Monthly Archives: November 2009

I am the Eggman


Well, the eggs are flowing like water. One day, I got five eggs out of five hens! We’re averaging about three a day. (If you know me well enough, you have assumed by now that I have a spread sheet that adds the totals per week and calculates averages.) I’m totally into the chickens as you know, but I’m having even more fun with the eggs! Three or four fresh eggs a day doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re a two-person family … they pile up!

I made five Quiches on Thanksgiving day – took two to a neighbor’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, one went home with a friend, we ate one, and I kept another for lunch and snacking today. Besides all this, I’ve had eggs on biscuits and such every other day or so, and I still had a dozens eggs sitting here today!

Mentioned it on Facebook, and suffice it to say … the eggs are gone, and the surplus from this coming week is already promised to friends. This is the fun part for me – Not only do I have as many eggs as we can use, I’m having fun finding new recipes to utilize our bounty, and I’m able to give a good amount of eggs away to friends. Hell, at this point, I’m wishing I had a few more hens. Bigger hen house next year and twice the hens, and I’ll have a nice little butter and egg money business. Awesome. 

In bloggy news – You win, Jackie! Thanks to everyone for the fun, but I gotta tell ya, Jackie totally nailed each item in the giveaway. The top bar is a carriage spring, a sickle bar is just below it. The items on the right are from utility poles, specifically they attach to insulators and hold incoming cables. The basket, of course, is for cooking over an open fire, and yep, the rectangular thing is an old electric meter box. I’ll email you today, Jackie!

In literary news, shout out to Oscar Wilde. Rest in peace, my brother. I have a soft spot for Wilde. Would that we all had the strength-of-character to combat a world of trouble and injustice with beautiful words and a sharp wit. Awesome. Famous last words – “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”



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Shall I follow Blog Protocol, post a picture of a turkey, and merely say, “Happy Thanksgiving?” Well, yeah. I guess I will. Lots to do today, and a few odd jobs to get done before the possible snow this weekend. Gotta hang a few more lights too. Perhaps I’ll be back Friday, or maybe I’ll wait for Monday. I’ll get to finishing up that contest then. We’ll see how it goes. Now see, I’m blabbering on and I nearly forgot …

Happy Thanksgiving, from us Adirondack Turkeys!

Oh, I’ll have some stories for you soon. I am “hen sitting” for a few months for a friend who’s gone off to be a ski instructor for a while. Let’s just say that the girls are less than pleased about having a new roommate. For an extra fun dose of chicken humor over the holidays – check this post out from Green Frieda. Hysterical! Thanks TourPro


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The Museum Giveaway

I have a museum (of sorts) on the side of my chicken pen. And I want you to guess what’s in it. 

Since I’m not knitting this year, and since I have a few delicate winter scarves left over from past holidays, and since most of my followers are ladies, and since I’d rather someone were wearing the things (aside from a storage bin) … Well, you can see where this is going. A blog giveaway. Trendy/crafty of me, no? Awesome.

1. You have to be a girl. Because they’re girly scarves and all.

2. Make sure you fill out the comment forms with an email and such. Or, ya know, I can’t contact you if you win.

3. If you don’t know the specific name of a thing, no big. Specific names and technical terms are not required. Just what each item “is.”

Here’s a pic of my Chicken House Fence Museum. These are all things that we found in, underneath, or on the old house while we were tearing it down. First person to leave a comment here correctly identifying all six items (two of them are the same thing) will be the proud new owner of a nice, light, super soft alpaca blend loose-weave scarf, and a navy blue alpaca blend scarflette done in the same type of fiber. No real theme to the items in the museum, just that they’re fairly old and were all found in the house and foundation. You can click on the pic to enbiggen it. 

Have fun, don’t give away your answers until you’re sure you want to guess, and feel free to pass on giveaway to other bloggers – the more the merrier!


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The Franklin County Glitteratti

I was just reminiscing about the time Dr. Trudeau came by the house. Several times, actually. And Paul Smith came by repeatedly. And P.T. Barnum. Yes, yes. I wasn’t actually there. However, our little hamlet was the pass-thru to Paul Smith’s famous resort once upon a time. And after the railroad came in and the train station was built, our hundred-yard-hamlet was the station stop for the hotel, guests being taken the final two miles by coach. 

When we took down our unfortunate old house, we found a little something underneath it. The foundation, beams, and log joists from an very, very old log cabin. From photos, we were able to see that the house dated to at least 1915. But underneath, the original structure was much older. Before the 1880s, the only real structures were a few trapper cabins along the main road. Perhaps the solution to the mystery lies there.  There’s been a dwelling here on this old road a really long time. So, you see, all those folks really did pass within a few feet of our door. 

Town-wise, we’ve had John Burroughs, Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone. Marjorie Merriweather Post moved in down the street, summers only. Calvin Coolidge was here, using Miss Post’s camp as a Summer White House. I imagine one or two of them must have cast a shadow on our old front porch, being as the village store has always been next door. 

True, the “new” Grange Hall (built in the 1930s) is now a good friend’s antique store. And the old Legion Hall has been turned into a beautiful house and studio. But most of the original building are gone. History disappears so easily. I used to idealistically think that I was not someone who would ever tear down a 130-year-old house. But, I’ve learned that a house is not good just because it’s old. Still, I felt a little bad about that; taking down the oldest house left.

I’m comforted a bit when I think about the fact that the original cabin foundation is now a rock wall along the front. And I have sixteen of those 150 year old logs from the original cabin structure. They’ll end up in our house, or maybe a nice, tough barn. I certainly can’t let that old trapper’s hard work go to waste.

Those rocks and logs belong to the property as far as I am concerned; and they’re staying right here.


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Good Girls!

I had made a mistake by a few weeks about their age, so I went back and checked. The girls were due Thanksgiving week.

The hens are 20 and 22 weeks old this week, and right on schedule, eggs are here! It makes me especially happy to have such timely birds … I like an organized and well scheduled household. The first egg came Friday, and another Saturday. Both from Gwen the Buff Orpington, who is two weeks older than the others.

It’s a right nice darkish buff brown egg, and awfully pretty. Little smaller than the others will be, but she’s such a gorgeous girl, I can hardly hold it against her. We should start getting about 18 eggs a week once all the chickybabes are on schedule. Goooooooood girls!


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Assignment Adirondacks: The Vacationist

Who are you, what’s your job, and why do you love about living in the North Country?

Doug Yu – Adirondack Regional Tourism Council. I work for the regional tourism organization as a Marketing Specialist and I also supervise the operation of the Beekmantown Gateway Information Center.

You might say I wear two hats, but really it’s one hat which serves two purposes – I promote the Adirondack Region and New York State. Being a relatively small organization, that means I do quite a variety of things. In other words, I do a little bit of everything that you might expect a tourism promoter might do. In comparison to a large organization with many people, this is the most interesting part of my job.

I’ve always loved the outdoors and various recreational activities, so living here is a fantastic treat all the time. It’s really part of the reason I ended up here. Originally from the West Coast, I had no idea or concept of living in The East. One day there was a choice to be made…. Plattsburgh? What the heck is that? On the map it looked nice w/ Lake Champlain and Adirondacks nearby. Well, it is nice and I haven’t regretted the decision much at all. Oh, I still get a kick out of having “seasons”. And the snow shovel is still a novelty-tool.

Any amusing anecdotes? Funny things that have happened at the Visitors’ Center, weird phone calls?

 I’ve worked in travel/hospitality for some time now. You might appreciate the “on-stage/off-stage” nature of customer service. Anyhow, what’s amusing for us, might not be amusing for most. I love people. Of all kinds. Seriously.

 One day I had a guy come in. It was Colonel Sanders. Or at least he claimed to be the son who took over the celebrity appearance gigs. Weird thing, there was no reason for this guy to be in full “Colonel” regalia while traveling between jobs, but he was. Even weirder, there was no “Colonel” acting – he was like a normal dude on a road trip asking for directions, but fully looking KFC. I was so lucky to be out front when he came in because the ladies would never have dared to ask him, “Are you the Colonel?”.

Everyday, we get call for the Tyson Chicken Processing Plan someplace in Texas. Our 800 number is a close variation of their sick/tardy call-in line. These calls are a never-ending source of amusement for me. While I haven’t made it a formal job-duty, I have told everyone to cluck like a hen whenever one of these calls come in.

You must spend a great deal of your time answering questions about the Adirondacks. What’s you’re favorite type of question? What do you most enjoy telling potential visitors about?

 I’ve been here since 2001. In that time, there have been huge changes in how information is created, distributed, and accessed. In the “old days”, phone and brochures were the primary means of getting travel information. That is no longer the case. I guess you could say that I’m a information-fiend. At the same time, I love to share and help. Luckily for me, my niche of choice has been “Adirondacks”, so helping people with information about our area is a real pleasure.

 Travel is an aspirational activity and creates lifetime memories – sometimes life-changing. When I can help someone leave the Adirondacks with a positive experience, I consider that a success and privilege. In that sense, my favorite question is the one I can successfully answer.

I have a thing for kitchy 1950s-style roadside attractions – The North Pole in Wilmington, Frontierland, the old Zoo in Lake Placid, Land of Make Believe in Jay, Storytown. Seems like once upon a time, the Adirondacks catered more to kid-fun and family roadtrips. Most of these places are gone now. What killed ’em? Have our tastes changed?

There was a zoo in Lake Placid? Huh. (ed. It was called 1,000 Animals, located on Route 86, where the garden center is now.)

I’m just guessing, but I think the Adirondacks catered to Rich and Famous more than Kids and Families over the course of recent history. What’s changed recently? So many things contributed to the demise of those old attractions. I think they were the product of an era now replaced by modern multimedia entertainment. Our tastes probably have not changed, but we now have very different ways of satisfying them.

Strategically speaking, one of our greatest assets is Wilderness. I think this is a tourismagnetic feature that has long-term value and deserves greater protection. Nuff said on that.

Any favorite attractions or sites in the Adirondacks that you feel get overlooked?

Adirondack Park Visitors Interpretive Centers and Great Camp Santanoni.

Tours being right up your alley, how about you take us on one? You have one day, a tank of gas, three meals, and sixty bucks. Where in the Adirondacks would you eat each meal, and why?

A Food-tour? And it’s gotta be in the Adirondacks? Hmm. One thing I have to say, the North Country is not known as a culinary destination.

Traditional American Breakfast at The Homestead in Plattsburgh. Local (I mean that in the geographic and social sense), casual, big portions, tasty, and cheap.

Picnic outdoors someplace scenic, like a sunny rock with a view. I think I could even afford a few fancy beverages. If I didn’t make my own, I’d get Subs from Zuke’s of Plattsburgh. That’s my favorite sandwich shop in all of the Adirondacks.

Dinner. That’s a toughie. Let’s just imagine I was in the Adirondacks someplace right now… Hmm, what would I crave. Probably something warm and spicy, washed down with something cold and frosty. I like that Caribbean Cowboy place in Lake Placid. Ask me again tomorrow and that might change.

 Viva Adirondacks! Thanks, Doug!

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Guess What?

Chicken butt!

The ladies have a new perch in their new pen (pictured below), and they’re mighty happy about it, thank you very much. Not much going on around here – worked for the neighbor all day and cleaned up my own yard a little, put some junk away. Got the Christmas lights up on one of the two 7′ spruces. We have about a week until Thanksgiving, and that’s D-day for the girls – right about when we should start getting eggs. They’ll be 23 weeks, just about six months. See how big and red those combs are getting? C’mon girls! 


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