With winter comes a lot of winter cooking. Soups, stews, casseroles, I’ve written about some of the recipes our family has tried over the last few freezing months.
With all that chopping and cutting also comes this:
It’s inevitable. Even when you’re careful, vegetables like carrots can be harder than you had anticipated and the knife slips. It happens. In this particular case, it wasn’t a big deal. As a seasoned mama hen who still needed to get dinner on the table for the flock, I quickly dressed my finger with a non-hello-kitty bandage and pressed on with my stew.
But this is what happens to your bandage when you still have kids living at home (and it was a high schooler who decided to do this.) When they see that you have a bandage, they take your finger and they make you a friend.
Why have only a bandage when you can have a bandage buddy?
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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It has come to my attention that a group in Deltona, Florida has taken a portion of one of my blog posts regarding a solitary situation with a smelly coop and they are using it to support their arguments for not allowing backyard chicken flocks in their town due to smell.
Utter hogwash. I write for Backyard Poultry Magazine, Mother Earth News, Grit, and I hold chicken workshops throughout New Hampshire. I am in complete support of towns (and in some cases, cities) allowing residents to maintain a backyard coop – definitely 100% in that court. It’s the reason I go around the state and teach people how to care for a backyard flock. Continue reading
Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks
Sometimes you just need to be held
“Friendship is not a big thing …. it’s a million little things.” anon.
Even with all the snow on the ground, it’s time to start thinking about chicks. People and groups are starting to ask me to present information on how to get and care for those little Easter-card-worthy balls of fluff.
Last spring we added 12 new members to our flock and only one of them died. Those are pretty good odds when you purchase a slew of chicks from store bulk batches. We currently have a flock of 27 birds (provided we can make it to the other side of winter without any losses.) A good-sized backyard flock.
I shouldn’t want or need any more chickens. Continue reading
I mentioned last week that we had a check-up with the physician who is treating us for Lyme disease (and tick co-infections.) We have become so comfortable with this guy that he has become our family doctor, watching over and monitoring most of our family’s health.
With regard to Lyme disease, we seem to have kicked it out of our family (knock on wood) After about a year of steady antibiotic and supplement therapy, most of our symptoms are gone or greatly reduced. Continue reading
My son and I are HUGE House of Cards fans. We had been hearing about this series for a few years but only recently decided to look into it. Honestly, the show had me even before the opening credits rolled onto the screen.
All I can say is that I should have watched it earlier (although now I can binge watch all of the episodes in the first 3 seasons.)
“Cards” is easily one of the most intelligent and entertaining shows I’ve seen in a long time. It makes you physically squirm with anticipation and yell “Booyah!”, when a trap previously set snaps shut effectively ensnaring its prey. Absolutely outstanding.
And of course, because we are becoming mini-obsessed fans, I thought I’d pick up a Southern Style Cookbook in honor of the main character Frank Underwood who is an elected Congressman from the deep south. I mean, there is only so much mention of ribs, cornbread, slaw (always slaw) and sweet ice-tea that anyone can take before they start salivating. Continue reading