The Biggest Scary Thing

“The Biggest Scary Thing”

This week’s issue of The Gracie Press Newsletter was sent out yesterday morning. if yours did not arrive in your email “inbox,” you may want to check your “junk” or “spam” folders.

The drawing above is this week’s cover image, and it introduces the next book we are working on and its working title. A new character, The Robin, is introduced in the story except of the newsletter. Throughout previous books, songbirds have interacted with my chickens just as they do in real life. The Robin is the first to be named and will have a few surprises in the coming weeks for my chickens and our readers. (Yes, there are some birds with secret lives!)

To subscribe, just go to newsletter.GraciePress.com and provide your email address. You will get an email with a “Confirm subscription now” button. Select that, and you’re all set! Gracie and Bessie and all the others in our little flock will be heading for your email box about once a week with our latest news, stories, illustrations, special offers, and free gifts!

We are getting close to the three-year anniversary of “My Life With Gracie,” and we will likely end our posting through WordPress at that time. I am looking to cut down on expenses like the WordPress annual fee and to make the sharing process less complicated and outside of social media.

The biggest reason for wanting to move to “Gracie Press” and newsletter has to do with Gracie herself. She is slowing down and needing my help much more than before. (She never fully recovered from the foot injury she had last year.) I know one day “My Life With Gracie” will be only memories. Using “Gracie Press” as a book imprint, website, and newsletter instead of “My Life With Gracie” seems the best way to continue sharing the goodness I will always see in her heart once that day comes.

Happy Hatchday, Gracie and Bessie!

April 25th is Hatchday for Gracie and Bessie, and we want to celebrate! They are both four years old today. If you are counting the way chickens count, that’s one foot and one toe!

This morning, we launched The Gracie Press Newsletter! The content will be much like what you will find here at MyLifeWithGracie.com but it will be viewable in the safety of an email. That’s good for children and chickens and maybe grown-ups too!

As a special bonus, we will be giving away a copy of our most recent book, A Most Wondrous Place, to three randomly selected subscribers to our newsletter.

Anyone who signs up for our newsletter between April 25th and May 25th will be eligible!

Delivery will be through Amazon to any address that can receive Amazon packages. (This can be your delivery address or the address of someone else who might appreciate this special gift.)

To subscribe, just go to newsletter.GraciePress.com and provide your email address. You will get an email with a “Confirm subscription now” button. Select that, and you’re all set! Gracie and Bessie and all the others in our little flock will be heading for your email box about once a week with our latest news, stories, illustrations, special offers, and free gifts!

We are getting close to the three-year anniversary of “My Life With Gracie,” and we will likely end our posting through WordPress at that time.

I am looking to cut down on expenses (like the WordPress annual fee) and make the sharing process less complicated and outside of social media.

The newsletter will be through Revue. Their composing tools are much easier to use than what is currently available through WordPress, and Revue is free! As an added bonus, when you go to newsletter.GraciePress.com, you can view all “Previous Issues” in a simple one-page layout. Why not check it out now?!?

A Birthday Is Like A Hatchday, Well, Sort Of, Almost…

Everyone wanted to know what a birthday is since today is my birthday. “A birthday is like a hatchday, well, sort of, almost…” I said.

“So people do hatch from eggs!” they all said together, partly with amazement at what a big egg I must have come from and partly with satisfaction from finally figuring out the big secret of where people come from.

“Not exactly,” I said, “But that’s kind of close enough. We can discuss it all later, okay? Right now, I have birthday gifts for you.”

“Like what we chickens give to everyone on our hatchday celebrations?”

“Now that is exactly right!”

I was glad to have been able to navigate around the discussion about where people come from. It was tough enough to explain where chickens come from, but I had done the best I could since they never had a Chicken Momma to explain these things to them.

I spread out half of a straw bale into their run for them to enjoy. You may not think of that as much of a gift, but to a chicken, it is a goldmine and treasure hunt all rolled into one wonderful gift. You see, the straw bales from the previous winter have just been sitting in the yard and slowly decomposing. They have also been holding onto moisture. And if there are two things that the tastiest worms and bugs love, it’s decomposing stuff and moisture!

After they had thoroughly examined every bit of straw for delicious treats, Bessie came to me and asked, “So on a birthday, does anyone give you a gift?”

“Usually a birthday cake. It’s like a cupcake only bigger. When I was growing up, my mother and grandmother would always bake my favorite cake for my birthday. It was a strawberry cake with real strawberries in the cake and real strawberries in the icing.”

“I could bake you dozens of strawberry cupcakes or just one really big strawberry cupcake,” she offered. (Bessie loves to bake, and we have shared some of her own recipes here in the past.)

“That would be nice. But it is summer and the kitchen does get really hot when you’re baking in the summertime. Maybe you’d like to learn how to make something else my mother and grandmother made for me called banana pudding.”

The word “banana” caught Gracie’s attention because Gracie does love bananas. They are not an everyday treat because she needs to stay at a good weight for dancing ballet.

The two of them went off into a corner and put their heads together. They were obviously planning something. Whatever they come up with, it will be wonderful. It may be The Biggest Strawberry Cupcake Ever or a Real Meringue-Topped Banana Pudding or something in between. And if what they make doesn’t work out particularly well, there is always ice cream. It is amazing how many baking goofs can be turned into an ice cream topping! And, of course, Pearl may even put on her Let’s Go Bananas Hat and entertain everyone this evening.

All in all, I’m expecting today to be a perfect birthday as I already have five of the most wonderful gifts ever right here with me in my own backyard!