#We bought a zoo

Well I don’t know if its quite a zoo yet but with two dogs, two cats, two kids, and now FOUR chickens its starting to feel like one.


We got the six month old Rhode Island Reds from a friend who had a few too many. They should start laying nice brown eggs any week now, but until then they are just an tool of study inspiration to  everyone in the house. They have immediately focused both of my children into acting as naturalists, studying the every move and characteristics of these four chickens. We can all tell each apart by their personality and individual physical traits. It is pretty cool that something like an ordinary  brown chicken can inspire a kid to sit and watch and study details and take notice of the little things. You could say the chickens are making them be scientists.


#What’s wrong with this picture?

I’m not going to teach or preach but just ask you to tell  me what you think is causing I took these pictures of cherry blossoms opening up on trees in Rochester NY on December 3rd. I’m pretty sure they aren’t supposed to. I’m not too concerned for the health of the tree at this point since the flowers are more about future trees than the health of these. I am a little worried about what all of the polinators that feed off of these flowers will find when spring actually shows up and they all wake up hungry; but what makes me more nervous is that this seems like yet another canary in a coal mine for a larger problem than the bee food shortage of 2016.

I’m not going to teach or preach but just ask you to think and tell me in the comments section what you think is causing these cherry blossoms to open up in on trees in Rochester NY on December 3rd. Should we worry???