That this is an ugh day. I realize more and more that my dream of having chickens is not going to come true. At least not this year. We just don't have the money for the start up costs. I'm not saying I would need anything completely spectacular for them, but building a coop would cost a bit, and we just have nothing to spare right now. Luckily we do get fresh eggs from several different people, so that's good. We'll have to continue to do that until we can afford our own. I've also decided that before chickens can be here, I need to take care of the needs of our other animals first. We have two outside dogs that could really use a new kennel. What they have is serviceable and works, but they need something a little more. Also, we're spending money on gardening right now, and I'd like to have something more in place with that before I get chickens. Then on top of it, my daughter is potty training and so I'm cleaning up accidents all over the place, and we just found out that the University (for which my husband works) is considering changing some terms in its health benefits, and two of the proposed changes would mean more money out of our pocket every month. If spring would just come and I could be outside more and maybe see the brighter side of things! Ugh.