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Lesson 1187 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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 I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

For the most part, we have chickens who do not like the snow. As late as last week, before the storms came, the entire flock was still in our yard pulling up the last of the grasses and searching for any leftover autumn seeds. But this week, even with an opened coop door, instead of roaming, the girls prefer to hunker down in the coop, ducking heads under their wings and bracing against the bitter winds.

Now is the time to stay indoors and commiserate with others about the weather. Continue reading

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Lesson 1173 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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Remember that most fairy tales were written by men – Jaime Morrison Curtis

As I go through the stores this holiday season, I can’t help but notice all things Frozen. Frozen toys, dinnerware, clothing, bedding, and even earmuffs. All I can say is “Thank God my girls are older.”

Don’t get me wrong, I saw Frozen and I, along with the rest of the world, loved the music (although to be honest, I am *very* tired of “Let it Go”), but here’s the thing – news flash, fairy tale princesses do not reflect reality.

For example, the ice princess becomes provocatively sexy once she comes into her power (watch the video clip of Let it Go and you’ll see what I mean, apparently one develops a svelte figure and an incredible cat walk once you come into your own.)

And the other princess gets rescued by a boy (even though until that point, she had looked like an earnest, although a bit ditzy, heroine.) Continue reading

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Lesson 1168 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

 I’ll fix it up there, then I’ll bring it back here. Grinch

 

 

I know that I already put a post up for the day but I wanted to end the week as I always do, with a round-up of what’s happened and what’s to come.

What’s happened:

I didn’t make the NaNoWriMo goal this year (I don’t blame my time management skills, I blame the storm that knocked out electricity for 3 days) but in thinking about my writing, I designed a few projects to move forward on. I wrote about it on the New Hampshire Writers Network blog.

Marc has been out of town, (which is part of the reason why a recipe post went up this morning instead of this one – who can keep track of the days when you are chauffeuring, cooking, and managing for an army of kids?) He returns tonight. Hopefully by the time he gets home, we can get the Christmas tree looking a little better.

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(that beer can is actually a Budweiser ornament from the Bud brewing plant in our town.)

Last weekend we were able to get the kids’ annual photo with Santa. If we did nothing else this holiday season, I’d be happy with just this.

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Heads up: When I took Trevor back to college in Vermont last Sunday, I stopped by the King Arthur Flour store. I don’t know if they sell it in retail stores, but their Gingerbread Scones mix is out of this world. While baking, they made the entire house smell like Christmas. The scones have a deep, adult ginger taste and were even filled with tiny bits of crystallized ginger. I don’t know if these are only out for the holidays, but if you can find them, give them a try – you won’t be sorry.

This weekend, I’ll be making the King Arthur Pecan shortbread bars (I was supposed to make them for Thanksgiving but our lack of electricity forced me into other plans.)
What’s coming:

Although I’m loving the win-win-win recipe posts, don’t worry, chickens are coming back. Next week in addition to a few recipe posts, I’ll post some answers to questions people have recently asked about chickens.

I’ll show you some chicken cup warmers that a friend’s aunt made for her church fundraiser. ADORABLE!

And I’ll also put up some holiday posts – because ‘tis the season.

Until then, enjoy – Be safe, I’ll see you all next week.

 

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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 1161 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best. Tom Allen

It’s Friday and I’m doing a bit of a happy dance because in a few hours I’ll be driving up to Vermont to bring one of our chicks home for the holidays. He hasn’t been home since he left for school in August so I’m sure this will be a week of eating tons of home cooked meals, connecting with his siblings (we have a new wii video game in the house), and spending time in the laundry room trying to locate some of his winter clothing.

Aaaaaaand, as long as I’m up in Vermont, I might as well stop in at the King Arthur Flour store – um, just to take a look around. I’ve written about it before and I’m sure I’ll write more (maybe even next week) but King Arthur is an adult candy story. I’ll take one of everything.

Although we haven’t had any snow (which is just fine with me) in New Hampshire, the temps have dropped below freezing in the mornings and evenings. For all of us, hats and mittens have been taken out of storage and I’ve personally re-connected with my beloved fingerless gloves which will probably be staying on my hands until the Spring thaw.

With regard to the chickens, they are still free ranging (that usually stops when the snow comes) but we’ve had to plug in the water heater so they can get something to drink. As long as they are free ranging, I won’t be adding supplements to their food, but once the snow comes, we’ll be giving them seed blocks and two suet blocks (27 birds) every other week.

There’s no denying it anymore, winter is coming.

A few notes: Continue reading

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Lesson 1156 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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Goodbye friend.

There are many things that will definitely get a mom’s attention. “She’s choking” is one, “He’s bleeding” is another and yesterday it was “Mom, there’s a big bird attacking a chicken.”

And I had just written about birds of prey in our neighborhood.

I ran from my desk to the backyard to see a large bird (larger than a hawk, smaller than an eagle, my guess is still falcon) pulling meat from something on the ground. Other than that terrible bird, there were no other chickens in sight. Continue reading

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