...so I thought I'd wave a tentative "hello" from Northern Wyoming. My husband Ken and I retired from the US Navy in 1990, put an anchor on top of the car, and started driving. The first community we came to where folks pointed at the anchor and said, "What is that?" was where we hung our hat, and we've been in this wonderful little town for almost 18 years now. We've been pretty lucky in that we don't have to worry about too many rules regarding animals in town. Most folks have a few horses, kids walk their 4-H lambs down the street and raise them in their back yards, and there are cattle in town as well. Makes for an interesting town! Our chicks are due to arrive tomorrow. In hindsight ordering them this early was probably the first of many mistakes we will make as we begin this great adventure, but we don't normally get weather this cold and snowy this time of year. Here in the Big Horn Basin we are generally protected from winter's worst by the mountains on all sides of us - this is the first year we've had use a snow shovel instead of a broom to clear snow! The brooder has been set up and warming up for several days now, and we are ready. Well, as ready as we can be, and the grandkids are bugging us daily about when the chicks will be here. We have a 8 year old grandson, Evan, who lives two blocks down, and two of our granddaughters live across the street. The littlest one, 2 year old Kendra, has Spina Bifida. She has been in her wheelchair since she was 9 months old, and she can outrun Gramma! We just can't wait to introduce her to the chicks...she gets to see them first! Evan and Katie (Kendra's 8 year old big sister) decided that right off the bat. I've already learned a lot from this forum. I hope that as I grow and gain experience I'll be able to share what I've learned the way so many of you have. Oh, and be forewarned - I'm a frequent poster! LOL So hello from Oleo Acres - the Cheaper Spread.