Here it is the end of January and so much has happened. We had an amazing end of season in December. As wonderful as all of that was, we had the massive snowstorm to contend with on Christmas. We were hit with ten to twelve inches of snow and four days without power. Also, when we went outside the morning of December 26, our chicken yard had collapsed from the weight of the snow. We did not lose any birds! It took a few days until we were able to access the damage, however, once we got to the bottom of the twisted wire, we were so surprised that there was no major damage. All we had to do was put in lots of elbow grease and purchase new zip ties. All the girls are happy again.
January has been extremely busy. We had a very large order to put together by the fifteenth, this was a bit stressful, but the deadline was met. As soon as this order was completed, we got word that my husband was to have rotator cuff surgery on his shoulder. On the eighteenth he had the procedure done, we are now in the healing mode. I am so grateful for our family and friends for all the support we had received in the last ten days. All seems to be well as of this writing.
This past week I was so fortunate to be able to attend the SSWAG conference. This was an amazing time of learning and fellowship, I came away with bunches of ideas and cannot wait to implement them. It was also a very validating experience that what we are doing is making a difference and what other farmers are doing makes a difference. I challenge you to take some time, learn about your food, your personal care products,(i.e. soap, shampoo, lotion, laundry soap) and other items you consume.
We look towards February with great anticipation for the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show at the Statehouse Convention Center. The dates are February 22-24. I so look forward to seeing all my regular costumes and meeting many new ones.