--Kermit the Frog; Muppets' Christmas Carol
I know, it's the weekend, and here I am laying some Kermit-style philosophy on you. Funny thing is, that little green Muppet got it totally right--life never stays the same. We meet people, we lose touch with people. Things come into our lives, and things go out of our lives. It is how it is.
|It's not easy being green|
We're at a crossroads here at Chicken Scratch, and I have had to think very hard about a lot of things for quite some time. The most pressing things of all are what to do with some of the animals here. For example, I can't keep all of the kids that were born. In fact, Oscar has already left. Yesterday a man came with two little boys whose eyes just lit up when they saw him. They wanted him as a companion for a male goat they had at home, who needed a friend. I was sad to see Oscar go, but I am very, very glad for him because of where he went. I know he's going to have a good life.
|But it's damn pretty.|
That leaves me with Tallulah, Amelia, and Olive. It's going to be Olive who leaves. I love that girl, but Amelia is the one who is more attached to me, and that's the deciding factor. I am a pushover for a goat who needs to be in my lap all the time, I really am. Of course, that does backfire on me down the line when that goat is say, fat as a sausage (DULCI), and still insists on sitting on me. But will it break my heart? Absolutely. I can't keep them all, though, so what I will do is make sure that she goes to a good home and be happy for her.
|Tallulah and Bad Man. They just don't get along at all. |
This is Charlotte. She is one of the two who are staying. She is not dead, she is asleep.
Just in case you were worried.
In addition, I'm downsizing my chicken flock by a huge amount. There are many reasons for this, which I'll talk about some other day. I think I'll just leave it by saying that it hasn't worked out the way I had hoped it would. At this point, I am reducing the flock to produce enough eggs for us and a little extra. And that's where it will stay. When layers need to be replaced, I will set eggs. I am done with purchasing fancy chickens from hatcheries--it has not been worth all the expense.
I'm still thinking about the ducks and geese. I don't care too much about the ducks, as there are so few left, but I do like the Muscovies better. Those guys eat bugs like nobody's business! It's a joy to see and a gigantic help because all our streams attract lots and lots of bugs. The problem I have is that the pond I dug out years ago for them has dried up. Something happened to the underground stream that fed it--I don't know what--and it's dry, dry dry. It's just a big hole now that collects rainwater. Not cool, so I have to do something about it, I just haven't decided what. It has been a big problem.
I guess you could say there's been a lot of re-evaluation going on. Yep, you'll probably hear more about it. Today, though, it's pouring rain and I have to go out and do the chores in it. Joy! Ah, it's all part of the job. Have a wonderful evening everyone!