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Whew!  It's been a busy week, and I'm just now getting around to doing this recap of last weekend.

CoLoW Recap! )
Next up, I'm hoping to tackle a chemise a la reine.  I washed a variety of white cottons today and I'm hoping to get started on everything Sunday afternoon.  I was really hoping to make a new pair of stays that aren't so deeply colored, but I don't think I'll bother.  I'll just line the bodice (and maybe flatline, if necessary) and that'll be that.  Ben thinks he'll have to work in Austin Sunday-Thursday, so I'll have lots of uninterrupted sewing time.  All in all I'd much rather he get to stay home, but I'll take whatever silver lining I can find!

In chicken news, Brownie hatched five chicks.  There are four gray/blue ones and one black one.  We initially had them inside in a customized plastic tote (it's totally clear with a latching lid that's been fitted with hardware cloth so there's plenty of air flow) that way we could monitor the temperature and keep them away from predators or jealous roosters.  Plus, we didn't want to run the heat lamp during summer...and honestly, I wanted to watch Brownie be a mom.  She's really good at it, always watching her chicks, clucking to show them where food is, and protecting them from perceived threats.  She's also really patient with them.  I've watched chicks peck her face (and her eye!), jump up and clamp onto her comb to the point she had to shake her head to get the chick off, and repeatedly jump onto her back (sometimes hanging out there for a while) and the worst she's done back is lightly thump them on the head.  I wish I had a tiny webcam to put in there so I could get this all on video.  After a couple days, Brownie was back to being pretty active in the little tote and she kept kicking pine shavings into the water and covering the food.  I scrounged in the garage and around the yard and came up with enough lumber to build a chicken tractor (outdoor mobile enclosure) and that's where they stay during the day.  It's much larger than the tote and allows them to forage in the grass and get used to being outside while still being safe from whatever might otherwise hurt them.  In the evening they come back inside to sleep in the tote.  It's been really fun to watch them!

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