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The Cold and Chickens

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We have had record setting cold this last week or two.  The kids don’t even want to go outside to play.  As the snow slowly melts it is not much better because I have 2 ice cold rivers, and 3-6″ of standing water/ice in the back yard due to drainage issues through the unmelted snow.   Through all of this we have sadly neglected our poor chickens.  They don’t like walking in the snow, and their coop is intentionally drafty to help with ventilation.  They ran out of food, their treats kept freezing, and keeping unfrozen water for them had been neglected as well.  I am simply amazed they are all even alive!

(I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’ve even wondered if it would be better if some of them did die so the kids would learn they need to do their chores no matter what the weather.)

Places of Peace

Who has a place where they just always feel calm and happy?  Where is it?  I have a friend who is always calm and happy under a tree- any tree.  I have a “new” and unexpected place.  Sitting in my yard, watching my chickens.  Even just feeding them and watching brings an intense calm.  I think it is because they live a simpler, unassuming, unstressed life that is full of food, friends, and knowing they will be taken care of.  We got 3 new hens this week.  There is a little bit of stress and work involved in integrating them to our current flock, but we are so happy to have more “friends” living outside.  Where is your peaceful place?

Sassafras “Sassy”, Nutmeg, & Paparika


Beware where you get your advice

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My husband and I have been reading a book called “It Worked For Me” by Colin Powell.  In his first chapter he shared some pieces of advice that he has lived by.  One of the pieces of advice was:  Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.  Thought today I’d share an example of how I would have been better off to have heeded that advice.

Last Saturday my 6 & 10 year old daughters, my husband, and I spent a day upgrading our chicken coop.  We have lost a number of young chicks to the local hawk population and we were adding a better run area with a roof and more protection.  When we finished we were hot and tired, but very pleased with the results.  As we stepped back and observed our work, I realized that the coop now looked almost EXACTLY like I had originally planned the coop out.

I built the original coop a little over a year and a half ago.  I had done a bunch of research, checked out what was already in the garage, and come up with a workable plan.  My husband was very ill, so I built it with my 15 year old son.  At 15 years old he already was better at “construction” and using power tools than I was, so I relied heavily on his suggestions.  We ended up with a good, solid coop, but an inadequate run area.  We had disagreements over the run area that resulted in his pulling out everything I had done, and leaving a halfhearted effort where there should have been a run.  The door only sort of worked, but rather than finding a fix, he changed everything, and it has not worked at all since.

I shouldn’t have listened to my naysayer, even if he was family, and the “expert.”  I was the one who had done all the research, and come up with the plans.  I find it amazing that after all this time we came back around to where we should have started off.  A quote from the book seems all too appropriate.

“Each of us must work to become a hardheaded realist, or else we risk wasting our time and energy pursuing impossible dreams.  Yet constant naysayers pursue no less impossible dreams.  Their fear and cynicism move nothing forward.  They kill progress.  How many cynics built empires, great cities, or powerful corporations?”

I have been prompted to wonder how often the Lord has great and miraculous things in store for us, but we instead are too cynical or fearful to pursue them.  How often do we lose years of our life, only to come back to where we started?  A few chickens short.  I think Powell hit the nail on the head.  It is our fear and our cynicism that are most likely to stop us.  It is not God, and not an inability to work miracles.

Pioneer Trivia

"Pioneers Crossing the Plains of Nebraska...

Today we are celebrating the 24th of July.  Duh – that’s the date.  Actually in Utah it is more like the state day where we celebrate the pioneers who crossed the plains and settled in the Salt Lake Valley.

In honor of their sacrifices and all they went through to settle the new frontier I thought I’d find and share some earth shattering story of hope and faith.  I started reading a few of the journals that were kept on the trail.  Rather than some incredible story, I found a funny, everyday trivia to share.

As these wagon trains crossed the plains, they took inventories of supplies and people. We often ask ourselves what we would take if we had to cross the plains with just a wagon – or worse hand cart only, and needing to account for the weight of everything we took.  What I didn’t realize was that they took their entire household.  I don’t mean just their wives and children, I mean also their cats, dogs, chickens, etc.  One wagon train alone took 81 chickens!  Almost 1 chicken for every two people!  No one bothered to put those in the pictures.

As a “modern” household who has chickens, I have a new appreciation for what it required to take a household full of chickens across the plains!  Wow!  I guess they really wanted those eggs.  I enjoy them, but I’ve never had to look at my small flock for food.  Totally different mindset.  Just a good reminder of the luxuries we enjoy.  Nothing miraculous, just some fun trivia!

Making Omlets

In our yard we have chickens.  Chickens not only make great pets, but they also – duh, lay eggs.  Unfortunately about half of our kids don’t even like eggs.  I am always looking for better ways to cook them so we will eat more.

Yesterday I decided that I needed to go back and re-try the old standard omelet.  The last several times I tried to make omelets for dinner the kids all said “Not scrambled eggs again!”  Obviously I’m not the best omelet maker out there.  My oldest daughter was helping with dinner, so I got her started on the sausage while I snuck off to check the internet.  She sort of laughed that mom can’t even make an omelet without the help of the internet.

Let me interject here – the internet holds so much knowledge.  It is so full of good and full of bad.  The internet is actually the miracle itself today.  The good parts of it especially.  People used to suffer with ignorance.  Even 5 years ago my children would have had to suffer with poorly made omelets, but not any more.  I checked Google, it let us to YouTube,  and a short 5 minute video later and my family will have perfect omelets every time now.

Here’s the video.

The technique was sort of innovative, but effective.  We had several omelets, and every one was perfect.  My kids didn’t even recognize them as the same thing I had called omelets before, and most kids even ate them.  We also made sure that these “new” omelets were on our college kids list of things to cook at school.  Quick, easy, cheap, healthy, and perfect every time!

(Be sure to press LIKE if you are going to have omelets this week too!)