Well, I'm feeling much better today thanks to uplifting words from many of you and my sister. Thank you so much for your support. It's funny that the internet can spread such venom and lies, but it can also be a port in a storm---a port full of complete strangers. Thanks again. :)
Fall is coming! I can feel it in the air this morning and I'm thrilled. The wind is coming from the North for the first time in months.
The two main signs of impending weather change, whether the temperature supports it or not are: acorns on the oak trees and moulting chickens.
I wish I believed in the old time weather predictor of "lots of acorns means a harsh winter." In the nearly 20 years I've lived in Texas, many acorns do not mean harsh winters.
As for moulting chickens. It always make me laugh when folks come over who don't have chickens and see mine in their varying stages of 'undress'. The chicken yard starts to look like a chicken blew up because there are so many feathers laying about. One poor hen in particular looks downright raggedy when she moults. She's always the last to go too. I worry she'll freeze when the cold winds begin to blow. She just snuggles in with the other girls extra tight at night.