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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Spring is (Finally) Springing

On March 25th, commenter Mollie mentioned my header shot and said that she hoped some of the snow had melted by now (then).  Well . . . .  Here's the original (taken February 16th).  Note the broken stump as your reference point.

And here's the one I took on March 28th in specific response to her comment.  Nope, no melting!

Now, here's the one I just took this morning.  Yes!  SUBSTANTIAL melting!!  Finally!

The warmest we've seen so far this spring is 52 in the shade.  That was this past Thursday, one of my days off (double bonus)!  The snow literally melted before my eyes.  My snow-packed path up to and down from my wooded cabin is a slippery one now.  With the snow so soft off to the sides, if you don't step carefully, you'll slip off and sink in.  First, you'd go in knee-high, then calf-high.  Now it's just ankle high.

I was plagued by dreams of my ex all night long last night.  In the dream, we were attending a class reunion of mine (perhaps no surprise as this summer would be my 25th high school reunion if such a thing was being organized).  And, I was so excited to show off my (what I wanted to be a) happy marriage and terrific husband.  Instead, I had to deal with the knowledge of him sleeping with some of my oldest friends throughout the reunion.  Debating whether or not I could/should hide it or confront him then and there, blah, blah, blah.  YUCK!  I don't often have these dreams, but, when I do, the theme is always the same.  No big surprise.  And I wake up feeling icky . . . needing to shake it off.  Most of the time, I wake thinking, "Thank GAWD I'm not having to deal with that anymore!"  Other days (like today), it's harder to shake off.  It's been 3 years since I've known the truth of our marriage and his infidelities:  you'd think that would long enough for the memories to no longer haunt me.  But, they still pop up on occasion.  Yuck, yuck, YUCK!

Changing subjects (whew!):  I went to Bundle of Joy's last night to visit with her and her family.  The twins are already 5 months old!  They're goobery little creatures, in the throes of teething, and I could just eat them up!  The front of my shirt seemed like it was soaked by the time we put them to bed, and this Bopee couldn't be happier!  The last time I was there, I (also) helped put them to bed, and standing there with their mama looking at them, I asked, "Have you taken any pictures of them like this?"  She hadn't, and so just as she snapped the photo, Baby Boy G smiled in his sleep!

Finally, it should come as no big surprise, to those who know me as Queen of Procrastination, that I'm posting today.  After all, today is the day I've set aside to do my taxes!  ;)


  1. I totally struck gold today--checking your blog and voila, a new post! Those photos of winter, during-the-very-long winter, and almost-past-winter are amazing! How are your chickens doing? Did they all survive the winter? And those twins! Such dolls. What perfect timing! And what a beautiful smile.

    Sorry about the dreams. Guess things are still being sorted out in your psyche. Here's to loving & pleasant dreams very soon. Sometimes I have dreams where other people are talking about very smart things, and they're very articulate. In my daytime life I don't feel very smart (at work) so it's kind of nice to know it's in there someWHERE!

    Oh yes, taxes. Phooey. I haven't started mine.

    1. The chickens had a TOUGH year. :( Eight - 7 layers & one good rooster - survived. Next year, I'll have to get chicks, but I'm good for this year. And, I'm hoping to let a couple of these hens go broody this spring and raise some of their own.

      After a LONG search for my W2 which I had stashed "somewhere safe I could find it" (ha!), I have my taxes half done now at 4:38 PM. Federal done, state yet to go. Glad I'm not the only one who waits 'til the last minute! Guess if I knew I'd be getting a refund, I'd be a lot more speedy about it! ;)

  2. I'm total procrastination queen. Although I DID promise my tax preparer (yes, I'm bad, I let someone else do it, but she's cheap and I like her) that I wouldn't wait until the last week like I did last year, so mine are already filed. Besides, if you owe money to the buggers, they can wait for the last nano-second....well, at least that's our theory.

    Glad to hear from you and glad that you'll be able to see the ground soon. Well. Maybe. :)

  3. We all have our things to procrastinate on.......
    Sorry to hear you still have to have that kind of dreams. Hopefully, they will go away as you continue to move forward..... :)

  4. I'mmmm baaaaaaack! Hi, Chicken Mama. It's been more than a month since your last post so I'm checking in. Thought for sure your blog photo would be spring-like by now. But maybe you're busy in a good way and don't have time to write. Take good care!

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