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Lesson 652 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays”

Henny Youngman

 

One of the chicks comes home from college for the holiday today.

Oh happy day.

 

Also, I just ordered that magnificent holiday centerpiece from a local chocolate shop.

Oh happy day, indeed.

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 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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Lesson 621 – Quotable Chicks

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.

Jean Paul Richter

Although timid I am on occasion, I have never in my life been called a coward. And that is why tomorrow is being set aside as pie day.

I’ve got to tell you, though, I’m more than a little intimidated by doing this. I’ve heard time and time again about how pies fail (thus proving that you are not worthy of the cook’s apron.) but, enough is enough (and besides, I went to an event this weekend, where someone had made three (3!) pies with varying amounts of shortening/butter ratio that we then judged for dessert.) If that doesn’t put me to shame (3!) then I don’t know what will.

I’ll be making the crust with the vodka in it (something from Alton Brown, who is a veritable food chemist.) The vodka does not add flavor, (or alcohol) it is supposed to burn off during the cooking and supposedly leaves a flakier crust.

Who knew?

I missed last Friday’s post (one of the few times since I started) hence the quote for today (which actually fits in to the pie discussion nicely anyway.)

A few notes :

I ran into the woman who purchased the painting done by our chicken this weekend. It’s in her office and she loves it. We were very excited to see each other again (there is a certain bonding that goes on between chicken people.)

I also ran into another chicken owner who had taken my class and who told me how her chickens had tipped over the light in the hen house causing a fire. All the hens were able to escape but she’s learned her lesson, you don’t need a light on in the henhouse during the winter. Chickens are pretty good at staying warm by themselves.

On our home front, although our frizzle has rebounded, one of her sisters (one of the three witches) is in molt.

Honestly, if it’s not one thing, it’s another.

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Lesson 615 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

Found this little lovely at a thrift store last week.

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
William Thackeray

 

President Obama is in town (again, it’s political season in NH) and I’m going with Marc and Fatti Madi (will post any photos.)

It’s raining now but if the weather lets up, I’ll start on the Grand-mucking out, probably on Sunday.

I have to start organizing the older kids’ stuff for college, get rid of the things they didn’t use or used up, go through the clothing and figure out what’s needed and what needs to be replaced, you know – that mom-college-management thing that all moms do at this time of year.

Going to follow up on a wasp nest or two, and

I’m going to make a pie this weekend. Still not quite sure what kind, I’ll know what I’ll be making when I check out what looks good at the farm stand. Berries are a bit past season around here and right now, I’m leaning toward an apple-cranberry pie. Don’t worry, you’ll hear all the gory details next week. 🙂

Busy, busy, but really, would I want it any other way?

 

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 611 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

A family in harmony will prosper in everything.

CHINESE PROVERB

 

Although this looks like a chicken massacre, it’s actually a community dirt bath. Yup, like pigs to mud, chickens do love their dirt (especially on a hot day.)

I’ve been having a little bit of a problem with molting this summer. I blame the heat which has been absolutely brutal this year. Our worst affected is our Ms. Frizzle. Although she looks terrible, she is in good health and seems to be doing just fine.

Recently on Facebook, someone sent me this photo of a rooster having a rough week.

Looks like our little frizzle could certainly give him a run for his money.

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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