I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas. I'm not going to say too much about mine, except that it involved fixing several things for my mother-in-law, and a soggy paper towel found in my salad (yes, it was as gross as it sounds). I've been in a bit of a grinch mood for the past week or so, but Sunday morning I leave to play for a week in Boise, where I'm going to see this person, this person, this person and this person. Oh I can't wait! Even though I have to get up at 3:30 on Sunday morning for a 6:00 flight, I'll be there in time for a big, noisy New Year's Eve party. I hear we're going to have a full drum kit, a few guitars, a mandolin, a keyboard, a harmonica, numerous iPods and an awesome Bose sound system. There may even be a visiting rock star, not including the one related to me. And then, for the rest of the week I will be going to movies, eating good food and sleeping as much as I want.
My Blythe doll now has a name, I'm going to call her Evangeline (after one of my favorite songs, ever), Evie for short. I think it suits her. I made her a new outfit for Christmas:
I love the little sneakers! That skirt is awfully short, Evie. I'm getting you some tights to wear with it. It finally stopped raining this morning, so she wanted to go for a swing.
In chicken news, it seems that Bear and the chickens have bonded and agreed to co-exist peacefully. One day last week I came home and the chicken coop door was wide open and their light was unplugged. I'm still not sure what happened, but the chickens were all sitting right inside the door, looking outside, puzzled by this strange new circumstance. Bear was trotting around, quite worriedly, but not bothering them at all. So this past weekend I decided to let them roam around during the day, and see what would happen. They are getting along quite well, the chickens seem to be enjoying their new freedom, although they don't roam too far from their coop, and Bear, well, he just seems interested in eating chicken poop. Disgusting, yes, but we'll work on that. He also wants to eat the stale bread and grapes that I bring for the chickens, but I guess it's only fair that they share. So we can now say that we have free range chickens!
Speaking of chickens, Carol has some rescued battery hens, I think this is so great! It's such a shame that raising chickens has changed from a farming industry to a manufacturing industry (scroll down to the November 2 entry here). I'm hardly a member of PETA, and I even still eat chicken, but the way meat is raised now is a little disturbing.