{July 26, 2015}   The Fairy Eggs

The Minnesota Farm Woman

In the past few days, I have found a couple of teeny tiny eggs in the chickens’ nesting boxes. Being a former City Girl and not the world’s expert on chickens that some of you might think I am, I tend to Google a lot, and in this case, found a wealth of information on this tiny egg phenomenon. It happens when there is a little glitch in the hen’s reproductive system that day. Sometimes the small eggs are yolkless and sometimes they’re not. They are also known as faerie or fairy eggs. I knew it! I knew there had to be a fairy around here somewhere. Folklore tells the tales of tiny mischievous creatures who are always up to something Tinkerbellish. Around here, things have been disappearing for years. Where are the scissors? I KNOW I put them back where they belong. Who moved my keys? Why is there…

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{July 17, 2015}   Deja Vu

The Minnesota Farm Woman

Some people have the impression that chickens are dumb. I disagree. Not only are they smart, they know exactly what they are doing. They know that someone carrying a bucket means they will be given food or water. They know when an eagle soars overhead they need to take cover. They know when the sun starts going down and a tired old Farm Woman is ready for her bath, it is time to go into the coop for the night. At least most of them know that. The naughty girls like to stay out past their bedtime. At first it was just one, then two, and now THREE girls have gone bad. I don’t know if the problem is caused by peer pressure or if it is that sweet-talking rooster from the neighboring farm and all of his cockadoodledooing. The chickens need to be safely cooped up because around here…

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014Alice im Wunderland erschien 1865 und wurde von dem Mathematikprofessor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, der das Pseudonym Lewis Carroll benutzte, geschrieben. In dem Buch geht es um Alice, die ein weißes Kaninchen entdeckt, das reden kann und befürchtet dass es zu spät kommt. Sie folgt dem Kaninchen und landet schließlich im Wunderland: Alice wächst und schrumpft, sie begegnet der Grinsekatze, dem Märzhasen und dem verrückten Hutmacher. Schließlich befindet sie sich in einer Gerichtsverhandlung, bei der der Herzbube angeklagt wird, weil er der Herzkönigin Kuchen gestohlen hat. Alice wird in den Zeugenstand gerufen, doch sie wächst und wächst, so dass sie mit ihrer Größe den ganzen Gerichtssaal ausfüllt und ein Chaos verursacht. Alice erwacht und ist wieder zuhause.

043Alice in Wonderlandwas releasedin 1865 and writtenbythemathematics professorCharlesLutwidge Dodgson, who used the pseudonymLewisCarroll. The book is aboutAlice, whodiscovers a white rabbit

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{July 2, 2015}   Zombies and Zucchini

The Minnesota Farm Woman

My sister recently asked the question on social media just what we have done to prepare for the coming Zombie Apocalypse. She plans on leaving her toilet seat up so her beloved empty nest dog has water to drink every day. One friend claimed that she actually  was a zombie and wasn’t quite prepared to apocalypse anyone just yet. Another friend mentioned the importance of wearing clean underwear. My cousins are like me and think about food. One is stocking up on canned goods and the other decided she would go with a smile on her face and eat ice cream every day.  My food thoughts turn to my garden. Everyone knows that  when harvest time arrives there is usually enough zucchini to feed an entire nation, even a nation that is being overtaken by zombies. This year, my friends, I am a failure. I have lovely tomato and pepper…

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