Monday, March 31, 2008

In Memory of Leila

This is a photo of Am/Can Ch. Bigtree Bedlam Ice Cream Soda TT (Morgane), Oskar's grandmother and Canadian Ch. Lalou Ma Leila de Guérande (Leila), Oskar's mother. Leila passed away today at the age of thirteen.

I offer a toast to Leila, and all those beloveds who went before her. They depend on us, but we depend on them so much more. Our beloveds bring joy into our lives, fill our homes with laughter and dog hair, entertain us, work with us, exercise us and comfort us. They are love, simply and beautifully. Here's to all of our beloveds, still with us and gone, who make our world so happy. We can only do our best to do the same for them.

Clink clink!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


The proof is in the pudding.

Sunny side up seemed to be the best way to honor Chick-Chuck's first effort. While Ulani stared me down, I savored the first bite of that bright orange yolk. DEE-licious!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Mystery Solved!!!

Today was the big day! Chick-Chuck's very first egg appeared outside a nest box this afternoon. (New layers often miss the mark as they're learning the intricacies of laying.) I spied her investigating the boxes yesterday and suspected she was making preparations, so while today's discovery delighted me, it was not a total surprise.

As you see above, CC's egg appears to have a greenish shell with a brown overlay, following perfectly the genetic guidelines! How soon will she lay again? Hard to say, might be tomorrow, might be a couple of days. It takes a while for these things to even out.

And the biggest question -- how does it taste? I'll let you know after breakfast!