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Small Beginnings

As I sit down to write this entry, I can't help but wonder how well it will age. Will this venture be like the majority of seedlings we started back in early February that we quickly ran out of room in our seemingly spacious south-facing window, full of vibrant green and potential, now reduced to a mere 4 plants (2 peppers and 2 tomatoes). Or will it be like the various nest eggs we've had over the years that grew, were largely or completely drained under a wide variety of ways and circumstances, and started anew under similar strategies.

This weekend I started a new experiment for myself in crypto-currency exchange with small but pleasing results (small, mostly because my starting principle is double-digits small). However, small gains are still gains; and in proportion to the invested principle, not actually so small.

Additionally, we have been starting a family experiment with an urban farm: our city finally ruled in-favor of hen-poultry raised by private citizens within the city limits, thanks in no small part to a wide variety of people who experienced food-shortage anxiety during the shipping crunch caused by the general response to COVID-19 in 2020. Suddenly many in our local community found at least some preppers' ideas to be not-so-silly after all and were frustrated to find that one relatively easy source of self-produced food (eggs & poultry) was banned in our city. Now that the ban (on hens) has been lifted, commercial fowl dealers have had an even-more difficult time keeping their stores stocked with baby chicks, ducklings, and goslings. Again, at least here locally. And might I add: our little flock of 6 are turning into quite the sizable batch of sweet birbs - I promise now, future blog posts will feature at least some if not all of them strutting their stuff. It also helps that our family's/business' resident bird-lover and ornithologist is intending to show chickens for 4H this year, so this is as much or more of an investment for her in her interests and activities as it is for us to have a ready source of fresh, organic eggs.

Then of course there's the dirty gem: the bird poop. Wouldn't you know it: it makes great garden fertilizer, and we already have the start of a compost pile (held within a container so as to not odiously offend our neighbors), in which the coop poop would be a rich addition.

So, that is this week's entry: small starts with this business, crypto exchanges, fowl hatchlings, and garden seedlings. Where will things go from here? With time, care, attention, and a little luck, hopefully great places!

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