Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Julia Dent Grant

This picture was taken in 1872, and shows First Lady Julia Dent Grant, with husband Ulysses, and son Jesse. They had 4 children, but here they are posed only with one. The picture was taken during Grant's first term in office.

Domestic Update: I think I had mentioned that I was going to get chickens, since Mrs. PJM loves eggs for breakfast. I figured 10 chickens would do the trick. When I went to order the chicken, I found that they can only ship in batches of at least 25. The lady said they had to ship at least that many for the chicks to stay warm during shipping. Then I heard my neighbor wanted to get chickens, and was having the same problem. I went over and talked to her, and she said indeed she was getting a chicken order up. I don't know much about chickens, so just looked at what she was ordering. I put my name in for 10 of what she was ordering. That was a couple of weeks ago. Well, yesterday she came over, and said she did not have a computer. She did have the chicken list, and asked if I would order them since I had a computer. Well, I took the list, and come to find out everyone in town was going in on the Great Chicken Order of '09. Well, I placed the order for the 67 chicks, in about 14 different varieties. I am starting to get a bad feeling about this. I am worried whether people will pick their chickies up in a timely manner when they come in. Mrs. PJM was not too pleased about this, as she thinks in the end she will have to sort it all out.

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  1. Speak of sorting out. Aren't most baby chicks yellow. I know that some have black on them also, but how do you plan to get this figured out with so many different breed of chicks?
    Or are you just going to reach in and grab 10 and let everyone else sort it out between them?
    R

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  2. Anon,
    Mrs. PJM's thoughts exactly. Bigger concern is whether people who said they wanted chickens will come and pick them up.
    PJM

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  3. Yes I have had just that happen to me also.
    The next thing you know is you will be chicken farmer and selling eggs next to the HWY.
    R

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  4. Anon,
    Brilliant! Keep all the chickens, and sell the eggs. I will have a corner on the market, as I will have horded all the chickens.

    Perhaps instead of selling eggs roadside, I could sell shares in "The Great American Egg Co-op". For $100 per year (prepaid) you can come by and get all the organic, free range eggs you want (Up to a dozen or so a week, provide your own cartons, sign waiver indemnifying me from any illness from eating said eggs)

    Interesting, I am finding the peacocks don't require much bought feed. They chase, catch and eat bugs in the little yard. Also, they really like table scraps, like leftover lettuce and most any vegetable.

    This could be my ticket to the big time.
    PJM

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  5. When they're little, how are you going to tell the hes from the shes. You would hat to get all roosters.

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  6. Elise,
    I ordered all "shes".
    PJM

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  7. Sounds like you're stepping in quicksand . .. . but it might be OK.

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  8. I think you need to make your co-orderers (is that aword?) pay in advance. That should pretty much guarantee they will come after the chicks. If not, well, you have both the chickens and the money!

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  9. Lady Anne,
    Why did you not give me that advice BEFORE I placed the order.

    Mrs. PJM told me the same thing when she heard what I had done.
    PJM

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  10. I have absolutly no idea, how much does a chicken cost?

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  11. Baby chicks are about $2 each.
    PJM

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  12. While you did the online ordering, did your neighbor use her credit card? That would have been the better way to do it, IMO.

    Perhaps delivering the chicks to the other people will result in immediate payment. At least they will have taken delivery and should feel an obligation to pay up.

    Hopefully this will not turn into The Great Chicken Order Fiasco of '09.

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  13. Brother Dave,
    Mrs. PJM said the same thing . . . we should have used neighbors credit card.
    PJM

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  14. How do you expect to have eggs, if all the chickens are female? Better buy at least One Rooster. Hope you did not order any White Leghorns, They eat each other unless you fit them with Rubber proctors. I grew up in the Napa vally with 5000 of the damn things.

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  15. Chickens lay eggs without roosters. Eggs wont turn into chickies, but hens lay eggs with or without roosters.
    PJM

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  16. Sounds like you have put all your eggs in one basket.... HA!

    Roosters are useless!! Don't bother!

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  17. I really like the picture of Mrs Grant. She was a tough lady to tolerate Mr Grant's quirks. The hairstyle she has is, well, weird. I have seen lots of women's photos from the time and this is an original one for sure.

    We introduced my 2 year old daughter to some baby chicks this past weekend. She was delighted to touch their fine down. The way baby chicks spring about is really quite funny, and if you do in fact wind up with 67 chicks of your own, it will probably be pretty easy to sell them off in 5s and 10s. Be sure to add a little markup for your troubles when you are dispersing the flock.

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  18. a chicken farmer ehhh,,remember dont plant them too deep,,, i couldnt resist.
    oldbear

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  19. Hah! First the Peacock Palace! Next, the Chicken Chateau!

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  20. I can't believe you did not collect money from people first to guarantee pickup.
    PJM, you wife will now ask you to hire someone to build a hen house, because that peacock house is going to be too small very fast. Over doing it is your way so it will cost a load of money. I hope you have lots of disposable income otherwise there won't be anything left to buy the tractor after you finish.

    To another poster: baby chicks reflect the colors of the adult bird. White chickens have yellow chicks, brown chickens have brown chicks. But all chicks have yellow feathers on their cute little behinds. White chickens lay white eggs, dark chickens lay brown eggs. White chickens have pale skin, dark chickens have darker skin. People prefer paler skin so most chickens raised for meat are white. Baby chicks are sexed on an "assembly line" right after hatching - there is something about their wing tips that identifies sex. The females go down one chute to become egg layers, the males go down another chute to become fryers.
    It's all very practical!

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  21. Hey Anon, don't knock roosters. They can be very entertaining. Here is mine - named after one of my favourite general's: Patton.
    http://tinyurl.com/ljcatz

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  22. Back to the picture; is the first lady wearing a coonskin cap or is the family cat having a siesta during the photo shoot?
    Maybe she is trying draw attention away from the presidents stove pipe hat.

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  23. Hi, PJM,

    we had chickens for a while, and we always said they were the closest thing to a free lunch. ;-) ours lived on table scraps and things that got old in the fridge. they also loved comfrey, which we planted a row of and then ignored, and were able to give to the chix 2x a summer. Good luck! you should get lots of eggs with that number.

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  24. That is truly the most awful hairstyle I have ever seen.

    I can't imagine how anyone even got her her piled up like that and pulled forward.

    It almost looks like a bad hairpiece.

    Wow, amazing.

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  25. That is truly the most awful hairstyle I have ever seen.

    I can't imagine how anyone even got her hair piled up like that and pulled forward.

    It almost looks like a bad hairpiece.

    Wow, amazing.

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  26. Selling eggs at the side of the road will be great with all the profits going into your tractor fund.
    PJM don't be negative about the prepaying thing. Have faith in your fellow townsfolk. Because of newspapers and the news always reporting negative items and a couple of actual bad eggs (excuse the pun) out there, we are all too negative and cautious nowadays.
    Chickens are easy to look after and after expanding the peacock run the other costs are small.

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  27. interesting, I used this photo in a post I did about presidential families and this image in particular I found quite striking. I loved the body language and the facial characteristics, interesting that you were drawn to post it on your blog as well.
    http://www.collectivepic.com/2009/05/white-house-dynasty-obamas-and-other.html

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  28. Check out the heel on the Pres. He must have had Napoleon's syndrome. The heels must be 2" or more.

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