How about a lighthearted distraction? Our ducks love it when it’s warm enough for their kiddie pools to be out, even in winter. Because they’ll bathe as long as there’s water available – even if the temperatures are below freezing – we dump the pools at evening feeding time (and put them away), so that they’ll be dry when they go into their coop at night.
Here are a few photos of them washing off the mud (ubiquitous at this time of year, to my chagrin) and just having a good time.
Watching these funny ducks run around (Runners really are aptly named) – their only concern to find a spot in one of the multiple pools before the geese show up – helps me regain and maintain perspective. Farm life has a way of doing that.