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.   😛

The Geese Have Spoken

On the advice of my friend Connie the Goose Woman I procured some carrots for Poly and Fredrik.

I washed and scrubbed them with a vegetable brush.  I chopped them into bite sized pieces, and put them out for breakfast with the lettuces and broccoli.

They ate everything but the carrots.

Next morning I thought, well, maybe they are to large or too hard, so I grated them and mixed them into the other greens.

They picked out every single bit of orange food and spat it onto the ground!

Phuh!

Geese: 1

Carrots: 0

Point made!

and cramming it all in her bill!

Breakfast is served

This winter has left us without much for goose grazing.  This requires me to supplement Polly and Fredrik’s food rations.  This morning’s offering was a head of green, leafy lettuce.  Bob said that when he entered the goose-yard Fredrik ran up and snatched the plastic bag holding the washed and prepped lettuce.  He had to chase him round the yard to get it back!

I guess when you are hungry your manners go out the window.

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What was on your breakfast menu this Sunday morning?

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The Mystery is Solved!

Since buying the property I have been seeing large floaters in the water.  Some are over two feet long!  I had been told that they were snapping turtles, but I could never see them. Trying to get closer only caused the shadowy shapes to dive down deeper.

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Do you see those scary dark spots in the water?  Do you think they are snapping turtles?

Sunday afternoon I tried a different tactic.  I walked very slowly, and cautiously to the pond.  I stopped and waited several times for the shadows to resurface and then put my tripod up in the shade.  Being in the shade masked me, but the awesome part was when the slanty light finally revealed the mystery.

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I went hunting,

What did I see?

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I saw a big Catfish

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Looking at me!

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So happy there are no snapping turtles to bite the feet of my geese!