A week on the ranch (March 30 - April 5, 2009)
by, 04-06-2009 at 12:33 AM (759 Views)
Wow, the year is already 25% over!! Slow down, already! I'm not ready for summer yet!!
For some reason, this week felt like the week that spring truly arrived. Every fruit tree I have is green, and all the ones that are supposed to bloom are doing so like gangbusters!! I was also thrilled to see that a willow that I transplanted this winter, and believed had not made it, was bursting with little green leaves when I trekked up to the fishpond to feed the goldfish and happened to check on it. It was the only transplant I thought I had lost.
I felt very happy and vibrant this week, ready to take on just about anything! I had to give a presentation to about 20 people on Thursday, including some "muckety mucks" from various agencies, and several people mentioned to me afterward that they couldn't believe how relaxed I appeared. Several of the mucketies came up afterward and thanked me for inviting them, asking if I could include them in any future meetings! I am just flat out confident this week, and I feel like I can take on anything. The stupid "cold" that had me in its grip since late January is gone. The weather is wonderful (although it is supposed to rain tomorrow). The trees and plants are blooming and I don't have allergies. What else could I ask for?
The chicks have adapted wonderfully to their new home. They are also confident and vibrant, and there is something indescribably cute about watching a baby chicken sunbathing and fluffing her feathers up like an adult bird when you can still see baby fluff under her wings. They got fresh corn for dinner tonight, and it was as if I had thrown gold at them! Each of them was so busy running around with a piece of corn in her beak, hoping to keep it from the others, that none of them noticed they weren't being chased!!
The goats and donkeys are back out on the front pasture again, and I've had to pay my toll of giving butt and neck scratches to them if I want to pass by. My matriarch, Topaz, can see me coming from the minute I walk out my door, and she makes a beeline for me, butting away any goat that dares to come in for a scratch while she is getting her full-body massage. She is quite a bit older than the rest of the goats, and she claims the privileges that come with seniority. The rest wait their turn. When she is done, she goes off to munch some more grass, and they all come to me, wanting their favourite spots scratched. (Or, in the case of Tank, wanting to "taste" whatever I'm wearing to see if it is edible.)
This is a wonderful time of year on the ranch. Everyone is comfortable. Everything is growing. Animals are running around without a care. How could anyone feel anything but appreciation for being alive when spring sneaks in the door and smacks you in the face?
I stopped at my craft booth on Saturday, and was pleasantly surprised to find that I made some sales in March (and one already for April). I spent a little time "sprucing" the place up, and I'll probably swing by again this coming Tuesday to put the finishing touches on it. The owner informed me that she wants to have an open house on the 18th, so I will have to bead my fingers off to have enough inventory by then!! I have already collected up some more items to take there, but I am really going to have to buckle down to sell enough to make my rent every month! I have decided to give it until the end of June before I decide it either is or is not worth maintaining a booth.
So thus ends another week on the ranch. It is night-time now, the sun having set a few hours ago. All is quiet and calm, except for Riley occasionally running out of his room to bark at phantoms. Another week is gone, but it left a sweet aftertaste in its wake, and my appetite is whetted to see what the coming week has in store for me.