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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fresh Eggs and Fear

When I went out Sunday to feed Dominique and collect an egg, hopefully, there was one egg. I brought it into the house and immediately scrambled it along with the egg from Saturday. Now, that is my idea of fresh eggs, not the store bought ones that proclaim "fresh" on the carton. I just wish I had cooked bacon, too.

I have two store eggs and another fresh egg that will go into a pound cake. I don't know why, but I have the urge for pound cake so I can put strawberries or peaches over it. It's box mix, so I don't know how it will turn out. Plus, I bought frozen strawberries last month, and the peaches are canned and from the store.

My mother would need eggs for whatever she was cooking and would send me out to gather eggs. Now, I was a teen when this happened. I would whine and beg and plead and cry trying to get out of the chore. There were other big kids and teens who were not so terrified of chickens. Maybe she meant to "cure" me of my fear. It did not work at all!

Since my pet rooster and only chicken brutally attacked me when I was four, I was still terrified of all chickens.

I just knew the hens would peck me to death and in my eyes as I tried to get an egg from under a setting hen. Their nests were about waist high, but I still had to get close to get an egg. She would be shocked I keep chickens now, really shocked since I kept my distance from chickens and the chicken yard.

Even when I bought day-old chicks and raised them by hand, I was not "cured" of my fear. And, I only keep hens.

Still, I never turn my back on a rooster. I do have a fear of roosters that is unabated even now.

Your turn
Do you ever have the chance to eat or bake with an egg freshly gathered?  What fear or trauma have others tried to "cure" in you? My "cure" further traumatized me! Did the "cure" work for you?

8 comments:

  1. Roosters are evil. I used to carry a stick till I read this is a challenge to them. Pebbles thrown at them work better. Ours used to fly up at the grandchildren and they never wanted to gather eggs.
    I miss chickens.

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    1. Carol,
      Amen, roosters are evil! Carrying a stick would suit me so I could smack one who flew at me with spurs upraised. See, I never wanted to gather an egg either! If I had a rooster right now, I would be leery of going into the pen. I know you do miss chickens.

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  2. I don't know that I have ever had a fresh egg! I have heard the taste is so much better. I can't think of any phobias I have but I am not fond of snakes and any critter in the house kind of freaks me out. Once a bat was flying around in my house and I hid in a closet until my husband managed to 'sweep' him out the door. It was more the fear of rabies that frightened me!

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    1. Nan,
      It's too bad you have never had an egg from the fresh outdoors. Yeah, I am not fond of anything living in my house but me, or at least humans. A closet is the perfect place with a bat on the loose. The fear of rabies would send me running.

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  3. I have never had truly fresh eggs, I am glad that backyard chickens are coming back into fashion in the states.

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    1. Travel,
      Maybe you could find someone keeping chickens and get some fresh eggs. Lots of people around here keep chickens, and much larger cities are passing ordinances that allow such. Makes me smile.

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  4. I never had a fresh egg in my life. You are so fortunate. Fresh eggs must be delish!

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    1. Cindi,
      I think I am fortunate, too. Of course, I work at having this particular fortune. You must seek out a truly fresh egg from hens allowed to forage. The dark golden or orange yolks is a sign they eat grass. Those golden yolks have an abundance of Omega3--used to treat heart disease and prevent heart disease. Thanks.

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