Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Good to the last drop

A little bit of rain fell yesterday afternoon. Fancy that. I was very excited to use the new rain gauge...

but not nearly as excited as my water-obsessed chickens.
They made a game of catching raindrops falling out of the gutter.

Clara: I'm losing my patience here.

Clara: Maybe the itsy-bitsy spider will wash out if I wait long enough.

Me: What's that song about raindrops and chickens?
You know the one – raindrops on roses and whiskers on chickens?

Eugenia: Nom nom nom nom nom. Good to the last drop.


  1. That is hilarious! Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning with your cute hens!

  2. Love these pics, the expressions on their face show their curiosity and confusion. I can't wait to raise chickens. We are getting a coop together but it is not finished yet. I am thrilled with your blog!

  3. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
    bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
    brown paper packages, tied up with string,
    these are a few of my favorite things!

    Girls in white dresses, with blue satin sashes,
    snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
    silver white winters that melt into Spring,
    these are a few of my favorite things

  4. "whiskers on chickens"! I think I just inhaled my coffee into my lungs eh,,,,cough cough!!!
    We have had SO much rain here in northern Alberta your rain gauge would have overflowed to many times to count in the last 5 days.

  5. this is cute. those chickens recognise a good drop alright! cheers Wendy

  6. Chickens can be the funniest animals. I love when mine get intent on doing something.

  7. That's just great. I never new chickens could be so cute. Didn't you want to just pour some more water down the drainpipe for them to catch.

  8. They're so serious and so patient. You'd think this was the only water on the property. Too funny.

  9. Carol in N. Colorado7/17/12, 7:11 AM

    I am glad I was not drinking anything when I read this morning. Too cute. I love Clara posture looking up into the downspout. We received some of that lovely moisture too and hopefully will get more today.

  10. Estella from Co.7/17/12, 7:25 AM

    What a riot...gave me a good morning smile. Hugs to all

  11. You must wear your camera around your neck all the time to always get the great shots that you get! These two girls have got to be the cutest hens ever! I love their cocked heads-they are sooo smart!

  12. Fabulous chicken post. And now the grands had to know the song. I mean they are only younguns and when Shel and I burst into laughter the "I didn't get it" look panned across their little children faces.....but now they are off to summer program singing your version of the beginning...you've done it again. Two thumbs up.

  13. Your girls are hilarious! Their facial expressions (who knew chickens had facial expressions...) rival the donkeys.

  14. Hello 7MSN,
    I discovered your blog a few days ago and have enjoyed it immensely. Love your story, lots of admiration for what you did and now are doing. And can appreciate what you enjoy because I live in Los Alamos. There's nothing like the skies and wide open spaces of NM, the air, the light . . . and the occasional precious summer storms. I can't find a name for you so I guess you're just 7MSN in blog world. Well, I don't even have a google identity but that will come eventually. You'll be a daily read. I'll wave in your direction when I drive to Abq. Becky

  15. Now tell the truth, weren't you tempted to stick the hose in the other end of the downspout?

  16. I like your hens' version of the song! I guess they don't know their twisted postures aren't ladylike - or maybe in the intensity of getting a drop of water, they just don't care!
    Nancy in Iowa

  17. Fooled me; At first I thought they were really looking for a drink. Cute! It's like they found the prize in the Cracker Jack box.

  18. Warm, woolen mittens will be coming up soon enough. Drink ye up whilst ye can!

  19. Raindrops on gutters and whiskers on chickens,
    Bright painted pony cute as the dickens,
    Hay bales repaired with left over strings,
    These are my favorite 7msn things!

    Donkeys eating yucca down to the branches,
    Cow skulls and porcupines wandering ranches,
    Stunning sunsets making hearts sing,
    These are my favorite 7msn things!

    When the flies bite,
    When the drought dries,
    When I'm feeling sad,
    I simply remember my favorite 7msn days
    Then I don't feel so baaaaadddd! (big finish)