Part of the fun of having chickens are the stories they give you to tell. It’s been awhile since I’ve had one to share, but I now have a new chicken story.
Last month we were one of those many people who got to experience Irma. A lot of prep goes into getting ready for a hurricane. One of the most important tasks is protecting our animals. During extreme weather, we bring our chickens inside. We have an enclosed area on our porch where we can put their coop and keep them safely tucked away. We like to get them out as soon as possible after the storm because… well…, they stink! So we set the coop back up and moved them out.
Our coop is old and has some stability issues. In moving it out of the storm and returning it to the yard, a few areas broke and needed repair. We moved it back out, repaired the nesting box and the roof. We brought our chickens out and put them to bed in their newly repaired coop.
A few details are needed here to completely understand what happened next. Prior to the storm we took down our wooden fence and attached it to our windows across the back of the house in an attempt to protect them from flying debris. This opened up the entire backyard. Any animal could come and go as they pleased.
The next morning I woke up and went to let the chickens out into a small pen we have when they are unable to roam the yard. I set everything up and opened the pen. NO CHICKENS! Then I looked up and they were huddled next to the house, happy as could be. When we repaired the coop, one of the doors fell apart. We put it back together but forgot to secure it with the other repairs. These “not so dumb as we thought” chickens pushed open the one slat on the door and squeezed through an unbelievably small exit hole. Thankfully, they went about their normal routine as if the fence were still intact. And thankfully, they didn’t roam into the wild area behind our home and no other creature ventured in to grab some breakfast. It’s always something.
Whew! This past six weeks has flown by. Hard to believe our summer is half over. The family went to visit the northeast and see some historical sites and geographical wonders. We flew into Connecticut and drove up to New Hampshire where we “set up camp” for the week. We stayed at the Village of Loon Mountain in Lincoln. It was a wonderful trip with beautiful and inspiring sights to see.
Almost as soon as we got back my daughter and I left with our church youth group for a trip to Montreat for a week of spiritual rejuvenation and encouragement. A wonderful week was had by all. I thank God for those opportunities to experience his peace and encouragement in times like these. I love the mountains and feel a sense of belonging in the Smokies. My family goes back generations on the Tennessee side. I’ve heard it said, “the air is thinner there”. I feel that every time I go, a closeness to God that I feel nowhere else.
After we returned my daughter came down with a bug that she then shared with me. It took us more than two weeks to get over it. Now I’m feeling ready to tackle my “summer list”. I’m setting goals for each day to move toward completion of the many projects I have lined up.
- New Flooring
- Update guest bathroom
- Cleaning out junk room …
The end of the school year is fast approaching. I am working diligently to get our ducks in a row. We have a few more lessons to complete and too few weeks in which to complete them. I’m guessing we will be schooling into our summer once more. I am working on updating the portfolio and getting papers graded and entered into the records. I’m updating the transcript and making every effort to stay on top of it all. I do not want to be panicking when we come to the end of our homeschool journey and make every effort to keep records updated as we go.
This year I will sadly, not be able to attend the Florida Home-School convention. We have a conflict that can’t be avoided. I’m feeling a little glum to miss the hoopla, but thrilled that I pretty much know what we want for next years curriculum. The only question I have is regarding Math. This past year we took (actually still are taking it) Geometry with Mr. D. It was great! We currently have a curriculum that was purchased two years ago for Algebra II. It’s great except it was recorded 30 years ago and my daughter can’t get past the out of date clothing. She watches the videos and instead of focussing on the skills she’s learning, she’s thinking about the odd clothing that the person presenting the lesson is wearing. I think we need to look at other options. I love Mr. D Math, but the cost is somewhat prohibitive for us. I’ve heard a great deal about The Life of Fred Curriculum. I’d love to get my hands on that and see if it could be an option for us. I’ve heard so many opposing views though, that I feel the need to hold it in my hands and read through some before spending more money on it. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.