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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Roda’s Critter Connection

Magic especially loves the snow.  When we open the gate to the pasture, she has a spring in her step and is ready to run!  It is nice to see a bit of a relaxed and playful side in her, once again, after needing a few weeks to adjust to Velvet’s passing.

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Grab your camera and capture your favorite critter!  No critter is too big or too small! Watch for my Critter Connection each Monday, for the next month.  Once Spring arrives, there will be way too many critters waking up, from their Winter’s rest, to only post one friend each week.  I can hardly wait…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Never Say Goodbye

Beloved – Weekly Photo Challenge

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My beloved Velvet passed away almost 4 weeks ago.  I miss her every day.   Although I try to speak about my dear friend, I still struggle.  Tears flow down my cheeks and the words just won’t come out.

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I have always struggled with the term “good-bye”.  In fact, I avoid using this term, if at all possible. Often, when I end a phone conversation, you will hear me say “good night”, rather than good-bye.

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“Good night my friend…I love you…” were the last words I spoke to my sweet Velvet.  Although I will never spend another day with my dear friend, she lives in my heart forever.

I close my eyes and remember…

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Her sense of humor…
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Her curiosity…
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Our connection…

Thank you, my beloved Velvet, for being a wonderful friend, an inspiring teacher and my soul mate.  We will take our wildflower walks together again…

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Forever would have never been long enough…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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