Well, these are the things that are on my mind right now!
The chickens continue to enjoy their new coop. Erin and I constructed a temporary daytime run for them and they are happily exploring the outdoors, eating more table scraps, chasing down bugs, doing chicken things. They are seriously funny creatures; we are really enjoying them. Yesterday I made a roost for them, next up are the nesting boxes, and then the real run, which will be a big job, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m learning so much in this whole chicken-coop building process. I frequently go outside just a few minutes of “chicken TV” to watch them.
I’ve always liked Tarot cards; they are so beautiful and mysterious with their lovely art and interesting symbols, and so many varieties! I’ve been tiptoeing into learning them for years; I got a new pack over Memorial Day weekend and I’ve been doing a card-a-day reading — just pulling a card each morning and then writing a short journal entry on what the card brings up for me. It’s been a nice activity — simultaneously helping me learn the cards and also some good self-reflection time. The key is that my journal pages are not huge and I’m limiting myself to one page only — short and sweet! Helps me keep up the habit. Today’s card was The Tower: sudden unexpected change, often for the better, but disruptive and upsetting in the midst. Oh great, just what I need. But as I thought more about it and how it might apply to me and what I’m ‘not expecting’ or what I might need to be paying more attention to, it felt helpful. All good stuff.
My dad gave me our old croquet set, which I think was my grandparent’s set. Anyway, it is seriously in need of rehab. Keith wants to have a croquet party so I’m trying to get it all fixed up in time. We may need to find a second set anyway (extra players) but it’s a good excuse to get the set all repainted and pretty. Thankfully the current paint is so old it’s sanding off with zero problem. I need to get some nice polyurethane or something to finish it off, but I’m excited to finish this project.
I’ve been feeling a certain degree of burnout lately, just in general. My job is fine as always– a bit busier than usual, lots of medium-grade changes (which also seems to be per usual) — but I’m struggling with feeling burned out over all parts of my life. I think it’s less to do with my job (although that’s certainly part of it) and more to do with the pace of change in general over the past few years; we’ve moved several times, sold two houses and bought two houses, and have been fixing up our current (final!) house all year. It’s fun and has been exciting and satisfying but I feel like I could do with a two-week vacation of doing nothing. Not sure how possible that is, but perhaps at least a few long weekends might be in order.
We’ve been focusing on having fun on our Saturdays: we love thrifting and have been poking around local antique shops, and exploring new restaurants. That’s been very fun. We’ve also been riding our bikes more and trying to keep things low-key. Summertime pace. I love that. I’m trying to keep up on my 52-book goal (I think I’m on-track?) and have been exercising more, which also feels good.
Overall, things are good, I could just use a staycation (maybe with some camping). Speaking of camping, we are considering finding a vintage trailer at some point. Which necessitates needing a truck to haul it, but we’ve been thinking about selling Keith’s car and getting a pickup anyway (needing it for farm chores, loads of compost and such). I doubt there will be any rush on either of these, but it’s certainly fun to think about. Keith doesn’t enjoy many of the aspects of camping but he likes to get out and enjoy campgrounds and nature. I love ALL aspects of camping and will do whatever it takes to enable us to camp more! We’ll see how it goes. Fun to think about and consider. We looked at new trailers (just for fun) and although we liked them, we liked neither the price nor the extreme blandness of the decor. However, I love all aspects of the vintage-trailer idea and there seems to be many for sale; it is sure fun to look at them.
I have pretty much given up on my ‘goals’ for the year — I hereby reclaim my previous stance on yearly resolutions and goals: bah, humbug.