Saturday, June 5, 2010

red bourbon poults are here!

I canceled all my plans in town for the night. I mowed just a section of the lawn, cleaned up just one room, scrubbed just the shower instead of the whole bathroom. I am doing less and letting myself breath more. I decided to stay here tonight and focus on my writing and let the coming storm roll in. When the wordcount is where I want it, I'll take a cool shower and change into comfortable clothes and watch a movie with the dogs. I'm taking it easy. I'm letting myself accept what I can't do. I'm feeling a little better. Thank you so much for your comments, which helped me so very much. Knowing people are listening helps very much when you're down. I'm grateful.

Ironically, the turkeys I ordered in April arrived on the day I exclaimed I could take no more. But four turkeys barely make a dent in my farm day. I'm glad there here, and already have sold two. They are in the laundry room now beeping how poults beep. I'm cooking dinner. The sun is getting heavy. The day's nearly over. Like I said, I'm feeling a little better.

banjo + porch + fireflies + storm + birds safe in coop + sleeping dogs = happy farm girl.

photo by tim bronson


Blogger Paula said...

Nice picture. Hard to believe that something as innocent looking as that will become a big ol' ugly but delicious turkey.

Are you feeling better? I hope so.

June 5, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Good for you, all around. Take it slow getting back to your routine, even when you start perking up. Glad you're enjoying the place again!

June 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I love Bourbon Reds! They will follow you around like puppies - which is fine until they reach maturity. Then it takes on another level of attraction! Glad you're feeling better and taking it in small comfortable steps. Farming is like marriage - you fall in and out of love with it. But it's such a wonderful way to live.


p.s. Thanks to you, I went out and bought a mandolin! Now, if I could just tune the durn thing.

June 5, 2010 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger fun farm said...

So good to read your post. One thing I have learned in life is that if anything is worth having we have to go through a lot to keep it. Sometimes it helps us realize what all we do to help make it possible. Without a lot of effort your farm could not exist. I truly enjoy your posts.

June 5, 2010 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

good girl.

June 5, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger ms lottie said...

Thanks for letting us know you're feeling better. It's good to know. I agree with Susan about falling in and out of love with farming - wise thoughts from her.

June 5, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I'm glad to hear you are feeling better - there is nothing worse than being by yourself, sick, and still responsible for living things. Take care of yourself and if it was salmonella watch for secondary illness, such as a form of arthritis. Keep in touch with your doctor.
This is "momma" speaking - y'hear? Lol

June 5, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

SO glad you're feeling better, Jenna! There's nothing like being really sick to make one realize how glorious a healthy body truly is! Something to be thankful for, that's for sure. Again, glad to hear you're on the mend :)

June 5, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

SO glad you're feeling better, Jenna! There's nothing like being really sick to make one realize how glorious a healthy body truly is! Something to be thankful for, that's for sure. Again, glad to hear you're on the mend :)

June 5, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you are getting better. I didn't need to add to everyone else's comments, because all that I would say was said by others. Lots of good advice was in there for you.

June 5, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Good for you. Sometimes taking some time for yourself after an awful week turns into a 'holy' moment. Enjoy your night.
Just a note - I got horribly sick for a week a few years ago and it turned out to be what they call Campyl-Bacter (that's a short name for a really long term). I got it from either my chickens or turkeys. I suspect it was my turkeys, as several had died. Anyway, it's miserable, but it was a reminder for me to be a bit more diligent with hand washing after handling the critters.

June 5, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

I am so thankful you are feeling better. Keep taking it slowly!

June 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Glad you are feeling better. I would never have guessed that the little bird baby was a turkey. Age does nothing for their looks.
A couple of suggestions on the farm work when you are under the weather. Look into these when you are back to yourself. If there is a family resource or women's resource center in the next big town, check out a volunteer or three to come out when you are sicker than sick to take over a chore. Watering...check out a cheap garden hose and set it on dribble into a 5 gallon bucket or trough and let it run. It won't run the pump out and the sheep or whomever you are hauling water to can have a drink. Hope that helps..even a drip irrigation line to the poultry would help.

June 5, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

If in fact you had food poisoning (salmonella) it definitely is not something that you bounce right back from; your "guts" take a time to heal themselves.

I got Campylobactr a number of years ago and it took a few weeks before I felt 100% better, the week after the diagnosis I was still getting exhausted by chores that I normally would breeze through.

So be gentle on yourself, like it sounds you are doing, and I'm sure you will feel better soon

June 5, 2010 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Glad your feeling a little better!

Grace and Peace,


June 5, 2010 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

You made it through another day! Sometimes the only way to make it is "one day at a time." Don't hesitate to let us know when you are having a rough time. We all go through them, and there are many of us out here that keep you in our prayers.

Listen to your body, and don't push it too hard.

God bless.

June 5, 2010 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Sense of Home said...

Glad you are feeling better; sounds like you made some good choices today. You'll be 100% before long.

There was a lot of good advice in the comments you received. We all benefit from that, and need to take stock of what is most important.

June 5, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Good to be on your feet again, I bet. Few years back I was struck by the bug that made me think I would never get my strength to its regular level. Took a few weeks and I don't forget the process. Rest, my girl, your farm needs you.

June 6, 2010 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Moose Nuggets said...

That'll do, Jenna, that'll do.

Farming with two kids under two years old and a husband who's job has him away for three days at a time every week has taught me a valuable lesson to carry into your sick week... It really does not matter how much you get done or don't get done. The grass will still need cutting later, fences will still need to be built. Foxes will just keep learning the loop holes.
What you get done is what you get done. Some days, that means topping off the 12 lb chicken feeder, making sure they have water, grabbing eggs, and hoping for the best.
Also... If you take a break when you are exhausted, when you get your wind back, you'll catch up faster than you thought possible. I'm always amazed at what I can do in a day when I'm feeling well and the babies are happy.
Hope your break is good, and your movie is a good one!

June 6, 2010 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger Evelyn in Canada said...

You make me feel so lazy, hanging out reading blogs and not doing the jobs that I've listed in my head.

That picture is beautiful. I wish I could figure out my camera to create that kind of art. Well done!

June 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger My Edible Yard said...

We got our first backyard chickens this year and have just within the last couple weeks been blessed with our first eggs. I was nervous at first, but am so glad we took the plunge. The hens are a source of great amusement and now we've added 8 chicks to the flock.

If I thought we had enough room, I'd definitely give turkeys a try, but I think we have to cool it for now. As it is, we're going to need a bigger coop since adding the chicks.

I can't wait to learn more about your farm adventures. Glad you're feeling better.

June 18, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

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