Another Boring Post
I go through phases where I question the necessity for this blog. These phases happen to strike either after I have intensely blogged (at the end of NaBloPoMo, after 31 consecutive days of posting) or after I have been away for a while (Digital Detox Week). My life is rather boring right now: Do you really want to know that I still am surprised at the smoothness and tautness when I feel my sides and hips, that the weight loss is continuing apace, and that I’m still exercising 4-5 times per week? Are the books I read this year of interest to anyone but me? Have you felt the lack of kid blogging as much as I have (they’re getting older, I feel I shouldn’t blog about their doings so much, but often that’s the source of entertainment for me)? Do you really need to see another chicken picture, seeing as I spend most of my free time on these spring days out back hanging out with these two pea-brains?
Well, OK, twist my arm why don’t you.
The chickens are not very adventurous in their time outdoors. They like hanging out under the back porch, where we have a pile of pine needles that make for comfy resting, and they like to run like the dickens to the snowball bush about 4 feet away from the porch. And that’s about it. We can leave them out back for 45 minutes, and you’ll still find them in that general vicinity.
The other day, I decided to see how hard it would be to teach them that they could actually climb the porch steps. When I heard them pecking around near the steps, I made my move.
I filled a little bowl with some feed, and placed it on a step.
After they had eaten a bit, I’d move the bowl to the far back of the stair, providing them with the dilemma: stay safe or risk life and limb for more food?
As I hoped it would, greed won out, step by step. Until they found themselves at the summit.
Once they made it up there, they realized there were all sorts of things to explore.
They had a blast up there, although eventually I had to shoo them down off the porch. Because, you see, I had forgotten that wherever you allow chickens, you will find this: