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Lesson 1237 – Being with the family

I’ve returned from a weekend in Connecticut with family members and friends who paid their last respects for my father.

It was bittersweet, so good to see my family and yet it was clear that a member of the flock was gone. He’s gone.

This growing up thing is not always that easy. Continue reading

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Lesson 1233 – Fair winds, Dad

Last night my father died. It’s what we were all praying for – a peaceful, quick, and painless release.

But it still leaves a gaping, ragged hole in my heart.

My father was a good man. He served our country during WWII when at the age of 17 he became a tail gunner in the United States Navy. His job was to shoot down other planes, while at the same time the enemy tail gunners had the job of shooting him down.

That’s some courage.

He was widowed with 2 children when he married my widowed mother who had 4 children. He went on his honeymoon knowing that when he came home, he would be the father of 6  young children (and then a 7th was soon added.)

That’s some courage. Continue reading

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Lesson 1232 – Sending out prayers

Sending out prayers of peace, no pain, and release for my dad.

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The flock is sad today.

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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 1231 – Oisin and the leprechaun

Many years ago, when our youngest was only a baby, I was sent to Ireland in March by one of my clients to do some Instructional Design work. For ten days I stayed in Dublin and worked with engineers on their software and although I did get to see some local sights, there just wasn’t time to see much of the rest of Ireland. I saw the city, but I never got to see the poetic rolling grassy hills and little cottages that are always featured in movies.

One night I wandered down to the hotel bar for a Guinness (of course, when in Ireland…) and I started talking to the young man, Oisin, who was tending bar. St. Patrick’s day was coming up and I was starting to miss my children.

“My kids are jealous of me coming over here, because they wanted to see a real Leprechaun,” I told Oisin.  I explained how I tried to keep magic and wonder alive in our house and as a result Leprechauns visited on St. Patrick’s day to raise a little mischief and leave some treats for the household. Continue reading

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Lesson 1230 – And you thought the Wicked Witch was scary

Saturday I was drawn to the window by the constant crying of a small bird. Much like when you’re a mother and a baby cries, when you own chickens, you can always pick put a cry of distress.

I followed the noise to the kitchen window and I saw a smallish-brown-with-horizontal-stripes bird tearing away at a (poor little) blue jay. Absolutely ripping and tearing – that bird was vicious.

As the jay was still faintly crying out, I tried to go out back to “shoo” away the invader, but as soon as I opened the door, the bird took the jay in its feet and flew deeper into the woods. A vicious little bird with lots of strength.

What on earth had that been? Continue reading

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Lesson 1229 – Guess what?

Guess what?

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Chicken Snow Butt.

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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 1228 – Here comes the spring

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It’s not often that I don’t put up my daily posts, but these days I find myself so busy that I’m lucky if I can get to sleep with all of those “to-do” items still swirling around in my head.

I don’t like it when I miss a post, I feel like I’ve let an old friend down.

For those who are following my yoga challenge, this week the challenge is to do 1 hour of yoga a day with two 20 minute meditation sessions.

Next week is 75 minutes of yoga and two 25 minute sessions, and the last week is 90 minutes of daily yoga with two 30 minute meditation sessions. Yikes. Continue reading

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Lesson 1227 – Clever Norwegians

When you raise chickens, you get chicken things.

A friend (hi Cinda) recently sent over this little guy. It is a boiled (felted) wool chicken designed to hold a box of wine as a gift. You open the buttons in the back, insert the wine and voila, instant gift. Apparently this adorable chick was handmade by a woman in Norway.

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I don’t have many boxes of wine lying around, but I have discovered that if you roll up a tee shirt – preferably an old one (or two) with a few holes and tears that you’ve been trying for ages to get away from your college-aged son- and insert it into the chicken, you get a lovely non-alcoholic couch buddy.

And who wouldn’t want that? Continue reading

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Lesson 1226 – Here comes the sun

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This weekend we let the chickens out. There wasn’t much space for them to walk around (the snow is still quite high in our backyard and the only real walking area is the shoveled path to the hen house), but they took full advantage of the tiny bit of freedom and change of scenery.

Once the girls got outside, they stretched their legs and pecked at the grain around the coop that had frozen long ago into the ice. They clucked, they spread their wings, and they turned their faces to the sun.

By evening, the entire flock was happy to go back inside the coop to roost – worn out by the exercise and ready for a rest. Continue reading

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Lesson 1225 – Sad Mrs. Sam Sack

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This week has been interesting… and busy (did you miss me?)

I’m teaching my two writing classes at the college, preparing for spring chicken workshops, getting out articles, reviewing a book, all while I hold the home fort down.

I’m also doing a 10-day medical cleanse suggested by my Lyme doc to “detoxify” (it consists of a very limited diet – fruit, veggies, fish and beans – while taking vitamin and nutrient supplements.) I’m on day 7 of 10 and while it’s not difficult, it does include planning. Continue reading

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