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genenky(8n450577)    Posted 01-21-2003 at 14:01:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
did any one read the article in mother earth news about the portable mini-coupe. if so what do ya think. i have been thinking bout getting some layers and since i don't know a darn thing about em, quess where i am going to ask all my questions when i do decide to buy some gene n ky

Chut96    Posted 01-21-2003 at 18:35:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wish it held more chickens. I am sure it could be built bigger. Look into providing the chickens with a safe coop and room to roam outside and they will be very happy. Got into chickens a few years ago with no experience. Have another 25 egglayer chicks on the way. Regardless of the other posts I enjoy each issue of MotherEarth, not every article is for me but nobody puts out a magazine I will read cover to cover.

TomH    Posted 01-21-2003 at 16:42:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Make sure the investment matches the return. There's not much to keeping a few chickens. Give em food and water and keep the predators out. Any feed store will sell you chicken feed.

They lay eggs, pretty much one every day, so don't buy more than you can eat.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-21-2003 at 15:06:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never pick up TMEN any more. I would just as soon waste my time reading Southern Living. For REAL homsestead info. you ought to try Countryside & Smalll Stock Journal.

Sid    Posted 01-22-2003 at 04:21:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with you about TMEN Okie Dokie When I read an article about organi pest control and there was something about sucking up flies in a Vacumn Cleaner and going out back and turning them loose in the wood I thought this is not the kind of stuff I want to spend money for. About three years ago I broke down and bought one thought it had to much political news and too many Ads. That is OK for some but not for me.

Les...fortunate    Posted 01-21-2003 at 16:34:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you think of TMEN like I think of Yankee magazine. If you can find anything between the advertisements, it's usually poetry that has no rhyme or rhythm, advice you have no use for or stories about something nobody cares anything about. I gave up on it a long time ago. And it purports to be from my own state (NH) even though it now comes out of Iowa. I ain't got nothing against Iowa but......Yankee?? I don't usually associate Iowa with Yankee.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-21-2003 at 17:37:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You mean they stopped printing Walter Hard poems in Yankee?

That just aint right...

My favourite of all time is "Pa's Hindered"...makes me cry every time and I know it well...

Danged if I can find it on the net though, and my memory would not get the nuances...I swear I know every person that man wrote about...

I still know the guy below ;-)

Les...Well    Posted 01-21-2003 at 18:51:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's a cute story but it ain't what I call poetry. Here's one my father wrote maybe 20 or 25 years ago:


Today is a bright and beautiful day.
The breezes blow wild and free,
And the pine trees sigh as the wind goes by
They're singing a song for me.

The clouds are parading across the sky,
As their shadows race over the land,
Making pictures that pass continuously
Before my reviewing stand.

And look! There's a big fat elephant.
Now his head has broken loose,
And is floating away on its own little breeze,
And it looks like a flying goose.

Now here comes a big gray battleship
Coming right up the valley floor,
Bigger than any battleship
I ever have seen before.

It is coming right up to my doorstep,
I can see its big smokestack and guns.
Now it's all broken up into pieces and bits,
Torpedoed by the sun.

I can see a cluckety old mother hen
With three little fluffy chicks.
And a funny old humpbacked woodchopper
With his bundle of firewood sticks.

The sky is a great big ocean of blue
With white-caps on every wave,
And a big gray swordfish is leaping high,
He is feeling so frisky and brave.

Up there in the west is another white cloud.
Let's pause and watch for a bit.
Did you ever see so much topping
On a great big banana split?

There's a slinky old cat sneaking up on a bird
And a poodle that sits up and begs.
And a cowboy who's riding remarkably well
On a pony with only three legs.

Did you ever think that these sights that we see
Never have been just like this before?
And will not be exactly this same way again
But will keep changing forevermore?

And there'll be new cloud pictures for others to see
If they just take the time to behold.
And lovely sunrises that light up the east
And sunsets of purple and gold.

But not every day will be pretty and bright.
And not every sky will be blue.
For trouble will come and good friends have to part
And some dreams will be shattered, too.

So capture each moment of beauty and love
And store them away in your mind.
And use them to help over rough spots ahead
When life may not be quite so kind.

And keep looking up so you won't miss a scene
When another bright day is unfurled.
And the wind is just right, and the clouds are just right,
And you're sitting on top of the world!!

Hogman ******** THANKS LES !    Posted 01-22-2003 at 03:50:57       [Reply]  [No Email]

Only dropped by for a glimpse but realy glad I did..... Live every day like it was /is Your last and see the beauty in all things.

God bless

Les    Posted 01-22-2003 at 04:13:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good day to ya, Hogman. Glad to see you're up and I hope you're takin some nourishment. I suspect it's a dite warmer down your way. Minus 8o when I left the house.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-22-2003 at 02:42:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Poetry is not all metre and rhyme...

I like your fathers' poem alot better than Most of Frost...Some of his stuff is downright brilliant...Some is flowery and rhyme ridden to the point of nausea...

Walter Hard has a cadence that has always spoken to me...It is there...just harder to get in touch with...To me it is the rhythm of New England in general...and old Vermonters specifically...

And 'Unlicensed' is not a good example of his finest 'poetry'...Just the only example I could find online so's I didn't have to find my books and type half the night...

But now I just may have to ;-)

Donna from Mo    Posted 01-22-2003 at 02:50:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, you have my attention. And after a Google search turned up none of his work except the example you used here, I'm ready for you to start typing and ping me some of his stuff!

Salmoneye    Posted 01-22-2003 at 03:48:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Unfortunatley, I 'cleaned' my bookcase a couple years ago, and the books I have of his works are packed away in a box in the shed...

If you saw my shed you would know that I may never be back...


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-22-2003 at 01:13:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your father and I would have been kindred souls.

Les    Posted 01-22-2003 at 02:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with you, Donna. I'll find a way to get you some more of his writing without me having to type it all out.

genenky(8n450577)    Posted 01-21-2003 at 15:25:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
okie i was asking bout the chicken coupe not the magazine but will check em out always looking for somethin good to read thanks gene

Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-21-2003 at 18:27:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might try one of the homesteading web sites, like www.homesteading today. Or you might want to try

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