New Beginnings for 2016

This blog was started in 2009 and although it’s gone through a few revisions (the most notable being the change of focus from living thrifty to living with children and chickens – which when you come down to it, isn’t really that much different) it’s never had a true overhaul. As my life gets busier and busier, I don’t want my blog to suffer. And I don’t want to stop writing.

My writing is what connects me to the world. I’d just as soon stop my breathing than stop my writing.

As a writer, I’ve been told by countless people that I should write about what I know. The problem is that I’ve never been a one-trick writer. I like to know about different things and I like to share my experiences in order to teach others about what I’ve discovered. It’s how I make sense out of things. Unfortunately, this approach can lead to a little bit of confusion. “Just what is she going to talk about today?”

I’ve been thinking long and hard about this. Do I start other blogs with other focuses or do I keep it together and fractionate this one?

The answer is that I’m going to organize this blog under the umbrella of “mama hen” – the teacher, the carer, the mom. For 2016 (and hopefully onward) this blog will have a definite structure which will put all my many passions into their very own buckets. The schedule will look like this:

  • Monday – Lessons from the flock(s) and chicken specific information
  • Tuesday – What *I’m* learning (the Dave Ramsey financial course I’ll be taking, decluttering my house and life, living tiny etc)
  • Wednesday – Lyme disease related, treatment, diet, newest findings, and a (shh) Lyme related challenge that my son and I will be doing in the spring
  • Thursdays – Recipes for a thrifty budget, using seasonal produce and locally sourced food, cooking in a tiny kitchen, using a pressure cooker
  • Fridays – Time to teach – I’ll pass on what I know and what I teach in local classes. I’ll start with how to list things on ebay and then we’ll see how things go. Reader comments will play a big role in this category.

Having a schedules means that if you’re not interested in, say, the recipes section, you won’t have to visit here that day. If you really want to know how the Dave Ramsey course is going, you’ll be able to mark your calendars for Tuesdays, because that’s where that information will be.

And of course, if you want to read it all, you will be welcomed here every day.

My life will be getting even busier in the near future (let’s be realistic, when is it *not* really busy?) I’ll be teaching 2 classes this semester, working on some publications, being a mama hen to the kids, and there is the possibility that our family might be involved in a large project (no details yet, but when I can I’ll let everyone know.) By putting structure on this blog, I’m hoping it will help you as much as it will help me.

Best wishes for a bright and beautiful New Year from our flock to yours. See you on Monday.




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

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Filed under Inspiration, Personal, Points to ponder, The Family

2 responses to “New Beginnings for 2016

  1. Sarah

    Wendy, I’m looking forward to peering into all your buckets during 2016. Thanx for continuing to entertain and inform and even enlighten with your writing!

    • Wendy Thomas

      Happy to hear you are intrigued by the “buckets.” I figured it was a good way to coral my many passions. 🙂


      On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


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