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  • Writer's pictureTina

Give Yourself a Gift

What a week it has been. These are indeed strange times in which we are living. I am still trying to wrap my head around it all, but I am just not coming up with much. I do know; I am making the conscious choice to stay off my personal account on Facebook. I feel like I just can't process anymore. I am limiting watching the news as well. My brain feels like it is in overload, the world feels upside down, and I am uncomfortable with those feelings. Today is Friday, and to be truthful, Friday's are just another day that blends into the next. However, I am looking forward to doing activities that do not involve news, social media, or reading about impacting events.

The glorious thing about living on a farm is that one can lose oneself in the never-ending projects farm life presents. We currently have nine baby goats, and life just doesn't get any happier than spending time with those bouncing little bundles of joy. We each have our favorite and one who is special, so I intend to spend some quality time in the barn. Too, my chicken coop needs some time and attention. The girls and Romeo are spending more time inside, and it shows. Cleaning the coop, creating distractions to keep them busy and occupied while they spend cold, snowy days inside is an enjoyable necessity. Jordan and I are going to make homemade suet cakes for them to peck and modify a hanging feeder to hold heads of cabbage, pumpkins, and squash. These are small things to enrich their lives and activities that provide us with a much-needed distraction.

The Bean requested the Christmas decorations stay up until after her birthday. In more normal times, I diligently took all decor down on New Year's Day. This year, I figured if an extra week of holiday decor makes her smile, I can control my need to make all things Christmas go away. I must admit, finally putting Christmas away will come as a relief. The goats will enjoy chomping away at the Christmas tree, and I will enjoy having my house back in order. I find myself creating order, and controlling my environment makes me feel better when I feel like all else is out of control. It is the small things that bring one the feeling of peace and order.

Dear reader, I hope you are able to create some peace and order in your life as well. I hope your weekend is filled with enjoyable distractions. Please give yourself a gift and take a break from all the unpleasantries these times present to us. Create some peace in your world, do something to give yourself a sense of harmony, and find a time of balance, no matter how small. As always, stay safe, stay smart, and wash your hands.

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I'm with you on avoiding news and social media! Jealous of your baby goats!

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