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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Tuesday: Feels Like Monday

I'm in a great, get-things-done mood today . . . but I have plans to be away from home! Of course, Murphy's Law strikes again!

Tom, being the dedicated soul that he is, headed out in the -18° F (that's -28° C for you, Fiona) weather this morning for his run. He said it actually wasn't too bad - there being no wind.

I spoiled the chickens, ducks, goose, and turkey last night (well, hoping to coax them into LAYING, actually) by leaving a warm light burning all night over their waterer. I haven't gotten out to do chores yet this morning (yes, that cow would be mooing in discomfort by now, I remind myself!), but I know they're comfy-cozy out there.

Now, the 5 chickens who still insist on sleeping outside, way up in the treetops . . . that's another story! (And, you'd think the loss of their sister last week to our resident fox who climbed the nearby pine tree to snatch her up would have dissuaded them, but no . . . !)

By the way, I need a name for our lone, female goose. I don't make a practice of naming our poultry, but some of them create their own names. And, since this goose is my ONLY goose, I'll not whack her head off anytime soon. So, I figure she deserves a name. Here, let me post a picture of her (taken back in much-warmer October) to see if that might get the creative juices flowing:


  1. Name for your goose? How 'bout Ima? (Ima. Ima Goose.) Okay, if you don't like that, how 'bout Toulouse LaGoose?

    I think I'll quit before I hurt myself.

  2. I think she needs an old-fashoined name, like Talulah, or Edith, or Agnes... something like that.

  3. Wow! Just saw your new blog header picture. You've got SNOW! On the roofs, even. I mean not melted and slid (slud?) off.

    P.S. Thanks, TJ! :o)

  4. A very pretty goose for sure--she looks like a Marlys to me. :-)

  5. Chicken Mama,
    Hey, long time no speak. How are you, earthy woman? Shoot me an e-mail - I didn't locate it here but I would imagine it is here somewhere. However, considering your New Year's resolutions (telephone and e-mails) maybe e-mail is a poor option. Any-hoo, shoot me an e-mail so I can ask you some questions and we can have a non-public dialogue. You know we have a 20th class reunion coming up. Too funny, 20 yrs, seriously? Great pics, great site, funny stories. I wish I had more time to read all the stories but rather than the chickens that are calling, my student's homework is screaming...for me to burn it! Later girl,
    Monique (and yeah, not a blogger girl so I am going to hang anonymous)


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