A Good Monday

Sounds impossible right? But after a rather chaotic weekend, today I actually feel pretty accomplished! Sleep last night was less than stellar so I felt like it was going to be a rough go from the very beginning. However, my head cleared a bit while I was doing “chores” outside for the animals. 🙂 And that before coffee even!!

I don’t enjoy cold, and too often it’s been the excuse that I’ve latched on to in order to justify staying inside. Now, however, I know that I have to feed those poor animals and let the chickens out so they can peck around and get some exercise. So my responsibilities drive me from the house and I suck in a few frigid breaths of clean fresh air and it really does have a positive effect on my outlook in life. 🙂 It’ll be interesting in a month or so when I’m actually forced to stick to a pretty rigid routine for milking. THAT is something I’m both excited about and dreading. 🙂

Anyway, so after that we got school underway, and I managed to get the dish washer started and straighten up a bit. Then when Myles had his ‘recess’ I did my T25 workout. 🙂 Perfect length for recess time! I’ve been bad about working out… as in, I haven’t been doing it at all. I know that it’s always harder in the cold months for me to get those workouts in. Plus I’d been trying to make it happen in the evening when the twins were down for bed, and that was a BAD idea because by the time I get those little squirts to sleep I’m way too beat to think of exercising! 🙂 I knew that putting my workout in the morning was my best bet for getting it done, but I also figured something out… well, at least admitted it to myself. I. Don’t. Like. To. Workout. There said it! 🙂 Nah, I don’t really like it, but I do appreciate the results. And with New Years coming up and a host of resolutions that will be soon floating around, I know I need to get with the program for my own goals. One of which now is to fix the jiggle. Ick!

After school I got the robot vacuum to work and I spent some time in the LRB putting up insulation. We really need to get it fully insulated before the babies start showing up. It is COLD!! My feet and fingers felt completely frozen after I came inside and it took a LONG time to get warm. I don’t have the cashmere undercoat that the goats have. 🙂

So by the time Stu got home from work the kitchen was clean, the floors were vacuumed, and everyone was mostly in their right minds. Pretty good Monday if you ask me!

You may or may not know that the pup Lucky found a new home on Thanksgiving. I was giving thanks that his luck had NOT entirely run out and he gets yet another chance at a happy doghood. One of Stuart’s uncles decided that he could use a dog, and hopefully Lucky will fit the bill. We got some great tips from people trying to help, like cooping the chickens, or clipping their wings so they’d stay in a designated place, and electric fencing for the dog. All great suggestions! For us though, we wanted to keep our chickens free range for the better quality eggs. Plus they were here before the dog, and we only kept him out of compassion. We would likely have looked for other solutions if we’d actively gone out seeking a new dog and decided on him, ya know?

Either way, peace is restored and hopefully the chickens will fare well through the winter. They seem to be doing good. I’m getting 5-7 eggs a day still, which isn’t amazing, but for now it’s sufficient. I have plans, of course, to add to our laying flock this spring as well as raise the broilers. SO many plans… so little time. 😉

Speaking of plans, I keep thinking about our garden/green house for next year. I have to admit that I’m lacking confidence in a big way! I have a difficult time keeping succulents alive in the house, I can’t imagine keeping an entire garden healthy and growing. Ack!! So I hope in the next couple of weeks to plan out the seeds/plants that I will be attempting to grow and start reading up on their individual preferences and planting times. *sigh* It’s a steep learning curve for a black thumb like me. I just hope we have some kind of harvest when it’s all said and done.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. 🙂 Hope y’all had a productive Monday as well, and sleep a good sleep tonight! That is what I am hoping for!