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Lesson 1118 – Quotable Chicks

By Wendythomas @wendyenthomas

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks


“When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock”

An early cold snap is upon us and we woke with temps in the mid 30’s and up north it’s even dropping into the 20’s (Fahrenheit.)

Not only is there frost on the pumpkin, but if you’re not careful there’s also ice.

Do you remember my piece about our chickens molting early – and then everyone else chimed in that they were seeing it in their flocks too? And how if you listened to the old-timers, this meant that we were in for a harsh winter?

Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Well, it ain’t over till the fat rooster crows, but I’m going to be keeping my eye on this one.

The problem with going away for a weekend is all the catch-up you have to do when you get back. Here it is Friday and I still have many, many things left on my to-do list. My to-do list is my Sisyphus’ boulder, no matter how hard I peck away at it, it seems to be right back to where it was every morning.

No worries though, it’s all about balancing the work with the fun and this weekend I’ll be participating in a walk to raise awareness for Lyme disease (it’s a 5K walk/run but who are we kidding? These joints of mine will not be running any time soon. ) If you’re local and are at the event, be sure to seek me out and say “hi.”

Next week I have a few things planned for this blog:

  • Reader’s questions – I figure if someone has a question about something then there are probably others out there who are also wondering. I have a few questions on refrigerating eggs, thin shells (answered this week) and floor covering for outside runs.

Go ahead and ask questions, if I don’t have the answer, as a journalist, I can usually find someone who does.

  • I also hope to have a review of Gregory Maguire’s book Egg & Spoon, I finally have had time to sit and read – I like what I’ve seen so far, he writes poetically and it’s a style I adore.
  • I’ve been sent a whole wheat cookbook that I want to try and will write about my results in a post.
  • Lastly, but not any less importantly, next week I’m going to talk about a nutritional diet I heard about at the Mother Earth News fair. You know how they say that the teacher will arrive when the student is ready? Well I couldn’t ignore all of these teachers, no matter where I turned people were talking about this diet and not so much in terms of weight but in terms of health.

As one with long-term (and probably permanent) damage due to Lyme disease, I finally *heard* what was being said and I came home determined to give it a try. I’ve been following the nutritional guidelines for a week now (not nearly long enough to form an opinion) and next week I’ll report early findings on a body that has nerve damage due to Lyme disease.

Until then, rest easy on the weekend (after you’ve gone outside for a walk to appreciate the early leaves turning’s beauty) and enjoy.


 Be safe and see you all next week.


Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at [email protected]

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