Here are my bird girls.

Granny Mae and Elvira are named for characters in my books. Eggnes is a good layer. They're Barred Rock hens, descendants of a hardy American heirloom breed from New England. They've grown a lot since this photo was taken, and they've given me eggs almost every single day, despite frigid temperatures and monsoon rains.

They come to the back door and peck on the glass to be let in (not going to happen). Given the chance, they'll try to slip in past me as I'm going outside.


Chrissie left us on November 26, 2010 after a six-week illness that progressed rapidly. We miss her so desperately. This wasn't a good year for our pets, but they lived long, happy lives.




lucyWe lost Lucy on June 18, 2010. She never became best friends with Chrissie, who loved everyone, but in the winter when the fireplace was going, Lucy managed detente. I'm sure the chickens would love this spot too, if I'd let them in.




I spent a long weekend at the Oregon Coast recently. This photo of the Yaquina Bay Bridge was taken from the front yard of the old Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, now a museum and claimed to be haunted (I didn't have any paranormal