Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hello sister, what is wrong with your chicken?

 One of my chickens is acting sick. All hunkered down in the coop. Unfortunately, it is one that I was keeping for my sister who is living in Mexico at the moment. So I shot off an email asking her what could possibly be wrong with the chicken . I had also dug out the issues of my Backyard Poultry magazine cause I remember reading somewhere that eggs can get stuck and not be able to be passed through or sometimes they have problems with their craws etc. etc. etc. But since my sister is a connoisseur of chicken diseases, I thought maybe she would know.

Here's her response to my excited email of "Janet, one of your chickens is sick and I don't know what is wrong. Any ideas?"

Immediately came back her reply, " Is it the older black chicken and not the young black and white chicken? If it is it's called death. She is old and that is what they do just about 24 hours before they die. Any other questions?"

My reply was " Yes, it is the older chicken. YOU THINK SHE IS JUST DYING??? I thought maybe she had a egg stuck or something wrong with her craw or some exotic disease or ......"

My sister..." Joyce, Joyce....what am I going to do with you....Do not overthink the equation....she is old.....she is hunkering down. She is dying. We will all face this process if we live long enough. This time tomorrow when you walk out there, she will be two feet in the air. Pick her up and feed the coyotes on your way to town....aka ...throw her into a ditch as you drive off...just don't do like Edna did (her elderly neighbor) and have the door open, drive through the ditch and fall out of the truck...."

Good golly!!! A dying chicken!!!! I have never heard of a chicken EVER, EVER dying of old age. All our chickens got ate before they died of OLD AGE!!!!

I'll keep you posted....
     Follow up:
Well, the hen in question in my previous post has passed to her final reward in that great chicken yard in the hereafter....or something like that. May she happily cluck away in that place all good chickens go! Shall we bow our heads for a moment of silence in her honor?

And no, for those of you who wonder but don't want to ask. We did not have chicken for dinner that night!! And I didn't ask the boy's Poppy  what kind of funeral he gave her either. Some things are best not known if you know what I mean...

Guess what was on my desk when I arrived at work today????

A little gift bag. And a "thinking of you" card to go with it! And inside it read " Dear Joyce, As you look at these hens, may your remember fond memories of your dear sweet old hen who is now dancing in heaven. Thinking of you (and your old hen). Peggy and Susan "

And look at these adorable dancing chickens!!! There are actually 4 of them but two didn't want to stand up and have their picture taken!!!
Peggy and Susan, you're the best!!! And oh yes, I got the latest issue of the "Backyard Poultry" magazine just so you all would know there really is such a thing for us "chicken lovers" out there.
So, now what kind of chicken shall I buy now to keep the rest of the "little flock" from grieving so much? Hmmmm.....excuse me while I browse through my magazine. I'm shopping......

Friday, January 15, 2010

7 Layer Dip

I had forgotten how easy it is to throw this dish together for a quick snack when company drops in. This may not be the official recipe but here's how I make it. If I don' t have something, I just leave it out and go on. Or throw something extra in that everyone likes.
First spread the bottom layer with refried beans. Then combine a 16 oz carton of sour cream with a packet of taco seasoning mix. I think the original recipe calls for 1/3 cup mayonnaise but I didn't have any so left it out. Stir this mixture together and spread evenly on the refried beans.
Add a layer of guacamole dip.
Then add tomatoes, chopped green onions, olives, shredded cheese, and heck, throw in the kitchen sink if you want to. (That just means anything else you like for those of you like my daughter that don't understand my lingo)
I like to serve with those cute little tortilla chips that are like little cups so you can actually get a decent amount in them.
Oh wait, I just realized I didn't add any salsa anywhere. So throw some of that on too if you like it. Home made is always good.
I put this in a 9 x 13 but it looks really good in a round, flat platter also. Little more decorative!
Good food, good friends equals good times!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ice crystals everywhere

Thought you might enjoy some pictures of our country road. Notice the snow has a tendency to "drift" out in the country which doesn't happen so much in town. My grand kids called these drifts "snow caves"

This morning when I got up it looked like ice crystals were everywhere. Apparently the fog froze in ice crystals on the trees and when I went in to the office this morning it looked like glitter in the air as these ice crystals began to fall. It was a beautiful sight. Only God could make such a beautiful scene as that was. I gazed in wonder as the air was filled with "sparkle" and loved the feel of it as it softly fell on my face!!! What a great way to start the day!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Letting my senses of humor shine brightly!

This is my sweet daughter who sometimes wonders about my sense of humor. I always told her she would thank me some day for making her do the dishes every night before she went to bed but she never bought it. Probably still doesn't today even though she is married now with three little boys. But I digress...notice how excited she is to be sitting beside me on the swing having her picture taken?
Well anyway, I loved doing funny things when she was least expecting it when she was younger. Once, when it was some special night at the little Christian school she attended--maybe Senior night I wanted to really make her proud of me. So I slipped into the bathroom while they were playing volleyball and changed into my best clothes for her!

Can you tell she was appreciative?

Hey, I had to look long and hard to find this outfit!
And then another time I had this friend named Schotzi who happened to have a birthday. So myself and several other friends dressed up and went to her place of employment which happened to be our local medical clinic and sat in the waiting room outside the lab where she worked and moaned and groaned and told everyone we needed "Nurse Schotzi" to come help us. Doctors and nurses walked by and looked at us very strangely.
Now let's see, one was dressed with a basketball stuffed under her shirt and pretended she was in labor, one had wrapped her arm in a sling with what looked like blood on the wrapping, I can't remember what the rest of the girls did but I dressed up like a little girl with measles and carried a candy thermometer with me. And we fixed a bed pan up with flowers to give to her. It was really hilarious and I am sure Schotzi was pleasantly surprised to see us all there anxious to take her out to lunch. We really wanted to take her out to lunch in a hearse but couldn't find anyone that would let us use theirs.
And now, back to my daughter. Didn't want to waste the moment or the outfit, so I went to the same little Christian school to pick up my son and daughter after taking Schotzi out to lunch dressed in all my finery.
She appeared mortified but I am sure she secretly loved it! Let's see, the bib, the pacifier, the baby rattles, the pooh bears tied to my shoes and of course giant red spots all over me. Yep, that sure was a fun day!
And I smile everytime I think about that too!
P.S. didn't seem to bother my son but he is the one that also followed her around in our local Wal-Mart pretending to be Ruprecht one day dragging one leg around like a cripple and talking in a strange voice. He watched the movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels can you tell.
Chip off the old block isn't he?
Come on, enjoy life and laugh a little while you are doing it!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Isn't it great to wake up in a new year? Lots of people choose this time of year to make new resolutions of how they want to live their lives different and better. It's a time of hope that things will change or be different. But, in reality, every day has those possibilities. We can choose everyday to make changes, do things differently, make better choices. But the best change we can make is to start everyday off knowing our relationship with God is right, our goal is to live life as He would have us to and to show love and mercy and kindness to everyone we meet.

I'm gonna keep things simple in 2010. I have found that the older I get, the less satisfaction I get out of "things" and pursuing those things that only hold momentary satisfaction. Relationship is the key. My relationship with my Father God and my relationship with those God has placed around me. Gonna enjoy both in 2010 !!

May this be a great and fulfilling year for you too