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Dec
7


Coco: “I looooooooooove hay.”


You kill me with these posts. What a riot. Which comes first, the story or the photos?

This question came the other day, and it’s not the first time a similar question has been asked. Often, people ask the same question and I find if I answer a common question in the comments, because not all people read the comments, the answer goes unread by many and then the question is asked again. So occasionally I like to pull a question from the comments and answer it as a post to give everyone a chance to read the answer. (If you don’t read the comments, you should! The BEST stuff is in the comments! The even bestest stuff is in the forum and if you haven’t been there yet, you should go! If you have been there and you’ve forgotten your password or are confused, please email me and I’ll help you out! It is SO much fun there!)

Coco: “I looooooooooove you, too, Clover.”

Okay, back to the question.

I started my blog in December 2004. My first post was Princess…. Okay, I’m tired of this. Princess’s name is Morgan. 17’s name is Ross. 15’s name is Weston. WHEW.

Just sayin’. This is ridiculous. All kinds of people all around me in this town, in this county, and in fact this entire state, who read this blog and have read articles about me and my blog that have been in the media all over West Virginia know who my children are because their names have been published. And when 15 becomes 16, things will be all mixed up with the past posts about 16 who is now 17 and will soon be 18. I mean, shoot me, I’m tired of carrying on the FARCE that their names aren’t known. Ross (17, he is named after my father). Weston (15 and no, he is not named after Weston, WV, he is named after his great-grandfather on his dad’s side who has no WV roots). And Morgan (Princess, and no, she is not named after Morgantown, WV, she is named after my great-grandfather John Morgan Dye whose farm is directly across the river from our farm and that is why she did the social studies project on him two years in a row). Those of you who have been around a while may remember that I actually used their names in this post a long time ago.

Coco: “Cloverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I need you, Cloverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.”

My first post was MORGAN putting out cookies for reindeer on the stoop of our house in North Carolina. That post is gone now because I never transferred over the first several months of posts from my original blog. Most of my early blog history is BORING. I mostly wrote about writer stuff. ::snooze:: One year ago, after some months of thought, I transformed my blog into Chickens in the Road. I had a plan, which I didn’t follow, for Chickens in the Road. I was going to post recipes only on weekends, when traffic is lower, and post informational/educational farm stuff. This totally didn’t work out because 1) I love cooking/baking and it reared its enthusiastic head and didn’t want to be reduced to dry weekend posts, and 2) I know NOTHING about farming.

Clover: “Excuse me, I’m trying to eat here.”

Then the chickens hatched.

And they started talking to me right away.

I am a writer. A fiction writer. I don’t know doo-doo about farming. I do know how to create characters and tell stories.

And I couldn’t help myself.

Coco: “I need to kiss you, Cloverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!”

The first character, who created herself, was Lucky, the little chick who could. She shouldn’t have hatched, but she did. Then there was Spartacus. Then came the goats and Coco…….. And there are so many more farm animals to come, such as spring lambs. Some will be planned and some will no doubt come as a surprise. (Much of life is a happy surprise.) How do the stories happen? Two ways. One, I have no story in mind and I go hang out with the animals and see what they want to tell me. Or two, I have a story in mind and I go to see them with that story in mind. Which story is easier to tell? It depends. If I know what story I want to tell, I can actually take photos specifically to tell that story. On the other hand, sometimes it’s just easier to let them tell me the story, even if it means that they tell me the story and I don’t GET IT right away. I might have to go back to the house, look at the pictures, and say OH. Sometimes then I have to go back and take or retake photos to properly tell the story they were shouting at me was their story today. Generally, I like it best if I just let them tell me the story, even if it means I don’t get it right away. I find, most days, that if I am just patient enough to spend enough time with them, they will tell me their story. They are FULL of stories.

Coco: “Cloverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I MUST KISS YOU!!!”

Clover: “I would not, could not, in a box. I could not, would not, with a fox. I would not kiss you with a mouse. I would not kiss you in a house. I would not kiss you here or there. I would not kiss you anywhere. I would not kiss you, Giant Puppy. I do not like you, Clover I am!”

Coco: “Cloverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!”

Clover: “I’m calling my agent! I want more money! I’M NOT GETTING PAID ENOUGH FOR THIS!!!!”

P.S. The last thing I want to add to this post is–I work for comments here. Just a scant handful per thousand of you who visit this site per day drop a comment. I understand–I’m shy, too. But if you want to drop a comment? I’d be grateful! It’s not hard, I promise. We’ll be nice to ya!!!

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  1. 12-7
    1:35
    am

    Aww, I kind of liked your kids’ nicknames, especially Princess ’cause I have one of my own :mrgreen:

    I do enjoy reading your daily posts, and will try to comment more often. My hubby is totally infatuated with the goats and Coco!

  2. 12-7
    1:40
    am

    Suzanne you crack me up! :rotfl:

    (about the daily photo)You drove down your driveway but wouldn’t go back up it? :cold: It looked like it was just snow, and not very slippery. :weather: Girl, you better learn to drive that road LOL

    We got a new puppy today, well my 6 yr old says it was a gift from JESUS lol You should hear her say it :lol: Someone dropped off the poor thing, it’s just a baby. The kids wanted to name it Coco, and I just told them no. I couldn’t explain that it was because I already “have” a dog named Coco LOL. Your blog feels like family to me. I can’t go without it! My husband named the puppy after his favorite author… The kids aren’t happy.

    I love seeing photos of Coco showing her intense love for Clover. It’s hilarious and your captions make them Laugh Out Loud funny.

    Congrats for naming your children LOL. I don’t think I’ll ever think of Princess as anything but Princess though. Morgan is a great name, I know a few, but Princess simply suits her :)

    I love your writing style, and I am still awaiting that day when you surprise us with the news that you’re putting out a book about your farming experience complete with tons of photos with funny captions.

  3. 12-7
    1:42
    am

    Wow…thousands? Really??? That’s quite impressive! I tend not to comment unless I feel like I have something that really adds to the discussion (a question, pertinent experience, etc.). I’ll make a better effort though! The reason I began reading your blog is that you’re living out my dream: a self-sufficient, small-scale farm. With chickens!!! We have an acre, and I’ve been trying to talk my husband into chickens. So far…no go. But I’ve stayed because you’re hilarious. I love the animal stories.

    Also, I want to be a writer.

    Also, Weston is a totally cool name.

    There. I commented. :wave:

  4. 12-7
    1:52
    am

    I love your kids names but I agree, Princess is Princess :yes: We all won’t be happy until we hear you’re doing some children’s books :mrgreen:

  5. 12-7
    1:56
    am

    I love your blogs! If I need to read something to make me smile I definitely know where to come!!!

    I can’t wait to come here and discover the day 52 got over his camera shyness. And it has to be an action shot of course! LOL

  6. 12-7
    2:02
    am

    I visit your blog and leave comments when I do. You should visit my blog cause you’d like mine too. :)

    I’m no where near as good as you are, but I try. I love all your animals and can’t wait for the Spring lambs. Grandmother bread is the only bread I eat anymore and I adore that you share all your recipes with us. Thanks Hon. xxoo

  7. 12-7
    2:05
    am

    Suzanne- Us daily readers do need to quit holding out on you. I too am guilty of sucking up all of the ‘good read’ and not leaving any write. I shall try to do better. :typing: Coco is sooooo sweet; she just wants to love on Clover. :love: Like when she was hanging on her back, and that French Kiss she just gave her. :lol:

  8. 12-7
    2:16
    am

    Oh, and I also think I told you that you were highlighted on the magazine covers I make for my blog.

    http://harborhon.blogspot.com/2008/10/harbor-hon-magazine-iv.html

    That’s why I wanted to be editor of the Stringtown Rising Farm Newspaper. :mrgreen: xxoo

  9. 12-7
    5:50
    am

    Children’s books – Submit some of your ideas to Usborne Books.

  10. 12-7
    6:16
    am

    I am SO STUCK on the kids’ names!!!!! MORGAN – MORGAN!!! If I ever had/have a girl – THAT IS HER NAME!!!!!! and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the name Weston, its so freakin manly…you know how I love manley men Sue!!! I stop here everyday, but dont always leave a commment *hangs head low* but I will from now on I promise… :) I know I speak for everyone who comes here when I say – WE are SO glad you decieded to blog!!! my morning would not be the same without you….

  11. 12-7
    6:23
    am

    There cannot be too many pictures of the giant puppy.

  12. 12-7
    6:43
    am

    I have to say I am also one who rarely comments. I agree with the person who said that she only comments if she has something to add to the discussion.
    Have you ever considered getting a couple of llama? I think they would be a great additon to your farm.

  13. 12-7
    6:55
    am

    Suzanne I love your blog. Read it first thing every morning. The pictures and the comments make me smile and isn’t that what its all about. You have an awesome blog – I love what you do right now – DON’T change it.

    Love your kids names but I agree after reading about them we get used to Princess (I have one of my own), 15 and 17 but it will make things a little difficult when they starting changing ages.

    Keep up the awesome work Suzanne! Give Coco a big puppy hug for me.

  14. 12-7
    6:56
    am

    I’m kind of new here, but I’m a bit of a blabber mouth, so commenting won’t be a problem. I can also gush quite nicely, so let me say (again, I think) how much I love this blog. I’ve added it to my favorites and it’s one of the first things I read in the mornings. I’ve told my daughter all about Clover and Nutmeg and she’s hooked. She says Nutmeg is so “squishably cute!”

  15. 12-7
    7:13
    am

    Okay, I am leaving a comment here in which I just want to say how much I do enjoy your blog. But I have a couple of wishes for you……..a cookbook. I would love to have all of your recipes in one convenient place. Then you could do a book tour, I could come and house sit your house and watch over your children. I think I would pass a background check. YOu need the book and I need a break from my life. Anyway, I would love to see a cookbook born from your kitchen.
    Next, a children’s book based on Coco and your goats. My grandchildren love goats…..and I am sure they would give you plenty of inspration.
    Have a good one Suzanne.
    Kathy

  16. 12-7
    7:14
    am

    Ok. If you insist. You. Are. A. Hoot!!!!! Sorry I don’t say so more often. And First thing I read every morning. Can’t get ready for work until I check to see what’s going on at the farm.

  17. 12-7
    7:37
    am

    Ditto the above…a children’s book would be oh so cool! I love your critters…animals and kids! Wish I could meet all these guys in person!

  18. 12-7
    7:58
    am

    :catmeow: It has been a while since I have left a comment…just lazy I suppose. However, you post is a daily read. Your heart is huge to love all those animals the way you do.

    We want to know more about 52 or his he 53 now…you gave names to the children today…what about the man in your life?

    Did you get hired by Wal-Mart?

  19. 12-7
    8:02
    am

    Suzanne, I absolutely love your blog.Especially when you share photos of your dog (person), goat (people) and chickens (law enforcers).
    Not leaving out your human people either.I can’t wait to see Mr. 52. I know he must be gorgeous.
    I can tell you’re a proud mom from the way you write about your children.
    And your recipes! Oh my goodness. I made Grandmother bread the other day and it came out so good.
    your blog is the first thing I look at every morning. The stories and pictures warm my heart and put a smile on my face.Sometimes, I find myself laughing out loud.
    I also read the comments every day and there are some funny people out there.
    Keep blogging and I’ll keep visiting.I’ve told everyone I know about you.

  20. 12-7
    8:05
    am

    He gets to be 52 forever! I haven’t even talked him into a picture yet, much less anything else, LOL.

    No, Wal-Mart hasn’t called. 17 (Ross) went to work at McDonald’s last night and couldn’t come home because of the snow/ice on the backroads here and had to spend the night in town at a friend’s house. Not sure yet whether he’ll be able to get home today. Which is giving me pause at the thought of getting a job in town in the winter. I’m afraid I will get fired in a week because I can’t get to work….. Or worse, get to work then not be able to get home for days to take care of the animals and my kids. I don’t know what I’m going to do!

  21. 12-7
    8:14
    am

    Sell canned goods and bread.
    :flying:

  22. 12-7
    8:44
    am

    Everyday I come here to read your blog and am still awed by your talent.

  23. 12-7
    8:46
    am

    You’re solving mysteries right and left, there’s just one more mystery..52? I should be better about commenting, I read your blog everyday via Google reader and seldom click over. I’ll try to be better. I luckily found you through Pioneer Woman, when you advertised in her sidebar.

  24. 12-7
    8:46
    am

    Morning Suzanne! You have been on my mind a lot lately… seems we are in the same boat financially. Goodness, the least I can do is make more comments instead of my here and there few…

    Have you ever thought about teaching at your farm? Tutoring? How about in the spring you have groups (home school groups maybe?) out to participate in planting, ect.? Although this might not be something you can make much money off of, if you have things available for sale (like g-ma bread, pies, cakes…) you might have some repeat business. Is there a bakery in that small town you live in? I am thinking not. Maybe you could be one? Have any awesome donut recipes? I am thinking you could deliver them fresh to church groups on Sundays? All the recipes I have used of yours are soooo good! And I have tried almost all of them. Even made your apple butter this fall and loved it!

    Do you have an extension office near you? Could you do some teaching or writing for them? Ours teaches everything from canning to scrap booking.

    Well, I am rambling. If I were so great at coming up with self employment ideas, I wouldn’t be working were I am!

    Your blog is the first I read each morning while the coffee is brewing and I appreciate you! I will keep you in thoughts and prayers and hope this situation works out soon, soon, soon!

    Looking forward to your post about christmas gifts… up the creek here and hoping your ideas inspire me!

    Thanks!
    Kelly

  25. 12-7
    9:02
    am

    Princess will always be princess to me. It doesn’t matter what you write about,I am most definitely hooked on your blog,photos, recipes and your sense of humor!

  26. 12-7
    9:02
    am

    Okay, comments. Love the kid’s names. Different. We have a Paden, from the movie Silverado. How awful to name a kid after a cowboy movie, but there it is.

    I’m trying to think of something you could do besides Walmart. Maybe teach a writing class? How about a catering/dessert business?

    And I still think that you must get a pony and cart. How fun it would be to go up and down your roads with a pony. I think you’d be hooked.

  27. 12-7
    9:03
    am

    Oh, forgot to say this is my first read of the morning too.

  28. 12-7
    9:25
    am

    Like a few others, I thought you were going to solve the mystery of 52!

    I tend to lurk more than comment, but I check in on your blog daily because I know I can count on you for a laugh, a yummy recipe and/or some beautiful scenic photography.

  29. 12-7
    9:28
    am

    I will agree on the cookbook lol I use enough of your recipes now. I am glad on knowing the boys names, but princess will always be princess. I think pics of Coco and Clover will always be able to tell the story.
    I haven’t been on in a while, trying to get my head out of being depressed from still being laid off with Xmas coming on. I count my blessing on what I do have.

  30. 12-7
    9:38
    am

    I would LOVE to see a children’s book with your stories, and a recipe book! I’ve come to know your animals like they were my own. I read your blog religiously everyday, it’s so fun to see what’s going on there. I wish that I could write like you, how about a weekend workshop at your place?

  31. 12-7
    9:42
    am

    I think Clover secretly likes those kisses! I am sure she loves that giant puppy. After all she protects her doesn’t she? Thanks for sharing.

  32. 12-7
    9:43
    am

    I know what you mean about the ratio of comments to visitors and who are all these ppl rss-ing me who don’t introduce themselves?! Sometimes though, when I find a fav blog and I comment more than once a millennia, I feel like a stalker. I love your blog and read it every day. The goats kind of freak me out though, it’s the eyes.
    Have a great day!

  33. 12-7
    9:54
    am

    I just found your blog. Terrific! Love the writing AND the photos. Thanks!

  34. 12-7
    9:56
    am

    Good Morning! I couldn’t get through my retired day without checking on you, the farm, and all your 2- and 4-legged family! Clover looked as eager to kiss Coco as Coco was…the pictures were adorable. As for work, your readers have given you so many ideas for earning money that I should pay attention for myself. Have a great farm day! :catmeow:

  35. 12-7
    10:17
    am

    Good morning from sunny(hah!)Illinois where the Mississippi River is trying its best to freeze solid. I am not amused. I do read every day, but often have no time to comment much. You know I love those recipes!

  36. 12-7
    10:17
    am

    The name Morgan is great :thumbsup: My daughter has that name.
    I love your blog, but I do have to say you need a donkey :mrgreen: No farm (or insane house) isn’t complete until you own a donkey. I have 3 and love them to pieces :hug:

  37. 12-7
    10:25
    am

    Suzanne,
    Yours is the one blog I read without fail every morning! I love humor, cooking and animals and girl, you got it all! Thanks for starting my day with a smile. Like you, I would love to live in the country surrounded by land and critters. Right now I live in the city…maybe one day….
    Lauri

  38. 12-7
    10:28
    am

    Hey Suzanne! Your blog is the first thing I do each morning…no, wait, make that the second thing since I stop by the little girls room (gosh, I miss bladder control) before racing to my computer to read about your daily farm adventures. Caffeine has even taken a back seat to Chickens in the Road. My coworker, Jann The Cat Lady, is hooked on your adventures too. I’ve been lurking for quite a while and will try to make comments more often…that’s the least I can do for the pure joy I receive from reading your blog! Thank you for being you and bringing the farm animals to life…

    Oh, and one last thing, I voted for Sparticus!!

  39. 12-7
    10:48
    am

    How did you know I lost my password for the forum??????
    Sheeesh! I was really feeling dumb about asking what I could do to get back on. I will email you about it.
    You already know how much I love your blog! I can relate to so much of your life and farm animals are so entertaining! I just love to see what is going on at your farm with all the characters! (animal & human!)

  40. 12-7
    10:53
    am

    I’m another guilty of reading daily but commenting sporadically. Considering I love to get comments, I should do it myself.

    I just got the first two books of the Haven series on Inter-Library Loan. Sorry I didn’t purchase them, but I refuse to pay $3.99 S & H each. I’m weird that way.

  41. 12-7
    10:53
    am

    You start my day – every day – with a smile! :hug:

  42. 12-7
    10:56
    am

    Since I’ve known you forever, or at least since well before Morgan was born :mrgreen: I should comment more often than i do. But you know I love your blog and your new life in WV.

  43. 12-7
    11:07
    am

    OK, yes I lurk! I have nothing remotely interesting to say – just that I love your blog and read it everyday!

  44. 12-7
    11:10
    am

    Good morning. You’re always a part of my morning, and I often comment, even when I really don’t have much to say…just to be “neighborly.” I’m glad to know that you don’t consider those kinds of posts to be pesky or weird. :)

    Love the kids’ names, BTW.

    As for income-producing activities….I second the motion of the cookbook. I’ve mentioned children’s books a time or two, I think. So count me in on that campaign, too. Also…have you considered little things like developing a line of Chickens in the Road items through Cafe Press? I would SO buy a CIR tee or apron or…whatever.

    Is there a farmer’s market in town? Could you sell baked goods and jams/jellies, etc? Better yet…if there ISN’T one…maybe organizing and running one is your calling. People could sell things like home-sewn items, baskets, bird houses, etc., in addition.

    Just thinking creatively here….

    and hoping you guys stay safe and warm!

  45. 12-7
    11:12
    am

    YOU ARE FIRST ON MY LIST EACH MORNING. (WHILE THE COFFEE IS BREWING) AND I ALSO CHECK IN AT BED TIME.
    I LIVE ALONE AND CERTAINLY APPRECIATE OUR DAILY VISITS.
    WALTON- SPENCER- & RIPLY AS WELL AS THE FARMERS MARKET IN CHARLESTON ARE QUITE FAMILIAR TO ME. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I HEARD THAT WALTON HIGH IS NOW A NURSING HOME – YOU WOULD BE A GREAT BLESSING TO THOSE PEOPLE. THERE ARE A LOT OF POSSIBILITIES…..MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

  46. 12-7
    11:15
    am

    Suzanne, I enjoy your blog and read it every day. Keep up the good work. I’ll be lookiing for your book.

  47. 12-7
    11:19
    am

    I’ve commented a few times in the past, but I want you to know that I love your blog!

    :cattail:

  48. 12-7
    11:30
    am

    I usually check in every morning before heading off to my classroom.

    Have you thought about working as a parapro (teacher’s aide) at your local school? How about as a sub? I don’t know what your education level is, but if you have a BA in anything many states will give you an emergency certification and then you could also work as a substitute teacher. It’s not as bad as people think it is. It’s like Clover…just bring cookies and they’ll be eating out of your hands. :rotfl:

  49. 12-7
    11:30
    am

    I read this every morning..3 more years & I get to live the good life of full time “farming”. Also AndiK…. My husband wasn’t too hip on getting animals either…. I bought 3 alpacas one weekend & built the fence during the week & picked them up the next weekend… Now we have added a llama to our group…already have my husband convinced that we need a couple of goats….I am sure chickens will be next…Just have to let them think it is their “great” idea.

  50. 12-7
    11:32
    am

    Okay, make me feel guilty. I love reading your post daily. I’am hooked. I’am thinking of getting chickens. I’ve been thinking about that for 10 years now. I’am still thinking about it. But somehow reading your posts makes me think I could handle chickens. But not yet. Maybe someday. Anyway, thank you for the chicken stories. Now I’am thinking about goats. I don’t know. Maybe someone.

  51. 12-7
    11:33
    am

    PS… My alpacas & llama are fiber pets..they will be sheared in the spring, their fiber will be spun into yarn & I will crochet some items & sell some of the yarn… Very easy animals to take care of..can take the cold better than the heat but that is why they are sheared in the spring..

  52. 12-7
    11:49
    am

    I read your posts every day, but comment only once in a great while. I’ll try to be better and stop lurking. I love the stories about your animals and often wish I could live the life you do as I’m in the big city (Los Angeles) and will probably never have the chance to live someplace calmer.

  53. 12-7
    12:12
    pm

    That last photo is priceless! Hahaha – love it!

    I rarely leave a comment, Suzanne, but I read your blog every single day. It’s my little treat to myself. And I love how creative you are with your posts – especially the ones about the farm animals. (And I’m ok with ‘boring’ writing posts, too. :mrgreen: )

  54. 12-7
    12:13
    pm

    Now do’nt fall over backwards at what I’m about to say but, You should keep your romance a mystery! I know, I joke about not getting to see 52 or know his name on the forum, but you share so much of yourself, you should get to keep something for yourself! HA!
    My son’s name is Wesley Adam, and he goes by “Wes.”

  55. 12-7
    12:25
    pm

    Suzanne,
    I have never posted here, but I read your blog daily. It’s the first thing I read when I get up in the mornings (you write EARLY!! by the way!) I live in Roane County and I teach in Calhoun County, and I’ve been wanting to tell you that you DON’T need a WV teaching certification to substitute in WV schools!! I know this for a fact. I know people who frequently sub in Calhoun who have a 4 year degree (in ANYTHING — not education)…. you just have to take a one day class to be a sub — depends on the county. I know someone with a 4 year degree in social work who just got a sub job in Roane County. Email me if you’d like and I’ll get you some info (sjcarpen@access.k12.wv.us) Subbing is a GREAT job because if they call you and the weather is bad, just say no!

  56. 12-7
    12:58
    pm

    I love this site. I love animals and I adore the stories your animals tell. I read you every day.

  57. 12-7
    12:58
    pm

    I love this site. I love animals and I adore the stories your animals tell. I read you every day.

  58. 12-7
    1:07
    pm

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: OMG!!!!!!!! JUST MAKE MY DAY!!! My big PRECIOUS PUP, being a STINKY…LOL I LOVE COCO!!!! Is that not the CUTEST thing – her wanting to lick Clover’s head, giving Clover a big kiss!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    All I want for Christmas is COCO – but that ain’t happnin…so all I can dream of is a big HUG from Coco one day!!!! I just love the farm babies!!!!!! :sheepjump:
    I remember you mentioning Morgon, Weston, but I didn’t see
    Ross’ name, I don’t think. But, I kept calling them by thier numbers because I thought that was what you wanted. LOL
    They are SUCH good kids..such cute kids too…love thier personalities – your stories make me laugh so hard, about them. I wish I had kids! :rockon:

  59. 12-7
    1:08
    pm

    Thanks for answering my question. It made my day.

  60. 12-7
    1:08
    pm

    And now you have overalls :rockon:

  61. 12-7
    1:59
    pm

    I love your blog – read it every single day. Our son and daughter-in-law moved back to WV (that is where she is from) and they don’t seem so far away when I read all the wonderful things you say about how great WV is. We visited there in Dec. 2006 for the wedding – loved it and hope to go back. Your blog is wonderful for giving us the feeling of the people and the land.

    There – I commented – and will again soon – thanks for the great blog.

  62. 12-7
    2:03
    pm

    I love your blog, and it is the first place (after my own mail) I go in the morning. And I second the idea of your own cookbook, and definitely a book tour. Although how you could stand to be away from your family and that wonderful farm I don’t know. But you are resourceful and maybe you could do 2-day trips, but since I’m in the SF bay area maybe you could do a 3-day trip out here. Anyway, I do enjoy your postings.
    Dianne

  63. 12-7
    2:07
    pm

    Was that the real 52 who posted a comment above?

    Suggestions for making money – writing kids books about living on a farm – cookbooks farm-style – I love your recipes. Bread – sell it and I’ll buy it – matter of fact several loaves.

  64. 12-7
    2:15
    pm

    Hi Suzanne! I’m a pretty faithful reader- not very often commenter! Sorry- but usually someone else says what I wanted to say and so I figure-“comment made”! I do enjoy your blog- the animal posts are cute- but I like your real life posts- getting to know you and your family. If it seems too one-sided you are welcome to come and meet me on my blog on livejournal.com (I’m heidiannie) but reading a lot of blogs and commenting can be daily absorbing. So I understand if you don’t go visiting a lot! Anyway- sorry for lurking- I’ll comment at least once a week from now on!

  65. 12-7
    2:35
    pm

    I comment! I do! *G* I can see where it would become difficult to sort through the kids nicknames. *G* I hope you have a good weekend!

  66. 12-7
    2:39
    pm

    I’m guilty! I know you’re talking to me! LOL

    I read your blog faithfully every day and enjoy it tremendously. I love the characters you create…such fun!

    I work for comments too and don’t have nearly the readership that you do. My blog is partly business, partly personal, so it’s a little awkward sometimes. But I have a lot of fun writing it!

  67. 12-7
    2:48
    pm

    If find if I scream when I drive, the kids are MUCH quieter in the back seat.

    LOL on Clover and Coco. Unrequited love is sooooo hard on giant puppies!

  68. 12-7
    3:01
    pm

    I’m a crafter, worked 9 shows this year, the last one was yesterday. I haven’t read your blog in months because I have been so buy sewing. OMG Coco has grown, I’m a boxer dog fan myself, I have Gabby who is spoil rotten and 12 years old. I’m also a huge NFL fan, Bengals are my team, drinking beer because it’s the only way you can watch them, they are horrible. I always back myself up with another team, this year it’s TN. Titans, you can email me if you want to know why.sheila08@erinet.com, so all your Titans fan email me please. I’m so happy to be back to my blog reading after a very busy craft show season.

  69. 12-7
    3:32
    pm

    Your blog stories and pictures are great!
    I visit and comment almost every day.

  70. 12-7
    3:34
    pm

    I don’t even remember how I found this blog, but I love it. I’m a farm girl from rural Manitoba who has somehow found herself in a city far, far away from the dairy goats she used to raise and the horses she used to train. And did I mention I love to cook and bake and am also a agriculture magazine writer and editor who rarely get comments on my blog? We have much in common, I think.

    Love the goats. Love the photos. Any farm questions, just ask.

    Ms. Caddy Wumpus

  71. 12-7
    3:40
    pm

    Wow 73 comments! I think that’s the most I’ve ever seen on here. Way to go!

    Since 52 posted that little teaser about Monday, I am going to be like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting to see what it is!

    Others have commented about catering/bake sale type things. I wanted to tell you about my mom and sister. Mom retired from working in a diner for years and was bored at home and wanted to make some more money. She was known for her food all over the county, so she started baking things like fried apple pies, oatmeal cake (cut in pieces and wrapped up, pies, etc. She’d take them to flea markets and the Farmers Market and would sell out within a few hours. When my sister moved back to our home town, she started helping with the baking and running he booth when Mom was diagnosed with cancer and went through treatments. Sis also got up early and made huge batches of biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon etc. She’d take orders the day before from offices downtown like the courthouse, laywers offices etc, then go deliver them the morning she cooked them. She did this twice a week and made a killing. Mom and Sis finally decided to open their own place, but unfortunately Mom passed away before it was done. Sis named the place after Mom and her first year in business she ended up in the black even in this economy! It’s a coffee shop/bakery/ and they make soup and paninis at lunchtime. All of this from baking once a week and selling stuff at the Farmer’s Market. In fact Sis still sells packaged things like lemon poppyseed cake, brownies, breads, etc at the year-round produce market. So, something to think about! Turn your love of baking into a money making business :)

  72. 12-7
    4:00
    pm

    I have commented (and e-mailed) before, but haven’t in a while. Just wanted to say I still visit daily and your site is one of my favorites! (and that’s saying something, I’m an internet junkie.)
    Thanks for all that you do. : )

  73. 12-7
    4:57
    pm

    I’m up finally. We had a couple of long drives yesterday and that required many hours of sleep to recover. Great blog today and sorry about the snowy driveway. It’s cool to know your kids names, but Princess will always be Princess.

  74. 12-7
    5:01
    pm

    I was just looking at the big giant puppy pics again…and had to laugh at one…Clover is trying to reach the Hay and Coco :mrgreen: is right there, like “No hay, until I get a kiss”. LOL

    GOTTA LOVE THE BIG GIANT PUPPY!!!!! :rockon:

  75. 12-7
    5:21
    pm

    I love reading about your life, and I loved learning your children’s names!!I start almost every day with a bug mug of tea and you. Then I head off to school/work and I feel good. Thanks for sharing your life!!

  76. 12-7
    5:28
    pm

    I love the stories behind each child’s name!

    Hi 52. :wave: Can’t wait to come back tomorrow!

  77. 12-7
    5:31
    pm

    I don’t really have anything to say, but because I love your blog and read it everyday I thought I’d leave you a comment.

  78. 12-7
    5:32
    pm

    Okay, my dear, here’s my comment. Over the last few months, amidst all the election noise and depressing economic news, I have gotten great pleasure from checking in with you every morning. I’ve even printed some recipes, which I have not done anything with yet. (my little personal treat for my Christmas vacation is to try out some Grandmother bread). While I enjoy the cooking posts, I really, really look forward to the animal posts. Anybody who can get chickens to do Shakespeare is someone I admire and adore :clap:

  79. 12-7
    6:53
    pm

    Hi. I’ve been visiting everyday for almost a year. I love getting comments on my blog too. I think I only get about 10 readers a day though. I love your site and your recipes. It’s interesting how many of the people who posted above are teachers. I am a teacher too. Thanks for your site.

  80. 12-7
    6:57
    pm

    Hi Suzanne,

    Thanks for the kids names. I named my girl after a greatx5 grand parent and our son after the guy who wrote all the James Bond movies! Yep the boy is named Ian (the song Goldfinger running through my brain). My son is so appreciative.

    Something I wanted to say in my rambling comment the other day and neglected was to encourage you to sell your books at the Tamarack. I don’t know if they have ANY romance books there, most are WV history, ghost stories, and cook books. I’m sure they would sell there. You should check into to the process.

    huggs,
    margiesbooboo

  81. 12-7
    7:03
    pm

    Hey Suzanne. You know I love your blog. I may not comment every time but I’m here several days of the week. Reading about the farm antics is a breath of fresh air to me as I sit in my office looking out over I-64 and the city. Rush, rush, rush. I love to take a mini-vacation reading about Clover and the Giant Puppy and Sparticus and the kids. Love it. Thanks for what you do. I sort of hope WalMart doesn’t come calling for you because like others, I’d love to see a cookbook or a children’s book or two from you. Can’t let that talent go to waste…

    Love ya,

    maddie

  82. 12-7
    7:38
    pm

    Poor Clover. :lol:

  83. 12-7
    8:15
    pm

    I love your site. I read it every day. I’ll try to start commenting more often.http://chickensintheroad.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/snoopy.gif

  84. 12-7
    8:21
    pm

    Suzanne, I read your blog everyday. It is fun, informative and inspiring.

  85. 12-7
    8:50
    pm

    I agree! This is a little bit of a paradise for me. I visit often and have found inspiration time and again. Don’t know what I, and I’m sure many others would do without the fun, education, antics, and farm life antics you share with us!

  86. 12-7
    9:08
    pm

    Ok, fine, I will de-lurk. I’ve been reading your blog for about a year. I love your fun writing style and cute pictures!

  87. 12-7
    9:36
    pm

    I love your posts and enjoy reading your animal stories. I don’t have any good animal stories in the city…well, I do have my puppy and she’s a handful. Anyway, your blog is a fun place to visit and relax for a few minutes. I’ve never checked out the forum, but I think you’ve convinced me to stop by. Thanks for a great blog.
    FringeGirl :chicken:

  88. 12-7
    10:02
    pm

    Ok, I’m here. :biggrin: You forced me to click over from my RSS reader and actually say something. Not easily done. You are to be commended. :thumbsup:

  89. 12-7
    11:41
    pm

    I compose tons of comments in my head, but somehow my brain can’t type. :mrgreen:
    I love your big giant bear — I mean puppy — my girls wish we had one, but I’m pretty sure he is bigger than our cows and would terrify them.
    Have a great week!

  90. 12-7
    11:56
    pm

    This is my first time to visit your site and I am usually shy about commenting. But since you are shamelessly begging for comments, I’ll join in. We have a small Texas farm also, but like you I only know what I’ve read in books (which makes our neighbor across the street laugh endlessly at me). My chickens are a hoot and the goats are such characters. I look forward to reading more of your blog. Thanks! Lisa~

  91. 12-8
    12:17
    am

    I’m a lurker but will try to comment more often. I really enjoy your blog and all the animals are so cute!
    :chicken:
    Lisa in cold Michigan :cold:

  92. 12-8
    12:23
    am

    I don’t know if I agree that it’s a good idea to let us know so much about your family. Aren’t you afraid some of us might be STALKERS (Oh No!). I’ve heard that some people check in on you every day, even first thing every morning. Some might rather find out what’s happening at your house than take care of their own business…laundry, raking leaves, cooking meals for their own families…..I would NEVER check in every day or twice aday. No, not me….
    Jo
    ps I’ll be back……

  93. 12-8
    12:43
    am

    Can not remember if I have commented before, but I read you daily. Thanks especially for the laughs and recipes….truffles, yum yum.

    I just ordered your newest book and can not wait to read it.

    You are my favorite blog and I read several daily. Would love to write my own but not quite ready.

    Happy Holidays!!!
    Cathy in Illinois

  94. 12-8
    7:00
    am

    I started reading a few months ago. Someone said, hey if you like PW (Pioneer Woman) you’ll like Chickens in the Road. I like you betterer. :)

    I drive thru your area of WV a couple times a year. I’ve often thought of relocating to Ravenswood in a few years, or to Charleston proper. There is something magical about WV that I’ve only recently started to appreciate; I think you capture that magic nicely.

  95. 12-8
    10:53
    am

    Let’s make it over 100 Comments.101 now!WOW Seems it took me forever to scroll down here. I read every comment though.

  96. 12-8
    11:18
    am

    See…the thing is…my comments would just be the same thing that has been said before! Your goats and chickens make me want some. Your farm makes me want to move to one. Your pies and bread make me want to stay home from work and in the kitchen (which won’t fly!).

    Alas. I am doomed to live next to my mountains in Colorado, hike and spin and knit and enjoy my grown kids and grandbebe and bake my cookies and grow my garden…oh..wait! That’s the life I love!

    Fine. I will comment.

  97. 12-8
    11:40
    am

    Okay, busted. Like many others, your blog is the first thing in the morning and often the bright spot in the day. Sad, I know. Your adventures are delightful, as are your cast of thousands. My heart is with the Giant Puppy.
    I live in the High Desert of New Mexico (read NO green) with my two dogs and the prairie. I have just started writing fiction and will be reading some of your work with interest. Keep up the great work!Happy Holidays

  98. 12-8
    12:12
    pm

    Hi Suzanne
    Not sure if I’ve posted here before or not, but I always think of things to say. I am mostly just too busy to go beyond lurking/reading. But since you asked… :typing:

    I love your blog! :clap: I read it every chance I get. I found you last year from PW’s site, I think. I’ve been reading long enough where I have started to think of you as a friend instead of just someone whose work I read. I agree with your some what old-fashioned philosophy on recipes and cooking. If our foremothers could do it, so can we. Thanks for the mac-n-cheese recipe BTW. Although it doesn’t exactly qualify as old-fashioned with all that plastic orange Velveeta in there, LOL, but the hubs and the kids LOVED it!

    You are a blessing to me!

  99. 12-8
    12:19
    pm

    okay, now I feel guilty. I read your blog every day but hardly ever leave a comment. Why? I dunno. I guess I’m just lazy or I don’t think I have anything interesting to say. Anyhow, I love reading about your farm life and all the relating adventures! Hope you have a great week!

  100. 12-8
    4:22
    pm

    So obviously we’re out here lurking. Looks like you can take the number of comments and multiply by at least 150. Don’t tell my boss, but I read you when I get to work. Can’t usually take the time to comment.
    Think about selling your Grandmother Bread or some of your canned items online. Something like “This morning I have 5 loaves of fresh-out-of-the-oven bread. I’m offering a loaf for $5 plus S&H”. You’d need to be able to accept paypal, but most of us don’t have the time to make bread (or take the time). Also, I love the idea of the children’s book…I’ll buy one of the first printings.

  101. 12-8
    4:25
    pm

    Hi Girl,
    Read you just about everyday. I agree with all who said you should write childrens books about your pets. I also love cookbooks and would like to see one from you. Keep on blogging.
    Margie

  102. 12-8
    7:43
    pm

    Your blog name pulled me in some time ago and I’ve been reading ever since. We moved to a farm when I was 14 and what an experience that was for a city kid.

    I enjoy reading your accomplishments as you tackle each new experience and sometimes I just have to laugh (and I mean that in the kindest of ways!)

    Thank you for putting a smile on our face and a tickle in our throat each day!

  103. 12-8
    11:27
    pm

    ok so two surprises in one day. I read your 52 coming out post first then back tracked since I have been sick with the stomach flu and couldn’t come to the computer (you know I was near death). Now, the kids names. Will wonders never cease?

    I had to laugh when I read the earlier comment about feeling like you are a friend. I will tell my husband something from your blog and start by saying “My friend in WV did this or said that…” He always says. “She’s not your friend. She’s never even met you.” But I do think of you as a friend.

    thanks for your wonderful blog.

  104. 12-9
    11:09
    am

    Hi Suzanne, I’ve been reading your blog for two and 1/2 years now and I read it every morning. You have inspired me to create a blog (still in infancy stages) and hope that folks will stop by and make comments.
    I am going to have posts about my husband’s business (granite, marble, etc.), the funny things my eight year old says, recipes, giveaways, my very energetic jack russell terrier Max, and random items.
    So thanks for inspiring me.
    http://nyssasdream.blogspot.com/

  105. 12-11
    3:18
    pm

    I found my way to your blog for the first time today and I enjoyed every moment. We have an 8 month old pup that is 1/2 Bernese Mountain and 1/2 Great Pyrenees and he is such a love and joy but he is in love with our chickens (no goats, sorry.) Well maybe I should be more truthful he is in love with the little yum yum’s that the chickens leave. He is like Hansel following a trail but they arnt gum drops! , so I really enjoyed the Coco posts. Ill be back.

  106. 12-12
    5:32
    am

    This is one of my fav reads of the day. It is kinda like keeping up with soap opras except the story is different every day, not like soap opras where the story is always the same. I’ll be back.

  107. 12-27
    10:55
    am

    I just discovered this blog yesterday and I love it! You are such a great writer! We moved to our small farm just last fall and haven’t had time to do much with it. We both work off the farm, full time, so it’s difficult, but we’ll get there! Your stories are such an inspiration! I just love that Coco and want a Great Pyr myself!!

  108. 10-29
    12:30
    pm

    Barbee referred me to your blog and I now have it bookmarked to visit ever day. The mis-adventures of Coco and Clover are hilarious. What a day-brightener! Thanks!

  109. 6-20
    3:26
    pm

    I love love your blog! When I want to be cheered up I come and read the animal stories. I just found you about a month ago and little by little I’m reading everything. A long long time ago I had over 60 sheep, pigs, calves,dogs, etc. on a farm in Wisconsin. I still have happy memories about the animals but I am not a farmer. I made pets out of all of them! Thanks for the stories and I don’t care for chickens but I really really like yours. Except for that mean one! :) Keep up the fantastic writing and I’ll keep telling people about your blog.

  110. 6-20
    3:42
    pm

    Too, too funny….I think you’re nuts! Even more scary, I can totally relate to how you think you know what your animals are thinking. Farm life will do that to ya.

  111. 7-29
    10:45
    am

    Old post, timeless humor, love it Suzanne! The “story” the photos told was hilarious!

  112. 10-15
    5:03
    pm

    I really enjoyed this post from 2008. You guys have to come read this! Suzanne first tells the names of her children and gets loads of comments suggesting she write a book. And Clover’s here, too! Fun stuff.
    2013.

  113. 10-15
    6:04
    pm

    :moo: :snoopy: :jackolantern: Your book arrived today. While looking at your site I came across this wonderful post. Smelling hay is so satisfying but smelling clover hay divine. Congratulations with admiration. :pirate: 12/07/08 — 10/15/13

  114. 10-15
    7:18
    pm

    :sheep:
    A very special day today … We received our ‘hard copy’ of CITR!!
    Although I had to pause, & browse the book, before returning to continue with my comment here, ~ let me say I ♥ it.

    The Cover is awesome and the pictures are beautifully done. I’m so happy we have the hard copy book to sit out on our living room for all to see; AND, ….I just might order another copy for my Kindle Fire … (so I can take it with me, wherever I go :-)

    Thank you, Suzanne, you are indeed, a blessing to my life.

  115. 10-15
    7:28
    pm

    Woohoo!! After a busy morning and early afternoon of work, my lady love and I are sitting at our computers reading CITR posts when that guy in brown shorts flashes by the window and we hear the slap of a package on the porch. Amazon had alerted us, so we knew what it must be. Sure enough, our copy of Suzanne’s new book. We flipped through it quickly, enjoying the many photos. We are excited and can hardly wait to cuddle down together with some hot cider to embark on our farming adventure. Thanks Suzanne!

  116. 10-15
    9:04
    pm

    Love, love, love your blog…..this “blast from the past” was so funny. Clover was such a hoot. I need goats…and chickens….and ducks….and donkeys….and….. :cowsleep: :chicken: :sheep: :duck: :turtle:

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