Nights Like These

Days like today are followed by nights like these.

It’s night like these when on the drive home I’m kicking myself the whole way, driving slow to make it last. I punish my animals when they don’t live up to my expectations of a domesticated house pet.

It’s nights like these when my  head hangs low as my husbandry farce is exposed.

It’s nights like these that start and end with something to numb my thoughts. I know the predators are out specifically as I write this because I saw and heard.

I can only hope I’ve done enough to protect the little ones who trust me with more than they know on nights like these.

It’s nights like these that’ll make you question whether you know what you’re doing and hope that nature and God give you grace enough not to pay the penance correlated to your mistakes.

It’s nights like these when I realize I’m way farther into it than I’d planned and there’s no looking back now.

It’s nights like these that I’ve lost my appetite, but I force something down so I can start mornings that don’t end in nights like these.

I Ordered Chicks!

Something you might not have known – chicks can be ordered and shipped through snail mail. The number of hatcheries all over the US providing said service was surprising. If, like I was, you’re worried about the well-being of the chicks stuck in a cardboard crate for two days, don’t be. Apparently after hatching they can survive three days with no food or water. The nutrient stores from inside their egg will last them as their metabolism lies dormant. The order is expedited to 2-day shipping, shipment tracking is provided, and the post office calls before delivery to ensure someone will be home to accept.

Of the hundreds of breeds, I ordered four types based on their ability to tolerate the Texas heat, forage on pasture for food, and lay eggs.  Twenty-six in total will be arriving the week of February 13th. I’m extremely excited and nervous! Check them out:

Black Minorca
Black Minorcas
Egyptian Fayoumi
Egyptian Fayoumis
Buff Barred Rock
Buff Barred Rock
Single Comb Brown Leghorn
Single Comb Brown Leghorn

Progressions of a Shed Build – 29Jan17

I’m constructing a shed/barn on a tilted, mesquite brush-infested site. “Opportunities for improvement and learning” to ensue.

the revised idea
clear the mesquite
play in the dirt
supplies for the shed skeleton
post holes at sunset
posts are up
I’m terrified of heights
Terry’s rope-hoist idea worked great!
cross trusses are up
trusses and beams for the roof are finished
roof with clear panels is complete
retaining wall (el diablo)
pallets going up
recycled billboard tarp added for rain