by Lydia Jacobs on 03/04/14
As you may have noticed, I haven't updated the blog recently. This is due to a variety of factors, none of them exceptionally bad or life-altering--I've just been very busy and very distracted.
My husband bought me an incubator for my birthday, so I've been practicing with it and hatching lots of our eggs. Once I'm comfortable enough with it to warrant the financial risk, I plan on taking a shot at some eggs for rare breeds we don't currently have. So far, all I've hatched out are mutts from our VERY mixed flock of chickens, but I've been very pleased with the results. The chicks have been very cute, very healthy, and VERY friendly. Whenever someone approaches the brooder, the chicks rush up to great them, and one chick in particular has earned the name Polly because of her penchant for scaling up peoples' arms to their shoulders.
In addition to caring for my growing brood, I have been teaching several classes at the after school program. I have two crafting classes--one for the older students, and one for the younger--and I was unexpectedly put in the position of teaching the dance class, despite having no formal dance experience or tutoring of my own. I also helped with the watercolor class, and though I wasn't the instructor, it's a subject I have a lot of experience in, and I was able to really dig in and show the kids some neat techniques. To top it all off, my dad called borrowed me one day to help him teach a garden critters class featuring our very own chickens! It's been a great session.
There's been a variety of other life events going on, some good, some bad, and as is usually the case this time of year, I've been sick with one thing or another pretty much constantly since November. I'd like to say I'm feeling better, but that would be a lie, so I won't. I hope to feel better soon, and I am sincerely grateful I'm not feeling worse than I currently do.
The new session for the After School program starts tomorrow, and I'll be teaching two crafting classes again. I'll also most likely be helping my dad with his two gardening classes, including a class that is focused on the care and qualities of chickens. We'll even let the kids collect eggs to put into the incubator that they'll get to watch develop and ultimately hatch.
In the meantime, I'm working on a batch of products for my flea market booth. My hand crafted goods have never been a large source of my income, but it's something I genuinely love doing, and as long as I'm making a small profit on them, I can justify continuing. I also plan to bring my online product total to 20,000 products by the end of the year. At last count, I'm well over 16k, and at this rate I should have no trouble, even with so many other projects going on. Wish me luck!
I need to get back to work, so until next time, avid readers!