I take it all back. I had been feeling pretty guilty about sitting in the sun and "wasting" a day reading...and then another storm blew in. Missing the opportunity to be outside with the dog, cats, birds, book, and beauty...that would have been a waste.
Yuki, the little white Silkie, wants to go broody. It may just be that she doesn't want to go out in the rain, but she has taken to sitting on her egg in the laying box, growling (yes, chickens do growl) when I reach under her for the day's contribution. It would be an exercise in futility to allow her to keep her egg in that, without a rooster, there has been no fertilization. Besides, since Yuki has claimed the box as her space, Keiko and Satomi are dropping their eggs outside on the ground, in the mud, and they're not too happy about that.
It's pouring rain again this morning. Should the sun come out later, I shall grab a book and my small, furry friends and we shall soak in the rays without a qualm or even a twinge of guilt.