November 18, 2014 – Mom stopped by our coops today to give us a treat. Cracked corn and peanuts! That’ll keep our bellies warm tonight. Of course, the snack reminded me of baseball, which reminded me of spring training, which then made me think about a day five months from now when I’ll pull the first night crawler of the season out of the herb garden. And that just made me sigh. It’s a good thing I preserved an extra large supply of worm jerky to hold us over until then. It’s supposed to be a cold and snowy winter!
I did range for a short time this morning. I didn’t find much. A stale blade of grass… a frozen grasshopper. At least it tasted like grasshopper… but then, doesn’t everything? I suppose it’s a good thing I didn’t find a worm. In this weather, one tug and the poor thing would have shattered into a million pieces. I lasted in the bitter wind for about an hour before I headed back into Coop #3 and put on the electric slippers I ordered for myself online. Toasty!
I was getting ready to pour myself a cup of tea, when I noticed an aluminum tin had been placed under our water station. Mom must have made us homemade cookies! I smiled.
Waffles helped me move the water bucket out of the way, and then she and Tim held the tin steady while I pried off the lid. It was still warm! My beak was starting to drool!
You can imagine my shock, when I flipped off the top and found nothing inside but a 40 watt lightbulb! I thought it was a cruel joke until Mom opened the people door and asked us how the new water heater was working out.
She noticed immediately that the cover had been removed.
“Oh, I get it,” she laughed. “Sorry guys, I should have warned you. It’s made out of a cookie tin, but there aren’t any snacks in there.”
She replaced the cover and put the water fountain back on top.
“This will keep your water from freezing,” she said grinning, “and this… will keep your stomachs warm.”
Then she took a brown paper bag from her coat pocket and pulled out 7 oatmeal and mealworm cookies. Two treats in one day!
It doesn’t matter what season we’re in. I have the best life.