What a busy weekend! After my exhausting day Friday, I hoped things would calm down. No such luck.
Saturday we took our annual excursion to the Moscow Renaissance Faire in Moscow, Idaho. Let's be truthful, it isn't much of a Ren Faire but rather a hippy fest, but lots of fun just the same. Younger Daughter is soon to turn 12, and this is her annual birthday treat.
Here's some of the kids (young and older) who came in costume. It threatened some serious rain and wind, but we decided to take our chances and bundled into all sorts of warm clothing under the costumes.
Little Miss Dragonsnack gets her face painted:
There was a raptor rehabilitation display. Long ago I worked at a raptor rehabilitation center when I was in college and it was fascinating. But I had never seen a real live Peregrine Falcon before (star of the book My Side of the Mountain, my favorite book as a child).
This bird was brought into captivity because it was born with a cataract in its right eye - you can see the cloudiness. Without depth perception, it would have died in the wild.
Maid Elizabeth gets a henna tattoo. Henna, be it known, is a natural herbal stain that lasts a couple weeks, then fades. Unfortunately shortly after applying the henna it started pouring rain - and I mean pouring - and the henna was washed off before it "took." We left the Faire after this because we were looking like drowned rats.
Sunday morning. These unclear photos, believe it or not, are two turkeys mating. Ah, spring, when a young gobbler's fancy turns lightly to thoughts of love...
Lydia doesn't want to leave her comfortable chair...
After church, Don repaired the barn door and wall that was pretty much destroyed by Gimli's rampage on Friday.
We are expecting some seriously cruddy weather tomorrow - rain and wind with gusts up to 60 mph - so we spent the day battening down hatches and preparing for nasty conditions.
We took a dumpster run (we have no garbage service in our rural area and instead trot our garbage to dumpsters located around the county) to lessen the amount of loose material that could get picked up by the wind.
I split a mound of firewood with the log splitter, and the kids stacked it on the porch.
I also did all the laundry I could load on our drying racks because I fully expect we'll lose power with this storm. I'll fill all our extra containers with water before bed just in case. Meanwhile we have kerosene lamps, a propane stove/oven, and woodstove for heat, so we'll be fine. With the barn door fixed, the livestock have shelter. We're ready!