Lesson 1087 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

I’m really trying to stop setting my plays in this one fictional town in Vermont.” – Annie Baker

Last weekend, Marc and I had a chance to spend the day in Vermont. For those of you who may not be able to visit that great state, here are a few photos from our journeys:

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Rose hips, if you dry them out and use them as tea in the winter, you will never get scurvy.

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From the land of Cabot cheese and Ben & Jerry’s, trust me, Vermont has cows.

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Snow is never far from your mind if you live in Vermont.

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You have to do something with all the rocks you find in those fields.

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Oh yeah, Vermont also has this going on.

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This is the inside of a covered bridge – a stunning work of art.

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Looking down from a bridge onto a gorge – it was gorgeous (see what I did there?)

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We had dinner outside at the Norwich Inn where we sipped a local brew. Pretty much a perfect ending to a perfect day.

 

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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

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NO CROW Collar Winner

Using a random number generator the winner of the NO CROW collar set is Mamatothree. I’ll be getting in touch for information on where to send it.

We’re all looking forward to your feedback on how it works with your roos and as soon as I get your writeup, I’ll post it for everyone to see.

For those who didn’t win (and trust me, I would have liked everyone to have gotten at least one to try), check the collars out. Try one and if it works keep some ready for your flock.

This could be a valuable tool for those with neighbors who want to keep chickens in their backyards.

 

Wendy

 

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Lesson 1086 – Tiny Living in a Big House – Tiny step: Outgrown clothes basket

The power of tiny steps. If you don’t think that tiny steps make a difference when on a journey, listen to this story.

After I “tinified” the key rack and the side table, I found a basket of clothing just outside of my daughters’ bedroom. A tiny bit of a miracle in my estimation – my girls are voluntarily getting rid of stuff? Normally something like that might have stayed there (with everyone tripping over it) until I got around to “finding the time to go through it.” (hint, I almost never find the time to go through things like this.)

But you know what? The basket wasn’t that big, and besides, the casserole still had about 15 minutes to go (which meant that I *did* have the time), so I grabbed the clothes to do a quick sort. (Just making sure that they didn’t accidentally include their swim team bathing suit like they did one time – which then had to immediately be replaced – have you priced women’s race suits lately?) Within a few minutes, I had gone from this:

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To this:

Yes, I even gave the basket away because how many baskets does one family really need?

Yes, I even gave the basket away (after we found the handle) because how many baskets does one family really need?

And there was still time before the casserole was done.

The clothes were packed up and put in the car to be donated. A tiny (really tiny) step? you bet! But more stuff that we didn’t need has moved out of our big house and it feels good. We won’t get to the end of our journey today, and probably not even tomorrow, but be assured, we will eventually live tiny in a big house.

 

(yeah, I know our floors are trashed, it a combination of a very old house and a million scuffing feet – right now that’s the least of our worries, but someday…)

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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

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Lesson 1085 – Tiny Living in a Big House – Tiny step: Side Table

As you know I work… and I have six kids who are all home for the summer. This doesn’t add up to a lot of time for me to do much more than basic food prep and upkeep around the house (pair that with a dishwasher that is perpetually broken, a dog, and a flock, and, yeah, we have stuff to do.)

The other day, spurred on by my success with the key rack, I decided to tackle a small table that has forever sat in the corner of our living room. I decided to see what I could to make the situation, well tinier. I mean a step in the right direction is a step in the right direction, right?

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First of all, that table was made by my brother when he was in High School. He gave to me as a birthday present one year. If the house were on fire, I’d grab that table, there was no question that it stayed.

The lamp however, was a different story. There is a couch located just off to the right of that table. It’s a convenient place for people to be on their laptops, which means that they typically have to use the electrical plug behind the couch, which means that they unplug the lamp, which means that nobody plugs it back in.

Without exaggerating, that lamp has been unplugged for at least the last 5 years. Obviously we don’t need it – out it went. Continue reading

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Lesson 1084 -NO CROW Collars – discussion

 

Yesterday when I put up information on the NO CROW collars, I had no idea of the kinds of opinions people would have on the matter. While most think that *if* this works, it would be great, there were a few who strongly disliked the idea.

But then I shouldn’t have been surprised, people tend to love and be protective of their flocks.

“It’s cruel.”
“If you don’t want to have roosters, you shouldn’t have roosters.”

And while I agree with that last comment on some level, (once again, roosters do not belong in a backyard flock where you have close neighbors) I also know that with our very first surprise rooster, Betty (“Bet he’s” a rooster) I would have tried anything if it meant we could keep her/him in our flock. We hadn’t planned on a rooster, but as so often happens when you have chicks, we ended up getting one.

I feel so strongly about the rooster situation that I taught myself how to cull a chicken so that not only could I put a sick or injured chicken down, but that I would also be available to locals who could not get rid of their roosters. When I teach my chicken classes, I always include a short segment on culling.

Do I like doing it? No. Will I continue to offer this service? Yes. We live near a river, a quick cull is far better than abandoning in the woods or throwing in the water. Sometimes people get desperate. Continue reading

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Lesson 1083 -NO CROW Collars (+ giveaway)

I don’t normally do “giveaways” on my blog. Nothing irritates me more than going to a blog and seeing a post that’s really an advertisement for an item. And if you want to get a chance in winning it, you need to:

  • Comment
  • Tweet
  • Put something on Facebook
  • Sign-up for the blog
  • Give up the rights of your first-born child

I know it’s a (cheap) way to generate traffic to your blog, but I’d just rather work on telling stories.

Having said that, guess what??? Today I’m offering a giveaway!!!!

Little background – I recently wrote an article in Backyard Poultry about ways to keep roosters quiet. One of the methods I wrote about was something called the NO CROW collar. The collar was a stiff band that went around the rooster’s neck preventing him from taking a deep breath.

It sounded like a great idea and so I included the information. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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