Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Out With The Old And In With The New

 As you may have guessed, I just have not had a huge amount of things to write about lately.  The holidays were nice but nothing spectacular happened.  Mainly we were just relaxing after my last minute push to get some pottery done.  I said I wouldn't throw again until after the new year and that looks to be true.  The post tonight is mainly just a bunch of random photos and random ramblings.  If the color looks wonky in the one above I'm not really sure what is going on there.

It seems the winter rains have started early this year because we have gotten several inches over the past couple of weeks.  One of the reasons that there has been a lack of photos on here lately.  Today was a beautiful, sunny day though and everyone was out enjoying it.  It was just a touch cool but the girls didn't mind.  I went on several walks and cleaned up one of my flower beds a little.  It was nice to have some sun finally because it seems the winter blahs have come early also.  I don't know if it's still my system trying to right itself after those steroids or just a larger symptom of something else but the last 2 years have sucked, to put it mildly.  Some days I feel pretty good but most days I have just had the life beaten out of me.

I am honestly trying to improve things for myself.  Trying to get working again and I'm going to the gym pretty regularly too.  Jack and I have made a point to take some time just for us the last few weeks.  We went to a movie one day and had a real nice time, a couple of other day trips and last night we had a fabulous time out at a real swanky restaurant in Birmigham, via a gift certificate from a part of Jack's family.  I had done a little restoration work for them and so it was a thank-you gift.  Very nice indeed.  We had a great time and the food was incredibly delicious.  Thank you so much Diane.

 So, the trick is to find beauty anywhere you can.  In the ordinary and the unusual.  Try to minimize the pain.

The creek has finally cleared and dropped back to a more normal level.  It's very soothing to sit here and just ponder things.  I need to build a more comfortable sitting area though.  A bench or something.  Tomorrow should be nice but the rains come back over the weekend so I better enjoy this while I can!

 A few of the girls have started laying again and Pumpkin finally started.  Her eggs are a little small of course, but they are gaining size quickly.

Jack keeps us mightily supplied with wood.  I'm so glad I don't have to deal with this anymore.  Splitting wood is kinda soothing in a way but I'm more than happy to let him take it over.  He is all very organized with it and has a winter's worth split at any given time, whereas I was always scratching and clawing to have enough.

I think the girls were so happy to have a nice day.  They stayed out grazing for quite a while.  There is still a little greenery to be found but it probably won't last much longer.  Unless we have a mild winter, which could happen. 

Big T (or Tillis) has become a fine rooster.  The girls are not scared of him and I think he's doing a good job.  He tries to keep an eye out for trouble and stays right with the girls all the time.  They sort of ignore him a little but he doesn't seem to mind.  It's sure a long way from the scrawny little, half-naked chick I used to let sleep on my shoulder to keep warm.  Maybe he remembers my comforting him and tries to be a more gentle roo.

So, as we look towards the new year I sincerely hope things improve over the last couple.  Not just for me but for all of you as well.  I think probably it will.  So, here's to the warm, sunny days.  A warm bed on the rainy ones.  Loving arms to hold you on either day and a fire in your heart.


Gin said...

I can't help but wish you a better year in 2015. You've really had it rough. Hang in there.

JO said...

Here's wishing you a much healthier New Year. You've worked hard a getting better and I hope it comes to you this year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND JACK an all the feathered and furry critters.

ErinFromIowa said...

Wonderful post! My grandson Asher rang in the new year with me. After hooting and hollering we settled down to quieter things. He enjoyed the photos with me. Happy New year Annie and Jack!

BBC said...

I turned wood splitting into something I could enjoy by buying a new gas powered wood splitter.

HermitJim said...

Glad you and Jack are getting a touch of sunshine.

I hope your new year is filled with pleasant days and warm nights.

edifice rex said...

Hey Gin! thank you! I'm really trying to!

Hey Jo! thanks and Happy New Year to you!! thanks for hanging around here!

Hey Erin! thank you! and Happy New Year to you!

Hey BBC! well, that's what my husband did also after one season of splitting by hand! lol! He didn't find it as Zen as I do. ha!

Hey Jim! thanks! I hope you have a wonderful new year too!

Ed said...

I like splitting wood too but I'm sure I could be persuaded to give it up fairly easily!