Life’s a breeze~

Well, it’s been a long ride…

my mom said I was very, very sick…

BUT

I’M ALL BETTER NOW!!!

Evidently

chickens aren’t supposed to eat

rubber gloves!!!

No one ever told ME that!!!

Actually, it wasn’t an entire rubber glove…

BUT that’s what my dad told my mom when he figured it out!

It was enough to make me very, very sick.

I stopped eating.

I stopped talking.

I stopped walking around.

I felt awful.

My mom tried giving me yogurt.

My mom tried giving me vinegar in water.

My mom tried giving me mineral oil.

My mom stopped taking my picture… she said I was too sick for modeling :(

After 2 days, Dr. Mark said to try sulfur.

I moved into the house, again.

I sat on the edge of my box for days.

My mom cuddled me and tried to coax me to eat

yogurt & vinegar & mineral oil & sulfur.

Finally, I started feeling a little better.

My energy started coming back.

My dad let me play outside for a little while.

I slept a lot.

My dad found the glove, THEN

I FELT A LOT BETTER!

I had to eat boiled rice

and soft corn

and yogurt

BUT

finally

my mom let me start

eating regular food again!

I’ve stopped napping and

I play outside ALL DAY LONG!

My mom gives me extra treats…

she says I need to gain some weight.

The  D – O – G  is being very nice to me!

I think he likes me!

The black  C – A – T  is a monster!

HE chases me and my  S – I – B – L – I – N – G – S  all over the place!

Spring came in.

Flowers are starting to bloom.

(My friend, Celeste, caught me sunning myself)

The birds are singing.

My mom spends time outside with me.

That Esmeralda is BACK!

She harasses ME!

The others aren’t so bad, but SHE IS EVERYWHERE!

I’m enjoying the sunshine.

So is my birth mother and the  S – I – B – L – I – N – G – S .

It feels so good to take dirt baths again!

I’ve been having so much fun

O U T S I D E

Life is GLORIOUS~

EXCEPT for HIM!

HE CHASED ME YESTERDAY!!!

THEY are getting in so much T R O U B L E…

MY dad is thinking of locking them up!

BUT NOT ME!!!

I’m off and running…

until next time!

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The Reluctant Roomie~

So, my dad’s at it again.

For some strange reason, he thinks that I should like HER!

He made me a special house and then

INVITED HER!

I was NOT HAPPY!

Lucky for me, my mom came and rescued me!

I couldn’t wait to get out of there…

I flew right up onto my mom’s head.

SHE wasn’t happy with me.

I guess I had dirty feet and she had to go meet a client.

My dad decided to cuddle with HER!

… while HE WATCHED!

I was NOT thrilled when she jumped down and chased me around the counter.

Neither was my mom.

Bouffie is back at the barn… GOOD RIDDANCE!

My birth mother and the S – I – B – L – I – N – G – S invade my space.

BUT my dad likes ME better.

At least I don’t have to SHARE with THEM!

We had a little bit of snow… I don’t like it!

The C – A – T gets between me and my mom…

ALL THE TIME!

I pretend not to care…

BUT sometimes I do, especially when I’M OUTNUMBERED!!!

SO, I wait by the door to come in… until the D – O – G gets TOO CLOSE!!!

and I fly up onto my mom’s shoulder WHERE IT IS SAFE <3

It snowed again, and I still don’t like it.

I tried to get my mom’s attention…

to let her know that THIS JUST WON’T DO!

A bunch of ladies came over to see me…

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

BUT my mom said they came over for a Walker Homestead Hearthside Hook-In.

My mom baked…

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

and my dad cooked…

and the ladies HOOKED…

and STRIPPED…

and ATE…

and HOOKED some more… FOR 2 WHOLE DAYS!

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

I got to visit for a few minutes, but my mom said chickens don’t belong in the house… CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???

IT’S A GOOD THING…

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

that she is working on a rug of ME!

My mom designed a rug of our ram, Amos, for my Auntie Celeste to hook…

and it’s looking great!

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

Denise is doing a wonderful job with her Americana sheep…

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

Jewell’s cat is awesome!

Kate’s meticulous work is really coming along…

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

and everyone loved Doreen’s new design…

(photo by Doreen Piechota)

and Audrey almost finished her rug… IN 2 DAYS!!!

My mom said I could share her cookie recipe…

it’s my FAVORITE!

My dad cuddled with my birth mother…

so I played hard to get.

The better weather came back…

the D – O – G soaked up the sun on the garlic bed…

the C – A – T got too close for comfort again…

HE thinks HE is my mom’s favorite

BUT

I KNOW BETTER!

The S – I – B – L – I – N – G – S were out harassing me…

but I tried to ignore them.

It rained cats and dogs last week, but I stayed in.

When it stopped, everyone went for a walk…

and got into a bit of a scuffle…

poor Ace (or Eldridge as Uncle Jimmy calls him).

The S – I – B – L – I – N – G – S played in the puddles…

while I watched from my mom’s shoulder, keeping MY feet DRY!

My mom let me come in to work on my blog…

and cuddle against her neck, my favorite spot!

Well, that’s it for now, I hear my dad calling me!

Until next time…

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A New Year~

So, life is grand.

(Photo by Bonnie Lucente)

I decided that I need more than just corn to eat

now that it’s COLD.

There isn’t anything good to eat on the floor…

so I convinced my mom to give me special snacks.

Sometimes I make a mess…

and sometimes I bite the hand that feeds me.

Sometimes I pretend that I don’t care…

and sometimes I act real proud.

I helped the cable guy fix the lines… Luca and my dad tried to help, too.

The cable guy was pretty impressed with me!

My mom and I took a walk in the garden…

and believe it or not…

we actually found things BLOOMING!

My mom says that the plants think it’s spring… I believe her!

My favorite girls came home for Christmas BUT

I think they like the C – A – T – S

more than ME!

OR… maybe SHE likes the D – O – G more!

I came in for my Christmas treats and my dad took a nap with ME!

My friend Bonnie came to visit me.

SHE likes ME!

I fell asleep in her arms!

OOPS!!!  Look who came with her!

It’s my friend Maria, but who is THAT???

a    D – O – G ???

My mom thought he was really CUTE!

I didn’t.

HE was drooooooooooooling over ME!!!

YIKES!!!

Maria tried to hold me BUT

I wasn’t thrilled.

She brought me a bonnet, so my dad helped her try it on.

(Photo by Bonnie Lucente)

I really, really, really don’t think I like him…

BUT my mom and Maria say Lumpy (yes, that’s his name, can you believe it???) is nice…

NOT sure about that!

For some reason, this C – A – T wants to hang out with ME!

I haven’t figured it out yet.

My mom and dad thought it was funny when I landed on this book…

I didn’t!

My dad tried to apologize…

and so did my mom.

I’ll think about it.

My mom had me model my shawl again, but I drew the line and said NO to the bonnet!

Once a day is ENOUGH!

New Year’s Day dawned bright and clear.

A perfect day to wander the gardens, take a walk…

the C – A – T – S tried to see how many footprints would fit on my mom’s car, but got too tired and decided to take a nap.

Pretty ridiculous, if you ask ME!

I went for a walk…

and HE followed me!

My birth mother and the S – I – B – L – I – N – G – S

thought they could come in the house, TOO!

My dad said NO!

I’m special.

So, until next time…

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Settlin’ In~

Someone, who shall remain nameless, TOTALLY FORGOT

that it GETS DARK EARLY now…

I had to fly up onto the windowsill to

REMIND them

THAT I NEED TO COME IN!

My dad THOUGHT I needed a new friend

so he brought this weird looking chicken up to the house

to MEET ME!

SHE had feathered feet

AND

a BIZARRE hairdo!

He calls her Bouffy…

yeah, like a bouffant

(play /bˈfɑːnt/) is a type of hairstyle characterized by hair piled high on the head and hanging down on the sides).

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???

He actually thinks that I might like HER???

GET REAL!

My Uncle Jim cuddles with the C – A – T – S on the back steps…

Sometimes I sneak over to join them

JUST IN CASE

he might want to hang out with me.

I decided to help my mom out with her next article…

BUT I had to watch out for the SIBLINGS and the sheep and goats…

GEEZ!

Dora came into MY garden and I had to go hide under the baptisia!

I like it better when no one bothers me!

OOPS!  Better get outta here… there’s that C – A – T again!

Welllllllll, maybe he’s not going to bother me after all.

EVERYWHERE I went, HE was there, too!

buk, buk, buk… buk, buk, buk!

BUK, BUK, BUK, BUK, BUUUUUUUUKKKK!!!

Yes, I have learned how to squawk LOUDLY!

My mom is not thrilled.

It’s particularly fun to squawk in her ear!

She said I sound like a seagull… can you IMAGINE?

My mom decided to knit me a shawl.

Her friend, Sharon,  found the instructions on the internet.

I didn’t like it very much

so she let me take it off.

Olivia decided that Amos was pretty handsome…

she kept nuzzling up to him UNTIL

HE sent her PACKING!!!

Guess she forgot that she’s a goat and he’s a sheep!

The grandchildren came over again.

They all wanted to feed me at once…

then they all went away EXCEPT

THIS ONE!  She liked feeding me.

My mom let me come in the house

for a snack AND

to write my blog…

my dad didn’t understand…

sooooooo, that’s it for now,

until next time!

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Anything but Dull Around Here~

Well, my mom finally came home from her long journey…

and winter keeps flitting in and out,

BUT life has been anything but dull around here!

My sister came all the way from Washington, DC to visit me!

She stood up for me…

admired my fine feathers…

and we had some “girl talk”…

cuddles…

and

sad farewells~

I have to put up with all the B – O – Y – S…

BUT

the peacocks are in the barn now, so I don’t have to deal with THEM!

Especially that Esmeralda!

The garden is looking barren

and a strange bird is hanging around the yard.

My dad tried to feed him and he ran away but

he came back today.

He has a white ring around his neck and makes a weird sound.

My mom and her friends have been going crazy making things

and decorating lately.

She even made this ornament of me!

The grandchildren came to visit… they like me…

and disagree over who should hold me…

not sure how I feel about this!

PHEW!   I was glad when they left!

(photo by Bonnie Lucente for “Home in New England“)

Lots of people came to visit us this weekend… the first thing they saw

was a sign with MY PICTURE on it!

My mom tells me that Candy Looker painted it

because she thinks I’m PRETTY!

Father Christmas came to visit… some people thought he was more interesting than ME!

(Photo by Bonnie Lucente for “Home in New England”  left to right, Bonnie Lucente, Father Christmas, Maria Cardillo of Country Culture)

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???

(Karen Boulay, Primitive Thymes)

Some people thought the D – O – G was more interesting than ME!!!

THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER!

SEE!!!  HE COPIES ME!

Doesn’t he know that feathers are for BIRDS???

SO, every time the door was left open

I SNUCK IN THE HOUSE

just to REMIND THEM who

is PRINCESS around HERE!

(Photo by Bonnie Lucente for “Home in New England“)

My mom let me sit on her shoulder

and

have a sip of her mulled cider in the Garden Shop

(photo by Maria Cardillo)

where I hung out all evening with my Auntie Celeste

(photo by Maria Cardillo)

until I started biting people.

My mom decided I was tired so

she brought me to my dad’s woodshop to sleep.

One the way we passed the dyeing pots…

(photo by Maria Cardillo)

which are pretty SCARY at night!

I JUMPED UP ON MY MOM’S HEAD and

wouldn’t come down until she put me on my roost!

Some people saw me and thought it was funny, but I didn’t!

The grandchildren came back, but lucky for me, they liked HIM more than ME!

I snuck in the house again

and Auntie Celeste let me visit.

I know how to make her laugh!

More people came to visit… Karan (Richmond House Antiques) said she isn’t afraid of my biting…

since she has chickens at home!

BUT my mom put me back outside anyway.

It was fun to see everyone, but I’m glad to have some time to myself.

I snuck in the house again

and helped my dad on the computer.

He wasn’t so sure he wanted my help, especially when my claws slid down his scalp…

so my mom took me away!

But first, she gave me kisses

and let me pose in front of the Christmas tree~

Well, that’s it for now!  We’ve got to plant garlic before the snow flies.

Until next time~

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WINTER comes early~

LIFE

has been

DIFFICULT

lately.

My mom left in this big truck

and

LEFT ME ALL ALONE

with all the BOYS!

FOR TWO WHOLE WEEKS!

I don’t know what she was thinking!

I think she forgot how cute I am.

While she was gone…

IT SNOWED AND SNOWED AND SNOWED!

Yes, snow… I HATE IT!

My dad decided I could come stay in his woodshop…

IT was certainly BETTER than OUTSIDE!

Trees were cracking LOUDLY for TWO WHOLE DAYS!

My dad locked the peafowl up in the barn

so they wouldn’t blow away!

THEY don’t bother ME anymore!

The magnolia tree the siblings sleep in was DESTROYED!

BUT they were okay.

There was lots of other damage.

Branches broke everywhere… can you believe it?

SNOW BEFORE HALLOWEEN!!!  and LOTS OF IT!!!

The C – A – T tried to comfort me…

but I didn’t trust HIM!

His favorite sleeping spot up on the wisteria arbor

CAME CRASHING DOWN!

MY FAVORITE GARDEN is a MESS!

The siblings are having fun hanging out in this broken tree,

BUT I don’t like it!

NOTHING is the same.

The D – O – G decided that since mom was away,

it was time to

 CAUSE TROUBLE!

He started harassing chickens and cats!

He traumatized my birth mother!

My dad thought she was dead…

BUT after two days in the house, she sprang back to life AND

SCARED THE WITS OUT OF MY DAD!

She is fine now.

My dad let me talk on the phone with my mom.

She talked chicken talk with me and

I pecked at the phone.

After what felt like forever,

my mom came home

in the big truck.

I ignore her when she calls me.

I BITE her when she picks me up.

Maybe she’ll get the message…

AND NOT EVER GO AWAY AGAIN!

She’s been giving me treats

and letting me come in the house

and sit on her shoulder at the computer.

MAYBE, just MAYBE, I’ll forgive her.

After all, there’s no nicer place to snuggle than my mom’s neck!

Until next time…

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Reality Sets In…

So, today is my dad’s birthday…

HE didn’t warn me, so I didn’t have a present for him

which made me very sad, BUT

I WILL sneak in to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY…

AND

I DID spend the other day helping him in the shop…

HE likes it when I help, BUT

sometimes he thinks I’m BOSSY!  Here I am SUPERVISING him as he works on our Walker Homestead display for Simple Goods!  HE always THINKS that HE knows MORE than ME!!!   BUT

he’s WRONG!

SOMEDAY he’ll learn that GIRLS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT!!!

NOW, he’s listening!

So, it’s getting pretty COLD out there!

I still enjoy looking for treats in the garden…

that is, when SHE isn’t in the way!

I lost my friend, Sadie… she’s buried in the Remembrance Garden where I can visit her <3

…and where she can smell the flowers~

My birth mother is still HARASSING me!  BUT

SHE’s not as mean as SHE looks…

the siblings are still a PAIN!

but nothing compared to HER!!!

SHE chases me AND

B – I – T – E – S

me!

WHAT did I ever do to HER???

SHE

L – I – K – E – S

MY

brother!

WHY not ME?

I snuck in the house again…

HE wanted to come in, TOO!

My dad let me ride Luca’s back.

He didn’t like that very much!

Some days are better than others…

HE thinks he’s ALL THAT!

Little does he realize how silly he looks, especially when he shakes his feathers at the girls!

BUT…

he is getting pretty in the front… kind of.

I snuck in the house again… it’s warmer in there!

DON’T THEY GET IT???  I want to live INSIDE!!!

Some days I look sad and dejected…

so my mom will spoil me… this time I got cornbread!

We had a visitor the other day…

Mark Kimball Moulton, a writer and photographer, came by to visit us!

(Photo by Mark Kimball Moulton)

Fidel was bored with him, can you imagine???  RUDE!

(Photo by Mark Kimball Moulton)

I had trouble paying attention… I just knew S – H – E

was right around the corner!!!

(photo by Mark Kimball Moulton)

I think he liked H – E – R better!

I KNOW I’m prettier!!!

Can you believe S – H – E  TALKS to MY MOM???

She thinks  S – H – E  is pretty special, going brrrrrrrup!  brrrrrrrup!  brrrrrrrup!

AND

MY MOM talks back to H – E – R!!!

So, I snuck in the house again!

and snuggled…

with my friend, Celeste.

SHE LOVES ME!

Well, that’s it for now…

My mom tells me she is leaving me for a while.

That makes me sad, BUT

my dad says I might be able to stay in his shop

when it gets REALLY COLD!

AND

Celeste promised she would visit me again.

Until next time…

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