Hi Just need to vent a little. This was suppose to be my fun summer with my new baby chicks, last son going off to college etc etc. Well everything has been turned upside down. First of all the oil spill. DH was asked to help so he is off most of the time there. Unpaid I might add. Then MIL decided no more intervention to her diabetes. She has moved up here and I am now her primary care giver. I love her to pieces but she is a major taker. Expects everyone to be on call 24/7 and to jump immediately. She has been in and out of the hospital 3 times the past two weeks, leaving because she doesn't trust any of them. She wants no amputations so we respect that, but she needs some basic care. She leaves Wed from the hospital for the last time. Been trying to 3 months to get my dad out of his nursing home to my brother's home. We have arranged care there but they(brother's family) have been postponing for various reasons. I just got a call from the nursing home asking my why my father is not picked up yet. Weill I finally get in touch with my SIL and find out my 20 yo niece has been suicidal for the past 4 days and obviously that is a greater priority. Her real mom tried to commit suicide a few weeks ago. Great. My car broke down permanently Friday too while I was trying to car for my MIL. I feel like I have a ton a bricks on my shoulders right now. My only peace is going into the bathroom to let my new baby chicks (4-6 weeks old) out of their rubbermaid brooders to run around the bathroom for a while. We haven't built a coop for them yet due to the chaos. The other coop is too small to add them and they are too young for the older group yet. So I go in there for 10-15 minutes a couple times a day and just watch or hold the chicks. Today I just didn't care. I let them out in the morning, slid the door closed, and let them go at it in the bathroom. Everything dangerous was out of the room. They had a blast. I could hear them happily chatting most of the day. It only took about 1 minutes to round them up into their clean brooders and clean and sanitize the floor and shower stall. But for a few minutes the bricks were lifted. 3 months ago if anyone had told me I would have chickens or that they could relax me so much, I would have laughed.