Today, after three days of trying, we finally got our bottles to the depot for recycling. Took them on Monday to find that the depot was closed. Tried again on Tuesday and the lines were going outside the building (at all three depots in the area) and I didn’t have the patience to stand there for an hour. So this morning we checked the hours and arrived ten minutes prior to opening…..to be the third person in line. Sigh.
It was only a 20 minute wait and we walked out with $80. Not too shabby.
They said on the radio this morning that it would not rain today, but just be overcast. They lied. Its been raining, off and on pouring, for most of the day. We kept the chicks in the shed today as it is just a bit too chilly for them yet.
We made another trip into town to get supplies in order to finish the chickshaw as well as some groceries instead of gardening. Sun is supposed to be back tomorrow so we will get back to it then.
So instead of the usual update I will get a bit personal with you. We have had an acreage going on 5 years this August. However, this year has been a year of first’s for us. We’ve been talking about getting chickens and big gardens since before we moved here and never really got that vision off the ground.
First we stepped out, and over, our fears of failure. Realising that failure is just a part of learning and its okay to fail we have grown in a lot of wisdom and confidence thanks to our little (big) journey. Risks, big or small, can be overwhelming. Especially if that fear of failure is present.
Second we had to get past the “being ready” phase. We kept thinking we needed to have everything in place before we could get chickens. That was a big stumbling block, but we just ordered the chicks and then got ready. It was motivation to get these things finished and it turns out that they were not that hard to do (and did not have to cost a pile of money either). Chicken coops from the store start at around $300, but we built the chickshaw mostly out of material we had on hand and spent less than $100 and took very little time. It forces us to use our skills (some of which we didn’t know we had) and creativity to get things done.
Thirdly we had to work through our tendency to procrastinate. I am especially bad for this. My favourite saying is “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” The sense of accomplishment from a hard (or not so hard) days work is definitely worth it, and really isn’t so bad. They say you can eat an elephant one bite at a time and that definitely applies if you have a long to do list.
We have come a long way and learned a lot about who we are and what we can do. There is so much more out there for us and we are eagerly looking forward to what comes next.