I was in the bathroom when I heard my husband come back from his run. The little babe proceeded to give him the play by play of the morning and I stood behind the closed door listening to what she said. "Mom is having a rough morning. She threw Ruby in the front hall because she was barking loud and she put Lola in the bathroom. The chickens were making noise, but didn't lay an egg." I entered the kitchen and said that yes, it was a rough morning, in fact it was one of the Top 10 Worst Feedings Ever for the dogs. People might think that a house with five dogs is always loud, but that really isn't the case. Most of the time you would never guess that we have five of them hidden around the house. However, twice a day, you would think that we have ten dogs, not just five. As I get their food ready, one dog makes no noise and waits patiently at his spot, one dog entertains herself with a toy, two dogs bark because they are afraid of the last dog, who is sticking her head through a cat door making a horrendous noise in the direction of the other two. Add in four cats who were just wailing for their own food, a little babe who declares she needs a dipe change RIGHT NOW, and chickens who are clucking up a fit like a fox is in the chicken yard. Arrgh! My husband recently bought me my own ear muff protectors because our vacuum cleaner has suddenly because super loud. It is so ear piercing loud that my ears actually ring after vacuuming, so I have been pulling my hair over my ears and donning a winter hat in an attempt to save my hearing. I only vacuum when the dogs are outside and I send the little babe into another part of the house. It is ridiculous. Unfortunately, I forgot about the ear muffs during the chaos this morning - it would have made my morning much more enjoyable if I could have taken care of the breakfast routine in peaceful muffled oblivion.
The antidote for a morning like that? I declare that we are going on a walking adventure, somewhere quiet with no pets, and so we pack up some sun tea, iced coffee, crackers, and set off up on the street. A walk in the woods, some tree climbing, playground time, and three hours later I'm ready to return home to the crew.