4-16-16 (day 167)
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Yesterday was a good day, a great day I will venture to say. I got a lot of walking in, time with my kids, and my numbers were good. I over did lol. I stayed up past 2 a.m. and got up at 6 a.m., I horsed around with my middle son and I feel the consequences today from all that.
Late in the afternoon/evening I sat out on the back stoop with the sun warming my soul, dinner was in the oven. It felt so nice. I need to get my rocking chair out and put it by the back door so I can enjoy that more. While outside my hubby came across something he was excited to show me.
This is what he showed me...
That is a mallard duck egg, we believe. It is in a shallow nest in the corner of the house and chimney in my flower/mint bed. We never noticed it before. Not exactly sure how long it has been there. We are keeping track on the calendar how many days it is there and how many eggs show up. We did see both genders of duck down the street. We do get an abundance of water fowl and animals around here being by the river. I guess the ducks do not lay eggs all at once. They take their time then when they have them all laid, that is when they incubate them. Could take 12 days or so to lay the eggs, 28 or so until they hatch. From what we read it is a big no no to touch, disturb, remove or destroy the eggs until we are sure it is a abandoned nest. We don't think it is abandoned. Just new. The nest is close to our back door/about 2-3 feet from the drive way. It is in a safe place. We have had many ducks mate in that spot but no eggs that I recall. And I have lived here 18 years.
Oh, update of the street being ripped up! Our town is built with a river around it and many bridges leading to the outer edges of town. We have dead ends on both ends of our street, and a road that cross sections through out street that leads to down town and out of town. The bridge has been failing inspections. Needs to be replaced sooner than planned for. There is a bridge down town that needs replacing too. Anyway, the reason no one told us anything is because (and this is our friend's and my hubby's insistent revelation) it is the contract company for AT&T. Apparently there are major telephone lines under the river attached to the bridge by our house. They are boring from the north side of the river, under the river, to our side (south) of the river to feed new lines. Then burying them down our street to the where they can work on them safely and without being in the way of the bridge project. This will take some time. They will put new vaults in, and poles. So looks like we are in for a summer of fun and walking because getting in and out is interesting to say the least. So! We didn't get told anything because it isn't the city doing it! My hubby and our friend on the north side of the river work together for the engineering department for fiber optics and communications. Once they saw the names on the boring machine and other trucks they realized who the contractors were and what they do. They work with different contractors in their line of work and have gotten to know all that. It is nice to know what the heck might be going on around here. But it is still loud, dusty and inconvenient. Whatcha gonna do though??? Just live with it I guess. Wont kill me. If anything it encourages me to walk more to places.
Time to go enjoy the amazing weather and day today!