This weekend while I was home we started fall housecleaning. Each fall we clean our chicken coop thoroughly before winter sets in southwest Montana and they are confined to quarters. Fall coop cleaning is not only a neat and tidy exercise, but is also step in promoting a healthy coop. It gets rid of all the nasty old bedding and dust that can be a hot bed of problems. Our chickens have a coop sectioned off of the shed with their own door, but they also have run of the shed (we have given up on keeping them out.) So fall housecleaning is really a two part cleaning experience.
It varies each year what we do to some degree. Some years we scrub down the walls but occasionally we give the interior a new coat of paint. This year it was paint. We rented a sprayer and it made getting in to all the crooks, crannies and working with the uneven wall boards and nails much easier. We consider yellow the color of sun the right color for our coop, so as before it is still yellow. This year we picked something a little brighter at the paint store and once it was up in the coop it looks like we probably have to plug that color in, it is so bright. This time we ended up not only painting the coop area, but the whole shed that was a mixture of paints, woods and just looked pretty cobbled up like it was from the inside. With that coat of paint it not only sealed everything back up, but made the shed look much better.
Our coop has a raised hardwood floor, but the chickens have taken over most of the shed, or at least they wander around in it all so we treat it all when we clean it. This means that we put down some fresh stall dry on the dirt floor in the shed, along with some fresh straw.
It looks pretty great now that we are done.
It is yellow everywhere in the coop….nest boxes…ceiling….everywhere.
We painted more than the just the coop. This time it was the whole shed.
I have always been a plus-sized girl who has been fairly active. This summer I seriously fell off the regular active lifestyle and exercise wagon and have gotten just nasty out of shape. Even worse I am having trouble getting back into any routine of activity. I am doing lots of occasional good activities but none of those day in, day out good health habits that I had in place. I know that those active lifestyle habits have helped me keep my other health indicator numbers (BP, glucose, lipids) in the very good range, except for the scale.
At this moment I am really looking at myself and asking what changed, why now. If you don’t figure out why or how you got there ultimately you will be right back there. I have some ideas, but not sure that any one of them is the sole cause. Folks can share with me how they did, or what this book, doctor, tv show or internet article says to do, but ultimately it is me and only me who can make a difference.
In the meantime I have made one achievable goal, and a few other things that I would like to change to work on. My goal is SMART; Specific, Measurable,Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. I am working hard at keeping the goal. I lived it through the holidays (it was likely an easier goal because it is an activity goal not a food goal). As soon as I have done so for four weeks straight I will mark it up to life style change an make another another and another until I find good habits once again as natural as breathing. Hopefully I will soon identify why I made this rotten change in my lifestyle and correct it, so I don’t end up back here again.
I want to get back living an active lifestyle. I am not waiting until tomorrow, next week or new years. If mess up, I begin again immediately time is ticking. I am working at achieving my goal. I know it is within my grasp and only I can make it possible. I am not saying it is going to be easy, but it is within my power.