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Happy Chickens

Days like today are very happy days for my chickens. The sun was shining, most of the snow has (finally) melted in the yard, and I opened up the gate and let everyone free-range. The goats were running around literally kicking up their heels and the chickens headed off to this small wooded area we have and happily foraged for bugs and tasty treats. They were in heaven.

Speaking of the goats, I’ve got to show you how fat Melina is getting. I wonder if she’s going to have triplets? She’s not due until May 9th!

This was taken of Melina today. The way she was perched up on the log showed off how enormous her belly is getting. She's about 2 1/2 months pregnant now. Imagine how big she's going to be by her due date of May 9th?

Cissy’s getting pretty big too so I’m quite sure she actually is pregnant. I know Connecticut can be mean in it’s spring-like teasing weather just to hit you with a snowstorm, but the last two days do make one hopeful that some day soon spring will actually arrive. With that arrival we will have beautiful newborn baby goat kids. Of course if my new coop goat house isn’t built by then they’ll be living here in the family room with us!

I don’t normally “talk” in my Photo’s blog, but I refuse to take the post down on Amanda yet. It’s still her birthday, or was until 21 minutes ago and I want that post up longer.

I’ve had a hard few weeks. I’m weary. Really really weary. I’ve been through the emotional wringer in so many ways I’m distorted liked a mistakenly washed sweater. I’m not thinking clearly anymore, or maybe I’m thinking too clearly. I’ve got a lot going on in my life right now with my children and it broke my heart not to be able to see my baby on her 21st birthday. Her big box of birthday gifts didn’t arrive in time today (although her cake and her handmade blanket did arrive). That made me cry. I’ve cried more in the last few days than I have in the last few years. I’m too tired to post anything more than my happy animals.

Tonight I took a break. I gave the kids their second “art class: in linoleum cutting and I love how excited they get about it. We’ll finish that tomorrow.

Tonight I watched TV for the first time in months. I just need to dial back for a day and get my bearings.

I get Oprah magazine although I rarely get time to more than glance through it. Strangely enough there was a quote by the rapper Jay-Z that struck a chord with me:

“A huge lesson for me was that if I was gonna be successful I had to be successful as myself — I couldn’t have been successful doing what other people were doing. I had to do what I believed in and what felt real to me, because the worst thing to be is successful and someone else.”

That’s all I’ve got in me today. A quote from a rapper that struck a chord.

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