Winter Sunshine

Happy New Year, everyone.  I hope you’re all entering the new year truly blessed and enjoying life.  We’ve been enjoying (though a little worried about it), the beautiful sunshine we’ve had most the winter.  I really hate to complain about the sun, but I know what lies ahead if we continue without moisture.  Even our local mountains, the Trinity Alps, are with out snow still.

The chickens have certainly been enjoying the lovely weather, and actually continue to lay and begin laying (some from spring have just now started laying).  I’m getting eight eggs most days now (out of ten hens) which I think is pretty good being in mid-winter.


And through all of the clutter of the day, one of the most enjoyable times of the day is hanging with the chickens.  I love to bring the scraps, clean water (warm on frozen days), fill their food dishes and just talk with them.  Being a self-proclaimed “chicken hater” once upon a time, this is definitely a new leaf that has done turned over.  I used to only complain about their poo (which is wonderful for the garden I have now!) and how dirty they are.  Really and truly, they’re so much fun and not messy if you have a large enough area for the number of birds you have. 


Speaking of daily enjoyment, I really would like to blog more.  How frustrating not to!  I really miss it and am sincerely thinking of deleting my Facebook (personal) account so that I can not be distracted.  Most the time I am frustrated with it anyway, so why have it?  I would probably just put in a generic account so I can continue to maintain my Mud Ranch Page because that has been a huge success in marketing my sheep and their wares.  I’ve also been having a hard time thinking I need to be blogging ever day, but if I could set my goal to once a week, that would certainly give myself some release and not feel the pressure at the same time.  So many things keep me occupied lately, as in my husband and his work (I am their steel hauler), plus raising a four year old daughter, and taking on the newsletter for the JSBA (Jacob Sheep Breeder’s Assoc.).  But, with blogging, comes photos and I have certainly not been shooting a lot which is not fun at all.  I need to blog, so that I can shoot.  How’s all that for a New Year’s Resolution?  We’ll see how long it can last.


So here’s to a new year with new beginnings.  If you don’t see me on Facebook so much anymore… Maybe it’s because I’ll be here more often.


And of course, out there, where the girls are… rooting them on.  “Go Star!  Lay that egg!”

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About mudranch

I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on January 7, 2012, in Blogging, Chickens and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’d love to see more of your beautiful photographs here, Joan! I refuse to get sucked into Facebook; I signed up just to “Like” some things for prize drawings and such, but no one who knows me knows of my account.

    We’re only getting 1-2 eggs a day from ten hens, so count yourself blessed! But all of ours are over a year old; not “spring chickens.” 🙂

    • Thank you for the encouragement Michelle! I’m hoping to really and truly be back. I love blogging and the photography that goes with it. And the socializing here is much better than FB ever hoped it could be. 😛

  2. I agree with Michelle, would love to see more of your great photography! FB is a time sucker and I struggle with the same frustrations. I have made quite a few connections and it has been positive for business, but finding balance is important. Love the pictures of your chickens and their winter treat. We are still getting quite a few eggs everyday, but it doesn’t really feel like winter either.

  3. Your chicken shots are gorgeous, lovely things, mine are laying flat out too, Last year they took almost two months off! I was desolate. This year i am selling again, from this week on which is really unusual. Lets hope that we get good rain in the spring. Fingers crossed. still i am grateful for the mild temps, it is so much healthier for the animals to be out in the fields rather than in the barn like last year … c

    • Thank you C! I’m glad you enjoy the shots… Yes, it is a really mild winter and last year’s rain did get a little old but it was sure nice having beautiful green grass and full lakes! I sure hope we get some precipitation here soon… I’m not looking forward to wildfires.

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