|An otherwise boring looking chicken coop but one with an interesting past.
I don’t have any sewing projects to show today. I have two somewhat interesting projects I am almost done with. The first is a wool toddler coat I’m making for Gigi from a 1942 pattern and the second is a fake fur vest I am just finishing up. If you have ever worked with fake fur before, you know it’s a messy business and I would rather clean out my chicken coop any day rather than work with this stuff again.
We are lucky enough to have a really good coop and we got it for free. We used to live up in the mountains above Malibu, California in a place called Topanga Canyon. People like Jim Morrisson and Janis Joplin were known to have holed up in the canyon and it has a “colorful” past. I had heard stories about the place and there was a nudist colony up in those hills somewhere. When I was about 20, I went to a paty with my friend up in Topanga Canyon. The old wooden house was on a big property that was full of old trailers, lovely oak trees, and a giant American flag hung across the whole yard. As someone from the party strung his guitar and sang “Girl from Ipanema” in the dappled sunlight, I thought,”This would be a cool place to live someday.”
There is a crystal shop there where you can go in and lay on a bed of crystal that the owner believes has alien powers and vibes. There was a group of mom’s at my son’s kindergarten who would get together during the full moon and chant. Topanga was just that weird! When my six year old daughter was bit by a rattlesnake there in our front yard I took it as a sign that God above wanted us to get out of that place so we moved back down into the city of Los Angeles. But not after dragging our chicken coop with us.
“And what is a criminal forensic psychologist”, you might ask? A psychologist of serial killers. This man and his wife were pure evil from day one. We tried to get out of selling the house to them because we didn’t want to saddle our poor neighbors with these characters , but they threatened to sue us so that was when we decided to take the chicken coop with us.