While I'm being negative, let me take a minute to talk to all the people who are looking to get chickens this spring. The chicks are cute, super fluffy, darling little chirps. I wish I could buy a chick a day, I just love them. Chickens are cool too. They either give eggs or meat and I can't argue with that plus there is something satisfying in seeing them peck around the yard at things invisible. The way they crow after they lay an egg or stupidly freak out when a gust of wind blows or a small bird flies overhead or anything else changes in their environment, it's hard not to enjoy them. But you need to know if you are in the Northwest and you have chickens you will likely have some sort of a mud pit and you still have to clean out their coop not to mention feed and water the chickens in the winter. I obviously think it's totally worth it but it's not all fun and games and eggs, it's chores and muck and poo too.
On another random note, check out my Camellia flower. The shrub just started blooming and since it's all wet outside and we like flowers in the house my daughter took it upon herself to snip, pull and shake a few down. She's just like me - "Look, a flower, let's cut it down!"