A Moment of Gratitude


First, I want to answer a couple questions I realized I missed in the comments.

Have you found out yet if you’re going to be able to get your goats? Yes! We are so happy to report that we are going to get our babies! We are getting two doelings (girls) and one wether (boy, neutered). As a wether, we can keep this baby in with our girls, and next year when we’re able to prepare a second goat enclosure on the farm for a buck (further away from the house), the wether will move in with our buck as his companion. I can hardly wait till we can bring our three babies home to frolic on our farm and meet Coco! We’re waiting for them to be weaned (and for us to finish their enclosure!). Hopefully, we’ll be bringing them home in about a month.

Are you going to name your farm? Yes, we do want to name our farm, but we’ve been having a hard time figuring out what. (Let me know if you have any suggestions!)

If I missed any other questions recently, or if you have a new one, let me know!

And now, for the “backwards comment giveaway” aka Commenter Appreciation Giveaway–every so often, I’ll be randomly poking my finger at the calendar to select a day (since the last giveaway), then inputting the number of comments on that day’s post in Random.org’s Integer Generator to choose the recipient of a $50 Amazon gift certificate. And so I poked my finger, eyes closed, at the calendar and came up with June 4th, which I must say was quite a whiny post. There were 67 comments (as of this writing) on that post, and when I inputted that range online, I came up with:

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2008-06-20 21:03:02 UTC

And that comment belongs to:

Tina L

“The hurrier I go the behinder I get” I don’t know who said that but I repeat it all the time.

That picture is Georgous! I’d be too busy looking at the scenery to do any work. LOL

I think you should take a time out. Sit on the porch swing or one of those rockers with a big glass of iced tea and a good book. Take a little break and breathe. You will feel much better and get a lot more done. Also, delegate. I bet those kids could manage to do some laundry, dusting, and chicken feeding. HaHa That is easy for me to say but never worked very well in real life. Getting my kids to do anything was usually took longer than doing it myself.

Good Luck

Tina L, email me! (There is a Contact Me link at the top of the sidebar.)

I’ll be doing this again. All you have to do is comment on daily posts to be in the drawing. Thank you for being here and for keeping me company!

And now….

Sending a big shout-out to the fine folks who sponsored Chickens in the Road during the month of June, affording me the chicken scratch to keep this show alive (and enabling me to have giveaways). Please pay them a visit!

Barbara Bretton’s Casting Spells
Silent Goddess Art Jewelry
ProQuo.com’s Stop Junk Mail Free
Diane Chamberlain’s Before the Storm
Anna Adams’ Her Reason To Stay
Eileen Goudge’s Domestic Affairs
Macmillan’s Girls Gone Audio
Ann of Montana’s From the Front Porch blog
Hachette Book Group’s Smart Women Don’t Retire–They Break Free

If you have a website, blog, book, product, or service, please consider sponsoring me, too!

Coco says thank you!


  1. Heidi says:

    I am SO in love with you coco! Can I come and kiss her!!! LOL

  2. happyathome says:

    I think coco will be stealing the picture show for a while! Sparticus will be plotting a new battle plan…against coco’s popularity.

  3. Jyl says:

    Congrats Tina! I am in love with Coco too! Such a gorgeous dog.

  4. Lora says:

    Coco is beautiful and your farm is growing so joyfully!
    I love the enthusiasm and positive attitude you have about getting what you want in life.
    Keep going Suzanne, keep moving forward….

  5. Amelia says:

    :woof: Coco is such a pretty baby…puppy kissess…make me happy.

    Enjoy yourself today!


  6. Ann from Montana says:

    Coco has a wonderful look of intelligence and sweetness.

    and as Lora commented – your farm is growing joyfully!

  7. Kathryn says:

    Congratulations to Tina L., and thank you to your sponsors!

    What fun you will have when the goats come home with you. Coco will be in heaven! You know, I just love her eyes. So beautiful.

    When you can, please make Chevre. It is my favorite cheese of all time, almost. It is also very difficult to find good Chevre, so when we are in France I try to have some everyday. In light of that, maybe Collines Maison du Fromage et Tarte! Way too much, I know. I will keep thinking.

  8. Sue says:

    I am in love with that puppy! I just want to jump through the computer an squeeze her pretty little face!

  9. Beckynsc says:

    Congratulations Tina!
    Suzanne,you have a weakness for dogs. Like me. I have four now.
    How many do you have?
    Coco looks lovable!

  10. Cathy J. says:

    I knew of a family who had the words “Sursum corda” posted over their doorway- you could possibly use it to name your farm. It means, “Lift up your hearts”….

  11. Ashley says:

    Quick note: SilentGoddess.com needs another ‘s’.

    Love the puppy! Had to show my hubby the puppy. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the baby goats!

  12. Robin G. says:

    The Slanted Little Farm?

  13. Melinda says:

    What a great picture of your new fuzzy friend, Coco. How can you resist just nuzzling her all the time? SO CUTE.

  14. Carolyn A. says:

    Congratulations Tina!

    So glad to hear that you are getting your babies. Can’t wait to see pics of them.

    Suzanne, I would like to suggest some names for your farm: Cozy Farm, Family Place Farm, Homestead Farm, Grand Porch Farm, Pie Porch Farm. If I think of anymore, I’ll let you know. xxoo

  15. kacey says:

    Oh, I love the random comment give away! What a great idea. Everyday is a chance to win!

    Coco looks like such a sweet puppy!

  16. maryann says:

    Coco is sooo cute, give him a hug and belly scratch from me.

    Congrats Tina.

  17. Shawn says:

    Enjoy your blog so much!!! I read it every morning before I go to work. How about “Heaven on Earth” for your farm?? And Coco is gorgeous!! What a wonderful addition to your family.

  18. SuzieQ says:

    I like the name HEAVEN ON A HILL for your farm…with all the animals and nature in all her glory… that’s what I’d name it!!

  19. Tori Lennox says:

    Congrats, Tina!!!

    Coco is so adorable!!! I want to hug and squeeze her even more than I did yesterday!!!

  20. Jodie says:

    Hello to Coco! She’s the 2nd internet dog I know named Coco. Dooce.com named their minature Australian Shepherd that they got in January Coco also.
    As for the farm name… something relating the farm to your grandparents that farmed nearby. I don’t know their name or remember the name of the community but that would pay tribute to your heritage (one reason you came to W. Virginia, right?)

  21. Employee No. 3699 says:

    I’m glad you’re planning on naming your farm. It just makes it more ‘yours’.

    I like ‘Heaven on a Hill’ and ‘Pie Porch Farm’, but how ’bout ‘Slice of Pie in the Sky’ or ‘Slice of Heaven Pie’?

    Thanks for opening your blinds and letting us peek in the window of your life.


  22. Donna says:

    Awwww, sweet little Coco! Precious pup. Just love that pup! :mrgreen:

  23. Remudamom says:

    Lucky you! Dh and I can’t quite agree about goats. It might have something to do with the fact that my last goat thought I was her baby, and was constantly escaping her pen and looking thru the windows trying to find me, not to mention just walking right into the house whenever she could.

  24. Doris says:

    Coco is sooooooooooo pretty. I want her !

  25. Brandy says:

    Coco is without a doubt, a blog stealer. *G* Congratulations Tina!

  26. Susan says:

    Congratulations, Tina!

    I can’t wait to see your goats! Coco is such a sweetheart. I love that photo of her sharing her food with the cat! It certainly didn’t take Coco long to become a full fledged family member. :hug:

    McMinn’s Mountain!

  27. Estella says:

    Congrats Tina!
    Coco is so cute!

  28. Tina L says:

    Thank you so much. This is the first time I have won anything from a blog giveaway. :shimmy: I sent you an email Suzanne.

    Congrats on Coco and on the comming goats.

  29. wkf says:

    You could have a Name the Farm Contest. :flying:

  30. Kalin says:

    Aww, Coco has that sweet puppy look that makes you just want to smoosh her against your face.

    I’m very jealous of your goat herd! I’ve always wanted goats, but alas, there are too many valuable plants around that you just know they’d eat if/when they got out. I’ll have to live vicariously through you!

  31. Wendy says:

    You are going to love the goats. Nigerians are sweet, funny and colorful in a small little package. Even the bucks are managable, compared to their larger counterparts. Can’t wait to meet them. We are a little wether heavy here. It just turned out that way. I recently bought a new doe and she brought along her sidekick wether brother. He is so darling I keep telling him, “I wish you were a doe…or a buck.”

  32. Jean says:

    Coco is beautiful, your farm is beautiful, your life is beautiful. I can tell that you appreciate it, too.

  33. TeresaH says:

    Congrats to Tina

    I want to dognap coco he’s so cute but I’m afraid to get that near Spartacus…he’s wicked! :rotfl:

  34. Shari says:

    I’m a big believer in naming things, especially things we put so much of ourselves into. When I bought my home, I gave it a name then printed up my own return address labels with the house name on them. Puts a smile on my face every time I stick one on an envelope!

  35. Kim W says:

    Coco is BEYOND adorable!! We loved our last dog, Hickory (a Sheltie), who passed away in January so much, and we love our 6 month old Schnauzer pup, Maggie (Magpie Maggie Mae – Magpie cos she’s black). I’ve often thought what a great life they have…eat, sleep, play and loved so much that they are sometimes faught over who gets to hold them next. What a life to be loved so much!

    Blessings from Ohio…

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