And Then There Were Chickens

Chickens!

Chickens!

One of the unexpected parts of our move from Oslicken Acres into the Soo was the acquisition of a small group of chickens.  The family we bought the house from had a small group of chickens they were keeping in their backyard.  Rather than moving the chickens in the middle of winter they asked us if we would be interested in having them.

When Andrew presented me with the idea of having chickens I was not all that enthusiastic.  I was thinking of all of the stress associated with moving and having one more thing to look after during the move. I’m also the kind of person who wants to learn a lot about an animal before getting one and I knew virtually nothing about chickens.  Enter Google and book purchases to help us up our chicken game.

The only black chicken among the seven might be my favourite...don't tell the other chickens.

The only black chicken among the seven might be my favourite…don’t tell the other chickens.

Despite my initial reluctance I’m really enjoying having our small group of seven chickens.  They are surprisingly friendly – though I am the one that feeds them so that

might be part of their friendliness.  And yes there is a little bit of extra work associated with keeping but hem I’m getting a whole lot of joy out of visiting them every morning and evening.  Plus they make tasty eggs!

I do realize that given the cost of their feed, bedding, and the time required to take care of them we aren’t really saving money on eggs.  But I think the enjoyment factor is

a pretty key reason to keep them.  It’s also teaching Little Miss about caring for animals and where her food comes from which I think is a really important life lesson.  We moved from the country to the city and became chicken owners in the process – a little backwards but definitely fun.

Getting Back Onto the Yoga Mat

YogaBIn November during our trip south for a destination wedding a reconnected with my love for yoga by joining in some morning classes on the beach.  These were fairly laid back classes geared to all fitness levels but they reminded me of how much I use to enjoy doing yoga.

In January I participated in #yogarevolution a free 31-day program created by Yoga With Adriene.  Essentially it was 31 days of yoga videos on YouTube that I could do at home whenever it fit into my schedule.  I doubled up on the practice occasionally to make up for the odd missed day but I really enjoyed spending some time on the mat on a regular basis.  I liked the videos because they were a good mix of physical intensity, mindfulness, and occasionally had bits of quirky humor.  I’ve added them into the mix in addition to my gym schedule and they have been a great way to relax in the evening.

To keep up with the positive practice fostered in January I’ve started another yoga calendar that includes suggested videos for every day in February.  So far so good.  One of the fun bonuses of engaging in this practice at home has been experiencing yoga with a two year old. Little Miss loves the idea of pulling out ‘Mommy’s Mat’, doing stretches, and just being silly during yoga.  Her flexibility puts the flexibility of an adult to shame and it’s ton of fun to see her experimenting with yoga poses.

Listening: Wooden Overcoats

WoodenOvercoatsMy commute may have ended with our move but my podcast listening has continued.  I’m currently loving the Wooden Overcoats podcast. This comedic drama is set in “Piffling Vale” a small town on a island in the British Channel.  The podcast revolves around the owners/operators of the Funn Funeral business.  The premise of the show is that Rudyard Funn’s family funeral business is put into jeopardy when a new undertaker, Eric Chapman, opens across the square.  Chapman is charming, the village loves him, and he quickly surpasses Funn Funeral’s as the go to funeral home. For the first time ever Funn Funerals has competition and it does not go well.  Antics, plotting, and escapades follow.

For me, this podcast feels a lot like if Fawlty Towers had of been centered around a funeral home.  It’s great British comedy with a range of odd ball characters and small town charm.  An agnostic wavering minister, a candy shop owner who becomes a police officer, and a lighthouse keeper who writes erotica just a few of the imaginative supporting cast.  Personally, I love Antigone Funn’s character – a mortician that skulks around in the basement, stands in dark shadows and has a wicked sense of humor.

I highly recommend taking a listen if you’re in need of a laugh and have a fondness for British humour.