And next I got flogged in the face by our Alpha rooster Emery. He was out of the backyard with his hens that day and I had a sun hat on because I was still taking the Bactrim from my illness and it makes you extremely sensitive to sunlight. Well he has gotten very aggressive with people and I bent over to pick something up and he took full advantage to run over and flog me....he nearly put my eye out, as it was only about an inch away. He got me over the right eyebrow and on my left cheek with his claws. Luckily is spurs aren't much of a threat right now and luckily for me that I didn't pass our from all of the blood....yes, I have what is called an involuntary vasovagal response, that causes me to get dizzy and pass out at the sight and smell of blood...what's worse is that it doesn't always happen...only sometimes, like when I am trying to clean my 6 year old's cut finger! It is frustrating for sure at times because I cannot control when or IF it happens and really blood in and of itself doesn't bother me..... but I have had it my whole life! So anyhoo, the cut over my eye didn't stop oozing blood until late that evening...I had a headache for sure and was very sore for the next few days. If you have never seen a rooster flog something or someone....they kick with their feet(purpose being trying to put out the objects eyes with their sharp toenails) or spurs and beat the "floggee" with their wings.....no this may not seem all that threatening but I assure you, I heard "drumming" when he hit me and it addled me to the point that it knocked me down. Needless to say, I stay away from him now(no we didn't cull him because he IS a good rooster and the thought of that makes me sick to my stomach!)
However, on to the good news! We finally started to warm up here and we were able to get our garden started! YAY! Then our Silkie Hen Lin hatched her very first brood(see previous post for adorable pics!) AND we got 8 more baby chicks...ALL girls thank goodness....3 Buff Orpingtions, 3 Ameracaunas and 2 Jersey Giants. Their names are: for the Buffs: Ginger, Saffron and Juniper, the Ameraucanas: Opal, Gardenia and Zinnia, and the Jerseys: Matilda and Delphinia(Delphi for short). I have to say that the Ameracauna's are the absolute sweetest baby chicks we have ever gotten! They will literally fall asleep in your hand. SO CUTE!EEK! The videos were shot by my oldest son Sebastian and the song is by AudioLounge on YouTube and it's called "Live Your Life Happy".
In other news, I just released my first shawl pattern called Wildflower and Wood and if you are interested, the pattern is available on Ravelry or here for $3.50 USD:
Wildflower and Wood is a square shaped shawl that fits perfectly over the shoulders and wraps soundly around the neck for that extra touch of comfort. The shape and color of the shawl reminded me of flower petals and that beautiful contrast at the edge of the woods, where wildflowers and wood meet in perfect harmony. Knitted in squishy Malabrigo Rios, this shawl will be perfect for those chilly inside summer days with air conditioning and will carry you through the fall into cold weather.
Annnnd here are the pictures: