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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


The Feed Room


I know this ain’t a very good photo, but it’s dark in that there barn.  Don’t you love how I used the word ain’t?  I even put a little apostrophe in there to make it look all proper.  I spoke on the phone to a woman down in the southern parts of our states the other day and I can’t get her accent out of my head.  Now I think I have a southern accent and I can use the word ain’t if’n I want to.

Any of you suffer from the problem of taking on the accent of the person you’re talking to?  Is there a name for this debilitating disease?  I have it bad.  It’s very embarrassing.  Especially, when the person is from another country.  I have to try very hard not to become British or Asian or Indian or Hispanic or Zimbabwean or whatever because I just want to talk like the person I’m talking to.

Okay, enough about that.  Let’s talk about the feed room.

I took this photo back in the spring.  See the old nesting box on the wall?  I have one hen that insists on jumping up there everyday and laying an egg.  I tried to be nice and put some hay in there for her, but she pushed it all out, so no hay for her.  This room needs a good scrubbing.  The chickens have taken over in there and it ain’t  pretty.  The feed sacks stacked on top of those ceiling tiles are a problem, because take that stack and multiply it by ten and you’ve got how many feed sacks I have.  I can’t throw them away because I like to use them to pick up sticks in the yard or fill with weeds and then chuck it into my compost at least that’s what I like to say, really I just stack them.  The grain mill doesn’t recycle them like they used to, which is a shame.  Some of them are plastic coated.  So, my friends what would you do with all this feed sacks?  And no, you can not say throw them or burn them.  Maybe I’ll make a giant sculpture in the the image of Damn Ramsey and put it out in the corn field……then it would be okay to burn.  Oh calm down, I’m just kidding, kind of.

Now, what about those darn ceiling tiles?  They are one of the many, many treasures left by the previous owners.  What can I do with them?  I don’t want to keep them, do I?  It’s not like I’m thinking,  Hmm, maybe we’ll put a drop in ceiling in the barn someday. Who wants them?  You can have them, they are my gift to you.  Please don’t thank me, it’s the least I can do.

That’s all I have for today.  So, let’s review;

1. Chickens poop, a lot.

2. We all think drop ceilings do not belong in barns.

3.  Feed sacks are what’s to wear for this fall.

Study hard, there will be another quiz tomorrow.

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