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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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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 ❤

…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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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….. it’s getting cold!

Well, I don’t quite understand what is going on…

Now that I live outside,

really, O U T S I D E…

I’m learning how cold it gets here.

BBBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrr……….

I HAD NO IDEA!!!

There are no more lights to keep me warm…

and lots of strange noises through the night!

It’s a good thing I have lots of feathers now!

I’ve been very busy in the garden looking for bugs

and avoiding those nasty peacocks!

EVERYWHERE I go… THERE THEY ARE!!!

They think the firepit is their perch!

They sit on the roof like vultures

just waiting for us to get fed

so they can STEAL OUR FOOD!!!

It’s not like they don’t get fed at the barn!

Even the siblings are afraid of them!

My nasty brother tried attacking my mom the other day…

my birth mother put him in his place, blasting him for biting the hand that feeds him!

The C – A – T is still around, looking cute and trying to steal all my attention…

but even HE is afraid of those stupid peacocks!

My mom wants to call this one Esmerelda… what do you think?  She’s pretty EVIL!

Grampa came down to visit and my dad had to show him how cute I am!

He was impressed with how I just hang out…

in my dad’s hand… see how IMPRESSED I am???

Okay, ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

I snuck in the house the other day to check out what my mom is working on…

It looks like she designed another rug around ME!

SHE LOVES ME!

and I LOVE HER!

I’m still laying eggs (my mom’s so proud of me!)

aren’t they beautiful???

So, I guess I’ve gotta get used to this C – O – L – D ! ! !

BUT FIRST,

I get to enjoy this beautiful warm October day!

HAPPY FALL!

Until next time…

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A little excitement goes a long way~

It’s been awhile since I last wrote

but life has been very busy around here.

Some days are easier than others.

I thought the C – A – T was going to be my biggest problem,

BUT, he’s pretty easy to get along with…

HE likes to help mom in the garden

just like ME!

On the other hand, those stupid birds are taking over!

HE was posing for mom…

and those dumb birds chased him away… can you believe it???  BIRDS chasing a C – A – T ? ? ?

BUT they do

AND they get away with it…

HE RUNS!

They are taking over MY dooryard…

This one is very nosy, she always has her beak somewhere where it doesn’t belong!  Not like me at all!

Sometimes I have to fly up onto the plant tables just to get a break from them!

They sneak into the coop and steal our food.  Pretty annoying.

Oops… not sure I should go in there now… looks like she’s coming, too!

YIKES!

Now they’re chasing me away!  THIS IS NOT FAIR!

Sometimes my people leave the back door open… and I sneak inside!

I like to snuggle on mom’s shoulder…

Mom helps me with my blog… it’s hard work, you know.

Hurricane Irene came to town and my family came home…

with guests and more guests… this guy had fun with my birth mother, Brownie…

a relief to me since he keeps picking me up and putting me down!

The kitchen was very noisy with all those people, hard for a chicken to get any sleep!

it was raining so hard mom wouldn’t let me go outside…

FOR TWO WHOLE DAYS!

I was getting pretty bored!

I was allowed to stay up all night with my sister’s friends playing cards.

This is the morning after.

The grandchildren came over to play and drove me nuts!

I started biting people…

DON’T THEY KNOW that I don’t like to be touched ALL THE TIME???

We made chocolate chip cookies…

and cuddled a lot

then the dog modeled his new eyes

and I showed everyone how lovable I can be.

The rain stopped and everyone went out to investigate…

PHEW!  A BREAK!

Mom still wouldn’t let me go outside…

she was afraid that I might get blown away.

FINALLY, the sun came out and I was able to take my dirt bath!

That is until my birth mother showed up!

We had quite the laugh, watching the turkey talk to her reflection in the truck bumper.

My friend, Peg, came to visit from Florida and brought me a very pretty necklace… good enough to eat!

I had serious issues with how it ruffled my feathers… so now I just LOOK at it!

BUT… I LOVE Peg!  I can’t wait for her to come visit me again!

THEN, we had issues…

there were these big crashes tumbling through the house…

It turns out that those stupid birds were up on the roof

knocking loose bricks down the chimney!

Here is one flying off the roof.  They SCARE me!

They scared the cats, too… is it safe to come out?

We had A LOT MORE RAIN, things were flooding everywhere!

Boy, was I glad when the sun came back out.

It started getting dark earlier…

and I had to let someone know I was ready to come inside.

C’mon Dad, pleeeeeeease let me in!

FINALLY!

SAFETY at LAST!


Dad decided to move the chicken coop to the other side of the yard.

He didn’t notice that I hitched a ride!

It got a little scary up there.

So I got down!

The siblings couldn’t wait to steal MY food!

Mom says I’m all grown up now since I laid my first eggs…

She said they were so pretty she was going to keep one!

Little did I know that I was going to have to stay OUTSIDE now!  The coop was moved for me to live in… NO MORE HOUSE!  My mom says that is so I can get used to the colder weather since I can’t stay in the house for the winter.  It makes me sad, but my mom and dad still let me come in to say hi.

Those stupid birds decided to take a dirt bath IN MY GARDEN!

Good thing my friend, Celeste, was in the garden weeding!

We shared an awesome sunset…

and I had fun cuddling in Celeste’s hair.

Mom designed a rug about me… she finished it just before the big show!

Now she’s working on another one with just ME in it!

I helped my mom set up the Garden Shop.

I wanted to play in these nesting boxes, but mom thought the garlic looked pretty there.  I didn’t argue.

THEN, people started arriving and setting up tents.

These are my friends Cindy & Denise.  This was Cindy’s tent with her husband Joe (he picks things up and put them down!) and they own Hometown Antiques in West Brookfield, MA.  Denise owns Sassafras Hill Primitives in Enfield, CT.

Here is my friend, Robin… she likes to carry me around and is really nice!  She ran the admissions booth for the big show.

It rained and rained and rained… lots of people got really wet

and so did I!

We had lots of people over for dinner…

MY dad cooked for everyone.

(Sometimes he saves bits of bread for ME!)

MY mom let me come in and visit after most of the guests left.  (Photo by Bonnie Lucente)

We had special guests from the west coast staying with us for a few days.

THEY really liked ME!

Here is my new friend, Paul giving me a kiss ~blush~  (Photo by Bonnie Lucente)

Paul is a bookbinder from Washington and runs From Common Hands Studio.  MY mom LOVES his books… she has 4 and wants more!

My friend Bonnie came back to see me, too!  She writes a great blog called Home in New England.  (Photo by Paul McClintock)

MY friend, Maria, gave me a kiss, too!  She brought presents for ME!  (Photo by Paul McClintock)

All of a sudden, there were people EVERYWHERE!  I didn’t know where to go!

The peacocks hung out in the Liberty Garden, showing off their pretty feathers but not being very friendly… like ME!

My siblings thought they should try and look pretty, but they’re not very friendly, either.  (Photo by Paul McClintock)

I decided to hang out with my new friends Larry & Paul near the garden.

My mom and Paul were surprised by their friend Carolyn from Seattle.

Nothing prepared me for what was to happen NEXT!

These really cute little girls showed up, all dressed in costume like my mom and Doreen.

I let them pat me AND…

Ryleigh held me AND…

Maria gave me a bonnet AND…

I put it on for Ryleigh AND…

She thought I looked really pretty!

Then I decided I needed a BREAK so I disappeared for a while.

My mom told me that Ryleigh looked for me ALL DAY!  Finally, I came out and let her play with me again.  She took me out to the back field to visit with Maria and Bonnie and to show other people my bonnet.  SHE LOVES ME!

(Photo by Bonnie Lucente)

I scared a little girl… I didn’t mean to!

BUT Sharon liked me!

I got to meet Fred & Kevin, my mom’s friends.  Kevin said he really liked ME!

This BIG dog decided he wanted to EAT ME!  Luckily, his dad had a good hold on him!

I ran to hide behind my friends.

Paul took my portrait.  My mom says I look real pretty.  (Photo by Paul McClintock)

Maria took a funny picture of my mom and Paul in Milltown Primitives‘ booth… it looks like fun!  (Photo by Maria Cardillo)

All in all, I had lots of fun having all these people here.  Everyone was nice to me, laughing and having fun!  Maybe they will come again.  I would like that!

At the end of the day, everyone was tired, INCLUDING ME!

Celeste let me rest with her.

I snuck a sip of Doreen’s lemonade… she let me have it!

Then my dad let me rest in his lap.

The next morning, my mom and I took a walk in the garden.  (Photo by Paul McClintock)

and our friends said good-bye.

Uncle Jimmy came to visit.  I think he likes me!

The C – A – T and I are back to dodging the peacocks and playing in the garden.

(Photo by Maria Cardillo)

Until next time~

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The Garden Princess~

It’s been one heck of a week!

First, my friend Maria (Primitives by Maria) came over to visit me with her friends John (Country Culture), Jeanine and Danny.  They were all nice, but I like Maria best… I even tried on my aviator helmet for her.

First, after 3 whole weeks of hiding…

and skulking around…

my birth mother decided to abandon yet another nest FULL OF EGGS!!!

Can you imagine???  My mom says they weren’t fertile, but I’m not sure I believe her… remember WHAT HAPPENED TO ME!!!

I made friends with a sheep in the garden, only to find out it’s made of stone!

Someone was eating the tomatoes in the garden… I don’t know who it could be!

Oops!  Did you hear something?

Hmmmmm… maybe not.

I told my mom that it was time to harvest the garlic.  She wasn’t sure.

Are you sure you didn’t hear anything?

Whoops!!!

Caught.  In.  The.  Act.  Embarrassing.

Then that stupid turkey made me trip over the empty pots…

she stole MY cucumber…

and wouldn’t let me take it back!  Then she ATTACKED ME!

So I RAN AWAY!

She mussed up my feathers…

and one feather…

one feather…

OMG!!!  Get her OUT OF HERE!!!

one feather FELL OUT!!!

The siblings are still around… they haunt me in the garden, popping in and out of the plants.

Here they are with my birth mother, all in embarrassing poses… am I really related to THEM???

This C – A – T is always underfoot!  He thinks that HE is my mom’s FAVORITE, but HE IS NOT!!!  He helps us tend the garden and he really isn’t so bad… at least HE doesn’t ATTACK me!

My mom finally harvested the garlic, WITH MY HELP… but he helped, too!

Sometimes I hide in the weeds.

I FINALLY got MY cucumber back!

Sometimes I hide in the herb garden… so I can sneak in the house!

Just like this!

I LOVE looking for bugs…

YIKES!!!  WHAT IS THAT???

WHAT???

THAT is H U G E…

and there’s that C – A – T, trying to look all cute and sweet… what’s a chickie to do???

Get tough, that’s what!

Uuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhh…. MOMMMMMMMMM!!!!

Phew… it’s safer up here!

Any ripe raspberries???

I was helping my mom stack soap in the Garden Shop and we heard a THUD on the roof!  Imagine… that crazy bird flew up on the roof.  Doesn’t she know the best bugs are on the ground?

Then she snuck in the house…

and slowly turned to leave…

BUT she had second thoughts, changed her mind and FLEW UP ON THE COUNTER!!!  My mom and dad had a FIT!!!  They SCARED her half to death and she flew down and ran OUT THE DOOR!

She got all huffy and walked away…

Pretty IMPRESSIVE!  Hmmmm, I think I might like that one!

Well, that’s it for now… until next time!

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