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Lesson 868 – Sleeping in a car and roosters

As I told you on Friday, I went to a Buddhist writing retreat this weekend. I had no idea what to expect and I’m positive it was that attitude that left me so wide open for possibilities.

First, let’s get the sleeping in the car thing over with. Some people (hi mom) were appalled and fearful for my safety –  “that’s bear country you know.” I assure you that there were never any  worries. Flashlights and lanterns sufficiently held back the dark and I was quite warm, safe, and comfortable each night (well, more so on the second night when I moved the car from a steep incline – it had looked like nothing more than a gently slope when I first parked – to a flat parking surface.) Although I don’t plan on sleeping in my car on a regular basis, I would certainly do it again especially when it meant you ended up staying in a room with a view like this:

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Most of the retreat was spent in something called Noble Silence. Which was a surprise to me – I had assumed that when two or more writers are gathered in a room, there will be critical analysis and discussion.

Nope.

We were encouraged to not say anything. At all.

And we were also encouraged to only read for 15 minutes. Continue reading

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Lesson 864 – Believers in Fairy Tales

This past weekend, our town put on a Business Expo where area groups and businesses got an opportunity to let people know about their services – table after table of what was going on in our town. I worked at the library table and Marc was there for the historical society. Not only is the Business Expo informative, (and very social, *everyone* from town was there) but it’s always a lot of fun and, quite frankly, it’s *the* family event to attend because EVERYONE gives out candy.

Seriously it ranks second only to Halloween night. My kids, who (even in their teens) have restricted access to candy, went crazy squirreling away the treats in pockets that they hoped I didn’t know about.

One of my reader (Hi Sunita)’s daughter had set up a henna tattoo booth at the event. She’s saving up money for a computer (hey, a kid who is working for what she wants, props to her) by doing henna tattoos on people’s hands.

Henna is a plant that when dried and crushed can be made into a paint-like substance that will stain the skin. The paint is put into what looks like a tiny pastry frosting bag and the artist “draws” on you by squeezing out a steady, tiny flow from the bag. The paint comes out thick and almost black and you leave it on your skin until it hardens and flakes off on its own. When it does this, it leaves behind a “stain” where it had been. Continue reading

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Lesson 861 – Returning to the nest

Tomorrow I get to drive up to Norwich University to pick up one of our little chicks and take him home for the weekend.  He’s been away for 6 weeks already and while I know that he’s proved himself during rook week, a river run where he had to run up a mountain get a rock from a stream and carry it back down, and has not slept nearly enough, he’s still and will forever be, my little chick.

While at home, he doesn’t have to prove to me that he’s tough, he just has to eat some good home-cooked food and sleep all he wants. Because no matter how old you are (or how independent you think you’ve become) there is no place, absolutely no place, like being in the nest you grew up in, surrounded by your flock mates who have welcomed your return.

See you tomorrow poppit.

We'll have plenty of apples for you.

We’ll have plenty of apples for you.

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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 860 – Throughout the ages

Last week Marc and I took the day off to celebrate our anniversary. We went out to lunch and then we puttered around quaint Peterborough New Hampshire, visiting some of its antique stores. In one store just as we were starting to leave I noticed something high up on a shelf.

Is that? No, is it?

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I walked over and pulled down one of the greatest egg cartons I have ever seen.

The eggs are from Old Hickory Smokehouse which also encourages you to “try our Smoked Bacon, Ham Turkey.” The eggs are supposedly “Farm fresh eggs from Palmer Mass.” Continue reading

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Lesson 843 – Something in the air

After two days away at the US Open. I’m home again with the flock. I’ve gone from this:

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To this: Continue reading

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Lesson 842 – Part of the Show or How Not to Watch the US Open

Just as there is in anything in life, there is a right way to do things and a wrong way.

If you want your flock to be protected, you need to perform daily maintenance on the coop. You need to inspect the wire for any weak or loose spots and you need to fill in holes from those who were hoping to breach the coop’s security during the night. You need to pay attention, it’s as simple as that.

The past two days I have been at the US Open. As someone who loves the sport, I’m willing to bear with the crowds and the exorbitant food prices (a bottle of water costs $5.00) in order to see some of the best tennis in the world. Yesterday we saw Roger Federer (he’s the tiny blue dot on the  near side of the court) and while you may think that no one could pay you enough to sit that far away from a game and watch, I assure you that, as I alluded to yesterday, sometimes, it’s about the experience. Being with friends you haven’t seen in years. Watching tennis, tennis, tennis, tennis, and yes, even having to take out a mortgage for lunch. It’s all part of the show that is the US Open.

Believe it or not, this is exciting!

Believe it or not, this is exciting!

Last night we were able to catch the evening match of  17-year-old American Victoria Duval’s against the 2011 champion Samantha Stosur from Australia. Duval was ranked 296, Stosur was seeded 11th.  No one expected to say more to Duval at the end of the match than “well, the fact that you even made it into the US Open is an accomplishment.”

But then little Duval (17 years old, remember) played her heart out and pulled out one of the most exciting wins I have seen in years. The power and agility of these two women could be felt from the stands. Everyone in the crowd was moving with the ball and reacting to each stroke. The crowd yelled as one when we started to realize that that this young woman, a girl really, was going to pull off something that no one had expected of her.

It was tennis magic in the making. the world of tennis had its eye on this match.

Except for this guy sitting in front of me. Continue reading

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Lesson 841 – Sometimes it’s the experience

(To the commenter from yesterday- yes, I will get you the recipe. I’m out of town and will be returning on Wednesday.)

Not only was there a huge variety of produce at Lulls Farm but there were also flowers. Addy (who is also a flower picture-taker junkie) and I were in heaven as we snapped a few pictures of these captive models showing each other one great shot after another. For your viewing pleasure, I present – Flowers.

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