checoukan, tweety, sapphireblu, You guys have really been through it. My sympathies are with you all. Hugs to each one.
sapphireblu, with 8 kids I've had my share of horror stories, broken elbow that required surgery, appendicitis, asthma attacks that turned a kid's lips blue or the time 6 of 8 had the stomach flu. It's rough and many times I've wondered the same thing as you, how do people survive their kids childhoods? Thank the good Lord, I'm not one to panic, either. I get an instant "to do" list in my head like an IM. After all the drama is over I usually get sick, recover, and move on to the next crisis with more gray hair, which is easily covered. or not, as my mood dictates! I wanted to thank you for your pics! Loved them all! Sure made me smile on an overcast day! I LOVED the pic of Sarge. What am I talking about? I LOVED them all -- nice job!
Yesterday was crazy busy! My husband went to pick up the calf hutches and the guy, an auctioneer by trade, let him load them in the truck before telling him the price was $225 each. Well, the ad certainly didn't say each and DH thought the guy was trying to pull a fast one and so did I. DH called me, explained the situation and asked me what I wanted him to do. I asked him if he had the feeling the "mistake" was deliberate and he said it seemed so. I said "Don't take either of them". DH says "Are you going to be disappointed not to have at least one"? I told him the only thing I felt badly about was that he'd made the hour trip for me for nothing. He said "Well, okay, because I wouldn't buy the one, either". So we didn't and I have to say my DH was so sympathetic over my loss, when the chickens aren't even his deal, I was really touched by the whole thing. He kept reassuring me that he would build me plenty of breeder pens. I truly was hoping to save him some work, but that's life. We need to use up the excess boards around here anyway!
I didn't get near the stuff done in the yard I had planned because I needed to take care of DH's errands since he was going to be off on a wild goose chase after the calf hutches. I did get the necessities done, weeding, feeding, mulching so that I'd be ready for rain if it comes today. While I was working on my projects after the kids were out of school, and with their help, a Canadian goose pair hung out with us. They kept their distance but were very close and curious about what we were doing. They swam in the pond for awhile, keeping an eye on us, and then went to the lagoon to hang out for awhile. After we fertilized our baby fruit trees and checked the potatoes I have planted between them, we started gathering up our stuff and they slowly walked over to the fruit trees to see what we had been putting on the ground. Funny birds. I wonder if they haven't built a nest by the pond or lagoon somewhere. I ordinarily would just love the heck out of having them nearby but should I be concerned about them passing disease to my flock. The coop is very nearby and the fence will go right to the water's edge of the pond. Should I chase these two lovebirds off. I've seen huge flocks of Canadian geese all over the place and it doesn't fit my vision for my place! I don't want to disturb them unless I really should but if they're young ones would be compelled to return here, like barn swallows, that would not be good. Anyone know?
Danz, just in case you check in to read up, you're never far from my thoughts and prayers.