It's hard to believe that January is almost over.  Spring is truly just around the corner.  On days like today it can be hard to remember that, however.  We awoke to a few inches of sleet.  While better than freezing rain, because at least you can get some traction to walk and drive in it, it's still a bit miserable.  Tonight we are expected to get some snow.  That's not quite as miserable.  Unless you're a chicken.  Or a dog who hates to get his feet wet {Emerson}.  In those cases, it's the worst kind of misery.  :)

Weather drama aside, the Coop Girls are doing very well.  They are laying consistently and generally in good spirits.  Of course that will all change this spring when new girls are introduced.  But we won't get them all excited about that yet.

The weekend was actually not bad.  Saturday's weather was beautiful!  We didn't get a whole lot accomplished, however, the slow pace of the day was a nice change.  Sunday we had the market.  Well, J handled the market while I cleaned the house.  The benefits of a few slower weeks is that we can split and get more things done.

This year has begun with absolute chaos.  I know every year starts off with a bang, of sorts, but this
year seems to have had a bit more drama.  Good things, such as a promotion for me at work and our business doing even better than it did last year, new friendships formed, new business possibilities...but chaotic nonetheless.  As I sit and write goals and dreams for the next year I find it increasingly challenging in some respects.  Time is something I just can't seem to get enough of, and with gratitude topping my list yet again, I fear losing my ability to practice conscious gratitude once life gets hectic.  Also related to time is that once again a year passed in which I was not able to return to blogging in the way I had hoped.  I enjoy writing in this little space and sharing bits about us.  I'm hoping to be able to have bit more time to do that this year.

The pellet stove hums away with two little boys stationed directly in front of it reminding us that we are still in the midst of winter.  I leave for work in the dark and return in the dark - this is the one part of winter I could do without.  That and ice.  Other than that, I actually do enjoy the season.  I don't mind the cold and find the snow amazingly beautiful.

We have a few big purchases to make this year.  Well, "big" I guess is depending on the perspective.  We are still not finished with the dining room.  It requires a hutch in order to be finished.  Our oven has been having issues which means that goes on the list.  We're thinking of converting to a gas top and electric oven.  We are currently electric for both.  Our electrical panel needs to be updated and our driveway needs to be dug up and redone.  The last one was on the list last year but time just ran out.   There's always something on the "need" list, isn't there?

Jackson continues to challenge us.  He still enjoys picking.  Biting your toes, swatting your head, moving your shoes, biting Em's ears, posturing and intimidating Ollie.....you know, the same old same old.  He "helped" me organize our walk-in closet on Saturday.  His way of helping is pushing and pulling clothes and shoes off of the bed which was my staging area as I cleaned. He's a sweet boy full of personality but my goodness he can be a handful!

Hoping you had a lovely weekend!!


daisy g said...

Congratulations on all of the positive things happening in your life. It's always good to see a post from you. It sounds like life is keeping you busy, but fulfilled. There's something to be said for sheer contentment in a full day's work.
I find myself hoping for one more decent snowfall before winter says goodbye. It is stunning when it's new!
Be careful out there on those icy roads!

Sweet Love and Ginger said...

Congrats on the promotion! I feel you on the chaos. My husband decided we are redoing the kitchen before I had the chance to prep for weeks without one, so I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed, and because our living room is a staging area he doesn't want to start a fire in the fireplace, so we weathered the storm under just blankets, because I refuse to crank the heat. The joys of home ownership! I look forward to reading more!

Unknown said...

Have a great weekend everyone. best electric griddle

Shirley said...

Love your blog and all that you share about your life, recipes, business, animals, etc. Photos are wonderful. I have no idea how you do all that you do!!!!!

Unknown said...

First time in your blog and I really liked reading it all!!! Thanks for sharing:)