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Tuesday, June 9, 2009


This is not a coherent post-just a series of thoughts-jumbles and fragments.

Chickens are better--the leghorns are alone in the 'palace' and beginning to increase egg production-9 hens and 1 rooster -this weekend we were up to 5 eggs/day from that group. now that my 'summer schedule' is starting i would really like to move them 2x daily-they really love the clover and mustard. The banties however are another story... there are 20 (ish) of them and 1 rooster and they were giving us maybe a dozen eggs/day last weekend it was 1 egg/day. ONE. They are in a 1/4 or 1/3 acre fenced orchard with free choice feed. I will send my chicks in there to see if they have found an alternate laying spot-or look for evidence of egg eating.

For some reason my anxiety level is through the roof. Everything sets me off. I was actually thinking about drugs (the Rx kind!!) to help me get things back under control but that's not the way to go. Ive been reading a book called SPARK and it details the connections between exercise and the brain. This book is filled with proof after proof that our brains NEED exercise to function optimally. Did you know that exercise can grow stem cells--create NEW brain cells. And low grade chronic stress actually makes you stupid --as in lose IQ points, as in can't remember new things. This book is NOT riveting reading -it is full of growth factors and study findings but even though it puts me to sleep I will read and probably re-read it. The way to get me out of my cycle of stress= paralyzed into no action= more stress-- is to move! I have started the walk/jog thing in the mornings again and it is BETTER than drugs!

The bunnies were weaned last week and mom bred back. We have 3 nice sized babies and 1 little guy. He/she is less than 1/2 the size with a very fluffy-fuzzy coat; he also drinks alot of water. He is very bright and active though-always the first to look for handouts! We will probably let them go to 10 or 12 weeks of age.

The girls are done with school today and my 4 day 'weekends' start this week. I have decided to just hire a handyman type person to finish the projects we need to do to get 'for sale' sign in front of house. We have the money right now just no time--or more acurately the time we have is not being spent in town -we are actually trying to have some fun and relax.

happy summer -maybe we will break into the high 60's this week!!


fullfreezer said...

Hugs to you. I think there must be something in the air because I've been on edge as well. Of course, it's not like we have anything going on in our lives that may set us off is it....
Hang in there, take a long walk, get some good sleep, be at peace.

Ruralrose said...

I wonder if you have been stricken with parasites of some sort. There presence can cause fatigue, emotional outbursts, feelings of rage and inability to handle stress. With your profession this could definitely be a possibility. Are you having trouble sleeping at night? craving sweets? painful periods? excessive itchiness? these too are also symptoms. They can also be quickly and easily gotten rid of. Thinking of you starting your new life of peaceful security. Peace for all

Sue said...

Hope you have a great summer.
I find it best at times to "hire-out" work, especially the time consuming projects that NEED to get done by a certain time. Best of luck to you on selling.
And you're right, a walk can clear the head better than anything.

Gina said...


I know those feelings al too well. I also can believe the lose of IQ with chronic stress.

I'll have to check out that book.

Hope things feel better soon.