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That Backyard Farm Life

Border collies, and chickens, and tomatoes, oh my!!

If you weren’t already aware, I have quite the little backyard farm going on!

I grew up on an 80 acre farm in rural Illinois and I miss it all of the time, but my tiny little backyard set up does help. Also maybe it’s practice for a future real farm someday? I sure hope so!!

But before we get into everything I’ve going going on in that regard I just wanted to quickly mention that I got pooped on by a bird during my run this morning. That was definitely a first for me and I thought it was pretty funny. πŸ¦πŸ’©πŸ˜‚

Ok, so backyard farm.

Obviously I’ve got my 4 border collies. They have been my dream since I was 10 years old and I cannot even being to describe how happy they make me! One day I’d like to actually have some real livestock for them to work (Lily actually has worked cattle before and does know a few real herding commands), but for now they just help me keep my chickens and rabbits in line. πŸ˜‚

One of my rabbits has a habit of escaping her hutch at night and getting under our shed. But when she eventually comes out Finn knows to keep her from getting back under there and will hold her in one place so I can quickly grab her. Border collies are incredibly smart and the fact that he’s caught on to what I need him to do is just so awesome!

Don’t worry! This doesn’t stress the bunny out! If you’ve ever seen border collies work then you know they’re very quite and deliberate with what they do. Plus she’s just super used to it and isn’t afraid of my dogs at all. Hahaha if she was a sheep she would be considered β€œdog broke”. Which just means she’s used to being worked by my dogs.

So yeah. I’m just over here living one of my childhood dreams and it’s pretty fucking sweet!

Now, I’ve really debated talking about this next part, but I’m briefly going to get into it. Super duper long story that really doesn’t matter anymore and even if it did I wouldn’t get into it anyway, I’ve recently come into the possession of 2 as of today 6 day old border collie puppies. Like I said, it’s a long story that really doesn’t matter. But what does matter is that they’ve been keeping me very busy! One is a little boy and the other is a little girl.

Unfortunately the little girl has a cleft palate so we’re not sure what’s going to happen with her yet. We’re planning on taking her to the vet soon and seeing what they think we should do. Obviously I’m not a vet, but from what I’ve read it might just be better to euthanize her. Unfortunately stuff like that happens. But we’ll see what the vet says. So I was bottle feeding her, but that wasn’t working well since puppies with cleft palates can’t create the proper suction to nurse. So I’ve switched to feeding her with a syringe for now. And I may have to keep doing that for 3 or 4 more weeks until I can start weening them. That or I’ll only have 1 puppy to care for soon. We shall see.

Little girl fell asleep in my hand after I got done feeding her. Poor baby, is doing a lot better after I started feeding her with a syringe though.

Note; we are not keeping either of these puppies. I’m just taking care of them until they’re old enough to find new homes. But they are adorable! And while they are a lot of work, I do like having them around. 😁

Okey doke! Moving on!!

My chickens are doing well! Nothing really too exciting to report on that front. They eat, poop, and lay eggs pretty much every day. Jethro, my rooster, gets a little bit high and mighty anytime a man gets anywhere near the coop but other than that he’s the nicest rooster I’ve ever met. πŸ˜‚

Since my hens are pretty well established and laying almost every day (they’ve slowed down a little bit because of the heat) I’ve been selling eggs to a few people. Nothing too crazy, but they have paid for a few bags of their feed, so hey, I’ll take it!!

Fresh and pretty eggs washed and ready to be delivered to my neighbor!

So this year my garden is much smaller than it has been in previous years, but it’s doing much better than it did last year!! Last year we legit went 2 months without a drop of rain and my poor tomato plants suffered because of it. This year the weather has been much better and we’ve had a ridiculous amount of tomatoes!! And a decent amount of cucumbers too! 😊

Luke and I have already made 2 jars of tomato sauce and we plan on making more! Plus a bunch of pickles. Canning is a lot of fun, plus we like to have homemade tomato products for chili. We make a lot of chili in the cold months hahaha. And homemade sauce made from a homegrown tomatoes just makes it that much better.

So all of this backyard farm stuff is a lot of work! Monday I spent 2 hours in the morning tending to everything outside and today I spent 3 hours out there! And that’s not counting caring for the puppies and feeding/cleaning up after the rest of the animals. πŸ˜‚ Mostly those 2 days were filled with general yard work, weeding the garden, picking tomatoes and cucumbers, watering the garden, and weed whacking.

Whew! All of that stuff counts as cross training, right?? Hahaha I sure think it does! All that stuff is hard freaking work! I enjoy it though. I guess you could say it’s in my blood. Now if only I could actually make some real money off of all of this! It’s a lot of work and little reward if you don’t count the eggs and produce. Mostly it’s just thankless work. A lot of people assume that since I don’t have a “real” job that I sit around all day doing a whole lot of nothing but that definitely isn’t the case!

So yeah. That’s basically my life at this point! Running, raising dogs, chickens, and growing food! Along with blogging and general household stuff of course. It’s not a glamorous life, but it’s mine and I love it. 😊

I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!!

You’re backyard farming friend aka Farmer Dan (it’s an inside joke πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰),

~Ashley

Home Sweet Home, Hello August, and Half Marathon Training

Yesterday afternoon Luke and I loaded up all 4 dogs into the truck and then made our way back to Kansas! Yay!! Is there anything better than sleeping in your own bed at night after being away?? 😴😊

Hahaha but before we actually got to sleep in our bed when we got home (at like, 7 pm yesterdayπŸ˜‰) we had some stuff to take care of. Mostly in the garden. After not being tended to for 4 days it was a little bit dry. It didn’t rain at all while we were gone either. But it’s not too bad. We still had to pick a ridiculous amount of tomatoes and even a few cucumbers last night.

So. Many. Tomatoes!!

It did actually rain that night though! We had a nice little thunderstorm roll in which was very much needed! My garden wasn’t the only think looking a little bit dry yesterday, so everything got watered and that’s good. It was a nice way to end July. Really the weather this summer has been pretty mild for the most part here in Kansas, but a little bit of rain was definitely necessary!β›ˆπŸ˜Š

It was still thundering when I woke up this morning, but no more rain. It just missed us. But things were sufficiently wet here, so that wasn’t a big deal.

Anyway, it’s the first day of August!!

That means it’s time to tally up my monthly mileage!

July was a bit of a hectic month. Luke and I hosted two teenagers and kept them entertained. We experienced a heat wave followed by a weird but very welcome cold snap. I twisted my ankle. And Obviously we had our trip to Illinois. So life and my usual clumsy nature definitely happened and were in full effect this month and my mileage clearly reflects that.

That being said, I still pushed through some stuff, squeezed in runs when we were busy, even if that meant losing some sleep. I cut some runs short when I was short on time, but I still did something and that sure beats nothing! And when I got hurt, instead of being stupid and trying to run on my swollen and sore ankle, I gave it the rest it obviously needed. So all in all I’m calling this month a win!

But now that things are finally going to be settling down around here I’m ready to really start putting in some work! Especially since I’m technically 2 weeks into half marathon training. Although I haven’t really gotten much done in that regard since I twisted my ankle last Wednesday. But that ankle is starting to feel much better now!!

I didn’t run today though, but I really needed to rest and recuperate and that’s also a part of training! Honestly I’m just exhausted from all of the running around we did while we were in Illinois. Today it was nice to just sit at home and do nothing. Well, for the most part at least. πŸ˜‰ I still have animals that needed tended to, tomatoes that needed washed, and other chores around the house that needed done. Oh and laundry. I had to do so much laundry. πŸ˜†

But anyway. We’re home! I’m ready to get going at half marathon training! And we are now that much closer to fall!! 53 more days until the Autumn Equinox and 61 more days until the first day of October!! πŸ‚πŸπŸŽƒ

Happy first day of August!

~Ashley

Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is Officially A-go!!

Woohoo!! As of Saturday I am officially registered for the Gobbler Grind half marathon! That means Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is officially a-go!! 😱

Apparently hanging up my fliers at the Indian Creek Trail and at the office where Luke works really worked! So far I’ve had 8 people sign up for the Gobbler Grind using my ambassador discount code which means I got to register for free (I only needed 5 for that. πŸ˜‰). Sweet!!!

Some ambassador programs are definitely better than others! 😁 Some just give you a discount, but others (usually ones that you have to work a little bit harder for) have better benefits like this! And I’m not trying to brag or anything like that! Just keeping it real and everything in full disclosure! I am an ambassador for this race (and several brands) so I do get some perks from all of that. But I do strive to keep everything I post in here 100% real. I would never promote or become involved with a brand or race that I didn’t believe in or love.

Hahaha and I know I always say something like that whenever I talk about any of that ambassador programs I’m in, but like I said, just trying to keep it real on my little corner of the interwebs! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

So anyway, Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two is officially official! Yay!!

And right before I “officially” kick off my half marathon training cycle too!! Hahaha I say “officially” because my training plan actually starts next week, but I’ve been training with Operation Two Half Marathons In Two Days: Take Two in mind since the beginning of this year, really.

I would be a lot more stoked about the start of my half marathon training plan if the last week of June and first week of July didn’t have so little running in them… Those weeks I only totaled 11 mile and the 7 miles respectively. Oops. But I mean, it’s been a busy summer and life just kinda happened. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Really though I was doing pretty well, at least mileage wise, up until that point though and I really got my shit together last week and got in 18 miles. Not what I’ve been aiming for, but not terrible. And I’m really focusing on making this week even better, so I should be ok in that department. I won’t be going into this training cycle ridiculously out of shape at least! πŸ˜‚

The real issue here is that I haven’t really done any speed work since this spring. Yikes. Since I’m tackling two half’s in two days I don’t really have a time goal for either. Especially since I’m running both races with my dad. But really, I should still be doing some speedier things…

Oh man the first few speed sessions of half marathon training are really going to hurt. 🀣

But all in all I am pretty excited to “officially” start training for this thing next week! Hopefully it’ll all go smoothly! Or as smoothly as summer running can ever go for me. Hahaha I am not a fan. πŸ₯΅ But summer miles bring fall smiles! So I’m going to do my best to stick with it!

And doing my best apparently means waking up at 5 am so I can get out the door before the sun comes up and slogging through 3 very slow, slightly painful miles. At least, that was my “best” this morning. Really I wanted to get in 5 miles today, but my legs are shot from walking around the zoo in Doc Martens all day on Saturday. My sparkle boots (Doc Martens 1460 Pascal Glitter πŸ˜‰) are very pretty and SUPER comfortable! But they are a lot heavier than the shoes that I have been wearing lately.

I actually experienced this every fall when I got from wearing mostly tennis shoes and flip flops to wearing heavier boots. My legs always feel a little heavy when I start my footwear transition. πŸ˜‚

Worth it! I got several compliments on my boots that day. 😊

So, 3 miles today! I think my slow slogging (in my super light Nike Free’s! πŸ˜‰) helped shake out my legs a little bit though. So hopefully tomorrow’s run will go a little bit better! Either way, still got in 3 miles before the sun had a chance to rise and really heat up the road, so I’ll take that as a win!!

After I finished my slow slog run I spent about an hour and a half tending to my chickens and my garden. I had quite a bit of weeding to do. πŸ˜‚ But my tomato plants are finally starting to go off!! They’ve had a bunch of green tomatoes on them for a while now but they’re starting to get ripe! Plus I’ve got these HUGE green tomatoes out there and I absolutely cannot wait for them to to finally turn red!!

Our garden is much smaller than it’s been in previous years. This year we’ve only got tomato plants, pepper plants (which I’ve already gotten one huge, green pepper from, cantaloupe plants, and cucumber plants (which are just now starting to grow little tiny cucumbers!!!). But it’s doing MUCH better than last year. Last summer was absolutely BRUTAL. It was crazy hot and sunny pretty much every day and I’m not even exaggerating when I say we went two whole months without a drop of rain. It was crazy! But this year has been sooo much better and we’re definitely going to get a much better produce yield, which means we’ll actually have some stuff to can! Yay!!

Anyways, that’s all for today!!

Happy Monday! I hope you have a fantastic week!

Until next time,

~Ashley

Random Thoughts and A Little Update

I keep telling myself that I want to get back into blogging like I was a year or two ago. I want to talk more about what I’m up to and what not outside of just my weekly recaps and Monthly Miles posts but eh….I don’t know.

I’ve had a couple of false starts when it comes to really blogging again, but this time I swear I’m really going to make an effort to really get back into it! Because honestly I miss how much I used to write on here. I also miss sharing more of who I am outside of my running life.

Because yes, I am a runner and I do love running, but I am so much more than that!!

The same kinda goes for Instagram as well. I’m definitely still very active on there, especially since I’ve really been working towards getting 10,000 followers (I just really want the swipe up feature for my stories, ok!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). I’m getting super close but at the same time I’m having kinda the same problem there. It’s all running all of the time. It didn’t used to be. But in attempting to gain followers I’ve quickly learned that selfies that somehow pertain to running get A LOT more engagement than say, photos of my dogs, or garden, or whatever. That’s all fine and good, but focusing on just selfies and only running related stuff has kinda taken some of the fun and creativity that Instagram used to bring me.

So I don’t know. I just kinda want to start sharing more outside of my running again. And actually keeping this blog up to date in general! So, that’s currently my plan! Hahaha but don’t worry though, running is still going to be the main focus of my blogging/Instagram-ing.

So anyway, life goes on and here’s a very general update;

My family dynamics as far as my immediate family (parents and siblings) have changed quite a bit in the past two years or so. I haven’t really talked about all of that much on here to protect the privacy of all of those involved. Plus it’s just been…weird. There have been times where I (and I feel like my siblings as well) have had to chose sides. That wasn’t hard. For me and my brother at least. But it still didn’t feel right. But at the same time a certain party in all of this kinda deserves it. It’s just weird. And I don’t think anyone is really happy about the way things have turned out.

Maybe one day I’ll go into more detail as far as this whole situation goes. But since it’s still kind of unfolding everything is going to be a little vague right now.

Anyway, in more uplifting news, my little backyard farm is doing well! My whole brood of animals are great! My hens are consistently laying around 5-6 eggs a day, Luke and I started our garden earlier this spring, and while it’s smaller that in previous years, it’s still doing well!

One of Luke’s brothers is staying with us for part of the summer before his first year of college. So far that’s been relatively uneventful. But he says he’s having a good time here, so that’s all that matter. πŸ˜‚ And in a couple of weeks his sister will be here as well. Just for a week though. Then a week after she leaves we’re driving back to Minnesota to drop my brother-in-law off at home and then Luke and I plan on going to St. Louis from there to visit with more family. Which means at least two more dogs are getting dropped off at the kennel again. Poor puppies. They do not like staying at the kennel and this will be the second time in 3 ish months that they’re going to have to spend a few days there.

Last time we took Whiskey to Minnesota with us and Lily, Dean, and Finn had to stay at the kennel. This time I think we’re going to bring Lily and Whiskey with us and leave Finn and Dean at the kennel.

Whiskey sure enjoyed her time in Minnesota and I’m sure she’ll be happy to go back! Poor Finn and Dean though. I hate having to leave them at a kennel. But traveling with 4 dogs is hard.

Since Luke’s brother is here he decided to add an extra line to our phone plan and get him a smart phone, since he didn’t have one. So in order to take advantage of the buy one get one deal on iPhone’s that Sprint was having my phone got upgraded from an iPhone 8 to an iPhone XR since I was eligible for an upgrade and apparently that counted towards the sale. Really the only big difference is now I don’t have a home button anymore. It’s taken a while to get used to but I am getting the hang of it. Although I keep taking random screen shots on accident because now that involves holding the lock button and volume up button instead of the home button, so now I just have a bunch of weird screen shots in my camera roll.

At least now Luke’s brother has a smart phone which I’m sure will come in handy for college, so that’s good. But currently neither of us have a case on our new phones because the XR is bigger than the 8. Hahaha that’s been a little unnerving. I’m terrified that I’m finally going to crack my first iPhone screen (I’ve only ever cracked one phone screen and that was my old Galaxy). πŸ˜‚ But hopefully next week we’ll be able to get new cases.

Actually transferring all of my data from my old phone to my new phone took FOREVER though, because the girl working at sprint was constantly on her phone and not paying attention to what was happening as far as the data transfer goes. It literally took her over an hour and a half to do it, and at one point the other person working there had to help me because she just walks off to take a phone call. Not on the store phone. On her phone. πŸ™„ That was super annoying but it did eventually get done and everything transferred just fine.

But by some weird coincidence that same day my iTunes account went all crazy and deleted most of my music?? That was weird and super stressful. I’ve basically had that account since iTunes was even a thing and I had a piss ton of music on it. Luckily I had a lot of my music backed up (it really should have been ALL of it, but some I couldn’t find and some just disappeared from my backed up iTunes files). So that night I spend 3 hours trying to figure that all out. I was not happy… but a lot of it is fixed now. I’m still working on restoring my iTunes account to its former glory. All of my playlists got deleted as well, so I’m currently working on rebuilding all of those.

But for real, what the actual fuck iTunes?!?!? What happened to my music and playlists?!?!?

And speaking of music; I’ve recently discovered a new band that I actually like!! Like, holy cow guys, that NEVER happens. πŸ˜‚ So far I’ve only actually been listening to a few of their songs but I’m totally digging them! Plus I mean, all girl punk/metal/pop/alternative band. What’s not to love?!?

Hahaha ok, I could go on and on trying to play catch up, so we’ll just stop there for now.

But hopefully I’ll be blogging more regularly from now on! That’s my goal anyway!

Happy hump day!!

~Ashley

Weekly Recap: May 26th – June 2nd, 2019

Wow with all of the shenanigans going on over the past few months I’ve kinda fallen off of the blogging bandwagon. I’m back on it though (I think πŸ˜‰) and hopefully it’ll stay that way!

So, this week was a weird one as far as training goes. Luke and I went to Minnesota over Memorial Day weekend for one of his brother’s high school graduation and between lots and lots of family time and not having anywhere safe to run, well, I didn’t. πŸ˜† So getting back into the swing of things, especially in the middle of the week, was super hard. But, I like to think I made it work. πŸ˜‰

Monday:

  • 18 holes of golf
  • Badminton and volleyball with Luke and his siblings

While I may not have run while we were in Minnesota that doesn’t mean I was sitting around idle! On Monday Luke, his brother, and I played our final game of golf in Minnesota. And this time we actually kept score! I won!!! πŸŒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ But only because Luke was giving me a few handicaps. πŸ˜‚ I’m not very good at golf. Plus I was playing with Luke’s men’s clubs (because that’s all we have) and that makes things a little more difficult.

After our golf game we headed back to Luke’s mom’s house for a little Memorial Day party. We ended up playing a terrible game of badminton (mostly because me and one of Luke’s sisters were terrible at it πŸ˜‚) and then a game of volley ball where I was probably the best player! Go me! πŸ’ͺ🏻 Hahahaha and at one point Luke’s oldest sister decided that if anyone hit the ball out of bounds that they had to do a burpee. So everyone ended up having to do a few of those. It was terrible and fun all at the same time! 😁

Tuesday:

  • Rest day

On Tuesday we left Minnesota and spent 12 hours in the truck during our drive back to Kansas. We had an extra passenger with us because we ended up bringing Luke’s brother back to Kansas! He’s gonna hang out here until the middle of July because this is his last summer vacation before college. πŸ˜„

Anyway, the ride was long. We drove through some crazy thunderstorms, but we made it home alright.

Wednesday:

  • 2 miles
  • 9 holes of golf

Wednesday Luke decided that he needed to go golfing again. πŸ˜‰ Really he just wanted to take his brother to one of the golf courses here. So I ran 2 easy miles and then went with them and played 9 holes of golf.

I wasn’t doing so hot that day though. Mostly because I was pretty tired, I think. So I stopped at 9. Luke and his brother payed for another 9 but they only ended up playing 4 holes because the members of this particular golf course showed up and were doing something. They didn’t feel like playing through all of that so we left.

Thursday:

  • 3 miles
  • Yard work
  • 30 minutes of Yoga

Busy busy day!

Luke went back to work on Thursday and I had A BUNCH of stuff I needed to get done in the yard/garden since we were gone for 5 days. But of course I ran first. πŸ˜‰ I did 3 easy miles. Nothing fancy. Just working on getting back into the swing of things after not running for 5 days.

After that I spent several hours weed whacking, cleaning the chicken coop, and the doing a little bit of weeding in our landscaping and garden. Hahaha it doesn’t sound like much when you write it down, but it was a pretty tiresome day!

That evening I did done much need yoga and foam rolling. After two 12 hour car rides and all the work I did on Thursday I really needed that!

Ps, my lilies are starting to bloom. 😊

Friday:

  • 2 miles

Note to self; don’t listen to a pump up playlist on a recovery day. πŸ˜‚

Somehow I was still able to keep it easy though. I know this because I was like, hardcore rocking out. Then some dude sitting in his truck on the side of the road saw me and was laughing. He gave me thumbs up though, so it’s all good. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‚

Saturday:

  • 9 miles
  • 25 minutes of Pilates
  • 2 speedy miles on the treadmill
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

My new motto is “keep the hard days HARD”. So that’s what I did on Saturday! πŸ‘πŸ»β˜ οΈπŸ€˜πŸ»

I started my day with a nice 9 miler. It was hot, humid, and hazy out, so it was pretty slow going. Still pretty hard though. Running in 88% humidity is no joke!

That afternoon I tackled a nice 25 minutes of full body Pilates. Then that night I was bored and decided that a nice little speed session sounded like a lot of fun, so I hopped on my treadmill for 2 speedy miles. Then I followed that with some time on the stationary bike. Mostly to loosen up the ol legs.

Keep the hard days hard. Mission accomplished. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

Sunday:

  • rest day

Well, kinda. In the morning I had to do some work in the garden, but after that the rest of my day was easy peasy. Thank goodness for that! Hahaha I was TIRED after all of my shenanigans yesterday. And probably from traveling an whatnot earlier in the week. I definitely needed a day off from everything! 😴

Total Weekly Mileage: 18.13

I will gladly take it! Especially after several weeks of hardly logging any real mileage and after not even being in the same state earlier this week! Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but I still got some real work in and I’m quite happy about that. πŸ˜„

Now, all of the crazy traveling shenanigans are over for a while, so the plan is to buckle down in June and put in some real work! I’m doing Blogilates’ 28 day Summer Sculpt challenge this month (it starts on Monday!) because I’m basically shit at getting any kind of strength work in, so I figured this would be a good/fun way to do it! June is going to be hard, but I know it’ll be with it this fall! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Alrighty! That just about covers it!

Happy Sunday!!

~Ashley

Chicken Stuff

I swore up and down that there would be no more chickens in this house! They’re messy, smelly, and annoying to clean up after inside. But low and behold, I had a freaking chicken in my living room on Sunday night.

Poor girl was getting bullied by my rooster, Jethro. She was super stressed out and wouldn’t get into the nesting box at night and had stopped cleaning herself (hence why she looks so terrible in the above photo). So I brought her in and set her up in a dog crate in my “exercise room”. Luckily she seemed perfectly fine with all of that. As far as she was concerned it was a smaller version of their nesting area outside and it got her away from Jethro.

So she got to hang out inside with us for a few days. She calmed down and started cleaning herself again. She never stopped eating, drinking, pooping or doing other chicken things, and her eyes are clear and she’s not sneezing or anything so I was very confident that she wasn’t sick. Just being bullied.

On Tuesday I locked Jethro into the nesting box and let this little lady hang outside with the other hens for a few hours. That experience 100% confirmed my suspicions that it was only Jethro being an asshole to her. The other hens just went about their business when I brought her out, while Jethro freaked out in the nesting area. πŸ™„

After a few hours I brought her back in and let Jethro out. At that point he got a banana too. πŸ˜‚

The next day I decided I was going to let the hens into the bigger run of the coop and leave Jethro locked in the inner area of the coop all day. My hen was doing fine inside, but these are flock animals and they can get stressed out being separated from the group. Plus she’s a chicken and chicken like to be outside. πŸ˜‚

So I went ahead with my plan. Jethro was super pissed that I had separated him from his harem, but at least my Brahma hen got to be outside and do chicken things with the rest of the flock. As the day went on Jethro finally calmed the fuck down and do that evening I gave him run of the whole coop again. I kept a close eye on him though. Obviously I didn’t want him harassing that poor hen again. Luckily he didn’t and that night when I went to lock them up they were nesting together, fast asleep. So hopefully Jethro has gotten over whatever his issues with her was.

Jethro might be an asshole, but he’s MY asshole. πŸ˜‚

So a rooster picking on a hen is actually a pretty common occurrence. Sometimes there is literally no reason for it. But I’m thinking (and hoping) that this whole situation happened because my little flock is currently molting. They’re shedding their winter feathers, growing their summer feathers, and apparently tension is high. πŸ˜‚ But again, that’s all pretty common stuff.

Obviously I’m gonna have to keep a close watch on them to make sure they’re all getting along (or ya know, to make sure Jethro stops being a bully). But I think once they’re done molting everyone will calm down and go back to normal.

So since they are molting I was expecting their egg production to go down at least a little bit but it really hasn’t. I’ve been getting at least 4-5 eggs a day. But a day were all 7 of my hens lay an egg isn’t uncommon at all. So needless to say, I have a bunch of eggs. πŸ˜‚

A couple of people Luke works with want some so we’re going to sell them some. Plus I’m going to be leaving for Colorado next week for my first race of the year and I plan on bringing a bunch of them with me to give to my dad. But I think over the summer we’re going to have to put an ad on Craigslist or something because there’s no way we’re going to be able to eat all of these eggs! πŸ˜‚

It is pretty sweet to have our own fresh eggs though! And pretty soon we’ll be planting our garden and we’ll have fresh produce to go along with them. 😊

So yeah. Chicken stuff. πŸ“πŸ₯šπŸ˜„

Hopefully by next week I’ll have some fun hiking stuff to talk about! And then of course as the week goes on running stuff and eventually a race recap!

Honestly I haven’t really had anything super exciting to talk about running wise as of late. I’m trucking along and I feeling great about what I’m getting done, but to be honest it’s all kinda boring! πŸ˜‚ Just putting in the work and getting in the miles. I’ve really been enjoying the whole process though! Although with summer running quickly approaching I’m not sure how long the whole “enjoying the process” thing is going to last. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, that is all for today!

Does anyone else have any upcoming races they’re looking forward to? It is that time of year after all!

Happy racing season everyone! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„

~Ashley and her small flock of chickens

August 27th, 2018

Around this time of year the sun shines through the trees right into our backyard in the morning and I think it’s super pretty. πŸ™‚ I’m gonna have to start eating breakfast outside, just for the views.

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Honestly I’d be much more inclined to eat outside in the morning if it wasn’t so freaking out out. At 7:00 this morning it was 80 degrees out and by 3 pm it was 92 but it felt like 100. Yuck. So yeah, I probably should have gotten up earlier to run this morning. I woke up at 7, but I probably should have been up at 5. That would have at least made my run for today a little bit more enjoyable.

The plan for today was 4 easy miles. Mission accomplished!! But since it was so hot out I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish anything other than an easy run today. I know I complain a lot about the heat, but it’s mostly because it’s just so damn frustrating! It slows me down hardcore, and that’s saying something because I’m already a super slow runner. It makes running much more difficult and I usually end up feeling drained, tired, and exhausted for the rest of the day after a run. Summer is just not for me, my friends. My body does not react well to hot weather.

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That being said, today’s 4 miler wasn’t really too terribly bad. It was hot and humid and slow, but it wasn’t too miserable, all things considered. For going on 3 weeks now Rancid’s album Indestructible has been the soundtrack to like 90% of my running haha. But since I’m currently very much into that album right now it definitely made my run a little bit better this morning. πŸ™‚ But it’s supposed to be even hotter tomorrow morning and no amount of good music is going to make that better, so I might just end up doing my interval workout on the treadmill. That thing has come in very handy this summer and I am eternally grateful to my sister for giving it to me!

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Anyway, lucky for me I still have half of a watermelon in my fridge and literally nothing is better than cold watermelon after a super hot run! So refreshing! So tasty! Watermelons are probably my favorite thing about summer! Haha I don’t even bother slicing them or cutting them up or anything. I just scoop the flesh right out of the rind. My preffered method of doing that is with an ice cream scoop (because bigger bites, duh πŸ˜‰ ) but a normal spoon works just as well. πŸ™‚

 

After my run I did a little bit of strength work as well. I wanted to do at least 30 minutes but I made it through 15 haha. I was completely dead after running in the heat this morning. Who’s bright idea was it to only ever run fall half marathons? Because a good majority of training for them happens in the summer. Maybe I should aim for a spring one next year. The only problem with that is that I’m terrified race day will end up being warm and I’m obviously not a fan of that. Oh man, honestly it’s probably a good thing that I always aim for fall races. That pretty much forces me to run in the summer and I need all the motivation I can get to run when it’s hot out.

Anyway, I’ve spent a good majority of my day searching for one of my favorite t-shirts. Have you ever had one that was just super comfy and fit you super well and that you absolutely love? Yeah, that’s how I feel about this one, but dammit if I can’t find it anywhere! And I’ve looked in some weird places. Sure I started out with the obvious ones, my closet, drawer, and the laundry room. But eventually I resorted to under my bed (and we don’t have a bed frame so I literally had to lift up the mattress and box spring), behind the dresser and my nightstand, under/between the washing machine and dryer, and under the couch. But nope. Nothing… It’s very sad really and I have no clue where I could have left it. I just noticed it was missing because I almost exclusively wear tank tops in the summer, so who knows when I actually lost it. Sad face. Haha but on the bright side, I cleaned pretty much everywhere I looked! You would not believe the amount of dog hair and dirt that accumulates under my couch in just a few months. I should probably clean under there more often. πŸ˜‚

I also had some more chicken drama today. It can get pretty windy here in Kansas. Especially in the spring and fall, and the wind has definitely been picking up lately. This afternoon it was particularly bad. So bad that it literally moved the dog kennel around the chicken coop back a couple of feet, and somehow while that happened two of the chickens got out. Luckily they’re pretty easy to catch and they never go far, so I was able to get them back to where they belong pretty easily. But since the wind was still blowing the dog kennel around, I put them all into the actual coop so that couldn’t happen again. Luckily that is too heavy for the wind to blow around, so it wasn’t going anywhere.

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You can see the line in the grass where the kennel used to be and obviously the pool used to be inside of it. The wind moved it pretty far!

So when Luke got home from work we set to work, anchoring the dog kennel to the ground, so this whole situation wouldn’t happen again. We had some little anchors that Luke hammered through the very bottom of the chain link into the ground, but we didn’t think that would be enough, so he also put in a post to help keep it in place. Then we made a few adjustments to the tarp situation, and now we thing it should hold up better in the wind. πŸ™‚

The tiny raptors were very happy to be let back out. There isn’t a lot of room in the inner part of the coop for all 8 of them. That’s part of the reason we built the whole dog kennel set up thing. Plus as long as it’s not being blown around by the wind, it gives them a little bit more protection at night or if we’re not home to keep an eye on them.

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But anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today!

Your hot and sweaty friend,

~Ashley

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