Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bustin' Out All Over

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Spring is. The season that I've learned to greet with tremendous apprehension is, this year, turning out to be the salvation of my spirit.

The hardware in my Frankenfoot is migrating and causing pain, the other foot's bone spur is getting worse, I have a little toomah in my wrist, and my hip is broken (OK, that last one may be an exaggeration, but I did get a shot into the bursa of that hip this morning, so hopefully it will be feeling much better by tomorrow, if I can stay still enough today).

My husband is still broken. Broken, depressed, anxious, confused, and frightened. We don't know what's going to come of that, but I'm trying to prepare for the total loss of one income, which is stress-making, to say the least. Big changes are in order, which I believe I can handle, as long as I don't get a lot of resistance from my family here...I'd give that even odds.

But Spring and Earth Day have colluded today to bring forth an amazing display of rebellion against despair. The natural world is everywhere, and it is telling me, "Hey, Sweetcheeks, they'll have to do better than that to get US down, right?" And I find myself wanting to agree.

And so, I devote the rest of this post to a list of praises, blessings, things that are going right.

I did not, in fact, break my hip.

Local farmer's markets start in full force this weekend.

Strawberries are available by the bucketful at roadside stands everywhere.

MY OWN strawberry plants are blooming like crazy.

My itty-bitty lemon tree is fruiting!

Chicks are hatching (Langshans and Black Copper Marans).

After an absence of three years, we have puppy breath in our home again.

Actual green things are growing on the barren hillside above our house. Granted, those things are weeds, but I'm choosing to believe that they will, at least, slow down the erosion that usually deposits a large part of the hillside at my front door this time of year.

The eight pretty little quail hens out by the koi pond should begin laying adorable, tiny, speckled eggs any day now.

The pair of turkey hens that did not get eaten are laying adorable, huge, speckled eggs.

My favorite Marans hen has gone broody, and is setting a nestful of turkey eggs. This should be good.

Bella caught a caterpillar, researched its care, built a little habitat for it, and was rewarded today by a neat little cocoon hanging off the end of a stick inside the Mason jar. Soon, we'll get to see that perfect metaphor of spring, renewal, and rebirth.

I have grapevines and a new cherry tree to plant!

Both of our difficult neighbors are being nice and making improvements to their property. This means that you should come buy the house next to ours that's for sale. Come now!


  1. If I could, you know I'd totally take you up on your offer, move in w/ you, and raise chickens together! :)

  2. I want you guys to move here; there are a couple of houses down from me for sale and everything. I'd baby sit and we have a good public library system (not a single zombie in sight) so what more could you need?

    And if I can get YOU guys to move here, then I can start on blogging buddies Kelly, Chris, WHW, Cara and THEIR families. It's all part of my grand plaaaaaan.

  3. Ah Spring! It does make you look at things differently. Glad to hear there are some upsides. Hope to hear of more on all fronts.

    And I want to see a picture of that hen's face when those turkeys hatch!

  4. You're carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Has hubby tried to get on SS? Email me if you want. Plus, I have a friend online & I think you 2 could become blogging friends. I adore both of you.
    Feel free to email or DM me on Twitter, k?

  5. You don't know me, but I read your blog as often as you post newly, and read old posts even when you don't put up something new. I understand that you are going through a really rough time. I am rooting for you all to be okay. I don't have any advice or anything, but just wanted you to know that there are lots of people who think about you and want good things for you, Bella, and your poor dear man.

  6. puppy pictures please!

    also: love.


  7. Seriously wish we could move next to you, kiddo! Hang in there. You are so strong (and diversified in talents, too, my goodness).

  8. I do not blog anymore but I read you all the time. I just wanted to tell you that I think you are a strong, fantastic woman and a wonderful role model, not only for your daughter but for many of us out here in cyberland. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. The world is a better place because of you!

  9. Belinda, I've so missed your posts! Glad to see you are focussing on the positive. You've inspired me to do the same, so I don't get bogged down by the stress of the opposition.

  10. I'm jealous, I have a strawberry plant but it hasn't done much in the past three years. I don't have the heart to rip it out of the ground though, always hopeful that this will be the year it grows!

  11. You don't have to post this one, but I just wanted to say I was your husband and my husband was you and my heart aches for both of you. Sort of...I'm female, but totally, I had the same symptoms you described.

    After eight years of traditional medicine, nothing really worked. What did work was The Mood Cure (horrible title) by Julia Ross. I (for the first time in my 29-year life feel "normal") and I think she has brain chemistry nailed and I want it to help your family like it did me.

  12. Hello Belinda- I am thinking of you...