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September 21, 2008
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raeanne
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Hi all.

I'm 54 (first wrote 53, even though its not like I just had my birthday)… isn't it just so easy to loose track of how old you are, now that you're older? Anyway, married many many years to Mike. We have three grown children, 5 grandchildren all busy with their lives.

Six years ago we moved to northern Michigan (lower peninsula, just 50 miles from the bridge) and bought a motel/bed and breakfast. That was a complete lifestyle change. Took some getting used too..

we have a lovely gardens/patio area out back. I have a small herb garden and a few tomato plants. We raised our children in Shipshewana, IN. . a rural Amish farming community. We had a large garden those days. I am hoping to plant a small garden next spring here.

We always enjoyed the outdoors, and the simple pleasures of life and nature. Which include plants, flowers, wildlife, birds and animals.

I found Chickens in the Road blog and enjoy so much the recipes, stories and pictures.

September 22, 2008
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I am Gretchen-I live just outside of nashville, tn.  I grew up in st albans WV. My best friend and I read Chickens in the road almost everyday. She still lives in WV and we discuss this blog over the phone during our many phone convos. She tried out the grandmother's bread for the first time Friday-I am going to find out today how it turned out for her.

I have three kids-ages 2, 8 and 17. We homeschool and garden and I sew. I love this blog because I would love to have a small farm. I don't know if I would be a great animal cartaker though-I get lazy in the winter. 

Excuse any typos-its still early in the morning. If I didn't have to drive 17 to class I would still be in bed.

September 28, 2008
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polis
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Hi everyone.

I'm 28 years old and I live in west Texas. I am “citified” however, I was raised that it was better to make something homemade than get it out of a box or store bought. I have a B.A. in political science and rhetoric. I am working on my M.A. but time off because my dad passed not too long ago.

I am with my boyfriend for almost 9 years (yes we'll be getting married, just always put school first Tongue out) after this coming summer (he graduates with his M.S. in Computer Science).

I love baking and cooking. I have grown a bunch of flowers (I live in a desert) that I am proud of. I grow my own jalepenos and I am thinking about growing other veggies soon.

Although I have taken the “career path” I still rather be home doing a cross-stitch than out networking with other professionals.

I hope I come off as friendly.

<3 Rebecca

September 29, 2008
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Abiga
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Hi, I am Abiga/Karen,  I have four grown children b37, g31, b25, and g23 of which the older two are married. B37 is married to a sweet Ukrainian girl and they have two girls 3 and 2 months living in California. G31 is married to a wonderful state trooper and they have five children b10, b6, g4, b3, and a g4 months and live on a small farm in central Illinois. They have graciously allowed me to live with them for 3 years now and I also travel to Cally a lot. I am truly blessed now that they have a mini farm. B25 is single and lives around Boulder, Colorado now and goes to a herbal college. G23 is single and lives in north Chicago suburbs and is a medical assitant. I hope to convince her to live near us here one day.  My oldest grandson named me one day going from gaga to abiga somewhere in time and all seven of the grandbabies now call me this. I am retired from schol teaching for the second time although without pension or social security right now and just taking each day as it comes. I love to garden, quilt, sew, knit, crochet, bake, walk, travel, read and spend time with family by helping them anyway I can. I also enjoy blogging at homeschool blogger and homestead blogger. I would like to get chickens, Nigerian dwarf goats, and a Pyr at least by springtime so reading Suzanne's blog is very informative. Thank you Suzanne! Right now we have to work on fencing areas for the animals and preparing for them besides getting the ground ready for a spring garden. Blessings.

September 29, 2008
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I am d31 of Abiga/Karen.  :-)  We just moved to the country a few months ago and are currently trying to get the ground ready for next year's garden.  Our next project is getting ready for chickens and then hopefully goats.  I have five kids.  D – 10, N – 6 1/2, C – 4, B – 2 1/2, L – 4 mo. 

I  have two blogs, which I mainly double post on.  I can't seem to separate the two of them. 

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/momanna98/

http://www.homesteadblogger.com/momanna98/

October 16, 2008
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Salamander
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Hello my name is Amanda I am 32 and live in Charleston WV. I grew up in Elkview and have never lived outside of WV.  I am married to my high school sweetheart Matt.  I have an 11 year old daughter and a 2 year old daughter.  We have 4 dogs 2 cats and 4 chickens. 

The person who upsets you the most is your best teacher, because they bring you face to face with who you are.

October 17, 2008
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Jaymi
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Hiya. I'm Jaymi. I'm 35 (WHAT WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?), married to my husband for 12 years. I have a 16-year-old boy and a 10-year-old daughter.  My husband is in the Navy and I'm a sahm. I have my associates in social science. I'm lagging on getting back to school, but I WILL and when I do I will obtain a bachelor in Anthropology.

I have huge hopes of living in the country someday and settling down. I was raised by a first generation Californian. Both sides of my family come from Oklahoma. Luckily, I was brought up with most of the yummy recipes and only a few of the weird things that go on in the country. Wink I mean you can't have friends over if your mother is going to slop her cornbread in her glass of milk after dinner, mush it to bits, and then eat it with a spoon-it's just too much for Californian's to take!

I look forward to getting to know you all here. It's been a blast.-Jaymi

Be thankful!

October 18, 2008
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CindyP
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Hi, my name is Cindy and I live in Mid Michigan quite close to Lake Michigan.  I'm 38 years old and just recently became unemployed as my company closed with this Michigan economic caos.  I have no kids of my own, but my partner of 3 years (John) has 2 daughters (23 & 20) and 1 son (15), 1 granddaughter whose 3 1/2 and 1 grandson whose almost 3.  I love them all!!  They've even told me I'm not wicked stepmother!!  I have a 7 year old black lab, Sadie and 1 year old Chow/Shepherd, Jaxon who really rule our lives!!

I stumbled on Chicken in the Road from another blog from another blog and on and on.  I love it!  It is my first read in the morning with my coffee.  Suzanne is up before I am!!

In my heart I am a junking diva!!  I find all sorts of items that are being thrown in the trash and revamp to make something very useful.  Reclaim, reuse, refurbish, recycle………I've been crafting since I was quite young.  I love photography, yarns, woodworking, and after reading some crafts in the forum I am going to try quilting!!  I had my very first garden this year (since I left home 20 years ago!!)  I cannot believe everything I forgot that has to be done to be a gardener!!  So now I am working on next year's garden already!!

With my recent unemployment, I have been working on frugal living…………there are so many ways that we are quite wasteful and live by means that don't really need to be.  It's not being poor, it's just living simply.  I think a person is so much richer just by living the simple life and enjoying the basics……life, laughter, and love.  All the other stuff is just “fluff”.

It has been great to “meet” everyone!

Cindy

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

October 20, 2008
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Hello all.  I am a 44 years old and live in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO.  I have been an intensive care unit nurse for 22 years.  I am married to my dear husband, Tom for 12 years now.  I have 3 children:  DS-20, who is away at college, DD-19 who is studying here in St. Louis to be a pastry chef.  She wants to move to Alaska. and DD-7 who is in 1st grade.  We have an old man (15) labrador/chow, a crazy, very crazy beagle, 2 house cats, and 2 little hammies.  We have a small garden and I try to do everything frugally and simply.  I want to teach my children, at least the impressionable one, to value relationships over people and to see the value in being self-sufficient.  We are always trying to find a way to move to the country.  When the kids are out of high school… when the real estate market is better…. when I can get my pension….I am doomed to living in suburbia.    I love reading Suzanne mostly because she had the guts to do it. I love the Slanted Little House post.

January 4, 2009
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Pete
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Ahhh.  HERE'S the getting-to-know-you thread!

Retired. Hoping that by hanging around those who cook well, some may rub off.  (Collecting cook books for years didn't do the trick, but who knows.)  Cooking is necessary for survival, but I can't seem to like doing it nearly as much as talking about it or eating the results.

We live near Charleston WV, close enough we can run into town if we run out of milk, but far enough out that we don't hear any traffic except a few neighbors and lost souls.  We mostly collect stray critters.  We are also far enough out that we have bad critters in the woods around the house.  And not so welcome racoons and possums.

We garden a bit.  Only a few spots sunny enough to properly grow veggies.  Unfortunately, most of that space is driveway.  So we have mostly flowers with some raised beds and former compost areas for garlic, tomatoes, peppers.  Also, we combine veggies among the flowers in between the house and the kennel.  (Did I say that we collect strays?  Yes, we need a kennel!  And an understanding vet…)

We are recovering from my Dad's Alzheimer's.  (We lost him 3 years ago, but I am still exhausted from the experience.)  Mom is with us and celebrates her 97th birthday Tuesday.

So, this is a very fun place to hang out to get new ideas, be reminded of things we used to do, and just be entertained.  Thanks everyone!

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

January 5, 2009
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Hi, I live in California. Married 22 in June. Have 3 kids one boy and two girls. I raise sheep, rabbits and my kids show sheep and  goat so 6 months of the year we have 2 or 3 goats. Hobbies are reading, sewing and I just started gardening again. SD

January 5, 2009
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Leahld22
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Hi I'm Leah. I've already been posting a couple of months,but never knew about this thread. So, I just jumped in with both feet,because I got such a warm welcoming from everyone.

I'm barely 50yr old. I was born and raised here out in the country in IN. My greatgrandpa had a farm here on wihich I spent a great deal of time. His dtr, my Nana, lived there 65yrs.They had hogs, chickens,few cows, and horeses. He made sorgum and molasses too. They had an orchard and a lg garden.My dad alwalys put out a lg garden too, and we had different fruit trees and grapevines. We had horses, dogs,and cats and lived out in the country. Alll the women on both sides of my family were great cooks.so, thus the interest in a country living blog.

I've had a nsg career 30yrs now, am diviorced, have 2 children in their 20's. 1 sweet grandbaby, girl. I have 2 adult cats and 1 kitten.

I like to take pictures, scrapbook, read, bake/cook, and family visits and get togethers.

I found this blog through a nurse friend of mine,farmers wife,mother of triplets and photographer, Tanya. She had Chickens in the Road listed as a favorite blog on her blog the Farmhouse Kids-Tales by the Dairy Wife powered by Feedbitz thesiekmantriplets.Blogspot.com,shes' posted here before. I'm so glad I found it,I think it was meant to be, because I have made friends here that mean a lot to me. I'll be seeing you! Leah

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January 6, 2009
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Patti
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Hi all !

Today is my first time at this blog & I LOVE it ! I found it through CDW & I am so glad I did.

Suzanne has done what I want to do, own my own farm ! My husband & I have a dream of running a small farm but finances, or lack of finances, keep us from living it out Cry

Some day !! Darn it, SOME DAY!!!

We live in south central PA, 2 children, boy age 11, girl age 7. I am a SAHM & love it :)

Happy to be here, love, love love, the site !

January 6, 2009
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I never saw this thread before today either and I’ve been reading CitR for several months. Really cool to catch up on the intros regardless.

I lived in West Texas for 45 years and then moved north of the Red River to OK. We still have a farm in TX that is leased out in cotton and a ranch here in OK. We have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

I do coffee and chickens every morning!

There are only two ways to live your life: one is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

January 7, 2009
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Hello everyone

I'm anni, I too, have been reading CitR for a while but didn't see the intro thread until this morning.

I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with HRH (his royal highness). We have 4 kiddos, dd 17, dd almost 11, ds almost 7, and ds 3.

I traveled in the States in my twenties (about 5 years ago hahahahaha). Ohio, Miami, Phili, Detroit, and Tampa. I was excercising racehorses, so we followed the races. That all ended with dd#1, and I settled down here in Toronto.

Then I started working in a little sewing machine shop, and taught their sewing and quilting classes, when the store closed I started a fabric dyeing business. I travelled around with that a bit too, just in Ontario, but that ended with child #4.

Now I have a new business making outerwear accessories (hats and scarves and such) for children, and hopefully that will carry us to our country dream in a few years.

Someone else posted they read Chickens in the Road because Suzanne did what they dream of. I agree, that's why I read it. Because everyday it gives me hope that one day I can do it too. So thanks Suzanne for keeping the dream alive.

anni

January 8, 2009
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Joanna
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Hello everyone,

I'm Joanna and I live in New Zealand where I moved to from London about three months ago after my grandfather died left me his land and cottage. I've been looking around this wonderful site for a few weeks now and spotted this to say hi.

I'm sure we'll talk again.

Joanna.

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January 10, 2009
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Like some, I've been reading CitR for a while (I ran across it while looking for a homemade vanilla recipe, lol) but have just now got into the forums.  I've lived on a small farm my whole life and we raise sheep and goats and a smallish garden.  I LOVE baking and canning food– my apple pie won the state fair foods exhibit this past year (and I'm not the least bit proud of it, by the way Wink).  I'm a junior in college (animal science major).  I'd be happy to field any questions about sheep and goats!  I've been very active in 4-H and FFA, sewing, cooking, showing, the works.  I'm spending the semester in England studying and traveling and picking up cool cooking ideas (yay!).  I love knowing that I could sustain myself with the sweat of my brow if necessary!  I love it here!

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. - George Eliot

January 12, 2009
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HelloI'm Joanne and I live in a small town in southern Idaho. I never imagined I'd be happy with small town living, but here I am loving it! I just moved into a 100+ year old (but not slanting) house at the center of town. I live here with two old dogs and three cats. This house fits me like none other I've ever lived in before – the high ceilings, all the built-in cabinets, the cellar (or dungeon with shelves as I call it…) the hardwood floors… I can't wait until spring to see what's growing around here! I'm a teacher who is lucky enough to teach at home now, after 23 years in a regular classroom. So I have lots of time to read and write poetry and make messes in the kitchen Laugh

January 17, 2009
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Hi, my name is Sharon and I'm 55 years old. We are married, Ed and I and live in south central Indiana, on 13 acres. We have no children and have been married 12 years. We have 3 horses, 2 dogs, 6 cats and 29 chickens. We sell eggs to friends and neighbors.

I have been a nanny for 21 years, but have never lived in with the families. I am taking care of 3 year old twin boys right now, which I have been caring for since they were 8 months old. This is my third set of twins.

I love to cook and bake and have collected cookbooks since I was 7 years old. I love the older ones, and enjoy reading them, like a novel.

I have been reading Chickens in the Road for a year or more and really enjoy it. I was born in the hills in eastern Kentucky, and lived there until I was 20, so can identify with a lot of it. Thanks for the warm welcome, Sharon

January 23, 2009
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Oh Suzanne, I love your posts.  My name is Lisa and I live in Maine with four kids, one husband, thirty chickens and two goats.  Farm girls rock! 

Lisa

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