Friday, March 26, 2010
Well, here it is - Spring Break!
The chicks have come home and have taken over my bedroom - the only place that is safe from cats and dogs. They are growing fast, you can see little wing feathers developing and they are stretching out a little.
Stella finally got to meet Denty and the other babies. She was very interested in them.
The chicks, having spent their formative weeks in the kindergarten, took it all in stride.
'As long as we have food, water and sock cozies, we don't care whose nose is poking around our house'
This last photo is Denty, the survivor of the kindergarten egg disaster. No Humpty Dumpty, this little birdy.
I am looking forward to big fun this spring break, having quality time with my family and friends, watching the chicks grow, gardening, yard work, and music. Did someone say 'Spring Break?'
Oh, it was ME!
I'm so happy!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Yesterday was the anniversary of a horrific train/school bus accident in my home town. Four students were killed outright, many were seriously injured - paralyzed, amputated, etc. Many of the survivors carry permanent emotional scars, and a couple have committed suicide since the accident.
The accident was caused by a moonlighting fireman not stopping the school bus he was driving, trying to beat the train so he could get to work on time. He survived the accident. I can't even imagine what it must be like to be him.
The event is forever in our minds even after all these years. I believe it was after this accident that the law was passed requiring school busses to stop at railroad crossings.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I finally got all 10,000 steps in today. Yay! The last time I was able to do that between the rain and the flu was a week ago and that was a big mistake because the next day I was so sick I had to go to Urgent Care for antibiotics, went home, then slept for almost 2 days.
Today, however was warmish and sunny. Stella and I took a walk before school and then another after I got home, logging about 2 miles each walk. I think I put in another mile just going back and forth between my classroom and the kindergarten room to visit the chicks.
It was a long and demanding day, though. I arrived at work, as usual, at 7:00 am, taught all day, then had faculty meeting, followed by parent conferences. It was 6:00 pm before I got back home. So I was very glad for my early morning walk. It may sound counterintuitive, but my long walks before work give me more energy throughout the day even though I am out walking at the crack of dawn.
Stella was very happy for her morning walk, as well, since we ran into her bf, Chester, a white standard poodle. Those two have so much fun together! We let them run in an empty field - they were so pretty in the early morning sun, frisking on the frosty grass.
I am not 100% back to 'normal' but it feels so much better to have the energy to go for walks and teach without feeling like I got hit by a mack truck by the end of the day.
Well, the Diva is curled up next to me getting her beauty sleep, and I had better follow suit if I am to be functional tomorrow after my long day today.
Have a wonderful Thursday, my friends!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
One of my favorite stories of chick hatching day was this. Yesterday morning, the kindergarten children gathered around the incubator to see if there was any progress. They discovered that some of the eggs had little holes where their beaks had pecked through, and they could hear the chicks peeping from inside the eggs.
One little girl just beamed saying, "I am just so proud of them!"
I'm still grinning about that one.
The babies were moved to their crate today.
It didn't take them long to discover their food!
The children in the kindergarten made up their rules for chick watching, the teacher wrote them down, and they posted their rules.
One kindergarten girl wrote a book to share with me. I have to post it in its entirety - it's fabulous.
Such sweet sentiments!
I love chickens, too
Sorry to any purists who want to read only about weight loss goals. For me, the journey is about the spiritual/emotional health that promote well being. This post is about joy, spring, the love of nature, and new life.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This morning there were 9 babies (out of 11 eggs) in the incubator. They have been moved to a crate equipped with a lamp for heat, water, and food, plus little socks to cozy up on. The yellow chicks are day old chicks that the kindergarten teacher ordered. They just arrived today, and are in with my Australorp and barred rock babies.
The children are all thrilled and have been wonderful with the babies, and I have been like a mother hen since they started hatching.
The two eggs that haven't hatched do not show signs of pipping, so they may not have survived embryo-hood. However, there can be a few days between hatching for a clutch, so they are still being warmed in the incubator.
Such a wonderful way to bring in spring!
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