The Crazy Chicken Lady Gazette Vol. 1, No 3

Bringing you all the chicken poop that’s fit to print, and some as what ain’t.

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Friends, Christmas arrived bringing in rare and unseasonably warm weather.  Rain, tornadoes, thunder, hail the size of baseballs and flooding We didn’t see all of this ill weather but honey it was house shaking thunderbolts and too much rain here on the Farmlet.  It rained all day Thursday, and today.  It’s gonna rain off and on throughout the weekend and then storm again on Monday with more rain for the rest of next week. 

Christmas-floodThis is a *terrible picture, but you can see that the neighbors light pole now stands in a lake of water.

And our neighbor’s property across the way was even worse!

RAIN

For those who might wonder our property drains quite well and we are thankful for that!

The kids in the neighborhood hardly got a chance to get out and play with their new scooters and bikes before their folks had to round them up and bring them back inside.    Glad I’m not a kid anymore.  That would have killed it right there for me!

So, like the kids on the street we were forced to stay inside too and dream of sunshine, drier and more seasonable weather, and then turn on the air conditioner so we wouldn’t overheat the house with all that cookin’.

Bob was so excited about dinner that he wanted All Y’all to see we had a good southern summer picnic affair complete with roast chicken, tater salad, collard greens, deviled eggs, and apple pie a la mode!  What else you gonna cook in weather like this?

Country-Christmas-DinnerHe dug in soon as I snapped this picture.

At the end of our quiet day we took a moment to be thankful that we had good honest food, a roof to keep out the rain, and the best gift of all, the remembrance of God’s Son born in Bethlehem  all those many years past.

Little-Town-of-BethlehemThanks goes out the Kathee, Bob’s sister, for the lovely Bethlehem village she gave us a long time ago!    It sure cheered up this gloomy window scene.

Oh, I almost forgot!

Polly and Fredrik were delighted with all the rain, and said,

Best-Christmas-Ever

best Christmas ever

:V

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As I finish this post I hear more thunder in the distance.   I am tired, but will soon be sleepin’ snug as a bug in a rug” as my grandmother Pauline used to say.    Well, that is, if that thunder don’t move any closer!  😯

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*Actually, all the pictures are terrible today.  It was just too dark and I couldn’t be still enough to get a picture without wobbling before the shutter closed.    😛

First day

OK, were done with that one and it’s on to this year, 2012, and what a start!

Teacup version:

  • Polly ate something she shouldn’t have and she’s sick.
  • It is 57  and sunny for the moment, will reach 61 for a high with rain again later.   It was already raining like heck this morning when I went out to do my rounds.  Oh yes, and the (scary) wind turned my umbrella over when I set it down to water the chickens, and promptly filled it with water. Tonight will be 20 degrees and colder still tomorrow.  Well really we are just being plunged into the deep freeze for the whole week.
  • Took advantage of the sunshine and mucked out the chicken house before the rain leaks under and tonight’s freeze makes that job impossible.  (I’m brilliant that way sometimes.)
  • Read everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. . .

Which brings me to mine.  I’m not going there.  I just have to agree with DJ Lutz at Almost Out of Ink, when he penned this as his one and only resolution,

“I will simply resolve to try to be a better person each day. And if I can do something to make the world a better place, either through my writing or (gasp) by personal interaction, all the better.”

As regards myself, I will only add this to his statement,

I need to get my spiritual life back on track. 

NO, not to worry.  It’s not that I have given up my faith, nothing of the sort!  I’ve just been lazy about it, and that bothers me.

Something  I will do this year that is not really a resolution because I will do them regardless are:

  • Get my ETSY store up and running.  Now that all the home repairs are completed and I have a studio to work in.  * This makes me happy!
  • Continue my research for my book.

Why make it hard?  Why set myself up for failure?  This is simply the easiest and wisest choice.

*NOTE:  It is said that if you want to love your work, then work at something you love.  Now I won’t go into a whole treatise on the subject as this fellow already did that job HERE,  and its translatable into fourteen languages.  Why would I try to reinvent the wheel?   What I will say is this:   I love being a sewist/quilter/writer.  Better, it seems to come easily to me.   I could use more practice in design to get a handle on mixing patterns but that will come with practical experience and maybe a class or two.  The book could take longer.

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

 

Photo Friday: Where is spring?

Seems that Spring is here on the calendar, yet the weather is contrary.  Hot for a week of 80 degree temps, then falling back into the 30s and 40s with lots of rain and overcast conditions.

And yet, the flora

The tulip once planted with purpose now grows where it should not… yet all the more lovely for not having competition.

and fauna

A Robin Red Breast takes a moment to enjoy the newly blossoming Dogwood tree.  Give it another week and it will be a glorious vision!

have all come out to make a show of spring even though Mother Nature pulled some April Fools pranks today.

We had mostly cold and gloomy but by the end of the day the sun showed his face and warmed our hearts.  Which inspired Kung Foo Roo and Sugar Momma to bring out the little ones and explore the great wilds of the back yard…

Their little brood are all adopted!

And then I got a rare treat!

Polly was so inspired by the sunshine that she actually took a break and went out to stretch her legs and have a little splash bath, a very long drink (it had been almost a week!!!) a few nibbles of grass, and then she returned to the nest and her trance of motherhood.

While she was out I counted about six eggs in there!

Three weeks to go and if all goes well we will have new goslings here on the Farmlet… Keep your fingers and toes crossed though.  Baby goslings are a rare hatch…

We had a bit of real snow for Christmas!


So here I offer a few words, several pictures and a disclaimer for those who wonder…  I am a transplanted California girl, hence my excitement over so little snow.

OH, and for those who are not my Facebook friends, I have reposted a little “One Act Kitty Drama”  at the end.  Enjoy!

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Such beauty!  We were stunned to see this lovely Christmas Gift from Heaven and much-loved to receive it…

The animals on the other hand were not so enamored of this lovely, albeit cold, blanket that covered all their familiar turf…

Molly:  “Whooooo… it’s slippery and COLD!!!”

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Polly:   “Not good for dibbling either!”

Topper:  “You call this an improvement?”

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~And finally, here’s the little Drama I promised~

It is Christmas morning and it’s snowing…

Claus:    Meeeeout?
Bob:   Ok, but are you sure?
Claus: MeeeeOUT!

Bob lets him out.

One minute later…

Claus:   MEEEIN NOW… helloooo? Meeein… OK, I’m not foolin’ let meeeein it’s freezin’ my whiskers!!!

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year! May you find many Blessings as it unfolds!