Since the Scorpion sting incident I've been more seriously considering Urban Chickens, just Hens, no Roosters, mebbe Two to keep Bugs and Scorpions down to a minimum on the Acreage. I'm not fully reconciled yet on whether I want the huge responsibility of more Living Things to Care for. Even tho' I've heard from numerous people that Free Range Chickens are lower maintenance than Domestic Pets and most other Farm Animals. The Son said they pretty much take Care of themselves eating what they like out of Nature, with a bit of supplemental feeding and making sure they have Water and a Hen House for Shelter. And, you'd get Eggs which is the definite Bonus, we eat a lot of Eggs. I always buy the more expensive Pasture Raised Organic Free Range kind, since the Idea of Battery Hens and their miserable unnatural lives saddens me.
I'd want the Breed that lays Eggs like these, which I buy from 'Sprouts' and has the most Amber Yolks you've ever seen and rich Coloration on the Eggs from Blue to Deep Brown. They are some of the tastiest Eggs we've ever had too and then it would save me spending $7 a Dozen when I want Fancy Eggs. *LOL* Anyway, I am still completely undecided, but that Scorpion sting was quite the Scare and spending Money Monthly on Exterminator Service just isn't cutting it to rid us of all the Scorpions. So, I'd like to get a Natural enemy of them that likes to dine on the damned things and would be more organic than too many pesticides on our Land. The thought of Chickens isn't consuming me, I'm just contemplative about it and I bought that Raising Urban Chickens Book for a Dollar at the Goodwill, so I could become an Urban Chicken Whisperer!? *LMAO*
I'd have Clotheslines filled at the Historic Homestead with drying Dyed Fabrics, Trims and Paper Crafting Supplies to Create Art and Decor out of. Sometimes even my Hands would be Dyed Sepia from all the Tea Staining I'd done! *LOL* Princess T and I did locate my all time Favorite Tole Painted Faux Pumpkins, I've owned the Quartet of these Guys since my own Children were Little, so they're over 30 Years Old now and I Love them as much now as when I bought them. They had been Display items that Year at a 'Michael's' Craft Store, they'd had a famous Tole Painter of the 1980's who was Teaching a Tole Painting Class and they had been the Samples of what people would be Creating. After the Class, and Halloween, were over, they Sold them all and I bought as many as I could afford at the time. I only wish I'd been able to buy them all!
I learned later Today that some other Friends also got COVID and Thankfully have made a full recovery. Their Adult Daughter talked with me about it and said her Parents initially were Anti-Maskers and likely how and why they caught it. She argued constantly with them about the risks they were taking. Her Dad is a Disabled Veteran with COPD, so he's fortunate it didn't kill him. She said now both of her Parents apologized for resisting Mask wearing and wear them Religiously now! Well, better late than never I suppose, I'm just Thankful they both dodged a Bullet and were able to survive and recover, they are a lovely Family I've known a long time.
You know, it is hard to know exactly what to say to people who are resistant to the Science, the Reality of it all, and listen to and Believe questionable Sources rather than Expert Advice and reliable Sources. Or who are just living recklessly or stubbornly mired in their Issues and turning to unhealthy Habits to Cope. I'm sure we all know someone... or of someone, who fits that description, that even with the best of Intentions, nobody can get thru to. Nobody wants something bad to happen to them, but on the trajectory they are on, it's very likely it will, since they're playing the Odds and the Odds are not in their Favor. Objective observations about it can often see with clarity what is likely to go Sideways, those that Care will often give Warnings and Sage Advice, too many won't or don't listen though.
I remember during Nine Eleven, almost 20 Years ago now, the Country came together in Unity, Support and Purpose during those horrific Terrorist Events that claimed over 3,000 Lives. How very different is our America now, when almost 200,000 Lives have been Lost and we can't come together during these horrific times, like we should and we desperately need to! I don't know what has happened to the America we used to Believe we were? What happened to some of the Leaders of then, who rose to the occasion then and have folded now like a deck of Cards, Rudy Giuliani comes instantly to Mind. Something has been seriously compromised here in America and it's glaringly obvious to most of us... the 60% or so of us anyway, that things have seriously derailed, gone Wheels Off the Rails and culminated into an Insane Train Wreck.
I'm thinking that Post-Craziest-Election-Ever it's a crap shoot if Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year won't be wrecked in the carnage of the aftermath and outcome, regardless of what it is? I've got this nagging Premonition that this is not going to End Well, and I just can't shake that Visceral Gut Feeling I have about it not Ending Well. I'd like to pretend it will... End Well... but I don't FEEL it whatsoever and I'd be lying if I told you I did. I'd be Fooling myself actually to Fantasize that every little thing's gonna be alright... because I seriously doubt it. I do Hope I'm Wrong about that and that for once my Premonitions do not come to pass as accurate?!
Virtual Hugs to anyone else on the Crazy Rollercoaster Ride of Emotions and Circumstances changing constantly... Dawn... The Bohemian