“You can get your sports car AFTER I get my Cadillac coop”! That was the ultimatum my wife issued to me. Now that’s what I call motivation! And I absolutely took the challenge. By the way, that’s not a typo in the title; she doesn’t want a Coupe, she wants a coop….. for her chickens. So here’s the back story.
Ever since we’ve been at this old farm we’ve had free range chickens. They’re beautiful to watch roaming all over the farm and they lay wonderful rich looking and tasting eggs…….wherever they want! So every day is like an Easter egg hunt: some in the layer boxes, some upstairs in the hay loft, some under the hay bales, some under spare fence posts; you name it and chances are I’ll find eggs there sooner or later.
So for several years now I’ve been under the gun to build a new coop for my wife’s chickens ; I just haven’t had the right motivation. Here were the goals; Provide a place:
That would be safe from predators.
To keep them warm in extreme cold temperatures.
To encourage laying eggs in a designated area
That would have “Cadillac” aesthetics for these “Pretty Peacocks”
It wasn’t that I was procrastinating, it’s just that I didn’t have a plan that would accomplish all those goals simultaneously, until I got the motivational ultimatum I mentioned about the sports car. Suddenly I was magically inspired and came up with a plan. I had to remove walls and old laying boxes, build new walls and doors, close in open gates, etc. In other words it was going to take a major renovation to satisfy my wife and her girls.
So that was the project for most of last week. Was it a lot of work? Yep. But was it fun too? Absolutely! Call us crazy, but my wife and I had a ball working out in the barn together making these renovations for her girls. We laughed together as we realized we were having more fun shoveling chicken poop from the barn than we did shoveling sand on the beach when we lived at Hilton Head. Don’t get me wrong, the beach was beautiful and we loved living there but this is home, not only to us but to our family of animals as well.
So what’s the moral of this story? Don’t be driven by peer pressure or your neighbors’ expectations. Don’t fall into the trap of believing you’ll be happy if only you could have a bigger house, a fancier car, more money or more of …………………….; you fill in the blank.
What’s YOUR dream? Don’t tell me you’re too old to have one. All of us need dreams and I encourage you to chase your dream while there’s still time and you still have your health. But make sure that while you’re chasing your dream, you give thanks to the Lord for it and for your health to pursue it.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitingAngelsofCentralGA/ to see pictures of the Cadillac Coop. I hope you approve.
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!
Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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