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Winter Ready

December 8, 2014

Winter is here.  It’s been here for a while.  Every time we step outside means four little hats, four little scarves, four pairs of boots, and eight little mittens.  Every time we step inside they take it all off.  Then they decide to go outside and play in the snow and put it all back on.  This used to be a sweaty and stressful process for me, one which often resulted in two left boots, or mismatched mittens, or somebody wearing a sock on one hand.  In a pinch, I have been known to throw a blanket over a few and haul them to the van like a sack of potatos.  You can see how happy they are to be all bundled up:

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But last year, all that changed.

If I could offer one gift to the mothers of the frozen north, it would be this piece of advice: sew it all together.  You don’t have to know how to sew.  I don’t.  But somehow, in desperation, I managed to thread a needle, tie a knot, and poke it through hat, coat, scarf, coat, mitten, coat, mitten, coat.  And there they hang: a complete suit of winter gear, ready for a body to be slipped into it at a moments notice, should the snow suddenly call someone out into the yard to play.

I will admit, they look a teeny bit spooky hanging there like little ghosts.  Last year, after I attached Elisabeth’s mittens I realized they were WAY too large, giving her suit hanging on the hook a distinct Edward scissor-hands look.

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The day before thanksgiving we picked up a Christmas tree and a load of firewood, and between that and the suits of winter gear, we are in business.

Even our six hens are ready for the season.  Being city chickens, they feel a lot of pressure to keep up with the Jones. Sometimes I hear them clucking about possibly moving to the country and homeschooling, but I will not have it! And so they continue to grace our yard with their presence and our table with their many colored eggs. To keep them laying eggs through the winter we had to plug in two hanging heat lamps, a heated waterer to keep their water from freezing, and a strange of Christmas lights to keep there spirits up….leaving our coop just crackling with electricity.  The night we plugged in the lights, Elisabeth thought it looked so cozy she begged to sleep in the coop with her hens. It is tempting.

Below, the chickens busily preparing for the holidays.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Craig MacIntosh permalink
    December 8, 2014 4:31 pm

    Dear Lucy and family, A wonderful bright spot as usual…particularly when one considers the blah winter gloom outside our windows just now. Merry Christmas to your household…including the hens. I hope your neighborhood fox is not attracted to colored lights. Mac

  2. Abby permalink
    December 8, 2014 5:30 pm

    it’s so genius! As a babysitter, I was so thankful when I discovered everything was attached. 😛

  3. December 8, 2014 6:42 pm

    May I send a link to this post to all my Alpha parents. Its brilliant!

    • Lucy permalink
      December 8, 2014 8:49 pm

      Why, Myra, I’d be so honored!

  4. January 4, 2015 11:25 pm

    Positively delightful, per always. I do hope a room opens up in the coop for miss Elisabeth! Fingers crossed!

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