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

Our four babydoll lambs have settled in beautifully, on the farm!  They are also much more comfortable with the camera!

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They sure love their hay!
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Time for some sheep exploration!

Each Monday, grab your camera and join me for my Critter Connection Challenge!  No critter is too big or too small!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Rodaimg_6619

Spring Fling in January!

Happy Spring…in January! We have had nothing but freezing cold weather and lots of snow this Winter.  But, today it was a balmy 54 degrees!  Only in Michigan!  The piles of snow melted and I could see green grass and lots of mud! Regardless, the animals were extremely happy and full of spunk today…

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The ladies were out and about, exploring all day!
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The ducks had the best puddle party, EVER!
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The babydolls were happy to get out and explore their new pasture!
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Frodo enjoyed looking out his stall door, for the first time!
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The meeting! And a beautiful meeting it was!

Magic has been lost, ever since Velvet crossed over.  Today, she seemed truly happy.  Although the two were separated by fencing, Magic often had her head over Frodo’s fence to saying hello.  Both critters were relaxed and had a beautiful day together! This made my heart bubble with joy!

This past week has been extremely difficult, yet beautiful all at the same time. We said goodbye to a dear friend and welcomed a sweet new addition, to Indigo Acres.  Frodo has been a true gift, in so many unexpected ways.   I feel extremely thankful and blessed…

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I spent much time with Frodo today.  I cried happy tears, while connecting with him in his stall.  I also cried tears of sadness, missing my old friend.  But, when I looked into his eyes, something magical happened…I was reminded of an old friend.  What an incredible gift…

I have a feeling 2018 is going to be a beautiful year at Indigo Acres!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda