And by that I mean “It’s been a MONTH? HOW?” and “It’s been A MONTH. How did all that happen in a month?”
Oh man, where to begin…
Well, I guess first off, I should announce that any of you who have linked to me should update your links to rebekahloper.com.
Yes, that’s right, I have my own domain now! I’m still going to be on WordPress.com for a little while, but the semi-official goal is to move to self-hosting at some point this summer, in preparation for several other goals I’m working toward this year. But more on those things in later posts as they become relevant. 😉
So what else has happened this month?
A lot. Some sad, some happy, some neutral.
We’ve been on the hunt for a new (to us) vehicle. We really need a truck, and we really need to get rid of the lemon of a car we have right now. It’s been frustrating – we’ve had three trucks we wanted to go look at, and every time they’ve been bought the same day we were heading out.
I saved a squirrel’s life (fortunately, it did not have a punctured lung). And a few turtles. One of the turtles paid me back with epic amounts of pee. It was gross.
The clothes dryer died. It’s been pretty rainy for the past month, but I’ve still managed to keep laundry caught up and dried via the clothesline. A friend has a spare dryer we can have, we just have to be able to pick it up, and that hasn’t happened yet because we’re still going to need to borrow my dad’s truck to do so.
Freezer cooking. I used to do this regularly, and I’d slacked since we moved into the house ahem four years ago. More on that later, too. (I love our new Costco.)
Oklahoma sunsets, y’all.
Unfortunately, Gabby passed away. While she had laid an egg after her extended illness while Mr. Loper was unemployed, I knew that her health had been irreparably damaged. I was able to get her to the vet this time when I noticed her feeling poorly, but she passed away in her sleep that same night.
RIP Gabby. May you run free and happy with Ginger, and Ned (not pictured because instagram wouldn't be nice with the photo). Gabby passed, peacefully, in her sleep last night. I now suspect the troubles of the last couple of days were simply her organs shutting down. I'm just relieved that she had a few months of happy 'chickening' after her extended illness at the beginning of the year. She'd never been quite the same after Ned's sudden death, though (they were very close to each other) and I'm glad she's with him again, at least in my mind. #backyardchickens #urbanfarming #animals #chickensofinstagram #lovemychickens
The garden is booming, and Serena and I went blueberry picking as well. And a floof keeps having crop issues (look up bird anatomy if you’re curious about what the crop is, I’m too tired to explain it right now). Hence the chicken vomit mentioned below.
Happy birthday to meeeee! So far, my morning has consisted of chicken vomit (all over me), harvesting veggies (carrots hate me, onion, garlic, and peas were far more cooperative), and bruised fingers (from the carrots). Also, I may never get the dirt out from under my fingernails. Now, I'm going to go finish my tea, eat breakfast (probably should have done this first), and shower. Because chicken vomit smells gross. #gardening #urbanfarming #homegrownveggies #myoklahoma #nopainnogain
#Blueberry picking! We found a nice spot that had ALL the ripe blueberries. It was great. The weather was cloudy and humid, but fortunately there was a nice breeze most of the time. I picked 9ish lbs total, which meant I got to keep 3 of them at no charge while #thunderbirdberryfarms kept the rest. My budget really likes that bargain. #summersnearlyhere #localfood #myoklahoma
And Bear turned two.
And I turned 31.
On top of all this, I took a permaculture course (though I wasn’t able to complete it), cleaned the house from top to bottom, and am getting some major progress done on a writing project. More on those things later!