Giant eggs.

Three of the chickens are laying now. And one of them is laying oddly enormous eggs:image

That isn’t even her biggest egg!  Phil found one a couple of days ago that was as big as a duck egg; when I cracked it open into some brownies I was making last night for a potluck, I found that it was a double-yolker!image

I honestly don’t know how that little chicken is laying such huge eggs. Hopefully it’s not really a problem; she certainly is a regular layer and is giving an egg every day now.

RIP Buckwheat

I was sad to read that Buckwheat Zydeco died yesterday at age 68.

I have a lovely memory of dancing with my husband one hot August night in 1991 at the Frog Island Music Festival to Buckwheat Zydeco singing Jolie Blon with Terrence Simien and his band, one of those flashbulb memories that you can actually feel, where you are young and newly in love and the music just washes over you in waves of pure joy…

What could we do with $38,000,000,000…

… If we didn’t have to buy Israel a new military?

Schools? Roads? Healthcare? Taking care of our veterans?


Thu Sep 15, 2016 | 5:22 AM

By Matt Spetalnick | WASHINGTON
The United States will give Israel $38 billion in military assistance over the next decade, the largest such aid package in U.S. history, under a landmark agreement signed on Wednesday.

The deal, whose details were reported by Reuters earlier, will allow Washington’s chief Middle East ally to upgrade most of its fighter aircraft, improve its ground forces’ mobility and strengthen its missile defense systems, a senior U.S. official said.

Say, sorry to be so dumb, but can you remind me again why the American taxpayers need to buy the sovereign nation of Israel a new military ?

The eggs are here!

I forgot to mention the good news! One of our pullets has come into lay!


The first lovely brown egg arrived last week.

I wasn’t actually expecting to get any chicken eggs this year. It’s early for that pullet to have come into lay;  she is four and a half months old, and they often don’t start laying until five to six months. Our nine hens will all be old enough by about the end of October, but we don’t have any artificial lighting in the coop, so their egg production will slow down and stop just about as soon as it gets going, due to the shortening days.  Hens generally need 14 to 16 hours of daylight per day in order to stimulate egg laying.


Sunday brunch this week was fried egg sandwiches made with our own eggs!

With as insane as the news has been lately, all I want to do is celebrate the little joys, like fresh home grown eggs.

A new edition to our little farm. Also: of sacrifices and walls.

Our rabbitry is set up; this is Willow, a four-month-old New Zealand doe:


Believe it or not, I got her for free off Craigslist from a lady who had been raising meat rabbits for a while and decided she no longer had time for it and so was just giving away the last of her stock. New Zealands are excellent meat rabbits, though Willow herself will not be eaten. If we acquire a buck and breed her, we will either eat her offspring or sell them for pets.

She lives in a hutch set up in the duck yard. Because Phil put a two-foot hardware cloth skirt around the duck yard,     Willow is able to come out and forage around. She spent the first four months of her life in the little metal outdoor cage that meat rabbits are typically raised in, so she was on sensory overload the first time we let her out to hop around the yard.

In other news, we still have no internet at our house. Between that and having no landline phone and no television, we have effectively walled off the potential in-flow of toxic waste known as the “modern media”. However, I still have my iPhone, so I still peruse NPR for a laugh. Here is my favorite headline from the past week:

Is Cate Blanchett Asking You To Do Enough To Help Refugees?


Shorter NPR: Have you been sufficiently guilt-tripped into making sacrifices by a rich liberal media celebrity who will never have to suffer the consequences for the demands she makes in an attempt to signal her superior moral status?

Liberals aren’t even attempting to hide the fact anymore that sacrifices are only for the hoi polloi.

For instance, Mark Zuckerberg says:

“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people

Mark Zuckerberg does:

Earlier this year, he angered neighbors when he announced plans to build a 6-foot wall on his 700-acre property on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

You get the sacrifices, they get the walls.