Chickies!

Is it spring yet?

Ummm….

For us, the farm-life ‘season’ (or year) doesn’t seem to really kick-off until our baby chicks arrive. There’s just something about these little babies that symbolize the start of the ‘new year’ for us. Maybe it’s because we only see miles and miles of white snow for months and these baby chicks are the spring-time ray of sunshine! Well… whatever it is…

Snow or not… here they come! And you gotta be ready for them.

So, this is what we are doing this week. Prepping for and then receiving our bundles of puff-ball joy.
Our baby chickens arrived this morning and this initiates the starting our year of farmin’. Was that redundant? Initiates the starting?? I must really mean it then! What’s funny is that I keep writing and leave it! Ha! 🙂

Anyway … Since we still have a couple feet of snow hanging around – these little guys will be sheltered inside until two things happen… one: they are big enough and have some feathers (or starting of feathers), and two: the snow has melted. At least enough to either provide bare ground or close enough so that we can provide some clear ground for them. I’m guessing it’s going to be a couple of weeks.

Keeping these little ones warm, dry, free from dangers, well hydrated and fed; along with clean bedding, is what you want to aim for while they grow. I am also always hoping that they all make it too. There is always that little ‘percentage’ of possible loss/mortality rate. I pray for healthy, strong, vital birds!
The brood-box is set up pretty nice and these guys have plenty of space while at the same time – warmth, food and water. It’s probably considered primo-real estate (in the chickie world).

Getting the babies nestled in their new digs can start the chain-of-events for all the other things we need to start doing in preparation for the year. Coops and repairs, building what can be built in the garage (while snow melts), and seedlings in the windows. Until we come out of this snow-fest (it did snow just 2 days ago… so, spring is not quite here yet) it will be indoorsy projects.

🙂

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The Lull of January

I usually have a tendency to say: wow, where did ‘that’ month go? But for some reason… with January, I don’t think I ever say that.
It’s usually – man, this month is just dragging-on! So… slow!

I know it’s because we have those brutal, cold, grey, buried-under-snow kind of January’s. I’m sure that if I was a winter-time outdoorsy, activity, kind of person – I would just be loving this month. It would be endless fun! Thus making the month seem like it went by in a flash.

No… I am not a winter-time kind of gal. Not my favorite. Spring, summer, and fall – yes, please! And to be even more specific: summer that is transitioning into fall! Just love that ‘pocket’ of time… there is something about it that feels wonderful to me. Maybe it’s the harvesting, canning things, making things… just… love it.

For many years I had kiddos heading back to school in September and that developed into another (different) ‘new year’ kind of vibe for me. When they went off to start their new-year I usually tried to do the same. Many times it was taking classes myself or starting something new. Getting into a new craft, or project, or if it was a super bountiful garden/harvest year – there was canning and having fun with recipes, etc. The difference between these two ‘new years’ tends to be: the fall is a more active and hands-on; where in January, the actual calendar new year, tends to be more mental and visual/organizing of thoughts and goals.

The winter tends to bring on that cabin-fever feeling, a little bit of hunker-down and stay inside. Even though I have projects I could be working on, I can feel a little slow at getting up the energy to do those sometimes. Not enough daylight? Probably. Burnt out from months of holidays? Maybe.

But back to January… the one thing I do like about this month – is that it is a start of a new calendar year. This, in itself, brings on new plans, dreams, aspirations and intentions for the rest of the months to follow. I find myself doing a lot of visualizing and day-dreaming about some things I’d love to see happen – or get started. Fresh vision board(s), loosely listed goals with bullet points, setting intentions to work on (or build up) a new (good/healthy) habit… there’s a lot of dreamy but organizing thoughts going on right now.

When February starts – and gets rollin’ – I feel like it’s one more month until spring! Although there are years, here, where spring doesn’t come until May (ouch! but true). So, it’s the little mental game I play with myself – to just keep ticking off the days of dead-winter until I see the grasses of spring. I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this; there’s a lot of us non-winter-types living in places maybe we shouldn’t be. 🙂 I gotta admit that lately, I find myself, dreaming of a more southern location to reside during winter time. Hmmm… maybe I should get that up on my vision board! 🙂

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