All things Chicken in honour of the scrappy Cuddles

I was on the phone to my literary agent yesterday (I’m mainly saying that to show off the fact that I have a literary agent) and right after she asked how my week had gone, her voice lowered and softened.  She was about to say something important.  I sat down and waited to hear what she had to say.  In the calming voice of a psychiatric orderly, she enquired whether she could ask about Cuddles’ poop.

The poop is normal.  Cuddles is pooping out normal poop.  It’s a thing of beauty.

In honour of Cuddles and the ordeal we all (including you) went through last week this month’s sponsor post revolves around all things chicken.

Not into chickens? Don’t worry … keep reading. Because a few of the chicken associations are somewhat … esoteric. That’s right. I’m breaking out the big words.

Thanks as always to my sponsors and everyone who takes a look at what they have to offer.


Alphabet Animal letters from

Disposable Art Shop

The animal for “K”, is most appropriately, a chicken.

Downloadable art for peanuts a print.



Hilarious hen tile

From Cement Tile Shop.

For those among us who can appreciate a chicken who looks like an amoeba.



Rooster triptych tea light holder from Cattails

I hate to say it’s almost fall but … it’s almost fall.

And this candle holder just feels like fall to me.



One of Cuddles’ favourite treats.

Fargo yellow pear tomatoes from Cubits.

Get them now for next season because most of Laura’s great tomato seeds sell out.




Printable art from Art & Jelly.

No matter what, sick chicken, sick parent, sick child.

 … it’s the only thing you can do.  Just Ride it Out.

Do not give up.



Embroidered Mola style Rooster tea towel from Diamond Dust Studio.

This screams 1976 to me and I love it.



Secondhand quilted Chanel coin pouch.

From Lab Consignment’s GREAT online shop.
What’s the relation to chickens?
Tori Spelling has a Silkie Bantam chicken named Coco Chanel.

(I love that this coin purse is brown and not the standard black!)




I had a really stressful, anxiety filled, sleepless week when my pet chicken Cuddles got sick last week.
Without really knowing why, I was constantly using a lavender moisturizer I keep on my desk. I’d rub it in then smell my hands. As it turns out, lavender is scientifically proven to have calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled.

Noelle of Ellenoire can scent almost anything in her shop to lavender for you. Moisturizers, lotions, body oils and of course, bathtub fizz.

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Yogurt isn’t only good for human bellies it’s good for chicken bellies (in moderation) too.

Daniella of Curious Citizen posted this really interesting fact about the surge in yogourt popularity along with a recipe for a yogourt parfait!




And finally, 2 of these linen shower curtains would be the perfect gift for anyone who has gone through a horrible, stressful time.

From Rough Linen.



It’s hard to believe I’m mentioning fall. But I am. There’s a certain feeling come around the middle of August. The crickets are louder, the sun is lower in the sky and my lower intestines are *just* getting rid of the last of the zucchini. Which is good because they’re making way for the squash and potatoes. And the beef strew, the turkey, gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and gingerbread cookies. Moments later followed by champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

Then of course, in no time at all … I’ll be back to a stomach filled with zucchini.

Stupid zucchini.


  1. nancy says:

    oh when I saw in honour of Cuddles, I almost had a heart attack. I’m glad she’s OK (and I am suitably impressed about the literary agent).

  2. Lesley Williamson says:

    Oh thank goodness Cuddles is OK. She is very fortunate in her mother!

    Also: yay, fall!!!

  3. Megan says:

    Yay Cuddles! Glad to hear she’s on the mend.

  4. dana says:

    I saw in honour of Cuddles and thought the same thing! Way to tease us, Karen. Thats the truth about zucchini. I had to give away a box of them on freecycle. Great news about Cuddles. I am also impressed about the literary agent. Do you have a literary agent because youre a blogger or are you writing a book?

  5. Kat says:

    Yay Cuddles!
    RIP Cumy, best chicken ever, Spring 2006 until today, 8-26-14.

  6. alisa says:

    Yay for Cuddles!!!!!

  7. Kat says:

    Peritonitis. Poor old girl.

  8. Claudia says:

    I love the cement tiles! They really are hilarious, like from a funny children’s book.

    Good to hear about Cuddles’ recovery, BTW.

    Autumn has already taken over Germany and much of central Europe (rain for days, temps approx. 18 Β°C). Usually I love autumn, but we haven’t had much of a summer this year. No zucchini flood. I had five zucchini, the size of my normal-sized thumb. And they were hollow πŸ™

  9. Sue says:

    Yay! Happy to hear Cuddles is better!

    (You know, I haven’t eaten zucchini for two years since zucchapalooza 2012. I started zukes from scratch, and they ALL sprouted and thrived…so I planted them. Six zucchini plants is too many for two people… Fortunately, we discovered my dog will happily eat whole raw zucchini… I even donated some to the food bank and we couldn’t keep up…
    I’m hoping by next year I’ll be able to tolerate them again…I used to like them…

    • Grammy says:

      It might take a couple more years, but you will like them again. I found the solution when I realized no one else in the family would allow me to live if I ever grew another zucchini, so I didn’t. As my gardening skills expanded I decided I’d just pick up a couple zucchini once in awhile from the market (farmer’s or otherwise) or actually appreciate when a gardening neighbor heads my way with a few.

      Now I thoroughly enjoy the limited amount of zucchini I eat every year and don’t worry about what to do with too much of a good thing nor the fact that I sometimes pay money for something I could grow for free. “Free” is a relative term…

      • Sue says:

        I hope so. They are versatile and easy to work with, a big plus. πŸ™‚

        The addictive part about growing them is that they produce so quickly it makes you feel like your garden is a success while you’re waiting for everything else to hurry up and grow! I’m in the PNW and don’t really get tomatoes until just about now-it’s a looong wait. But your solution has a lot of merit and much practical sense. πŸ™‚ We’ll see if I stay sensible when it comes time to start seeds next year-it’s so fun to start everything from scratch and watch everything grow and become plants. πŸ™‚

  10. Natika says:

    So happy to hear that Cuddles is on the mend!

  11. mia pratt says:

    You’re always delightful, Karen. I always want to open your emails because I never know what’s going to be there. Thanks for making an otherwise partly-crappy day of packing for travel, more fun. And glad Cuddles has survived the poopification process with flying colors. All in all, a good week.

  12. Suzy R says:

    You just Rock, you know! I LOVE to read your take on any old thing. Makes me smile. Thanks for being you!

  13. Ryn says:

    So glad to hear Cuddles is doing well! πŸ™‚

  14. Jody says:

    Great news –about the zucchini. Best-est news about Cuddles.

  15. Sally A says:

    Yea Cuddles! What a relief! And this would be more appropriate for yesterday’s blog, but I saw a Monarch yesterday. Only the second one I’ve seen this summer. :o(

    Love all the above merchandise. Rough Linen reminds me I still need to get a pinafore! I’m a painter and that’s what I’d use it for, but can’t decide if I would or not cause I don’t want to ruin it! Conundrum. (that’s my big word)

  16. Ann says:

    oooh that tile would make an awesome backsplash in my backsplashless kitchen. Glad to hear Cuddles seems to have made a full recovery. But if you are like me about your chickens, and I know you are, you will be on pins and needles for at least another month while you watch her and your others for any signs of sickness. I am finally over that with mine after loosing one of my Easter Eggers early this summer.

    • Karen says:

      Yup. That’s exactly what I’m like Ann. I am not relaxed about the state of Cuddles at ALL! Sorry about your Easter Egger. πŸ™ That’s very sad. ~ karen

  17. Kim C. says:

    Great news about Cuddles. You both rock! So does that framed ”chicken ‘K” print from Alphabet Animal Letters. πŸ™‚

  18. cary says:

    so glad cuddles recovered! yay you! do you have any idea what it was?
    fellow chicken owner that wants to know in case it happens to her πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      No idea cary. There’s a fairly educated guess from a poultry vet that it could have been egg yolk peritonitis. Which I thought was automatically fatal and would automatically recur but he said not necessarily. I’ll explain it more in a later post. ~ karen

  19. jainegayer says:

    Almost didn’t want to read this when I saw the title…but yay, Cuddles has normal poo.
    I will never forget Cuddles, Karen. I was on my honeymoon in Ireland when she got sick
    and with all the wonderful scenery and food, there was this worry over a cute chicken I’d never met.
    But I felt like I knew her because I had seen the video of her sitting in your friend’s daughter’s lap.
    Anyway, Cuddles and I have a long distance bond and I’m so happy she’s better!

  20. Tigersmom says:

    Hooray for Cuddles! And hooray for her having such a determined, loving care-giver.

    And anyone who can reduce the degrees of separation between chickens and everyone of her sponsors down to two or less should definitely have a literary agent.

    It’s surprising me how much I love the triptych tea light holder. Not my usual taste, but I really love it.

  21. Stephanie says:

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy Cuddles! πŸ˜€ I’ve been waiting with bated breath since the last update, trying to tell myself no news was good news…
    I’m very sorry to hear about Cumy the chicken though πŸ™
    I bought my sister the “V” print from Alphabet Animal Letters, it was a flying bird, so at least related to a chicken…?
    Have a wonderful week, everyone!

  22. Tracey says:

    Hi Karen,
    I see now you didn’t answer my Cuddles poop question yesterday, because you were posting this today !

  23. Tracey says:

    Aargh, not sure why the rest of my post didn’t publish-dang iPhone. Anyway, thanks for the update and I’m so happy scrappy Cuddles has normal poop!! Yipppeeee!
    Lovely items you features from your sponsors…I shall go check their sites pronto!! I’ve also had some crap going on, and I think those Rough Linen shower curtains would make me feel a whole lot better.
    Have a good day Karen and Cuddles !!

  24. Beckie says:

    wonderful news about Cuddles!

    I adore that rooster towel too!

  25. Dagmar says:

    Wait…what? You mean to tell me the weather we’ve been having for the last few months was supposed to count as summer? And *now* autumn is coming? I’m confused. I only wore maybe three dresses this year, and what about the rest? Now what? Is autumn going to be the winter part, and then spring will be here sooner, because I guess I could live with that.

  26. Mary Werner says:

    Never would have guessed that one day I would be posting a comment that read ” Yea, for normal chicken poop.” Guess the little things in life are the best. Of course a pets friendship is a big thing so Yea for the big things in life, also.

  27. Nicole2 says:

    YAAAAAAAY you and Cuddles! Good for you for not giving up on her and working so hard to make her better. Every chicken in the world should be so loved.

  28. Pennie says:

    YOO HOO…..CUDDLES LIVES!!!!! πŸ™‚ <3

  29. Miriam says:

    I am happy to accept zucchini donations from all. Love zucchini. Love it.

  30. marilyn says:

    so happy for cuddles and you! and can you publish the recipe for beef strew! sorry couldn’t resist .lol

  31. Suanne says:

    I immediately went from “Oh NO!” to “Wait, if Cuddles had indeed left us, she would be saying ‘In Memory of’, not ‘In honor of'” Whew….that was a heart stopper! Glad all is well. Cute products too. Thanks Karen.
    BTW…..finished our cob oven!! Yay Rah! Has been drying for two weeks. Have put in a drying fire a couple times…..ready to fire that baby up and thow in some pizza soon! Thank you…thank you….thank you Karen!

    • Karen says:

      FUN! It was actually on August 29th of last year that my pizza oven was complete! πŸ™‚ It was such a momentous occasion I wrote it down, lol. ~ karen!

      • Suanne says:

        Oh PLEASE do an anniversary post for your cob oven! It should be acknowledged πŸ™‚ It would be fun to see how many of us have actually finish our ovens….thanks to your “How To” posts. Maybe share more recipes?????

  32. JF says:

    never in a million years did I think I’d be THIS interested in chicken poop but HURRAH for Cuddles and brava to her chicken-mom

    I’m resisting the whole autumn thing tho’ — everlasting summer is my motto, who’s with me?

    • Pati Gulat says:

      I’m with you !!! We just installed my life’s dream, an inground pool, this year and SUMMER was too short and not hot enough this year !!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH !!!! πŸ™

  33. BamaCarol says:

    So, so happy about Cuddles! And ready for fall too. This heat and humidity is going to kill me one of these summers.

  34. Jodi T. says:

    So happy to hear that Cuddles is ok!!!

    Ditto on the fall thing — I can’t wait. Even though Texas has had a mild summer (low hundreds for only a couple – 4 weeks) I am so ready for “open window weather”. The smell of fall plus good food cooking is my idea of perfection.

    I now want beef stew.

  35. Patti says:

    Okay, people – I need you to stop complaining about having too many zucchinis! My landlord’s handyman destroyed my zucchini plant when I’d only gotten three out of it.

    Do you have any idea how much I was looking forward to fresh, out-of-the-garden zucchini? It’s my favourite. I was going to try zucchini noodles! I was going to bake zucchini bread! I already include zucchini in almost every meal.

    And you know what the handyman said when I complained? “You’re upset over a zucchini plant? Do you want me to give you a bag of carrots or something?”


    • Karen says:

      I’d kill him. I really would. With a weapon and everything. ~ karen!

    • Grammy says:

      Oh, yes, what Karen said! Anyone who would think “a bag of carrots or something” would compensate for your beloved zucchini plant really needs to be taken out and beaten with a large zucchini until he’s dead.

  36. Suel Anglin says:

    That’s great news about Cuddles! I still think she eats better than I do…But the zucchini, man here in the mountains of Western North Carolina they love the climate, soil and the rainfall. When zucchini, yellow squash and gourds get going it makes me think of that movie from the ’50’s, Day of the Triffids!

    Thank you for creating such an interesting blog, your product recommendations are spot on.

  37. Ruth says:

    I am delighted that you have a literary agent… particularly one that asks about chicken poop… because I have been asking the very same question for days on end. Thanks for the update. πŸ™‚

    Another question just popped in my mind, but I got the answer… (We call them ‘kitchen towels’… maybe we left that bit of our colonial heritage behind. ‘Tea towel’ does sound nicer though)

  38. says:

    ok so I’m not into chickens (gasp) but when I read “in honor of Cuddles” I thought the worst and didn’t skip this post. I’m really glad you didn’t have to suffer anymore traumas. I kinda like you alot.

  39. SarahP says:

    so happy to hear Cuddles is on the mend!

  40. Ev Wilcox says:

    So relieved, but of course you will still be watching Cuddles and friends. How are the newest members doing?
    About your literary news-If you wrote a book it would be fabulous! Thinking about it?

  41. Pati Gulat says:

    SOOOOO glad to hear about Cuddles ! The world could be falling apart but your readers from all over the world, would wanna know, first and foremost, about her poop. The Internet is amazing, isn’t it ???

  42. janpartist says:

    Heaven bless your little family!

  43. Lynn (really spelled w/ an "e", but somebody else already has that spelling on here) says:

    Yay Cuddles, yay Karen!
    Kat, so sorry about Cumy.
    Love those links! I’ll be investigating them later.
    Speaking of readers from all over the world… Would you consider writing a post inquiring where your readers are from? (Hopefully you haven’t done that before? I’m still working my way through the archives, so I don’t know if you have.) Anyway, this community is the best and I’m curious about the cities, states and/or countries where our internet pals live.

  44. LeeAnne says:

    Hallelujah! What a relief Karen. I too had a heart attack over the words “in honour of cuddles” you minx you! Go to your tree with a shoe and a bottle of wine. Get that sucker open and start a good long celebration. πŸ™‚

  45. Marion says:

    Yay for cuddles!!!

  46. toekneetoni says:

    Goooooooooo Cuddles!!!

  47. Jackie says:

    YAYYYYY Cuddles. We love you girl.
    No matter what your pet is, it hurts you & makes you sad & anxious when they are sick. We have 2 dogs. One is almost 16 years old & has arthritis & the other one is almost 7 years old & has had seizures since he was 3. Medicine helps him somewhat but you never know when one will hit him again. It’s very upsetting to watch. Kat, I’m sorry to hear about Cumy.

  48. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I think I’ve said it have the best sponsors..I like all of these items and the chicken tiles are beyond cute..Sending a cuddle for Cuddles..

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  50. maria-TO says:

    Sheesh, the tears had already welled up — then I read that Cuddles poop was normal!! I’ve been following every day to see how she was doing (and you too). Isn’t it heart warming to know that people still care — even if it is a red-feathered beauty! I think she pulled through cause she knows how much you care — remember luv can bring people and animals back from the brink. Here’s hoping the crisis has passed and sunny days are ahead.

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