The one thing I will miss the most with summer ending is the evenings spent out on our deck simply watching our birds enjoying their free ranging.
We’ve already had some evenings that were too chilly or rainy for sitting out, but there will still be plenty more to enjoy. The colors in our gardens are slowly fading but they are not giving up yet. As you can see in the photo below, my hubby is drying out and stacking the firewood for the upcoming winter!
What you might not have noticed in the photo was that my hubby was giving one of the chickens a ride on the tractor!
For this Thankful Thursday, I want to say how thankful I am for him. He has been doing so much more around home and farm since I’ve opened my shop. He’s taken over feeding Luke supper, making Luke’s homemade food even, and does the majority of the care for the birds: keeping the coop clean, and all food and water full. He puts the birds to bed every night, and takes Luke for his walk on his days off.
I am so thankful for how much he loves our animals, and never complains about all the care they need. He helps me with preparing supper almost every evening, and he’s also often enlisted to help me with things around the shop: hanging pictures, moving furniture, repairing things! All that is along with his regular chores of helping with the gardens and getting firewood ready for the winter. This year, for the first time in a couple, we bought some firewood so he could have a break from cutting trees and splitting all the wood himself. There was just too much going on with getting my shop and the gardens ready back in the spring and there are only so many hours in a day!
Hopefully things settle down soon and he can start working on wood for next year; it’s one of his favorite things to do around the farm. All of his hard works makes it possible for me to have a little down time too, enjoying the evening with a glass of wine while watching our flock, for a few minutes anyway.
Don’t let anyone kid you, even on a small farm like ours, it’s still a lot of work! But we are both thankful for the farm and our birds (and farm dog Luke of course!), and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. ♥
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