|The eggs the peppers the tomatoes the greens. All from the Colony garden/chickens. |
We haven't ventured into the cheese yet;)
It used to be that I would roll out of bed, wipe the sleep out of my eyes and quietly cozy up in my chair with my Bible, books, notebook and cup of hot coffee. I would read until the natives got restless and/or time demanded for me to get up and get them ready for the day/school.
While none of this has changed over the years I have added a few other rituals to my pre-morning activities.
I finish my reading and giddily dive into my new responsibilities.
I roll up my jammy pants and hit the chores. I walk around the yard and water all the plants and flowers, pruning the dead places as I go. Then I head over to water the garden. I have to check the tomato plants every morning to rid them of the caterpillars (that later become "treats" for the chickens). I unwrap the cucumber vines from the peppers because SOMEONE planted them too close together. Amateur.
Then I get to pick from the bounty within the little plastic perimeter containing my garden.
Next I move inside the chicken fence and unlock the coop to wake them up for the day. There is always a cute little story to share with Areyna about how Bean jumped on my shoulder and wouldn't come off or how Serenity cocked her head to the right in the cutest way. (these stories help her "happy heart" wake up in the morning)
Ah, the joys of farming.
I know it is comical, and we don't even have a "farm", but the fact that we have chickens that ACTUALLY make us eggs, and a garden that ACTUALLY produces something we can make into a an ACTUAL meal is absolutely blowing my mind this year! And I have enjoyed every bit of taking care of these new found blessings to the Colony.