I took the summer off and honestly didn't know if I could start back up again. I felt uninspired and apathetic to writing. But looking back through the old posts and laughing it was easy to remember why I'm doing this - because I have a crappy memory and I do want to remember some of these little details.
It seems apropos that I would return to blogging about the menagerie this morning after losing a chicken to a raccoon at three in the morning. Yes, in the three months I took off from blogging we acquired two baby chicks and managed to have them both die. I guess this is why people always say "You and animals!" (which somehow still pisses me off - as if I'm intentionally killing them - it's a rule of numbers people! I own more so more die. Or something like that).
Anyway- I will say this - Vaughn has been lobbying me for tortoises lately and I just can't do it. Maybe I'm slowing down - not wanting to collect so many. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of cleaning and care-taking required with even our reduced brood. And I think it's fair to say that I don't believe tortoises have very good quality of life- even if you get a big tank and the required gear. But mostly I think I'm resistant because they live FOREVER.