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Lesson 1507 – Attacking what needs to be done

 

It’s been a while since I’ve put a post up here. It’s not because I don’t think about this blog everyday (I do) it’s just that things seem to be a little overwhelming right now.

But if having 6 kids has taught me anything it’s that when things seem to happen too quickly the best way to slog through them is to simply make a list and attack what needs to be done, one item at a time.

So in that vein, here’s some news:

 

Spring Border-to-border New Hampshire walk –

Griffin (my son and border-to-border NH walking buddy) has agreed to join me in a walk *across* New Hampshire sometime this spring. I have another son who, if he is around also wants to join us.

According to Google, the trip is about 108 miles (we are starting at the New Hampshire/Vermont border and ending up on the coast in Portsmouth (where we will celebrate with Lobster rolls.) We are allocating 9 days to do it – we had learned from our walk last summer that walking on roads can be tough on our feet and bodies. We are planning on no more than 12 miles a day.

You can be sure I’ll come home with more lessons learned while we walk.

 

Spain

At the end of March, I will be going to with a friend to Spain for 8 days. She and I don’t have many plans other than to explore, eat good food, and drink some world-class wine. We’ll also be taking a side trip to France. I’ll be taking lots of photos and look forward to sharing that adventure with all of you.

 

Cancer update

I *still* have not had my skin cancer addressed (not really my fault – docs keep taking vacations and appointments keep getting moved.) I did finally get to see a plastic surgeon and it looks like the surgery is going to be a bit more extensive than I had thought. (I thought it was simply an office procedure where I drive myself in, have it done, thanked him very much, and then drove back home.) Nope. It looks like this one is a bit aggressive. The doc talked about cheek and forehead flaps  while I stuck my fingers in my ears and said “na-na-na-na-na” (if you want nightmares go ahead and google what those are.)

If I can’t have the surgery in the next few days, it will have to wait until I get back from Spain in April. I’m thinking of ordering this wig to wear until I heal.

Plant-based diet

All this talk of skin-flaps has gotten my attention. I’ve written (many times) about how diet is so important when you have a chronic disease (Lyme in my case and now cancer.) I write about it, I understand the principals, and yet I’m the first to reach for a mug of beer, some ribs, or bread dunked in olive oil.

Not anymore. You want to be motivated to make a change, have a doc tell you that he may have to slice your forehead into ribbons.

So it’s plant-based for me (although when in Spain, while I plan to be as much plant-based as possible, I do intend to partake of the local food and drink.)

Last night I prepared two meals, eggplant parmigiana with salad and corn muffins for the family and soup, flat bread with hummus, avocados and tomatoes, along with a salad for me. My kids showed a lot of interest in what I was eating – they wanted to taste the soup, wanted to know where I purchased it (Whole Foods, Engine-2 Moroccan Stew)  and wanted to know if I was full at the end of the meal (I was.)

Pro tip to parents – they still watch what you do even when they get older.

 

Chicken workshop

For New Hampshire Locals – I will be at the Lebanon Tractor Supply on March 25th from 11 – 3  with a table ready to answer any and all chicken related questions (and if I don’t know the answers, I know friends who would know.)

Stop by if you can to say “hi.”

 

Current book I’m reading

I’m reading the Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb – a novel based on historical fact. I grew up in Fairfield Connecticut and often visited the Barnum museum in Bridgeport, so I already knew a fair amount about General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, but this book is absolutely fascinating. How Lavinia went from (literally) the farm to the big stage is a journey of courage, insistence, and a great deal of side-who marketing.

Once you start, I’m not sure you’ll be able to put it down.

 

 

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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 1506 – That’s a lot of snow

I don’t particularly watch the weather, but when my phone started buzzing last night with cancellation notifications and when I started getting phone calls from various schools, I took notice.

We are getting walloped with snow. Initial forecasts called for up to 18 inches and we just might get there before the end of the day.

This is about 1.5 hours after it started snowing.

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And this is about 2 hours later.

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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 699 – After the storm

Here it is, we’ve made it through to the other side of the storm with nary a scratch.

While we did get a boatload of snow, we never lost electricity – to which the kids are saying “awww” because they think it’s an adventure whenever we lose power, and to which the adults are saying “yeah!” because we always have to do a ton of extra work taking care of those very same kids when we lose electricity.

Some of the animals fared quite well, here is our dog; Pippin staying warm in the yellow reading chair in my office.

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While others in our flock didn’t get it near so easy (or comfortable). Here is the hen house and coop when Marc went out to check on the chickens this morning. We had been getting a little lazy at night and had not been locking the birds inside before we retired for bed. Our coop is fully enclosed and some of the girls seem to enjoy staying outdoors, why not let them, we figured? But I assure you this will end the day a predator figures out how to breach our wire fencing. Continue reading

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Lesson 697 – Bumpy rides and heat

It looks like we are in for a big one here in New Hampshire. The weather forecasts for our area are calling for from 24-30 inches of snow.  (That’s roughly the height of 3 chickens standing on top of each other.)

The kids are all excited because they think it means there will be no school. I don’t have the heart to tell them that the most recent forecast has moved out the start of the storm to Friday afternoon – I’m going  to let them sleep with spoons under their pillows and their pajamas worn backward tonight.

There’s not much we can do in preparation for the storm.

We’ve got food and plenty of water set aside for the chickens. We even have a comforting seed block for when the winds really howl.

As far as my other chicks? If we lose electricity, we lose electricity. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before – this is New Hampshire remember?  We’ll just pull out the paper plates and heat our food on the grill.

The only thing is that when we lose power our old house can get cold and I’m talking bitter cold. It’s not so bad for the occupants (that’s what polar fleece was invented for) but it’s brutal on the pipes. This time, though, if we lose electricity, I’m going to line our fireplace with a reflective space blanket and I’m going to fire up two of these things – Kandle Heeter which bills themselves as an “energy conservation device.”

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Apparently, through an ingenious design of graduated clay flowerpots, the heaters can get VERY HOT from the heat of a candle and they “collect, retain, and radiate” that heat.  Sounds good right? We’ve tested one on our dining room table and I can assure you that those clay pots do get hot. Now, whether we can direct that heat is another story, but I’m willing to give it a try.

If Kandle Heeters help to heat the house enough so that pipes don’t freeze, I’ll be one of their biggest fans. And you know, me, I’ll definitely be reporting back how it goes.

(I know, if we have a fire place why aren’t we building a fire? It’s because we have kids with severe asthma aggravated by smoke – we’ve never been able to use our fireplace and we’ve also never been able to justify a generator when we only lose electricity for a few days at a time. Hardy people we are. )

So tomorrow, when you hear about the crazy snow in the Northeast, keep not only our flock, but the flocks of all who live in the Northeast, in your thoughts.

It looks like we’re all in for a bumpy ride.

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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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