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Devastation of Harvey

Harvey.  It will never mean the name of a man again.  It will forever remind me of the devastating hurricane that hit the coast of Texas from Brownsville all the way to Louisiana.  Many lives lost, several friends homes destroyed, and hundreds of animals whom no longer have owners.

Two weeks before Harvey hit, our beloved Pearl passed away. An unknown circumstance that apparently is the “norm” when it comes to chickens.  In hindsight, it was probably a blessing.  The stress of going through a hurricane, I could not imagine with her.  We had her for a few years, and she is missed tremendously.. the chasing games between her and the kids, swimming in the pool, and perching in the window every night watching us in the living room.  She was a sweetheart and forever will be missed.

 

RIP Pearl <3

 

I’ve previously addressed what to do in order to prepare for a hurricane.. you can read about it here.  But then reality hits, an actual hurricane is on the horizon, panic sets in, and you take it minute by minute.  I recommend having a checklist.  One you can have prepared at the beginning of the hurricane season that is easy access to checking off everything you need to do.  Animals, kids, husband/wife, extended family— there is so much to do!  But what happens when your city no longer has running water?!  WORST. NIGHTMARE. EVER.  Something that is taken for granted daily, but when crisis hits, we are so under prepared.. which is why I sit back and think now- God has a plan for everything and he knew what he was doing.  Finding water has been an issue- for a week.  Luckily, we are now on the horizon to a surplus of water that is safe for humans and animals.

So now that we are chicken-less, I am devastated. I have been doing a lot of thinking- what is my next step?  I love having chickens– I love fresh eggs– I love that my children grow up learning responsibility and to take care of others.   Therefore, I have decided to make a bigger and better coop.  To put thought and dedication into making a bigger and better home.  To be creative in how we do it. To have more than just two or three chickens— and experience different breeds.  Stay tuned to the next phase as I will be blogging about the steps taken- before and after- and the process of probably one of my biggest projects thus far!

Like they always say, once a chicken mom, always a chicken mom!

 

 

Life.. Embrace the Mess that YOU are

Life.  That is what happens to us.  So many ups and downs and twists and turns.. and before you know it, months later, you realize that your life is just a mess.   A crazy, beautiful, busy, sometimes rough, slightly annoyed, work-addicted, colorful life- and I would not trade it for the world.

It’s been a while since I was able to write..  about life, about our crazy chickens, or the newest dog addition, or my kids that seem to have grown like weeds in the past 3 short months.  So with that, here is a little update on our favorite Rosy and Pearl!  They finally finished their second bout of molting..  oh how I have missed our daily eggs!  About 1 month ago, Pearl started to lay her eggs again– YAY!!   On the other hand, Rosy has stopped laying hers.  I do not think we have gotten an egg from her since before Thanksgiving.  My husband believes she is just done…  I still am holding out hope.  With that, has begun talks of getting a bigger coop in the works so we can have more hens!  Our girls like to free range a lot (then again, which hens don’t?!)  Now that our days are longer, they get to stay outside longer for their free-range time.  They enjoy playing chase with the newest pup, Norvi, as well as play in the big dogs water bowl.  They also like to pick oranges off of the orange tree and loving the alfalfa that we start to grow for them!

 

Spring is one of my favorite times!  It is filled with fun events in our city, a perfect time for spending family time outside and also time with friends…  crawfish boils are my families’ favorite!  Spring is also the time work is busiest– requires a lot of traveling which I could not be more thankful for.   Getting to see and explore new areas, regardless of the tragic reasons I am there, brings so much awareness.  I learn.. i learn how to deal with people, with life events, with different cultures, all the while, implementing those things learned back at home.  I am a very goal oriented person..  If I want something, I will figure out a way to achieve it.  Some see that as a threat.  I see it as attacking my goals head on and achieving what I want to make ME a better person- despite what anyone else thinks.  I have learned to become more free. Free by taking ME time.  Not letting stupid, insecure, and overly mean spirited people filled with hate, take me down.  Learning that the problem lies with that person or persons and they can figure it out.  Learning to apologize to those that deserve it and learning to love the ones that CHOOSE to be in my or my families’ lives.   But most importantly, knowing when to walk away and say I. AM. DONE.   The focus is on my kids. My husband. My animals. My friends. My work. AND God.  Life is:  Beautiful. Tragic. Happy. Filled with love.  and above all, I CHOOSE ME.

 

Happy New Year!… Now Back it on Up.

2017 is the start of a brand new year.  New goals. New friends. New trips, New problems, New opportunities, New Chicks. New everything.  As we move on to the future, we are often told- don’t look back.  I believe it is important to “look back” because that is what we learn from.

Our household still has our beloved Pearl and Rosy.   They made it through the winter (which where we live, is no real winter) and through another crazy year!  Egg production was low, but hey, that’s normal right?  We have new goals for our girls—  new ideas to help them lay better.  Adding more chicks to our flock. Upgrading their coop to a much bigger one..  I have this idea to add a couple of goats-  yes goats- to our brood.

It is also a year of personal growth and goals.  I have ideas– ideas on how and where to expand this blog. Ideas on my family, their best interest, as well as mine.  Ridding the things (and people) that do not fit in our life– mostly the negativity.  Negative and unforgiving people. Negative problems that only bring frustration. And most importantly, becoming a minimalist.  Downsizing what we have in our home and working towards a more organized life.

One thing I have learned in 2016 is that my expectations are way too high.  I expect forgiveness, love, stability, and unconditional being from family and friends.  That is unrealistic.  It shouldn’t be though.   It should not be a bad thing to have high expectations.  If only to learn that when those expectations are not met, and you have a family member (or members) and friends that choose to act selfish, immature, and inconsiderate; have a proper way to deal without getting upset.  Still maintain those high standards and love for the ones around you and have a backup ready in order to cope with the disappointment.

Most recently, someone gave me a quote in a nutshell about what 2016 taught me:

“Don’t worry about what people say behind your back: they are the people who are finding faults in your life, Instead of fixing the faults in their own life.”

BAM!  This could not be more true…  and to the negatives this year, I say:

 

2017 is a new year. With a new year, comes a new chance at change.  Maybe you ought to try it too.