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    Tea Parties and More

    April 14, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    There is a lot going on around here. Tomorrow is a Big Day. My husband is planning one of the Tax Day Tea Parties coordinated by the AFA. He’s doing a great job, in my biased opinion. There are two Tea Parties in our town; my husband is in charge of the one at noon. The children and I will be there:

    Tea Party Signs

    I still need to make one more sign. Any ideas? My problem is that I can’t boil my ideas into something that fits on a poster, which is why Si made the two signs you see in the photo.

    If you want to attend a Tea Party in your area, look here for a location near you. These rallies are planned for over 2,000 cities, so chances are you won’t have to drive all that far.

    In Other News

    While we’re here, I thought I’d let you know that we’ve finally taken the plunge. In a very short while, six of these lovely ladies will be joining our family:

    Khaki Campbell Ducklings

    Khaki Campbells, my friends. They lay an egg a day on average. They are friendly. They are small. They will mow our grass and eat our wasps. I am also hoping they will take out the trash. And they are darn cute.

    My kids wanted a dog. Um. Can you say quieter than a dog? And cheaper. And then there is useful since the eggs will become part of our family diet.

    We are working on names. We will have to use Jemima, of course, from Beatrix Potter’s famous Jemima Puddleduck. That leaves us with five names to go. Thankfully, we have a few weeks until delivery.

    One Last Thing

    We had a brief discussion of The Faerie Queene in the comments a while back. I wanted to let you all know that Book I is available at, of course, Google Books. I’ve been reading it in small chunks. It takes a while to get used to the old spelling, but it is a treat, indeed. Of course, I love the old types of poems, epics, ballads, pastoral, etcetera. Simply beautiful, that Spenser.

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  • Reply Brandy April 17, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Rahime, Is it okay to name a girl Ping? I was wondering that. We don’t actually have Flack’s book!

    Jeana, Yes! Duck eggs! I had wanted chickens, but then I got concerned when I met someone who owned them and she was talking about going to the vet and deworming and so on and I just didn’t feel up to that. Ducks in general are less prone to disease and worms, especially if you graze them. We made a portable grazing pen for the back and we will move them around daily, giving them fresh grass and water and bugs to eat (plus supplemental feeding to balance it out) and they should feel like fairly low-maintenance pets with side benefits.

    I will keep you posted on the taste. I hear the French like to bake with them.

    Kimbrah, I like Fernidad. Cute! I thought about using the geese names from Potter as well, and E. was on board, but then we thought that maybe we’d want geese someday and then we wouldn’t have the names available…

  • Reply Kimbrah April 16, 2009 at 2:36 am

    So far we have Meiling and Fernidad or Ferny for short. We were going to let the boys name the other two, but so far they have come up with Snail (K), Cheetah (E), and Pinkie (B) because “they are girls, and girls like pink, right?”:) Oh and Eddie would like to call one Chuck. Uh, no. 🙂

    I hope you guys have better luck. I like Jemima. Can we have a Jemima, too? 🙂

  • Reply Jeana April 15, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Duck eggs?! That has never occurred to me! I wonder what they taste like?

  • Reply Rahime April 15, 2009 at 7:41 am

    CUTE!!! duckies. I’d go with Ping.

  • Reply Brandy April 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    We might have a winner here… 🙂

  • Reply Ellen April 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Ooooh, how about: “If I can’t spend more than I make without big trouble, what makes you think you can?” =)

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