25 June 2012

Mondayitis??

Greetings all,
Another cold & icey Monday morning but it got me thinking while driving the children into before-school-sport-practise . . . i don't get Mondayitis, i never have, not at school, Uni, motherhood or in my short-stint-working-life.  I came home to flick on the computer & found this on my desk, aw, everyone needs an 8 year old boy in their life who thinks you are a rock star!!
 Most of this year i've had to have a child at school (20km away) at 8a.m. for volleyball or netball practise, now very comfortable in a new car with leather heated seats, while we hang in the car park in below zero temperatures with primary schooler(s) waiting until playground supervision commences.  So i'm home on Mondays half an hour earlier - a head start on housework or Spin Class at the gym for that gym-kick-start the week.
 My mornings vary, depending on who has sports practise (i prefer before school than after school) . . . without fail, puppy, ducks & chickens need to be let out, fed & watered, then their coops de-poo'ed & freshened up with new straw.  They pay me with cuddles, chattering & some bravely-laid-Winter eggs.   
 Keeping ducks is very similar to raising chickens, ONLY they like to fill their bills with water & spray-saturate EVERYTHING.  This is a chore when they are ducklings indoors, so consider raising them in the bathroom & separated from their fine feathered non-oily chick cousins (when water is around.)
 Our ducks are still less than a month old, so they sleep indoors/ the garage, nesting on old chopped up children's doonas, after a muddy day outdoors & their afternoon swim in the bath.  The blonde Khaki Campbell duckling had to be helped from her shell at birth, the breeders weren't sure she'd survive, now she's spot on for size.   
 What i love about our inherited-from-a-friend adult hens is that they don't seem to have a pecking order - they are so friendly, inclusive & happily mix with ducks, chicks, then sleep side by side at night in the cosy coop at night!!  Can you pick the 3 different ages of the Silver Spangled Hamburgs (4 week chick, 10 week old & adult hen??)
 Undaunted by size, this tiny black Pekin bantam chick (left) hangs out with the enormous blue Jersey Giant (right) we affectionately refer to as The Cracken.  We would so love to raise chicks from her, just to see how massive they are . . . we imagine they'll kick out their legs & walk around with the egg on their head for a while, like The Hulk!!  
I'm happily out there flicking poo at dawn in the freezing cold, in jammies & gum boots, i am really going to enjoy the farm we plan, especially on Mondays!!  As a housewife, Monday is the start of MY week, i have 6-7 hours a day to cook, clean, bake, read, gym, relax, sew, walk . . . & with my husband home on leave (Ok, right now he's in Brisbane for 4 days, but when he's back again) we might even take in lunch & a movie!!
Mondays, love them or hate them, there is no week without them, love Posie

14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

what a nice post to kick off the week. :)

Cas said...

oh my what a truly gorgeous boy you have! that put a huge smile on my face :)

Hazel said...

Posie, your positive attitude never fails to uplift me. I actually dislike Sunday night more than Monday morning, just thinking about it is actually worse I find than the actual day!
Those ducks are seriously cute.

ally said...

I never got the whole Monday-itis thing either - brand new week to enjoy!!
Love all those birdies...not in my bathroom though :-)

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

wow! before school practice! what commitment! Good on you for being all bright and sparkly on a Monday....you will make a great Farmer's wife Jennie! xx

Hot Fudge said...

It looks as though Green Acres comes to Canberra! Love the chooks and my, how they've grown.

bron @ baby space said...

ack! how much do I love those little thoughtful things from kiddos?! best. thing. ever.

Jode said...

What a gorgeous little present to brighten your day...and how cute are those ducks!!!
I love your take on Mondays...used to ahte them when i worked fulltime but like them a lot better now staying at home witht he girls and not rushing everywhere!

Sarah B said...

Nope, I don't suffer from Mondayitis either, but then it's my day off from working on the weekend. I do housework, groceries and hopefully fit in some crafty activities :)
Cute ducks and those Hamburgs take me back to my childhood :)
xx
ps my Mollie Makes still hasn't arrived!!

The Moerks said...

I love Mondays, that is because I get to go back to work and Sunday is often my grumpy cleaning and organising day.

Maxabella said...

A positive start to the week really helps. Your ducks are o, so cute. Lots of cleaning up to do there! x

Coal Valley View said...

I'm still stuck on your heated leather seats - such decadence!!

I like Mondays too - I'm usually feeling pretty fresh after the weekend and ready to start the week (half the kids are at school too!). Thursdays on the other hand are my dragging-my-heels-day as a long for the weekend again :-D

Love your ducks xx

polkadotpeticoat said...

what a sweet heart.....your ducks are growing fast...

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

Oh I so agree! I really like Mondays, I start making lists Friday afternoon for Monday and the week ahead.