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Most people probably wouldn’t call where I live a farm we do have three chickens and a pig in addition to an assortment of cats and dogs and goldfish.

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Life loops. Chores

I have always seen life as a series of loops. Things that happen over and over that old people see more clearly than young people. The way of the world in a constant repetition starting with day after day, week after week, year after year but also the loops of society...

Most people probably wouldn’t call where I live a farm we do have three chickens and a pig in addition to an assortment of cats and dogs and goldfish.

My first dog show

My first dog show

My sister owns and breeds Havanese dogs for show. This year, I was asked to come along and take photographs and videos but I stayed in the club booth for aa lot of the time, and sold a lot of merch.

Blah blah blah Tuesday

Blah blah blah Tuesday

I don't really feel like doing anything today. Even this blog was a chore. I almost just typed blah and saved it at that. Today is one of those days where I take mental stock of my situation and blah is the best I can come up with. It's better in most ways than it was...

I’m wounded and sore

I got beaten up earlier this evening. Knocked down into a pile of shit. My knee hurts and I was bleeding on my shin and ass. I'm still sore and have not slept because I'm sore in my usual sleep positions. I would say; you should see the other guy but I hardly got a swing in. He took me totally by surprise when I wasn't looking. I thought I did nothing but who knows. Maybe I did something to set...

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Today was a good day

Today was a good day

Today was a good day. I didn't sleep during the day and I got a lot of stuff done including some backlog work with a customer I actually avoided for over 2 weeks. I made up and he didn't seem too upset. It's not really a lie to say it was a health reason I was unavailable for the last three weeks for him. The world is accepting mental health as a real thing these days. I didn't have to elaborate...

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Less blogging as expected

It's not that my life is more exciting when I'm using drugs, it's that I sleep more when I'm not. My life has about the same level of excitement either way but when I am sleeping, I'm less likely to blog. Ironically, I've had some pretty amazing dreams the past week that we're definitely blog worthy but I don't stay up long enough to actually get up and start writing. Today I'm trying to break...

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Beautiful Ontario Spring Afternoon

Beautiful Ontario Spring Afternoon

I don't know what the temperature is, but I'm happy to sit outside in my backyard chair and watch the dogs jump around and play with each other in the sunlight just before the evening starts. It's early February and more often than not this week would still be snow covered and cold but today there is sunlight and It's the kind of day that Ontario calls spring. My breath still creates a slight...

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Super Pig. Super Powers

Super Pig. Super Powers

They say that pigs are supposed to be one of the most intelligent animals in the animal kingdom. I haven't seen an example of that with my pig. Oops I mean the pig that I take care of during the week, but to be fair there's not a lot of intelligence that's needed to sleep and eat and poop and repeat. This pig doesn't really have the opportunity to shine. Its life is rather dull and there isn't...

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Mmmm… That’s good hot slop

Mmmm… That’s good hot slop

The new routine at least for the winter is pig slop, heated for 5 minutes on high. It stinks up the kitchen because the stove isn't clean, and as far as I can tell from the pig's body language, he not only doesn't care, I think he prefers it cool. But I'm heating it up again today. A Friday special and I'm a little bit early to the kitchen anyway. The dogs have been in a mood. They usually get...

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Half Random. Half Planned

Half Random. Half Planned

My morning routine. Actually my whole day's routine is split into two different methods. There are part that I do on time every day specifics and then there are parts that are handled by the randomness of the dog's moods. Feeding the pig and the chickens is pretty much on a scheduled routine and berries extremely little between days. Tending to the dogs however it's unpredictable and...

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4pm early bird special

4pm early bird special

I managed to squeeze in an hour nap between 2:00 and 3:00. I'm always a tiny bit concerned that once I'm asleep after a longer binge like this I won't wake up for anything for a while. I'll ignore alarms and ringing and all sorts of things but it's not always the case. More often, I sleep in shorter segments like I did today. 1 hour at a time waking up regularly and then eventually crashing for...

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Day Three. Things I’ve done wrong.

Day Three. Things I’ve done wrong.

I started back at my responsibilities of daytime animal feeder. It's an easy task, and yet I've made several errors in the three days since he went back to work. It worried me that I might actually be getting old soon and my ADHD distractions combined with drug use, depression and everything else. I make mistakes. It sucks. I do things without thinking, and consequences range from mild to harsh....

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Last post for a crappy Wednesday

Last post for a crappy Wednesday

I'm posting this blog standing outside the chicken coop but 5:30 p.m. and it's still light enough to see. That's a good sign. Everything else about today didn't work out so well. Standing outside chicken coop because the pig woke up and he wants fat even though that was an hour ago he seems to think it's morning. He's grumpy in the morning. I'm grumpy too because I'm having to blog on an...

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My life as a pig

My life as a pig

Everyday my life includes feeding the pig twice a day. Once in the morning, and once around 4:30. I just finished the 4:30 feeding although I have to go back in a little while and close up the chicken coop for the night. I've been in a reflective mood today and feeding the pig in the winter time made me a little bit sad because I personify human emotions to the animals I take care of.The life of...

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I have upset the pig

I have upset the pig

I fed the pig at around 4:30 this afternoon. It's usual bedtime in the winter. I was blogging a little bit outside while the weather is still nice enough to do that, and I was having a little bit of fun. Then I got distracted and went inside without completing the process of the evening feed.I even joked about how it was a pretty easy job when I got back to my room. Even easy jobs can be done...

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Dinner for lunch

Dinner for lunch

I slept in an extra hour before getting up to feed the hens there lunch. The dogs eventually nagged me into waking up and coming out to feed them. Initially I couldn't find the hens. They had hidden themselves somewhere warm on the property and I walked around shaking their food which usually does the trick cause them to come running but they wouldn't. As I laid out their food and one of the...

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Still nice enough

Still nice enough

It's still nice enough to sit outside a little bit officially feeding the animals. Canadian t-shirt weather. Today it looks like I'm feeding the official hens, and several bold unofficial friends. I'll let the pig stay inside this morning instead of making his way outside as I often do in the winter months. He seems content to wake up, eat and then return to his near hibernation slumber. The...

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Happy to see me

Happy to see me

It may be cyber Monday to much of the world but to the pigs in the hens it's just another day and they're hungry. It's 7:30 a.m. and one of the chickens it already worked its way out of the chicken coop to greet me at the door The others were happy to see me as I opened up the chicken coop with food in hand and fresh water.It's nice to be wanted.

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The Hens Taste Buds.

The Hens Taste Buds.

I'm not exactly sure what changed or if it was just my observation that has become more acute. I suspect the real reason I'm only noticing this food choice now, is because it has become cold enough for the rats to hibernate. When I feed the chickens, there are two different types of food that I mixed together for them each time. One type is the palate style grain and the other type is a preset...

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Living in a fishbowl (tank)

Living in a fishbowl (tank)

I used to hate the idea of an owning fish because they had such a dull life I always felt sad for them. People would say they don't care or they don't know or they have short memories but I never really believed that.I think it's kind of funny that people are so concerned about whales and dolphins in captivity and yet everyday people buy fish and fish tanks without guilt.But since I have a fish...

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I’m a sucker for sad stories and idiots

I’m a sucker for sad stories and idiots

The two original chickens that I call the pigeon sisters are cute to watch but they are pretty dumb. They suffer from something called FOMO which the teenagers tell me is the fear of missing out. They are more interested in whatever I'm doing than the food I have put down for them seconds before If I put food down in two different locations they will only eat the food at the newest one I've come...

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The Sunday that was a weekday

The Sunday that was a weekday

I'm sitting outside with a beautiful bright blue sky at 7:30 a.m. I'm pretty sure the clocks changed on me last night but in this digital world I don't have anything to do anymore. It's automated and I didn't actually know up until now whether the clocks went forward or backwards. I guess it's fall ahead so what I'm looking at is what would have been 8:30 yesterday. To add to this confusion,...

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The Pigeon Sisters

The Pigeon Sisters

We only have three hands left on the farm now that the rooster and his two orange soldiers have been taken back home. He left us with the loner, the one I call crow who sadly no longer looks very healthy. The other two were the ones I formally referred to as the weak hands but since they are now unbothered by the rooster and the new crew, they have returned to the top of the coop and are doing...

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Barking dogs

Barking dogs

Have you ever noticed that when dogs are doing irritating things, and you can't stop them, but the second you turn the camera on they stop doing it?

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Wakey wakey

Wakey wakey

I only woke up twice last night and I only had to pee one of those times. Then I woke up about 5:15 a.m. and was going to get up and start my day and then suddenly the 7am alarm went off. I don't actually come out and open the chicken coop and feed the animals till about 8:00 a.m. now because it stays dark and it's reasonably cold so I suspect they are quite content to sleep that extra half...

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Weird shit… Literally.

Weird shit… Literally.

I wish I had taken a photo, although I suspect your glad I didn't. I was sitting out in the garden waiting for the pig to realize there's no more food and walk back into his nighttime home so I can put the blanket over him. The dogs have given up their wandering and are back by me waiting to be let inside because it's kind of cool and damp out here today. As I sat down to write the last blog I...

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The horrible rodent hunters

The horrible rodent hunters

The title of this blog could be read as horrible rodents, or horrible hunters. I suppose both are equally true. There are many rats on this property although they don't get in my way too often they can occasionally startle me. The dogs however would love to catch one but they're horrible at it. The female, is the one that most loves to hunt but she's not a hunting dog by any means she's not...

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The rooster seems horny this morning

The rooster seems horny this morning

I just got back inside from feeding the pigs this morning and I leave food both in the chicken coop for the late riser chickens and a nice dish outside for the rooster and the two red hens that came out quickly this morning. They will eat what they need and then I'm sure the pig will finish off their plate after he's finished with his. The thing that I found humorous was the horniness of the...

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The early bird special

The early bird special

It's the first nice day after 4 days of rain so the animals are happy to be outside. I am too. Fall in Ontario It's a season that most people seem to like. At least they post online that it's their favorite season while the colors are still changing and there's lots of orange everywhere. As we get further into November and the trees are empty and everything is gray fall is no longer people's...

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Face to face with terror

Face to face with terror

The title of this blog post is a little dramatic. I was actually face to face with cuteness. Tiny little rats are cute. Last night when I was putting the pig blanket on the pig, I found myself staring face to face with a rat. It was so cute I had to smile. It was frozen in place of course hoping that I wouldn't notice. Hoping they wouldn't see it and become a predator. The rats on this farm are...

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The running of the hens

The running of the hens

One of these days hopefully before the winter comes I will remember to bring my tripod down and set it up so that I can catch I have to pre-planned this precisely, because the the run of the hens. It has become one of the highlights of my otherwise doll weekdays. I 1 set the tripod up along the sidewalk that has become their main path from the to the area where I feed them. I have to pre-planned...

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Discovering an OOPS the next day.

Discovering an OOPS the next day.

Most times I make an error, I know immediately because it's obvious. Something falls over or fails. Sometimes somebody else finds out for me, which I hate. Today I discovered my mistake this morning. It confused me at first. I couldn't believe it. A lot of times when an error is pointed out to me I am amazed that it happened. After 50 years of life and people pointing out my errors I realized I...

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It’s so easy to be spoiled

It’s so easy to be spoiled

Since I don't have a car, I have adopted to the idea of having everything delivered to me. I could take the bus now that I found it's not as expensive or inconvenient as I once thought it was, but the convenience of delivery allows me to not have to change my clothes and put on shoes and leave the house. For my Uber eats and my grocery delivery from Walmart, I don't even pay the delivery fees...

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8am wet food

8am wet food

It's not really raining hard this morning. I seem to be lucky so far this year that the rain is either before or after I need to go out and feed the animals. It was barely drizzling or spitting. I don't actually know if it was raining at all or if it was just the wet trees dripping on me. To my surprise the chickens and the pig both happily came out of their coop to find food. I wasn't fully...

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The Rooster came at me again.

The Rooster came at me again.

Just as I was starting to get used to the rooster walking closely to me, my confidence was shattered as it came at me three times. I didn't have my defensive cane but I shushed it away with my hands and no physical contact with made. He tried three times for no apparent reason but that's his way. It's reasonably clear to me but not certain that he likes to stand in my path even when that path is...

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The early bird special.

The early bird special.

So today I came out to feed the birds there 4:00 p.m. dinner and laid out a nice spread for them as usual minus the grain that has been decided they no longer need. I was cheerful and looking for them since they weren't around and I don't like to leave the food out in the open for long because then it goes to less deserving animals than the chickens. Unfortunately what happened was my cheerful...

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Sunday Subbing In

Sunday Subbing In

Starting to get a little chilly to sit outside at a quarter to six. The last feeding of the pig. Even though it's Sunday, the master is out somewhere possibly having a Thanksgiving dinner. I'm on backup duty.

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The world, she is a changing

The world, she is a changing

I don't know much about how the real world is changing but here on the farm the rooster and I have almost made up. He hung around me today close and didn't maintain eye contact which I take as a sign of trust. The pig was also out of the coop wondering the backyard it 10 to 6:00, so I guess I have to start coming to feed him a little earlier than previous nights. Soon it will be quite dark by...

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Funny Hen Habits

Funny Hen Habits

I keep changing my mind as to whether or not chickens are smart or stupid. I suppose, just like any other animal, they have certain things that they are aware of and good at and other things that they just can't comprehend. I think when it comes to food they probably have some memory that lets them know I'm the guy that brings them food. They also remember I'm the guy that occasionally has more...

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He’s found a new way to annoy me

He’s found a new way to annoy me

The feud between the rooster and I has calmed. It's easy to spot his intentional change in attitude as he clearly walks in directions away from me or around me even when the other hands walk right by me. He can't avoid me because I'm the one that brings him his food in the morning and afternoon but it's clear he's not wanting to attack me as much. I've even gone out a few times without my...

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The dog that doesn’t eat treats.

The dog that doesn’t eat treats.

There isn't much more that I can say about that. I live with two dogs. The male one doesn't love treats but he certainly will eat them if I have my hand out. He follows me around and gives me that sad face if I have food. It's not his fact. He has a sad face all the time.I'm not supposed to feed the dogs treats or otherwise but sometimes it's nice to reward good behavior and it's been a life...

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Even A.I. Hates my Rooster

Even A.I. Hates my Rooster

This is pretty neat. I was offered a free trial of this Artificial Intelligence copywriting tool, and in the moment I couldn't think of any real practical use - so I entered two options. I hate my Rooster and Everybody hates Roosters. This is what it produced: Why I hate my Rooster: I never thought I would hate anything as much as I hate my rooster. He is the most annoying, loud, and obnoxious...

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I think I’m feeding the rats

I think I’m feeding the rats

Recently I have started paying a little bit more attention to how quickly the chickens finish their meals. As a child, and even as a young adult I suppose, my parents and friends were always commenting on how fast I ate. I would frequently be stuffing my mouth with food while I was chewing the previous mouthful. I don't think chickens do this. I was more referring to how much time they spend...

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No photos please.

No photos please.

I was surprised to find one of the hens dead today. Viciously dead. It was inside the chicken coop which was an odd place to find it. Right in the doorway where the other animal would have to walk past or over it to enter exit. Myself included I wasn't 100% sure what to do with it because if I left it in the chicken coop able to track the rats all the more. If I left it outside the chicken coop...

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Pig Tails

Pig Tails

Since I'm not responsible for putting the pig to bed each night I stay outside from the time of feeding to the time of rest and it's fun. I watch the animals in a new way sitting nearby. I watch the hilarity of the rats peeking out from their hiding spot to see if either the dog or I am around but if I'm not moving they apparently ignore me and as they approach the food I make a loud noise and...

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Fair Weather Wifi

Fair Weather Wifi

I decided to do something about the backyard Wi-Fi today. Last week I discovered it wasn't working and that as soon as I left the back porch, my phone transferred to using my data plan. Since I rarely leave my house, my data plan is set very low and I was making videos in the backyard sometimes This particular hen likes to visit me. Last week it jumped up on my lap and surprised me causing a bit...

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Pig in a wet blanket

Pig in a wet blanket

As it gets colder, my duties get a little bit more detailed. Not much, but a little bit more. I have to remember now that when the pig comes out to eat, I have to rush back into the coop and remove the blanket from the ground and place it hanging from the wall. Then approximately 20 minutes later or so, the pig has come back and is lying on the ground, but not on the blanket. That is a crucial...

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Chilly but fine

Chilly but fine

This is what fall weather is supposed to be like. With your shoes and perhaps a light jacket, it's nice to sit out for a while. The dogs aren't as impressed because there's no current sun beams for them to lay in but it's not like it's raining so they're not super eager to come inside. I don't walk around as much as their master so they tend to stay fairly stationary near me as if that's what I...

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Rooster Reminder

Rooster Reminder

Although I didn't expect to feed the hens today, I gave them some nice food around 4:00 and it was a good assortment of three different types of food. We have several locations we feed them into keep things interesting so I fed them at the northernmost elevated location that they seem to like. It's a beautiful sunny day today although it started off extremely cold in my room, so I took this...

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Surprise days off!

Surprise days off!

I woke up yesterday at 5am, which isn't unusual at all. I wake up all through the night. I can't quite explain why it's usually on the hours, like 3am, 4am or 5am within a few minutes. Yesterday it was 12am, 2am and 5am. When I wake around 5,it's the time he leaves the house for work, so I noticed he wasn't following the normal 5am routine. He was still here at 5:20 and 5:30. Weird. I fell back...

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I wonder why I screw up so often

I wonder why I screw up so often

It's weird. I don't try and make mistakes but I do. More than the average I suspect. Today's a good example. I just finished the 620 feeding of the pig where the chickens get a little bit of bread just to stay away whe the pig eats. As I sit down in my bed afterwards, deciding what they're going to watch TV or not, I realized that it's not yet 5:00 p.m. and that was supposed to be the 4:20...

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Hens are dumb

Hens are dumb

There are a couple of weaker hens that get extra attention occasionally. If they don't come out because of the weather or whatever reason we sneak into the chicken coop and feed them a private dish. They were out in the bright sunlight today a little before noon when the dogs barked and I decided to come feed them. As two of the weaker hands approached me I put a little bit of chicken feed down...

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Brothers and sisters

Brothers and sisters

I'm not officially allowed to talk a lot about the animals. However since this blog breaks lots of official rules, and I'd be in a huge trouble if it gets discovered by the house, I figure an occasional story is okay. It's fun watching animals with an adult analytic mind. They're not really my pets but they are under my care during the day and I get to see their personalities in an interesting...

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Sad & Worried -and scared

Sad & Worried -and scared

A flurry of emotions runs through me every time one of the indoor cats gets outdoors. Today it was extra sneaky and I couldn't avoid it. I tried my best but the big fat cat got out. I'm told not to worry as he gets out often and always comes back but lately he's been picking a fight or something with the neighbors. The other two cats get outside just to experience it and they seldom leave the...

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Darn those black cats

Darn those black cats

Did I say I liked the black cats? I do until they do something irritating I suppose, and then that case it could be any colored cat but in the specific case of this household it's always the black cats that are causing the chaos. The males. The house is divided into two sections with a door dividing them. The females stay in the upstairs section with a little bit more space because there's more...

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Three cats. I’m so happy.

Three cats. I’m so happy.

I'm always happy when I can count all three cats in the kitchen. That means I didn't let any getaway and none of them are outside in the reasonable cold. On Sunday night one of the cats was out overnight and I wasn't able to confirm that it ever made it home until just now and I wasn't able to confirm that it ever made it home until just now when I saw three in the kitchen. I'll admit it. I've...

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OOPS. I didn’t notice it rained

OOPS. I didn’t notice it rained

Shortly after I fed the chickens on the rooster this morning it rained so their food kind of turned to mush. That makes them extra hungry at lunch time and I'm feeding them up on the porch under the roof right in my way. However, I did get my stick back so I feel like I have a defense against the rooster, even when he's right in my path.

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Another surprise lunge

Another surprise lunge

Is that how you spell lunge? As I was speeding the hens and the rooster I held my baseball bat to the side while I poured the food from above onto one of the dishes as I was going towards the second dish the rooster came at me surprisingly fast. I didn't have time to block and I spilled the chicken scratch all over the ground and sidewalk instead of in their dish. To be honest, they probably...

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I’m self aware. I have tricks to make my life better.

I’m self aware. I have tricks to make my life better.

Although he's a decade older than me, many of our mental issues are similar. It's surprises me somewhat that he has not figured out some of the most basic tricks that people like us use to make life better. The one I'm referring to today is having a place for things. I always put my keys in the same place. I always put my shoes in the same place. This is less important when I live out of one...

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My (his) defence stick is gone

My (his) defence stick is gone

I'm pretty sure the rooster didn't take it and I walked the grounds looking for it. Last time it was my fault and it was just outside but this time it looks like he's used it and put it down somewhere. I'm going to assume not intentionally and not maliciously but it feels personal. Only because I talk about it occasionally with him so he knows it was my best line of defense against the rooster....

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8am. I let the dogs out. Oof oof

8am. I let the dogs out. Oof oof

They don't seem to like waking up when I ask them at 7:00 a.m., but they let me know what 8:00 a.m. it's time to pee. It's a nice chill September morning so I come outside with them. The chickens have eaten and are down the yard so I don't feel like I need my defense stick. I hope that doesn't turn out to be a problem because the rooster is now here standing on a high perch staring at me. I'm on...

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