Tuesday, May 30, 2017


It's 10 in the morning and I am inside, sucking down my sixth glass of water, having decided that five cups of coffee may be over the top.  So far, I have:

Cleaned out the Hoop House
Washed waterers
Cleaned feeders
Sorted out my electric net fencing (conveniently hiding
behind 30 bales of hay - which had to be moved)
Transported the Nuggets by cat carrier
Weeded two raised beds because I lack focus

Now, it's 11:48A and I am in again for a PBJ sandwich, glass of water number seven and two pieces dove dark chocolate.  I have added:

Scraping dried chicken poop off of roosting bars,
nesting boxes and most of the flat surfaces.  It's like epoxy, for Nat's sake. 
Shoveled and moved two giant-economy loads of
cement-like chicken poop to the compost complex
Weeded another bed (see above)
Washed and hung up three loads of laundry

The combination of 35+ chickens over the winter in my 8x10 coop has convinced me that downsizing is the way to go.  Either that, or I need minions.  I was working against the clock this weekend, as rain was forecast for all day on Monday and I needed to get the coop cleaned.  In the end, I shoveled and moved eight huge wheelbarrow-loads to the compost complex.  I am so glad it is done.  Until the fall.

After dusting, but before shoveling

First egg in the clean nesting boxes

I should really clean those windows.
Really, I should.

This was written before Sunday afternoon.  On Sunday afternoon, something so truly horrific happened that it has left me without the will or ability to write.  I will be off-line for some time, trying to come to grips with it, if that is possible.  In  the briefest of explanations, it involves the dogs.  That is all I am able to say.  Bear with me.


Theresa Y said...

I hope all goes well. Prayers and good thoughts coming your way.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh no...what happened???

Ed said...

Sending prayers your way.

Saundra said...

I don't know what happened but my thoughts & prayers are with you. Sandy

Michelle said...

Oh Susan, my heart froze with that last paragraph. Holding you in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Unknown said...

Prayers that everyone is ok - that last paragraph made me gasp as well

farm buddy said...

I hope you and all your dogs are safe. Remember, you can only do your very best.

Rain said...

Oh gosh Susan, I hope all is well...I'm worried. You got so much done...hope you update soon. xx

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh dear, sending good thoughts your way. It sounds like something very tragic happened.

ElaineChicago said...

So sorry about whatever happened. I know those doggies are your kids.

Joy said...

Oh Susan, I can only imagine too many possibilities. Thinking of you and your precious dogs.

Sandy Livesay said...


Oh dear friend I send you hugs and prayers in hopes all is well with the pups.

kymber said...

Susan - just know that you are in my thoughts and are such an inspiring person and i don't like it when inspired, or "touched with grace" type people are hurting. tell us when you can.

and stop making all of the rest of us look bad with all of the work that you get done WHILE working a full time job!!!

sending much love! your friend,

DFW said...

Oh Susan, I am sorry to hear that your very productive weekend ended with something that shook you up so badly. Sending thoughts & prayers your way.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

I hope everything will be ok