Leave it to a bunch of hens …

Those garrulous girls can be heard

all around the farm.


Is a raccoon causing the ruckus?

A weasel, perhaps? Stray dog? Barn cat? Eagle? Owl?

The uproar sends me running every time,

tripping over my feet and bushes along our pathways,

to see what’s ruffling their feathers.

And more often than not,

what do I find?

Just a coop full of cachinnating chickens …

What’s so funny?


Photo by Jeff Kramer via Wikimedia Commons

Cachinnate (KAK-i-nayt): a verb meaning to laugh very loudly or immoderately.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I know nothing about chickens but find them beautiful and fascinating. It has been through my membership to MJF that the entire world of chickens has opened up to me. I must admit if I had any, I would want them to sport cute aprons, of which the idea sends my husbands eyes rolling in his head!! You can’t be serious, he says?? The sad part is, OH, yes I am!! You are nuts, he chimes! But look here in the MJF magazine, I say. Proof positive hens wear aprons in some circumstances. And diapers so they can come inside!!! Conversation is now over. Hahahahaha! But, I am still serious.

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double take

Have you ever considered how many women’s names have taken on double meanings in the English language?

If you’re scratching your head, take it from a gal who knows …

A Mary Jane, after all, isn’t a far cry from a MaryJane.

(I prefer the Butters version.)

See what I mean?

If you’re a Nellie or a Patsy, you’re nodding emphatically right now.

Unfortunately, girls named Nellie and Patsy are harder to come by these days,

thanks to popular expressions that have put a damper on their demand.

“Whoa Nellie! It just ain’t so,” said Nervous Nellie. “Don’t blame me. I refuse to be your Patsy.”

Let’s take a gander at several handles that have become noteworthy

(or even a tad notorious)

by their starring roles in our ever-evolving vernacular …

Mary Jane

My name, with a space between, doubles as the name of a …

perfectly legal …


I must say I’m pleased as punch—who doesn’t love a Mary Jane? It’s a shoe-in.


Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Plain Jane

Some Janes have it harder than others. Jane paired with plain is a term used to describe a woman of “unremarkable appearance.” With a play on words, I named my milk chocolate “Playin’ Jane.”  I quite prefer her lack of fanfare over the more complicated Janes. Divulge your favorite type of chocolate in the comments section below and this Playin’ Jane (along with her friends, Almond Daze and Mintsummer’s Day) will get mailed to you when our very own StellaJane picks your name out of our giveaway hat.gleaming_word-chocollect-milk_8959

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    A friend sent me some of your Playin Jane chocolates and they were amazingly delicious. My favorite was the dark . Yum. Here are some fun double names of people I know. Billie Bob, Katie Marie, Mary Anna, but none of them had the double takes like you described. I remember when Chatty Cathy came out because my friend got her for Christmas and we were all amazed!!

  2. As for names, this is a bit funny. A couple of years ago when I first bought MaryJanesFarm magazine my husband was appalled! When he glanced at the cover he told me to please turn the magazine over so our friends would not see the cover name. He was worried the church folk would think I had a special crop at the back of the farm. hahahaha!! I opened the pages and he was very impressed with the magazine embracing a natural and fun way of modern farm life.
    Mary Jane Butters ROCKS!

    (Love milk chocolate…yummm)

  3. Laurie Dimino says:

    Oh Mary Jane, I bet you will get ALOT of response to this post. You know…women and their chocolate- dont mess with us! LOL. For me its all about DARK CHOCOLATE! I just LOVE dark chcocolate. My obsession for the past few years has been for the “Dove” brand of dark chocolates. I am not a fan of milk chocolate at all really. Seems a waste to bother with it when you can go right to the good stuff of dark chocolates! I guess the debate will rage on about chococlate in general- milk, dark, sweet, semi sweet, with our without nuts.
    Well, I better go…I need a piece of chocolate!

  4. Cathy R says:

    I can still hear my Mother calling me ‘Chatty Cathy’ in a sweet tone to remind me to zip it for a while! C:
    And dark Chocolate calls my name most everyday! Thanks for your generosity! Blessings to all of you! Cathy in Orofino

  5. CJ Armstrong says:

    Oh, Mary Jane . . . I CRAVE your chocolate! Absolutely CRAVE IT! And, I really like just about all of the flavors.
    HOWEVER, my favorites are: Caramel Latte, Chai, Lavendar and the dark varieties. I also like, which I don’t think is available any longer, the Flamin’ Mocha Zest and Jitterbug Ginger.
    When I daughter and I go “glamping” or on any adventure together it is a REQUIREMENT to have your chocolate for our traveling chocolate needs AND it is just wrong to use anything else with our S’Mores!
    Yummmmmmmmm . . . . looking forward to our upcoming Glamping and S’mores season!
    Thank you!

  6. drMolly says:

    I still cannot even imagine eating chocolate with bacon!
    And did you know too that Molly was a name for Irish “hardcases” shall we call them?
    And I can not count the number of times that a “Molly Moo Cow” or “my dog is named Molly” was heard around me!
    Anyway I would like to say that dark chocolate “sans bacon” would be my favorite

  7. Paula Boyea says:

    Though not known in the younger generation: “Hey, hey Paula, I wanna marry you…” Not and unpleasant conotation! And of course there is that ubiquitous Pam (my sister’s name) for spraying your baking dishes.
    Since I recently made a birthday cake with bacon liberally sprinkled all over the surface, and everyone who tried it thought it was wonderful…I would definitely try the dark chocolate with bacon. 🙂

  8. Ace says:

    “Positive Peggy” or “Negative Nancy” are great too. Funny you should mention that MJ! I was gifted a piece of chocolate with bacon over the weekend, can’t wait to try it. I think it sounds deeee-lish. 🙂 -ace

  9. Gail springman says:

    Chocolate Bordeaux from Sees candies. My once a year treat I usually buy two pieces. Yum!

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  1. becky champion says:

    love 🙂

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