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August 20, 2008
10:50 am
tammathau
Cornfields of Indiana
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My name is Tammy.  I am 41(kinda scary when you see it in print!), married with 2 kids.  I have been happily married for 19 years.  My daughter is 17 and a senior in high school.  My son is 15 and a freshman.  My kids are my world.

I live in the Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana area.  I am about 15 miles from Purdue University.  We like in a tiny, dying old town of about 200 people.  I am a secretary in a small office and love my job.  In fact, I am hard at work right now! Laughing

I have a female boxer who is my spoiled rotten baby.  We also have 2 cats, Izzy and Butternuts(yellow boy kitty, hence the name!).

Right now I have a very small garden but plan on enlarging it in the spring.  I like to cook and preserve.  I also LOVE to read and will read about anything!

August 20, 2008
12:16 pm
Remudamom
Midwest
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I'm Lee, 50, grew up in the South thinking I was Scarlett O'Hara, married a cattle rancher.  Five kids, 20, 15 and 14yr old triplets.  Been married 30 years.  Homeshooling for 16.     

I've been riding since I was little and have owned horses since I was eight.  Finally slowing down a bit.  Selling off my remuda to get down to about ten.  Only a flower garden for me, I stink at vegetables.

Aside from the horses and cattle we have dogs and cats.  A handful of chickens at our “farmhouse” that are coming here to our house soon.

Too stupid to get an avatar up.  How in the world did you do that?

That's about it!

                                         

Quarter horses, Welsh ponies and Arabians
August 20, 2008
1:03 pm
Belladonna
Bossier City, Louisiana
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Hi, I'm Donna and I live in North Louisiana. I grew up as an Air Force brat and loved every minute of it. My father was a Fighter Pilot.  I'll be 51 in a couple weeks and am married with no children. I stumbled upon Suzanne's blog, looking up country cooking recipes and bread recipes! I'm so glad I did!

I have an adorable Parakeet, named Petey, who talks in complete sentences (and we think better than most humans) and he has about 5 different hilarious laughs. He mimics everything we say…everyone says he sounds exactly like me. LOL I love to kiss on him and snuggle with him. He's my baby.

 I am a homemaker, but I did work in Civil Service (secretarial/clerical and later dental) and was a Dental Assistant. My husband works for the Air Force Reserves, as a Flightline Supervisor.

August 20, 2008
4:32 pm
Heidi533
Hersey, Michigan
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Hi, I'm Heidi.  I'm 35 with three kids and a husband.  My kids are ages seven (girl), three (girl) and one (boy).  We live in rural northern lower Michigan. 

My goal is to have a farm.  As of now I have chickens and worms.  (Does that make a farm?)  The chickens are almost 13 weeks old, so no eggs yet.  But once they start I should have plenty.  We have 27 hens and three roosters at the moment.  I plan to have a bee hive in the spring and goats the following year.  Beyond that, it will all depend on how far over the edge my husband will let me push him.  :)

Heidi- http://henhousediaries.blogspot.com
August 20, 2008
5:19 pm
Patty
East Tennessee
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Hi I'm Patty. I'm 38 years old and live in Greeneville, Tennessee with my 4 daughters, ages 16, 12, 10 and 6, and my husband of 16 (almost 17) years.  I grew up on a farm where we had a house, and my two uncles had their homes, plus my Granny's house.  Now, my brother lives in my Granny's house since she has passed on and he remodeled it. My sister is going to build a house there too. I live in another town an hour away unfortunately. My husband's job is here and an hour commute is just not economical these days. I want to buy land here and start our own family farm. With 4 daughters, surely I'll have plenty of family to fill it!  Right now we rent, so I don't even own my own yard, so I love seeing Suzanne's blog about her land and hearing everyone else's stories. I wish my kids had grown up like that too, but they're "citified"… if that's possible in a town in East Tennessee LOL.

Dreams are necessary to life.
August 20, 2008
10:24 pm
WvSky
WV
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I'm Jerry, and I'm 50 something. ;)   I lived on a farm as a child  and never forgot it.  (Especially hog butchering time).

I'm a founder of Bridge Day,  also founder of one of the largest parrot websites on the Net.  I'm retired, and spend most days playing around with my photography.  I was a radio talk show host for 5 years in WV and still have a couple of political websites that stay hot.   I like to travel to Estonia each year and I'm forever single. (from here on out that is. ;)   I'm the guy that blundered into Suzannes farm one Sunday and was her next blog.  I hope to see her have much success with her website.

August 21, 2008
3:04 am
Kelleh
Dyer, TN
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I'm Kelly, but you'll more than likely find me posting around the site as Kelleh or Enraged Bunny, mood and whim pending… hee hee.

I'm 28 years old, and just recently uprooted myself from my childhood home of West Tennessee to West Virginia. I currently live just outside of the capital, with my boyfriend (you'll find him posting as Blaze on Suzanne's blog), another roommate, and my adorable feline Pixie (who is the Queen of Everything). It's been an exciting change, and I will hopefully start posting soon, to the blog I've been working on.

I hold two professional degrees: a BA. in Art (Ceramic/Sculputre emphasis), and a B.F.A in Art Education. . Currently I'm still settling in, while seeking employment and creating my art on the side when I have the free time or muse. Though my emphasis in school was rather specific, I've found myself dabbling in many other art mediums, (mostly fibers and photography) and I'm having a blast learning how to sew.

As for everything else hobby wise… I like to cook. I'm an avid comic book fan. My current favorite title is Fables, by Vertigo Comics. I like to play all types of games.  My favorite board game of all time is Monopoly. I'm also actively involved in the online game of World of Warcraft. (Anyone here play? If so, what server?)  I've been playing almost two years with friends I've known for several years, and it's been a blast.

Oh… and one day I want to be a Pirate. Arrr!

…And for now… I think that's enough about me! Wink

August 21, 2008
1:25 pm
wkf
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37, Married, one child 4.   Absolutely weird.  I laugh at life, because crying sucks!!!  Riding instructor/ sahm.  Terrible house keeper.  Messy cook.  This site is a hoot!!  The little "weee" smiley on the main page is totally how I feel most of the time.  My daughter and I make an adventure out of everything. 

Life is more fun that way. 

August 21, 2008
8:50 pm
Gizmo
KY
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Hello everyone, my name is Terese.  My friends have called me Gizmo for years, so when I found the world of blogging, I naturally gravitated to the name.  At least I know when people call my house, where they know me from….Wink

I am married with 3 kids – two sons and one daughter.  Most days, I'm in denial about my age (early 40s).  We live on a farm in NE Kentucky.  I stay at home, and manage the farm.  We raise goats, sheep, llamas, cattle and have some horses.  We also have three geese, two ducks and until recently had one red hen (she had a heart attack).  We have a menagerie of cats, several working dogs, pet dogs and I raise/breed Swiss Mountain/Cattle dogs.

I've been a crafter for as long as I can remember (jack of all trades, master of none Wink).  I only have one hobby though - quilting.  Although, if you ask my DH (we call him Superman), he'd say “the farm is your most expensive hobby”.  I also make soaps and lotions.  I'll have my online store up and running very soon.

We plan to begin construction on our goat dairy this Fall/Winter, and be ready for inspections and certification in the Spring.  Once we're over THAT hurdle, then the cheesemaking facility will follow.

We are very involved in 4-H, and enjoy participating in as many events as our busy schedules will allow.

I'm still trying to figure out how to upload my avatar.  Any suggestions???

I think that's more information than y'all wanted to know about me.

Life is an adventure – Enjoy the ride!!!
August 21, 2008
9:39 pm
SusanD
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My name is Susan.  I live in Southern Indiana.  We are about five miles from Louisville, Kentucky.  I'm on my third marriage(one divorce, one death), two daughters, two grandchildren, Eric, 13 and Emily, 2 who was an amazing surprise.  I sew at home for a local sporting goods store and work an evening or two at our local Hallmark store.  We have one wonderful doggie, Cody who is an 11 year old sheltie.

August 21, 2008
10:00 pm
WV_Hills
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My name is Kathy, and my partner is Mike. (You actually met us on today's blog while we were visiting Suzanne.) I'm 56 and Mike is 66. We've been a couple for 5 1/2 years, and just moved to Calhoun County, WV in January. Mike was born in Texas, lived in several states, but the last 30 in California. When we met I told him it would never work out between us because I was moving to WV. Well, he moved here, too, without having ever seen the state. I have one son, just turned 38. (That seems impossible to me – after all I'm hardly older than that myself.) Mike has 3 kids from 42 to 19.

I was born and raised in Southern California, but my mom's family is from WV, and except for my small part of the family, they are all still living around here. My great-grandmother had a 260 acre farm in Putnam County, and the best times of my childhood were visiting WV in the summers. I've wanted to move "home" to WV since I was a teenager. It only took me 40 years to get here, with detours for family and a career as a Federal Govt auditor. I retired in 2002, and haven't ever woken up and wished I could go back to work. Now it's chickens, sheep, and wonderful sunsets.

And I "talk" too much.

August 22, 2008
9:25 am
MissyinWV
WV
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August 22, 2008
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My name is Missy I am 36 years old married for 18 years with 2 daughters 17 and 11. I live in Putnam County WV. This is where I was born and raised, I have never lived outside a 5 mile radius. I was raised next door to the home that my Great-Grandparents built. And the very house that my Grandpa was born in. I grew up with a large family, lots of COUSINS, my grandpa was one of 11 children and my Grandmother was one of 9. Together they have 8 children and my mother was the youngest.  I have been extremely blessed. Gardening was something that my Papa and my uncle (his brother) did together. Lots of it. It was alot of hard work and it brought together our family unlike in todays world. I loved when it was time to dig up the potato garden and all my first and second cousins came. We would fill the potato cellar so full, enough to feed so many people. But nothing compared to the feeling of the dirt between my toes and looking up to see who was lucky enough to ride on the tractor. My life was full of days when the women in the family would all get together to can the bounty from the gardens. We actually had a small house with a kitchen just for canning and such, and A smoke house to hang the meat to smoke it. There was cows, pigs, chickens, dogs and outside cats, and one horse. I loved my life growing up and I want more than anything to get back to that place. For now I live in a Neighborhood with a privacy fence. My backyard has a good size garden in it. Every area I can use to raise something I do. Even though I haven't got my farm I do what I can to have those same feelings and teach my girls to be self sufficient. We recycle everything!  Yesterday we pickled cucumbers and froze tomato's…..I loved that and so did my 11 year old. My Aunt still lives in my great-granparents home, and I still love going there.

And Suzanne I can be at the Milton Flea Market in 10 minutes, I love that place too!

August 24, 2008
6:54 am
Kathryn
Illinois, outside and a little bit south of St. Louis, MO.
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Hi there. It is so much fun to read about you all. I am 56, and am in denial about that because I am maybe 30 in my mind. I have been married to Himself for 36 years. We have four children, three here on earth, and one watching over us. Our children are 33, almost 31, and 24. Two are married, and one has an intended. We have two Grandgirlies aged 7 and 6.

We have lived all over the country while Himself climbed the proverbial corporate ladder. I taught in six different states! Sheesh. I retired from teaching and now run a theatrical costuming agency. We send out costumes all over the country for plays. Fun!

Himself and I love to cook and try new recipes a lot. We are entranced by the wonderful new foods from all over the world that are now so easy to prepare, and at the same time are very happy sitting down to pinto beans, cornbread, and fresh tomatoes right out of the garden!

My mother is not well, but reads here when she can. Suzanne's posts open memories for her, and we have wonderful chats about her (Mother) growing up.

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Anonymous
August 24, 2008
7:26 am
seanboy69
Templeton PA
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August 24, 2008
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Well lets see married to same little lady for 19 years now. We were high school sweethearts. We have a fantastic daughter that is 17 and is in her third week of bootcamp….AIR FORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We live in PA on 110 acre farm. We both work full time jobs. I work for a electric company since I got out of the service, 15 years ago. Deanna works at a warehouse.

We raise Nigerian Dwarf goats. And we have dogs, cats, two cows, chickens one horse and a Llama. It is like a zoo here sometimes. But its alot of fun, and it keeps Deanna happy.

Oh guess I should have started this alittle different…..I am Sean Dickson 37 and My wife is Deanna 37.

August 24, 2008
9:07 am
Jayne
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I'm Jayne, and I think I'm the non rural, non farmer of the bunch.  I live on the gulf coast of Florida, tho I was raised in the rural, northwestern part of IL.  DH (darlin' Hubby) and I have 3 grown sons, 28, 25 and 21.  Which I don't understand that, since I'm only 29 (in my mind).  DH is retired Navy and FL was our last duty station, so we decided to stay. 

We both miss the North and hope to return as snowbirds as soon as we get the youngest two out of college.  Our boys aren't married yet, the oldest (DS1) is engaged with the wedding to be in June.  DS2 has a serious flame that the whole family loves, but no engagement yet.  DS3 is playing the field.  We were empty nesters for about 9 months, but the youngest moved back in a few months ago. 

DH coaches HS football, defensive line specifically, so our life revolves around football.  Something I thought was over when the boys all left HS, but that's when he took up coaching.  I work for the school sytem as a data specialist.  In my spare time I craft, and do geneology. 

I'm a by-product of WV, as my mother was born and spent her childhood there.  I still have lots of family in the Wheeling area.   I love WV!  It was great to travel to Wheeling a few years ago and meet my grandfathers family whom I'd never met. 

:J

August 25, 2008
7:01 am
Birdi
Western Maine
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I am Birdi, 43, and I was born and raised in the city around washington,dc to a very "citified" mother.  I never quite fit in and I moved to the mountains of WV most of the time.  I gypsied along the east coast for several years looking for my niche.  My 10 year job in the pultry industry ended when they decided to shut the plant down.  It gave me the chance to follow my dream of becoming a self-sustaining farmgirl and never depending on a job or a paycheck. 

I took a deep breath, opened the map to Maine and put a pin right in the center of the state.  Secured a rent through the local paper there, packed everything that I could fit into a uhaul and made the move.  Without any friends or family here it was a struggle at times, but I have a great job and got through it.  I met a wonderful man who shares my dream to live like "Little House on the Prairie".  I am still working 45 hours off the farm to fund my dream, but am getting closer all of the time.  I only buy my meats at this point from the grocery store….only one trip to Walmart a year…everything else is made or grown right here from the farm.  I am very proud to have gotten this far…but I still have a long way to go.  I have a five year plan to retire and have the farm sustain me.

It truly makes my heart smile to see so many like minded people here.  I've always been a bit odd with my dreams of farming…Suzanne and the wonderful company here takes a little of that away. 

Sorry this was so long winded….I am just so grateful to have met all of you.

"simple pleasures make my heart smile"
August 25, 2008
9:24 am
lorelei
Stuart, Virginia
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My name is Lora, I'm 46 and recently moved from Anchorage, Alaska to Stuart, Virginia. I have a super husband who retired from a major corporation and now wants to build musical instruments. (He makes gorgeous furniture!) We live in a big old tudor house on a hill with two big goofy Maine Coon cats that are our babies. While living in Alaska I owned a bakery, designing high-end custom wedding and special occasion cakes and cookies. I taught in the culinary dept. of UAA (Univ. of AK, Anchorage) and sang.(I have a cd out called "At Last") I have been on the Food Network as a contestant in one of the "Cook-Off" competitions and won first place. Since moving to Virginia, we have big plans for a medieval herb garden, a cistern and a tower we can star gaze from. Been an artist all my life and now have space for a studio…hurray! We both love to create stuff and usually have two or three projects going on.

Anybody out there know anything about building a cistern?

August 25, 2008
10:28 am
Kathryn
Illinois, outside and a little bit south of St. Louis, MO.
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I don't know anything about building a cistern, but our old house had one that captured rainwater from the roof. We used it for the lawn and gardens and it was wonderful! I miss it, and we are thinking of having one put in when we redo the backyard here, if we can.

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Anonymous
August 25, 2008
12:36 pm
shirley
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August 25, 2008
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Hi! My name is Shirley. I'm 62, 3 grown children,and 6 grandchildren.My 15 year old son lives with me.I've been home schooling him for 2 years following the death of my husband of 43 years.Tomorrow, he goes to High School and I'm as nervous as he is excited.

I was raised in the country but always lived in town after my marriage. I read Suzanne's blog every morning and it satisfies something deep down in my soul. The day she said she was putting on a pot of beans, I fell in love with her.Smile

Only a West By Gosh Virginian knows how to cook a pot of pintos.

Now that I've introduced myself, I'll get back to my fried bologna sandwich.mmmm….Tongue out

August 27, 2008
5:40 pm
Stephanie
Stuck in Suburbia
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August 16, 2008
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A little about ME ~ I’m Stephanie (or at least my name says). I always wanted to be called Annie rather than Steph. It never caught on. I’m from Charlotte, NC but grew up in a little town in north of Pittsburgh, PA. (Go Steelers!) I’m married to my highschool sweetheart – I call him J. We have one furbaby Milo. Poor guy – he’s so very confused. He’s part Bassett & part Doberman. I’m still not quite sure how that happened. Well, I’m sure of how it happened, but.. You get the point.

I love to travel, and am slowly learning how to cook.   I work a full time job outside the home, and then help J with his business as well. 

In my dreams, I craft day long instead of doing accounting. (Can 2 things be more different?) In my dreams, I have an actual craft room instead of a bedroom with mix and match tables & desks. In my dreams, I am a master of my camera. In my dreams, I hope to Inspire at least one person with my creations.

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