Well, it's over. I got home about an hour ago from my final final of the semester. I have a mix of relief and worry going right now. The final I had today, I absolutely HAVE to pass the class or I will have to wait a year and do it again before I can continue toward my degree. It's been an anxious few days and that anxiety built up until I reached my breaking point this morning--but I managed to get it together and tough it through. Now my fingers and toes and everything else are crossed with the hopes that I pass that class!
Yesterday's final was open note and open book, but I still somehow managed to do poorly on it.
Still, I passed the class, so I can't complain too much...
And Wednesday's final? Over the past few weeks, that professor had been telling us what would be on that final. I studied that part until I could not see straight. I got in there and I was ready to take it on, only to find out that the final was COMPLETELY different than what he had been telling us. It was so disappointing to feel so confident and be knocked down so suddenly. Hopefully I pulled it together well enough to do well on that. I had already passed the class by that point, so all that final counts for is whether I will pass with a C or a B.
So, the stressful and disheartening past few days are over at least.
I have 3 weeks to focus on what's important--my girls
--and then it's back to the grind.
On the topic of the chickens, I realized a day or two ago that if I didn't set the eggs from the Silkied Cochins soon, I would have them hatching during next semester! So yesterday, I got everything around and set the 4 eggs I had put aside from Donna. Donna had laid one last egg by the time I got home from my final today, so I went ahead and put it in as well. It might hatch a day later, but I figure it'll be fine. I am doing this by the book, so I've recorded all of their weights and will record them on days 7, 14, and 18 of incubation so that I can calculate weight loss to make sure things are going optimally. As such, I also marked the eggs so I can tell them apart. I thought I would be clever and make them all the 'first' egg, so three of them are Egg A, Egg 1, and Egg Alpha (with this symbol on the egg itself: α ). I ran out of ideas, so the fourth egg is Egg L, which stands for 'Lucky' because it was laid on the 13th. The egg I set today is Egg Omega (with this symbol: Ω ) since it's starting in last. Due date January 5, 2017! Well, and January 6 for Omega. I don't know, I need a break from thinking.
I got a couple pictures of Crashie yesterday because she was being cute--I will get those posted soon, but right now I need to get the coops closed for the night!
For now, here's a picture of a curious little Tufted Titmouse that visited a couple days ago.
Isn't he cute?
Originally Posted by Cluckcluck1215
Ha!ew, no fun.I had to to shovel away all the snow around the car to help my mom get out.Wow!We have at least 6 inches and supposed to get 4 more on Saturday with high winds on Friday.And of course I have my birthday party on Thursday and its only supposed to me 18F.Ugh!This weather drives me nuts!
Poor, poor Urmu!
Ugh, yes, I HATE this weather! We're just starting into winter and I already can't wait for it to be over! Although, the girls sure seem to like winter cold more than summer heat... I guess that's something my girls and I will have to agree to disagree on.
Originally Posted by pattyhen
Wow thats a lot of snow we haven't got any yet but I'm sure it's coming soon. Stay warm with those negative temps that makes me have goosebumps thinking about it.
Poor Umru does he bother the girls when he is in the coop with the others? I'm sure his size makes him the most unfavorite roo you have with the girls.
Do you still have your guinea boys? We still have Mary Jane and Spiderman. They don't like wintertime thats for sure. They want to come inside the house where it is warm. I let them in every morning to warm up and to socialize a little bit. They haven't outgrown sitting on my lap yet. They enjoy a good neck rub and back scratch.
Good luck with your tests I'm sure you will do fine. Have a great day and be careful driving.
I really haven't given Umru a chance with the girls, mostly because I haven't had the time to, but also because with the snow on the ground and them confined to the coop and deck, I don't want him causing problems. He's done pretty well in the past when he's been in with the flock, but I had to take him out because he was acting pretty aggressive toward Donna and Roscoe, and as big as he is compared to how small they are, I wasn't taking chances on him hurting one of them!
I do still have the Guinea boys, and they don't like winter, either! Unlike the hens, they absolutely refuse to touch snow, so I have to watch out if I'm out there in case one of them is on one of the high perches or flying around! You're so lucky your Guineas are so friendly! Mine would sleep in my hands as keets, but they won't let me within a few feet of them now without panicking. Edited by pipdzipdnreadytogo - 12/16/16 at 2:12pm