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The Wisdom of Chickens

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The Wisdom of Chickens

I love our chickens.  I do.  When we first got them, I expected to like them, but I really have come to love these funny, feathered little girls.  Not only that, they’re far more interesting and intelligent than I ever would have guessed.  Here are some life lessons I’ve learned while watching chickens: Beautiful baby […]

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Sunday on the sofa

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Sunday on the sofa

It’s Sunday here, April 10th, and the snow(!) from yesterday has melted.  While we wait for spring to return, we’re all doing a little relaxing indoors.  One of my dogs, Tess, a mixed-breed rescue (who was named–by my family–after my main character in My Watcher’s Eyes), seems to have made it into a science.  In […]

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Spring is here, no matter what the thermometer says!

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Spring is here, no matter what the thermometer says!

It’s April 5th, so what did I wear to run the kids to their dental and orthodontic appointments this morning?  A lightweight cotton shirt, with another lightweight cotton shirt (okay, cardigan) on top.  It’s spring, damn it, and apparently I’m willing to suffer to prove it.  (Didn’t prove anything, by the way, except that I’m […]

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Happy Easter from us and our bunnies!

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Happy Easter from us and our bunnies!

HappyEaster! Hoping your spring blooms with good health and happiness!  xo  

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Fun Friday!

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Since it’s another Fun Friday, thought I’d share a photo of one of my writing buddies….  We thought he was a Golden Retriever, but it turns out he’s an elusive, rarely-photographed Pillow Retriever. Honestly. He’s waiting to go outside and he’s hoping I won’t notice he’s trying to take something with him. Hope you all […]

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Household Help

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Household Help

Are any of you missing Downton Abbey as much as I am?  For those of us who’ve come down with cases of The Abbey Withdrawal, I thought it might be nice to discuss our very own household helpers.  Let us begin, shall we? So.  When you ask your butler for a little extra help—what?  No […]

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Food on My Face: Homemade Makeup

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Food on My Face: Homemade Makeup

In honor of another Fun Friday, I thought I’d share my tips on making up makeup!  People seem to find it amusing that I wear food-based makeup.  (Can’t imagine why!)  Regardless of how strange the idea might sound, it’s simple, inexpensive, and easy to make!  Plus, I really like how it looks and feels on […]

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Our Crazy Daisy

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Our Crazy Daisy

In honor of our first Fun Friday, I thought I’d share a little video of one of my hens, Daisy. She needed to be cleaned up a little, due to a slight injury, but she is not a fan of bathtime!  Hope our Crazy Daisy gives you a chuckle or two! If you enjoy it, […]

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Thou Shalt Sucketh and It Shall Be OK

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Thou Shalt Sucketh and It Shall Be OK

No, I am not trying to make light of the actual commandments. Yes, I’m suggesting we keep this “rule” etched onto the smooshy surfaces of our brains, as a reference for whenever we try something new. After all, most of us don’t score a 300 on our first attempt at bowling. Some of us start […]

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From Coop to Nuts

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From Coop to Nuts

I should make it clear from the start that this won’t be a true “soup to nuts” article on keeping chickens; the information is simply too vast to condense it here. However, I do think the title suits the subject. It can be read as either: owning chickens can drive you slightly nuts, or you may […]

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