I Bet People Who Wear Pants Know What Day It Is


My blog is featured this week in a column in an arts newspaper called Graffiti (“West Virginia’s news alternative”). I’m not sure if the column is on their website (I couldn’t find it there) but you can find the site here if you want to take a look, or if you live in West Virginia, you can pick up a copy. The columnist, Bryan Stealey, calls Chickens in the Road one of the best blogs he’s ever read and then goes on to say a bunch of other really nice stuff. I may throw myself off a cliff now because I can’t possibly live up to such praise, so if I disappear, that’s why. In further news, yesterday I was interviewed about my blog by a reporter from the Charleston Daily Mail, one of the largest newspapers in the state. The last time I was interviewed by a reporter (for an article that appeared in the local county paper), it was February and icy and I was afraid to drive up my own driveway. Then I fell off a chair at the beginning of the interview. This interview was conducted over the phone, so I was feeling really confident that if I fell off my chair, at least she wouldn’t know. The interview was scheduled for 10 am on Thursday, so I was stunned when she called at 10 am on Wednesday. Polite person that I am, I didn’t point out to her that she was calling a day early, which was a good thing since it turns out yesterday was actually Thursday. Which apparently follows Wednesday, which follows Tuesday, and so on. Hunh. I’m not sure when the article will be in the paper, but I’ll let you know and if it’s online, I’ll post a link.

When I told 52 about the interview with the reporter from the Charleston Daily Mail, well aware of my penchant for running around in my undies, his immediate comment was: “You won’t even have to put pants on!” Unfortunately, he didn’t think to go over the days of the week with me despite the fact that he is also well aware of my non-existent relationship with the calendar.

So if you’re new here because you’re visiting after reading about this blog in Graffiti, that right there tells you all you need to know about me. I’m not wearing pants and I don’t know what day it is.

The reporter asked for a photo of me, and since I’m the one who takes all the pictures around here, they’re pretty scarce. Which means I need to get someone to take one. I thought about trying to get her to take this one from last December, which is one of only a handful of pictures that have been taken of me in the past year, but I suspect it’s not appropriate.

But look, I had my pants on and everything!!!


  1. Kathleen in MI says:

    I have to admit that I frequently do not know what day of the week it is. I also do not wear pants when I am home. Maybe it is more common than we thought?

  2. Heidi says:

    To heck with appropriate!! I like that picture!! :rockon: Good for you Sue!!!

  3. happyathome says:

    Not sure if the picture would go over well. I think of you more of holding the baby goats or rounding up the chickens! As much as I like the gun shot (haha), may stir the pot a little. And oh, cangratulations for the interview!

  4. Blaze says:

    speaking as someone who generally wears pants, it IS often hard to tell what day it is. Yesterday felt like wensday and then suddently today its Friday!

    course I’m only sure its Friday cause Dark Knight comes out today..but thats neither here nor there

  5. annie says:

    Maybe you need to have the days of the week printed on your unmentionalbes or have them colored-coded….mauve on Monday, teal on Tuesday, white on Wednesday, oops what to do on Thursday?

  6. Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks&Me says:

    Well, you are definitely one of my favorite blogs and that is saying a LOT if you knew how many I had on Bloglines? I almost always click on the title so I can get the benefit of seeing your blog (as opposed to just the most recent post). ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your picture reminded me of something my son told me yesterday, as he was shopping for the appropriate clothing to wear for playing paintball tomorrow. He said in one of Michael Moore’s movies they showed a bank that handed out a new gun when you opened a new bank account.

    Of course, Moore thought that horrible but my son was wondering if we had any such banks in our town. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Beckynsc says:

    Congratulations on the interview! Let us know what day it will be published!
    For the local county paper, I think that picture would be perfect. You’d fit right in with the locals.
    But I don’t think the Charlestonians would “get it”. Holding a critter would be better. Oh, and if your don’t feel like wearing pants…
    I recommend a head shot! Hahaha
    They wouldn’t “get” the no pants thing, either.
    Although, all of us, your faithful readers, would totally “get it”. And think it was hilarious.

  8. Gail says:

    Well now, when you are a busy farm gal it is easy to lose track of what day it is! You crack me up… Thank You! This was one of those mornings that I really needed a laugh.
    Congrats on the interview and I look forward to reading it. Of course you do know, that as we all read it, you will be pictured talking on the phone, wandering around in your undies?

  9. Shari C says:

    Congratulations on the article in the newspaper.

    Like the photo, but have to ask…what are you aiming at and why??? Inquiring minds have to ask…right.

  10. Suzanne McMinn says:

    Shari, that .22 was a Christmas present and I was just practicing with a target on a tree.

  11. jane says:

    Congratulations. All you folk out there new to the blog – we love it – find a day to sit at the computer and catch up – look everywhere there is a ton to read, to know, to experience, to share. Welcome aboard.

    we all love it. first thing i do in the morning, put on the coffee, let out harry potter my shelter adopted dog, turn on chickens in the road – and I can begin my day. one of the best things about this here internet stuff – connecting with chickens in the road.

    we use to read books about such, or get letters, or someone told us, went to the library, exchanged letters with pen pals in the old days – but now we are there!!!

  12. jane says:

    PS – we have all watched eggs become grown chickens, learned about goats, helped to save and worry over a horse, experienced winter together (I live in Texas and sometimes we get snow), made bread, sandwiches, pies, pumpkin butter, canned apricots, sat in one of the rockers on the porch, drouled (spelling) over coco, and watched the house go up not to mention living in the 100 yr old farm house. what a treat.


  13. MARY says:

    :butterfly: Congratulations, Suzanne, on all the fame and fortune!!!!!! You go girl!!! Your blog is excellent, and I’m sure you will gain a lot of new fans due to the additional exposure. This is a fun blog for anyone!! Have a great weekend everybody!! :treehugger:

  14. MARY says:

    :biggrin: The picture is PERFECT!!!!! :cattail:

  15. sam says:

    You are famous!! The newspapers are after you…what more can I say. So long quiet country life.

  16. Debbie in Memphis says:

    Now I know why your blog feels so much like home. I hardly ever know what day it is and also have a penchant for not wearing pants around the house. ๐Ÿ˜†

    Congratulations on the continued success of the blog! We all love your blog and I’m sure the new folks who check it out will too.

  17. jeanne.macbean says:

    Way to go Suzanne, I’m sure everyone will be proud of their local Blogger-star. You give us, daily, a wonderful slice of Americana Pie after a steady diet of bad news and fear. Thank you for showing us the other side. PS the picture is probsably very apt…

  18. April says:

    THAT is a great pic!

    And, you know… you may get more hits if you post a pic of you with a gun WITHOUT pants! : :rambo:

  19. Heather Harper says:

    I’m beginning to feel more in tune with the universe. Sure sign? I blogged about your blog yesterday. :thumbsup:

    Love your blog, Suzanne. :heart:

  20. Maria says:

    I love that picture…it looks very Kinsey Milhone/Sue Graftonesque!

  21. Amy says:

    Women In Underwear unite!

    Any time I get dressed in something other than clean pj’s, 9 wants to know what the occasion is and what time have to leave. Between writing and home school, the dress code is, uh, pretty lax most days.

  22. Diane says:

    Love the picture!!!! I dont know why it would not go over well. lol. You have a great blog. Congrats on the internviews!!!

  23. Donna says:

    How exciting Suzanne! I see LARGE things coming your way! Although, it is no surprise to ME, that they love your blog because it IS a wonderful blog! Fun, informative, funny, scarey (wood chips in the lock on your gate, moving in)..ect. Plus, we get to experience a life we would LOVE to have, in the country! Need I go on??? LOL :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :shimmy: :shimmy: I am so happy for you! I am new to the blog, but already feel “family”, thanks to your welcoming personality and kindness!!
    Your “in your panties” story, reminded me of an incident, when I was about 11, living in Germany (stationed there in the Air Force). I forget WHY, but maybe a friend got to do this – I wanted to see if I could walk around the house, in my bra and panties. I think it WAS because a friend got to. I remember trying it out – what the heck, I had NOTHING to show, at that age. Stick straight (sideways, front and back LOL). But, I remember my father saying “Donna! Get some clothes on!”, as I was coming down the hall…it startled me and I rushed back to my bedroom to cover up…Now, I COULD do that – would be ALLOWED – it’s MY house, but I may make someone lose their lunch. :bananadance: :rockon: :elephant: :mrgreen: LOL :bananadance: :rockon: :elephant: :elephant: :snoopy: And your RECIPES are not helping the matter – YUM! :mrgreen:

  24. Donna says:

    I think you should use the picture of you sitting on the porch or porch swing, on the old Farmhouse – that’s a good pic.

  25. Kathy R says:

    Oh NO! I’m sitting here in my undies, reading the blog for today, and wondering why “Blaze” made the comment that “Yesterday felt like Wednesday and then suddenly today its Friday!” and I said to myself, she’ still confused, after all today is Saturday. I had to look at the calendar on the wall and double check my Yahoo! calendar to convince myself — IT IS FRIDAY!

    Is there a cure for this??

  26. SuzieQ says:

    Being retired and widowed, I may be walking around the house with NO CLOTHES AT ALL. A bra is just to put on if I’m going out or company’s coming. By the way, I have a clock that tells you not the time but which day it is. You need one of these!

  27. sunnid755 says:

    :clap: congratulations on your new found fame and fortune, remember us when you’re all famous, now that you have us hooked on your blog every day. Where’s my COCO fix this morning? I really appreciate all your hard work.

  28. Shimmy Mom says:

    I think the picture looks great! I don’t walk around in my undies, but I do stay in my pj’s until at least noon, or 3:00, or 5:00, or all day. So I understand your not knowing what day it is issues.

  29. Blaze says:

    Just for the record Kathy R, Blaze=boy
    Dangley parts and everything ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. tillie says:

    congrats on your much deserved recognition! you are my favorite blog…with or without pants AND no matter what day it actually is!

  31. tillie says:

    oh, and p.s. coco is way cuter than charlie over at PW’s!!

  32. robin says:

    i have noticed alot more comments on your blog… and realized people had found you and so glad….love your recipes – especially the grandmothers bread…and all the little bits about family and home…
    great photo! and of course it is w virginia! and no one will ask any questions i am sure!
    who cares what day it is? i frequently am surprised when friday gets here – like today, right, today is friday! :snoopy:

  33. Tori Lennox says:

    I love that picture! And I always had the impression West Virginians totally understood the need of a good gun. *g*

    There’s a car dealership in Missouri (near Kansas City, I think) that was offering a new handgun or free gas with the purchase of a new car. Almost every buyer chose the gun over the gas!

  34. wkf says:

    That is a totally appropriate picture. If Yesterday was Thursday That means today is Friday??? I NEVER KNOW WHAT DAY OF THE WEEK IT IS!! Let alone the date. I have to look at the dates on your blog and assume it is today’s.
    I’ve been lost all day, ’cause I didn’t read it until after lunch.

  35. Lora says:

    Hey Suzanne,
    Congrats on the recognition…..you have made us all fall in love with West Virginia and a kinder, gentler life. Thank you for inviting us in and sharing your life and lovely family.
    I confess, I frequently walk around my house in my underwear and I thought today was thursday.

  36. Veggie Mom says:

    Congrats on making news! Did the reporter hear the THUD when you fell off your chair? When can we read the article?

  37. Brandy says:

    I think the picture is YOU. What’s wrong with it?

  38. Lis says:

    I love that picture! :thumbsup:

  39. Sonja Foust says:

    The obvious solution to this is day of the week underpants. True, it doesn’t solve the no pants problem, but really, wasn’t 52 thinking the day of the week problem was a function of the no pants problem? So there you go. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love your blog, of course.

  40. catslady says:

    Ever since I stopped working outside the home one day blends into another. I think walking around in bed clothes is riske lol. Pretty soon it’s going to take all morning to read your blog you’re getting so famous!!!

  41. Egghead says:

    You are too funny! I spend most of my early mornings in my pajamas outside watering, picking blueberries, feeding the chickens and all that. That is the beauty of living out in the country. I am a hick. :chicken:

  42. Carolyn A. says:

    Suzanne, you are listed on 304blogs.com. Just scroll down and look at the right side of the list. —> Thataway! I found it through the Graffiti site of WV bloggers. You go girl! xxoo

  43. Cat says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog and your pictures are lovely, too. Your site is very inspiring and I think itโ€™s recognition is well-deserved!
    All the best to you and your family,

  44. Claudia W says:

    For some reason, I just love that picture of you! And I’m glad you have your pants on!

  45. TeresaH says:

    Congrats Suzanne!

    And who the heck needs pants when they are home? Not me LOL I am usually just in my underwear when home alone. I get dressed to go out, or when company comes over, but as soon as I can I strip again. LOL

    I’ve also been know to go outside and work in the yard or something in my jammies. And I live in town, course we have a BIG yard with lots of trees and I usually just go out back. I figure my pajamas cover up more then what a lot of people wear as clothes.

  46. Amy3Lynn3 says:

    :chicken: I take after my mother. As soon as I get home the pants come off! LOL Who needs pants when at home. Especially when you don’t live in town. The dogs always let me know when some one is coming up the driveway so I can run for my pants drawer. :cowsleep:

  47. carlasue says:

    Maybe days of the week undies would help?

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