Posts Tagged ‘Pets’

This is Halloween, Part 3

In Non-Fiction, Opinion/Personal, Personal, Writing on November 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Part 1 & Part 2

Now we’ve reached present day.  Yes, I know Halloween was technically yesterday.  However, many places in my state cancelled trick or treating due to inclement weather, and lots of bars and friends are still throwing costume parties this coming weekend, so I think it’s just fine!

So I had my run-ins with Ouija Boards and strange happenings.  You would think one would learn, right?  Apparently not me.  Things like this don’t generally scare me and I find it all very intriguing.  Curiosity killed the cat, they say…

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February Blog Challenge – 2: Three Childhood Memories

In Challenges, February 2013 on February 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Alright, Day 2: 3 significant memories from childhood…

  1. My grandfather bred chickens when I was young.  He dabbled in cock fighting (which is horrible and gross but was a popular underground money maker if you were good at breeding chickens and training roosters to be ruthless killers).  The roosters were all kept on ties, loose enough to strut around and peck at the ground surrounding their teepee homes, and most of the hens were kept in cages and pens.  When the hens hatched chicks, the chicks were placed in a large cardboard box and moved into the house to be cared for all day long.  They were put under a heat lamp and fed special food to ensure they grew properly so they would be healthy and strong adults to feed back into the breeding and fighting.  I was outside playing by myself one day when I was 4 years old and I went into the old shed in front of my grandparents house.  I didn’t notice the hen on the shelf near the ceiling until I heard her squawking and I looked up just in time to see her spread her wings to descend upon little old me.  She was mad and I could tell, so I turned on my heels to run.  I didn’t even realize I was screaming the loudest and shrillest scream of my short little life.  The chicken was right on my heels and I had heard the horrors of being flogged.  It was like a movie – I couldn’t run fast enough and just when I thought I was gaining space, I tripped and fell.  I landed right ont he 3 little steps leading to the porch, still screaming, and out of no where was scooped up into safety.  My ear-piercing girl screams had attracted the attention of my mother and uncle from inside the house and they ran to my rescue, picking me up and scaring the hen away.  We later found out that the hen secretly had chicks stashed away in the shed and apparently did not want a human near them.  I’m just glad I didn’t get a beak to the eye that day… Read the rest of this entry »

Nugget #1: I’m Pretty Sure SNL’s Penelope Did

In Cleverness, Funny, Personal, Quotes on November 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm


“You know what would be really cool?  If people could birth animals, like cats and dogs!”

Yeah…and we girls thought birthing a regular baby was damaging enough to the parts.  Imagine something with claws!

The bad part is that this quote is from a female.  Her follow-up statement?  “This wasn’t one of my best moments.  I didn’t think that far into it.”

Singing Heart

Poems by Octavia Barratt


Breaking Free From The Past, In Hope For A Bigger & Brighter Future

One Day at a Time

The world is a confusing place, these are just my musings on it.

The Girl

enjoying whatever life has to offer...

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