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Lesson 964 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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Because we’re still under Nature’s House Arrest, as it were, no one (especially the Valentine Fairy) got a chance to get out for some holiday treats.

As such, I’ve had to dig into our, ahem, bit dated supply. Continue reading

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Lesson 959 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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You taught me how to whistle so that now I can whistle my own tune.

Michael Powell

It’s been a rough week. We’ve had a massive snowstorm cancelling school once again (which always throws off the flock rhythm prompting everyone to ask over and over, what day is it?) and which also re-invited bitter cold into our days. We’re back under the blankets in the evenings while we read books or watch a pointless re-run on TV sitting as close as we can to the electric heater. Kids are voluntarily going to bed a tad earlier, stunned into inactivity by the dips and dark this winter is constantly offering.

“See you tomorrow, mom.”

“Okay, see you tomorrow.”

And of course, this is the week that could have been. My son lost control of his car when he hit a patch of ice on a highway bridge while coming home late at night.

He shouldn’t have been out in that weather.

I sure wasn’t.

But he has a job where he works directly with people who reside at a rehabilitation center. Sometimes your job dictates your behavior. People in need do not stop needing just because bad weather arrives.

And so we sent him to his work that evening with our family car, a tough and sturdy Ford Expedition that has spent many years safely ferrying our kids to and from vacations, activities and friends’ houses.

“Keep it in 4-wheel and go slowly,” I cautioned him. “Text me when you arrive. Text me when you leave. Be careful.”

But even a large, heavy car is no match for a sheet of pure ice.

The car spun, it smashed into a guard railing on the front passenger side with enough force to bend the entire front end. Buckled and whining, the driver door no longer opens – a protest of solidarity.

The SUV spun around from the impact and then hit its back end against another guardrail. There was nothing anyone could have done. It was out of control, on a mission of its own – only coming to a stop when lack of motivation and piled snow forced it to.

The car is a complete loss. You can’t unbend what has been so violently twisted.

But here’s the amazing part. My son walked away unscratched, nothing hurts, his back is not aching, he doesn’t even have a sore neck.  Our family car did its job and it did it well. Even until its last moment, that Expedition continued to take care of our family.

I have nothing but respect and gratitude.

Even though he’s safe, my son has been shaken to the bone. When you are a young adult, bad things happen to other people. Accidents are for people who don’t pay attention. They don’t happen to good people who are returning from a job where you’ve been helping others. They don’t happen when you are obeying speed limits and when you’re in your parent’s car – the very same car that brought you and your sisters up to Storyland summer after summer.

But that’s the thing about accidents. They do happen and they happen to anyone. There is no rhyme or reason to this. Accidents are.

And sometimes that means that they happen to you.

Realizing that is a part of growing up. It doesn’t mean that you have to be afraid of life going forward, it simply means that you have to be prepared. Do your best, try your hardest, and with a dash of luck, things just might work out.

My son was lucky. Our entire family was lucky.

And because he was driving a solid-as-a-tank car, because it was in 4-Wheel drive and he was watching his speed, and because a power far greater than him decided “not today,” now when he returns from work late at night and checks in with a “Hi mom, I’m home.”

I can, with complete confidence and relief, reply back to him:

“Okay, see you tomorrow.”

 

Have a good weekend, all. Give your flock members a hug.

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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 954 – Quotable Chicks

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.

Andre Gide

As many of you know, I have a deadly fear of snakes (all of them, and I mean all of them, are out to first suffocate and then eat me.) So when I was walking down an aisle and I saw this giant cobra – AT A POULTRY SHOW…

HOLY COW!!!! I almost jumped out of my shoes.

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It wasn’t until I took another step and saw this that my heart rate finally began to come down. Silly Goose. Continue reading

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Lesson 949 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

IMG_20140118_133719970I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

Albert Einstein

Heading into a another cold weekend here in New Hampshire. Continue reading

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Lesson 945 – One Flock

Urging everyone on this Civil Rights day to remember that in the end, we are all members of the same flock.

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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 944 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

You can take the chicks out of the flock but you can’t take the flock out of the chicks.

Wendy E. N. Thomas

Recently, I had to take some of my kids to a Doctor’s appointment. We got there early, the Doc was a little late coming back from lunch and well, the kids got restless.

See, if you can guess from these photos, exactly when they realized that the Doctor had entered the office. Continue reading

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Lesson 939 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

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A pillow that was happy to see me.

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

William James

I was privy to a conversation the other day where one of my college sons told his brother that if he had one hour left to live he would go back and spend it in one particular high school teacher’s class.

Wow, I thought to myself, that’s quite an endorsement for a teacher. “Is it because you liked the subject? “I asked him.

“Nah”, he replied, “it’s because whenever we were in his class, an hour took *forever* to be over.”

Funny kid.

Just wait until he grows up, time is going to rush by no matter how hard he tries to hold onto it. I mean just look at today – it’s Friday. I swear the week started just yesterday. Continue reading

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Lesson 935 – Always a mama hen

Last night was the second storm in our New Hampshire winter two-storm system.  As I said yesterday, the chickens were snug in their coop and almost everyone was at home piled under blankets reading or watching TV (I was at my desk trying to get some work done.) Our oldest chick is a caregiver at a rehabilitation facility. It’s the kind of job that you can’t call in to saying that the roads are too bad for you to travel.

Caregivers need to be there all the time because the people they work with need their care.

I knew this, but that didn’t mean that I had to like it.

So we put a plan of action in place for our son who had to travel during the storm.  He packed a bag in case he had to spend the night at the center (they keep rooms available for this very reason.) He also packed a “stranded on the side of the road kit” which consisted of a blanket, gloves, hat and shovel. We made sure that his phone was fully charged, and we sent him off with our Ford Explorer SUV in 4 wheel drive instead of letting him use his own secondhand but very serviceable car. He left with all of my cautions ringing in his ears.

And then we waited. Continue reading

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Lesson 934 – A roosting kind of day

If you’ve been watching the weather across the United States you’ll know that New Hampshire is in the middle of a large two winter storm system. It’s been snowing since last night and a new storm is getting ready to hit us this evening with probable white-out conditions. The snow is not heavy and wet, it’s that fine, dry crystalline snow that makes everything (even going to the mailbox) hazardous.

Today was supposed to be the first day back at school (of course it was cancelled.) The kids were thrilled, I, not so much. Holidays are fun but they’ve gone on for long enough, we all need to get back to our schedules and do something more during the day than just watch movies. Continue reading

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Lesson 933 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks 

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Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year from our flock to yours.

The holidays continue non-stop, we still have parties to attend, dinners and a Hobbit breakfast at Denny’s (of course) to bring the kids to. Celebrations go on for weeks around here but that’s not unusual, whenever 2 or 3 of the kids are gathered, you know that there’s going to be a party (hopefully with cake.)

I’ve got a big project that I’m working on, so Pippin and I are spending time in my office, which is fine, because there is nothing more peaceful and conducive to focusing than knowing that all members of the flock are gathered and getting along.

Now that the Elf and Christmas chicken are gone, I’ll go back to telling stories about life living with children and chickens in New Hampshire, but for now, I have one wish for you and yours,

May your home be ever warm.

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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.

Like what you read here? Consider subscribing to this blog so that you’ll never miss a post. And feel free to share with those who may need a little chicken love.


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