Four quick notes.
December 29, 2011

NUMBER ONE: Charlotte’s check-up on Tuesday went well.  Now that she is doing much better, still coughing periodically but not whooping at all, the hardest part for us is coming to terms with the fact that we will never have answers to some of our questions.  I cannot even begin to imagine how a parent whose child is living with a more serious condition handles the unknown or the unanswered questions.  My child is alive and well; I can live with a few unknowns.  But oh, how I wish no other parent had to.

NUMBER TWO: It has been hovering between 58F and 63F in my house over the past few days.  I am freezing my effing ass off.  Those of you who live with snow deserve gold medals.  That is all.

NUMBER THREE: One of our spring chicks this year was a Turken, which is a breed of chickens that has no feathers on it’s neck.  It’s basically Nature’s joke.  It deserves a gold medal too.  Poor little guy just chases the sun all day long.


Ridiculous, no?  It’s like a naked chicken in a union suit.

NUMBER FOUR: The other day when we were talking with the neighbors, one of our chickens ran across the street to their yard.  This happens all the time and our neighbors actually try very hard to entice our birds over there because they like to see them scratching for seed, but somehow it had escaped Charlotte’s notice until Just. That. Moment.  When she saw it, she flew into a dead panic and screamed WHY IS THE CHICKEN CROSSING THE ROAD?! at the top of her lungs.  And it was awesome.  And we all laughed.  And every time I see my neighbors now they tell me chicken jokes.

The end.


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  1. By on December 29, 2011

    sooo glad Charlotte is doing good !!!

    i’m sorry but i just had to laugh at that Turken. It’s beyond funny… i think i want one

  2. By Mary @ Parenthood on December 29, 2011

    Just wanted to say how glad I am that she’s doing better.

    Also, it’s -20 (4F) out today and very snowy here in Ottawa. We’d be in t-shirts :) Apparently this is caused by an increase in red blood cells as the weather gets colder - my blood is ever so slightly “thicker”. (Keep in mind I’ve never confirmed this, just what I’ve been told!). Also, there’s a lot to be said for serious insulation and central heat!!!

  3. By Catherine on December 29, 2011

    Yay for a good check-up on Charlotte.  :)  Happy relief, yes.

    And I, too, laughed at the turken.  And the chicken crossing the road!  Hee!  Looking forward to some more Turken photos in the future.

  4. By on December 29, 2011

    “It has been hovering between 58F and 63F in my house over the past few days.  I am freezing my effing ass off.  Those of you who live with snow deserve gold medals.  That is all.“

    Those of us who live with snow don’t actually live IN the snow. It’s -14 (7F) in where I am (6 hours east of Mary in Ottawa), but in my house it’s still a balmy 22 (72F). God bless the inventor of central air.

    However, most Canadians still run around in a light sweater when it’s 1 (34F) outside. I just saw a dude walking around in shorts a few days ago. Snow dwellers are pretty crazy, we’ll take any warmth we can get.

  5. By on December 29, 2011

    Oh, and that whole turken thing… That is so ridiculous. Poor bird.

    Have you heard of the turducken? It’s not a real animal, but apparently it’s a popular holiday dish… I never heard of it until a few days ago. It’s a chicken, stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey. Ridonkulous.

  6. By Haley on December 29, 2011

    So glad your sweet pea continues to get well.  I prayed a rosary decade for her just this morning and will continue to do so!

    And that chicken…amazing. We’re planning on adding to our 3 backyard chickens this spring.

  7. By on December 29, 2011

    I’m glad Charlotte is feeling better.  Sick kiddos are no fun (for them.  For us, I like the extra cuddles, even if they are snotty).

    I think that turken needs someone to knit him a little cowl sweather.  My mom has a chicken who wears a jacket because she was spurred by wandering roosters recently, and she seems to enjoy the extra warmth over her bald spots.  We also installed a cheap-o heating pad in the floor of their coop for cold winter nights (or cold winter days).

  8. By Widelawns on December 29, 2011

    So glad Charlotte is doing better.

    I must ask, being that I am a Floridian who freezes if the temperature goes below 75, why don’t you turn the heat on if your house is so cold? With my constitution I’d swear I had hypothermia if my house got that cold inside. Also, I’m not trying to be a jerk by asking this question. I really want to know.

  9. By Heather on December 29, 2011

    That is quite possibly the silliest chicken I have ever seen. I love it! And I agree with Annie, that Turken needs a cowl sweater!!

  10. By Sarah Christensen on December 29, 2011

    Widelawns - No worries; we’re asked that all the time!!

    The biggest reason we do not turn the heater on is because our house was built in 1955 and it was not insulated.  We have insulated the crawlspaces above and below the house, but none of the walls are insulated and the windows are horrible at keeping in heat and we only have curtains and shades for about half the windows in the house.  Our first winter here we warmed the house to 64F n the mornings while we prepared for work, turned the heater off during the day, then turned it on to 68F in the evenings when we were both home, then turned it down to 60F at night.  It cost $200 for a single month of heating.  We can’t afford that, so we turned it off and haven’t looked back.

    Our long-term goal is to put up solar panels on our roof and install a heat exchange so that we can heat and a/c (we don’t have a/c at all, but our house is in perpetual shade so it’s not a big problem, even when it’s 100F+ outside it only hits about 90F inside) our home using energy we harness - and when we do, I am cranking it up in here!  We also plan to one day replace the windows.  This year we’re turning our spare bedroom into the children’s bedroom when we are matched with an adoptive placement and we will insulate the walls in the spare bedroom when we do so that kids are warm at night in winter.

  11. By Amber on December 29, 2011

    That turken is gorgeous! <3

  12. By Tara on December 29, 2011

    So happy Charlotte is doing well.

    Poor turken, but at least he’s adorable! Ha!

  13. By Sarah @ It's a Vol on December 29, 2011

    1) So glad Charlotte is getting better.

    2) I hate snow. It’s the devil in white flake form.

    3) Poor sad turken. I want to make him a scarf.

    4) I just snorted and laughed out loud due to Charlotte’s panic.

  14. By Meg @ Moments Like This on December 30, 2011

    I wish it was that warm here! I always eye roll when people in warmer temps say they are “cold.” It’s 42 degrees here and that’s considered warm for the end of December!

  15. By Amber on December 30, 2011

    Hahaha! I laughed out loud at the part with Charlotte screaming about the chicken. And you’re right. Poor, poor Turken :)

  16. By on December 31, 2011

    Jude is actually a bit horrified that the Turken lacks neck feathers. “Where fetter (sweater) go??!!!“

    Did you drop your groceries? ;)

  17. By Sandra on January 01, 2012

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Sarah!

    May the new year bring you joy and lots of laughter and happiness!

  18. By Tonggu Momma on January 01, 2012

    Coming out of lurkdom to say… I am so sorry that you still have so many unanswered questions about your little one. My 18-month-old, adopted six months ago, had unexplained provoked seizures just before Christmas. It’s terrible, the not knowing why of something, isn’t it? Praying you (and I) find peace in the new year.


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