This is the sixth anniversary of Red Fork State of Mind.

It’s 10:48 p.m. CST, and Red Fork is dark and quiet. It’s cold and clear — the current temperature is 35 degrees — the dogs are snoring quietly in the other room, and I’m thinking about the two dozen tasks I need to complete before tomorrow afternoon.

The garden is mostly dormant, but the jar of duckweed I rescued from the pond a few weeks ago definitely isn’t.

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but if you look closely, you can see a couple of little black snails on the bottom of the jar.

Snails have varied methods of reproduction, but I’m assuming these little guys hatched from eggs, because they definitely weren’t in that jar when I brought in the duckweed. They’re hard to count because the glass and the water distort them, and they like to hide up under the plants, but I think we’ve got about a half-dozen of them in there. I probably ought to get a little aquarium to put them in so the duckweed can spread and provide more food and cover for them. They’re awfully cute. I’m not sure what species they are, but I should probably research them to find out whether there’s anything special I should do to keep them happy and healthy until spring.

If I can work a hand free tomorrow, I’ll post pictures of my latest handiwork over at Brews and Bytes.



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