Of course, I was a pall bearer at my cousin's funeral last weekend. That's not an activity anyone wants to attend during the summer, or any other time of the year for that matter. My poor aunt told me that she was holding up okay, but the hard part was going to be after all the people were gone. She has a 21 year old son with Down Syndrome. Her son was her support line. I told her that her other sons would help look after her, but she said it was different with Charley. She said they looked after each other. She's still gonna be in need of good thoughts and prayers.
My great aunt that moved to Texas is coming to visit next month. They are on their was to visit friends in New York, but they are stopping by here in Greenville to give my mom a break. She has been living with my other great aunt (sisters) who is 91 years old. She has broken her hip twice and is not mentally or physically able to care for herself any longer. I'm gonna try to take a day off to visit her for the weekend while she is here.
We are once again in possession of too many chickens. We've had a good hatch or two this year, and we have lots of young chicks. Since I am completely unable to sex a chicken at hatch I often wait to see if it's gonna be a cockrel or hen before getting rid of it. I try to keep some of the hens to replace to older hens that are no longer laying. The older hens end up in chicken and pastry like the one we had last night. In fact, I'm having leftovers for lunch today. My two biggest daddies are Perogi and Bucky.
That's Bucky on top. He's my mixed bantam and Perogi on bottom. He's RI Red, but I'm sure he's got something else in him because he's got a pea comb. But I've got other daddies, too. I've got a couple of silkie roosters that mated with white bantam hens. So I've got some bantam chicks running around with feathered feet and five toes. But I need to get rid of some of them, so I will be putting an ad in the Carolina Bargain Trader to sell some of them off.
Oh, I also got another pigeon chick born! My white pair has laid on eggs three times this year to no avail. Finally, yesterday, a single white chick hatched! I'm so hoping it lives. My black pair has hatched two chicks this year. Four actually, but only one gets the needed attention, I guess. So only two have survived. She is now sitting on another egg or two. Here's to hoping!