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Lesson 896 – A shoot of a different kind

This Thursday the Merrimack Library Trustees (of which I am one) are holding a Turkey Shoot.

Honestly, I don’t know if this is a New Hampshire thing or not, but having grown up in Connecticut I can truthfully tell you that I have never attended a “Turkey Shoot” (nor had I *ever* attended a wedding where they played that “Chicken Dance” song – don’t even get me started about that one.)

By definition a “turkey shoot” is: noun, informal

1. a situation, typically in a war, in which one side has an overwhelming advantage.

Nope, no birds are going to be injured in this event (except the ones that are already frozen), instead what we’ll be doing is holding raffles for all the parts of a holiday turkey dinner including: Continue reading

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Lesson 648 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Hurricane, snow storm, soccer playoffs, an admittance to Norwich University (the gymnast), an election, and fresh gingerbread. It’s been a busy last few weeks. Winter is well on it’s way and I’ve already gotten a desperate call from one college student “send more blankets, mom.”

We’re in a transition, you can feel it in the air.

And yet, here we all are, same as we were before. The most important thing? To be there for others when needed – small comforts speak volumes.

This weekend, please remember to look out for the flock, us all.

See you next week.

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

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Lesson 644 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

 

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.

Amelia Barr

Wishes of strength go out to all those affected by the storm. The devastation is horrifying. The lives and memories lost irreplaceable and yet, know this, you will rebuild and you will be stronger than ever.

We are all members of a great flock and we stand beside you in whatever ways we can.

See everyone next week.

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

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Lesson 634 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

Today’s quote is going to be more of a riddle.

When you finally decide to overcome your abject fear and make that pie from scratch that you’ve been talking about for weeks, what is the one thing needed to make the crust that you swore you had, but you couldn’t for the life of you find, which meant that you and your daughter (the one who was locked in the hen house years ago and is still holding that over your head) had to go to a local antique store (because if you’re going to buy one, you might as well buy a good one) in order to get?

Give up?

Here you go.

A genuine hardwood, green handled beauty

Houston, we are now, finally, finally, ready to make that pie.

See you next week.

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

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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 627 – Quotable Chicks and pie (but not mine)

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

I know, it was another week where I didn’t post every day but things are starting to settle down and so I should be getting back to my regular schedule.

First, today’s quote of the day. The weather has turned and there is a snap to it in the morning and the leaves are just starting to change. Apples are in season and in the evening you can smell wood stoves that are shaking off their sides, getting ready for the winter.

Fall is clearly one of the best reasons to live in New Hampshire.

Apple, peach, pear, plum

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”

Elizabeth Lawrence

And speaking of apples. This is an apple pie. No it’s not mine (this weekend, I’ll try to see if I can overcome my paralyzing fear about this whole adventure) this is a pie from Mrs. Currier. If you live in my town, you know about the Currier apple orchard. It’s only the best place in the world to get apples, and apple pie, and apple butter, and apple cider jelly, and pumpkin butter, and cider, and local honey (I’m sure there’s more that I’ve missed but these are our absolute favorites.) Continue reading

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