The high today is reported to reach 23. I was feeling pretty low today, and was not even planning on going outside ~ truth be told, all my Good Habits fall by the wayside when I need them most. Yoga? stoopid. Fresh air? fuck that. I was very glad to have some time to myself while my husband and girl ran errands. And then I looked out the window to spy a FOX preening himself where our chickens usually like to sun themselves. Oh, shit. Since he wasn't "in the act" I thought it safe to take a hilariously poor-quality window shot to prove it (zoom in really far and you can see him with his copper-colored head bent over, pretty much smack-dab in the center of the photo, to the left of oak tree with clinging brown leaves) before I dashed out the door and hollered at him, saying what always comes out when I am shooing away animals we don't want to feed: "I see you!" And of course he escaped quickly and fleetly. Any other time, I would be sneaking around doing my best not to startle a wild creature, so thrilled am I to spot one. I have only recently even seen a fox ~ maybe even this one ~ in our woods. After I scared that one away bc I was jogging, I swore I would never run in the woods again. And here I am yelling at one with all my might. I ran out to the yard, no chickens in sight. To the coop. The door is frozen shut, so I peek in the little chicken door. I see the crumpled feather-fluffed body of one of the black n white ones. Steaming. Still warm. And the thing about foxes is they don't even eat the whole bird. So unfair. :-( I feel responsible for these girls. I get up and turn to see three of them huddled against our house, with their new rooster friend shielding them to a certain extent. I roam the rest of the yard ~ the woods ~ where predators usually run off for their feast, and around the garden fence. No carcasses, but no live girls either. I call out, and one quietly tells her story from the tall grasses beside the shed. I've found 6 out of, well ~ nine, now. We have lost 3 in the past two weeks. :-( I guess it's time to get a dog.