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Hunt and Peck

Hunt and Peck

Occasionally Ryan brings home some leftover pastries or cookies from a meeting. Once he brought home a surplus giant zucchini from the school garden. Someone might stick something in his hands after cleaning up an event, maybe a box of pizza or even a salad that would otherwise go to waste. 

This week he was given two baby chickens. A conversation around the concept of backyard chickens was had sometime ago and remembered by the giver of the chicks. Ryan let it slip in that conversation that I have always wanted chickens. There is a city ordinance as to how many chickens one can own. The givers had two surplus chicks that needed a home and the memory of a conversation about desired chicks. 

The offer was made. Lone behold we accepted, me very readily. I saw their fluffy headed pictures and knew I would welcome them in.  I had no idea that this was the week we would welcome two new babies into our home! 

There was nothing particularly optimal about this week being our chicken week. In fact, had I planned to welcome chickens into my world, this would have decidedly not been chicken week. Yet, here they are. Here they are amongst our long list of craziness, a list I won't spell out for you since I am certain you have your own variety of crazy. 

There is a beauty to this non-planned adventure. There is a freedom to just accepting. There is no fear and anxiety of things not going according to my plan, because there is no plan here, just a simple yes. There is no room for all to go wrong because I hadn't already decided what was right.

I began looking at chicken coops for sale in my area on Craigslist. There was a coop I liked for sale in my city with no price listed. The ad simply said to make an offer. I looked in my wallet which rarely contains cash and offered the small amount that was there, fairly certain, but not fearful, I'd be turned down. He accepted and offered to deliver it.  The chicks would come home Friday evening and that same morning a coop materialized in my driveway. 

Through the magic of social media, I found out that the coop belonged to a friend from my mom's group. I had never met her husband so didn't make the connection. She then offered me a couple more things to go a long with the coop that she could bring to the mom's group.

No planning still just accepting. 

So here I sit listening to baby chick noises (smelling baby chick smells...) and writing out the happenings of a plan I never had. 

Can you imagine being a kid with your own baby chicks at home?! They won't soon forget this spring. Nor will I.  

Welcome Hunt and Peck, welcome spring, and welcome to dreams that are merely accepted. 

Thanks for reading.



*I read 12 books in 2016 and have a goal of 24 for 2017.*

I am keeping a running book list. I have no interest in rating or endorsing these books on here but feel free to ask me about them if you are curious. It's just a list of fact. Fact being I finished the book. I only finish books if I want to, so take from that what you will.  Below, I'll also include what I am currently reading with no promise of ever finishing. 

Books Read in 2017:

1. Hope Heals by Catherine Wolf

2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

3. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman

4. In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell

5. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

6. This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warrnick

Currently Reading:

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown


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All By Myself

All By Myself