|Long Field, below our knob pasture, with red buds blooming.|
|One of our new Buckeye chicks.|
- Walking, a lot. The weather has been opportune and winter was long. I've been really getting to know our farm a bit better this way and enjoying longer stretches of the ridge roads, sometimes solo and sometimes with my menfolk and always with our puppies. (I still call them that, even though they are a year-and-a-half now–but hollering "PupPEES!" out the door is easier and more vocal than saying, "DOGS!")
- Delighting in spring in all ways but not in the intensive cleaning that I should be doing.
- Submitting queries and article ideas to new magazine possibilities.
- Spinning my wheels about "what's next" and excited about what dreams may come (isn't having something to look forward or hope for always the best way out of any funk? Not that there is anything wrong with being "funky"...).
- Planting seeds for some summer flowers and vegetables.
- Planting some fruit and ornamental trees, as well as blackberries, near our future farmhouse site across the road (and adjacent to existing farm buildings and Ida's old house and future guest house).
- Tending to new Buckeye chicks (30 arrived in early April from Welp Hatchery).
- Enjoying our new cattle: 9 bred heifers and three babies, also since early April.
- Baking snacks for, and helping to coordinate, our fencing crew.
- Entering photography contests here and there (and taking lots of photos of our glorious Appalachian spring).
- Enjoying our boys' nice Easter vacation week.
- Reading everything but what I'm supposed to be finishing at Cupcake Chronicles (and catching up on lapsed reads, as well as this month's selection, too: so gaining on that! Right now we're reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout).
- Singing with the Pleasant Hill Shaker Singers (it is so great to be singing again!).
- Doing a lot of rain dancing of late (drought here) and missing our usual April thunderstorms.
- Helping with a benefit Haiti Auction run by the Old Order Mennonites in Casey County.
- Polishing my resumé, dusting off some clips and gathering more recent ones, and applying for an amazing job opportunity.
In the meantime, enjoy the beauties and wonders of spring wherever you are.
PS In fact, it's been so long since I've blogged that Blogger has gone and changed some formatting things like ways to insert photos and the whole "Compose" bar is different. So I'm hoping for the best here! I'd like to think that every new Facebook or Blogger change is for the better but we do get set in our ways...