Chicken Blog by Natalie

The Best Farmer's Market :: One Hundred Seventy Five - Sun, 06/26/2016 - 07:54
Madison's farmers market is Capitol! Laura and Gary suggested we meet there. A brilliant idea, because we found basil for Jane's bruschetta, discovered the bliss of warm, spicy, cheese bread, and absorbed the beauty of flowers, the colors of everything under a clear, blue sky, and the tantalizing pyramids of farm to market produce. We found a respite from the heat inside the state's Capitol building, gazing up at the dome. I tried to pace my shopping impulses, but succumbed to honey, and popcorn kernels. I'm sure there'll be plenty of room in my carry-on!

Feels Like Summer :: One Hundred Seventy Four - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 05:56

Maria, Paul, Alex, Max :: Fresh air and lovely views of Lake Monona~
First, game talk and guacamole at uncle Paul's, then an evening trek around the capitol building in Madison, stopping for sushi, people watching, and the King Street Concert. Making postcard memories of our summer. 

Inviting :: One Hundred Seventy Three - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 09:15
Little surpasses the comfort and ease of life on Grandma's summer porch. 

Feeling At Home :: One Hundred Seventy Two - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 20:01
Over the river, through the woods, across cornfields, among fireflies... to Grandmother's house we've come~

Summer :: One Hundred Seventy One - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 08:49
It's summer and adventures await!

Tintype Photo :: One Hundred Seventy - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 09:11
As much as we enjoy sharing our projects at Maker Faire, the Tractor Show, we find visiting the booths and attractions everyone else brings worthwhile, too. (As soon as we have a link for this photographer, I will share it, and the tintype image.)

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Kitty In The Window :: One Hundred Sixty Nine - Sat, 06/18/2016 - 22:47
Someone discovered his way to the window sill, and isn't he a pretty little good-morning sunshine?
Wishing everyone wide open windows, a beautiful wake-up, and pretty sights.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

His Names Suit Him - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 09:14

Neo... Greek, new
Cairo... Arabic, meaning "the victorious"
Nepenthes... Greek, figuratively "that which chases away sorrow"

Happy weekending, friends. Wishing you peace, comforts, glad company, and time. Lots and lots of time~

Peace Feast :: One Hundred Sixty Eight - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 05:30
Grandpa Chango, Cairo Nepenthes, and Mister Foo... all peacefully gathered around their breakfast. They play nicely together, too. Mostly.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Apples For Days :: One Hundred Sixty Seven - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 05:30
From our little Dorsett Golden apple tree. She makes crisp, flavorful apples, and more every year. There's only one problem... how many pies can we bake, sauces can we make?? We look forward to sharing these golden treasures.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Last Days Of :: One Hundred Sixty Six - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 07:44
These are the last days of fifth grade for Maria.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Seriously Fun :: One Hundred Sixty Five - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 08:19
Alright, someone call this meeting to order! There's a lot that goes into organizing our club, Benevolent Order of Makers, for an event. Laughter, smiles, and ideas, paper work, tinkering, tweaking, and kittens. Hopefully, mostly laughter and kittens.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Making A Good Day :: One Hundred Sixty Four - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 08:59
Bambi, Amira, Maria, Stacia, and of course, Cairo Nepenthes~

We spent one day making, tuning, and updating for Maker Faire, then we spent another day doing more of the same, plus celebrating Alex's birthday! Bambi baked wonderful, blueberry scones, friends met at the theater, we shared a Viking inspired feast, then returned to designing, painting, wool felting, tinkering, and making. Keeping our minds and hearts full, our hands busy, because we'd rather build bridges between people, than walls.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Friends :: One Hundred Sixty Two - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 10:17
Alex J, Eric, Max, Eira, Corey, Bambi, Lucas

Graduation is over, and we are still celebrating! The house was perfectly filled up, and overflowing with dear friends, and family, and pitch-perfect felicity. All through the night, and straight on into breakfast. We feel really good right now. Thank you, friends.

Every senior turns in about a twenty word message, quote, or song of their choosing, to be read by the counselors when they walk up to receive their diplomas. Nothing is more personal to the students themselves than an SDA graduation. Max's counselor read these words...

"Echoes of past events, nudge the tiller on my present course. I await its reflection in the future."
The Scorcher's last message to the Ice King.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

The Graduate :: One Hundred Sixty One - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 16:46
From SDA, and the class of 2016... our son, Max. What a wonderful life!

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Chicken Gifts :: One Hundred Sixty - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:35
We love our chicas. We love their eggs. We love running chickens, dust bathing chickens, chatting chickens. And we love-love-love Carol for sharing the hilarious, real, and daring saga of "Voyage d'Yvinec - Guirec Soudée"... that is, Guirec and his little red hen, Monique!

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

I wish I could find a link for the subtitled version of this that plays on FB. I could watch this again, and again, and again. But from the start, even I, chicken lover extreme, knew that chicken adventures, and highlight reels of this fantastic voyage, were only half the story... where's the poop deck?? I wondered aloud. Chickens are cute, darling, and clever, even making dear companions, but no chicken story is whole without some feather brained antics and mess... lol.

Then I found this... and my appreciation for Guirec and Monique was increased and sealed. They're the real deal.
Oh, Carol. You've given me a terrific chicken gift! Thank you!

Made My Mark :: One Hundred Fifty Nine - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 09:04
If nothing else, it's been a memorable primary.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Now We Are Those People Who Have All Those Cats - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:09
Chango Biddy Bongo, El Cubano. I've also taken to calling him Our Grandpa, because he is old, kindly, wise, a bit curmudgeonly, and has a lot to say about stuff he thinks is important, and we like that about him. In fact, many of his stories begin with Well, when I was boy... and then we know he's going to talk about his battles, and the good old days. He's a great grandpa. He likes to whittle, too.

Mister Washburn Foo. Buttflopps. Ninja. The Fooster. Foovius Maximus. He has his own album on the FB, and people seem to think it's because he's "so cute" or "so sweet." But really it's because he is so weird, and essentially anti-social, unless he decides to bestow his awesomeness on you. I've often mistaken his attention for affection, but objectively I need to understand that my thighs are simply ample, warm places for napping or perching. Foo is a practical cat.

And this... this is Neo Cairo Nepenthes. Couscous. Jon Snownothing. Chupi Cat. Tribble Kitty. Our baby Boo. And now, once again, we are those people, who have all those cats. It's wildly entertaining, fun, silly, hilarious, and has been making us laugh and gather regularly to see what the wee one is up to, now! Naturally, I have not limited our obsession with Cairo-Nepenthes to our home, but have celebrated his cuteness all over the Internet, frequently, mercilessly. I will continue in this vein for quite some time, because I want to. (insert maniacal laugh here)

June 1... waiting on Max's lap while I dash into the market for more cans of tuna-something-paté.

June 2... Another nap with a circle of admirers cooing over him.

We know he misses his kitty mommy, because he does this. A lot.

June 4...

The first week he was with us he mostly slept and ate, and teetered with tiny, uncertain feet on bowed legs. But with lots of kisses, and snuggles and cans of tuna-something-paté, he plays more and more everyday. He has even coordinated his pounce.

It's great to be around the moment the play has worn him out, because suddenly the very thing that made him romp and tumble, puts him out, like a light. It happens suddenly.

William stands by his original assessment: This is a bushbaby. (Just go to Google images. I think William is correct.) The bushbaby has been playing hard... he might just be worn out...


Both Foo and Chango have been respectably cool about this newcomer. Yes, they've hissed, grumbled, even booped Cairo on the tush. But, overall, we're witnessing a peaceful integration. It's a welcome attitude to observe.

He really is a small wonder, right, Grandpa Chango?

Neo... Greek, new
Cairo... Arabic, meaning "the victorious"
Nepenthes... Greek, figuratively "that which chases away sorrow"

He is definitely a happy tonic for us.

Welcome to our Bird House, and hearts, Neo Cairo Nepenthes~

They Come Running :: One Hundred Fifty Eight - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 05:30
When I call, they come running. Even captured in a dashing blur, I can tell you this is Lady Thompson, Pepper the Pecker, Mako, trying to catch up, and on the far right is Pele. Mako will find her way to my lap, so I can adore her up close, Pele and Thompson will mill around, until they see I have no treats. And that gorgeous one, the Silver Laced Wyandotte? She will eyeball me with death glares, adeptly scanning me for soft vulnerable spots where she can peck. She pecks for blood. She's accurate, swift, sharp, and intent. It's true, I want chickens for the experience, but Pepper's beak is one experience I've had my fill of!

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.