My favorite bead was the mushroom we gave D. and that largely for the slogan which goes with it. "They keep us in the dark and feed us BS." S got a carrot bead, for her brightness, charm and witty sense of humor. E got the subtle bead as she is one who can appreciate it. (Sadly we'll probably never see her again though she's the favorite of any of the friends our youngest has ever had in his life. Or maybe so, who knows?)
We had a plague of coyotes last month. Ms. TK lost a dozen chickens in one night (they came through 2 fences and into the chicken house to get them) and then four guineas were picked off one each on the next four nights. Suddenly she's taken an interest in learning to shoot a shotgun.
We watched "Stardust" twice and I wrote a short story about the leprechaun I might have met in the woods last month while I was planting ginseng. I highly recommend reading Eddie Lenihan's recent book "Meeting the Other Crowd", which is a collection of Irish folk stories to explain what that means.
One of Eddie's favorite quotes is the one from the lead in to his 2006 NPR interview. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor
"If you were to suggest to most people today, that the fairies exist, you'd nearly be laughed at," Lenihan says. "I'll guarantee you that a few years, and I'll be alive to see it and you'll be alive to see it, and you won't be old, and I won't be old, that if you say you believe in God, you'll be laughed at. In this country at least it's almost come to that."
Otherwise life is the same as usual at the end of the road.