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Lesson 1277 – Story Time

It’s story telling time.

This afternoon I’ve been invited to hold a chicken workshop for a senior adult education program. Usually when I hold my chicken workshops they come in two parts.

Part 1 – from chick to coop

Part 2 – from coop to cull

I’m not sure that this crew is really interested in raising chickens as much as they are interested in hearing about chickens.

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Lesson 1276 – Hello friend

There has *never* been a morning at the coop when the entire flock hasn’t been overjoyed to see the beginning of a new day. All I have to do is open the door, say hello, and they explode from inside, ready to see what adventures the day will bring.

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Hello friend sun, glad to see you again.

It’s such a great way to live your life. To wake up with daily excitement at finding out what surprises hide around each corner. Grubs? Cracked corn? A new addition to the flock? Company with someone goes out to read in the backyard?

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Lesson 1176 – Life from hardship

We’ve had snow and now we don’t – for the most part. (But there was a lot of snow when I drove to Vermont yesterday so it’s not far away.)

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Vermont yesterday

Soon after we had our falcon attack this past fall, I rolled our used Halloween pumpkin under a bush the juvies had started to huddle beneath each day as a way to hide from the neighborhood predator. I figured, under the bush, they could peck at it in leisure and safety.

That falcon really changed the behavior of our flock, it’s rare to see any member randomly roaming the yard anymore, they all either hover near an overhang or hide under a bush and won’t dare come out unless a human caretaker is present.

Which means that the pumpkin, which was whole (we just stuck arms and legs into it) has seen much action. This is all that currently remains of our Halloween pumpkin:

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Heavy snow is in the forecast for this weekend. The flock doesn’t like being out on ice and so days (upon days) of being cooped up loom in the immediate future. With the snows, the remains of the pumpkin will become mush, eventually returning its nutrients to the ground.

Who knows, perhaps after the thaw a seed will take root – the start of a new pumpkin – reminding us all that life can spring from hardship – even when evils like falcons abound.

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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 1014 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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It is the destiny of mint to be crushed.

Waverly Lewis Root

 

Spent the day at the State Capital in Concord attending Legislative Leadership Training. When I got home, I took a walk around our yard and while I didn’t find *any* flowers – not even a bud – I did find the perennial mint that grows in the shaded corner of our yard had returned. Continue reading

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Lesson 1009 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

IMG_20140419_121514241_HDRHappy Easter.

A friend and I spent the day at the outlets in Kittery Maine yesterday (which is why this is late.) It’s an annual trip we take that started long ago with another friend who has since died and that we continue each  year in her honor. (I still miss Jackie with a pain that has dulled but has never gone away.)

I don’t see my friend often (even though we live close) but we’ve got kids the same ages and have known each other for years. We’re both busy, busy people. Often we make plans to get together, but then a child gets sick, an unexpected championship trip must be attended, or life just gets in the way. Even still, we have the kind of friendship where we simply pick up where we left off. You know, that really good friend, kind of friendship. Continue reading

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Lesson 1004 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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I love you and goodbye.

She didn’t make it and although we are saddened by this, what would have resulted in my two daughters melting into puddles of inconsolable tears has now caused a momentary pause, a reflection on the fleetingness of life and the heavy heart of death.

This is the beauty of inviting others into your life. You care for them and they bring you pleasure.

Sometimes they get sick and die.

But more often they don’t and you get to create memories together. Continue reading

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Lesson 999 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.

Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s been a busy week.

Got some chick updates:

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Today is our oldest daughter’s 16th birthday. Sweet 16 is always a big day for any young woman (and her mama hen) and it’s no different for our Addy. She’s currently in Maine attending a FIRST robotics competition – no worries Addy, have a happy day, there will be cake when you get home.

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And we got news from another member of our flock. My son, Trevor, who is at Norwich University, Vermont, received an additional ROTC scholarship which meant he had to take the U.S. Army Oath of Enlistment a little sooner than we had anticipated. He did and my boy is in the army now. God Speed Trev, always remember that you’ve got an entire flock of support behind you. Continue reading

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