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I am a 50+ yr old stay at home wife of a scientist/Military man.  I raise chickens for eggs, rescue dogs & cats & spoil them all.  I am a silver/metal smith & stained glass artist.  I, at one time was an secondary art teacher & Social Studies teacher.  I am sorta a eclectic earth mother who recycles everything I can get my hands on.  Enjoy working with power tools & even built my own 10ft by 6ft chicken coop.  am pretty much interested in learning everything I can thur books, magazines & friends. I enjoy veggie gardening & doing gardens just for the chickens. I also sew & love making pioneer style comfortable clothes for myself & adding vintage lace when I can find it. I am pretty easygoing, but need my coffee first before I am ready to face the world & day.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Massachusetts Oct Nor'easter 2011

                            The Shop

Must say it sure is pretty but I was one of the lucky ones who had oil lamps, a cooking wood stove & plenty of wood to keep us all warm.  We went 2 or so days without electric which didn't bother me a bit but I could hear generators running from the neighbors.

Most around here live in all electric houses so they have a tougher time of it than I do....but years ago I learned my lesson being in that type of house & knew it was not something I wanted to deal with ever again.  I also have a propane stove & hot water heater which is a blessing when times like this come here.

I also got extra bedding down for the chickens & gave them cracked corn to help keep them warm so they all made it just fine...even if they refused to come out of the coop that first

I had to shovel 3 foot of snow off the tarped garage since the snow was so heavy it was starting to bend the frame.  Can't have that as that's where my wood supply is :).

Off & on throughout my life i have lived in places with no heat or electricity & I don't seem to mind it when we are without...I have good sweaters, warm heavy socks & lots & lots of blankets.  I guess I am one of the few who just doesn't think about what is happening but what I have to get done....then get it done.

I do know that as I age I am thankful I am smart enough to be able to handle these events without going crazy & worrying.  its sorta nice to just go with the flow of it all & know that I can take care of what needs to be done.

We did set a record for snow in October up something to talk about at the grocery store when I do decide to go.  I am thankful though that I built extra good chicken coops for my kids & that they would be alright.  They are all I thought about while this was happening...did I get enough hay down for them?  do they need more corn?...if the water frozen?  but I guess I did something right because they are all happy & now that the electric is on I made sure all their lamps were dusted & working correctly.

The cats have been piling on me at night to the point I can't move without knocking one of them or the wearing a movable fur coat.

I hope all of you that went through this as well are safe & sound.

Until next time have a great chicken day...M'


  1. Hi Michele,
    Sounds like you and your " kids " have life all figured out! Your hens are so pretty and Cashmere is very handsome! Good luck with your chicken adventures and this coming winter... do check in on us at Dandelion House from time to time!

  2. Hi!
    Glad you are well-equipped to weather a storm like the one y'all just had...
    I don't live in Massachusetts--TEXAS, for me. We get pretty cold sometimes. Not anything like you get where you live, but cold enough. It is the worst when we get ice. Sometimes the power goes out here in the country for a couple of you we have a wood burning stove and propane to cook and heat water.
    We just got our chickens this past month...and I'm wondering how well they'll do. I hate to put a light out there as we don't have power run to the coop. I'm hoping body heat, wheat straw and plenty of food to fatten them up will help keep them warm.

    love reading about everyone's chickens.


  3. I absolutely love the picture of the old workshop with the snow. What a wonderful card it would make.
    Thank you for sharing.