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Thursday, March 11, 2021

What a fantastic Thursday that just happens to feel like a Monday! Today's been a day! First I was hit over the head with changes to attendance policy at work, which evidently is retroactive, and I had to cancel my doctor's appt for today due to that, then I found I had to try and get my intermittent FMLA (for my IBS) reinstated due to those changes. And then, towards the end of the day, my internet went down! Fortunately it was only down for about 15 minutes, so I was able to get back on the phones before too long. Man oh man, has it been a day though!

Max was getting rather demanding towards the end of my shift, insisting he had to go outside, but all I could do was ask him to hold on until my shift ended at 4:30 (I work 8am-5pm Monday and Tuesday, 8am-4:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, and then either 8am-3:30pm or 9:30am-5pm Friday, depending on which Friday it is). When the shift finally ended, I got him outside and he just wanted to keep walking. We got to the end of the street and he wanted to go on up the road our street runs into. He never wants to do that, so I'm not sure why he wanted to this time, but I wouldn't let him. And then he had to potty, and his IBD (yes, we make a good pair) was quite evident when he did. Tomorrow morning, he has a doctor's appt to get lab work and see how his liver function is coming along. He's gone through 21 of the 28 prednisone he was supposed to take; twice a day for the first 7 days, once a day for the next 7 days, and now he'll take one every other day until they are gone. The prednisone (I presume that's what does it) has increased his appetite. He wants food all times of the day now, and he used to be such a finicky eater (even with my cooking his food, which he much prefers over any canned). His appt is at 8am tomorrow, and even though it's my 9:30-5 day, with the new policy, I had to request 2 hours off in the morning just in case we go over. Better safe than sorry with these new policies.

But in other news, I have decided that I want to try raising mealworms for my chickens. I've been reading up on it, and it should be a relatively easy thing to do. However, I could kick myself since last weekend I got rid of extra aquariums and now I need one for the mealworms lol. Oh well, story of my life, get rid of something one week and then need it the next! But that's just life in general. So, I'll probably just get a plastic tote to raise them in, then try to find a local source to get the colony started. Mealworms are not only loved by chickens, but they're nutritious for them too, as a treat (not as a feed replacement). Another colony/farm that I've been planning to start, but just haven't gotten around to, is a worm farm. I'd love to raise worms for the casings to use in my garden or flowerbeds. Or to give to the hubs for his flowerbeds. Or to sell as a possible income generator. If I could start earning a living from farming, man, that would just be wonderful. The problem is getting started and having enough funding/financing to be able to make a living while getting started. I have sort of started looking into that, been emailing someone with the Mississippi State Extension Office, but he wants to meet in person to go over the many questions I have. Who knows when I'll be able to do that, especially now.

Anyway, I'll end this entry with images of my chickens when I fed them this afternoon (the fluffy butts up in the air) and three images of Maggie. She was lying on the bed, looking all regal and happy, so I was going to photograph her in that state. Nope. As soon as she saw what I was doing, she jumped up and began making her sleepy way towards me, so that's what my phone camera captured lol. Enjoy your evening, gentle reader, and I'll see you tomorrow!

George





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