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<<PinkBrutusKnits>>  Mama of two~wife~knitwear designer~pattern drafter~coffee junkie~critter keeper~Indianapolis~author of the book Family-Friendly Knits πŸ’«

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Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy.
Nothing you could do 'cause I'm stuck like glue to my guy.
I'm sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter,
Like birds of a feather we stick together.
I'm tellin' you from the start I can't be torn apart from my guy. πŸ’•

Alizah zipped through on her way out the door - umm why are ALL the chickens in here?
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They like to come in and do a lap around the brooder, and some motherclucker flicks all the dirt out of my plants. πŸ˜‘ I'm watching you, Mellie.
So, anyways, thats what's happing over my morning cuppa... β˜•οΈ

Hubs captured some baby licking πŸ™ˆ

I had a total portlandia moment with Mae when she came to get her eggs - she's all, who's eggs are these?? And I'm like, yours DUH. And she's like, NO, what chicken's? πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ the Orpingtons. She was satisfied with that and trotted off.

Saturday morning with Violet like, πŸ™†πŸ½

Had it not been for her shrill I-just-laid-an-egg call of triumph, it may have taken me weeks to notice that she had crafted a neat little nest inside the compost bin πŸ™„

Growing up, we moved constantly... mom and I, on our own while my dad was on the road. I was always a part of looking at houses, packing boxes, carrying furniture, and we were laughing - always laughing.
Photo albums are spattered with potential houses between full tables of family, lasagna, and the mandatory this-is-the-entire-interior-of-the-house-we-decided-on.
My dad never knew our address and over time my mother and I came to depend on each other as the only friendly face in a new place.
As I grew up and our family divided, then reformed in new and more complex ways, the relationship naturally changed, too.
And now, here we are. Closer than ever. Next door neighbors. Dear friends. Confidants.
My oldest recently told me that parents are meant to be mentors - guides in life - and I found it to be so insightful and touching. As a mother, it's not my job to determine what is best for my children. It is my job simply to nurture them so that they can make those determinations themselves.
I'm eternally thankful for the long line of strong, brave mothers who made me into the one I am today.

Houseplant bath day... minus the cactuses, hanging succulents, and the ones too heavy for me to move on my own πŸ™„

Well, Chunk (aka owl face) is officially my favorite. Blind melon's mothering instinct lasted just long enough for the chicks to crawl out from under her and start running around. She got up, had some water, then proceeded to peck and peck and peck until I said enough and took the babies from her. She had chunk cornered, and I think she would have put a hole right in the top of her little puffy head. Sigh. They're in the brooder now, happy as can be. Mae decided on Violet (aka freckle head) as a nod to her first chicken that turned out to be a roo, and Piper or Pip for the chick previously referred to as smug mug. 😊

The last of the chicken nuggets are here! Owl face, smug mug, and freckle head (proper names soon πŸ˜„) are all cuddled up under their "mama", blind melon. She's quietly purring to them.... So far, so good!

My first job, I was a waitress. I walked into a pizza place near my house and asked for an application. Lucky for me, Joey was at the counter and asked if I had any experience. I explained in my most professional-for-a-16yr old way that this would be my first job and so, no. He asked to see my hands. I extended them toward him - he placed his first two fingers onto the inside of one of my wrists and paused for a moment, thoughtfully. You have a pulse, you have a job!
I walked back out to my mother waiting in the car - that wasn't very long, what happened? Um I start next week πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
Alizah, on the other hand, will be working at fire dept headquarters for her first job, and the endless flow of paperwork already has me dizzy! πŸ˜‚ #timeshavechanged

The last of the babies are coming home Wednesday & with blind melon being the broodiest little bantam, we decided to give her a go at baby rearing. While getting the new brooder set up, I found a pristine feather from both salsa and rose, along with a buffie egg I collected and forgot about... since I'm pretty sure they aren't laying on the roof of the duck house πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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