Cows can be so silly

Last week, we had some visitors from Redmond visiting us in North Carolina.  I invited a few of them out to my house for dinner – they were interested in seeing this farm that I talk about from time to time. After we got to my house I herded everyone into my car to drive… Read more

One more farm story for this week

Sorry for the back to back farm stories but I was relating the Fire! story to someone the other day and remembered another story I hadn’t shared. As a cattle farmer, I go through a lot of hay – about 300,000 lbs per winter.  Spring and late Summer are the seasons for cutting, baling and… Read more


When you have a farm like I do, with a lot of pastures, a lot of fence lines and a lot of trees, you inevitably spend a lot of time clearing dead trees, fallen limbs, etc. from your fences and fields.  It’s a never ending job.  Sometimes I collect the wood for firewood (I heat… Read more

Where in the world is Brian?

I apologize for being away for so long.  It’s been a weird summer.  I was out of the office for almost a month and have spent the last week furiously trying to catch up.  So I’ve been absent from my blog for a while now.  I’ll fill you in on some of the details. Italy This… Read more

Is your stomach bigger than your eyes?

For the past several months, friends have been bugging me to write another farm post – it’s been quite a while.  The problem is that I haven’t been able to think of anything terribly interesting.  Most farm work does make for a good blog post – chores, feeding, cutting hay, repairing fences, …  Just not… Read more

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Well, today was my turn to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  This morning I was tagged by both Adam Cogan and Scott Guthrie.  Tempting as it is though, I’m not doing it twice   I don’t know if it’s typical, but Adam challenged me to complete the task within 24 hours.  I spent today… Read more

A white frog?

I was out doing chores on my farm yesterday morning and ran across something surprising (to me, at least).  By the pig pen, we have an electric fence charger and it is covered by buckets.  For some reason I don’t understand (my wife did it), there are two buckets – one nested inside the other. … Read more

A Pile of Puppies

We have two Great Pyrenees dogs (a male and a female) who guard our goats and keep the coyotes away.  When we got them, we decided that we would breed them (they are not related) at least once.  Almost 3 weeks ago, Artemis’s litter of puppies was born.  It’s been fun to watch.  My wife… Read more

Another silly post about clothes

And an embarrassing moment. I’ve gotten some teasing about wearing a tie at the French Visual Studio 2013 launch event in Paris this week.  There are some pictures of me floating around online.  It’s certainly a rare occurrence.  I don’t wear a tie more than a couple of times a year.  I brought it on… Read more


We are gradually working our way into goats.  Last year we bought a dairy goat and she had 2 kids.  This year we bought 2 meat goats (Kiko breed) and one of them, “Pretty Girl” just had 3 kids.  I thought I’d share some pictures.  They are very cute. Here’s a picture from soon after… Read more