Happy New Year!
While this new year is going to present some more challenges for me work-wise, I’m determined to be optimistic and focus on the good things it will bring. I’ll be losing one of my bookkeeping clients as he is selling his business, so I will need to replace that income. While selling my homemade and farm products is enjoyable for me, it’s just not bringing in enough money yet! Bookkeeping pays well but finding small businesses I can work for at home has been difficult. Thanks to computer software making things easier for people, many are doing it on their own.
I have some plans and ideas though for all that stuff, but I’m more excited about the things I’ll be doing with Luke and the farm. Now that the holidays are over, we can focus more on that! I simply hope this is the year that everything finally comes together. Since I lost my regular job over two years ago, things have been unsettled, and a struggle financially. I’m trying to figure out what can work for a schedule, and it would be nice if things stopped changing all the time, and I could find my place.
The Fun Stuff
Luke and I will be working on his online tracking class I told you about and doing more muzzle training as well. We’ve tried different things with Luke for having company over (he is very fearful of people), but the muzzle is something I haven’t tried yet for this so want to work more on that. We tried having him in the crate when people came over, but he barked too much, and then got whiny after being in there for too long. He seems more comfortable being down in our bedroom, and we’ll continue to do that when we have larger groups visiting. I’d like to try the muzzle for shorter visits with less people. He is good about having me put a muzzle on him, but it will be different for him wearing it longer term when at home. There are lots of treats involved with training, so Luke is always on board with it, even if it’s not fun like the tracking will be.
The exciting thing that will be hopefully happening with the farm this year will be letting some of our ladies hatch their own chicks! Now that we have a rooster, we should be able to do that. Some of the girls spend time sitting in boxes on eggs, so we feel like when the time is right (most likely in the spring), we may get one or more of them to sit on eggs long enough to hatch them.
It will be a learning process for us, but I look forward to the research and planning! Our hope is to hatch both chickens and guinea hens (word has it that chickens will hatch and raise both); it will be nice to grow our flock without having the expense of buying chicks or having the mess in the house of raising them in a cage. Worst comes to worst, we can hatch the eggs in our incubator as well, but we hope it doesn’t come to that. That would mean we’d have to raise them in the house initially and then later integrate them with the others. If the chickens hatch them on their own, the mama will protect them from the others. In the long run, we hope this turns out to be much easier, but we’ll see!
Now we’ll leave you with some photos of what New Year’s Day looked like here on the farm.
We don’t “do” resolutions around here, we far prefer to just make plans. Do you have any plans for the new year?
Today we are thankful for the new year and the possibilities it brings, and we are joining our friends at Brian’s Home for the Thankful Thursday blog hop.