I am truly blessed

As is usually the case, I did not take time to post updates on the weekend.  I spend as little time as possible on the computer on the weekends.  I didn’t get my runs taken apart this weekend as I planned, but I got a lot of other things done instead.  If all goes well, I’ll be off work Thursday, Friday and the weekend this week.  Wally was in Ohio this past weekend and will be back late Tuesday.  I might see if I can get his help in doing the runs as it’s always easier of you have two people doing it.

Sunday was my birthday.  I had a very nice day.  It was very low-key.  I got some lovely presents from friends and family.  We got rain both Saturday night (very heavy rain!) and Sunday night which was a gift itself.  Unfortunately, there isn’t any more scheduled for the rest of the week, but at least it will be cooler.

My sitting area is shaping up beautifully!  I bought some glass torches to add light to the area and received an additional one as a gift.  I bought another set of chimes and received another set as a gift.  It’s nice to get useful, practical gifts.

On Sunday I went to the flea market for hens.  I felt so bad for the rooster.  The last steroid-hen  died early this week.  They just were not able to survive as regular chickens.  The heat killed them one by one.  I paid way too much money for the hens I bought, but it was worth it to see how happy he was with his new girlfriends.  One of the hens kept getting out of the pasture.  Gel and Fern did a fine job putting her back up each time.  Finally I clipped her wings, which I thought would do the trick, but she found another hole and got out again!  Put her back up and then she stayed up.  Around 8:15 I took Gel out to put up the chickens and ducks.  It was a bit earlier than they would have normally gone up, but I wanted to make sure I got them all up before I lost light.  Gel was brilliant at getting the chickens and ducks up without fuss or muss.  He really doesn’t care for working poultry, but last night he seemed to understand his job and did it with style.  Good boy!

My economic stimulus check was due to arrive on June 27, but to date, it has not arrived.  Hopefully it will come today so I can pay for hay and get that put up this week. 

I was able to walk out in the back fields for the first time in months.  They finally cut and baled all the hay.  It felt so good to walk with the dogs.  First we brought out the sheep and cattle to let them graze until it was time for me to go to work.  Fern and I brought out the sheep while Gel brought up the rear with the cattle.  On our walk, the dogs scared up a deer and both dogs went after it.  Gel left Fern in his dust.  He’s a fast dog.  When they took off, I did too and hid behind a hay bale.  I could see Gel looking for me.  It didn’t take long for him to find me either.  When he did, he had the biggest grin on his face you’ve ever seen.  They are both such good dogs.

I am incredibly lucky to live where I do and to be surrounded by my beloved animals and friends.