Category Archives: Life

Demoted.

Well. I should have known. The chicken yard is an eerily reasonable facsimile of real life, a messy microcosm of worst selves laid bare for all to see. There we were, peaceable kingdom and all, enjoying the last thin rays … Continue reading

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Feathers, unruffled.

So. Much. Chicken drama! There have been a lot of ruffled feathers – especially mine – as Willa hit the two month mark on being broody with no end in sight. Not to mention the continued ferrying of the two … Continue reading

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She’s truly in the One Percent!

The little girl born on September 5, 1922 in Waltham, Minnesota, could not possibly have imagine how time would stretch out before her and that a full century later her entire family would gather in Santa Barbara, CA to celebrate … Continue reading

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100 reasons to celebrate.

It’s time to party! Today we will gather to f├ęte Phyllis on the 100th anniversary of her birth. Yes, it all started for her in 1922 and you can spend today boggling your mind with all she has seen and … Continue reading

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The price of eggs.

“Oh, you have chickens! How nice not to have to buy eggs!” Well. Yes. And no. The full disclosure is that we’ve gotten exactly one egg in the last two weeks. I’m thinking of putting it in a museum. Those … Continue reading

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Family Album: a last slice of summer.

We truly loved Santa Fe but all the while we were there I felt a palpable tug, the pull of the Pacific. How lucky that we headed next to Newport Beach, where we settled in at the Balboa Bay Club … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Santa Fe

We’re here just long enough to skim the surface, and haven’t really ventured more than a few blocks from the town’s iconic plaza What I will remember are the flowers, everywhere: And the perfect weather, bluest of blue skies: New … Continue reading

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Chicken lady for life.

We’d been invited to lunch at a lovely club by a lovely couple we barely knew. Hoping to make a good impression, I was actually wearing shoes that weren’t flip flops or sneakers. Nice try. But no. Because as we … Continue reading

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Fleeting.

Ah, summer in all its ripeness. July is as spent now as a drunken sailor, and in waltzes August, full of the scent of unfurling gardenias, scarlet runner beans growing to the sky, and ruddy tomatoes, begging to be plucked … Continue reading

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Wild Kingdom.

It had been a typical day. All the usual minutiae with a highlight of a major plumbing crisis under the kitchen sink. Our cocktail reading hour was mercifully upon us at long last and the CE decided the week-old baby … Continue reading

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