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before the next rain and drop back to normal temperatures.  After Grandson was dispatched via school bus and breakfast was prepared, eaten and cleaned up for Granddaughter, we set out on errands.

One errand was to locate some inexpensive pots to plant the salvaged raspberry canes in for Son #2.  It was sticker shock to see how much clay pots cost these days, even the cheap plastic ones were much more than I had hoped, but 5 were purchased as they are after all for Son #2.  IMG_0008[1]

Raspberries, neatly pruned and potted and awaiting transport to him in April.

The next errand was to get a new chess set.  Decades ago, I gave Mountaingdad a carved Olivewood chess set.  The pieces have always been close in stain, but the years have faded them to an almost imperceptible shade difference making playing with the set difficult even in good light.  About a decade ago, while in El Paso for a family funeral, we travelled by bus over to the markets in Juarez when it was still safe to do so and came home with a huge set of the Aztecs vs the Conquistadors which safely made it back to Virginia on the plane, but it too is difficult to distinguish the pieces.  We have a leather suitcase set that had backgammon, checkers and chess, but the grands have lost two pieces from that set, making it also unusable.  Mountaingdad enjoys playing with the grandsons, working with them on strategy and confidence, so off to Target we went and came home with a folding wooden box that has the board on the outside and pieces for chess and checkers that are white and dark brown.  The grandson living here will be delighted tonight.

While there, we found a tiny clay flower pot with a grow pellet and a packet of sunflower seeds in it.  Grandson is growing a seed at school, so granddaughter gets to grow one at home.  Little miss with her newly planted dwarf sunflower.  Now to keep her out of it as it grows.  She insisted for a few minutes that she was going to stand there and wait for it to sprout, a reminder that 3 year olds don’t have the concept of time yet.  Each time we leave the house, she comments that her Mom will be home when we get back, though her Mom won’t be back for 8 more days and we have repeated that over and over, even showing her on the calendar.

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The planting efforts outside resulted in some weeding and the chooks got a green treat of their favorite snack, fresh chickweed.
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If I could control where they grazed, I would direct them to the front shrub bed that is quickly being engulfed by chickweed.  In between other tasks, another 2 five gallon buckets of whole grain chicken feed were mixed, so they have a good diet to hold them until we can let them free range again and just supplement their feed.

I need to make a batch of hand scrubbing soap for the household.  With gardening chores and weeding beginning, the dirt stained fingers and nails will soon be in need of good scrubbing each day.

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