I am NOT Behind…

The idea of Spring arriving a month behind schedule, instantly makes my head spin!  There is so much to accomplish before planting time.  This past week, I have felt a bit behind on the farm.  As I shared these emotions with my family, a very wise woman (Wifey) reminded me that WE were not behind…the WEATHER was behind!  I have found myself often saying this out loud, as a personal reminder.

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The animals are so happy to have warmer weather!

Over the past 5 days, life at Indigo Acres has been extremely busy, with Winter clean up and Spring preparations.  Thank goodness I have Ophe as my #1 farm hand!

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Ophe going for a ride in the gator!

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Now that the temperatures are above freezing, the animals are out of the barn until November…I hope!  I spent yesterday cleaning and washing out barn stalls.   Who knows, I just might need some extra space in the barn…It is baby season! (wink wink)

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Clean barn stalls = happy Roda!

Keep in mind, it was 70 degrees yesterday!  Woo hoo!  Although, adjusting to this kind of temperature change can be a bit of a challenge.  The animals are shedding mounds and mounds of fur!  Ophe was so happy when I hooked up the hose!  She loves to chill on the cool/wet barn floor.

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The ladies have been doing a fabulous job in the egg department!  They are laying between 4-5 dozen eggs each day.  Sometimes, they even share a nesting box!  I am super picky about the cleanliness of coops.  Although the wood does become soiled over time, nesting box bedding is cleaned and changed numerous times each week, to guarantee happy chickens and clean eggs!  Each coop is completely cleaned out twice/month.  The ladies free range, on our 13 acres, throughout the day.  This makes for a much cleaner coop.  My goal is to have the birds out in nature, unless they are laying eggs or sleeping!

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The girls are laying their eggs, in the nesting boxes.

I took this photo last week, while the sheep were still inside the barn, due to freezing temps.  As you can see, Bubba is a serious foodie!

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Bubba enjoying breakfast!

I feel outstanding with the progress we have made these past few days.  The barn is clean again, the pastures are clean again and the chicken and duck runs/coops are clean…once again!  If you have not figured it out by now, I really like a clean farm!

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Master Frodo is in the paddock, enjoying some sunshine!

I will be the first to admit, it has been a VERY long and emotional Winter.   Saying goodbye to my horse, Velvet,  was one of the most difficult and painful moments in my life.   I am so thankful and blessed to have the gift of Frodo. This little man has helped me so much with healing.  He has a beautiful spirit, which reminds me very much of my sweet Velvet.  It is truly amazing how people and animals come into our lives when we need them the most.

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Look at my little man!

I am tearing up as I write this…  Spring is here!  What a beautiful time for new beginnings.  And, we have so many new beginnings on the farm, coming up.  We are not only starting our breeding program and building a new chicken barn, but my dream of becoming a bee keeper will be a reality, in just a few short weeks!  20,000 bees and 2 Queens…I can hardly wait!  I always say, “Do what you love, Love what you do!”  I am living that dream each and every day!

As always,

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Linda’s Black & White vs Color Photo Challenge

The amazing Dragon Queen, a.k.a Linda, over at https://mainepaperpusher.wordpress.com/ started a fun black and white vs. color photo challenge! Grab your camera and join in on the fun!

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Frodo & Roda

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Many of you know that I have a passion for animals and photography.  Put the two together, and I have found pure bliss!  This photo represents my passion beautifully!  I owe all the credit to Wifey, who patiently stood out in the freezing cold for this shot.

I am a nut about black and white photography.  But, even I can’t decide between these two shots.  I enjoy the timeless feel of the black and white, but I also love the color tones!  I am going to break the rules and choose both!

Which one is your favorite!?

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Short Man Syndrome

Definition of Short Man Syndrome – An angry male, of below average height, who feels it necessary to act out in an attempt to gain respect and recognition from others and compensate for his abnormally short stature.

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Magic (left) & Frodo (right)

For the past two weeks, Frodo has been settling in beautifully, here at Indigo Acres.  In fact, he has taken an extremely strong liking to Magic, our Tennessee Walker mare.  After 5 days of being separated by fencing, the two new friends were ready to share the paddock together.

On their first day together, Frodo exited his stall, at sunrise, and quickly trotted right over to Magic and brayed VERY loudly!  Magic gave him a slight glance and continued eating, with a nonchalant attitude.  This reaction did not sit well with our little Danny DeVito.  He proceeded to intensely trot around the feeder, to the other side of Magic and repeated the very LOUD braying. Once again, Magic would not give our little stud muffin the time of day!  This only made Frodo stomp and bray and huff and puff more loudly.

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Where Magic would go, Frodo followed.  I have to admit, I was happy Magic played hard to get, for we had a week to wait until the temperatures were high enough for his castration to take place.  Although, if “magic” happened between our sweet Magic and our little hobbit, I would be elated!  Who doesn’t want a mule! (Shhhhh…don’t tell Wifey that I put that thought out into the universe!)

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Magic is a wee bit jealous!

Although, there is still much sadness on the farm, as everyone adjusts to Velvet’s passing.  But, this magical little donkey has not only helped to heal Magic’s heart, but mine as well.  No one could ever take Velvet’s place in my heart, but Frodo sure has been a ray of sunshine, on some extremely gloomy days.

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I truly believe that when one door closes, another opens…

  I am so thankful for that!

Remember, your best friend doesn’t always have to be human…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You

♥Roda

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