American Gothic

March 19th


How many of you have heard me say, “I just want a couple chickens?” Most, I’d guess. For years, the story went a bit like this:

I want a garden, dog and a couple chickens. Also? I’d like to live closer to my brother.

Well. Chickens are all that remain. After this weekend, I’m quite a bit closer. I’ll be living in a new home in Golden in a few months. The owner, a good friend of mine, is fully supportive of my gardening and small animal husbandry dreams. (She actually suggested a goat, which doesn’t sound that crazy all of a sudden.) The two of us, her sister, and her her far-too-kind-and-extremely-hard-working-boyfriend, transformed her backyard this weekend into my future mini farm.


This included filling a dumpster full of debris from her backyard. A few photos of the progress:

8 am:






10 am:




Salvaged shed —> chicken coop. Raised bed cleared. Compost head cleared. Arms on fire.




Old trees, cleared. Debris from former fire pit, gone.


Dana and Jeronimo rocking out


Dumpster = full


A contemporary American Gothic.

Old McDonley had a farm…



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7 Responses

  1. šŸ™‚ Fabulous all around.

  2. Yeah you get your chickens after all šŸ™‚

    Have you read the book Kisses from Katie? Made me think of you.

  3. How exciting! Can’t wait to see you settled there!

  4. I love this! (and how weird that I also rented a dumpster last week and filled it with debris, doesn’t it feel good?) chickens AND a goat sound fabulous!

  5. I want a pic of the chickens…

  6. I can’t wait to see photos of Old McDonley’s farm once there are animals and vegetation in there!!

    Great job!!

  7. Congrats on the chickens! And forget my earlier comment about not knowing about the chickens.