Our Life Is A Saturday Movie Marathon

by Joan on September 26, 2012

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series Chickens

Some people’s lives are like a British movie.  All sedate, with people talking slowly, sipping tea and somewhere in the background a corgi dog naps quietly.

Yeah, not us.  The past week Very Excellent Husband Don and I have marveled at how crazy everything STILL is, even though the kids are away.  Our life is more like the Fast and Furious movies, except replace the cars with farm animals and bicycles and home improvements and yard work.

The good part about life being crazy like the movies is that there’s never a dull moment – here’s a few recent showings at Happy Mama Acre…

The Money Pit XIII

It’s another round of home improvements that includes new carpet in the back bedrooms, turning a bedroom into an office and refinishing a work table for homeowners Joan and Don.  They’ve been living in chaos for weeks.  When the carpet guy finally arrives, he talks on his cell phone, doesn’t have enough supplies and is SLOW.  When he said he was finished (six hours later) there was a seam down the middle of the room that was HORRIBLE.  Can he fix it?  Will the house EVER get put back together? Will Joan and Don survive?  Will they find a family of hobos camping in the living room when they finally move all the furniture?

You could lose a small child for a long time in that room

There’s A New Girl In Town

When the new hen, Sofia, arrives at Happy Mama Acre (donated by a neighbor), the barnyard is abuzz!  Is she nice?  Will she fit in?  She was stand-offish at first and for a week refused to join the slumber party every night in the coop, preferring to sleep alone in the run.  She didn’t want to go out and play during the day, either.  She could be a mean girl, especially to the three youngest members of the flock.  And the other girls weren’t always nice to her, either.  After over a week of uncertainty and a few tense stare-downs, she finally came to her first slumber party in the coop.  Is the drama over? NOOOO!  She gave poor Aretha Franklin not one but TWO chicken smack downs today.  What to do?  Will they ever be able to breathe a sigh of relief and have a good cackle in the sunset?

Revenge of the Canine

Being left out of the fun was not what Keela had in mind.  Yet for a whole day Joan and Don worked in the barnyard on the other side of the fence from her.  She did everything to get their attention.  She paced the fence line, brought toys to play with and did many “look at me” runs around the yard.  But they STAYED in the barnyard and worked, like she wasn’t even there.  Two can play that game, she thought.  When couch-sitting and snuggling time arrived that evening, Keela got her revenge.  She would not come near Joan.  She would not look at Joan.  She would not even sniff in Joan’s direction.  She let Joan know, in no uncertain terms that she was PISSED.  An attack of peeing in the corners and eating socks was narrowly averted by profuse apologies and cheese treats.


Dr. Seuss Builds a Lean To – The Documentary

Anyone with a level can build something square and true with right angles and all.  But it takes creativity to make something this cool and off-kilter.  Creativity and four pallets.

Hmm…if I lean my head to the left and squint? Yeah, no, it’s still not straight.

Mr. Wilson and the Valley Girls

When the three princesses of the barnyard hit their teens, they turned into Valley Girls – TOTALLY.  They’re always together, skitter everywhere they go, and chirp constantly. Must be tough to be the only guy around those three day-in day-out.  Especially when you’re a fuddy-duddy pig.  Doink is like Mr. Wilson on Dennis the Menace.  He’s a grumpus with a heart of gold.  They steal his food, they sleep in his bed, he gets no privacy and they chirp at him all day and all night.  To top it off, his best friend Brandy likes to tease him with a head butt every now and then.  It’s a nightmare, but his good heart wins out every time.  He keeps pluggin’ away. (And the music swells….)

They have no fear of that big pig’s mouth.

Every night I put the Princess Valley Girls on the roost, and ten minutes later they’re back next to Doink.

Here comes the head butt!


(I shared this post at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop and TALU Tuesday!)

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Michelle Pond February 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

Thanks for some great laughs along with the insights into a week of your life! TALU

Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe February 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I can sooooooooooo relate to the cold doggy shoulder! Our Tyler was famous for that if we dared leave the house for any length of time and not take her with us! Sometimes it was just too hot or cold to leave her in the car while running errands, etc., but we couldn’t exactly explain that to her LOL. [#TALU]
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Anne Kimball February 20, 2013 at 4:14 am

So funny. So relatable. Now I feel like I know all your critters. And I like them, I really like them! Lol…

Thanks for linking this up with the TALU!

Joan February 20, 2013 at 7:47 am

I know! I always laugh when I read something about dogs not having emotions or being able to hold a grudge – they don’t know Keela! Thanks for stopping by!

Joan February 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

They ARE funny – I’m so lucky! See ya next week at TALU!

Karen Hug-Nagy February 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Oh I love the photo of the dog, what a look!

Joan February 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

She has the same look right now! I think she blames me for the snowstorm outside, and she prefers the ground under her feet to be green and soft. What a drama queen! Thanks for stopping by!

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