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Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor
October 8, 2013
11:41 pm
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I agree. With everything all y’all said. :D I received my kindle copy today, and read it today. One of the things I liked most about how the book is written is that you don’t have to have read the blog to keep up. It was nice to have the memories of the original posts, but it certainly isn’t necessary. My husband is unfamiliar with the blog but he read a couple of chapters while I was making lunch and he put it on his to-read list. He said he didn’t feel left out at all. I told him that’s one of the things I like about Suzanne, she takes all of us with her on her journeys. 

I think she did a great job and I hope there are more books in the future. 

 

October 10, 2013
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I really appreciate everyone who’s buying it and reading it! Thank you!  Those of you who may have Amazon accounts, if you post a review on Amazon, that would be great, and I would really appreciate that, too!

Clover made me do it.

October 11, 2013
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I just finished your book Suzanne and found myself dreading that the end was coming and even though I read the blog regularly had your story rattling around in my head since I finished it. That is what a good book does to me..Good Book!! Thanks for filling in the spaces and surviving to live and thrive another day. You are an amazing woman. 

Take good care.sun2

October 12, 2013
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Just want everybody to know, that I was one of the lucky ones who received the advanced copy.

I had to wait the longest of everybody because it had to be shipped  all the way “north” to Canada.

Just wanted to share it is a very touching story and shows what a wonderful and strong lady “our” Suzanne is.(of course we all know this, but nice to see it double confirmed)

I am thinking not only a wonderful gift for/to yourself, but what about all the names on your Christmas list?

 

October 13, 2013
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I stopped at Suzanne’s on Friday and got to see and handle and leaf through a final copy of the hardback. WOW! What a beautiful book, truly! Harper-Collins did her proud – beautiful full color glossy picture pages, the burgundy-inked tiny chicks sprinkled throughout the book and borders and embellishments in the recipe and crafting section. I need to put in another book order – this is not just a good book – it is a beautiful book for gifting as well.

 

 

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If common sense were truly common, wouldn't there be more evidence of it?

October 14, 2013
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Well.

LOL! Just finished the Kindle edition; loved the photos at the end and this is my new favorite answer for everything. If it’s good enough for Georgia, it’ll work for me!

I (sorta) have a farm in Africa.

October 17, 2013
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Several of us are meeting up to go to Taylor Books this evening.  Maybe we will see a few we have not seen for a while, meet new people, and otherwise just have a good time?

A nice cup of something warm on this dreary day and some conversation with friends sounds like a lovely way to spend an evening!

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

October 18, 2013
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My book came in the mail from Amazon today! I’m so excited! happy-flower

I opened the box right away, unwrapped the book and looked at all the pictures, and then read all the recipes and crafts.  Trying to save the story for tomorrow. Gonna love it!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

October 19, 2013
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Now listen here, Suzanne…I have things to do! I’m trying to clear out my little house enough to have a realtor come in and get it listed so I can move closer to my son because I have intermittent disabling vertigo, but it’s hard to do alone, particularly because I never know when dizziness will hit and I just got results from my DNA search on Ancestry.com and I want to search all the hundreds of distant cousins it lists for me and what happens?  Your book came and now I don’t want to put it down!sun2

 

(And yes, I know that was a run-on sentence. I’m just hurrying so I can get back to reading.)

October 19, 2013
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I total agree with Jan in Van, everything came to a hold. But thank you for sharing this part of your life. I can’t wait to fine out the endingshimmybombholeheart

October 22, 2013
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I received my book yesterday (Monday) Today is Tuesday and I finished it. Thank you
Suzanne for sharing your life with us. After reading your blog for a long time and reading your book I feel  like you and your family are part of my life and somehow a friend.

 

The pictures are beautiful, the recipes I plan to make. As I read the book I laughed and even cried for you. You are an awesome  and strong woman.  Now another book would be a wonderful thing. I will be watching for it.

October 23, 2013
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I’m about half-way through the book so far and have been staying up late, reading in bed by flashlight!

Although I have always enjoyed your writing on the blog, Suzanne, I am really blown away with your skillfulness in bringing out the sweetness and humor of the little details in the everyday accounts and also in developing each character throughout the book.  (Makes me want to find these people and hug them!  Especially Georgia and even the Ornery Angel…LOL.)  I love your wit and sense of humor in the book and how you find delight in the little things.  As the reader, I feel like I’m following along after you in my chore boots.  Then when you come to the parts about 52’s little episodes, wow, it really is jarring how they come out of nowhere–but it makes me feel how harsh it must have been to you, to one minute be enjoying your new farm life and the next to wonder if it was all going to disappear.  I don’t know that I could have been any kind of peacemaker in that situation.  My horrible temper would have come unglued.  I’m glad to already know it has a happy ending and I’m definitely hooked, reading about how it all unfolded and recalling the individual blog posts that went along with it.

My very favorite parts so far have been about looking back over the heritage of the strong women that went before you and also the little piece about your phone conversation with Mrs. Brooks Randolph’s daughter.  I’ve always loved history and geneology.  How neat that you were able to find out more about her.  Morgan is a doll too.  Love her!  butterfly

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do , do it with thy might…

(Ecc. 9:10a)

October 28, 2013
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Hi Suzanne,  chicken

Just finished your wonderful book. I hope you do one about Sassafras Farm. I follow your blog almost everyday. I love the stories about your goats. When we first moved to WV we had a goat named Floppy. My late husband would bring her into the house and have her jump on my bed like a dog. I loved that goat. She gave us many babies and milk to make butter with. I had a milk separater that I used to get the cream from the milk, lot easier then leaving it set and got much more cream. I didn’t drink the milk, I don’t like milk, but I used it in cooking and gave it to ones who wanted milk in coffee. I am glad you were able to get away from 52. I know it takes courage to break up a relationship, but sometimes it has to be  done. And it sounds like  you are  doing ok for yourself. Some day I am going to come to one of your workshops.

Keep up the good work

Margie Smith happy-flower

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