Balance

 

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”   E.B. White
Chris finished the gate and put up the miscellaneous goat and chicken equipment and I mucked (pushed out the old straw, put lime on the barn floor and brought in the new straw) the barn.
 I love the new gate, Every time I swing it open, to visit the goats, I feel and see the art in it. It is beautiful. The goats seem to appreciate their new trough (which was picked out by Grandpa Jim), Here is a picture of Luna and Areida, with their happy flickering tails, eating their grain:
The goats have been exploring the outdoors, in the run, without us.It was fun to look out the window a few days ago and see them enjoying the sunshine.
We are using the veggie crates from North Carolina as nesting boxes. I just set them up yesterday, and this morning there was an egg in one of them. Chris is building some more nesting boxes this weekend so the chickens have plenty of places to lay eggs. I have been finding a couple of eggs everyday in the goat’s sleeping area and surprisingly their have not been any broken.
We purchased 10 more chicks this past weekend. We got a variety of Reds, bantam’s (which included two Old English; Carol’s breed) and misc. pullets. Our goal is to keep ourselves in plenty of eggs, extra eggs to give away to neighbors, and some to sell. I will be ordering 10 more Easter Egg chicks so that we get the variety in color. They are the ones that lay blue, green or pink. When we were living in North Carolina, I have an egg memory that makes me smile. When I went grocery shopping at Whole Foods, I was able to choose my eggs and put them into the container. There were light brown, dark brown, green, blue, white, tan, and pink. It was so beautiful to see all of the colors amongst one another, and to imagine the happy farm that they came from. I am so grateful  that I can give that gift to myself and others soon.
So, today I try to balance enjoying this wonderful day with my daughters; learning, reading, loving one another, finding out who we are one day at a time, cooking and eating good food together, listening to each other, reaching out to others, and being grateful. Planning the day is a challenge for me too Mr. White…There are so many paths to take, yet I am beginning to see that the most important ones can be the ones unknown to me as I begin my day. As long as I stay open and keep taking action that the Dalai Lama refers to as “wholesome”( the actions that come from ones own self-discipline; not the discipline that is thrust onto us from an outside source or our undisciplined mind) and continue working on my “mental outlook” that is not contigent on outside forces, like ideas, people, and places that I am powerless over.

 

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3 Comments on “Balance

  1. The new gate is beautiful. Nice work Chris. Eggs, eggs and more colorful eggs! Your neighbors are in for a treat. Those chicks are darn cute. So much fun to watch them grow. Have the girls come up with names yet? love you.

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  2. THE NEW CHICKENS LOOK SO CUTE AND FUZZY. SOON YOU WILL HAVE EGGS, EGGS, AND MORE EGGS. GREAT LOOKING GATE, LOOKS LIKE IT DOES THE TRICK. YOU GUYS ARE FARMERS, WHO KNEW?

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