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Spring chickens are go

Sunday, October 19, 2014

An early start to the day to let my chickens out of the hen house. DH helped me to set up a separate part of the run so my new gals can have some security while they learn how to walk and find food, without being haraassed by the Whataitai Whanau. But at night I am putting them all in together, much to their horror.

One of them is doing very poorly so I spent time with her on my knee this morning, giving her sips of water and little bits of food.
Suddenly she seemed to wake up and drank and drank. She has not had a drink for 2 days. Now she is much more perky but still tough times ahead. However, thought she was sure to die, and now think she has a chance if we are careful.
I hope she will start to take more of an interest and copy the other three who have figured out how to drink out of the new drinkers and how to recognize some different feeders and food. It's a lot for them to learn!
On the subject of different food, the sauerkraut workshop was great. I now have a jar fermenting away and I think I will make another jar next week.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/20/2014 2:09AM

    Oh, sorry there Dawg! They are Maori words. Whanau= family and Whataitai is the Maori spelling of the suburb we live in.
The new chickens are Hylines, one is 18 months old, which is considered end of lay, she was destined for the stock pot, the others are pullets at about 8 months.
The oldest gal is so improved, I have no fears for her now.

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DOGLADY13 10/19/2014 8:00PM

    Making sauer kraut is on my bucket list. I've read about it but have not had the courage to start my own. I worry about growing some life-threatening bacteria and the Hubster and I die from food poisoning.

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DOGLADY13 10/19/2014 7:59PM

    OK... I pursued google some more. There was no reference to chickens and Whataitai Whanau in the same sentence outside of your blogs. Wikipedia offers nothing. Are you messing with us?

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DOGLADY13 10/19/2014 7:55PM

    OK, Feef... I haven't finished your blog yet. In fact, I haven't gotten through the first paragraph, but I have to comment. I assume that Whataitai Whanau are a type of chicken, but I don't know what they look like. So I googled it. Your blogs come up 2nd and 3rd in the search results. Just sayin'.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/19/2014 7:34PM

    Yeah on time spent w/the poor struggling chicken and that she seems to be doing a little better!

Woot on the sauerkraut! Love it.

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Becking: Sitting down to eat

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Darn it! I talk a good game, but yesterday I ate strawberries while standing looking out the window at birds in the birdbath. I was really enjoying the taste, but I was distracted, too, with my attention on the comings and goings.
Funny because think of myself as having very good habits, I don't like to stand up and eat... Except when I don't notice it.
It was only when I thought back that I realized I had done it.

I think I might take this Beck Solution thing a little more slowly to really absorb the changes.

Today is a brand new day in the henhouse with four additions to the flock. Poor girls' feathers are very ruffled. I have added four at once, one is a friend's very spoiled chicken who is rehomed and doing a very good job of making sure she isn't at the bottom of the pecking order, despite her diminutive size. Three are cage hens who are shocked to find themselves in an outdoor environment, and seem barely capable of walking.
The Whataitai Whanau are astounded that their territory has been so thoroughly invaded and hardly know what to do, but they aren't going to put up with any nonsense. Tense times ahead!

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PAMAPPLE 10/18/2014 7:47PM

    It is interesting how other things seem more important than sitting down and eating... however, the more you practice the stuff you learn, the easier it is do it.

Your stories about the hens really does give true meaning to the pecking order!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2014 3:58PM

    Sometimes it IS eye-opening to look back and realize some of the things we unconsciously do. Good to become more mindful.

Good luck with the chickens!

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DOGLADY13 10/18/2014 1:00PM

    I must go back to previous blogs to find out who Beck is what what Beck has to say. My guess is something along the lines of mindfulness.

Hen House Upheaval. My, oh my. A local theater just had a showing of The Birds again. It was still just as creepy. I suggest that you not let your girls see that movie. For your own protection.

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2014 11:48AM

    Beck really works at that level of "unconscious assumptions" -- the between the ears stuff.

Love your hen stories!!!

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VEG954 10/18/2014 11:39AM

  Cute report!
Sounds like they are treated quite well and you enjoy doing it.

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Breaking news on crash diets.

Friday, October 17, 2014

As a successful crash dieter, I was so happy to read this!
It is an article saying essentially not only that crash diets do work, and have the same long term success rate as slower methods, but they are more successful than slower methods.
Check it out!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2014 10:50AM

    Fifi: ABSOLUTELY! It's all about what works for you!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/17/2014 2:40PM

    Agreeing with each of your points about maintenance being the key. I totally agree, especially since I am presently working on relosing a rebound at the moment. And am a member of the maintenance team, on account of recognizing that this is the big skill. And proud to have maintained a very significant weight reduction for more than a year now.

But just spend a moment thinking about the people who just can't seem to succeed at the slow and steady method, who are told that crash diets don't work. Turns out, they are worth a shot, because you might just find that for you, they do!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/17/2014 1:08PM

    Hmmm . . . not sure I'm convinced, BUT the bottom line is whatever works for you that you can maintain in good health for the duration!

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WISHICOULDFLY 10/17/2014 6:19AM

    Interesting article Fifi. I think just about any program will work if one sticks to it. I think the real challenge is staying strong and maintaining that loss.

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WATERMELLEN 10/17/2014 6:00AM

    Really interesting article which reminds us -- it's an experiment of one, and each of us figures out what works for "me"! It's gotta be motivating to lose weight fast -- and losing weight is in itself "healthy" if one is obese -- but then there's the concern about overall healthy nutrition as well as weight loss and (drum roll, our biggy here) weight loss MAINtenance, always the MAIN thing. I don't wanna be among those who put it back on no matter how it comes off!

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2014TODAY 10/17/2014 5:21AM

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing.
My thought is that both groups had a rather big reduction in calories! And both diets were relavtively short.
I also think that a lot more information is needed really. What foods did the people eat? How much did they exercise? How were they educated? All factors that could be of influence beside the amount of calories cut and the duration of the diet.

What strikes me is that in the end after 3 years BOTH groups had regained about 70 % of the weight lost! So we can wonder if a 'diet' makes sense at all...

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A visit from the Queen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I swam last night, my arms feel delicious this morning. Skipped my Wednesday swim because my Sister in Law was in town unexpectedly. We took her home straight after work for a drink before dropping her at the airport, so no time for a swim.
SiL hasn't seen the 'new' ensuite bathroom. So she looked around the house, which was, while not pristine, tidy enough. And we sat in the sun in the still garden enjoying the spring birds and my chickens and having a catchup. Admiring my tulips and anemones, and drinking a bottle of wine, eating healthy nibbles.
Sometimes going a little off piste is simply worth it.
So I missed my swim!? So what?
What I didn't miss was feeling so glad I spent those weekends weeding! And that I've tamed the kitchen. And before that, my closet, which has led in the end to a manageable bedroom. Which while a little disheveled, was perfectly presentable. Glad I swipe the shower and basin straight after I use them.
Glad for the Organised Life Team, that inspires me to keep at the housework.

And the Queen? When I was a child we used to clean the house on Saturdays and fill the tins, as my mother said, in case the Queen dropped by. A far more likely event for her when she was a girl in London than for us in NZ. I used to say the same to my boys during our Saturday cleaning frenzy, they loved the idea - also the pikelets or scones we had for afternoon tea in our freshly clean and tidy house.

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DOGLADY13 10/17/2014 7:51AM

    I was admiring the garden pictures earlier this week and was wondering if the flowers were anemones.

My mantra was to tidy the house as if Jesus were going to drop in for a visit.

No pressure.

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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2014 10:39PM

    Tulips and anemones!! Marvellous -- the Queen should definitely see those!!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2014 5:47PM

    What a lovely surprise!

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ALIHIKES 10/16/2014 5:43PM

    What a great motivation for cleaning!

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WIFE48 10/16/2014 4:14PM

    I love that you have been cleaning for the queen. emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 10/16/2014 1:24PM

    That is so sweet - cleaning in case the Queen drops by! emoticon

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Spring flowers

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DH painted the fence this weekend and i weeded the ''new' flower bed. Last week we had such a terrible storm that our bay window was damaged. So how is it that the lovely spring flowers can hold on to their petals?

You would not think there had been any wind at all.

Nature is so resilient

Next week I hope to finish moving the plants that have been in the nursery. Then it will be time to fill in any gaps.

The garden is my happy place.

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RDEE22 10/15/2014 7:45AM

    Beautiful garden Fifi. I wish flowers like that liked WA where I live.

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AUDISP 10/14/2014 4:11PM

    Your garden is beautiful! Our trees are turning here in Wisconsin and it has been windy and rainy, so the color will be gone quickly. It is refreshing to see tulips.

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WISHICOULDFLY 10/14/2014 11:23AM

    Gorgeous! Your seasons are the ying to my yang! LOL Just as I am sadly heading toward shorter, cooler days, you have the promise of Spring! Enjoy!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 10/14/2014 11:09AM

    The flowers can bend in the wind, unfortunately the window cannot. How their petals don't get blown off is anyone's guess but I'm glad they don't since they look so lovely.

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VEG954 10/14/2014 11:00AM

  Love your green thumb!
The plants are shining in all their glory.
You burned some calories planting them and can now really enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Thanks for sharing the pics.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/14/2014 10:14AM

    Beautiful, sorry about your window though.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/14/2014 8:17AM

    And a garden is the perfect happy place!

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DMEYER4 10/14/2014 6:41AM

  your garden is beautiful. thanks for sharing the pictures

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