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November 6, 2009
Morning, all. I am Steve of this site. I'm a landscaper and gardener who has lived around – lots of different places. I've run businesses in Vancouver, British Columbia and Reno, Nevada and worked in Portland, Oregon most recently. I've relocated yet again to Louisville to help care for me Mum, a task I gladly took on owing to my current portability as a writing fool. I always prefer fun and games, so please overlook any excesses I may reveal.
My site often deals with practical installation and design matters in landscaping, with an orientation towards those who are interested in a good perspective on what real landscaping is all about. I talk a lot about dirt, in short, moving it, playing in it, using it.
I caught wind of Suzanne's goals while visiting Barbee's Blog and I am more than glad to find yet another place to spread and accept all this righteous "cheer" i see in here.
November 5, 2009
Hi from Deanna! I'm new to the blog and loving it! Found it through a post from rutie on the gardenweb harvest forum encouraging us to vote. I came. I saw. I read. I voted….repeatedly!
I live in western Oregon on 12 acres with my Dh, 2 cats, 5 pygmy goats and 14 chickens. We have 4 grown children. We both work full-time "off the farm" too. I garden, can/freeze/dry all the local foods possible and we raised our own beef last year. Dairy products are next on my list of things to find/make myself or at least closer to home.
Much of what Suzanne writes, I can really relate to or have experienced here. Coons, chicken football, demanding goats, etc.
I'm looking forward to exploring the forums more soon!
October 29, 2009
Hi!! My name is Alicia (Lish). I'm a 46 year old wife and mom and live just outside Charleston, WV. I work full-time in Huntington, WV (can you say commute?). I'm a native West Virginian and have always lived within a 50 mile radius of Charleston.
I found this blog through 304blogs.com. I'm drawn to all things West Virginian. This blog has become an obsession though. When I saw Walton, WV, I just had to read. My father was born in Roane County, WV only a few miles (as the crow flies) from The Slanted Little House. My grandparents and great-grandparents all lived and are buried in those hills. My father graduated from Walton High School in 1939. I spent every weekend and most summers at my grandmothers modest little home in those hills and those days are some of the best memories of my childhood.
Suzanne takes me back to that little farm. My grandparents didn't have all the critters. We gardened and canned and played. My father and brothers hunted. We "helped" (and I do use this term loosely) with the neighbors cattle and hogs.
I'm attempting to go backward and read every post. I still find I miss posts, but I'll get through it all eventually! Meanwhile, I'm enjoying every minute. The posts, the photos, the recipes. It truly is Ordinary Splendor.
Thank you Suzanne (=
October 25, 2009
Good Morning from the Texas Hill Country. My name is Ruth…people call me Ruthie. I am married to a wonderful man and between us we have 4 children. We are both 70 years old and dealing with the aches and pains of aging. We have 9 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grands…. My husband and I retired 5 years ago and moved to Kerrville, TX and our own little 5 acres. He is an Amatuer Radio Operater so we were looking for tower space. I garden and can lots of goodies. I make my own jelly and jam and pickles etc etc..I make bread two or three times per week and I cook every day..well occasionally we eat out..…now I guess you understand why I enjoy Suzanne's blog so much. I don't own any chickens yet as I am dealing with Lung Cancer for the last year or so and didn't want more than I could handle. I have a Rescue Bunny though that provides lots of fun and plenty of manure for my garden.
We were both in careers that afforded us the opportunity to do lots of traveling and now we are content to sit at home and feel like the king and queen of Godfather Ridge. That's the name of our place…My husband's family is Sicilian and his friends call him The Godfather…hence the name of our place.
Thanks for the welcome and I have had such fun the last week or so promoting Suzanne for the Sam-E blog. I feel like I know her and her family and I have decided to adopt her as my own…
October 30, 2009
Hi! I'm rileysmom (Riley is our wonderful GoldenRetriever!). My husband and I now live in rural Montana after a 17 year stint just south of Nashville, Tennessee. Suzanne's blog makes me remember all those fabulous things about the south! Tho, living here I'm relating more to the farm/ranch life. We haven't a garden or animals, tho many neighbors (the few we have!) do have cattle, sheep, goats, horses, chickens. I love to cook and bake, read and yeah, drink a little wine!
I'm sooo glad to have you all!
February 8, 2009
Hello! I joined this forum a while ago but have never "officially" introduced myself.
I am Joy from the tall grass prairie in Iowa. I grew up on a dairy farm and didn't know how good I had it. Just recently moved back to the country to an acreage. It's needed a lot of work, and still more to do.
I found Suzanne's blog about four months ago and just LOVE it. My two young sons love the stories about the animals too.
Glad to be here!
October 17, 2008
Hi, my name is Kathy – I'm 50'ish (more “ISH” that 50) and I live at the New Jersey Shore. I was born and raised in NYC but I believe I was put there by mistake as I am a farm girl at heart – or so I would like to think!! I have two grown sons and two beautiful grandsons – Jack who is 4 and Brady who will be 2 in December. I love my sons with all my heart, but those grands – WOW!! I am on permanent disability but try to work at least 1 day a week to keep from going nuts. I stumbled on this site and I just love it. Tried to make Grandmother bread, but wasn't too successful my first try but will keep on trying. Looking forward to getting to know more people on this site. Kathy
November 9, 2009
hi guys! My name is Ali, and I live in western KY. I grew up in a rural area with my grandparents, we always had a huge garden and lived life simply. I miss those days! My husband & I live in a very small town, but unfortunately inside the city limits. We did manage a small garden this year, but we don't have much room. We are trying to find some land so that we can build a cottage and have a small farm. He is a butcher, and I am currently workin retail, but I am a cake designer. We just have to save the money so that I can open a shop!
I am learning so much from Suzanne's blog, and I can't wait to have a place where I can have a real garden and some animals. I grew up riding horses and I miss it so much. I also want some chickens, you can't beat fresh eggs! You guys are just gonna have to make me into a REAL farmer… (small scale). Since my husband is a butcher by trade we have toyed with the idea of opening a meat processing facility. Not sure.
Now If I could just master this grandmother bread!
October 17, 2008
I love all crafts. Cooking, crochet an knitting are my favs.
I am married with 3 Children, 5 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.
I had to have something to show for my 56 years of marriage.
November 11, 2009
Not sure what to say, but I posted on a forum, so figured I should check in here.
Married to Ern for 41 years & we'd happily do it again. He's easy-going & self-sufficient. I'm lazy & spoiled. We laugh a lot & it's fun to live together.
We live in Midwestern Ohio, outside Springfield in a really big, really old farmhouse, on 8 1/2 acres. Moved here in '83 with a slew of kids acquired in various ways with various results. As kids moved out, parents moved in, but they're gone now. The parents. Bungee-cord kids, so that varies. One daughter's family lives 3 miles away, and her two kids get off the school bus at our house, so I get lots of g-kid time. We all kind of live in one another's pockets.
We let the house slide over the years, so now we're playing catch up on repairs.
Animal-wise only dogs & cats right now. And bird feeding stations. In the past we had pet muscovy ducks, non-pet geese (with whom I did not get along & which I gave away, good riddance), and Nubian goats. Had a kid (human) on goat milk. Folks with the milk goats thought we should try our own when we moved out here. After a short time, we gave them back and offered to pay more for the milk , but missed the goats, so we took two of the boys & had them as pets for years.
Ern had some serious health problems for a while that tests couldn't pin down. Blood tests, MRIs, then a bone marrow sample when they decided it was cancer of the blood. Lots of wonky test results but nothing definitive. Then Ern figured out he had gluten intolerance and he's been gluten-free for 5 years & doing well. Sometimes we fix separate stuff, sometimes we modify for everyone. (He has really bad arthritis of the spine & hips--damage from the gluten--, but he plugs along and uses his grabber.)
We gave up gardening the five years he was so sick, but we're back into it the past couple of years. I'm the Queen of Good Intentions, but I'd like to build a chicken shelter over the winter then get just a few (a very few) chickens in the spring.
I ran across this blog via Suzanne's romance writing but instantly fell in love with her wonderful farm-life posts. I read for almost a year before posting to the blog. A month ago I peeked in at the forums. The whole site has such a friendly tone! I finally drummed up the courage to poke my nose in.
Oh, and I'm a night owl.
November 17, 2009
My name is Jen and I live in VA. I have lived in VA all my life. Born and raised in a small town in southwest VA, college in Blacksburg and then my dh whisked me away to the Richmond area (culture shock!). We have been married for almost 12 years and have one ds who is 5. Thankfully we don't live in the city, but I do work there. I dream of someday getting back to small town life and maybe even having a small farm. Every time we look at moving "further out" I tell dh, "if I can't have goats there, I don't want it." I love to bake, read, craft, play piano and be outside (if it's not too hot and humid). I tried my hand at canning this year and hope to do more next year. I just started reading Suzanne's blog last week and am hooked! Looking forward to "meeting" everyone!
November 18, 2009
My name is Sara Sammon and I reside in a rural area of NYS in the Hudson Valley area. My mother was born and raised in WVa. She did not tell us much about 'back home' while we my 5 brothers 1 sister where growning up,her life was hard and poor in the 20's-30's, daughter of a coal miner that was a rounder/moon shinner/Union man. Though we did have contac with ' Family' back home. I learned from Uncles and Aunts what a great heritage I come from. I continue to learn about my ancestors who they were,where they lived, how they lived. I may live in NY but under my skin I am a southern girl. I am learning to play the appalachian lap dulcimer in the style that would ( I hope ) make my Granma proud.
I am the mother of 3 girls and nonnie of 2 granddaughters. I hope to learn much and offer what I can.
For a living I make beadwork,http://www.masonjarbeading.com(I must confess that I have not updated my site in a few months….dont like writing code would rather be beading or out in the wood shed practing my dulcimer)
September 5, 2009
Hello. I just joined a few weeks ago and have been lurking around. Thought I'd better say hello. I LOVE this forum and the blog is so fun! I have already gotten several recipes and made the Grandmother's bread yesterday. I really am not sure how all this works yet.
I am married to a truck drivin' man for 31 years now. We have 2 daughters and a son and 5 grands so far. We live in N. Ga. at the foot of Lookout Mt. just outside Chattanooga. We have a 3 acre farm. I raise Lamancha and Nubian milk goats, a few cows and too many chickens and guineas. Also 3 dogs and 6 cats.
I stay pretty busy here. I am getting siked up to butcher 6 roosters sometime this week. Also will be butchering 3 bucks in Jan. Just had my steer butchered last month. Sounds like alot of butchering going on here. But we gotta get the freezers full! I also have market gardens. Sell lots at the farmer's market/ Can and freeze all our food. Make my own bread. Milk goats. I love this life.
I am thinking about homeschooling my 6 year old granddaughter in Jan. So any other homeschoolers out there with any suggestions, I'd appreciate it.
Bye for now. Kris
November 18, 2009
Linda here. I could spend 'way too much time reliving, through all the posts, my childhood and becoming of age and through undergraduate days all in central West Virginia, country as you can get. These posts are such fun to read.
My two kids grew up in a small town, and they absorbed 'way more of my country ways than I could have imagined….most of it being revealed after they had their own homes and families.
I'm an avid lover of gardening of eats and pretties. Like to cook, try new recipes from any ethnic or national cultural group I can find, collect myriad recipes of all kinds of cooking.
Yet, for comfort food, nothing beats what I learned at home. Examples include homemade biscuits, homemade country-style pork sausage, fried eggs, applebutter and/or "real" fried apples (you will NOT find these in any restaurant), country ham and "black" gravy (more widely known as red-eye gravy, but my mom poured a bit of cold coffee into hers), plain ole iron-skillet fried potatoes.
Like to fish. Love to watch and feed and identify birds. Love to entice wild critters from the wetlands back of my apartment and watch them eat and vie for dropped bird seed and any available wild-animal-edible tidbits. Animals I see regularly from my in-town apartment (in the corner in the back in the dark location in the apartment comples; how lucky is that.) are: lots of raccoons; possums; an occasional armadillo (man, can these guys tear up a lawn!); hawks that fence-sit to drop down and nab an unsuspecting squirrel and bring it up to my eye level to tear it apart and eat it on its dinner table: horizontal trunk from a huge felled tree; cotton-tail rabbits; rats (unfortunately….. gross!); mice, oodles of squirrels, 2 species of tortoise/turtles, Mediterranean geckos (semi-transparent bodies and females' 2 eggs can be seen through their bodies!); skinks, various lizards, toads (that live in my flower beds) and various species of frogs on land, our building walls, and in trees (picked up and so surprised how gorgeous was a leopard frog sitting on our parking lot!!); so many species of birds, too many to list; one species of owl (and another heard but not seen; and appaently no barn owls or screech owls here (as they are back home in West Virginia);….
And recall: I see ALL of these from my apartment ground-floor patio. So glad I got at back of the entire apartment-complex property, not 30 feet from wild wetlands that are between here and the beach of the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, MS.
I have taught school (7th grade, 11th and 12th grade, undergraduate, and Master's students), 4 states; and have served as counselor and trainer for small business owners and folks planning new small businesses. Worked in banking where SBA-Guaranty loans were produced and serviced. …. Come from family-owned farms and country store business.
November 18, 2009
My name is Krissie and I live in tropical far north Queensland in Australia. I am fortunate to be the mother to a teenage daughter and a teacher of primary school children. Every day starts with a visit to the Chickens' blog (and a vote for S).
Love the animals, the antics, the cooking and the seasons. We don't have seasons.
November 18, 2009
November 19, 2009
I am Suzanne and I live in SW NH. I have a small farm and I am an avid trail rider and carriage driver. I camp and drive my horses all over NE and beyond. I love home the most and have terrific trails in my own back yard. I love to cook and put food up from my garden. My menagerie includes two Morgan horses, 2 white donkeys, two pygmy goats and a beautiful colorful flock of hens and a rooster.
I enjoyed finding this blog. I am wondering how Suzanne's childeren adjusted to the new life style. It must have been tough.
Best of luck on getting that job!
November 21, 2009
Hello Friends! My name is Lisa. I live in EAST Virginia.
My blog is Life On Sassy Cat Hill. http://www.caprilis.wordpress.com
I've been reading here at CITR for quite awhile now but just decided to check out and join the forums today.
I'm all caught up in the quest to get this Sam-E job for Suzanne. This blog is such a wonderful way to start the day. I'm determined to live the life that Suzanne is living. Animals and gardening are what I'm all about.
I'm a wildlife rehabilatator.
I have chickens now and dream of adding goats, alpacas, donkeys, llamas or whatever strays happen to find me.
I also have 9 cats and one husband that I love very much.
I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you.
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