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Winter Sunshine

Happy New Year, everyone.  I hope you’re all entering the new year truly blessed and enjoying life.  We’ve been enjoying (though a little worried about it), the beautiful sunshine we’ve had most the winter.  I really hate to complain about the sun, but I know what lies ahead if we continue without moisture.  Even our local mountains, the Trinity Alps, are with out snow still.

The chickens have certainly been enjoying the lovely weather, and actually continue to lay and begin laying (some from spring have just now started laying).  I’m getting eight eggs most days now (out of ten hens) which I think is pretty good being in mid-winter.

Blanche&GingerBreadHouse

And through all of the clutter of the day, one of the most enjoyable times of the day is hanging with the chickens.  I love to bring the scraps, clean water (warm on frozen days), fill their food dishes and just talk with them.  Being a self-proclaimed “chicken hater” once upon a time, this is definitely a new leaf that has done turned over.  I used to only complain about their poo (which is wonderful for the garden I have now!) and how dirty they are.  Really and truly, they’re so much fun and not messy if you have a large enough area for the number of birds you have. 

Bonehead

Speaking of daily enjoyment, I really would like to blog more.  How frustrating not to!  I really miss it and am sincerely thinking of deleting my Facebook (personal) account so that I can not be distracted.  Most the time I am frustrated with it anyway, so why have it?  I would probably just put in a generic account so I can continue to maintain my Mud Ranch Page because that has been a huge success in marketing my sheep and their wares.  I’ve also been having a hard time thinking I need to be blogging ever day, but if I could set my goal to once a week, that would certainly give myself some release and not feel the pressure at the same time.  So many things keep me occupied lately, as in my husband and his work (I am their steel hauler), plus raising a four year old daughter, and taking on the newsletter for the JSBA (Jacob Sheep Breeder’s Assoc.).  But, with blogging, comes photos and I have certainly not been shooting a lot which is not fun at all.  I need to blog, so that I can shoot.  How’s all that for a New Year’s Resolution?  We’ll see how long it can last.

GingerBreadHouse

So here’s to a new year with new beginnings.  If you don’t see me on Facebook so much anymore… Maybe it’s because I’ll be here more often.

Star-Laying

And of course, out there, where the girls are… rooting them on.  “Go Star!  Lay that egg!”

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