Questions for You


Fluffy chicken butts in the garden.

In case you hadn’t noticed, recently I changed this “Daily Farm” section from a photoblog (which is how it was set up for years) to a regular section of my blog. This allows me to utilize this section more and in different ways, and provide more accessibility to recent past posts, etc. It also allows me to deepen the random sort of postings that appear in this section, and post here more frequently (often more than once a day). This is the what-I’m-doing-right-now and whatever-I-feel-like section. I’m also posting extra posts on other sections sometimes now, too, when I can. (Remember that I’m just one person here.)

But here seems like the right place to ask a few questions.

What brings you back to CITR? What do you most want to see on my site? What do you HATE?! What do you LOVE?! What do you wish I did more? This website, at its heart, is here to serve you. This isn’t a personal blog in the sense that I write it for myself and a few family and friends. As a professional writer, I’ve always written to be read. I’ve also always been drawn to write what makes people happy. And I don’t mean that in some Mother Teresa way. Making other people happy makes me happy, so it’s serving/self-serving tidy circle.

Sometimes I write posts (er, cooking or crafting posts) where hardly anybody comments, and I think, THEY HATED THAT! But I had fun writing it and those posts sometimes actually end up getting quite a bit of traffic, so it’s hard to decipher. Not that I want to give up my cooking and crafting sections, because I gotta be happy, too, but I analyze and wonder about the responses to certain posts and wonder what brings people back–or drives them away. Because I’m still that writer who wants to be read.

And so I leave you with more of Frank’s arms.

Because they appear to be really popular! (LOL)

Here’s your invitation for feedback! Hit me with whatever you think! I’m just livin’ here on the farm and trying to share it in the way that will mean the most to the most of you.

P.S. I would also like to take this opportunity to explain something I’ve been asked about several times lately. The reason I am able, as a professional writer, to devote my work full-time to this website is because this site is supported by advertising. This allows me to give you my creative work at no cost to you. Without advertising support, I would have to devote my full-time creative work to traditionally-paid writing, such as books, which you would have to pay to read. I far prefer to offer my work to readers for free and let advertisers foot the bill. If you use an ad blocker, please turn it off for this site. This site cannot exist without advertising support. Advertising support comes at no cost to you, but your use of an ad blocker does come at a cost to me as I work to support my home and family. Thank you for understanding.


  1. SuzieQ says:

    I understand the reasons for the different headings, but would like to see everything in a single post (or more) each day..could be cooking, just living, whatever you felt like that at that time of day. That way when a day or so is missed, for whatever reason, it would be easier to catch up on what you’ve been doing, wouldn’t have to worry about missing something…just easier than having to check each separate heading. Just don’t want to miss ANYTHING! :snoopy: :heart:

  2. Pat in Nebraska says:

    I look forward to every entry and enjoy every word you write and want more. I even managed to find one (1) of your paperbacks at a thrift store; I’m watching for others. I rarely comment though as what little I write is in my livejournal and like pulling teeth at that.

  3. Jane says:

    I love it all, but the whole self-sufficiency lessons have me hooked (making your own cheese, milking, not wasting anything etc). I think we all kind of wish we could get away from our corporate 9-5’s and support ourselves with honest hard work in our own land. I am currently reading which is AWESOME!! Your blog is a bit like that book.. but with pix. Your style of writing is very engaging.. and I am a little bit drunk, so pls forgive the ramble!

  4. Melody says:

    I have to dissagree..I love the way its set up.It makes it very easy to go to what you want rather it be crafting,cooking and so on. I dont like to leave comments a lot,because my spelling and gramer is so bad..Why do I return,because I have learned a lot and you are very interesting.You are liveing my dream. I have learned to make laundry soap,cook some really good food..By they way love the pop tarts.You bring back my memories of when I lived on a farm and had my first milking goat,laying chickens,and jersy calf..I love seeing your silly pic of the animals..The only thing I do dissagree with is..You have a very nice new home yes very nice,but my tast I would reather be living in the slanted little house.Keep up the good work.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Melody, I would have stayed in the slanted little house if it had come with a farm (that could be mine, LOL). This farm, unfortunately, had no existing buildings. I couldn’t stay at the slanted little house forever because it didn’t belong to me.

  5. Blessings says:

    I love your site…. though sometimes I’m to busy laughing to comment!I love the scenery photo’s, and anticipate more as the seasons change….

  6. Karen Anne says:

    I’m a bit confused about adblocking stuff – does turning it off help you even if no ads are clicked on?

    What I like about the site: just about everything, esp. the ducks.

    What I don’t like so much:

    (1) Like SuzieQ (#1) I prefer one stream so I don’t miss things and it’s easier to find old but recent posts, but I get that effect by bookmarking the site as

    (2) The dancing avatars, which I hate with a deep passion 🙂 so I turn them off with Esc. Moving stuff on web pages makes me nauseous, which is one of the reasons I block ads, which so often move to attract attention.

  7. Karen Anne says:

    p.s. On re-reading SuzieQ’s post, I see we are asking for different things. Suzie wants one post a day, I want one stream but don’t care how many posts there are a day. But with my bookmark, I get the one stream effect while others can have their preferred multistreams.

  8. Zoe says:

    I love the photos of animals, and stories about the farm. I love reading because in 10-20 years I want to be living exactly as you do. I don’t comment often because I feel like a lurker!

  9. Kathy in KY says:

    Hi Suzanne – I mainly read your site when you have postings that deal with your animals, although I do love the different recipes. I guess I wonder if there is a place on your site to make the recipes in printable form. And i can’t keep straight if I need a username and password for anything other than the forum. I think the headings at the top are a good way to categorize things, and folks can look in the sections that interest them the most. But, also, I get the whole schmear, too, when I read you on Facebook, so feel I am at an advantage, and can see the different things you’re doing everyday. As far as the recipes, my computer is not near my kitchen, so I can’t follow the recipe if it is online. I would like to be able to print off some of your recipes in advance of my move to a place where I will have no Internet access, except for maybe a BlackBerry – no electricity. Otherwise, I totally enjoy your site, and the different subjects, such as when you did your apron, which got me to bid on some vintage apron patterns on eBay that I hope to sew over the winter. I’m glad you have advertising on your site – it’s a great way for you to have some funds coming in. And sometimes I don’t comment just because I don’t have anything to add to the other great comments folks have already left, but I always enjoy your site. Thanks for asking. Take care, from KY.

  10. Kathy in KY says:

    P.S. need more pics of Frank’s arms! 😀

  11. Woodwife says:

    I also liked it when it was blog style and everything was linear. I was away from the site for several months and sometimes I see things referenced and think, well there’s something I totally missed and try to go back and look for it but usually can’t find it. The other day I was trying to go back and read from the beginning but that wasn’t very easy either.

    BUT, I also like that everything is in categories and if I want to look through JUST the cooking or JUST the crafts or JUST the barn I can.

    So, I really just want it both ways :yes:

    I probably use the cooking section and Farm Bell the most. I love the step by step instructions and pictures on the blog. But I love everything else too. After a long day I can go see what’s happening on the farm and I feel a lot better.

    I’m glad you’re posting more often now because I love your stories and your humor and you do the things that are on my bucket list. “Make Lard” that was on my BL…now with a line through it. (I have very simple desires 😉 )

  12. kathy says:

    Wow, what do I like/love about CITR? :snoopy: There are so many things I love, the photos, the adventures, the animals, the way your describe all those things. Sad, happy, like them all. I’m here so often, it’s like you’re part of my family. You’ve (and Dede)taught me tons and encouraged me with preserving. The food pics/instructions are always top notch. Especially the homemade mixes.I like that you’re trying to be self sufficient, but you give due credit when there’s help. I like that you’re trying to live a better life, connected with nature, and sharing that with us. I look forward to CITR, would probably croak if you stopped. My only complaint (not really) is that I am not very computer savy, I feel (know) I miss parts of the blog by simply not knowing how to get there, understand the way some things are accessed. As far as what I would like to see going forward, I think you’re right on track. And as far as replies, sometimes we want to, but simply don’t have time. Though I do often read them. Oh, I do have one request….more Kitten and Little! Thanks though, really. You are not only read (and re-read), your appreciated and admired. Many thanks country girl…….

  13. Darlene in Ks says:

    May I suggest going to the calendar and clicking on the day. It’s the easiest way to read everything for that particular day. It’s located 3/4 of the way down on the right side. Just above the “I love your comments”. I lived on a farm during my high school years. I remember being so exhausted at the end of the day I had no strength to put on my pj. I don’t know how you do all that you do but I certainly enjoy seeing you do it 🙂 If you are including the Farm Bell Recipes in this section I would like to know if there is a way to read all the recipes that are added each day.

  14. Charlotte says:

    I guess I like most of it because I’m still here reading!! I particularly like the funny posts (like ‘are you blinded?!’ and the dingo ate my baby one). I guess I don’t comment much ’cause everyone else already seems to and I know I don’t read the recipe ones too much because it makes me hungry! Actually, I tend to search for recipes when I want to make something, so I do skip the full recipe posts sometimes, but they’ll come up on a search later instead – so don’t stop writing them. I’d like to see more of your garden.

  15. Nancy in Iowa says:

    I like it all, and I love the farm blogs with the animal stories. You are so very talented and you give us delightful farm tales at no cost to us! I don’t mind the separate sections, but I hate to cook and haven’t done any sewing or other crafts in over 35 years, so I don’t read those very often. But you sometimes have recipes even I can follow, and now that I have a grandson I would like to start sewing toys again. And thanks, Darlene, for explaining the use of the calendar! I thought I knew my way around this site, but I never knew that.

    I have only one dislike (notice I didn’t say “hate” – can’t hate anything about your blog!): I haven’t used the forum yet and don’t do much with Farm Bell although I know I could find diabetic and/or simple recipes for me. Reason? Too many different passwords! Once I’ve signed in to comment here, I’d like to be able to go to the forum or Farm Bell and participate without referring to my list of 501 different passwords!!!

    Ads? I’m glad you can get support from them – no complaints here.

    Thank you for everything you do for us.

  16. Kathy in KY says:

    OK – found that I AM registered for Farm Bell Recipes, and can see how to print the recipes out, etc. I just needed to pay more attention and do a little hunting on my own. Everything is there, I just need to learn to navigate your site – no complaints here! Thanks for everything you do on this site, Suzanne, and thanks for asking our input, I just did a survey that was offered, hope it helps some. Take care, from KY.

  17. Myrna Mackenzie says:

    For those concerned about missing part of Suzanne’s posts because they’re not all in one place, I second the calendar suggestion. Every day, before I read the new posts, I go down to the calendar and click on the day before, just in case I missed something (which I frequently do, since I read Chickens early and Suzanne often adds a post later in the day). You’ll find all of Suzanne’s posts for the day in one long column.

    I’m a big fan of the humor/slice of life posts. People are always more interesting to me than cooking or crafts (although I appreciate those, too) in the same way that photos of people are the ones I key in on the most.

    By the way, Suzanne, the advertising on here has never bothered me. It’s very unobtrusive.

  18. Woodwife says:

    Thank you Karen and Darlene.

    D’oh! A calendar!? Who put that there?? :hole:

  19. Drucillajoy says:

    I came across your site by chance sometime this past February…I was searching the web for an orange marmelade recipe & happened upon Chickens In The Road…I didn’t use your recipe, but I did have to keep coming back to read the daily escapades of this woman who wrote so ‘real’ …not all cutesy or silly, just real stuff.
    I love everything you write & read everything…many of the things you write about are things I have already done at some point over the last 35 – 40 years…canning, cooking, gardening, crafts, raising children. However, now thru you I feel as though I have perfected or deepened my knowlege of a few of those things…maybe it’s just seeing someone else that is interested in these things has given me confidence & a renewed interest.

    I do have to say that I think it is hard to find things on here, for instance on BBB day…when I want to check back to see if I might have won, there is no way to find that post. I went to your Facebook and traced back to it that way.
    Also, are all recipes ever posted on CITR, on your Farm Bell site? I wanted to save the Vegetable Pie one that was posted earlier tonight & I could not find any place that would let me save it.

    Oh, and most of all, I lust…not for Franks arms, but for your GOATS!! I have wanted goats all my life & realize I may never have them, but I sure do enjoy seeing your’s.
    You don’t have to change a thing to keep me coming back…thank you for all you do!

  20. Drucillajoy says:

    ok…now I see the calendar does link back to previous stuff, I didn’t know should make things easier.

    I guess what I have most enjoyed is your writing about more personel stuff…your decluttering, your dishes, your family….It’s all good really…thanks again

  21. Vicki says:

    I read through google reader, and it makes it very easy to not miss any posts. My favorites are the cooking/canning/gardening/crafts posts, I guess because I am looking for things I might be able to do, too (although I don’t live on a farm). The animal photos with funny commentary are also fun. I don’t comment more due to time, it is usually late at night when I am reading, and I need to be heading to bed. My one suggestion (or question) is that I agree I am not sure how to find out if there are new recipes posted. I don’t mind your advertizing, it is very unobtrusive, and I am glad you can make a living off this site.

  22. Sonia says:

    I love everything!! I have a wonderful time reading about all the animals, and I just grin and laugh at all of their antics. I also love reading the stories about you and your family. It brings me into your world, and makes me feel as if I am a part of your extended family. The recipes reminds me of my mother’s cooking, and the pictures of the country side are gorgeous, and brings back memories of home. My mother’s family, for more generations than I can count, are from the Virginia’s. I use the plural form here since they moved back and forth from West Va to Va numerous times. One time they had a house that was half in West Va and the other half in Va. LOL!!
    It is my sincerest wish that hopfully one day, I will be able to bury myself in the scent’s and sounds of the mountains once again. Until that time, I have your wonderful CITR to help me keep that dream alive.

  23. Sonia says:


    Just a short mention on the crafts/cooking sections…we may not post as much on these, but we all enjoy reading them. You always inspire me to be more creative when I read about your currant craft project, and I always find a recipe that I cannot wait to try.

  24. Sarah K says:

    You taught me how to bake!! Just had to get that out of the way first.

    What keeps me coming back are all the funny stories and the pictures. The site organization is fine as far as I’m concerned. I keep forgetting to read the Farm Bell Blog daily, because it’s not in the RSS feed, but I just click on the link once every few days to catch up. I know that’s not all stuff you’ve written, but it’s all been interesting.

    The only content I’d like to see more of are the videos, and perhaps a video tag on them so they can be easily searched for. When showing your blog to a friend I spent a half hour sifting through posts trying to find the video of Annabelle and Boomer bouncing around a shed, and I never did find it. The stories are great, so are the pictures. The videos add sound to the whole vicarious experience.

    About the adds, I don’t use a blocker and find them unobtrusive for the most part. Even when there’s a video add, the sound for me is defaulted off.

    One last thing, I found your site because I was looking up a recipe. That’s how I also found another cooking blog that I read. In fact, your blog and that other cooking blog are the only two blogs that I read on a daily basis. If I had to guess, I’d say that posting different recipes is a good way to generate more traffic for your site. With the added bonus that they’re fun to try out. I may not always comment, but I guarantee that I’m always here reading. 😀

  25. Gayle says:

    Love what you write. Love photos of farm, garden, family, animals, and your stories. An occasional recipe, of yours, is lovely. Love continuing sagas of all the above. Ads do not bother me at all. Not so fond of recipes by other folk. (Sorry, other folk.). I did find the sites with passwords confusing (probably just my problem).

  26. Rose H says:

    No complaints from me 😀
    Love your site Suzanne, I don’t comment as often as I should perhaps, but I don’t have the time to read through all the comments left and don’t want to repeat what someone else has left.
    I found you by happy accident looking for candlemaking – though I STILL haven’t made any. I visit 2 or 3 times a day and always have a quick shufty on the forums. I’m happy however you ‘do’ what you ‘do’….I rarely leave without a smile on my face 😀 or my tummy rumbling! :hungry:

  27. carla says:

    LOVE IT ALL!!!!! DON’T CHANGE A THING. Except put the farm bell pic back on the recipe page.

  28. Cottage Smallholder says:

    Hi Suzanne

    As a blogger myself I don’t have much time to visit other blogs but I do visit yours every morning. Your writing style is superb – so I enjoy reading everything that you write about. I don’t tend to leave comments but I love peeping into your life on the farm and getting a daily dose of CITR.

  29. Becky says:

    I love the CITR sight. Dont change a thing.

  30. bonita says:

    √ Illustrated adventures of Clover, her furry and her fluffy-butted cohorts, along with Woman
    √ Farm Bell recipes, some of the CITR folk sure can cook
    √ Farm Bell Blog
    √ Canning/preserving/dry mixes some of which I think I can manage
    √ Crafts and Garden (Perhaps they get less traffic because the animals are always moving and people tend to eat 2-3 times a day whereas crafts and gardens take more time.)
    √ The Forum with its wealth of accumulated informal information
    √ Your writing style
    √ The global and diverse CITR internet community (thank you Al Gore)

    • The circuitous way in which Word Press addresses passwords and forgotten passwords for CITR and for Farm Bell (They may have great plug-ins but sometimes WP is just obtuse)
    • The random four-topic generator that places four pix and titles at the end of each post. It’s impossible to explore two of them—the minute one is chosen, the deck is shuffled and four different pix and titles appear on the next screen. Going back a screen doesn’t work either…
    • If you write a post/comment offsite and then paste it into the forum, the line breaks go kerfluey
    • HTML tags don’t seem to work…. or have I missed that direction somewhere

    Note: Advertising gets a neutral grade. It allows me to read you for free. (+) It’s advertising. (-) BTW There was one ad which was disconcerting, almost inappropriate, for this site. Not something just out of place e.g., using a Visa card for McDonald’s fries, that’s just funny. This was an ad for a match site. The mannikins used in the illustration were uncomfortably posed and perhaps a bit ambiguous for a family-oriented site. I went to look for directions on how to send you an email alert, and of course, when I returned the random ad generator had replaced the ad. Nertz.

  31. skippymom says:

    I have to agree that the advertising is not bothersome at all – I hardly notice – Although the Dooce/Sauve banner was very creepy. [not your doing I know :D] And I like all of your blog.

  32. Jeannie says:

    The way you personify your animals for stories makes me laugh out loud, bout i also love all of your cooking and crafts. There are so many of the things you do and make that are quickly becoming a lost art and I am so glad to see them here. A lot of what you post are things I want to know how to do. Not to mention, I have gotten some really great ideas here that I would not have had otherwise.

    Thanks for sharing your life. :happyflower:

  33. glenda says:

    The big draw for me is your writing! I love the subject matter too, but love your style of writing. I had another Blog that shall remain nameless (initials of PW) that was touted so much, but the cutesy almost killed me.

    I am drawn to the cooking and crafts both; your apron post got me off my backside to make a much-needed apron. Love the farm life section. I live on a farm and know how “real” your posts are.

    I would love to see more on the garden, but I am betting it isn’t the highest on your favorite things to do so understand it isn’t highlighted.

    I haven’t visited the Forum much; don’t really know why. Maybe because I am spreading myself pretty thin with my blog and a few other forums (farm, cooking and gardening)that I have been on for years.

    I look forward to visiting your blog first thing each morning (around 4 AM)with my first coffee. Keep up the good work.

    No complaints at all about the ads or anything else. I probably miss some things because I am not the sharpest on computers. I appreciate all the explicit directions on new things.

  34. Maureen says:

    I don’t always comment but I do read your blog every day. I have used many of your recipes and even plan to make that apron since I also have a sewing machine that I want to use more.

  35. Pete in Annapolis says:

    The pics and stories about the farm animals keep me coming back, Clover of course, but the rest are interesting. I do a few hundred quarts worth of canning and gardening so I don’t read those sections.
    I’d be most interested in the mechanics of how to raise and run a flock of chickens, that I could do here. The How-to on cheese making was great.
    If you want a book idea that this non-author thinks would sell, your decision to leave the city life and move to the Boonies and really make a go of it, that should sell. Its the fantasy for millions of people like me who are not at all sure Suburbia is so great.

  36. Jan Alexander says:

    Ok, I’m putting my coffee and puppy down. This is the reason I usually don’t post. LOL My hands are full in the morning. I love everything about your posts. I am constantly talking about one of your animals or one of your posts to my family. They usually have the funniest looks on their faces, like what the heck is she talking about. I think they are finally used to it now. One day my daughter asked what was on that “chicken blog” today. She’s grown, by the way. I do understand that the ads have to be there, I don’t even notice them anymore. I have however gone to many of them when I have time and have ordered from one of them. I also like posts during the day. It gives me some more laughs during the day. So what I am saying is KEEP IT UP – I LOVE IT!


  37. Kelly says:

    I LOVE CITR! I especially love the stories about your animals and the photos, of course. I think what makes people come back day after day is the way your describe your life on the farm. It’s so down to earth and real….and very funny. Don’t take it personally if you don’t get comments. Sometimes we just get too busy to write even though we may want to.

  38. twoturkey says:

    :happyflower: I love your site…..but I always have problems going back the next time to find out if I’ve won the BBB….so I gave up sending in a comment on that particular day.
    Would love more pictures of 52 on here and you also Suzanne. You make farming come to life… more ways than just doing the chores.

    Mrs. Turkey

  39. Jill says:

    I love your site. I check it almost daily. My favorite parts are farm, recipes, and crafts.

    I have tried your Grandmother bread, hot pockets, and pepperoni rolls…all with success!

    This winter I hope to try more soap making and even candle making. I know that I will refer back to your posts.


  40. Charlene says:

    I read it all but the animal posts and posts about you and your family are the main draw for me.

  41. Johanna says:

    I read the animals and “human interest” stories most eagerly. Cooking and crafting depends on whether it’s something that catches my fancy.

    I do find the site is not intuitive in its navigation, maybe that’s why I don’t tune into the things that might require finding them again. Too many sections to determine where to look, and like someone said, the random generator is like being on a tilt-a-whirl.

    Personally, the blog format I prefer best is the simplest one. All on one page, straight up, maybe with keywords to be able to sort out what you’re looking for. But I don’t think that generates many clicks, and I suppose your advertisers pay by the click.

    I wish you didn’t have to dance for so many different pipers.

  42. Laura says:

    Suzanne, I LOVE this site! I’ve been reading since you had 17, 15 and Princess. I loved it when they became Ross, Weston and Morgan. I love how 52 is still 52 because you respect his request for privacy and I about fell out of my chair when he had a face! (A very handsome one!) I only read two blogs, yours and Dooce, and I love the contrast between you two ladies. Hers is more upity (is that a word?) and yours is more down homey. I actually prefer your way of living. And you both have a dog named Coco! I haved learned alot about living thanks to you, all of your posts are interesting, heartfelt and honest. Your photography is amazing, whether it be animals or food, you’re doing a great job and I look forward to your site every morning. I wouldn’t change a thing!!! I can’t wait for BP to have her calf!

  43. Patrice says:

    I’m more than happy to answer your questions. I did not even know blogs existed two years ago (Or I’d have been blogging!) I started reading a mega-blogger and somehow found some smaller blogs. The mega blogger has gotten too huge for my taste. With various changes on her site to always make it fancier, it has become too cold for me. The girl next door conversational style of writing doesn’t fit her blog anymore. You are comfortable! Even if the entire world read you, I hope you remember to keep things simple.

    I return time and time again, as do my teen daughters, because you live a life similar to ours. We are surrounded by busy folks, technology, and keeping up with the “Jones”. I want to know I’m not the only one out there. I would imagine that there is a totally opposite reason for many who do not work a farm.

    The only thing I could say that I want to see, might be a section for guest bloggers like you have on Farm Bell. People like to read about farms and country living. Even those of us who wallow in it! I would not suggest this for all sections of your blog. They need to be your “baby”. They need to be predictably comfortable for reading only your writing.

    There is nothing I can say I hate. Perhaps, too few hours a day to read everything each day, but that’s just where I’m at.

    What I love? I love the fact that you do not just report about farm life from your computer, YOU farm. I’ve delivered babies for our cows while eight months pregnant (midwife style). Therefore, I have respect for those who farm, not just talk about it.

    The second thing that I love is the fact that you are accessible. I’m sure you’re read by huge numbers, yet you have the “feel” of a next door neighbor. That makes me want to read and comment. You were awesome when my daughter painted that picture of your donkeys. Friendly and appreciative, not aloof. YOU ROCK!

    I want more of what you are already giving us. I want you to stay comfortable and not make huge changes as you get bigger. I want some of your cheesecake cookies. Oops! I guess I can do something about that. I want to keep reading about your farm, family, and animals. Occasional other things, like aprons, purging household stuff, are just icing on the cake. You have such a friendly way. I don’t check in on CITR in the morning. I have in my mind, “Oh, I need to see what Suzanne is up to.

    Summary: Keep it simple, keep getting dirty outside, keep taking pictures, keep being accessible, and I’ll keep coming back. Many other will too!

  44. Patrice says:

    Boy, I’m sorry that got so long. I’m such a big mouth!!!!!

  45. Rachel says:

    I think the site is great just how it is. I really enjoy reading all the adventures on the farm and especially enjoy all the recipes. I may not comment on them all, but I have quite a collection that I’ve saved for future use.
    I agree, the ads haven’t bothered me yet, so I’m glad you’re able to get some funding out of them and give us all this wonderful information for free. Thanks and keep doing what you’re doing.

  46. judydee says:

    I read everything! Often more than once. I think for me your blog is: educational, inspiring, thought-provoking, entertaining, and sometimes an escape from my reality. I’m not terribly tech-savy so this site has given me the impetus to hone (not true, to develop) some computer skills. I agree with those who would like to be able to more readily find posts that might have been missed. I didn’t know about the calender thingy either. The advertising is not a problem for me either, as long as it stays “family-oriented”. I also really appreciate the forum section–all the “chicken friends” on there are also really teaching me alot! I also check Farm Bell frequently, and have tried a number of recipes from there. Oh, one other suggestion…maybe an option for spell checker for posting comments here. In summation: your site is great, your writing fantastic, and your efforts greatly appreciated.

  47. Cheri D., Florida says:

    Oh Suzanne, dont change a thing! I love your writing style, so real, and so fun! You are my wake up every morning, and now with additional posts during the day, you are my “decompress after work” time too.

  48. Becky says:

    I follow your blog on my Blogger dashboard so I get all of your posts and enjoy every single one immensely! Since I am in West Virginia (Morgantown) I feel we are neighbors, though all mountain folk are family! I love all that you write….don’t change a thing! I don’t comment often because there are far more eloquent commenters on here that say what I would have said much better. I did/do comment on the more personal things where I want you to know that I am specifically thinking/praying for you and yours. If you’re ever coming to Motown let me know.

  49. JOJO says:

    :woof: :woof:
    Hello Suzanne-I would like to comment on the posting that Darlene left about the recipes.
    Many MANY years ago, our newpaper had a section called Cook Corner, it came out one a week and contained several pages of nothing but recipes, would it be possible to do a daily post simular to that? Some times I just want to browse a bunch of recipes, nothing special, just sort of looking for ideas.
    Just a thought.
    Personally, I think you are doing an excellent job, as for somes of the posts that dont receive many comments, I read them all, but sometimes dont take the time to comment, and just go on to the next to see what else is going on–sort of like going into 31 flavors, but I like them all.
    Thank you for asking us what we think–speaks volumes for you, shows us you care about us.

  50. marymac says:

    You don’t have to change any thing for me!! i love this site just the way it is. You never stop amazing me in all you do, Girl you rock!!

  51. Victoria says:

    I love your blog and I am a daily reader but I do not always comment. I love the stories, the photos and the recipes. I love the “how to post” such as soap making, canning, etc. I do not participate in the forum or the Farm Bell for the same reason others have mentioned, too many sign ins and passwords. I would much prefer if you could just click on the handy tabs at the top of your blog and read or respond without signing in. I also appreciate your readers and a special thanks to DARLENE from KS for letting us know about clicking on the calendar, thank you.

  52. Carol Langille says:

    Good morning Suzanne…thank you for asking what we like best.
    I like everything. I don’t read Farm Bell a lot because I like your cooking stuff better. I read everything else. I know your kids, your partner in life…your animals, the way your place is laid out and how your home looks inside. I know your Dad and I know your Mother and how loosing her affected you. I know so much about you and I like everything I know.
    I comment on posts the way you write them….if they are important, I comment. If they touch me in some way, like Ross’s military did, I comment. But even when I don’t comment, I still like it.
    I like you and that’s what keeps me coming back each and every morning.
    Thank you for this uplifting, funny, loving, serious, happy, crazy, silly and precious invitation into your life, Suzanne.

  53. jan says:

    I read CITR because I am very interested in the whole “back to our roots, self-sufficient, preserve, use old recipes, make it yourself” philosphy. Love the style of writing! I just don’t take the time to comment, but CITR is a daily read. (Frank’s arms don’t hurt, either)

  54. Rhonda S says:

    I originally found your blog because of the bread posts.. I LOVE BAKING… I stayed for the animal posts. My kids and I eagerly wait for the next installment with the animals, and I wish there were more of them. It seems they have dwindled as other parts of your blog have flourished. I do love all the self-sufficiency stuff.. and generally enjoy all your posts.. but the animals are the clear favorite.

  55. patty shawver says:

    a friend of mine from church directed me to your site some time ago. every morning, i begin my day by going to it! it is a delightful way to start my day! i have chickens now because of you! i have been asking my husband for a milk cow (he isnt convinced i need one yet)!! it is a joy to read about your challenges with the farm animals. it is sweet to know a little about your people family too. the only thing i would have to suggest is that you change your picture. i remember that you said your favorite pic of you was the one holding a gun on your front portch, i agree, it is a better pic! anyway, thank you for sharing your farm life with us!! ps i will keep reading even if you dont change the pic! 😉

  56. Kim Gibson says:

    I too love it all, and read CITR for a multiplicity of reasons. I like the life lessons, cheese, cows, chickens, canning, ruts, floods and all, but the thing I love the most is the LAUGHING. I laugh so frequently, and laughter is such a precious commodity theses days! I don’t often comment because so many others do, and say similar things to my thoughts, and I figure you have read it all, and have so much to read as it is. I love CITR Suzanne, and the window into your life it gives me. Thank you!

  57. Linda V says:

    I read your blog first thing in the morning and now the last thing at night in case I missed anything during the day. Love your style and love your posts. Don’t change!!

  58. Miss Judy says:

    This is my favorite site to go on the net! I am a visual person (I guess)and you have lovely pics! But the stories…that’s what keeps me coming back. I grew up in Southeastern Ohio and the areas are very similar. It’s homey, comfy,friendly,and newsy! I have learned so much from you and the forum.It’s like I have hundreds of extended family. I don’t always comment because usually someone else says what I am thinking. Why have ten comments of the same thing.You’re doing a wonderful work by sharing your talents…you’re a blessing!

  59. bwhaley says:

    I LOVE CITR!!! It is the highlight of my day to come and check out what is going on with Clover and the rest of your critters at your homestead. My dream is to one day move out to the country and raise goats, chickens and whatever else comes along. So I get to live vicariously thru you 😆 Thank you for all that you post. :snoopy:

  60. Deb says:

    I LOVE YOUR SITE!!!! ALL OF IT :shimmy:

    I do not comment very often because I am lazy! ok I said it. I have made soooo many of things from you cooking section the list would be to long to post. As for the animals, crafts, family and rambling thoughts. I think thats why we come, for the varity. You are the reason I turn on the computer in the morning and often the reason I look again before I go to bed.

    I follow a few blogs and read many posts to my husband – he laughs and usually just say something who is that? WVirgina, MO, IN???

    The advertising does not bother me, the format is fine – I wish I could print or copy and paste the receipes easier – but I think thats me.

    OH, and everyone here, daughter & son-in-law, mother, son even a few co-workers have your Pep.Roll Receipe. We LOVE THEM!

  61. Deb says:

    OK that rambling post is also why I dont comment very often…. lol

  62. Pastor Kathy says:

    I am a “lurker” and seldom post comments because I get so much quiet enjoyment from everything about your site. I especially like the fact that you update the farm photo several times during the day…i find myself coming back to it during the day to see if there is anything new. I like the balance of your site, the photos, the baby animals, the recipes, and the country feel. I believe that if you follow your heart in the selection of the positings that you will please most people. Just be yourself and don’t try to cater to one segment over another. You have hit just the right balance with this Okie reader! When people ask me what I am reading, your blog is the first thing I mention.

  63. ~jackie says:

    Suzanne – I read daily, because I like the down-home feeling of your blog. I found your blog initially when I was looking for info on chickens. My hubby and I are preparing to retire to a rural home soon. Our goal is to leave the rush of metro-suburban life and be self-sufficient. We are both “country farm kids” at heart….

    Your blog is packed with information, in the form of real stories not blah, blah text. I am an addicted “learner” and because of following CITR for the last year or two, I have a real idea of what I’m getting into when we finally get to go rural. Maybe by the time I get it together, I’ll feel like I have something to contribute when you call for guest posters. 🙂

    I like the new setup here (especially that sometimes we get a bonus story in the middle of the day!) but hope that this is as ‘fancy’ as you get. As others have mentioned….even though I follow PW too, there is just something that has been lost in the foofoo-ness of her mega-money blog. PW is no longer a daily read. Keep CITR down homey like it is, and I’ll follow and enjoy your blog forever. 🙂

  64. Sheila says:

    Good Morning Suzanne, I read your blog everyday. Probably one of the reasons that I do come back everyday is that I know you will have something new for me to read. I love the variety, I grew up in the country in northern NY, way up near the Canadian border. We always had a variety of animals around. Your stories bring back so many good memories of living in the country. I so hope you keep up with the variety of stories, they are a pleasure to read!

  65. shirley says:

    Suzanne,I enjoy everything about CITR.I don’t always post because someone always says it better.When I log on to your site, I feel like I’m pulling out a kitchen chair to sit in at your table and have coffee with you while you tell me all the wonderful, funny things you’ve been up to.Sometimes you share with me your hurts and I can hold your hand while you cry.You share your mother’s heart with me, like when Ross joined the Navy.I lived through the same thing a few years ago and I relived the experience through your sharing.I went to my 43 year old son and said”tell me about boot camp”.I wanted to know what he went through.
    I talk about you to my family like you live right next door to me.
    I’ve been here since you hatched your first chick and made your fried bologna sandwich.I’m here to stay.
    The only thing I don’t like is having to create new usernames and passwords for FarmBell and the forums.I forget them and can’t seem to get them back without a hassle.I want to sign in, sit back, and enjoy.
    Thank you for being wonderful and posting a pic of Frank.Yee-Haw.What a man!!!

  66. tsmith says:

    This is the first blog I have ever read. I love it. I discovered it when I was researching a way to make a cake mix that didn’t involve shortening or any other kind of soy, since my son is allergic. This is the only place that I found something that would work. I have been coming back daily to check out all the new and interesting things you write about. I have discovered (and tried) many things that I never knew existed. I would have never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be contemplating making cheese or soap! Thank you for all of the information. The only thing I am not sure about… I there a way to search for old posts by topic? For example: If I wanted to go back and re-read a post about making cheese or soap. Thank you for letting this city girl get a glimpse of farm life. I truely enjoy it.

  67. Nancy S. says:

    I’m happy with your website. I read it first, after my mail everyday. Although I have to say that now that you post more than once a day, I sometimes worry that I’ve missed something, but I often don’t have the time to search back to see if I did. Oh well! As a city person turned farmer this year, I love to read about the realities of your farm and I use it for a reference – to make soap, cheese, and lots of other recipes and stuff that I’ve read about. Thank you!!!!!

  68. Miss Becky says:

    Suzanne there is very little that I don’t love about your site. I cannot recall how I found you several years ago now, but I’m happy I did. I love your stories about the animals (except the x-rated ones) and all the photos, especially of the kitties, because, well, I love kitties. I love how you bring out the personalities of all the animals and write about them. I also love your cooking posts, and the tutorials like soap-making, candle-making, cheese-making, etc. I love to learn something and that’s what happens when I visit your site. I also really really love the photos of your land and always want more. I live in the country vicariously through your site, so thanks for that gift. Your writing is wonderfully humorous, and one of my favorite posts from this past year was the one about your family, and that old photo you had of your uncle and aunt and you and your sister. I also loved the post about taking a breather, with the wine glass sitting by the creek. You expressed that so beautifully with the photo. One thing I don’t like about CITR is how slowly the page loads, but I understand that there is a lot of information on a page and most likely nothing can be done about that. It really isn’t that big of a deal. I don’t spend a lot of time at Farm Bell Recipes and I’m probably missing out. I prefer photos with a recipe, so if there is no accompanying photo, I take a pass on the recipe. Just me.
    I also love when you post about gatherings that involve food and have lots of accompanying photos! It’s really great that you ask for feedback, but if up to me, I probably wouldn’t change much at all about CITR. It’s simply lovely, entertaining, charming, and informative. Suzanne, you rock.

  69. Tammy says:

    I come back to read the funny posts about the animals. You have a wicked sense of humor and I enjoy reading about the animals and daily life on a farm. I don’t read the posts on cooking, because well I don’t like to cook, so have no interest in it. Occasionally I’ll link my Hubs to those posts, cuz he likes to cook…

  70. Mary Lou/TX says:

    Ditto to all of the positive comments above. I have been reading your blog almost from the start of the “Slanted House Era.”
    I have enjoyed making this journey with you through blogland.
    You are an amazing individual and writer. I start each day with a cup of coffee and CITR. All of your posts renew my spirit. I love your posts just the way they are written. Thank you for sharing your daily life and inspiration with me. You are a blessing to us and to your children.

  71. Cathy J. says:

    I love it all. Don’t change a thing. Knowing you, you will make changes as you are very creative, but I trust that like everything else, it will be perfect. You and your blog have been a huge blessing to my life!

  72. Melinda says:

    Answers to your questions:
    I love the site just as it is. It is why I keep coming back each day to read. I love your style of writing and how you interact with your readers. You have a great story telling style of writing that makes one feel we are sitting on the porch talking to you instead of sitting at our computers reading. You give great tutorials when you create or cook. You also have a wicked sense of humor. Not every post is going to be of interest to every single reader but since you have such a vast readership that means you are doing your job and reaching out to every single one of them. I think that is the sign of a well rounded author.
    I have learned so many things just from reading your blog that really help me in my day to day living. For that I am eternally grateful. Also, the stories about your kids and the animals make you “human” to us. If the blog was only a tutorial type blog it wouldn’t generate so much interest. Instead, you let us vicariously live in Virginia with you and draw us near and we experience the same wonder that you feel by living in such a beautiful place.
    The reason you don’t get many responses to some craft posts is probably because not everyone is crafty but that doesn’t mean it was a bad post, it just means not everyone crafts. But those who do love your craft posts and enjoy them. I don’t craft much but I still read them and file it away in my brain in case I ever want to make whatever it is you have done.
    The expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definiately works when considering your website. You have a large readership, faithful people who come every day to read what words of wisdom or nonsence you have written and thoroughly enjoy the process.
    As for the multiple posts…..I read a lot and so I enjoy coming to find another post during the day. It’s like when you have gathered all the eggs and you find one thats a great big double yolk! Serendipity!
    I wouldn’t change a thing!

  73. Julia says:

    Hi Suzanne,

    I love CITR, and I check it 2 or 3 times a day to be sure I don’t miss anything. The best part for me is the animal pictures and stories. But I read all your posts. I’ll sometimes read a recipe in the Farm Bell section, but I don’t participate in the discussions there or on the forum.

    I rarely comment, and if I do it is usually to ask a question. The volume of comments is probably not a good indicator of how well people like a particular type of post. Some posts just offer more opportunities for comments that others.

    I think I appreciate your integrity most of all. You don’t talk about everything; you respect the privacy of others; but what you do talk about feels very real. You don’t manipulate the stories or the people for effect.

    It’s relatively easy to read everything new and to stay current. What can be difficult is finding a particular post from the past. Or, as someone mentioned, trying to read everything from the beginning. So, if you are looking for suggestions for improvement, my suggestion is better indexing and navigation in the archives.

    The ads don’t bother me a bit. It’s like if I buy a magazine or I am watching TV. From time to time I see something interesting and so I click through. But if they aren’t interesting, they are easy to ignore. I don’t have ads blocked, but I do have pop-ups blocked. Does that effect your revenue?

    I’m glad you want to write and be read, because I want to read what you write!

    Thank you.

  74. Diane says:

    I read your blog everyday because I love reading about your life. What you are doing, what the animals are doing, what you are cooking or making. I enjoy watching your kids grow up. You have made me laugh, cry, droll over yummy goodies and added more things to make to my craft list.

    I dont comment all the time. Sometimes there I just do not have much to say. But over all I enjoy the formatt how it is now.

    Got to say that Franks Arms are really buff. Wow. I have a hubby that has nice arms like that. But shhhh dont tell him I noticed he get a big head over it. lol.

  75. Grammie Earth says:

    I love it all! It feels like you are that wonderful next door neighbor that shares her sugar! I read your blog second thing every morning…have to do an email check first. I have made Grandmother bread, and am now spoiled for any other bread. My neighbor made grape pie, my daughter in law wants to make corn cob jelly…I share your blog often! Love all your pets too. I cant bring myself to call them mere animals! There is nothing to hate about your blog. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou


  76. Laura Balzekas says:

    I am on this page every day. I feel like the guest you’ve forgotten is there until you go outside and I’m there, content on the porch looking over the goat yard! LOL Used to be just in the morning but now I HAVE to check back in the afternoon so I don’t miss anything. But being friends on facebook has made it better because your posts show up there and I can just check there for new posts. If I had one complaint its that when I first found this site I literally tried to read all the “goat” stories and “chicken” stories but they weren’t all grouped together so I am always finding new ones in the “recommended” posts at the bottom of the page. Plus side is its like a treat-Yay another story to read! I have shown your site to my mother-in-law and we both love how you talk about your animals, and the photos of them! Now I own 6 chickens and thats it (ps I got my first egg Sept 3rd and now on the 5th have gotten egg #2!) So I would love more chicken stories! We want to know if the crooked little hen is still trying to be a momma and if you have ANY new chicks this year! Love you and this site!

  77. Karen Templeton says:

    I read very few blogs (like, oh, four?), and they all have two things in common: they’re cleverly written and make me happy. I don’t comment much on any of them, but I visit my Happy Places every day.

    I don’t read the craft posts very often because I no longer have time to do crafts, and I only read the cooking posts when the recipe catches my eye. But the farm/animal/life in the country posts? Devour them. Love them. Can’t live without ’em.

    And I have no issues with the advertising at all. Good on ya for finding a way to support the blog (and yourself) and giving me my daily fix of happy, is all I can say. :woof:

  78. Marianne G says:

    I read it all and comment when I feel like I have something to say. I love all aspects of your blog. I’m not sure what people mean about missing some posts, all entries on the main page are dated, so it’s easy to see when that post was made. I come to your blog daily, so maybe that’s why it’s easier for me. I’ve used many of your recipes, posted many of my recipes and searched here quite often when I need something new to make. The only thing I would change is the BBB winner, which you already have in the works.

  79. Cindy says:

    I read for a lot of reasons. One, your sense of humor reminds me of mine, and I figure if we were ever having coffee together, we would laugh about all kinds of things. Two, your writing is really good, and I enjoy a journal that has good spelling and grammar. Three, my mom, who died a little over a year ago, would have LOVED your journal. (I hate the word blog. Hate it, hate it, hate it. It sounds like the noise my dog makes after he’s tried to eat a Barbie Doll and it’s not sitting well) Mom always wanted a homestead of her own, and she desperately wanted to raise goats and chickens. The closest she and my dad got was a 4 acre, almost all unusable, wooded lot, where she had a big garden in the front yard. That drove my dad crazy, but I’ve learned that a gardener must garden, wherever they can find the dirt and the space! Mom canned various foods, and she was an amazing cook. Four, you live a life and do things I wish I could do, too, but as a disabled veteran, I can’t. So I get to live vicariously through you. Five, I have a son who is in the Army, and my oldest daughter is leaving for boot camp in 25 days. My husband and I were Air Force. We have that military background in common, too.

    So, there you go. My essay on Why I Like Suzanne’s Journal.

    Dislikes–well… I really don’t like the way the main page is set up. The rotating photos make me a bit dizzy, and just bother me. I wouldn’t change anything, though, on it. That’s just my own personal preference.

  80. Townie Farm Girl says:

    I don’t have time to write about everything I love about CITR. I have two requests for consideration if they are possible…

    One: I liked it when you had a ‘previous’ button for your posts so that I could go back, post by post, over what you had written. It was a fun diversion when I was sick in bed or something to be able to scroll back through your posts. I really miss that even though I do love the new layout.

    Two: I am not sure, but it seems like there are fewer posts from Clover…is she on strike? Has motherhood taken away her free time to be creative? Has there been a rift between the two of you that you are not telling us about? ***smile***

    All in all, I find your blog to be very entertaining and start my day reading CITR….keep up the good work and don’t worry about “no comment” days….we are merely silently sitting in awe!

  81. LaurenD says:

    Suzanne I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! its the first thing I read in the morning. Your recipes have made me a star in my home especially the enchiladas with made from scratch tortillas and maple sticky buns and the red potatoe salad with dill. Please dont stop posting your wonderful recipes I WANT MORE!! and I want to apologize for not posting more comments Im usually printing something off to run off and try and skip posting a comment. I will start paying you back with comments!! Thank you for all you share!!! Lauren

  82. mrkittysmom says:

    I read your blog every morning…in my favorites list along with Juniper Farm. I grew up in your part of the country and miss it.
    I love the photos and your adventures with your animals – I don’t use the recipe section much, but do check it out when something calls to me – like Angel Biscuits…
    I don’t mind the different sections, it lets me pick and choose and I like your posts on Twitter because I can check in when something new is posted.
    I long to be retired – and though you work really hard, you are doing what you love in a place you love – that is why I read you EVERY DAY.

  83. Zusiqu says:

    I don’t comment much because I see so many other comments before mine and I would end up saying, “Yeah, me too!” I feel dumb doing that.

    To be truthful, I am addicted to CITR. I have been since I first found it. I marvel at the photos you take and giggle at the captions you write for them. I have tried a recipe or two (the strawberry marmelade was wonderful and I just bought wide mouth pint jars for making cranberry sauce.

    Your site always makes me smile and gives me a peaceful feeling on days that are anything but peaceful. I don’t think you should change a thing.

  84. Phyllis says:

    I love it all. My garden is a thing of the past so I can watch yours grow and remember. When I was a child I had chickens (Easter present) and we dressed them up and put them in the buggy and drove them around. I know better now. I read the recipes, but with just two of us I don’t use many, but I now cook my green beans with bacon and onions. Yummmmmmmm. Clover has a wonderful attitude, and the babies are so special. I am waiting patiently for BP to have her own. You are one of very few places my computer goes, and I hope it will continue to find you for many years to come.

  85. Michelle says:

    I love this blog, I really do… but since you’ve changed it to 200 different sections for each subject, I feel like I’m missing things when I come here; which I tend to avoid unless I need a recipe now. 🙁 I agree with the first poster. I wish you’d put your whole day in one long post, so we don’t miss anything instead of having to bounce back and forth to 40 different pages. :hissyfit: lol

  86. Phyllis says:

    P.S. My Frank is a former Marine and he is in his 70’s and his arms look pretty good too.

  87. Lisa says:

    I read and enjoy everything in the format you have now. :heart:

  88. M.O.M. says:

    I read your blog more than any other blog! My life is spent on the computer for social networking, blogging, etc. While I wish I had time to read all the blogs out there,I don’t.

    Your blog is a great get away from everyday life. As a fellow photog hobbyist, I so enjoy all your pictures. THEY ARE GREAT!! Your writing is amazing, you are a great story teller!

    The blog articles I LOVE the most are your recipes, knitting (I can still see the picture of your needles and yarn), cheese making, etc.

    It seems that everyone is trying to live a simpler life. You know, “live green” “No Chemicals” your site offers that in a way that is entertaining and in an easy learning environment (our homes :). You inspire so many of us!

    I don’t know how you take care of your home, family, farm, and still manage to find time to keep this blog up.

    The advertising does not bother me! Like you stated, it keeps the blog free and provides you with income doing what you love! Isn’t that what we all want? Good for you for finding your passion and living it! That my friend is just another great example that you are sharing with the rest of the world!!


  89. tinamanley says:

    I love your site just the way it is. I try to read it every day. We are remodeling an old farmhouse on 63 acres and have chickens, guineas and ducks. I grow and can most of our food. I’m always amazed that you have time to write a blog and do everything you do. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, all I have to do is read your blog and I feel better! Don’t change a thing!

  90. Yankee Gal says:

    Hi Suzanne; I do love your entire site, sometimes some parts much more than others. Typical right?

    Favorites: Adore photos and the short stories of happenings around the farm and all the animals (including the human kids):lol: You’re a gifted photographer and writer and always leave me wanting more,more,more!

    Dislikes: So many recipes and how-to’s. The Farm Bell site is not my favorite. But here’s the deal…others adore that portion so why change anything? The beauty of your site is we can all visit what we like and skip the rest if it doesn’t appeal that day. Not many blogs can claim that wonderful option!

    Keep up the good work – you’re doing great!

  91. Tabitha says:

    i love your posts!
    i don’t comment much as my time is very limited but i really look forward to your pictures and funny write ups
    i think you are doing great
    i think you should send me the recipes you make…that would make it better!

  92. Brenda E says:

    I love your blog Suzanne. It is really the highlight of my day. I live vicariously through you as this is something I always dreamed of doing but too late now for me to start so I love reading your blog. I especially love the animal stories, the wonderful photos, the videos and your writing is superb. You are so witty and interesting in everything you write. I think you should put a picture of 52 on here tho – I haven’t seen one of him. The ads don’t bother me a bit. I think you have to do what you have to do in order to provide such an interesting blog. Maybe a closeup of Frank would be nice. I can’t believe he’s 75. I love the farm recipes – that was a great addition to the blog. YOu are lucky to live where you do and we are lucky to have such an interesting person who loves to share her talents. Keep up the great work!

  93. Carmen C. says:

    I LOVE your cooking and crafting posts and your wonderful way with words and your farm pics and holiday decorating ideas and Franks arms………………..LOL, I just love it all! I always enjoy coming to visit and you have such a way with words!!! There is nothing here to *hate*, it’s ALL GOOD, keep up the good work;)

  94. Deanna says:

    I am here every morning! I don’t comment because I’m on a painfully slow dial-up connection by my own frugal choice. Well, that and the fact that satellite is the only high speed option here.

    I plan to try the calendar option. I like to make sure I haven’t missed anything too.

    I love your writing style, humor and creativity.
    I like the new front page, but wish ALL the posts for a single day could stay up there. When you post twice in one section, you can no longer see the first one. But, I haven’t tried the calendar thing yet, so take that with a grain of salt.

    Keep it family, frugal, and farming and we’ll be here!!

    The ads don’t bother me as long as they are the kind that jump out (i.e. expand on roll over) at me! LOL

  95. Heidi says:

    I love this blog. I’m one of those to do change kicking and screaming with some things, and the internet is usually one of those things. It did take me a bit to get use to the new format, and really I’ve pretty much by passed it all by using the archives for my daily reading. I have realized that the ‘new’ format allows me to find old post so much easier and I love that so much.

    If I had any suggestions it would be to put an archive link somewhere for people who want to be sure they don’t miss anything. Since it puts everything in chronological order, I know I’ve read it all.

    I really just wish I had more hours in the day to enjoy your web site and try all the recipes. Keep doing what you do and I will keep reading.

  96. Zusiqu says:

    Over 100 responses and the day isn’t even half over!

  97. Chris says:

    Out of all the blogs I have read – yours is the only one that brings me back daily – what keeps me going is the style of writing – the stories, the recipes, stories about your son, the photos and antics of your animals and your everyday style…..I love WVA and love hearing and seeing your part of the world!!
    Dislikes are few – they have already been mentioned by others.
    Keep up the good work – already have some crafts and recipes planned for the winter that you have posted!!! :snoopy:

  98. Brenny says:

    Hello. I discovered your site a few weeks ago and have stopped back in to read more. I have’nt posted because I am ashamed of my grammatical skills which are terrible. I had to post today however to let you know that your site is one of the most interesting sites I’ve ever happened upon. The post you had up the other day about you and the dogs getting exercise by going up and down the driveway was the type of posts I enjoy. Lots of photos and description. I Love your site just the way that it is. Brenny

  99. Carol Campbell says:

    Your blog is set up on Google Reader so I get a list of any new posts throughout the day. My favorites are cooking, crafts and gardening and family life. I skim the ones on animals, especially long, detailed ones. I love the state of WV, have visited several times as I have relatives there. Beautiful in the fall. Ads don’t bother me as I ignore them.

  100. Rose says:

    I like your site just the way it is. The only change I would like is being able to return to the four topic generator at the end of a post and go back to the next topic or recipe that interested me, but other than that, I really enjoy your entire site and try to read each section every day. I love the stories about the children,family,friends and animals. I am really looking forward to the pictures from the picnic you are planning soon. Please keep us updated on Ross. I sincerely appreciate his service to our country. As for commenting, others usually say exactly what I’m thinking, so it’s not that I don’t want to do it, it’s just already been said. Keep up the good work. You are appreciated and enjoyed. P.S. Because of your site, I’ve purchased a steam juicer, new bread pans, cheese making products, got out my sewing machine to make aprons for Christmas gifts, and the list keeps getting longer, all of which have given me great pleasure. You’ve made a positive difference in my life, so thank you.

  101. gardennan says:

    Suzanne, I love your blog read it everyday I just don’t leave comments very often.I’ve made so many of your recipes and never had one that wasn’t great. Love all your writing you make me laugh out load and sometimes cry. I wouldn’t change anything.

  102. Cheryl LeMay says:

    I found this blog accidentally while surfing the web for something, about six months ago. I read it every morning, right after viewing the weather forecast. I love it. I live on a small farm in Wisconsin and have various kinds of poultry, but no four legged animals other than cats. I wish I did have goats and the rest, but fencing is very expensive.So I live vicariously with your animals.I also love your cooking,your family and especially your photos.I love the crafts and remember your determination to learn to knit with a smile.Keep up everything you do. I only wish I could go back to the first post when you started your blog to catch up.I tried doing that one day but kept missing posts.

  103. Andrea the Kitchen Witch says:

    I’ve just recently found your blog, the corn cob jelly is what drew me in 🙂 I’m an avid cook and food lover, but I’m a farm girl at heart. So far everything you’ve posted is SPOT ON for my interests 🙂 I love your farm, your animals, your stories and your recipes. I’d LOVE to see a homemade cheese post, but that’s just cause I want to make my own cheese too. Wish I had a cow to provide me with the necessary raw milk, alas…Keep on doing what you’re doing, I love it!

  104. Tina says:

    It’s kind of staggering to imagine how many of us, across different time zones, are sitting in front of our computers with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, communally enjoying your words and pictures.
    I found your blog after searching for apron “recipes”. I was instantly entranced! You are very REAL and as familiar as a favorite sister or neighbor; I think many would agree with me that if given the opportunity we’d be great friends. Isn’t the internet something?
    Thank you, Suzanne, for being you. Keep on keepin’ on, you’re doing a fantastic job!

  105. Kris says:

    Suzanne, I love your site. I subscribe via RSS (Google Reader), and I don’t feel I’m missing anything, so, unfortunately, I don’t have any helpful suggestions there.

    I stumbled across your site looking for information on chickens, and I’ve been HOOKED ever since. I love the peek into daily farm life, the photos, the self-sufficiency articles (inspiring me to try my hand at making cheese and soap).

    My husband is a second-generation orchardist (grows pears and apples) in central WA state. I grew up doing many “old-fashioned” things like growing and canning my own vegetables, sewing and repairing my own clothes, cooking my meals from scratch. Raising chickens. 🙂 Following in the footsteps of my mom and grandmother.
    Twenty years ago, I was regarded as somewhat eccentric for doing things this way; now folks come to me for help and advice. It’s kind of nice.

    I don’t comment much, but it doesn’t mean I don’t thoroughly enjoy your blog. 🙂

  106. Yvonne says:

    I found your blog almost two years ago through your Daily Mail column and have visited every single day, several times a day since then. My favorites are of the animals (even the X-rated – funny!) and your family and I check out the recipes as well. I’m not crafty and I don’t can, but I enjoy reading those posts as well. The ads don’t bother me at all. I leave occasional comments, but most of the time someone else has already made the comment I wanted to make. I had no idea I could click on the calendar for that days posts, but will definitely use it now to make sure I don’t miss anything. You’re like a part of my family, Suzanne and I’m so very glad I found your site – I don’t read any other blogs. I really, really, really want to come to your party, just not sure I can make it yet. Thanks for being here every day! :sun:

  107. Gena says:

    I truly love your blog. Our lives are lived so differently, and yet our views and likes are so similar! I absolutely love the way your “voice” comes through in your writing. Your stories are so engaging and your photography is stunning.
    I didn’t know about the popup adds, as I always have a pop up blocker on. I will ammend that now.
    My least read areas are the Farm Bell and Forum areas. I rarely use recipes when I cook, and also my family is, by neccesity, on a heart healthy diet.I also just don’t have time to go through the forum each day.
    I didn’t know about the calendar being “clickable”. That will make life easier if I should happen to miss a day.
    I would love to be able to go back and read from the beginning, and have tried to do so many times, but it is more difficult to read in reverse and I haven’t made it back to the beginning yet! lol
    Sorry I don’t comment as often as I should, in appreciation. Again, it goes back to not enough hours in the day.But do know, that your site is at the top of my favorites list, and I TRULY love to start my morning with the smiles and often out loud laughter that you manage to inspire each day. Thank you so much!

  108. leavesofthefall says:

    wow! lots of posts to read through. 🙂

    i will admit that when i first found your site, it was almost like learning a new computer program. the navigation was tricky. but it didn’t stop me from coming back to read. tabs at the top, with a thread like a “normal” blog might make things easier?? but, learning about the calendar might just be the answer. who knew it was there for more than just a reminder of what day it was (which, is sometimes necessary for people like me who are losing their minds and can’t remember their names half the time. 😕

    love the humor, your “voice,” and photos…. and that 75-year-old’s arms. 8)

    it’s a huge movement across the country to do what you’re doing. your posts benefit many. keep up the good work.


  109. Lynne in Memphis says:

    Thanks for explaining the economics. I turned off ad-blocker for you–something I never do. I never comment because I don’t have much to say. I really enjoy your writing and the respect you have for people’s privacy. You provide an inspiring perspective of real life. For me it’s fun to sit quietly and listen to the grown-ups talk.

  110. julyorchid says:

    I’m guilty of reading and not commenting, too, but I LOVE your blog. My yahoo RSS feed lets me know when you have posted under each category, so thats not an issue for me. I especially loved the posts during your mom’s funeral and your son’s boot camp – regular parts of life that most of us can relate to. Love the posts about the animals and I use the recipe section too. Not sure about the ads though. Right now there is a banner at the top of the page about Dr. Suess. Is that what you mean or do I need to set my popup blocker to allow popups from your page? Anyway, don’t change a thing. You and your family are part of my day that I truly enjoy! 🙂

  111. Wendy says:

    I don’t *know* why i keep coming back!
    But “come back” i do, and i do it EVERY DAY!!! (Unless i’m on vacation or just waaay too busy that day. Then i come the next day and play “catch-up”.)

    I JUST LOVE CITR! That’s why!

    I love the photos (animals, scenery, food, dishes, whatever!)!
    I love the comments “by” Clover!
    I love the way you’re so down-to-earth!
    I love the way you share your daily life and i get to live it vicariously!

    I HATE that i can’t be more like you, i.e. be as industrious as you are! I DO NOT understand how you can get all the stuff done in one day that you do! I don’t even have a milk cow, and i don’t get near as much stuff done as you do! You must not sleep!

    Your blog is beautiful!
    It’s easy to navigate.
    It’s like you’re sitting here talking to me when i read your “stories”.
    I look at each and every post you make. I just don’t usually comment. I’m sorry about that. I just don’t typically have a lot to say.
    But i check on CITR each day, and i love it! It’s my little slice of country while i live in the suburbs.
    Thank you Suzanne!

  112. KELLY says:

    I read your site more frequently when it was a daily blog . I to feel distracted by too much movement and stuff . The previous format was just more comfortable for me . I just don’t look around your site much , unless I am looking for something specific .
    I still enjoy your stories , recipes and pictures . Thanks for sharing .

  113. Deb Roseburg says:

    I love everything about your site! I stumbled on it looking for country living blogs in WV. My Mom was born at Billy’s Run and I have/had family around Harmony, Walton, Spencer, Evans and Ripley (when we visited my aunt Tib in Evans, we would go out on the ridge to visit aunt Berdhiel, and cousins) Georgia reminds me of my Aunt Tib! I like pictures from your farm and the area. Thanks so much!
    Deb R

  114. whaledancer says:

    I like that you’re posting at random times now. Since I live on the west coast I used to feel a bit out of sync, like someone who was always late to the party.

    Sometimes the posts I like best, I don’t comment on because I’m thinking about them. Like recently, the posts about your weekend at Ross’s boot camp graduation moved me to tears, but I didn’t have anything to say. And with yesterday’s “Early September Evening” post, the picture I enjoyed most was Poky on her back, because it made me laugh, but that wasn’t what I commented on. So I’d say don’t try to figure out what we like from the comments, as they may not be a true gauge.

    It’s hard to say what kind of posts I prefer, because it kind of depends on my mood at the moment, and because I like them all. Sometimes the ones I expect won’t be of interest at all, I end up liking the best. But I guess maybe what I like best is when you give us a peek into your normal daily tasks and projects, like cleaning under the porch. And the animal pictures; I never get tired of the animal pictures. I like the way we get to know the personalities of the individual animals, especially the goats and chickens. But then there’s the food; I love reading about food… See? I can’t decide.

    I like the buttons at the bottom that show “More posts you might enjoy.” I like the way they take me to random posts that I may have missed or would like to re-visit. Except that I sometimes find myself wanting to comment on something that happened a couple of years ago.

    Okay, here’s a question for you: how was the homemade cheddar? It looked yummy.

    And another: does it help more if we actually click on the ads?

    Suggestion: I’d like to see children’s books with your wonderful animal pictures and stories. I had a Little Golden Book like that called “Tiger’s Adventure” when I was little, which I loved and still remember fondly. It told the story, in words and photos, of an intrepid tiger kitten that climbs out of his box and goes exploring, finds a ball of yarn and a big dog, and finally gets rescued and carried home by his mama. I think you have material for a whole series of books about your animals.

  115. KELLY says:

    Oh, I don’t block the ads . I read them . I also use your link to the Charleston paper . I am a W.VA. ex-pat in living in Texas . I feel close to my home state and family when I read your blog .
    Thanks again .

  116. Linda in San Diego says:

    I try to read your site each day before I go to work. It puts a positive spin on the day. Even when there has been something sad to share, I have appreciated the way you approached it. I particularly appreciated your willingness to share your recent, very personal loss because even in that post you were able to give it a touch that brought a smile – how she walked down the aisle in church – funny and touching. As far as your food and craft links, even if I am not ready to do those things yet, I am comforted knowing that when I decide to sew aprons, your post will be there. When I read about cheese making, canning, preserving – again, I know it is there and I will go back when I am ready to try it. And my family now treasures grandmother’s bread and we use the modified version to make individual pizzas on the grill. I was raised in a bread baking, pie crust making family but I doubt if I would have tried it on my own now that the matriarchs have passed, if I had not read your post on Grandmother’s Bread and your description of teaching your daughter. Please keep it all going! I think we want to know what you are doing, discovering, exploring and learning. Thanks Suzanne!

  117. Glenie says:

    I sometimes don’t leave a comment not because I’m not interested, but because I’m in a hurry and just rushed to see CITR, or because others have already said the same thing I would say. I love CITR and I use the recipes quite often. This is the first place I look for a new recipe. I love cooking without prepackages. I enjoy doing everything I can like the pioneers and early settlers did up to the point of just wasting time I don’t have to waste. Do it yourself is my life.

  118. princessvanessa says:

    I stumbled onto your blog in December 2009 while searching for information about raising chickens. I want a few chickens when I retire in a couple of years and might as well get informed now.
    I returned because of your down home, on the farm, funny way of writing. It is almost like you are talking directly to all of us.
    I sometimes don’t reply because your post has said it all and that is not a bad thing; you have all the “T’s” crossed and the “I’s” dotted and the blog is tied up with a pretty bow. It is either filled with information or about an activity that happened, and I still thoroughly enjoyed the blog, but I can’t think of a single thing to contribute in the comments.
    I seldom miss a day of your blog; when I do, I read all the posts that I missed. Reading your blog each day cheers me up. An anti-depressant without the pill.
    I also read your bi-weekly column in the Charleston Daily Mail and always post a comment as a show of support and because I know you get a bit of $$ from the paper. I’m sure the money is not a lot but any bit of income must be welcomed and I want you to have that writing outlet and income. Also, congratulations on the first place award for your CDM column.
    Any time you changed the blog layout, I have always just explored and found my way around. You have never left me standing out in the rain, so to speak. There is always a door…somewhere…and I find it.
    So, Suzanne, I love, love, love your CITR blog and the Farm Bell Recipes is a terrific addition. I have printed out recipes off of the Farm Bell Recipe page to give to co-workers who wanted to make a dish that I was having at lunchtime.
    Because of your blog I am able to live, vicariously, on a farm.
    Thank you.

  119. Mary says:

    I found your site a few years ago when I was searching on how to make a kahlua drink. I just wanted to know exactly what goes into a Black Russian. Your site came up with the directions and photos of how to actually make the Kahlua..with coffee, etc. The photos and directions were so clear I thought I’d snoop around the site. I read the Slanted House story and was hooked. I told all my sisters about it, and have never missed a day since. This is the only blog I read, but I so look forward to it each morning. When Annabelle was little I could hardly wait for the next day to come. I think by now I have read every one of your blogs, but it has been a hit and miss thing. I have wished to begin with your first blog here and read straight from the beginning regardless of what category it is in. It’s difficult to say what I have liked best.. your children, your pets, and oh, I loved going down the driveway with you the other day. Just anything is good and made especially good with your writing talent. Thank your for giving me such a fun place to go each morning. Oh, also, I find Georgia so very endearing. She reminds me of my own mother who has passed away.

  120. Miss HomeEcs Daughter says:

    Please change as you wish, however, this is my favorite site and I come here often during the day just to see what you have to say or what pictures you have posted. Just sayin…this is my favorite blog and I read several.

    I made the crochet dishcloth yesterday and plan on making several more to place in my gift baskets for Christmas. A friend and I will be making the Corn Cob Jelly next week when she returns from vacation. When it cools down some here in Central Texas, I will be trying my hand at Grandmother Bread and others. Don’t know that I will be making cheese or soap, but then you never can tell.

    Please keep up the great work.

    Brenda aka Miss HomeEc’s Daughter.

  121. Carol says:

    Since I discovered CITR I have read every post every day, but I don’t always comment, if I have nothing new to say. Sometimes I go to your site twice a day, so I enjoy the 2nd post. What grabbed me originally was your writing style and your son’s comment on you bringing them to the old farm house to die. 🙂 I like the way you find beauty in everything; the composition of your photos; your everyday life; posts on frugality and not having to spend money to beautify your surroundings or make people happy or to give gifts, etc. I would like to see more simple crafts and more photos of you. Question: upon reading an old post, can you add a comment? P.S. I too ‘noticed’ Frank’s arms, but I’d rather see 52’s. 🙂 Bless you!

  122. farmershae says:

    Gosh, where to start? I found your blog when I was having an issue with a mean rooster – I couldn’t go into the yard without a broom or a stick…sound familiar? I read a few posts and fell in love. With your writing style, your farm, your family (normal and furry), your life and most of all your ATTITUDE!! I love how you are so honest about life – the good bad and ugly (life, death and well, Jack and Poky….) It is all a part of nature and has to be dealt with!! My husband and I hope to “retire” soon to our property and it will be hard – I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated watching your farm from the beginning, seeing how you set-up, settled in, learned and even got frustrated. I want to learn from your mistakes and copy your successes! Everything you do (and post about) touches on either my life now, or in the future. If you don’t change a thing, your blog is perfect! I love your photography and the animal posts are my favorite. You would not insult me by adding more animals, pics or animal pics…. I love all your posts, even if they are ones I don’t use much – I don’t have much time for cooking or crafts right now, but I always learn something from reading them. I actually thought I wouldn’t have much use for Farm Bell Recipes, but I am happy to admit I have learned quite a bit from the wonderful guest blog posts there as well!

    Things I would change?… I would open the BBB giveaway longer. Sometimes if I don’t get to the post until the end of the day, I’ve missed the cutoff time because of the time difference! On Farm Bell, I would put a running total of how many recipes have been collected (I’m a numbers person…) and I would also add a tag for egg-heavy, eggy, eggilicious or mega-egg recipes (with all the chickens, it’s sometimes nice to be able to use up 6 or more eggs at a time – and to have a category for it would be awesome!)

    Time is a huge part of the reason why I don’t comment unless it is important or if something moves me – even tho I may read all the posts (even a few days late sometimes), I don’t always have time to say something witty. I should comment more and will try to! (one day I hope to have a blog of my own, and I can see now how comments provide valuable feedback…)

    The only things I don’t like is not having enough time to get really involved on the site, and not living close enough to be able to come over for goat-milking lessons!

    Your blog was the first blog I ever followed, one of only a handful I watch currently, and most likely the only one I will watch until the end of time!!!! :heart:

  123. Barbee' says:

    Please don’t omit any part of your blog; I love having a variety of subjects to read about. I love them all. Sorry if I haven’t commented on the posts about cooking and canning. I cook very little, but I do read and enjoy them very much. Just today at lunch (at a restaurant), I was telling my family about your freezing corn and making corn cob jelly. That snagged their attention and interest! :happyflower:

  124. Anne says:

    I love your writing!! I read your blog every day! The cooking and crafts section are actually my two favorite sections. I’ve actually made several of your recipes. The maple sticky buns are everyone’s favorite!

    I don’t comment very often, but I just wanted to let you know that I loooove those two sections. I actually prefer to read your more detailed posts (such as how to make cheese and soap) rather than the cutesy posts about the animals. Although, they ARE very cute. I hope you don’t start to focus less on the cooking and crafts sections because you’re not getting very many comments!!

  125. gen@scarletacres says:

    I cannot even remember how I came across your site, a google search somehow? Nonetheless I was immediately hooked. I haven’t read all of the above comments and yet imagine I’m saying nothing new. The candor and generosity in which you write and share your life is captivating and heart-warming. Your professional skills make it even easier and tempting to read. I love all of your sections including the cooking, crafts and animals. Anything about everyday life would be welcomed including routines and ‘boring stuff’ so as to understand the rhythm of the farm more. Most important, I’m compelled to reiterate a huge thank you. It feel so humble to say, but thank you you sharing yourself, your family and your farm with me/us.

  126. SD Sue says:

    Suzanne, I LOVE CITR!! My husband laughs when I read some of your posts to him and we both LOVE your photos, and humor. Since I have a son in the Army, deployed to Afghanistan, I was right beside you as you went to Ross’s graduation from Navy Boot Camp. I just really enjoy the way you write and the whole CITR site. Please do not change too much, even though some of the comments have been good. I like that you have more posts on the Daily Farm page that is fun. I have recommended your blog to others to read because you are so real! And Outhouses! I love those too. There is so much here on your blog that encourages me, calms me and makes me laugh. Thanks for your creativity and for sharing with all of us. Your blog is read by me daily and sometimes twice a day. Thanks.

  127. Jo says:

    Wow, I just about missed this one too.

    I’ve been reading CITR for about 1 year, I suppose. I was looking for how to make homemade bread and found your site. It was love at first sight.

    I love your blog because you are YOU. You don’t try to be someone else.

    I love it when you have cute little stories about your animals when you make up a story about what they’re doing, what they’re saying, what they’re feeling. My two sons, 9 & 11, have read many of those kinds of posts too and just love them. We just sit in front of the computer and giggle.

    I love ALL of your website, but your stories about the animals are my favorite part and just tickle me. Stories about Crooked Little Hen, Kitten & Little, your little pack of dogs, the stories about the male goats going into heat (lol), story about the little hen that wanted to have a family, the story about the mean rooster, stories about Clover, and Pokey and Coco…… :heart: :heart: :heart:

    I love it all.

  128. Becky Pyle says:


    I LOVE all of your blog. I enjoy hearing about your life on the farm…I wish I lived on a farm…I love your stories about your animals, and I really love the crafts and recipes (especially Grandmother Bread..I make it all the time now.) My son is in the Navy also, and the stories about going to the graduation really struck me. It brought me back to when my husband and I and our then future daughter-in-law went to Chicago to attend our son’s graduation. Of course, your trip was at a better time of the year-our son graduated in December. It was COLD in Chicago!! Anyway, I love your blog, I read it everyday, and it always brings a smile to my day. Keep up the good work! Bec Pyle

  129. Nic, SD says:

    I’m a day late here. But I say (and I haven’t read, but I doubt I’m the only one) just keep doing what you’re doing. I love the sustainability of your lifestyle. And that you share it with us. I read all of it, everyday. And there are days I just skim through a recipe post, but… they get a mental bookmark. I just commented about having tried one. And I’ll be trying another this week. PLEASE DON’T STOP POSTING THOSE.
    Your images are awesomesauce. Especially the animals ones (animals are always a crowd pleaser, right?) I get to fantasize about the chickens I will someday have. And maybe goats… (if you wanna help me talk to my husband about that one…….)
    My ONLY issue on the ads is that they slow your page down. If I’ve turned my javascript off for some reason, your page loads up SO. MUCH. FASTER. But I leave them on. I respect your desire to be paid for providing us with so darn much wonderful content.
    So, yup. Don’t know if I’m your usual demographic (26 year old in South Dakota who’s been married for almost a year) BUT… I like it.

  130. Quietstorm says:

    Hi Suzanne, I read your blog at least every day, usually checking in more than once. if i dont get a chance(usually weekends), I Always go back and read what i missed! I love the cooking posts, crafts, animals (we saw a coco lookalike at the dump yesterday!) & always think of you at the vets (they have goats!!!)if someone has a question about something, more than once i’ve had an answer for them because “i saw it on suzanne’s site” more than anything though is the sense of community here, the fact you always answer us back personally,and the sense of simplicity of living, and the enjoyment & wonder of life’s “ordinary splendor” & being able to connect with so many other like minded people. If i dont comment on something it doesnt mean i didnt like it or get something (at least a smile) out of it. Sometimes i just dont have the time to comment, cant get the brain to form something to say, or someone else has already said it.

    i love the self sufficiency posts, canning and cheese making are on my “dare debbie” list & i can so relate to the starting the fire for the wood stove (I’d freeze to death) & sometimes its just good to know that someone else’s life is just as crazy as mine!

  131. mamawolf says:

    Why do I return to CITR day after day? I am addicted, plain and simple. I stumbled onto this site over a year ago while searching for burnt sugar cake and have tried not to miss a day (except during my enforced “vacation” this summer. As soon as I was able to use my laptop I spent a good many hours catching up. I can’t think of any improvements and have no dislikes. I have my first cup of coffee with the Chickens and wouldn’t have it any other way. Keep up this site with all its interests.

    Euni Moore – aka mamawolf :heart:

  132. DonnaTN says:

    Suzanne, I love just about everything about your blog. There isn’t anything I hate. Somethings interest me more than others, but I read them all. You are living the way so many of us would like to live, but for whatever reason cannot. I live vicariously through you and I have so much fun! Your family, your farm, the cooking and the crafts have all enriched my life so very much. Thank you for sharing all of it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is good to know that real people and real life exist not life according to the rich and so-called famous.

  133. Liz in Wis says:

    Have you ever thought about doing one of those live web cams? I notice people have them set for their yards, gardens, ponds etc. Just a thought! I found your blog by way of a search on how to pour candles and have been a reader ever since. Your zest for life is contagious.

  134. Cyndy Buiniskis says:

    Hi Suzanne, I don’t know what I can possibly add! I’ve been away from my computer for days and just read…and read…and read all the comments! I too feel like a “lurker”, don’t comment too often either due to time or already seeing my thoughts written by someone else. I don’t know what I would suggest as changes, I truly love the entire site. My favorites are the animals and your family stories. Being 1800 miles or so from my family, I guess it’s a little of living vicariously thru yours. And the animals, what can I say? I’ve always been a sucker for animal stories. And yours are awesome, you present their personalities and “life stories” so well! I am truly in awe of all that you accomplish in a day….maybe that’s where I really live vicariously through you, LOL! At 56 I sure don’t do what I used to, except in my mind! I originally found CITR thru a web search although for the life of me I don’t remember what it was; probably crafts or gardening. Anyway, I’m content with CITR as is but recognize the need to change and update occasionally. Thanks for sharing your life & talents so generously with us. I sure hope you realize what a blessing you are to many, many lives who will never even meet you (darn it!). And atta girl for pulling off working from home, you’re my hero for that as well! Regards, CyndyB

  135. joeyfulnoise says:

    I read your blog every day – it is how I start my day! Love all of it but rarely comment – but I don’t write letters to newspaper or magazine editors either! I heard an interview you did on NPR a couple of years ago – and ‘Chickens in the Road’ was easy to remember when I next got to a computer, so I was able to actually find you. I love the photos of the animals, your writing style – you are a natural storyteller. I get so many ideas from here that I am able to use. The step by step instructions are great. My wish – to be able to organize “My Recipe Box” so I can find the recipes I have saved to it!

  136. Kari says:

    I love your cooking and crafting posts! 😀 They make me brave and then I try all sorts of fun things just like you!

  137. Sandra in SC says:

    Hi, Suzanne! We were out of town over the weekend and I missed this post originally. I just now came across it while trying to find what all I had missed! I, too, am a daily reader….I love everything about CITR! Thanks to several commentors who mentioned using the calendar to see what was posted on prior days….a big DUH to me, I hadn’t even thought about that! I didn’t read all these comments, but I would echo many of them…especially #12, would love to see/hear more about Kitten and Little. I would also agree with #30 regarding the random topic thingy…it has been a bit maddening to see several old posts that I’d like to read, read one, go back and the others have changed! I started reading in Dec 2009 or maybe Jan 2010 and I’ve visited everyday or nearly everyday since! My personal favorites are the animal stories, the crafts and the cooking/recipes. I don’t have as much time for crafts as I once did, but maybe one day….I do cook…a lot…and have used many of your recipes and others from Farm Bell Recipes..every one I’ve tried has been delicious! I love learning how to make things that don’t involve unpronouncables….is that a word…in the ingredient list. I work, I garden, I cook, I put up food in the freezer and I can some food too….I’d like to do more sewing and crafting….again maybe soon. The ads don’t bother me…good for you that you get paid for allowing them. Thanks for all the fun stuff and great information!!!


  138. Darlene in North Ga says:

    There is a second way to keep up with the daily posts – even if you have to miss several weeks. After each post, you will see this:
    “See All My Recipes” (or whatever page you’re on is named)
    “Printer-Friendly Printer-Friendly” (probably just on the recipe page)
    “Comments 11 Comments”
    “ShareThis | Subscribe to my feed Subscribe”
    “Posted by Suzanne McMinn | Permalink”
    and then there’s the 4 mini pics of back articles.

    If you click on “Subscribe to my feed” and then click on a “reader” (Google, Yahoo!, etc.) you will get all of the posts on a single page. To READ those posts, all you have to do is log-in to your “reader”. (I have Google, so when I want to read any of my blogs that I’ve subscribed to, I type in “” and it takes me to my Google reader. (Yahoo would work the same way, don’t know about any of the others.
    If you don’t have a “reader”, you can get one for free. Personally, I like Google. You may like another one. Perhaps you already have yahoo eamil – then use Yahoo’s reader. Once you have signed up for a reader (only takes a minute or two.), you can start adding the blogs you read by finding and clicking their “subscribe by RSS” button. It will take you to a page or pop-up that asks which reader you want to use.

    Yes, you will need a user name and password. But here’s a trick. Use an unusual enough name – make one up if you need to. Then use it for ALL user names. Make up two passwords. One used ONLY for online banking or other sensitive, financial sites (to pay phone, car ins., etc). Use the second for everything else. (If you’re running a business, you should NOT be using your personal profile with your business profile!) Keep business on a separate profile and keep your financial password separate from your “junk” (for me that includes my email”)sites. That way, if something gets hacked, you’d not have given away the farm.

    Then to make a really secure password, use a combination of numbers, capital letters and lower case letters. Something like 1L0v3syOU. That combination keeps current hackers from setting up a program to just find “words” and used them to hack. Nothing is 100% fool-proof, but this keeps you from having 500 passwords – in a book on the desk (or better yet, taped to the monitor) where, if a thief breaks in, you’ve given him/her the keys to your entire kingdom. And truthfully, you’re probably more likely to be robbed than have someone steal all of your websites.

    Hope this helps someone.

  139. Christy Miller says:

    I enjoy my morning coffee with you and sometimes the last thing I do at night is browse through it again. It actually keeps me in the right mindset. I do live in rural Va. and I am very self-sufficient.So, your site just encourages me to be better at what I do.
    What would I like to see on this site: More veg.gardening, canning, and drying (because I know you don’t have enough to do), good food storage ideas, all kinds of self-sufficiency ideas (you are almost as good as the Foxfire books(. I love the exchange of ideas amongst all of us. Just speaking for myself, I learn something new everyday or am reminded of something (you know how old brains can be…….:) ).Basically, Suzanne, you encourage all of us to be better people in all areas of our lives. Thank you, honey, for all the time you take to share your life with us. Don’t you think all of us want to be as good a role model to our family and friends? This is certainly a time in our nation where we need to be as self-sufficient as possibly and to know a myriad of skills. YOU GO GIRL!!! as my kids would say. Christy Miller

  140. Crystal Stoddard says:

    Honestly I wouldn’t have you change a thing. I use an RSS Feed so I get everything and everything and can pick and choose what I read on what day. (currently catching up because had computer troubles and couldn’t read for awhile.) I read because I long to have a farm of my own and you, while I am sure farm life can be grueling and hard, make it seem fun and while not necessarily easy it is at least not as backbreaking as we might think. Needless to say you are what I wish I could be right now, not only a farmer but a writer – of which I am working on the latter and dreaming about the former.

    Don’t stop what you are doing, you are usually a highlight of my day.

  141. KCHobgood says:

    I actually stumbled across your site when I was browsing some clips on U-Tube and was bowled over by your bouncing sheep playing with her pal the dog. I followed the name back and promptly fell in love with your site. I’ve been reading something here almost every day, twice if I can find the time. Its hard to say what won me over most. I was the first city born kid in my family so naturally I ran off to my Grandmother’s farm every chance I got. I was always much more at home there than in my parents suburban confines. So I’m a country boy at heart. Oh yes, my Grandmother raised chickens too. Then there is the Celtic connection. I’m 3/4 Irish and 1/4 Scot. And like you I am a writer. Among my projects is a cook book written from the male perspective with the title, “What I Learned in My Grandmother’s Kitchen.” I garden and I cook too so I love everything about your site. Keep it up.

  142. Amy says:

    A belated response, as I was on vacation when this was posted: I love the glimpses into real farm life, where not everything is perfect, and you *can* run around doing chores in your boots and a long tshirt. I grew up, not quite on a farm, but with animals and gardens and in the country. All my friends growing up had farms, where I loved to spend time. I now live in suburbia and spend all my time in front of a computer at work. I love your blog because it allows me to vicariously live the life I often think I’d rather be living, and because it reminds me that places still exist where what you’re wearing doesn’t matter as much as what you can do/make.

  143. kd says:

    There is not ONE thing I would change about your blog! I love every post! (True, I rarely post, but love it all I do!)

  144. Dawn says:

    What keeps me coming back to the site are the stories you tell along with your pictures. I don’t read the craft or recipes in-depth every day, but I like knowing they’re there to reference when I get the time to cook or be crafty 🙂

  145. Texangirl says:

    your honest, down-to-earth approach to life is what I like. The daily stories of farm life are so rich with humor and candor that I can’t help but want to read more. I am living vicariously through you until we make the jump from our city home to our small place in the country that we go to only on the week ends.

  146. SuzzyQ says:

    I love how you make so many things yourself. What a pioneer spirit! Home made everything! I also love the adventures of all the animals, your family, the garden, winter,spring, summer, autumn & 52! What’s not to like?!

  147. Deb says:

    I have 200+ CITR posts piled up so I’m skimming thru everything to catch up and just made it to this date backwards. Maybe someone has already said this in the above comments, but I used to make sure I read you every day because the entire post would come up on Bloglines. Then when you updated your site, the posts changed to just a few sentences. That really discouraged me from bothering to go read them because it didn’t interest me to go over to the real site. I’ve heard someone else give up on reading because of that very thing, too. Of course, I know you’ve probably done it this way so everyone can see the ads, etc. I liked the comment above about clicking on the calendar date for the day before. Maybe that will help but it’s still not getting everything on my reader.

  148. Karen F says:

    Love the sheep. I have started a collection of sheep, the decorative kind of course, because they are so spectacular! I first fell in love with them when I went with my sister to Scotland and the love affair contines……..more sheep!

  149. spatdi says:

    I’m not sure when this post was written(what year) but I thoroughly enjoy your writing! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with me!
    I enjoy your blog posts, your recipes, and everything else in between!

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