Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First Signs of Spring

Just a quick note:

Even though the weather has been shifting from sort-of warm to rainy wet snow today, the early signs of Spring are here.... the hens have started laying again.

We didn't even notice it at first because the girls like to be sneaky. We have several bales of hay for the goats stacked up in the coop side of the building and covered with a large tarp. We thought we were discouraging the hens by covering the hay but nope! The sneaks had climbed up in there, made a hay nest and layed a few eggs. Even though their "nest" keeps getting disturbed as we use the hay for the goats, they're still using it.

We were surprised they got up under the tarp. I'd have thought they would have been scared of it, but I guess not.

So far we're getting an egg every other day which leads me to believe it's just one hen, probably Meg, who is laying.

We'll keep our eyes open.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Vegan-a-go-go and a-cough-cough

If you haven't seen it, my latest "Vegan Expert" post is up on the Getting Healthy section of The Demoiselles. Check it out here!

In the article I gave tips on travelling and eating vegan/vegetarian while out and about. One thing I didn't mention is what happens when you've been running on an inconsistent eating schedule, staying up way way way later than normal, walking around in the snow and cold for hours and then having to deal with major flight complications.

Oh, yeah... you get sick.

So after all of the above, I got sick for the first time in almost 2 years. I've been fine all winter while the people around me succumbed to illness but not eating or sleeping properly lowered my resistance.

I hate to take medicine and I usually don't but I do get coughing issues and have been forced (by the hubby) to take some cough medicine. What he found for me seems to be the least "harmful" formula out there... a diabetic version.

With no sugar, alcohol, sodium, dye, codeine, sorbitol or fructose/HFCS it tastes gross, but it does work and doesn't fill me full of all the crap listed.

I'm not happy about taking it but I guess this is the best option. I'm trying to find out if it is vegan and animal-testing free. I'm not sure that it is but I'm hoping it is. It's really hard to find out this info. I think we need better labeling.

And I plan on getting better soon and staying well so I can avoid taking it in the first place!