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


Dance Video Contest!!! Deadline Extended to May 15th

Guess what?! I’ve extended my deadline for videos. Why? Because I realized I probably didn’t give some of you enough time and I’ve been too busy with my other job to do anything myself. Gah! Life is complicated, isn’t it? Okay, now listen to me. Go get your computer or camera and start dancing. Right NOW!

The new deadline is May 15th. Hopefully, that’s enough time for all of us to get a little dancing on tape. Now get to shakin’ your groove thing!!!

Take a look at our scientific method of choosing the right dance song.


Fast Tube by Casper



1. No naked bodies.  Use this as a guide – NO B’s allowed.  In other words I don’t want to see your Butt, Boobs or Bellies.  You can shake your butt, boobs, and bellies, just make sure you have clothes over them when you do so. Any questionable content will be disqualified and I’ll call your grandma to tell her how disappointed she should be in your behavior.

2. Video can not exceed 1:30.  That’s plenty of time to get your groove thang. No exceptions to this rule. Any video longer than 1:30 will not be viewed or entered in the contest.

3. The song chosen for this contest is Low (featuring T. Pain) by Flo Rida. You can see the video for the song here. I can’t help but think we’ll improve it immensely!!

4. Contest ends on May Day!!  That’s right May 1, 2011 at midnight is the end of submissions.

5. Upload your video to YouTube, then send the url to  No limit to how many times you enter.



The panel of judges for this contest will be Clay Phillips, April Phillips, Ellen Phillips and maybe an assortment  of friends, relatives and neighbors. We’ll choose the video that wows us the most. So, make sure you have plenty of the WOW! factor.

1st Prize– Custon Designed Coal Creek Farm t-shirts in your size. We’re still in the process of designing these, but I guarantee they will be COOL! We’ll supply one shirt to each person in the winning video.  The winning video will be featured right here on Coal Creek Farm and will have a spot in our Coal Creek Farm Dance Page forever and ever. That’s right, at the end of the contest we’ll launch our Dance Page which will have all our dance videos for you to easily view at your leisure.

2nd Prize– Okay, there really isn’t a second prize, but we’ll use awesome clips from the rest of the submissions to put together an EPIC COAL CREEK FARM DANCE FAN VIDEO! I’m smiling just thinking about it. I can’t wait to see all of you DANCE!

Now, get busy!  Shake those booties!!!

Raising Boys

They are going to drive me to an early grave:

“Mom, I did take a bath! I don’t know why there is still dirt on my face!” 9yo

“Smell my breath….smell it!  Does it smell like mint?  Cuz, I just chewed a bunch of toothpaste.” 6yo

“Something is about to come out of my bottom……” 6yo

“Mom, if we were billionaires and I knew how to ice skate, would you let me play hockey?”15yo

“How many hours does it take us to get to Target? I have a credit card to spend there.” 9yo

“Are these cookies for breakfast?” 9yo

“Mom, I have never liked oatmeal, but I’ll eat it anyway because I’m starving.” 15yo

“I can’t eat that chicken for lunch….it gave me some serious diarrhea last night.” 15yo

“I can’t find any socks. I know I had a bunch in my drawer, but I can’t find any now.” 9yo

“Mom, these are the only jeans I have. I don’t have any without holes, except for those ones….but I don’t know where they are, so can I wear these?” 9yo

“I want to order whatever Dad is eating.” 6yo

“She’s a little punk.  No wait.  I mean she’s a little Miss Goody Two Shoes, I forgot what I wanted to call her.”  15yo

“Mom, I don’t want to act it, I just want to memorize the lines and be done with it!” 15yo

“I need to find a girl just like you Mom, one that will laugh at my jokes.” 15yo

“I’m your baby…and I’m a kid…” 6yo

“Oh! I love cooking shows!  Cuz, they learn me to cook.” 6yo

“Can you please stop packing boiled eggs in my lunch?” 9yo

“If today is Tuesday, then I want to order lunch, because I think it’s chicken day.” 9yo

“There is a jacket in the lost and found that I want.  I hope it’s not a girl’s jacket.” 9yo

“I’m going to name all the kitties Benny,” 9yo

“Thanks for letting me drive.  I’m pretty terrified.” 15yo

“We’re just going to sit here until all the traffic is gone….then I’ll proceed.” 15yo

“Mom, you are being so loud.  Everyone in the store can hear you asking us what we want to eat and they don’t care.” 15yo

“I can’t tell you what happened at school today, because I told you yesterday.”6yo

“I don’t want to go to college because it’s scary. There’s a lot of bullies.” 6yo

“Your the best Mom EVER!” 9yo

“Mom, will you buy me a toy…I need a toy!” 15yo

“I think there is an online device that will locate my phone.  If it costs money, I’ll pay for it.” 15yo

“Mom…promise you won’t get mad?” 9yo

“Mom…can I ask just one more question?” 9yo

“Mom…Mom…Mom…Mom…Mom…Mom…Mom…Mom…Mom” 9yo

“Mom, if you don’t say ‘what’ then I don’t think you hear me.” 9yo




Rockstar and Gimpy TLA

Rockstar and Gimpy

This is our Polish Crested rooster, Rockstar and his little Americauna girlfriend, Gimpy. They were excommunicated from the rest of the flock that lives in the coop. Gimpy survived a serious butt kicking that left her near death, half her back was missing thanks to her fellow carnivorous chickens. She was at the very bottom of the pecking order. I’m not sure anyone was above her, she was the favorite to peck. I found her hiding in a dark corner of the coop behind the roost, not moving. I scooped her up and put her in isolation in the barn.  I was certain she was going to die, just any second now, that chicken will die…why isn’t she dead?  Everyday I would think, “Should I put her out of her misery?” But, she was eating and drinking and hobbling about, with half her back meat missing.  It was so gross, I could hardly stand to look at her. Who wants chicken for dinner tonight?  Who wants the back piece?  Yummy! Anyway, day after day I would give her another reprieve and after a couple months her back finally healed, but she had a wicked limp.  She continued to live outside the coop on her own, I would feed and water her and I gave her free reign of the farm.  Preacher,our farm dog, never bothered her, in fact he protected her from all the other wild critters that could have easily snatched her.  Sometimes I would see her resting by our barn cats in the barn.  She eventually started laying eggs again.  I would find a pretty green egg in the hay bales where she made a nest.

Then one day I noticed Rockstar had been roughed up by our big rooster a bit too much, so I let him out of the coop for a break. Rockstar is missing at least two toes.  At one point he was totally bald because that tuft on top of his head is irresistible to some of the hens. He’s a total wimp of a rooster, but I’ve always liked him. He walks a bit funny because of the missing toes, sometimes it looks like he’s marching.  When Rockstar saw Gimpy, it was true love.  They go everywhere together, when I let some of the other chickens out Rockstar and Gimpy stay even closer.  They are a flock of two and they like it that way.