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About Wendy Thomas

Wendy is a journalist, writer, blogger and the Tech Blog Manager at Constant Contact.

Lesson 1104 – Tiny Living in a Big House – Tiny step: Souvenirs

As many of you know, I was recently at the U.S. Open. It’s a yearly thing where I meet up with some of the people I met while at tennis camp. We all catch up on what’s happened in the last year. Where the kids are in school now, how much we’re playing recreationally and what the current injury situation is (let’s face it, if you’ve played tennis for a few years, you usually have a few aches.)

At the Open, they tend to hand out things. Lots of things. Over the years, they’ve distributed fans, water misters, radios, cookies, posters, and other items.

It was not enough for me to get just one of these trinkets. I’d always pick up 6 of everything – one for each kid – and usually some extras on top of that (just in case.) This of course, meant that I spent much of the U.S. Open lugging around a large bag of *stuff.* It was okay, though, it made *me* feel better about leaving the flock behind.

But times have changed. I’ve realized that I was bringing home all of these souvenirs in an effort to share my experience with everyone else and there are better ways to do that than bringing home half a dozen samples of chocolate covered cookies (even if they are delicious.)

This year, I didn’t get any samples, I bought nothing home for the kids except for stories.

I told them that I saw the number one (1!!!) men’s player in the world play tennis.

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I told them that I saw a structure that had been built for the New York World’s fair.

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I told them that I had a fantastic time catching up with an old friend from high school. (hi Joe)

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I told them that on the outer courts, we were sometimes so close, that we could have touched a world class tennis player. (But I didn’t)

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I told them that my Lego Mama Hen got to sit in the base line judge’s chair (it was between matches and no one saw me.)

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I even told them that the food vendor we went to because it had the shortest line ended up having the best food we’d ever had at the Open.

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Were my kids upset that I didn’t bring them anything? Not at all. No one pouted, no one cried, and no one said I was a bad mama hen. “We usually just threw them out anyway, mom” they told me. Instead, they listened to my stories. They asked questions and when I was done they said, “Sounds like you had a great time, Mom, glad you could go.”

Living tiny means realizing that many souvenirs you bring home are actually for *you* more than they are for others.

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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 1103 – Road Trip

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So guess where I’m headed to for the next few days? (while Marc stays behind and tends to the flock(s).)

A friend I met from Tennis Camp organizes a yearly trip and I get to stay with his family for the days we attend the U.S. Open. I only see them once a year so there’s a lot to catch up on (oldest child left the nest for college, mom went to Italy, family went all over the U.S. hiking.) I get to meet with good friends while we watch some of the world’s best tennis.

Going to the Open is an event where I face crowds, eat outrageously priced food, and sit in the nosebleed seats to watch what look like tiny ants wearing clothing that I’ll never fit into and I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT.

I love the game of tennis. I love to play it. I love the smell of the courts, the action of competition, the skill involved, and yes, even when ants are playing, I love to watch it.

Not sure I’ll be online but I will be posting photos of Mama Hen at the US Open on my Instagram account – wendy.thomas1) so you might not hear from me until Wednesday (although I am going to try my hardest to put up some chicken/tennis stories – of which I’m sure, there will be many.)

Love to all. (See what I did there?) See you when I get back.

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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.

Like what you read here? Consider subscribing to this blog so that you’ll never miss a post. And feel free to share with those who may need a little chicken love.

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Lego people wanted for Amazing Lego Mama Hen Adventures

Soooo, if anyone has any unused Lego people lying around their house, Lego Mama Hen and I would appreciate it if you sent them to live in our flock (or I could take a photo of them with Amazing Lego Mama Hen and send them back to you.)

I think Amazing Lego Mama Hen needs to expand her adventures.

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This is Lego Mama Hen’s good friend Yorik. She knows him well.

 

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Lesson 1102 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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We bought Trevor back to Norwich University, Vermont. This is a picture of a bridge on campus that rooks (freshmen) are not allowed to use. Trevor as a sophomore can now use this bridge. It’s just one more step in his military journey.

We go into the weekend still without a stove. One has been ordered but because we wanted to check out another store (we ended up not going with that one) by the time we got back to the first store, the Saturday deliver date had closed and we were now looking at Monday afternoon.

No worries, if there is one thing I know how to do, it’s come up with a solution to a problem and besides, weren’t grills invented for the summer, losing electricity, and for when your stove kicks the bucket? Continue reading

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Lesson 1101 – Charlie remembers

Although we have several chickens in our flock (all with their own stories) the one I am asked the most often about is: Charlie.

When Charlie was born, her deformed feet (curled and webbed) pretty much assured that she was not going to have a happy and long life. I took a chance and brought her home. With my son’s assistance, I performed surgery to release the webbing, splinted her toes to straighten them out and then I gave her chicken physical therapy (up on the roost, off of the roost, up on the roost, etc.) Charlie ended up living as a pet in our house for 6 months (I know, I know) and became as much a member of our family as anyone else. If someone was watching TV, Charlie would be there sitting on a shoulder watching the show along with all of us. Charlie loved the Super Bowl and in particular, she loved those little bagel pizzas that always seem to come with the game.

As Charlie got older, I set up a nest near my desk and she would spend hours, sitting in her nest watching me type (which is why when she pecked a letter off of Marc’s keypad, I was convinced she was simply trying to emulate “mom”.) Continue reading

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Lesson 1100 – Lyme Disease update + DIY air purifier

6 of us visited with our Lyme doc yesterday.We don’t have to go often and because he is located about an hour away from us, I try to schedule everyone at once.

I sat in his office while each of the kids came in one at a time (I was reminded of Henry Ford’s assembly line.)

  • One kid who was newly infected this summer (found an embedded tick and within two weeks was in bed with a flu, intermittent fever, and headaches) completed his one month supply of antibiotics. Because this is the second time he’s been treated for Lyme and because he’s in a high risk situation (lots of hiking) the decision was made to continue him on meds for a full 2 more months. If you catch it early enough and hit it hard enough, Lyme can be controlled with a steady, long dose of antibiotics.

Compare that to a mom who contacted me when her son got the tick bulls-eye rash. He was put on antibiotics by his non-LLMD for 2 weeks. Continue reading

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Lesson 1099 – All in a summer’s day

I’m been getting a lot of questions from people who either have Lyme disease or suspect that they may have gotten it (after all we’ve had a great summer perfect for hiking.) It’s encouraging to hear that people are asking questions and challenging what their Doctors are prescribing (or not.) This afternoon five of us have our checkups with our LLMD, I’ll give you a progress report on how everything’s going tomorrow.

In the meantime, this has been the summer of day trips. Last weekend we visited an historic boarding house in Portsmouth, NH where John Paul Jones once stayed. Jones was made the “the father of the U.S. Navy” by Roosevelt mainly due to his statement when asked to surrender by the British – “I have not yet begun to fight.”

Apparently he was a kick butt kind of guy (he was also dug up from under the streets in Paris and his corpse brought back to the U.S. but I digress.)

Props to John Paul Jones, but this guy creeped us all out a little bit.

Props to John Paul Jones, but this guy creeped us all out a little bit.

The house also happened to be where the Portsmouth Peace treaty was signed between the Russians and the Japanese. Pretty interesting stuff right around the corner, all you have to do is look.

We’ve been to many regional activities this summer. Thought I’d share a few of the photos from some of those adventures.

At first, we weren’t too sure about this fair. It seemed, well, a little ominous.

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But then my daughters saw the vendors and we knew everything was going to be okay. Continue reading

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