A Few of My Favorite Things

Apr
11

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This is the rocking chair at the old farmhouse where I spent many hours dreaming about how I wanted my life to be–which turned into the life I have now. Today is my birthday, and because I’m the boss of me (and a nice one!), I’m giving myself the day off regular posting. (I give my kids the day off school on their birthdays, too.) However! I want to share a few of my favorite things that were just a twinkle in my eye back when I was dreaming in that rocking chair.


The Giant Puppy, finally daring the porch steps.

Clover, foiling my milking plans for the one hundred and fifty-third time.

Rams, preparing to debut on the ballet stage.

The sweetness of my first baby chicks.

A very, very good day to remember.

And one last favorite:

Read: This Post Is Stunning.

May your day be stunning today!

Due to a scheduling change, the West Virginia Public Radio piece about Chickens in the Road which was broadcast on WV Morning on March 31 didn’t run on Inside Appalachia last weekend but it will run this weekend. So if you missed it on WV Morning, you can hear it today (Saturday) at 6 am or tomorrow (Sunday) at 6 pm! You can also listen to the interview online here at the West Virginia Public Radio website.

P.S. I’d totally be wearing a tiara today but….
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….CLOVER WON’T GIVE IT BACK.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on April 11, 2009  

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  1. 4-11
    1:20
    am

    :woof: Happy Birthday, Suzanne! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and an amazing year! :snoopy:

  2. 4-11
    2:39
    am

    Happy Birthday Suzanne!!! You are truly an inspiration to the rest of us dreamers out here. I hope your day is stunning!!! :sun:

  3. 4-11
    3:22
    am

    What a great weekend for you and your family, a birthday and Easter! I hope you have the best Birthday ever. :happyflower: Happy Easter!

  4. 4-11
    3:22
    am

    :ladybug: Happy Birthday!
    You are one of my favorite things!
    Enjoy your day!

  5. 4-11
    3:39
    am

    A very happy birthday to you! :heart:

  6. 4-11
    3:59
    am

    :snoopy: Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Suzanne, Happy Birthday to you :snoopy:

    :sun: Hope you have a great, beautiful day! :sun:

    :heart:

  7. 4-11
    4:08
    am

    The happiest of birthdays to you! I have nothing to give you but my deepest thanks. Thank you for letting me read bits of your life. Thank you for letting me cook wonderful things. Thank you for introducing me to a giant puppy, a diva goat, a sociopathic rooster, and a way to laugh and laugh and laugh at five in the morning!

    May your year be filled with joy and wonder! :happyflower:

  8. 4-11
    4:29
    am

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for all the stories and humor you give us each day. Have a great day.

  9. 4-11
    4:30
    am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

  10. 4-11
    4:35
    am

    Happy Birthday Suzanne!! I hope you have a fantastic day.

  11. 4-11
    4:44
    am

    I love days like that. Just enjoying nature with no cares or worries.

  12. 4-11
    4:45
    am

    Happy Birthday! :shimmy: :dancingmonster: :snoopy: :woof: :happyfeet:

  13. 4-11
    5:05
    am

    Enjoy your special day! I hope it is a memory maker as well! :sun:
    barb

  14. 4-11
    5:20
    am

    A Very Happy Birthday, Suzanne !

    You start off my everyday with a smile

  15. 4-11
    5:25
    am

    :duck: Happy Birthday to you and have a blessed Easter. :pinkbunny:

  16. 4-11
    5:33
    am

    Have a wonderful day Suzanne! :happyflower:

  17. 4-11
    5:55
    am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :happybutterfly:

  18. 4-11
    5:58
    am

    Happy Birthday Suzanne!!! I am new here and I LOVE your blog, it is great. I hope you have a stunning day also!!

  19. 4-11
    5:59
    am

    Yes! Most definitely a Happy Birthday to you! And your favorite things are awesome. And Lucky turned out to be a beautiful hen; I’m so glad she was tenacious.

    With best regards and the happiest of days to you!

  20. 4-11
    6:02
    am

    :snoopy: Happy Birthday Suzanne! :heart:

    Best wishes for many more!

  21. 4-11
    6:04
    am

    Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope your day is as fun and filled with laughter as the mornings you give to me.

  22. 4-11
    6:05
    am

    Happy Birthday Suzanne! Have a spectacular day! Your blog is one of my favorite things and I thank you for the gift of laughter.

  23. 4-11
    6:10
    am

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! Your birthday/favorite pictures are beautiful and well chosen. May all of your day be blessed with beauty and good choices!

  24. 4-11
    6:10
    am

    :sheepjump: :sheep: :duck: :snuggle: :pinkbunny: Happy, Happy Birthday, Suzanne!!! Have a wonderful Easter, as well. May you always see the stunning of every day! Thanks for sharing your….dare I say it?…..stunning life with us! :pinkbunny: :snuggle: :duck: :sheep: :sheepjump:

  25. 4-11
    6:17
    am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :shimmy:

  26. 4-11
    6:17
    am

    Have a wonderful Bithday, Thanks for all the smiles you give us.

  27. 4-11
    6:34
    am

    Happy Birthday! You are special everyday.
    Jeanne :happyflower:

  28. 4-11
    6:52
    am

    :happyflower: Happy Birthday, Suzanne! I hope that your day is full of fabulousness and many wonderful blessings in the coming year! :happybutterfly:

    Suzanne @ http://sugarloafcottage.blogspot.com :heart:

  29. 4-11
    7:02
    am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUZANNE!!!! Hope it is a good one. Enjoy your day.

  30. 4-11
    7:04
    am

    :purpleflower:
    Happy Birthday!! Have some delicious cake, maybe give Princess atry at baking and you can REALLY have the day off! :hungry:

  31. 4-11
    7:10
    am

    Happy Birthday. I hope the year ahead is filled with wonderful “memory moments”, too.

  32. 4-11
    7:35
    am

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! You are totally my inspiration as I dream about how I want my life to be. I’m getting there. Enjoy your day and thanks so much for the pictures. I love it!

  33. 4-11
    7:37
    am

    Happy Birthday! May the next year be as sweet as the cookies you make.

  34. 4-11
    7:40
    am

    Happy birthday, may your days be filled with more stories, and ours as well.
    I hope you have a wonderfull day!!!

    and clover, hang on to it girl, you never know :lol:

    hugs
    gwen :sheep:

  35. 4-11
    7:42
    am

    Happy Birthday. :happyflower: :heart: :chicken: :sheep: :duck: May there be many more. Hope everyone treats you like the special person you are. I am also wishing you a Blessed Easter. Have a wonderful week-end. :hug:

  36. 4-11
    7:43
    am

    Happy Birthday to you!
    You are a testament to the fact that life can go as you dream it! Way to go!

  37. 4-11
    7:44
    am

    Have a wonderful birthday!
    Maybe the animals were dreaming of you coming into their lives when they were little, too…

  38. 4-11
    7:51
    am

    Happy happy Birthday, Suzanne!!! I hope your day is filled with as much joy as you bring each day to your faithful readers. I know you brighten each day for me. :sun: I love reading about your family, your critters :sheep: :happypuppy: , your cooking and crafts – can’t wait to make yesterday’s cookies! I’ve been looking at chicken butts all month as I wash dishes! And by the way, Lucky has turned into quite a beauty. :chicken: May you be blessed with a great year ahead of you! :snoopy:

  39. 4-11
    8:00
    am

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

  40. 4-11
    8:06
    am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :sun: If you ever get tired of Clover she can stay with me!!! I am so in love with Clover. :hug: Have a great day.

  41. 4-11
    8:07
    am

    Happy Birthday Suzanne!

    Sam

  42. 4-11
    8:07
    am

    Happy Birthday Suzanne…. you know what we all need to do…treat everyday as a “birthday” not just once a year but a “birthday” for each day that we get to enjoy the things that are important to us. :ladybug:

  43. 4-11
    8:08
    am

    Happy Birthday Suzanne!

    Loved your blog about your favorite things. Clover rocked that tiara and necklace….

  44. 4-11
    8:33
    am

    Happy Birthday. Hope your day is “stunning” in every way!

  45. 4-11
    8:38
    am

    Cheerful Birthday Suzanne1 How nice that you too are a spring chick! I bet you have a swellicious day!

  46. 4-11
    8:40
    am

    Wishing you much happiness on your birthday. :hug:

  47. 4-11
    8:44
    am

    Happy Birthday! Love your blog! Love your farm!

  48. 4-11
    9:10
    am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I love your blog. I was able to get my husband to read it with me yesterday – you now have two more fans!! You make us smile – you are so talented – Thank You !! Lisa

  49. 4-11
    9:16
    am

    Wishing you a Happy Birthday Miss Suzanne!

  50. 4-11
    9:19
    am

    Happy birthday!

    I hope you have a memorable day…and blog about it tomorrow! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful life.

  51. 4-11
    9:20
    am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND A BLESSED EASTER.

  52. 4-11
    9:39
    am

    Happy Birthday, I hope “someone special” spoils you rotten! Have a great day!!

  53. 4-11
    9:41
    am

    Can’t leave this blog without saying something about the beautiful, fluffy chicken butt.
    Lucky turned into quite a lady, didn’t she?
    O Lord,help me. I’ve fallen in love with a chicken. :chicken: :airkiss:

  54. 4-11
    9:42
    am

    Happy birthday! Hope you have a great day. Love the photos, especially the t’rara. Suits her.

  55. 4-11
    9:49
    am

    Time sure flies when you’re having fun – have a wonderful birthday today, Suzanne (forever 39) :heart:

  56. 4-11
    10:14
    am

    Happy Birthday to my favorite blogger. A very Happy Easter as well! Lots of Love coming your way from RI. :purpleflower:

  57. 4-11
    10:28
    am

    :hug: Happy Birthday! :shimmy: I hope you have a wonderful day. :heart:

  58. 4-11
    10:33
    am

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne!

    May each day bring you even more blessings and happiness :)
    You truly make our day a brigher one!

  59. 4-11
    10:37
    am

    A very happy birthday to you! :shimmy: I hope your day is perfect. I just want to thank you for all your posts. I’ve been struggling emotionally in my life, but when I come here it’s a place of peace and happiness. You are such an inspiring woman, and as a new homesteader your ideas are wonderful as well as your recipes. I hope you realize how many lives you touch each day with your blog. Again have a happy birthday, and maybe just for today you will allow yourself to take it easy!

  60. 4-11
    10:39
    am

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne!
    So glad to see your dreams coming true, and I hope that it gets nothing but better from here.

  61. 4-11
    10:57
    am

    The life you always wanted is the life you have now. What better birthday present? Have a great day. Don’t forget to eat some chocolate.https://chickensintheroad.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/fairy.gif

  62. 4-11
    10:58
    am

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne!

    Hope your day is filled with all of your favorite things.

  63. 4-11
    11:01
    am

    Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy your :snoopy: day.

  64. 4-11
    11:25
    am

    Happy Birthday! Hope your day is splendid.

    I love your blog. I read it all the time and think to myself: I wish she were my friend. She loves to cook, she loves her animals, she’s great at photography, she’s a fun mom, she’s learning to spin, knit and crochet, and she’s got a darn nice homestead.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful self and life with us!

  65. 4-11
    11:29
    am

    Happy, happy birthday!

    You make soooo many people smile every day!

    May your day be filled with relaxation and chocolate!

    Kris7
    Working hard at http://www.sccworlds.com

  66. 4-11
    11:43
    am

    ♥♥♥Happy Birthday♥♥♥
    Hope you have the greatest one yet. Something tells me Clover will eat birthday cake today.

  67. 4-11
    12:26
    pm

    Happy Birthday, Suzan. And thanks for the great pictures!

  68. 4-11
    12:27
    pm

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! I hope it’s a great one!

  69. 4-11
    2:18
    pm

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! :hug: Wishing that this birthday is just the beginning of a year filled with happy memories, wonderful moments, and shining dreams! :heart:

  70. 4-11
    2:42
    pm

    Happy Birthday! Your favorite things, have turned into one of my favorite things – your blog. May you have a wonderful day and may all of your birthday wishes come true.

  71. 4-11
    3:07
    pm

    Suzanne – Thanks for sharing your stunningness with us. I can always count on you to give me a smile every day. I’ll be whipping up a batch of surprise cookies real soon. They look yummy. Happy, happy B-day!

  72. 4-11
    3:11
    pm

    Well, I hope you have a very happy day! It’s good to be the boss. Do the animals know you’re the boss? Mine don’t.
    Brenda

  73. 4-11
    4:39
    pm

    Happy birthday, Suzanne!

  74. 4-11
    4:42
    pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I never miss your blog, and I hope you have a joyous Birthday and Blessed Easter! You are a talented and entertaining lady!

  75. 4-11
    4:44
    pm

    I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, laughter-filled birthday, Suzanne! You totally deserve it!

  76. 4-11
    5:18
    pm

    Happy Birthday !!! Thank you for all the great stories and pictures !! :snoopy: :woof: :shimmy:

  77. 4-11
    6:13
    pm

    Happy Day! I’m so glad that so many of your dreams have come true — you made them happen. You are awesome!!!

  78. 4-11
    6:43
    pm

    Hi, Have the BEST Birthday ever!! :purpleflower:

  79. 4-11
    6:50
    pm

    Happy Birthday to an amazing woman!

  80. 4-11
    7:18
    pm

    OH Suzanne~ I think maybe Clover is enjoying her jewelry today!
    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I hope 52 gives you a truly memorable surprise today!

    And I hope your kids will do ALL the Animal Chores and give YOU the day off totally – including cleaning, cooking, and
    Baking your Birthday Cake!

    Have a wonderful EASTER!

  81. 4-11
    7:29
    pm

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! Hope you are relaxing and doing just what YOU want! Happy Easter, too.

  82. 4-11
    8:17
    pm

    Happy Birthday!

  83. 4-11
    9:27
    pm

    Happy Birthday Suzanne! I turned 40 last week, and I think us ladies born in April are pretty much the BEST! Have a great one! :snoopy:

  84. 4-11
    9:40
    pm

    Happy Birthday, Hope you had a great one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Linda B.

  85. 4-11
    9:48
    pm

    Happy Birthday!

    Long time reader, first comment, I think. We nearly share a Bday – mine is tomorrow, so now I KNOW you are ~special~ without anyone needing to agree :yes:

  86. 4-12
    7:29
    am

    Happy Birthday, Suzanne! :shimmy: :shimmy: :shimmy:

  87. 4-12
    1:14
    pm

    Happy Birthday! To you and to me–Apr 11th is my birthday too… :snoopy:

  88. 4-12
    5:16
    pm

    Hello Suzanne, I just heard about your blog today on NPR…Happy Birthday for yesterday! You take the most amazing photos…what camera do you use, if I may ask?

  89. 4-12
    5:26
    pm

    Hi, Raymond! Thank you. I use a Canon S5IS!

  90. 4-12
    5:36
    pm

    Happened across your PBS interview this evening and couldn’t wait to get home and check out the site. Way cool. I’m north of you in Tyler County. Way to go lady. Happy birthday and thanks for reminding us how the simple things can be so wonderful.

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