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Wendy is a journalist, writer, blogger and teaches writing at Nashua Community College.

Lesson 1287 – But why chickens?

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There’s been a lot of buzz about Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders who is currently running for President as a Democrat (even though he’s really an Independent – rules are rules.) Because we live in New Hampshire, he’s been busy canvassing our state and making political stops. I have yet to see Bernie (oh I will) but the initial feedback is that he constantly points out the emperor has no clothes, and that message seems to be resonating with folks.

Here’s a little about Bernie from his website:

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all? Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class, or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy? These are the most important questions of our time, and how we answer them will determine the future of our country.

I personally have to give credit to *anyone* who knows how to use the word “oligarchy” properly in a sentence.

FYI – Oligarchy is a government ruled by a few elitists. Similar to how a monarchy is ruled by one like a king or queen.

Bernie certainly raises some interesting points. He’s a new, fresh voice and he is raising valid points for discussion from all candidates. (And I have to admit, the young hippie in me adores that blue bus.)

Due to the fact that New Hampshire holds the first in the nation presidential primary, we get a lot of politicians in our local parades.

It’s crazy, you’re sitting there on the side of the road and Jeb! Bush comes along and shakes your hand.

Or Rick Perry walks by and ignores your (daughter’s) high five.

In the end, it’s all good.

Although Bernie wasn’t there, someone drove a blue bus for him in the political part of the parade. Side door was open and you could see two white bantams in a crate (with plenty of water and food – I checked), decorated with Fourth of July finery enjoying the sights.

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At a pause in the parade, I asked the driver if the chickens were his and he said yes, but I couldn’t ask “why chickens?” because the parade had begun to move forward.

I intend to see and listen to Bernie (just as I try to see and listen to all candidates on both sides.) I truly want to hear what he has to say.

But I also want to ask his team and get the answer to “Why chickens?”

 

Please note that political photos do not imply endorsement.

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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 1286 – Gotta catch them all

The state sport in New Hampshire recognized by all is our Presidential primary.

Since our kids were little, we’ve been dragging them to political events on both sides so that they could hear what each of the candidates had to say. (One of their all-time favorites was a chili dinner sponsored by John Kerry.)

Many of our evening dinner conversations have covered what we’ve thought about what we’ve heard at each of these events. Trust me when I say that sometimes our discussions can get very lively.

Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie (2016 Presidential Candidate) came to an event at a restaurant the next town over. Marc and I grabbed the girls (everyone else was working) and we hurried on over.

I was a little surprised at the turnout, if you didn’t count the campaign staff and those who were sitting at tables having dinners, you’d be hard pressed to say that there were more than 2 dozen people there. Where is everyone, I wondered.

As it turned out, Christie was there for an endorsement and not a speech (I was disappointed, I had wanted to hear what he had to say) so he just made a quick round of the restaurant, gave a 2 minute announcement and then went outside to talk to what press had showed up. Continue reading

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Lesson 1285 – Why did the chicken cross the road?

The other day I was in the front yard with some of my chickens and quite by luck I was able to catch this video of one of our girls.

Here it is – definitive proof of why the chicken crossed the road.

Obviously it was to get to the other side.

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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 1284 – Larry, Daryl and Daryl

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Many of us who are of a certain age remember watching the Newhart show (the one at the inn.) One of the funniest gags that ran throughout that show was when Larry, Darryl and his other brother Darryl, the three backwoods bumpkin brothers entered the room and announced themselves.

No matter how many times that line was said, it always caused a chuckle because it was so silly. Who gives their kids the same name?

This spring we got 4 chicks to add to our flock – two of 2 different breeds so that we had balance. One died. (She happened to be a runt and just didn’t grow.) The remaining 3 grew strong and have matured into fine adolescents.

But they’re a little unbalanced now. We have two white birds (that we’ll never be able to tell apart) and our single New Hampshire Red.

True to chick behavior, these guys go *everywhere* together. Like Frick and Frack, if you see one, you’ll soon see the other two nearby.

“Are we ever going to name those chicks?” My daughter asked this weekend.

I looked at the chicks, best of buddies and I replied, “Sure thing, we’re going to call them Frick, Frick, and Frack.”

My daughter looked at me with her largest “huh?” eyes. Who gives their chicks the same name? After a beat or two when the absurdity finally sunk in, she laughed.

I’m telling you, it never gets old.

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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 1283 – Lord of the flies

I’ll put it out there right now. With regard to flies, I’m a wimp.

I can handle chicken surgery, chicken blood, chicken poop, heck, I can even handle culling a chicken, but I CAN NOT handle this.

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If you are quiet, you can actually hear them buzz from inside.

A large jar filled with baked-bean-flies.

You can clean your coop all you want, you can mix things into the bedding, but if you are going to have chickens, you are going to have flies. Especially if you let them free range – poop and flies just happen.

We have found the best solution is these disgusting fly traps. You mix a God-awful solution and place it in the jar. The flies, attracted to the smell (and yes, it reeks don’t put them near the eating area) enter the chamber and then can’t find their way back out. Eventually they either die from drowning or exhaustion. It’s a very effective (and disgusting) solution.

During our worst summer with flies (I think it was 3 years ago) we were filling two of these jars a week. Yup, each week Marc would take the full jars out to the woods, dig a hole and then empty the – what he called “black baked beans with wings” into the hole and then covered them over.

This summer we’ve had enough flies to get out the traps again. I think in part it’s because of all the rain we’ve had. Regardless, they’re back in our lives (and in my nightmares.)

Once again it will be Marc emptying the traps, because even after dealing with chicken problem and after having 6 kids with all their puking and pooping, I’m still not seasoned enough to deal with the bucket-o-flies.

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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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Lesson 1282 – Puddles of sunshine

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No, this is not a chicken that has been attacked by one of our neighborhood hawks.

It’s not an injured chicken and it’s not a dying chicken.

It’s a very smart chicken who is out in the yard taking a dirt bath in a puddle of sun while she can.

We’ve had a lot of wet weather lately, showers, storms, and even tornado warnings. Continue reading

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Lesson 1281 – Calling on my Writer Warrior

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I have a HUGE (as in massive) writing deadline today. It’s one of those things where I won’t be able to leave until it’s finished.

Could be done quickly or we could go late into the night. Won’t know until I know.

Such is the life of a writer. Continue reading

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