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Long Walk 2018 – T minus 3 days

T minus 3 days till the Great Long Walk of 2018 takes place. This year I’ll be walking from the tip of Cape Cod to the Sagamore Bridge at the base of the Cape (about 68 miles total – I’ll be adding a few small detours from what Google Maps says.)


I’ll be walking alone for this one (not worried, there aren’t too many roads on the Cape so people will see me), but I’m also not going to be stupid. Yesterday I purchased a whistle and I’m going to be carrying a metal walking stick. (I’d like to say that it’s for protection but I’m also sure that I’ll be using it on hills and at the end of the day.)

I went back and forth on shoes. For the 2016 walk I wore sneaks and I shredded the tendon on the top of my foot (from walking on the roads’ inclines for so many miles.) I came very close to having surgery on that injury.

For 2017 I switched to hiking boots and ended up with 9 of the most painful blisters I’ve ever had -truly impressive.

The Cape is relatively flat. I’ve decided to go back to sneakers for this one (Saucony – which fit me well) and I’ll be packing bandages for any blisters that may occur. The goal is to walk 14 miles a day which may not sound like too much, but remember I’ve already gone beyond the time when my docs said I wouldn’t be able to walk anymore and would need a total knee(s).

This is why I continue to walk – because, for now anyway, I can.

And I will continue until the day that I can’t.

The weather isn’t going to be that great, rain is predicted for 3 of the 5 days I’ll be walking. I’m not afraid of getting wet, but cold is not my friend so I’m trying to figure out a layering system that will work. My last two walks were in the middle of August and as a result I’ve only done this in hot, hot, weather. It might be nice to have it be a little cooler (as long as it’s not frigid.)

And even though there has ever been only one bear sighting on the Cape (people think it swam over) I will keep the bear bells on my pack.

One can never be too careful when it comes to bears.

I will have access to the internet and will be making regular updates on this blog and on Facebook.  (https://www.facebook.com/wendy.thomas1)

I will also be updating on Twitter @WendyENThomas with the hashtag #LongWalk2018


Shoo bear. 

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Lesson 900 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.”

Lemony Snicket

In planning our Thanksgiving Day menu, I have to make a true confession. Along with never having made sugar cookies from scratch, I have never made this thing:


If truth be known, I don’t even think I’ve ever tasted it (I know, Thanksgiving Day sacrilege.) Continue reading


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Lesson 895 – Quotable Chicks

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IMG_20131005_152016828I do a little bit of yoga-style meditation. Relaxing and breathing even just one minute a day makes a big difference.

Dolph Lundgren

No soccer games, no school club events. Not one kid-related activity.

The stars have aligned giving us a weekend where *nothing* is scheduled (well except for meeting a friend to talk about writing and Bunco on Saturday – which I have never played.)

So what do I do with a mostly open weekend? Continue reading

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Lesson 890 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

Clutter is my natural habitat.

Maggie Stiefvater

This is what we handed out for Halloween (yup, we’re the family that refuses to hand out candy.)


One of the reasons, I like handing out snacks like this is that my kids can then use the extras in their lunches (instead of sneaking candy.) It’s a win-win situation (especially when you bought 100 packets of pretzels and ended up handing out a grand total of 10.)

The other day Addy came home from school and told me that she had had a “very sad day.”

“Why? What happened?”

She went on to tell me that on her way out the door, she had grabbed a package of pretzels to eat with her lunch, but when she got to school, she realized that she had grabbed this:


“How could I eat that?” she moaned. “I had to keep it intact so that I could show people at school and everyone at home. I never got to eat any pretzels,” she told me with a dramatic frowny face.

My little grasshopper has learned well. This is what I’ve been doing my entire life, bringing home interesting things to share with the kids. It explains why we have 31 chickens with at least 10 different breeds in our flock – I’ve wanted to share what I’ve discovered with my kids.

It also explains why clutter is a continuous problem in our house. How can we get rid of things that are so different and so interesting?

Well here is me taking a stab at it – Addy, sweetheart, everyone has now seen your pretzels, feel free to eat them (and don’t forget to throw away the wrapper.)


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

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 886 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

People have been asking me about Storm, so today, although I normally put up a quote, I’ll leave you to enter the weekend with some good news.

We named our little injured chicken Storm because she’s such a trooper. Get it? It’s a nod to my Star Wars Geeks.

Yesterday, I wasn’t sure if Storm was going to pull through. I had been feeding her bits of vegetables and grapes in an attempt to keep her poop loose but in the afternoon she stopped eating and drinking anything.

When I inspected her butt, I saw that although the wounds were healing, there was some significant damage to her vent area and the scabbing had restricted her ability to push out her poop.  What poop she did push out was drying in place creating even more of a restriction. She was so impacted that scabs were ripping open and bleeding in the effort. Poor little thing. Continue reading


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Lesson 881 – Quotable Chicks

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When I was a kid, my parent moved a lot, but I always found them.

Rodney Dangerfield

My daughters like to use an application called “Snapchat.” It allows you to take a picture that is then only seen for a few seconds by the person who receives it before it “disappears.”

Addy, who is our biggest Snapchat addict tells me that the way you are supposed to use it is to record your face as you respond to what is being sent you (of course, I pointed out that this could lead to an endless loop of “amazed” selfies, but she didn’t care.)

As a result, I get many pictures like this from my daughter throughout the day that look kind of like this:


I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to see my lovely daughter’s “amazed” face, over and over. Continue reading

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Lesson 876 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

IMG_20131006_090142502If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion

Dalai Lama

This past Wednesday, I taught a chicken workshop for our town’s Adult Education series.

We covered lots of information, from getting chicks to moving them out to the henhouse (the next session covers flock management, medical concerns and how to cull.)

When I was talking about taking care of baby chicks, I mentioned what I feed them. I routinely suggest that all chicks have access to medicated feed until they are 5 – 6 weeks old and then it’s no more medication for them.  The reason I do this is that baby chicks come from batches of other baby chicks, which means they can be exposed to many, many pathogens. Medicated feed gives them a leg up. Continue reading

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