Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch without Wendell

Hello, friends! Thank you for returning this week after my crazy horse led  last week's chat. From what I see, he is as aggressive as airport security for searching out carrots. Oh- I was singled out for extra at the airport! Fun! Not!! I guess I ended up being just one of those random checks. I cannot begrudge them that, because I'm grateful that they work so hard and keep folks safe. This is the first time I've flown since 9/11. I had traveled a lot prior to turning 30, but haven't been on a plane in years. I was- shhh, don't tell anyone- scared of flying! I prayed and kept a brave face for my kids. The flights were fine, but the one going to Orlando was the beginning of a long string of events that made the first two days challenging. That will be on another post this week.

Wendell will not  be involved in the chat this week. He is out in the pasture and doesn't want anything to do with me. (With the flu or virus I have, who could blame him?) He is a bit angry because he saw my photos. Rather than explain here, I'll show you.
He's upset that I was with another horse.

He's upset that the other horse gets to wear flowers on its backside.

Then he saw the photo of the Winnie the Pooh garden. This was okay, but he spotted the next photo.

Not only was I with another horse, but there were kerits! In my defense, I will remain silent.

Now let's get to this chat!
  1. Kimberly asks: How long have you blogged?
  2. Lana asks:What is the most difficult part of taking care of chickens?
  3. Susannah asks: Would you prefer to live where it's hot or cold?
  4. Farm Girl asks: What sort of things are you looking forward to in 2012?
  5. Dreaming asks: What's for dinner?
My answers:
  1. I have blogged for 18 months. I had planned to celebrate my 1 year blog-a-versary in a big way, but it came and passed without  any hoopla. I realized that It isn't how long you blog, but how much you enjoy blogging and the friends you make.
  2. The most difficult thing about chickens is the amount of predators out there. I never had a clue how many wild things lived in our forest. I also never knew how many loved chicken! The normal predators here are fox and raccoon, but we have lost them to possum, skunks, owls, wild dogs, and hawks. When you go out and find that your chickens have been attacked, you can actually tell what did it by many telltale signs. Our biggest problem is foxes. My daughters were out in the horse pasture a couple of years ago and they came running back saying that they faced off with about 14-15 foxes. We have gone to great lengths to keep our electric fences good and their housing safe.
  3. Anything other than a hot climate for me. I like having all four seasons, weather-wise. I don't enjoy the hottest part of summer and humidity is no fun.
  4. I'm looking forward to facing some fears. I did it getting on the planes last week, now I have to do it from the safety of my own home. I've been writing for over 20 years. It's time for me to realize my dreams of being an author. I'm afraid of failure- and maybe of success. I know that sound stupid, but I guess you can just sum it up by saying that I fear the unknown. I watched that with one of my girls on a ride at Disney World. She was really apprehensive of a ride, then after knowing what to expect, she thought it was fun. I'm also looking forward to finding out who Patrice is when she isn't a chef. Additionally, I'm looking forward to some more home improvements.
  5. I don't know what's for dinner. I've been in bed with this flu since Saturday. The family will have to continue to figure it out until I'm back on my feet again. I do still have a bit of an appetite, so I'm glad they have been cooking!
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  1. i could never manage to have chickens here - too many coyotes, coons, and hawks. much less our own dogs!

  2. Patrice, sorry to hear about you being sick in bed. Wishing you speedy recovery.
    It's amazing how fast time goes when you're blogging. Congratulations on 18 months of blogging.

    I posted my answers to the questions on my blog and I'm running out of time. I hope that your crew feed you well while you're out of the kitchen. Hugs. JB

  3. First, I hope that you're feeling much better very soon!

    I am afraid of the unknown, too. It can be crippling. We have to figure out how to just do it, like the shoe slogan says. But, saying and doing are two entirely different things, aren't they? I wish you all the best with your writing. You can do it!

    Have a great day!

  4. Hope you are soon well Patrice, sorry to read you're not feeling great....
    Oh, and yes congratulations on 18 glorious months of blogging!
    Rose H

  5. Hope you feel better soon - seems to be a lot of it going around.

  6. I confess to some of that fear of flying, too. It doesn't keep me off planes but I do think about it. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  7. First visit... from Stephanie V's. I am so sorry you have had the flu. That is NO FUN! We had chickens growing up and sometimes, I wish I lived where I could have them again. Your foxes sound particularly formidable!! Congratulations on 18 months of blogging... it is kind of addictive. LOL! blessings ~ Tanna


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