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Marriage and the Marks of Farm Life

| 6/24/2009 10:05:22 AM

Goat KidsThe chickens are pooping all over the front porch again, and my wife is a very special woman.

Almost every week, at some point or another, Carolyn says how happy she is to live at Rancho Cappuccino, surrounded by the wildlife and the livestock, steeping in nature’s own exotic brew of life, death, struggle and ecstasy.

Sounds great, you may say, but the chickens are pooping all over the porch. The geese are pooping all over the lawn. The manure in the sheep pen is two feet deep right now and  the pasture where the cattle are grazing, well, it’s a cow pasture. Talk about your exotic brews.

The cow is a virtuosic defecator. They poop more, larger, wetter, deeper, noisier and more often than anyone else on the farm.

But all God’s children leave their mark.

The chickens leave theirs on the front porch.

9/5/2009 6:09:11 AM

Dave and Tony, I married her very young before my eccentricities settled in. Best of luck.

Michelle C._1
9/1/2009 8:50:39 PM

Love your name (it is the same as my son)!! Thank you for sharing your sweet story. You and your wife have the kind of life I would love to live. Mother Earth news needs a dating site! Do you know how hard it is to find a man that wants to farm?? They are only interested until I tell them I want a small, working farm. Guess honesty isn't the best policy.

9/1/2009 9:48:32 AM

Never had chickens in the house, but I did have a nubian doe who spent a lot of time on the back porch and would sneak in if the door were left ajar. At least vinyl tile cleans up easy. My favorite critter story was when I was going to school. I was helping to care for a blind fellow; I drove him around and kept up the house. I came into his living room one day and there was a pygmy goat lying on the couch watching the TV. So I ask "hey, when did you get a goat?" and his response was "what goat?" Apparently the little fellow had gotten out of his pen across the street, and neighborhood dogs had chased him onto the front porch of my friend's place. My friend heard thumping on the front door and dogs barking, so he opens the door and yells at the dogs, which run off. At that point we figure the cornered goat snuck in and apparently parked on the couch. Didn't even make a mess.

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