On the Farm – The Last Cows


The Last Cows Late in our farm odyssey, we decided that cows were a little too much responsibility, and really cramped your style for things like summer vacations.  During our last summer with cows, we…

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On the Farm – The Herd


The Herd No farmer is a real farmer without livestock.  After practicing with goats, we made the decision to take the plunge and bought three feeder calves.  This was done partly to qualify for a…

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Enjoy a great day trip from Orlando that is a theme park.

Daytripping with Rick – Orlando – Escape from Mouseland


Every year millions of Americans and pretty much the entire population of Great Britain descend upon Orlando. They come to spend. And spend they do. Multi-day passes at Disney. Multi-park passes at Universal. Sea World,…

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On the Farm – Homicidal Pigs


Homicidal Pigs George Orwell knew what he was doing when he wrote Animal Farm, as pigs are far and away the smartest animals.  They lull you to sleep by lying around all day, but given…

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On the Farm – Rick vs. the Groundhog


Rick vs. the Groundhog Groundhogs are plentiful in Pennsylvania.  We have Punxutawney Phil, the most famous one in the world a scant 80 miles away.  They are all over the place, and while not overtly…

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On the Farm – Buying the Farm


Buying the Farm The patron saint of would-be farmers is Oliver Wendall Douglas, Esq.  Any Green Acres fan knows that Oliver, a successful Manhattan lawyer, chucked it all to drag his wife to Hootersville and…

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On the Farm – Goats and Poison Ivy


Goats and Poison Ivy Goats have a knack of eating things that no other animal will eat.  What a goat loves more than life itself is the tender branches and leaves of a weeping willow…

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On the Farm – Goat Peyton Place


Goat Peyton Place Goats get a bad rep. The Bible has not one good thing to say about goats. If you’re a sheep, then Jesus is going to be there to shepherd you. But if…

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On the Farm – Safe Sex with Turkeys


Safe Sex with Turkeys Most people at work knew I had a farm. I had to turn down offers of an ostrich, a de-natured skunk, and a large snake. “Yeah, no thanks, we don’t keep…

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Colored Easter Chicks

On the Farm – Nose-less Louie and the Pink Chick of Doom


Nose-less Louie and the Pink Chick of Doom When you have a farm, you are an obvious dumping ground for any ill-advised livestock purchase gone wrong. When I was a kid, they used to dye…

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