Updated on January 18, 2018
A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara
Texas has had unusually cold weather during the past week. Those up North may find this hard to believe but 20 degrees is very, very cold to a Texan. I don’t think it got below freezing at all last winter, and we’ve already had too many days in that category this year.
This morning was the coldest it has been in 30 years – 15 degrees. Give us 100+ degrees any day.
Cold temperatures present unique challenges on Miller Farm. For example, the chicken waterers freeze. The first year this happened, I tried kicking the base to dislodge the ice. I only succeeded in cracking the base. I have learned a more effective way to handle the ice is to pour hot water over it.
I’ve had to do that multiple times a day for the past week. It is not fun.
Last night I forgot to take a flashlight when I closed the chickens. Back inside where it was warm I remembered I hadn’t checked eggs since lunch but figured they would be fine under the chickens. That works fine as long as the chicken actually sleeps on the eggs. One of the Welsummer eggs was left out in the cold.
It is sunny and a balmy 32 degrees outside right now. I’ve already checked eggs twice.
I’ve eaten eggs poached, scrambled, fried, and boiled but frozen eggs … not interested.
Updated on January 14, 2018
Martin Luther King’s calm civil disobedience and charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, here and around the world.
He inspired so many that, in 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – the youngest man to receive the prestigious honor.
Through his lectures and dialogues, he stirred our conscience. His words continue to be as meaningful today.
President Ronald Reagan signed legislation in 1983 to establish a yearly federal holiday to honor the man and his accomplishments. Today has been designated as that day.
As you honor Dr. King today, pause and consider these MLK quotes.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
On Getting Along
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Additional legislation passed in in 1994 establishing Martin Luther King Day of Service to encourage citizens to use the federal holiday as an opportunity to give back to their communities. Why not let this MLK Day be the start of a year in which you make a positive impact?
Updated on January 11, 2018
A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara
Among the specialty breeds that Rachel hatched last spring are some Croad Langshans. The breed originated in China and was brought to Britain in 1874 by Major F.T. Croad. They are a large breed and lay dark brown eggs – at least the hens do. The roosters just strut around looking handsome.
The poem is one my mother read to us enough times that I still have most of it memorized. It tells the story of a cowardly dragon named Custard who gathers enough courage to gobble a pirate. I found the book at a used book store.
We have many animals on Miller Farm. We may not have a dragon but we have Custard the Rooster who is just as cowardly and lovable.
Updated on January 7, 2018
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over for another year. We’re settling into winter.
Old Man Winter is playing hardball with the poor folks on the east coast. Even here in Texas, we had a full week where temperatures didn’t rise about freezing.
Our little arctic cold snap only lasted a week, but it wiped out many of my flowers even though I had lovingly covered them. Plants and houses and cars in Texas don’t do cold weather very well.
Some folks thrive in the cold weather. For those folks, winter means snow and snow brings skiing and ice skating, snowmobile rides, curling up by a fire with a good book, and the peaceful silence of a walk after a fresh snowfall.
Others dread the winter with its snow and wild weather. All they can think about is shoveling, snow blowing, icy roads, and frigid temperatures.
I like winter with its cooler temperatures. I didn’t even mind the shoveling and snow blowing when we lived where it snowed. I avoid icy roads by huddling inside with a roaring fire and a good book. And, I positively love the aroma of a good soup or stew simmering in the crock pot on a chilly day.
Another thing I like about winter is the slower pace.
Animals are hibernating, trees have shed their leaves, and daylight hours are shorter. Nature beds down for winter, storing energy for spring.
Perhaps we should mimic Mother Nature and use wintertime to renew ourselves. Get more sleep, read more books, and eat good soups. Take a step back from busyness and noisy days to replenish our spirit in the quiet and calm of winter.
I’m thinking if we did, the arrival of spring would likely find us refreshed and energized ready for its promise and possibilities.
What do you think?
Updated on December 3, 2017
This is my all-time, very-favorite Christmas video. Since I post it every year, I guess you figured that out.
If you have a piano around round your house, try playing the C scale. Start on middle C and play up to the next C. Then play back down the scale again. Start on the 8th note and pause on the 1st note, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th.
Listen as you play. What you’ll hear is the good news for Christmas .
“Joy to the World! The Lord is Come.”
Chicken Wrangler Sara and I will be back in January. Enjoy a wonderful Christmas week with your family and friends.