Gender-bending chickens, farm updates, and some really big news!

Do I look happy, or what?!?  I DO! Photo by the amazing Shem Roose. Check him out!

There’s lots of news to report from the farm! Here’s the dispatch from the slow-living fast lane…

Silky the ROOSTER, in his splendid, frilly white glory 

First up: scandal in the hen house! After several eye witnesses reported seeing our most fabulous, flamboyant chicken, Silky, engaging in a “special kind of hug” with some of the hens, and crowing at the break of dawn, it has come to our attention that our most glamorous hen is actually a rooster! Cock-a-doodle-doo! The ladies seem to love his sensitive side, because we’re getting more eggs than ever. Little Red, previously known to be the only rooster in the bunch, is coping, albeit reluctantly. All’s fair in love and poultry!
Omelets galore! Thanks, Silky! 

Hay season: In the words of the great singer/song-writer Corey Conant, we’re hayin’! Ranny, Dave, Bus, Brado, Ryan and crew are making hay while the sun shines, as the saying goes, but literally, too! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut hay, but the days are long and the boys are pooped. (Listen to this song -- so awesome, so catchy, and basically the soundtrack of RM's life right now. Corey, you rock!) Pick'em up and throw'em down! Looking forward to getting all that hay in the pile!

Bees gone wild! Was it something I said? My bees have swarmed, and they took their honey with them. Here today, gone tomorrow. My hives are a ghost town. I’m going to buy some more bees and try again, but not until next year.

We love you, Gram!
Power to the people: I’ve taken a new job, working to promote Agriculture in the great state of Vermont. I sure do miss my free time, and my weedy gardens are proof! But I’m glad to be making a difference. If there’s one thing I learned from Gram Conant, if you want something done right – do it yourself. Look out, Montpelier! PS: We love and miss you, Gram.

We’re getting hitched: I’ve saved the best for last! I’m making an honest man out of Ransom :-) We're having exactly the type of wedding we wanted -- a small dinner and ceremony with our closest friends, parents, sibs, and their partners. We're so exited! The big day is in just one week. Say a prayer for sunshine, and drink a toast to our happiness. I’ve found my mate, and it’s for keeps. 
Big Dave (my to-be father-in-law) hayin'!

Tasha Lehman (May 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM)  

I love that picture of you! Happy to hear the wonderful news! I've enjoyed seeing your wedding pins on Pinterest! :) Best wishes on your wedding day and much love!

The Horse Dad (June 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM)  

Congratulations and God's blessings on your marriage!

Found your blog via one of those circuitous routes we all take from time to time. Really enjoy it.

the Horse Dad

Guy Slade (June 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM)  

NPR lead me here. Is there a feed I can add to my reader? Or can I only subscribe via email?



Arena Shawn (June 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM)  

I heard your story on "the Story" from WUNC, and loved it!!! The things you said about doing the right thing, building your life around your resume, hoping the hard work would one day all pay off in the big, aloft "achievement" reward, and being tired all the time, not listening to your inner voice -- your life "before" resonated so much with me!... I feel like that all through my 20s -- getting good grades in college, getting into a good graduate school in the states, working hard to obtain a green card and building my entire life around a great resume to land on that first job, hoping it would lead to the next job, the promotion, the great future jobs... I'm glad that I finally gathered enough courage to break away from that life -- now I'm struggling to chase my dream of becoming a full time artist, but I have never been happier that I am now! You are totally right -- personal fulfillment is not the same thing as so called "achievement". Life is too short to be wasted on things that only appears to be important!

I love your blog -- it's happy and witty. I will check back for updates!

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