Today has been one of those days where everything feels off a step. A tiny beat behind the music messing up the rhythm. We all have those days. Nothing really horrible, just tiny speed bumps like the strips they lay before a four-way stop at a big intersection to tell you to slow down as they interrupt the smoothness of the ride.
I can't even point to any incidents to illustrate this. It's just felt this way.
Right now the chickens are deciding roosting arrangements. Ringo and his three hens always sleep in trees these days and more and more of Dearie's children are joining them at night. There is fussing and great flapping of wings as the chickens prove their birdness by flying up into the branches. I can't help but wonder what it is that motivates these wayward chickens to sleep outside. I see no real benefit to it. The two roosters may feel as if the hen house just isn't big enough for both of them but in all actuality, it certainly is. Up until recently they even slept in the same nest box but something has changed that. The trees are certainly not as safe to sleep in, I would think, and sometimes it's cold and sometimes it's raining. Plus, in the mornings, the tree-sleepers do not have access to the coop where the feeders are which is a huge thing, I would think. They have to wait for me to go and open up the door of the hen house so that they can rush in and eat.
Oh, who knows?
I tell you what I do know- I have too many fucking roosters.
These are two of the Dearie/Liberace chicks. The one in the rear is a hen, I think, while the one in the foreground definitely seems to be growing tail-feathers and is noticeably larger.
Here are two of the Dearie/Ringo chicks and aren't they beautiful? I have a feeling they are both roosters. I don't think the females are this brightly colored although the one on the left MAY be a hen as her tail feathers seem to point down like his (her's) Aunt Vera or Viv's whose butt is also in the picture.
And that's just a few of the eight. I haven't actually made a count of them all yet as to who appears to be male and who appears to be female but casual observance seems to show a preponderance of males and I do not know what I am going to do and yes, I have discussed this before but this is one of the things I've pondered today as I went about the yard work I was doing.
I trimmed and pulled and dug up roots and then I finished weeding the carrots and was attacked by ants who stung me. The only thing that made all of this bearable was the book I'm listening to which is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I think that Amazon has done a series based on this book but I haven't seen it and just by the name of it, had some preconceptions which have turned out to be completely false. Some may call the book by that horrible name Chick Lit but I am enjoying it tremendously and the narrator is great and the characters are excellent and the insights and writing itself keep surprising me. So there is that.
Why is a book whose main characters are all women called something so demeaning as Chick Lit? What do they call a book whose main characters are all men? Do they call it Dick Lit? No. They do not. They simply call it literary fiction.
As you may be able to tell from my use of the word "fuck" in this post, I am not in the best of moods. I do not know why. I guess it's all part of this speed-bumpy, off-rhythm day. And I should be in a good mood! I actually did some physical labor AND yes, I did clean out the knife drawer. I can now open it without something getting stuck.
So impressive. I know.
Well, some days are just like this. You have to just get on with things until the end of it and go to sleep and hope that you'll found the rhythm again in the morning.
Dance in peace, y'all.
I enlarged the drawer and scrutinized the stuff. No "junk" there. The pastry cutter reminded me of my grandmother teaching me to cut butter and flour for pie crust with two knives. But, there was something about pie crust and ice water that I don't remember. Do you?ReplyDelete
Yes. The colder your pie pastry, the better. You want the shortening or butter to actually stay as it is rather than to just mix with the flour. This is what creates the flakiness. So you cut the shortening into the flour so that although it is distributed evenly, it is not mushed in. And you use water very sparingly, just enough to make the pastry rollable. And the water needs to be sprinkled over the flour and shortening tablespoon by tablespoon and the colder the better. Thus- ice water. This is the theory.Delete
Your chick lit/dick lit observation is perfection for the day.ReplyDelete
The roosters are so beautiful - what colours. I'm afraid even I can see the temptation to make them into a hat, or a ball gown.
Maybe sending them to live in the woods is still a good plan...
I know, Jo! Do you remember when Scarlett O'Hara made that fetching hat to try and seduce Rhett Butler with and it had rooster feathers on it? The jungle fowl roosters' feathers are the most iridescent I've ever seen and their colors are so different than their father's and all three of the young ones' feather colors are the same. Quite interesting!Delete
The Feral Rooster solution. Hmmm...
I guess it's too late to turn your roosters into capons but from what I've read about, it sounds unpleasant. What do you do with too many roosters?ReplyDelete
I like your "dick lit". It still continues. What men do is more important, or so people think. Because raising future generations of men and women is unimportant? Fuck that.
Hope today is a better day. Sending hugs.
Plus, "chick lit" is always written by women which makes it less important than books by men to begin with, no matter what or who the characters are.Delete
Yeah. Too late to turn the roos into capons. Plus, I have no idea how to do that and even though Youtube would probably show me, I don't think I want to know.
Um, yes, I'm pretty sure it's pushing their little testes into view and slicing 'em off quick-quick with a scalpel, and then sending them on their merry way. Bleh!Delete
Love the term Dick Lit. I'm going to put it into my vocabulary. Not sure where I'll use it but I like it.ReplyDelete
You have my full endorsement to use "dick lit" whenever and wherever you want!Delete
Ringo's children are gorgeous! What a painting they would make. I have a friend who travels everywhere with her hen in diapers! All over the country, she is an artist , of course! Smash the patriarchy, by the way. I have run out of patience!!ReplyDelete
I don't think I could deal with having to put diapers on a hen. But if that makes your friend happy, then I'm all for it! I would like to have a painting of those beautiful roosters.Delete
'chick lit' 'date movies'. yeah. just another way our culture demeans women. fuck that shit. too many roosters = chicken dinners? they are gorgeous, those chicken birds.ReplyDelete
"Chick Flick." Right.Delete
But those roosters are so tiny they'd hardly be worth all of the cleaning and plucking. I just don't now what to do!!!
Dick Lit! Love it!ReplyDelete
Also, I loved Big Little Lies. The book was better than the series, so good for you for reading the book first.
I'm almost finished with it and I don't want it to end!Delete
Have you not watched Big Little Lies yet? It's not exactly like the book so watching it does make sense and whatever you may feel about chick lit, I found it a good watch.ReplyDelete
We don't get Amazon Prime (because we haven't ordered it, of course) and Big Little Lies isn't on Netflix. But I think I'm going to have to get Amazon because I really want to see it.Delete
I have not watched Big Little Lies - BUT - it was filmed near my town and it was all over the news when filming was happening. My friends went down to the casting call for extras - neither of them were offered a part - but they wanted to use her *car* in a couple of shots as "background" cars, LOL. Her car is a light blue Toyota Camry - I guess it was new enough to be nice, but bland enough not to steal the spotlight :DReplyDelete
"HEY! That's my car!!!!"Delete
I heard the big little lies TV series is better than the book but this is the opinion of people who watched the series first then tried to read the book. Given that you’re enjoying the book I wonder how you’ll find the series. I watched it and found it utterly diverting. Hugs dear friend. I’m traveling.ReplyDelete
Your knife drawer looks great! I hope the rooster situation doesn't become a problem. I really hope they can all coexist without things getting as nasty as they did last time. Maybe a pipe dream. They are dinosaurs, after all. But they're so beautiful!ReplyDelete
Oh, and "Dick Lit" -- that is BRILLIANT!Delete