Tuesday, January 3, 2017

          I can't believe how long it's been since I've written an update!! It's kind of sad, really.

          I have awesome news and really sad news. I think I'll start with the sad news to get it out of the way.

          First, around last December, we bought four Muscovy ducks. Two are black with barring on their sides and chests. The male, Diego, is super friendly, and Momma's even pet him. The other black one, Isabella, is friendly too, but I've never pet her.

          The other two are mine. One is a light blue with white on her head and chest. I named her Periwinkle. She's friendly, but she's sorta skittish. The other I named Pearl. She started out white with chocolate patches, but now she's almost completely white, the only color being on her chest and part of her wings. She's the one who always flies towards the food scoop, so I've had to duck (no pun intended) out of the way.

          Well, Pearl hatched a bunch of babies, (I know it was 8 babies, but I can't remember the exact number of eggs...I think it was 13) and only five of the eight babies survived. We swapped one of the males for another, unrelated "male," and kept the two "females."

          Yeah, the two "girls" turned out to be one girl, one boy, and the "male" turned out to be a nice girl named Ella, after my great-grandmother. Ella is another chocolate/white, and the two others were completely barred. George was the boy, and Tammy is the girl.

          Yeah, George is in past tense. He died of who knows what, and my other Muscovy girl we bought a little while ago died. We have no idea why they died. Thankfully, the other four (we bought a male after Ella turned out to be a girl, and we hatched another girl named Epinine) are still alive, and they seem to be doing well.

          The other sad news is that our five year old Barred Plymouth Rock, Goofy, died last week. She was one of our original hens. She's the one who survived Wry Neck, and a foot that had gotten stuck in twine. I don't know why she died, either.

          Geez, I just had a huge piece of depression pie, huh?

          Anyway, here's the good news:

          For Christmas, I got a phone!! As my friend would say, "Woot!" Totally stoked!

          I'm getting better at riding!! No, where I go to ride, it's not just about riding. It's all about everything that comes with horses; brushing, scooping poop, communicating clearly, and, most importantly, respecting each other. In short, everything that's totally more fun than just riding! I mean, riding is fun, but seriously, whoever has a horse just to ride is missing out on a ton of fun!

          I also haven't written since before my two new nephews were born!! Which was almost six months ago! So now, there are two new members of my family who go by the names of Evan Roy Fasser and Alec Joseph Roberson.

          Alec (who is not much younger than Evan) lives in PA. He's so adorable!

          Evan lives up here. My mom watches him a lot, so I get to play with an adorable five and a half month old. He's the only one of my 11 nephews I've seen since he was born, so this whole baby thing is quite new to me.

          I've had plenty of animal baby experience, but human kids are a totally different story!! :)

          Did I mention that I have 11 nephews and 4 nieces? Yeah, our family runs on the large side, with my six other siblings. XD
         
          That's all I really have to say. Buh bye, for now.

          Thanks for reading!

          Happy New Year!

                                           Neighs and Whinnies,
                                                            Moira S. Fasser

          PS

          I have my beginning and ending all written for one of my books, "Windswept Acres."

          It takes FOREVER to write a book. It's still fun though. :)