November 30, 2013 – I was standing on the top step of the coop this morning trying to decide how to spend my day. I think that November is the dreariest time of year. The sun hardly shines during the day and sometimes, it doesn’t appear at all! There’s been no blizzard or snow accumulation, so a walk on the snow path isn’t happening. The grass on the side yard, the flower beds and herb garden, have all gone into hibernation for the winter. I suppose I could take a nap but I don’t think that I could stay asleep until March.
Then it hit me. A dazzling idea! I could manufacture my own sunshine!
I rambled around in the garage for hours, climbing over plastic totes and bicycle wheels until I had all of the pieces I needed to build a tropical dream vacation. I found tall yellow lights on tripod stands that Mom uses when she paints. I hung twinkly lights from the roof of our run so at night it would resemble a Mexican cantina. I hauled three bags of sand in a wheelbarrow and raked it out at the base of our stairs. Peaches helped me move the chiminea from the side yard to a spot at the edge of the run so we would have a toasty fire to keep us warm.
When I switched on all of the lights, it was so bright that I actually had to put on my sunglasses! The plan worked brilliantly!! I noticed that within an hour, all of the hens were bawking and clucking away as if it were a Saturday in the middle of July! Chickens from all three coops gathered in our run to visit and laugh and soak up “Happy” rays on this, the last day of November. I think I may be on to something! Light Replacement Therapy for Poultry! I bet I could win an award for this! My face could grace the cover of Chicken and Science Magazine! I could win a Noble Peace Prize! I would use the cash to expand our beverage business and take us all on a cruise ship to Tahiti! Ooohhh – that sounds delightful.
But, (so as not to count my chickens before they hatch), the success of my invention will depend on Mom’s reaction when she sees next month’s electric bill. I may have to dip into our beverage business proceeds to pay our fair share. Eh. It’s worth it!!
I’m off now to dig out my Hawaiian shirts so that I can wear them under my snorkel jacket and hula dance like its 2012! After that, I may hibernate until December 1st.