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Lesson 723 – Fatti Madi, the President of the United States and Me

This picture was sent to me quite a few months ago and I’m just getting it up. This was taken by a friend’s daughter; Sally who has a great blog here. Sally and her mom Jane had attended this campaign rally in Concord, NH.

You’ll have to click on the photo to get the full effect.


In the center of the picture is President Obama. Just over to the left, you’ll see a windswept person in the press bleachers focusing behind what looks like a bit of Albert Einstein’s hair. Now do you see it? That’s me with Fatti Madi. I brought that bird with me all over New Hampshire in order to get photos.

Here’s another photo with me peeking under Obama’s arm.

obama wendy

And here’s another view from that same event, from my point of view. Continue reading



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Lesson 686 – The fabulous chicken ladies

Last weekend, I went to the Northeastern Poultry Congress to both see the incredible variety of chickens on display and to also meet up with some of my chicken blogging/writing friends. The four of us (dare I call us the chick-fab-four?) have been writing and blogging about chickens for years. Each of us brings our own special insight to the big world of chickens which makes for great conversations when we are together.

Of course, I bought Fatti-Madi with me.

Here Fatti-Madi is posing with author, blogger, illustrator, and all around good egg: Lauren Scheuer of Scratch and Peck and Once Upon a Flock.


Terry Golson of Hencam  and author of Tillie Lays an Egg was also there. Terry brought some of the absolute, best brownies I have ever eaten. Continue reading


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Happy New Years and I’m ready to roll

Bright and shiny

Bright and shiny

And who isn’t ready for a bright and shiny New Year?

Happiest of New Years to you all. I hadn’t anticipated taking off so long from my blog but with all the chicks home in the nest, along with a few medical ups and downs, I found myself spending some much needed time with the family.

But time moves on, the older chicks are heading back to college soon, the younger ones are already back at school, and I am ready to begin a new year filled with stories, lessons learned, Fatti Maddi, and more tales from our flock.

I’ve made a list of topics I’ll be covering which will include more on winter care (it’s darn cold up here in NH these days) and frozen eggs – both topics of conversation on my Facebook page. I’ll also give you updates on our Guinea hens (including a very strange green egg that I attribute to them) and will provide status’ on the rest of our flock (including the human members.)

If there is anything in particular that you’d like covered, just leave the topic in the comments.

Our flock is currently stable, we haven’t had any losses this winter (although one of our chickens mysteriously disappeared in the fall) but I do think that especially with the laws changing in New Hampshire  now allowing you to buy as little as one chick, that we will have a new addition or two this coming Spring. I’ll certainly be keeping you updated.

Cheers to you, health and happiness in the coming year, and I’ll see you all next week.


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Lesson 631 – Fatti-Madi and the Library Director(s)

As many of you know I am a Library Trustee for our town. Our library director; Janet Angus announced her retirement this summer and so the trustees went about the daunting task of interviewing candidates in an effort to find someone to replace her.

Retiring Director Janet Angus with Fatti-Madi

As a committee we spent early mornings interviewing, time on Skype and on the telephone, and we also spent hours reading applications and supportive material, and when all was said and done, it was abundantly clear that the person most qualified for the position was right under our noses the entire time.

Yvette Couser, who was the Merrimack Children’s librarian and who is now the Merrimack Library Director is exactly what we were looking for: current, enthusiastic, Social Media savvy, knowledgeable, and someone who works great with the public.

Yvette will be a fabulous director for our library and I have a feeling that she is going to fit into her new position just fine.

New Director Yvette Couser with Fatti-Madi


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Lesson 628 – Fatti-Madi and the Vice President of the United States

This weekend Marc and I covered Joe Biden’s visit to our town. Marc was the photographer, I was the writer. Two of our kids were free to attend so we grabbed them and took them with us.

Right before we left, Emma (my 12 year old) decided to take a photo of our family taken with Joe 6 years ago in the hopes that he would be able to sign it.

“Sweetheart,” I told her, “you’re not even going to be able to get close to him.” I was thinking of some recent events I had covered where the crowds were rock-star enormous.

This is what she ended up getting.

Joe the VP thinks we have a lovely family.

What do I know?

During the event, Spencer held the “A” and Emma held the “C” for “MERRIMACK4BIDEN.” Spencer kept his “A” as a souvenir. Hopefully it will also be a reminder of the type of grades he should be going for while at college. Continue reading


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Lesson 616 – Fatti-Madi meets President Obama (again)

On Saturday Marc and I went to see President Obama as he made a campaign stop in Windham NH. I went as a member of the press and Marc was in the crowd taking pictures.

I don’t care you are, being near to the President of the United States is an awe inspiring experience. This is one powerful person and with him comes all the protection needed these days for one in his position. Even though this is New Hampshire where just a few years ago, you could go to someone’s house to meet this “new candidate, Barack Obama”, you can’t pretend that now he is President, there aren’t a few loons out there wanting to hurt him – if you don’t believe me just read the vitriol in the comments section following any news story on him. Hate can be a scary thing.

There were black suited Secret Service men (and women) galore. There were bomb sniffing Secret Service dogs (I spent some time behind the building watching a dog handler exercise his dog – I can’t even get my dog to come when I call him and this handler was doing sits, stays, and comes, like it was (literally) all in a day’s work. There were wands and equipment checks – all the kinds of things you expect these days. Initially women were even being told not to bring purses into the venue, but eventually they allowed purses because there is not a woman alive who is not going anywhere without her purse (what if someone needs a Kleenex?) – eventually, even the Secret Service recognized this. Don’t mess with a woman and her purse.

Which is why my getting Fatti-Madi into the auditorium is nothing short of Mission Impossible amazing. I mean I didn’t do anything illegal (hear that Secret Service?) it’s just that I didn’t really declare her. I have this great cloth bag that I stuffed Fatti-Madi into and when she’s in, no one can tell that a stuffed chicken is on board. It just kind of looks like the stuff a journalist brings

Oh sure, she was sniffed and wanded but as nothing set off alarms, she was allowed in.

I waited for the event to start before I even pulled her out. Technically there is nothing wrong with bringing a stuffed chicken to a Presidential event but sometimes those Secret Service people don’t have the best senses of humor.

I positioned myself in the risers that were set aside for video (major news agencies) and once the President got talking and all eyes were on him, I pulled Fatti-Madi out and started shooting (ahem, taking pictures.) I got a few comments from some of the other journalists:

“Is that a chicken?”

“We come to New Hampshire and someone brings a chicken, why not?”

But I was on a mission. No one bothered me, thank God, because although having a stuffed chicken is not a capital offense, if someone was having a bad day, I’m sure it could be. This is a photo that Marc took from his position at the event.

And this is the photo I took from mine.

We really are all of one flock.

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Lesson 615 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

Found this little lovely at a thrift store last week.

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
William Thackeray


President Obama is in town (again, it’s political season in NH) and I’m going with Marc and Fatti Madi (will post any photos.)

It’s raining now but if the weather lets up, I’ll start on the Grand-mucking out, probably on Sunday.

I have to start organizing the older kids’ stuff for college, get rid of the things they didn’t use or used up, go through the clothing and figure out what’s needed and what needs to be replaced, you know – that mom-college-management thing that all moms do at this time of year.

Going to follow up on a wasp nest or two, and

I’m going to make a pie this weekend. Still not quite sure what kind, I’ll know what I’ll be making when I check out what looks good at the farm stand. Berries are a bit past season around here and right now, I’m leaning toward an apple-cranberry pie. Don’t worry, you’ll hear all the gory details next week. 🙂

Busy, busy, but really, would I want it any other way?


See you next week.


As always, happy weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

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Lesson 611 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

A family in harmony will prosper in everything.



Although this looks like a chicken massacre, it’s actually a community dirt bath. Yup, like pigs to mud, chickens do love their dirt (especially on a hot day.)

I’ve been having a little bit of a problem with molting this summer. I blame the heat which has been absolutely brutal this year. Our worst affected is our Ms. Frizzle. Although she looks terrible, she is in good health and seems to be doing just fine.

Recently on Facebook, someone sent me this photo of a rooster having a rough week.

Looks like our little frizzle could certainly give him a run for his money.

See you next week.


As always, happy weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

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Lesson 607 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

Good parents give their children roots and wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them.

— Jonas Salk

Hatchet-man-Trevor is currently at gymnastics camp as a counselor and boys’ coach. It doesn’t look like his chop to the leg has slowed him down at all. In fact, this may be the first ever picture of a chick roosting and flying at the same time.

In other news of the flock, Spencer our oldest is currently running for a State Representative Position for our district. In his bio he has this to say:

I am running for the position of State Representative for District 21 because I was always taught that if you didn’t vote (or get involved) then you have no right to complain about the way things are. I am at a position in my life where I want to get actively involved in State politics. Using my experience and education, I am prepared to discuss and at times, debate proposed changes to our State laws while always representing and protecting the values and best interests of the people of my district.

The girls and Logan are getting ready for the New Hampshire States Swimming competition this weekend and Griffin has just published his first app to the app store. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what that means, it took me a few tries as well, essentially, Griffin wrote a program that can be downloaded onto a PC or a phone. The program identifies and calls up information on dozens of characters from his favorite video game.)

Griffin is also officially ahead of me in the “Game of Thrones” books which, as an avid reader, I can appreciate as being quite the accomplishment.

If you hear crowing from our back yard, that’s not another rooster that has snuck into our hen house, it’s just this mama hen incredibly proud of her chicks as they exercise what they’ve been taught.

See you next week.


As always, happy weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

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Lesson 603 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 


For too long we’ve been told about “us” and “them.” Each and every election we see a new slate of arguments and ads telling us that “they” are the problem, not “us.” But there can be no “them” in America. There’s only us.


I know I’ve been a little AWOL this week. Been a tad on the busy side with swim meets, interviews (yup, looking for a writing job) and events like seeing Bill Clinton endorse Gubernatorial Primary candidate Maggie Hassan in Nashua. The above photo was taken by Marc at the event, I just wanted to show you that we really were there. And guess what? So was Fatti-Madi. She hasn’t made a political appearance since her last sighting with President Obama, so this catch was particularly exciting.

Here is Addy holding Fatti-Madi in front of President Clinton (that’s why I included the top photo, so that you’d know it was definitely him but let’s face it, it’s pretty easy to recognize Bill in a crowd.) What’s incredible to me is that in this photo my daughter is 3 people away from a former President of the United States.

But then my kids have already met Bill before (have I told you about how cool it is to live in New Hampshire?)

Oh Wait, don’t want anyone to feel left out:

And lastly here is a picture of Fatti-Madi and Maggie Hassan who is currently running for Governor in New Hampshire. (in my defense I had forgotten that I had worn my sparkly Barbie rhinestone sunglasses and that’s why I’m sporting such exciting head gear.)

We were asked several times about “the chicken.” What did it mean? Why did we have it?

We have the chicken because we’re chicken people and that’s just how we roll. No reason on earth why you can’t have chickens and fun at the same time.

See you next week.


As always, happy weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

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