On Maintaining Equanimity During Last-Minute Plucking

When challenged by Her Majesty (and I so call her not for regal and commanding qualities but rather for her sovereignty), I maintained the possibility of a positive attitude while overseeing the late-planned progress of three chickens into the freezer.  I now reaffirm, if you use Really Hot Water and Really Sharp Knives and largely stick to your principles.  In this case, three principles, two conditions and one good call.


  1. Do not work at temperatures approaching freezing.
  2. It is never faster to pluck two flight feathers at once rather than one.
  3. Avoid Barred Rocks.


  1. Hundreds of overflying geese calling reset me to a graceful zero each time.
  2. A sweet man bringing a beer to the sunset-lit porch.

Good call:

  1. Maintaining the awareness of my decision to pluck three chickens rather than the original five.

Saute fresh chicken livers in butter, then add sherry, sea salt, black currant jelly and a dash of balsamic vinegar.  Eat from the pan waving tongs at any who approach.  Spoils to the victor.

Your majesty.

Too tired for dinner


About Lorca Smetana

White doves. Retreats. Insects. Languages. Making.
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One Response to On Maintaining Equanimity During Last-Minute Plucking

  1. Cherilyn says:

    When do you not have a positive attitude?

    Glad to hear things went well, despite the task and the hour. I still want to hear the comparison of turkey and chicken plucking. Happy puppy!

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