The egg holder on the window sill above my kitchen sink has been bleakly empty for the last few months. While my backyard hens molted and staged an egg strike, my family had to eat store-bought eggs, like regular schnooks. A few days ago, as we wrestled egg cartons in and out of the refrigerator, … Continue reading The Best Holiday Gift
Sunday is the day my neighbors, family and friends fling garbage at my front door. Actually, I'm making the situation sound trashier than it really is. The truth is I've invited them to bring me the wretched refuse of their kitchens teeming with spent coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, and leftover casseroles, because my chickens will … Continue reading Sunday Supper is for the Birds
To those of you who would say the world is going to hell in a handbasket, let me offer you a rebuttal: Today, when I checked the little library in my front yard, I found a quilted heart. Yes, a heart that is quilted. Apparently, I'm not the only person in the world to find … Continue reading Be Still, My Quilted Heart
It's that time of year again when I pony up $25 to renew my domesticated hen permit from Metro Nashville Public Health Department. Whenever that pale blue certificate arrives in the mail, I pause to think of the benefits our urban chicken coop has brought our family. I'm not just talking about fresh eggs, which … Continue reading Coop, There it Is!
Someone recently asked if I had ever heard of Houzz.com, and all I could think was, "Do you mean the online rabbit hole where I chase my growing fascination for urban poultry into an infinite universe of lavish and lovely chicken coops?" Yes, I have heard of Houzz. An online platform for home improvement and design, … Continue reading Houzz Warming in Nashville