I don't know about you, but I think La Niña should've stayed in Mexico, or Spain, or Brazil, or wherever she came from. This is the most boring weather I've ever encountered. Not that I've encountered that much weather, I guess. I am only five. Nonetheless, weather here, B-O-R-I-N-G.
So, with that in mind, it seems doubly important to find something to be cheerful about this week. Be sure to pop on over to Planet Penny, here, to see how others are dealing this week. Hmmm ... I see that Penny is on No. 11. I think I'm only on 8, and I was cheerful at least twice through the holidays when she wasn't, so I must've slept through a couple somewhere. Or maybe it was alien abduction. Yes, that's probably it. Please excuse me while I check for any extra holes.
All-rightey then! Reason No. 1 to be cheerful this week:
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These are the Snow Jars. That would be because that is almost literally what they are. The lady who made them, used old glass jars and then used a sponge with white paint to dab the outside. She then painted the cute faces, filled them with miniature lights, and topped them with little hats. The first one's hat is actually a knitted wine bottle bag, and the second one's hat is a red sock. Aren't they cute? And since there is nothing inherently 'Christmas' about a snowman, they get to stay out to cheer the place up. I wanted one in the barn, but the Goatmother said nothin' doin'. I really don't understand why not. She has two.
Anyway, on to reason No. 2 (or is that 3?):
This is the Goatmother's fish tank. Let me ask you, have you ever tried to take a picture of fish in an aquarium? Seems like the camera wants to focus on everything but the fish. Anyway, the Goatmother got the aquarium for Christmas last year, and it has been making everyone feel all tropical ever since. Tropical comes in really handy right now. I want one of these in the barn, too, but do you think she will let me have one? Oy.
So, that leaves us with reason No. 3 (or 4, depending on how you choose to count them):
No, this is not an invasion of the aliens who probably abducted me and then erased my memory with that flashy-thingy. At least we get to participate in this bit of cheerfulness, although I am not really sure we want to. These are some of the wild ducks that follow the Goatmother around so she will feed them. It started out when one pair of ducks had ducklings in the pond. The Goatmother decided she ought to give them a little grain. You know, just to help them grow. They grew up all right, and came back with all their relatives in tow. I suppose I don't mind too much. Watching their waddling antics is rather cheerful, albeit sometimes a bit noisy. I do wish some of that grain would fall over on our side of the fence once in awhile, though. Oh, well. The Goatmother enjoys them, and anything that keeps the Goatmother sane and in a good mood really is a good thing in the long run. I do wish, however, the ducks had that same affect on Ella. She could use a good mood once in awhile.
Oh, well, as I said, be sure to visit Planet Penny! May your week be of the most cheerful variety possible and Alpine free!