Lesson 1082 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

IMG_20140720_161623156_HDR“Every summer has its own story.” 

 

I know, I know, everyone says it so often these days, but I can’t help it.

I can’t believe that it’s the end of another week! My goodness it was just yesterday that Marc and I were at the fair walking around livestock and eating corn-on-the-cob. And now we are entering into yet *another* weekend (not complaining, mind you, just continually surprised at how fast time seems to be going.)

This weekend, I’ll be presenting on a writers’ panel at Bookstock which will be held in Woodstock, Vermont. I and two other writers from our blog – New Hampshire Writers Network – will be talking about the mechanics and growing pains of having and writing for a group blog, and how writing for a blog has helped our careers and/or writing.

I’ll be speaking from NHWN’s point of view, but I could also be talking from my Lessons Learned from the Flock point of view.

Even though I may have some assignments breathing down my neck, every weekday, I try my hardest to get a post up on this blog. I don’t do it for money (I don’t have advertising here, what you may see is generated from WordPress) I do it for the love of storytelling. My reward?

I get feedback like this from a reader. This is Pam’s “before” shot -

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And here is her “after” shot -

Pam's after

Way to rock tiny living Pam! It’s things like this that make it all worthwhile.

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 Be safe, go out in the sun, and I’ll see you all next week.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 1081 – Tiny Living in a Big House – Tiny step: Key Rack

As you’ve read, I am determined to live tiny in our big house. What this means is that we are going to get rid of things we don’t need, try to only keep the things that we do need, and organize what’s left.

The problem with living in a large house (with 6 kids) however, is that tasks like decluttering, purging, downsizing, and organizing can be incredibly overwhelming. Although I know I should gut the TV room, when I walk in and see all the DVD’s (and yes, even some VHS tapes), the books, and the stuff that has been dropped down by the kids and forgotten, my inclination is not to purge, my inclination is to turn away and run. It seems that no one wants to pick up or put things away (or move anything out) in our house because they’ve figured out that mom will eventually do it.

But after spending 8 hours in front of a computer writing, when I’m done for the day, picking up and sorting are not exactly the first things I put on my to-do list.

So for people like me, living tiny is going to have to happen using tiny steps.

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Lesson 1080 – The stories I tell

The first time I saw the movie “Big Fish”, I thought to myself, hey that’s me. I. tell. stories.

I have been telling stories my entire life and while most of them are true, if I want to be honest, I have to admit that some of them might be a little embellished (but definitely not exaggerated, I would never exaggerate in a million years.) My kids have heard all of my stories many times over.

There’s the one when I was young and the boy who lived down the street threw a fire-cracker at my feet trying to scare me. I stood my ground and told him that if that firecracker hurt me then my dad was going to sue his dad (his dad was a Congressman.) After the firecracker sputtered out (it was just a tiny one, even I could see that) he realized what could have been and he apologized. Continue reading

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Lesson 1079 – Tiny living, blue jean aprons and flowers

Today I have a post on Hari Kaur Benzin’s blog – Tiny House Family about Living Tiny in a Big House. As many of you know, I want nothing more than to live in a tiny house, there’s just something about a place you could call your own. (A writing room of her own, perhaps?) For now, though, I’ll just have to be content with learning how to live tiny in a big house.

If tiny living and tiny houses intrigue you, pop over there and take a look. Also, look at the picture I included with my post – I managed to get Amazing Lego Mama Hen inside the tiny house – oh tricky me.

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Fantastic Blue Jean Aprons!

I put this one up on my Facebook page, but I was so tickled with it, I thought I’d share it on my blog as well. We went to the Stratham fair this weekend where there was a section of New Hampshire Made products. One vendor the Skinny Towel and Washcloth company  had these incredible blue jean aprons. They had two varieties (jean fronts and backs.) The straps are strips made from jean legs that are threaded through rivets at each the side of the apron and are long enough to wrap around and tie in front (it’s best if you thread the ties through the belt loops to keep the apron from sagging.) There is very little sewing, in fact, it looks like they just cut the pants (long enough to cover the pockets) and then sewed it with a serger to finish it off. Each apron was $10 (I also purchased some of the skinny towels because, well, what another great idea.) Continue reading

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Lesson 1078 – Multi-hued eggs

A friend recently tagged me on this Facebook photo and wanted me to explain to her friend what was going on with this egg.

It looks funny but it's normal.

It looks funny but it’s normal.

The short answer is that nothing is going on, that’s a perfectly normal egg. Go ahead and use it.

The longer answer is that when you lay an egg roughly every other day for years, there are likely to be occasional “blips.” Especially in the beginning.

If you have chickens long enough, you’ll see misshapen eggs, lumpy eggs (calcium deposits), zombie eggs (shell-less eggs), fart eggs (starter eggs) and even eggs inside of eggs. Mistakes happen, not all of life is perfect and neither are some eggs. Everything is fine, as long as some of these problems don’t happen more than “once in a while” (for example, many zombie eggs might be an indication that your flock needs more calcium.) Continue reading

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Lesson 1077 – Quotable Chicks

 

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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It’s five o’clock somewhere.” Jimmy Buffet

We only have so many chances for sparkling-fine summer days in our parts. When they do come, you can bet we take full advantage of each opportunity. This morning was filled with an outdoor swim meet (sun and water – best combination ever), followed by a visit to a local rib shack where we ate in the backyard at a picnic table, shaded by an umbrella, while listening to Jimmy Buffet music (with a cold beer or two in hand.)

Days like these are about as close as one can get to heaven on earth.

Meanwhile, those who couldn’t go with us, whether it was because of timing or work, stayed behind and pouted just a little bit.

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No worries, my little chicks. Summer has finally, finally come to New Hampshire. I’m sure we’ll have many more adventures in the bright sunny days to come and you’re more than welcome to join us when we do.

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 Be safe, go out in the sun, and I’ll see you all next week.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 1076 – Tiny chickens for a tiny house

I meant to get this post up earlier. You, who read my blog know that my posts *usually* get up before noon, buuttttt, I was reading a good book this morning (Conversion by Katherine Howe) and then I went and played tennis (can I just say that tennis outdoors on a sunny day is heaven.) After that my daughters wanted me to take them to get organizers (have you seen their messy room lately? I WILL NOT say “no” to a request for an organizer – let’s just say it gives me hope.) But enough is enough, the time has come and my seat is in chair – here we go:

Here’s a question: When you write about chickens and the dream of living in a tiny house someday, what does your friend send you? Continue reading

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