Cookie Break


Clover: “But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!”

Clover, it’s not Juliet. It’s your cookie.

Clover: “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough. Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorns.”


Clover: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet. Did you say A COOKIE? I NEED COOKIES. PLURAL.

Clover, did the chickens give you their book of Shakespeare?

Clover: “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”

I’m not going to let you talk to the chickens anymore. And yes, it’s just ONE cookie. You have to watch your girlish figure!


I’m going to move the goat yard. Move the chicken house–

Clover: “If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.”

THIS IS PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR, CLOVER!! And we are not going to discuss ten cookies. I brought you one. Now stop this nonsense and have your little snack.

Clover: “Come, gentle night. Come, loving black brow’d night.”


Clover: “Give me my Romeo; and when he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars.”

Clover: “And he will make the face of Heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.”

I’m not going to give you any more cookies, Clover. I’ll give you your Romeo. Cut out in little stars. LITTLE STAR COOKIES. Christmas is coming, you know. AND I’M GOING TO GIVE ALL THE COOKIES TO COCO!!! Ten. No, twenty! All for Coco!!!

Coco wants cookies, too, you know!

Clover: “These violent delights have violent ends.”

You’re never going to let me milk you again, are you? I didn’t mean it, not any of it! I’d never move the goat yard! I’d never give your cookies to Coco! We can name the cookies anything you want! Romeo, Juliet, whatever!!!!!! You can have TEN! Or thirty! We can discuss thirty!

Clover: “My dear little Nutmeg, you see how it is? I will teach you more, my darling, so much more. I have formed an alliance with the chickens……”


  1. Lala says:

    Hahahahahahaha! I wish I could convey the degree to which I lol’d at this. And I wish I could convey the degree to which I wish my high school English teachers had your sense of humor.

  2. The Jillybean says:

    ROFL, Clover cracks me up, stretching her neck out like there is no tomorrow. And poor ol Nutmeg eating the crumbs off the ground. Swing by for a visit when you get a chance. Many giveaways are going on right now with many more to come.

  3. Patty says:

    Clover is a hoot! And little Nutmeg is so precious. If we ever move to the county and get land, I am so buying a wittle tiny goat!

  4. WV Janis says:

    Dear Chickens in the Road:

    Great pictures of goats in the road!

    I read the earlier post regarding applying for jobs in Wal Mart and McDonald’s. Now you see why so many young people feel compelled to move away from West Virginia. Jobs are scarce and do not always make the best use of the employees’ talents and skill levels. You have so much to offer West Virginia by way of your writing, introspection, cooking, creativity, etc. etc. How wonderful it would be if you could find a way to sustain your family while taking full advantage of your myriad talents.

    Even if you must take a job outside the home. Please do not lose your spark of creativity and genius nor your passion for promoting the beauty of rural WV. Before you know it, great things will come your way.

    Best of luck,

    West Virginia Janis

  5. wkf says:

    What FAT little goats!!!! I just love goats!

  6. Heidi says:

    Thanks for the laugh so early this morning!! LOL I love the shakespere in it! You always make my day!! :snoopy:

  7. Bee says:

    What a great way to start the morning! Only now, I want a goat!

  8. Joanna Wilcox says:

    The title COOKIE BREAK brought me running to ya too.

  9. Suzette says:

    Chicken Alliance, huh? It would not surprise me to learn that there are cookie crumbs in the hen house. Next thing you know, they’ll form a labor union!

  10. beth says:

    I want NDG that recite Shakespeare! They are so darn cute!

    I have the chickens now. And my barred rock banty roo was reciting SOMETHING to the girls yesterday as he made them a nest! ???!!! I never knew roos made nests and sweet talked the ladies!

    Maybe I should throw one of our copies of Shakespeare out there. Might impress the ladies more.

  11. Becky says:

    Suzanne you are so funny. Well, Clover is.
    I’m hearing Clover say, “Give me Cookies, or give me death”.
    Is she patriotic? tee hee

  12. Robin G. says:

    Are those horns on Honey? I thought he wasn’t supposed to have those?

  13. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    Nutmeg has really grown! What a young lady. But she won’t learn manners from Clover, the Demanding One!

  14. hayseed says:

    Goats reciting Shakespeare? What could be more natural than that- and funnier!

  15. Matthew Burns says:

    I’m laughing so hard I have tears running down my face! You are hilarious!

    Appalachian Lifestyles blog

  16. Jodie says:

    Thanks for a morning humor break! I love your Shakespeare reciting goats. :snoopy:

  17. Kim W says:

    When I was in 9th grade I was Juiiet in my drama/english class. The boy who was Romeo was a very backward, bashful, sweet boy. When I knew that that next day’s read-through was going to include our first kiss I told a few classmates that I was really gonna lay one on him and it would be so funny to watch him get embarrassed. The next day, when the part came up, he came at me W/HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED and READY to lay one on ME!! lol lol I quickly ran out of the room to the shreiks of laughter from everyone! Pretty funny. :rotfl:

    Blessings from Ohio…

  18. jean says:

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

  19. catslady says:

    Do Sugar and Nutmeg get cookies too? lol

  20. Sunnid755 says:

    I love your pics and the stories. Hang in there, things will get better. Have I told you lately how much joy you bring to others in your stories and pictures? Thanks for sharing.

  21. Senta says:

    :thumbsup: Every day you bring joy to our life. There were two goats for give away in the paper and my Husband said no! :no: He likes the idea of chickens though so I guess on small step at a time.

  22. Amy says:

    The things kids will do for cookies….

  23. mirela says:

    The little goats are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Donna says:

    I LOVE the picture of Clover licking her lips and then the one down from it of her eyes, closed, as she takes it, SAVORING her cookie. And what can I say…that Coco – MOST PRECIOUS PUPPY EVER!!! Coco is just happy to be alive and in the mix of things!!! Too bad we can’t hug through the screen…HUGS FOR ALL MY FARM BABIES!!!!! :mrgreen:

  25. Mari says:

    Oh lordy, I am laughing so hard, my own goats don’t seem that entertaining, you really really need to put that talent to work, maybe partner with Tina Fey, seriously, you could write for SNL and improve it.

  26. Brandy says:

    I lurve Shakespeare by Clover! AWESOME! *G*

  27. Estella says:

    Your goats are too funny! The pics are great.

  28. Susan says:

    Oh, I absolutely loved your post! :thumbsup:

  29. Lola-Dawn says:

    I’m going to keep my Shakespeare far away from my pets from now on! Loved this post! :clap:

  30. Shari C says:

    Cute! Really cute! That Clover is very clever and passing it on to her youngin’….watch out.

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