocks in the yard, then running off to another corner. I can see her mouth moving but can't get close enough to hear the internal dialogue.