A chicken a day: Bertie Rooster



It’s turning out to be more like “a chicken a week.”


I was all set to sit down and write yesterday, when our large black & white dog had an extremely unfortunate encounter with a small black & white skunk.

Fortunately the skunk had bad aim, since the dog didn’t take a direct hit. And, unlike our last skunk episode (not naming any names here, kids, but you know who you are), this time nobody felt sorry for the dog and let her in the house.

We should have just set fire to the place and moved away right then.

Back to the chickens!

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A chicken a day! Wyandotte this one first?


Chickens have been jumping out at me all over the place lately.

Not the real kind! Though I do work at a farm, all the boys in the poultry house (this year we have only roosters) are well-behaved.

I mean all sorts of chicken-y vintage things.

So, rather than buck-buck this observation, I’m just going to pluck up my courage and peck around here for a whole bunch of eggscellent poultry posts in the next couple of days.

Sorry if you hate bad puns! Don’t get your feathers all ruffled about it.

Yep, there’s more!

We met the Beatles in Manhattan!


You can spot all sorts of famous faces on the streets of New York. Even the Fab Four.

On our school vacation we took a quick midweek trip to New York City.

The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Times Square, Macy’s shoe department—we hit some famous places. On our walk through Lincoln Center Plaza we spied four famous faces—The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts had a fantastic exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ introduction to America.

There were lots of photographs, handwritten song lyrics, ticket stubs, posters, gold records, stage costumes, you name it.

Like the bass drum that Ringo played on the Ed Sullivan show. I saw that show. I was five years old. I couldn’t understand what all those girls were screaming about.

Ooooh! Ringo played this drum! SCREAM!!!

Ooooh! Ringo played this drum! SCREAM!!!

And there was an entire wall of consumer stuff cannily marketed to all those shrieking fans.

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Signs of spring at Sage Farm


Sage Farm’s April show was titled, “A Hint of Spring,” but that was completely misleading.

There were no hints. It was SPRING ALL OVER, baby! Everywhere you looked.


Lots of green, like this fun shelf. Its leafy color really pops against the perennially popular white ironstone pieces.

Yep, there’s more!

Estate sale madness #2


Yes, there’s more! Janeray already showed you what she scooped up at the estate & barn sale we hit on the first day of the Sage Farm show.

Now it’s my turn!


I scored a homemade cash drawer, nicely made in pine but with odd numbers written in the compartments. Space for $3 and $4 bills? Maybe it was used for tokens or something else. Janeray thinks I should put it under my sewing machine to keep all the little tools right at hand. Might work. I’ll have to try it out. If it doesn’t work, then I’ll have to find some $4 bills.

Golly. yes, there’s more!