March 9, 2010|Comments (20)
And so it begins… one look at that itty bitty wittle ball of fluffy-wuffy baby chicken and even the most stoic are reduced to baby talk. Well, it’s that time of year again. Chicken time.
Except that for the first time in three years, we did not order chicks or ducklings or turkeys. Instead, we are looking at putting the house up for sale and moving this spring or summer. We’re just waiting on orders now so we do not yet know when or where we will move. This is a scary and exciting and mind-bending time. It’s easy, in the midst of reading about our garden or goats, to forget that we do not farm full time and that all of these posts are penned by an Army wife.
This means that we will start over in a different state and (most likely) a different hardiness zone at least one more time before Josh retires from the military and becomes a farmer. Until then, I’m staying upbeat.
Perhaps this new house & property (location still unknown) will have decent soil so we can actually grow our garden without having to build raised beds and haul in topsoil. Wouldn’t that be incredible? I grew up with a garden like that… just a large plowed/tilled section of the yard with rows of corn, beans, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, and more. I can just picture my shelves lined with enough canned vegetables to last us through the winter. Perhaps the new house will have a root cellar, wrap-around porch, a pond, or outbuildings. Perhaps there will be a small grassy lot for our goats! The possibilities are endless!
Of course, it goes without saying that I will miss the friends that I have made while here in Georgia. Goodness, I’ve met some truly incredible people and they’ve been an extraordinary blessing in my life. How I wish I could simply pack them up and take them with me!
Let us hope that this time next year, I’m posting pictures of chicks and ducklings, planning trips to visit friends, discussing pasture care for our backyard goat herd, and planting a monstrous garden.
If you are hoping to gather some information on basic chick care, check out the nifty guide I posted to Small Town Living Magazine: Talking Turkey and Basic Chick Care. See? I may be moving but I haven’t lost my touch.