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August 27, 2008
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Suzette
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I'm Suzette.  I'm a militantly single lady of 60, living in a Memphis suburb.  I have country roots and have spent my share of time traversing dirt roads, feeding chickens and generally enjoying country life.  But, currently, I'm a city girl. I have one child, a 26-year old daughter who is a Navy veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom.  She's now a model, actress and web developer.

I'm a person driven by my hobbies.  My hobbies drove more than one husband totally nutz!  I've been deeply into stained glass, sewing, soaping, camping, quilting, candle-making, gem-cutting, silversmithing, beading, drawing, painting and presently, jewelry-making.  This one feels like “the” art for me.  I'm really loving it – plus I get to wear a lot of neat jewelry!  Oh, yeah…and through it all, photography has always anchored everything else.

I worked for 31 years at the national headquarters of a nonprofit organization focusing on disability.  Eight years ago, they moved me from my home in Texas to the Washington, DC area, where I lived for nearly six years.  When they let me go, I moved to Memphis to be near family.  I was “overqualified” for every nonprofit job I applied for and ended up in a totally new career, managing ticket sales for a performing arts venue…and I love it.  So much change within a decade that most people think of as a time when one slows down!  I've never been normal in pretty much every way, anyway! :)  

I love Suzanne's blog.  It's the first thing I do in the morning.  The enjoyment I got here inspired me to start my own…and I'm enjoying doing that, too! 

It's nice to meet you all!

August 29, 2008
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Hi, My name is Peggy and I live in Fayetteville, NC. I was born and raised in the western mountains of NC and miss them alot. Married to a retired army guy that is now on the road a lot as owner/operator trucker. My 3 daughters are grown and married giving me 9 fantastic grands to spoil. We have a small dairy goat farm that keeps me busy. Our Nubians are like our children. Each has their own personality and are so lovable. I use the milk for drinking, cheese making, ice cream, soaps, lotions and candles. We also have the normal chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits on the farm and they too all have names. Life at Hidden Haven is busy but I love it.

Peggy

August 29, 2008
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One Frugal Mom
Northern Virginia
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Hi all,

I'm Molly, 37, married to my wonderful DH.  We have 5 kids 22, 20, 18, 9 and 7.

We live on a little plot of land about an hour outside DC.  I have dreams of chickens and canning all sorts of garden produce, but it has not happened yet. LOL  I did get apple trees this though!

I would love to eventually have a larger plot of land, farther out in the country…but that would be far in the future. LOL

Nice to “meet” everyone.

Molly

August 29, 2008
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J CopperCreekers
Kentucky
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I'm J and I've been married to Old Man for 33yrs.  I'm 53yrs old and he's 57 and we're the CopperCreekers.  My mom has ALZ and lives with us.  We've all 3 lived in Kentucky all our lives.  We're working on making life here on The Creek more self sustainable.  Come by WilloSwitch, our blog, to visit and learn about the other members of The Creek.

August 29, 2008
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Hi, I'm Wende and I live in western Colorado with my sweetie and two cats, Kinky and Spud.  I'm 38, no kids of my own, although Sweetie has 3 girls, 22-20-13, and 2 granddaughters, 3 yr. and 4 mo.  The girls all live in northern CA.  I work for an organic apple sauce company.  We have cherry and apple orchards and make lots of apple sauce.  Well, I use the term 'we' loosely…  I manage the office and take care of all the pesky paperwork that goes along with running a business.  No farm of my own, but I live in a rural community and there are no shortage of goats, sheep, chickens, cows and horses around to satisfy my need for picturesque country life.  I've lived in ID, AZ, NM, CA and here, and always been drawn to small town life.  Really enjoying  Chickens In the Road!

August 29, 2008
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Heather from NC
Moncure, NC
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I am a 37 year-old mother and wife living in Moncure, NC.  I have one daughter, 14 and one son, 11.  I always wanted more children and I am now blessed with 2 bonus daughters 12 & 9.  I work as a student services specialist at a large state university.  I lived in suburbian Raleigh, NC for over 20 years…high school, college and throughout my first marriage.  Then I met the love of my life (while the ink was still wet on my divorce papers) when I tagged along with my best friend to a pig pickin' at a horse ranch.  Coincidentally the ink was still wet on his papers too.  The timing wasn't right to date but we kept in touch and 3 years later we were married.  We recently bought a house and a little bit of land  in the country right next to his father's 100-acre horse ranch (where we met).  Our older daughters love to ride so we currently own 2 very spoiled horses.  We have 2 house dogs and we have somehow acquired 2 porch dogs from our neighbors.  I plan to get milk goats next year so I can make cheese.  This is not the life I would have pictured for myself but I am the happiest and most fulfilled I have ever been.  My husband is a wonderful partner and father to all of our children, our kids get along fabulously and they all love country life.  We are are blessed with health, a large loving family and abundant gardens!

I love to cook with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food!

August 29, 2008
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MVP
NE Kansas
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Hi, I'm Vic.  I live in NE Kansas in a very small town.  I have three daughters, the oldest is almost 30 and has three kids, her husband is in the Air Force, the next one is 27 and has two kids, her husband is in the Ministry and then I have an almost 14 y/o at home.  I was married to a very wonderful woman for a little over 29 years and have been widowed for a little over two. 

A few years before she died we bought a small farm, five acres, house and a barn.  I started remodeling it, and boy did it need it.  Since I was working on it by myself but I didn't get it finished before her death.  Her death was totally unexpected.  I haven't done much except keep the payments up for the last two years but I am ready to start working on it again.  My youngest daughter says I won’t get it done before she is in college, she may be right.

I stumbled onto this site a few days ago and have really enjoyed it.  Thank you, Suzanne for a very interesting, great site. 

Vic

August 29, 2008
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Bonny
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My name is Bonny.  I live in Northwest Indiana in a small town.  I want to go to Kentucky where my family is from, but I share custody with my ex and have to wait until the kids are older.  I have three boys, 12, 9, and 4.  I work two jobs, I care for an elderly lady, I go to school full time, and I am about to lose my mind.  Seriously.  I have been in a relationship for the last 5 years after my divorce with a great man.  I know, not very interesting stuff.  No goats or chickens here, but hopefully in my future.

August 30, 2008
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Kim W
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I'm Kim.  I'm a 49 year old Ohio homeschooling mom – in our 16th and last year!  We have 2 awesome young ladies – 20 and 17 years old.  I am a writer/product reviewer/Ohio coordinator for The Old Schoolhouse homeschool magazine and a speaker. My family loves music – 3 of us are on our church's praise team – my hubby and a daughter sing and I trade off between singing, hammered dulcimer, Irish penny whistle and flute.  I am about to get my Associate's Degree from a small seminary (nope…NOT going to be a lady preacher!  lol  Just getting me degree(s) to see where I might go after we graduate our last daughter this spring) and am going on for my Bachelor's.  I'm excited about that…but it's sure different being the STUDENT after all these years!!  Wink

We live – by choice – in a very small town – actaully it's so small it's a village – in a rural county.  We are on the extreme edge of the town but we would love to be farther out in the country.  Suzanne…what you have done is our dream…although ours includes either a log home or a reproduction farmhouse!  My husband and my parents all grew up on farms and it's been so exciting to see how far you've come in such a short time and to know that it CAN be done.  KEEP WRITING!!

Blessings from Ohio…

August 31, 2008
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Mim
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Hi my name is Mim. I live in Malden WV (5 miles of the Capitol). married 14 yrs in Oct- 2 kids- son 26 & single- daughter 20- married w/ 2 kids. We built each kid their own starter “home” on the lot next to ours. I also have 2 cats, 1 dog, 1 rabbit & 3 alpacas. We really got the cart before the horse when we got the alpacas. Only had almost an acre that had total of 3 houses on it but we went to look at the alpacas one weekend and bought them and brought them home the next. Built a fence probably in record time. I felt so lucky to finally have alpacas…but my luck even got better. An acre runs across the back side of our property & I had talked to the property owner for years trying to purchase it… I had the alpacas home for about 3 days & the property owner sent word that he was ready to sell…So of course, I know have enough room for more alpacas, some goats & chickens. I am hoping that my Dad who was raised on a farm in Roane County, WV can provide me valuable information on this adventure of mine. Well thats my life in a nutshell….oh also I only have a little more than 3 yrs to retire….

August 31, 2008
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By a lake in S. Michigan
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I am Cathy, I live in S. Michigan in the country next to a lake. My husband’s wonderful is Ray and we have 5 kids, 3 of whom are still at home. We have 3 grandchildren from the oldest kids. We have 2 Labradors, 1 cat, canaries, and 6 chickens. At one time we had a hedgehog… (I think Suzanne needs a hedgehog….)

August 31, 2008
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Hi there!  I'm Georgia from smack in the center of Texas.  Yes its still hot.  DH is John who at 53 going to college to be a welder when he grows up.  DS is Jonathan 22 and doesnt know what he wants to do.  I am the supervising admitting clerk at our local emergency room and love every minute of it.

I retired from owning a floral business for almost 30 years.  I am doing or have done almost every craft ever created.  Mostly enjoy quilting and oil painting.  I also love crafting large old world santas.

I love my 13 year old chi-rat Tike, my cripple pregnant cat Corine, and my 70+ chickens.  And I try really hard now not to get naked in the chicken pen!!!

September 4, 2008
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Jeremy Welch
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Well I'm a little new here but I'll tell yall a little bit about myself. My name is Jeremy Welch. I'm 20 years old(act like I'm 15) and I live in the great state of Mississippi. I'm in the Army National Guard and am getting ready to go to Iraq this next year. I have a wonderful girlfriend but don't plan on getting married anytime soon(meaning at least after I get back from Iraq). I live with my mother and sister for now. I'm looking into buying a piece of land after Iraq. Yes most of my plans in life revolve around coming back from Iraq. I have a male Jack Russel named Pup and a male cat named Bubbles(girlfriend named him before finding out that he was a he). Well… I guess I'm done for now. Laters.

September 5, 2008
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I am 53, divorced with a 24 yr old son.  I live in Mesquite, Texas.  I am a twin.  My twin sister is an attorney in Houston and use to be a part time judge.  She runs Rescue Bank a nonprof organization she and John started to warehouse food, crates and other items for no kill shelters.  They send food and crates and other supplies like computers to shelters.  They sent trucks of food and crates for the victims of Katrina.  I have a rescue dog named Harry Potter who is the same dog as Suzanne's dookie.  I like antiques, crafts, reading, movies, symphony.  My job takes me to several places.  I have lived in very large cities and rurual areas too.  in the city i like to have the shopping, restaurants and to feel like I am in something larger than me.   It is hard to disclose my profession so I choose to leave that out – not that it is anything illegal or immoral – the opposite actually but it is better to leave it unsaid for now. 

in the rural area i like how we all know each other, every Tuesday night at the DQ you know who is going to be there for half price hamburger night whether they buy the hamburer that night or not.  You get closer to people there, people in the couty know you too even if you live far away.  where I am now it is a fairly large city 10 min from Dallas but i miss the folk in the country and some of that lifestyle. 

I ran across Suzanne's site while looking for a craft idea one day and have stayed since.  It starts my day.  so nice to meet you all on line.   Jeremy – we all wish you the best when you go to Iraq.  I hope and pray someday the war is over. 

September 6, 2008
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I'm Laura from Delaware.  I just turned 50, married to a very laid back country boy for 10 years, have a grown daughter who is 26, and just love this site.  Suzanne you always start my day off with a smile!  I am the “Office Goddess” for a construction company, however since I turned 50 and the hot flashes came the very next day, I am now known as the “Office B***h”.  I do both titles very well.  I have an old black lab and the sweetest black cat in the house, just had to put my beloved pug, Sadie Ann, down, very hard day.  I have attempted Grandmother Bread once, and improvement is needed, but was still delicious.  I have tried the Brunswick Stew recipie by Bee Yourself and hubby and I both loved it and am planning to make again tomorrow (If T.S. Hannah doesn't change our plans).  I love wine, I love wine, I love wine, I love wine.  When things are all crazy, wine a little and you'll feel better.  I love wine.  Did I mention, I love wine?  Well, I love wine.  I also love fall, hate summer, so September is my favorite month.  Goodbye to hot humid weather, hello to fall!  Would prefer to be neck deep in snow then sweat dripping off my nose from Delaware humidity topped off with a hot flash.  Hey, if O-biden wins the ticket, not many people can say they babysat the vice-president's kids once, but I will be able to!  Too cool.  Thanks for starting this forum and this topic.  I love the crockpot topic as well!  Nice to meet y'all!  Suzanne, I won  a copy of Third Sight, and am loving it!  Thanks again….Laura  

September 6, 2008
5:26 pm
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IowaDeb
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Hello everyone, seems  I missed this topic but here I am. My name is Deb , I live in Iowa, in the Quad City Area, home of Boetje's Mustard, Isabel Bloom, and of course John Deere, Lagomarcino's chocolates, Whitey's ice cream and the Maid-Rite sandwich.The Mississippi River runs east to west as it passes through this area. I am 49 living with 1 sig other, a yellow Lab and 2 cats. I have 1 grown daughter(26) and 1 grandson(6) 1 granddaughter(7 mos) who live 4 hrs away from me and raises Tennesse Walking Horses .We run a lawn care business and I should have been a country girl ! I love animals,gardening,trail walking,and cooking.

Deb 

Sometimes,I live in my own little world, but it's okay because they know me here.

September 7, 2008
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Hi! My name's Beth – I live right in the center of PA.  I'm mom to 5 kids  – ages 9 – 25; and grandma to 1.  I've also been married to a very nice person for many, many years.  I've lived in the country most of my life but just recently have become a 'farmer'.  I have 2 llamas, 4 chickens, 2 goats, 3 dogs, umpteen cats.  We just lost a wether to urinary blockage and we lost a cria in July. And a visiting dog ate a chicken.  It's been a very depressing summer.  Anyhow, I'm a counselor and I thoroughly love my life in the country.  I enjoy baking – can't cook meat very well, probably from years of being a vegetarian. 

I really enjoy the Chickens in the road blog because the experiences resemble mine many times. 

Beth in PA

Beth in PA

September 13, 2008
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Hi I'm Cathy from Virginia Beach, VA. I'm in my late 40's & have 3 kids Shannon 23, April 20, & Ryan 17. I also have lots of animals here (mostly dogs). I'm a wahm with a craft business.

I grew up here at the beach but spent lots of time in WV as my kinfolk were from there. Mostly Athens but also Bluefield, Princeton, Hinton, White Sulphur Springs, Beckley & Charelston.

I currently still have kids still at home & am caring for  my elderly, disabled mother but when I no longer have family obligations keeping me here, my goal is to have a little log cabin on a lake in the country of NC. Not quite a farm, but still country Smile

Cathy

September 20, 2008
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Hi All~~I'm Ulli and read this blog every morning with my coffee. Love to start the day with Chicken in the Road! I'm married 34 years to my hard-working DH. We have two adult sons and a 10 month old Vizsla puppy.

We're originally from Ohio, and have lived in northern VA (DC area) for 16 years via 8 years in NH. We're looking at retiring in about 5 years and getting out of this congested area–back to the country. We grew up in small-town America and when we go back to Ohio to visit family not much has changed. Ultimately we'd like to find a farm in southeastern Ohio or western PA and maybe have a couple of goats or sheep–not sure because it's a few years away.

I'm very fortunate that I don't have to work, but I write occasionally for a local paper and used to write for a magazine. In the past I've done whatever I had to do to meet the bills–teacher's aid, accounting… I guess I'm a jack of all trades and master of none!

Glad to meet you all!

September 21, 2008
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Hi I am Tresh

my name is spelled with an e but pronounced like “Trish” …its a curse!  I am 38 and I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life but have traveled everywhere…I love the mountains the most!  I am married and have 5 kids, the youngest and the only girl is mine and I have 4 older step sons that have welcomed me into their life with open arms.  My daughter shows Paint/Pinto horses and just this year she became a 2008 Pinto World Champion…June 13th, 2008….FRIDAY the 13th!!!! hahaha…

I stumbled onto Suzanne's blog by reading Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, there was a link…visited it once and I have never left…in fact, it is about the ONLY thing I read now.  We raised chickens when I was growing up and I am dying to get back to the country (our horse stays with his trainer)

so glad to cook and share recipes with everyone!!! its fun!!!

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