My son came in from Austin and helped me build a chicken coop:
I plan to get the chickens as soon as it warms up a bit, though I think now would be okay. So far, the winter has been mild, but we haven't had February yet!
I took Daniel, my son, back to Austin after Christmas, and I spent about four days there. Did a bit of shopping for plants. We went to The Great Outdoors--they were having a plant sale, half-off everything--and I bought more stuff to plant. They gave us a flat of Asian vegetables, bok choy, etc. So I had to plant those when I arrived home. Here's a pic of one of the beds:
Right now, I have broccoli, collards, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, spinach and other assorted greens. The winter garden seems to be about green vegetables! Oh, and I've planted an artichoke. I haven't grown those before, so we'll see how that works.
Mostly, I've been baking, cooking, planting, and working on my spring courses. I've had an excellent break--and now, I have only a little more than a week before spring semester begins!