Woke up late this morning to another long day of non-stop pouring rain, after a bad night of sleep.
Found Jericho, one of our beloved roosters, very sick with the killer lung flu.
After mucking out Jack's stall (it's too cold and wet to leave the horses out at night), walking the dogs in the pouring rain - they refuse to poop in this weather, keeping it in and making themselves sick in the process - cleaning out the chicken coops, feeding everyone and injecting meds in the sick birds, I go to the downstairs bathroom to find a huge pile of semi-dried dog shit on the floor. Apparently Maika, whom I had to let out at 1am, was sicker than I thought.
After scraping up the poop and trying not to heave, I finally have time to sit down with a cup of instant (yark) coffee.
I'm cold, everything's damp, my hair is a frizzy mess, I have a huge spot on my chin that has its own pulse, I'm tired and hormonal and the fucking Sears repair guy promised me two weeks ago that the dryer would be fixed in a week. Is the broken part on rowboat from China? wtf?
Finally get to chat to my beloved husband and manage to knock over my coffee cup on the laptop's AC adaptor battery - it's just that kind of day.
He worked his magic on me, letting me vent to my heart's content and not making me feel like a whiney bitch in the process. I lubs him :-)
Because, in the end, I have the very best life.
I'm allowed to sleep late on a Monday morning, I rarely use the alarm clock anymore as I have no set schedule. Most nights are good sleep, in our new king-size bed in our soundproof house - only the open windows let in the songs of frogs, crickets, rain on the grass.
I have more healthy chickens than sick ones and medicine to treat those that I can - some will make it and some won't, I can't play god. I have to live with that. I'm getting a new bunch of sweet babies next week, it's the cycle of life.
I'm grateful to have the best horse ever and a nice big barn to shelter him when the weather's bad. He's old but he's strong and healthy, we give each other our very best.
I'm also grateful to have the best dogs in the world, who never ask for anything and who fit perfectly in our lives - they're super healthy and I'm amazed to have gone almost two years without one of them being sick in the house. Heck, I'm sick much more often than that, LOL!
I turned up the heat and put on a clean hoodie to ward off the cold, my skin will clear up in a few days - I'm lucky to still be young enough to have hormones, roller-coasters are so much more fun than a merry-go-round.
The dryer will get fixed, it's under warranty, it's better than having a crappy machine or no dryer at all. Most people in this world wash clothing by hand in dirty water - who am I to complain?
Instant coffee's my fault, I'm too lazy to start up the espresso machine and use the good stuff. Our cupboards are full, the fridge is full, I've never gone hungry a day in my life.
I know how lucky I am.
I have a laptop, a TV, a comfy couch to sit on and internet to chat with my husband, who is beyond amazing. If every woman had a husband half as awesome as he is, there wouldn't be many divorces nor unhappy couples in this world. I still don't know how I ever got so lucky. He gets me. He accepts me and fixes me when I ask for help. He's across the ocean yet I feel him so near, warm and loving. He's magical.
The rains will pass, but the good life will stay.
Oh yes. I like it I think it's good.