Chickens – Gratitude Rant #16

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Have you ever collected fresh eggs before?

It’s always a good time, no matter when you do it — but there’s just something about this time of year that makes egg-collecting extra fun.

With the days getting shorter (and nights coming on sooner), there’s nothing quite like reaching into a dark nestbox on a cold autumn evening — because if you’re like me and refuse to carry a flashlight during choretime, you never know what’s inside until you actually stick your hand in it.

Exciting, right?! Continue reading “Chickens – Gratitude Rant #16”

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Books – Gratitude Rant #15

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Gosh, I love books!

When I stepped out onto our frosty front porch early this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find a package waiting for us on the welcome mat.

The package had probably been sitting there for at least a day or two (‘cuz we don’t use our front door all that often) — but I knew immediately what was inside. It must be that new book that Lindsey and I had ordered a week or two ago; Book III in that series we like so much; the book we’ve been waiting on for almost 2 years! Continue reading “Books – Gratitude Rant #15”

Slow Food – Gratitude Rant #14

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I had an interesting thought tonight.

As I scooped some beans, rice, and fajitas onto a little pink plastic plate and set it in front of my toddler (who was waiting eagerly with a matching pink plastic spork), I realized that that little plate of food in my hands took nearly four years — and countless hours of work — to make its way to our table.

Yup, nearly FOUR whole years.

And it all started with the refried beans… Continue reading “Slow Food – Gratitude Rant #14”

Pie – Gratitude Rant #12

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Rushing from the kitchen table this morning, I grabbed my old thrift-store suit coat, straightened my tie, picked up my backpack and truck keys, finished my last gulp of milk, and then ran out the door…

Exactly three seconds later (before the dust had even had a chance to settle), I burst back into the house, rushed over and gave each of my girls a quick kiss on the cheek, said my goodbyes — and then hurried out the door again.

That was about 8 o’clock this morning. Continue reading “Pie – Gratitude Rant #12”

Magic Mornings – Gratitude Rant #10

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Have you ever had the opportunity to smell a buck goat in the middle of the rut?

I’m not sure if you knew this or not, but during the rut (a.k.a. The Mating Season), bucks will oftentimes urinate all over themselves, as kind of a last-ditch, no-holds-barred effort to impress the ladyfolk.

I honestly don’t know if it helps with the wooing, but believe you me, it can get pretty dang ripe!

It’s one of those heavy, musky odors that’s so thick, it’s really more of a taste than a smell. It tends to linger in the back of your throat for awhile, and almost makes you want to wash your mouth out with soap, just to get rid of the aftertaste…

But what does that have to do with gratitude? Continue reading “Magic Mornings – Gratitude Rant #10”