Well, I had a plan for the post I was going to do for today so I may as well go with it for at least part of the post. I was going to talk about the brilliant idea I had for the seedlings. For the Lady of the House's birthday/Christmas present I got her a 55 gallon fish tank. One of the things that fish tanks need is water changes, even with a vibrant live plant community in the tank. The reason that fish tanks need water changes of course is that waste builds up in the water. Nitrates and other similar wastes that kill fish happen to be really good for plants. Right now using fish water to nourish plants is actually something of a fad that may end up being a good long term plan called Aquaponics. Given that we don't have the money, or space to do a big set up, using a couple glasses of water per day out of the fish tank to water the plants can't hurt. Well, it could, but I suspect it will be nothing but good for the plants so we'll see. We are doing this in the least scientific way possible, that is, without a control group. Either way, I expect it to work well.
Before we get on to the not so good news, I figured I'd share the one terrible quality photo I've gotten of Boris up and about. When the Lady of the House feels well enough to go out with her camera, and it isn't raining buckets, we'll get a better photo of him. He's mostly up and around at this point. He still falls over sometimes and gets tired easily, but he's walking himself up the hill to the drainage ditch, and scratching around with the hens. He's just much slower than they are at this point. This weekend I'm intending to get the electric fence up to better contain the wandering fowl to keep him and his hens safer in his convalescence.South Deerfield Emergency Vet all of the quills are out, and we start the recovery process/waiting to see if there were any quills they couldn't find. The big concern is that some might be inside his joints, or that some might have been so deep in the chest they couldn't be gotten out. Porcupine quills migrate around if they stay in, so we're going to be keeping a close eye on the dog. Right now he's in a lot of pain, and more than a bit out of it. We're lucky that he's such a good dog, even in a lot of pain he is very good with us and the kid. We're very much limiting time that he can interact with the Critter because even good animals in pain are unpredictable. Critter is trying to share food with the confused and drugged out of his mind dog. For now, we just keep him warm with some lambs wool, give him pillows, and keep him on his meds and hope he recovers soon.