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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

A Day Like Any Other

Today's the perfect example of one of those days gone by that there's not much to talk about.  Not much interesting, anyway.

I did chores, I shoveled, I did deskwork, I did laundry.  Blah, blah, blah.  Yadda, yadda, yadda.

But, in a concerted effort to make the mundane at least interesting, here goes nothin':

The geese have been getting a little lippy lately.  Matter of fact, the one Shetland male had such a good hold of the back of my hand a week or so ago that it took me grabbing him by the neck and throwing him across the water pan to make him let loose.  My wise sage of a mother suggested that they were probably getting their dander up (ganders with danders?!) due to it approaching nesting season.

Welllllllll, wouldn't you know & sure enough:  last Saturday brought the arrival of the first 2010 goose egg!

The gal who laid it made like she wanted to go broody and set on it, so I left her to it.  (But not before taking some pictures.)
It looks like everyone has a vested interest, doesn't it, the way they're crowded around?

The next time I went out into the poultry yard, though, both she and the egg were gone from their cave.  Dammit - a raven had gotten a GOOD Saturday meal.

This morning, though, there was another . . . and no one hanging around acting broody!  When I have a surplus, I'm able to get $1 a piece for these babies because they're so huge & rich (and, let's face it, kinda cool).  But, this one was all mine.  BIG, ain't it?  

Into the Oatmeal Raisin cookie dough it went, replacing the 2 eggs the recipe called for.  That's a big YOLK, too, huh??

Finally, we'll finish our tour of the poultry yard with this shot of a goose (coulda been the goose who laid the golden egg) who'd just taken a refreshing snow bath.  I like that she still has flakes shimmering on her feathers.
I took some pictures of Turkey Durk "non-fluffed" when I went out to put him inside the chicken house tonight.  I'll have those to show you tomorrow.  It's 2 below right now, so he'll be happy that I insisted he spend the night indoors.

And, a final weather note:  the sun makes S-U-C-H a difference right now!  Case in point:  it was just 14 degrees when I was out shoveling today, but the sun was so warming that I had my jacket off by the time I was halfway done!


  1. Wow, that is a big egg! I will admit I have never had a duck egg, is there a flavor difference? I do know that I do not like duck meat, it's a little rich and fatty for me. That's an excellent price to be getting for an egg, is there a large market for that? I do know, however, that farm fresh eggs rock the hell out of the store bought, I always cringe when I have to use store bought! The duck in the snow is gorgeous. Can't wait to see this Turkey who beat the crap out of you the other night, LOL

  2. I have the same question as Erin about those goose eggs and their flavor. I imagine it's much more challenging collecting eggs from the geese than the chickens?


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