Diary of a Pet Turkey by Joanne Ingis

This blog is a diversion to tell you about an event next Thursday, January 19th at 2:00 pm at the main branch of the Fairfield Public library 1080 Old Post Road in Connecticut on the 2nd floor in the children’s library.  I promise, I will return to storage next week.  The subject matter, that is.

Joanne Ingis, my daughter-in-law, is making a rare appearance at the main branch of the Fairfield Public Library. She will be giving everyone a treat reading and talking about her pet turkey and her new book “Diary of a Pet Turkey.”

If you want to hatch a turkey egg, ask Joanne.  If the eggs under your turkey hen aren’t hatching well, you can move them into an incubator for better hatching success.  Joanne did just that and then we watched and waited and waited and waited.  All eyes were upon this egg, mine included.

Hatched turkey egg

The egg had to be warm all over and turned three times a day which became the project of my grandson-turned turkey farmer.

Finally!  It cracked.  Out came a foot, out came a wing, out came a peep. She was small, sweet and squeaky, Squeaky like pushing a magic marker on a bulletin board.  That’s how she got her name, Magic Marker.

About the Author/Artist

Joanne Ingis makes her Blue Apple Books debut with Diary of a Pet Turkey. She home schools her sons, and the turkey in her story was one of their hands-on science projects. Based on a true story, this is a delightful tale of a suburban family and their pet turkey. Joanne Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family’s daily life.

Feather from Magic Marker

Magic Marker grew into a fluffy turkey running all around her new home.  Double click the link:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=bowmJ9RZOyk 





Phlip Johnson

Philip Johnson Glass House Contemporary Interior, New Canaan, CT





Please note the clean, contemporary, organized space in the Philip Johnson Glass House.

All images are from Victoria Lyon Interiors www.victorianlyoninteriors.com.

This week’s blog is about space, order and design and has nothing to do with taste. Taste is ambiguous and personal. You can apply your taste to any of the basic concepts discussed.

The images above are vignettes of traditional design.

Old world elegance mixes with modern colors and textures to create the master bath/dressing area for the lady with very discriminating tastes. Designer Victoria Lyon says her space “evokes the casual elegance of an English country house,” but also brings in modern touches that “let us know that the lady of this manor definitely belongs to the 21st century“.

The dressing area features sweeping curtains, a feminine skirted dressing table and a plush chaise. Old world fixtures, a free standing burnished metal tub and a sparkling marble shower create a bathroom with character and class.

The image below “Traditional Country” is an uncluttered, well-organized, well-designed space. The soft, warm color on the vertical planes (walls) is comforting and pleasing. Warm deep colors have vibrations, move forward into the room and take up visual space.

traditional country

Traditional Country www.victorialyoninteriors.com

Crowding can cause conflict in a life, in a mate, in a child. All this talk about beauty, function, good design, what does it mean? If you like lots of stuff around you, okay. But how is it arranged? Is there order? Is there negative space, meaning quiet space? A place of peace?

Function … what in the world? Clocks have a function, cars have a function, computers have a function. So what has function got to do with space? Space has to provide a place for you to stand up, lie down, sleep, wake.  And all the activities in-between. Where do you write your checks, where do you write your stories, where do you play? If you have any, where are the kids, where do they snack, where do they do homework, where do they play?

Here are a few examples of functional items. Clocks, clocks tell time, what would we do without time? Cars are constructed to take you from point a to point b, computers output and input information. If we take a look at the world around us, everything we need is organized in some way.

You may like contemporary, you may like traditional, you may like the American style (mixture of both), it doesn’t matter. The images above are well-designed, well-organized, functional spaces.

Nineteenth century Victoriana had no specific order. The more stuff squeezed into a space, the more it supposedly displayed great wealth.

Order is important for our well-being.

Thank you to Victoria Lyon interiors for her gracious participation in this blog. www.victorialyoninteriors.com.

Come back next week for more Victoriana surprises. Remember to post your comments. I especially enjoy your inquiries and challenges.

What about you, your home, your office, your play space? You love clutter. OK! But is it organized?


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