Where are you living?

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I am just thrilled to be able to hear what everyone has to say on this forum. I am also curious to know where everyone is living. I know that Don is in Australia, and a few of you are in Canada, but it seems most folk are in the United States.

I think it would be interesting to post where we are...doesn't have to be specific. I personally am interested in geography of say, east of the Mississippi, or New England or Great Plains or S. California, or of about that generality. I would love to know where in OZ Don lives, too. But tell us whatever you wish. So I'll go first, and hopefully some of you will follow... thank you.

sheepish: I live in western Washington State.

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), April 17, 2000


Great idea sheepish, I live in southwestern ohio.

-- diane dirck (di_wtch@yahoo.com), April 17, 2000.

Southeastern Indiana

-- Cindy (atilrthehony@yahoo.com), April 17, 2000.

Southeastern Ohio, Monroe County called "Switzerland of Ohio"

-- homestead2 (homestead@monroecty.net), April 17, 2000.

central Missouri but you don't need to SHOW ME.

-- marilyn (rainbow@ktis.net), April 17, 2000.

(OR) southern Oregon, near the I-5 corridor

-- Hendo (OR) (redgate@echoweb.net), April 17, 2000.

Northwest Wisconsin- We had 68 degrees a while back, now a week of flurries and cold, soon 70 degrees! We must be crazy to live here ( and love it).

-- Peg (jnjohnsn@pressenter.com), April 17, 2000.

Central Wisc, about 60 miles east of Countryside central

-- john leake (natlivent@pcpros.net), April 17, 2000.

I live in northern Virginia 40 miles south of Washington, D.C.

-- Colleen (pyramidgreatdanes@erols.com), April 17, 2000.

I live in Kansas. That would be the OZ land that Dorothy and Toto were from.

-- greenbeanman (greenbeanman@ourtownusa.net), April 17, 2000.

Central New Hampshire, but looking around for someplace else. New England is pretty, and the climate's not too bad, but expensive -- and rocky.

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 17, 2000.

I live in the beautiful Blue grass state of Ky., land of the horses and I am scared to death of horses!!!

-- barbara (barbaraj@mis.net), April 17, 2000.

sheepish as you know i'm in so.cal.

-- shaun cornish (shaun-terri@juno.com), April 17, 2000.

NE Ohio - Kathy

-- Kathy (jubilant@ncweb.com), April 17, 2000.

northern IL

-- Jean (schiszik@tbcnet.com), April 17, 2000.

Michigan, near Kalamazoo. (Yes, there really is one!)

-- Shannon (Grateful Acres Animal Sanctuary) (gratacres@aol.com), April 17, 2000.

E. Central Illinois - near Lake Shelbyville

-- Polly (tigger@moultrie.com), April 17, 2000.

I am new to this forum, but a long time Countryside reader. We live in SW Wisconsin, near Madison.

-- Tami Bowser (windridg@chorus.net), April 17, 2000.

Southwestern Minnesota, or if you prefer, the Great Plains. (sounds more majestice to say Great Plains!)

-- Rachel (rldk@hotmail.com), April 17, 2000.

This is neat -- I'm going to get a map of the USA and stick pins in your locations -- no, not voodoo!!

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 17, 2000.

We live in S.E.Illinois, Richland County near Olney-home of the white squirrels. On a 24 acre farm, down a dead end road next to the river bottoms. Deer leave their nose tracks on our patio door at times. Birds by the kazillions, more or less-next to an old stagecoach trail that legend says-Jesse James once robbed and hid $800 in gold buried alongside and never returned for it. No! YOu can't dig on my farm looking for it---some have asked before. LOL. Matt. 24:44

-- hoot gibson (hoot@otbnet.com), April 17, 2000.

Central Wisconsin

-- Pat (pmikul@pcpros.net), April 17, 2000.

Northwest Connecticut - and , yes, there are still small farms and homesteads here - just not too many. Even near Hartford, Brad! :-)

-- Judi (ddecaro@snet.net), April 17, 2000.

We live on a small, 10 acre place in Ellicott, Colorado, which is about 30 or so miles east of Colorado Springs, out on the plains. Jan

-- Jan Bullock (Janice12@aol.com), April 17, 2000.

Southern Ontario, Canada... about 1hr north of Detroit Mi. We are anxiously awaiting spring !!!

-- Marci Brown (daleb@kent.net), April 17, 2000.

Kane County, Utah. Last stop before Arizona and the North Rim. Growing zone 7(ish), at 6200 ft.

-- Jorja Hernandez (jorja@color-country.net), April 17, 2000.

The High Desert of Sunny Southern California here.

-- Ima Gardener (ima@gardener.com), April 17, 2000.

Southeastern Kentucky...near Cumberland Gap.

-- Jennifer (jkmills@freewwweb.com), April 17, 2000.

I am new to this forum also. I read it all the time but this is only the second time I have posted a note. We life in Missouri at Sullivan about 45 miles from St. Louis, if u know where that is. We are getting some chicks Wed, have had them before but starting out new again. Dreary and chilly this morning 45 degrees so I built a fire in my sweetheart cookstove. I love to read about all of u. God bless. Jean

-- Jean Harper (jean_67_2000@yahoo.com), April 17, 2000.

Hi sheepish, I too live in western washington. Annette

-- annette (j_a_henry@yahoo.com), April 17, 2000.

Northern N.Y. and its only 30 degrees today and windy !

-- Patty Gamble (fodfarms@slic.com), April 17, 2000.

I am new to this forum and have been a subscriber to Countryside for a few years. I live on an island off the midcoast of Maine. It is very beautiful here but this area is becoming more and more of a "tourist trap". Lobsters and tourism are our biggest industries here. As a matter of fact, my husband is a lobsterfisherman. The climate isn't too bad unless we have a lot of fog in the summer which does happen on occasion. Today is cool though, only 40 degrees but sunny. It's been interesting learning where you all are from!

-- Susan Hutchinson (shutch@midmaine.com), April 17, 2000.

Lorain County, Ohio, near Lake Erie

-- Mary (mlogan298@yahoo.cm), April 17, 2000.

The Iowegian checking in.

-- Gerbil (ima_gerbil@hotmail.com), April 17, 2000.

I live in N. Central Idaho not very far from Lewiston.. Doris in Idaho

-- Doris Richards (dorisquilts@webtv.net), April 17, 2000.

About 30 miles s of Kansas City on the Kansas side.20 miles west of the Ks./Mo. state line.Susie

-- Susie (goodartfarm@msn.com), April 17, 2000.

In Central Oregon, the High Desert where it's ugly as all get out and the weathers terrible.

-- Julie (juliecapasso@aol.com), April 17, 2000.

oklahoma city, oklahoma

-- gene ward (gward34847@aol.com), April 17, 2000.

In a large city in Michigan! Homesteading is a state of mind, not a location. My neighbors would be shocked at what goes on in our home and in our tiny yard. Countryside is sometimes my only link to sanity in this world!

-- Sandy Davis (smd2@netzero.com), April 17, 2000.

North of Houston Texas.

-- Vicki McGaugh (vickilonesomedoe@hotmail.com), April 17, 2000.

Northern Utah Where if summer comes on a weekend we have a picnic!

-- sm4farm (dshans@hotmail.com), April 17, 2000.

I've been sticking the pins in (can't make it permanent, though -- it's my Rand McNally!) and so far the bulk of them are in the mid- west, with a few in New England, the Rocky Mountain states, and the far West. Amazing, to have people so far apart be able to communicate so quickly, and help each other with such "old-fashioned" type things!

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 17, 2000.

Seems the only person relatively close to me is Cumberland Gap KY. My wife and I are in Northeast TN. Washington County to be exact. Not far from Bristol, TN. 2 hours NE of Knoxville, TN. 1.5 hours due west of Asheville, NC. So many folks in so many great places, all brought together by the internet! Modern technology does have some good points after all.

-- Steve in TN (lynswim@mindspring.com), April 17, 2000.

We live on a farm in the mountains of western Virgina 30 miles north of Roanoke, Hillbilly heaven

Joel has lived in 48 of the 50 states and I am originally from Iowa Becky osen

-- Joel Rosen (Joel681@webtv.net), April 17, 2000.

Near san fransico [called bay area] california.

-- kathy h (saddlebronc@msn.com), April 17, 2000.

On 80 acres in North Central Florida. Yup, there is country land and homesteaders in Florida!! sissy

-- sissy sylvester (jerreleene@hotmail.com), April 17, 2000.


Love the pins idea!!! Keep us posted!

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), April 17, 2000.

Lancaster County,PA..home of the Amish buggies and the entire population of New York City in the summertime...Soon to be from Jacksonville, Alabama......yeehaw!

-- Lesley Chasko (martchas@gateway.net), April 17, 2000.

SW Oregon, not so far from Hendo. We even have the same server!

Julie, you're my neighbor, more or less. Is it so bad, really, where you live? ( In Central Oregon, the High Desert where it's ugly as all get out and the weathers terrible.)

Where I live, the weather's only terrible if you melt when you get wet! I love it!


-- jumpoff joe (jumpoff@echoweb.net), April 17, 2000.

Southeastern Indiana.

-- Wendy (weiskids@nalu.net), April 17, 2000.

Southcentral Missouri on near the Arkansas border


-- jay (jay@townsqr.com), April 17, 2000.

North Alabama here.......YYYYEEEEHHHHAAAAWWWWWW!

-- Jason (ajakal3@yahoo.com), April 17, 2000.

Eastern Kansas - "The land of Aahh's"

-- Vaughn (vdcjm5@juno.com), April 17, 2000.

central East Texas, 20 miles from Louisiana.

-- phil briggs (phillipbriggs@thenett.com), April 17, 2000.

Thanks you guys. This is so cool for me! I don't know a lot of the places back east, but I do know some out here. I love the high Oregon Desert...I have gone birding at Malheur Lake on many occasions (even stayed at the Field Station..yup cold!!!); plus love the Alvord Desert, Steens and Hart Mountains, etc. And yes, I also love s. Oregon, down around Ashland, and Grass Pants (Grant's Pass). And it looks like I will have fun thinking of my new buddy on the way to the North Rim in AZ!! Jacob's Lake??? To Jan B...don't know your area too well, but I am going to Estes Park this summer and I will look out from 14,000 feet on a hike and see if I can see your house!! To Shaun....the best abalone I ever had came from down your way! And to Doris in Idaho...Ah Lewiston!!! I was conceived in the old Lewis and Clark Hotel!!!

So just babbling on here, but this is great. I can't see your faces, but I can just think about you all and hold an impression in my heart. Thanks!! For the rest of you, I will get out my Atlas, and start studying! Maybe throw in some history, too, since it keeps coming up in the politics threads. Bless you all.

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), April 17, 2000.

Cental Florida.

-- Mark (deadgoatman@webtv.net), April 17, 2000.

NE Texas, 70 miles from Oklahoma, 70 miles from Arkansas, and 70 miles from Louisiana.

-- Green (ratdogs10@yahoo.com), April 18, 2000.

Well, folks, the pins are still thickest in the mid-west, though a few more from peripherel areas have checked in. The south-east and the Great Plains are barely represented, though. Wish I could figure out a way to post the map on here so you all could see, but if you have time, you can do the map thing yourselves, if you want!

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 18, 2000.

I llve in Thomas Jefferson country, near Charlottesville, Virginia -- kind of mid-way between Colleen and Joel Rosen! I have land in Orange, VA, right where three counties (Greene, Orange, and Albemarle) come together, when I am trying to establish a homestead and have bees and a big garden but no home as of yet.

I have been a regular poster on BWH (Backwoods Home Forum) since last summer and one of our regulars there suggested sometime ago that we put our state after our name in our posts. Most of the regulars do that and I love it when people do that! It's really marvelous to me to be communicating with people all over the country, but I pay special attention to people who might be near me, especially if they seem to share main interests with me! Also, we have some people with the same name, and it's nice when they differentiate by adding their state to the post. Why not do it here? I just started, see above!

-- Elizabeth Petofi (VA) (tengri@cstone.net), April 18, 2000.

Maryland checking in! We live on the eastern shore, between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Known as the Delmarva peninsula. (Delaware, Maryland and Virgina)

-- melissa (bizemom@netzero.net), April 18, 2000.

Sheepish, We just left Vancouver (area) Washington last year. Now we are here in NORTH DAKOTA!!! Yes, on purpose! I've been spreading my "come be here" mentality all over this forum so I won't here.

Just a pin on the plains for me!!!

p.s. I'm surprised, but this is really fun, it sort of brings all "closer".:)

-- Novina West (lamb@stellarnet.com), April 18, 2000.

Just completed a migration from Jacksonville Florida (which is *really* south Georgia - most of the time) to beautiful Owens Cross Roads, Alabama.


-- j (jw_hsv@yahoo.com), April 18, 2000.

Another Midwesterner here. We live in west central Wisconsin near the Mississippi River. A little more populated than we'd like around here--we're thinking of moving up north by Peg. Have relatives in Minong.

-- Laurie (SUPERGS63@AOL.COM), April 18, 2000.

I just wanted to point out that Joel only has two more states to go before they finally catch up with him!!!

-- Colleen (pyramidgreatdanes@erols.com), April 18, 2000.

I have been lurking for awhile, but haven't posted much. Since there is very little representation from the South, I thought I'd include my area. The State of New Orleans, and in a few years north central Louisiana near Natchitoches.



-- Judy Murray (jmurray@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu), April 18, 2000.

I'm a life-long Florida resident from the North end of the state. Jacksonville tain't neither part of Southern Georgia! Now we would most times give away Miami/Ft Lauderdale and Tampa/St. Pete to whomever would care to have them...


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-- A.T. Hagan (FL) (athagan@netscape.net), April 18, 2000.

checking in with North Carolina here, and only a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, which I get to be on at least once a week!!!

Beth (NC)

-- Beth (NC) (craig@icu2.net), April 18, 2000.

Riding on Alan's coat-tails...

I don't suppose you folks in Wisconsin or Indiana would like to annex Cook County (Chicago), would you?! Love to see some of my tax money spent on MY road, er trail...cow path...

-- Polly (IL) (tigger@moutrie.com), April 18, 2000.

Chicagoland *shudder*

-- Deborah (ActuaryMom@hotmail.com), April 18, 2000.

moved here 2 years ago, deering newhampshire. loving every minute of it. should have done it sooner. laura

-- laura cavallari (ladygoat13@aol.com), April 18, 2000.

Polly, thanks for offering Chicago to Indiana, but we'll have to pass, wouldn't want to deprive Illinois of city people, noise, and pollution. Indiana already has enough of its' own.

-- Cindy (atilrthehony@yahoo.com), April 18, 2000.

Presently living in SE Wyoming, but anxiously awaiting our return to Macomb, New York as soon as the kids are out of school

-- Polly (oakridge@netcommander.com), April 18, 2000.

Southwest Ohio, about an hour out of Cincinnati.

-- Connie (connie@lunehaven.com), April 18, 2000.

Hi. I've been lurking too, but replying when I can. I live in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, near Harrisonburg. We live on a piece of land that has been in my family for 250+ years--King George III patented it to my ancestors, and we only had the sense to return to it 11 years ago. I guess we've always been homesteaders, although the label is fairly new to me. I wouldn't live any other way!

-- Denyelle Stroup (dedestroup@hotmail.com), April 18, 2000.

NW Ohio, wish the weather would make up it's mind!!

-- David (nelson3@bright.net), April 18, 2000.

central ariz.

-- (ltlctl@yahoo.com), April 18, 2000.

Put a pin half way between Lansing and Grand Rapids in the southern part of the Great Lakes state, Michigan. Living here on the family farm (116 years) and loving every day. Keep up the good work, love reading all this info. Betsy

-- Betsy (betsyk@pathwaynet.com), April 18, 2000.

Liberty Ut. Halfway between Eden and Paradise. Honest. The weather is cool and great.

-- Cheryl Cox (cox33055@aol.com), April 18, 2000.

I live in Central Indiana, about 40 miles north of Indianapolis. I have lived here all my life but would much rather live in Southern Indiana. It is so beautiful there.

-- Denise Priest (jeremy37@indy.net), April 19, 2000.

This is fun! I rarely post, but read a lot. Couldn't resist since I didn't see any 'entries' from Alaska, though I know there are others in here. I live in Salcha, Alaska, about 40 miles South of Fairbanks. Still a foot of snow on the ground here and melting very slowwwwly. Thanks for a great forum. Jill

-- Jill Schreiber (schreiber@santanet.com), April 19, 2000.

Do you accept overseas entries? I live in Epsom, England, home of the Derby horse race. Beautiful Surrey countryside, lots of open spaces, racehorses a major traffic hazard, but close enough for my husband to commute to London. I have not posted here before but lurked a lot. I love it.

-- jackie thompson (jackiet@dircon.co.uk), April 19, 2000.

On the New Brunswick side of the New Brunswick/Maine border. CANADA

-- Abigail F. (treeoflife@sws.nb.ca), April 19, 2000.

Connie, you must be very close to me, my mailing address is New Vienna, OH..ever heard of it?

-- diane dirck (di_wtch@yahoo.com), April 19, 2000.

Boy, can you ever get behind by having houseguests for a couple of days and leaving the computer off! Great question! Judi: I only jest about Hartford. I grew up in Southington and my Dad still lives there. But now we are Maineiacs. Buxton, just a bit west of Portland. Ayuh!

-- Brad (homefixer@mix-net.net), April 19, 2000.

Jackie, I thought Kentucky was where THE DERBY was run!!!! Guess we don't have a monopoly on horses here!!

-- barbara (barbaraj@mis.net), April 19, 2000.

Diana, that is close to me!

-- Connie (connie@lunehaven.com), April 19, 2000.

About 60 miles south of St. Louis Mo

-- Jim (tanner_jim@hotmail.com), April 19, 2000.

Northwest Arkansas

-- Beth (dwright@river-valley.net), April 19, 2000.

Connie, I thought it might be, I work in Fairfield and it takes me about an hour and ten min. to drive to work. We just moved out here in Jan.(fun moving in the snow) and we both love it.

-- diane dirck (di_wtch@yahoo.com), April 19, 2000.

Stick a pin in Oklahoma, SE of Tulsa. Paulette

-- paulette mark (kiwi333@ipa.net), April 19, 2000.

A pin for Kill Devil Hills, NC. It's on the outerbanks, a barrier island. This is where the Wright Brothers first flew. Lots of tourist here. The season is starting this week. We are now living on an acre.(Whoppie!) Which is actually alot here. Thanks for all your help with any question I seem to have.

-- Christy Brown (jbrown@ecinet2000.com), April 19, 2000.

Hi from central PA. I saw only 1 other from around here & they're movin'! God bless y'all! Phyllis

-- Phyllis Redding (almostafarm@yahoo.com), April 19, 2000.

Kinda sorta southern NY, on the banks of the majestic Hudson River, close to the Croton River. Very Rural one second, not the next! Oh, well!

-- Kathy (catfish@bestweb.net), April 19, 2000.

Upstate New York! Not far from Saratoga Springs.

-- blue tick (coonhound@mindspring.com), April 19, 2000.

I live in southern Minnesota. I am just a lurker, but love all the information. Having to live in town, but looking for a few acres, to get back to normal life again. Living in town is driving me insane.

-- Cathy (cathywil@prairie.lakes.com), April 19, 2000.

Northeast Arkansas, 40 miles NNW of Memphis, TN

-- Mike (mike.jennings@eritter.net), April 19, 2000.

St Louis ...but my place is down near the Arkansas border

-- Doc (thisisdoc@aol.com), April 19, 2000.

Well, the pins are still going in -- has anybody else tried it? Still by far the thickest in the mid-west, reaching over to New England, and more down south, too. I do notice that the far west pins are often sort of in pairs, so you folks aren't totally isolated! I had to put Jackie from England's pin in the ocean, as my Rand McNally map doesn't include England!! (Wonder why?!?) LOL

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 20, 2000.

Kathleen, you are the best! What a project. I can see you now, like in a war room with a big room sized map and a pointer...keeping the pulse on the Countryside forum member distribution! Thanks for the recap...wonder why we are so sparse out here in the west? It's not exactly urban everywhere!! Maybe less homesteaders and more big ranchers or farmers? Or ??? I am clueless, as usual, and soon to be late to school if I don't push myself away from this...

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), April 20, 2000.

Hi! I'm using a friends e address as I don't have one as yet. I'm a Hoosier with 8+ acres in Knightstown, IN. I have a start on my homestead, hope to be a self-sufficient old lady when I retire. Now I have minature Belfair cattle, sheep, chickens and rabbits. Plus, raising two of my grandchildren. As you can see, I'm in the mid- west. Have been a Countryside subscriber for a number of years and look forward to receiving my magazine with all of its ideas and information. I am definitely still in the learning stages, but I love it here in the country! Drop me a line, if you like.

-- phyllis warman (KKPierce@netdirect.net), April 20, 2000.

My husband and I were wondering also, why so sparse in the west -- maybe fewer people with computers? or possibly Coutryside Mag. is more pertinent to people in similar climates to where it's published? Any other ideas?

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 20, 2000.

What! No other Nebraskans? You mean I have our State Tree all to myself?

-- Rog (flanders@probe.net), April 20, 2000.

Hello from British Columbia, Canada! I have only just recently discovered this fantastic web site and have been enjoying Countryside for years. Looking forward to many hours of scrolling the forum.

-- Heather Darrell (heather@bolen.bc.ca), April 20, 2000.


I think everyone out west has as many computers. Between California, with the Silicon Valley, and Microsoft, Intel, Amazon.com, Nintendo, Boeing, etc. up here, everyone seems to have at least one...not to mention the toys: palm pilots, etc. Maybe it's that old cowboy spirit...going it alone? I know a lot of folks have never heard of Countryside Magazine, that I talk to. Maybe that's it. Guess we'll have to fix that somehow!

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), April 20, 2000.

I'm new here, my hubby & I have read Country Side magazine for quite a while. We live in the heart of the flint hills of Kansas. Cattle country!!! We live in a very & very small town in the middle of no where & we love it! We have many, many lots in town, with an 11,000 sq. ft. ware house, three orchards, our oldier remodeled home, a guest house & a barn. We have chickens, & new baby geese & ducks. We are both farm raised--lived in the city for years & are back in a rural setting & hubby commutes 75 miles to work each day. Kids are raised & we now have gradbabies. Working toward our retirement & being pretty much self sufficient out here. I'm really enjoying reading the questions on this forum, & now learning where everyone calls home. Sonda Bruce

-- Sonda Bruce (sgbruce@birch.net), April 20, 2000.

Hi from beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada. My family and I live near Qualicum Beach and love it. Hello to everyone.

-- Tim Jaeger (tjkayaker@yahoo.com), April 21, 2000.

I hope this helps. This is a list of subscribers and forum readers so far.

Subscribers then Forum readers

AL 2,753 , 2 AK 503, 1 AZ 1,405, 1 AR 2,432, 3 CA 5,588 , 3 CO 2,770 , 1 CT 854, 1 DE 210 DC 76 FL 3,413 , 3 GA 2,197 GU 3 HI 112 ID 1,367, 2 IL 5,420, 3 (247 Chicago) IN 3,249, 4 IA 2,669, 1 KS 1,929 , 4 KY 4,764 , 2 LA 1,945 , 1 ME 1,103 MD 1,282 , 1 2 MA 1,342, 2 MI 4,906 , 3 MN 3,120 , 2 (146 Twin Cities) MS 1,648, 4 MO 6, 156 MT 1,055 NE 891, 1 NV 715 NH 745, 2 NJ 1,288 NM 1,149 NY 4,689 , 3 (102 NYC) NC 4,159 , 2 ND 435, 1 OH 7,030, 7 OK 2,611, 2 OR 3,094 , 3 (159 Portland) PA 6,136, 2 (141 Pittsburgh) PR 14 RI 207 SC 1,956 SD 861 TN 4,607, 1 TX 8,242 , 3 (141 Dallas) UT 670, 3 (80 SLC) VT 486 VA 3,237, 4 VI -3- WA 3,578 , 2 (132 Seattle) WV 1,328 WI 6,442, 5 WY 472, 1 Canada 712, 4 Japan 3 Austria 2 Zambia 2 Yugoslavia 2 Venezuela 1 Switzerland1 Spain 1 South Africa3 Scotland 2 Saudi Arabia1 Portugal 1 Phillippines4 Paraguay 2 Norway 4 New Zealand5 Netherlands1 Montserrat 1 Mexico 6 Malaysia 1 Jordan 1 Israel 3 Ireland 5 Indonesia 2 Guyana 1 Germany 6 Finland 2 England 17, 1 Egypt 1 Denmark 3 Costa Rica 2 China 1

-- Steve Belanger (Steveb2winn@yahoo.com), April 21, 2000.

Steve, thank you! That is really interesting! But are the figures for Missouri accurate? (Only 156 subscribers in the prime homesteaders state!?!)

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 21, 2000.

With "the" Derby coming up soon, I'd better put another plug in for Kentucky. I'm just south of Louisville.

-- glynnis (gabbycab@aol.com), April 21, 2000.

I believe that's 6,156 for Missouri. And he lost the MO forum readers.

-- Deborah (ActuaryMom@hotmail.com), April 21, 2000.

We live in southwest Louisiana. Closest towns on the map is DeRidder about 23 miles northwest and Lake Charles about 45 miles southwest. We have 80 acres and raise just about everything.

-- Susie Stretton (nightsong@beci.net), April 21, 2000.

Roane County, Tennessee - 30 miles west of Knoxville.

-- Eric Stone (ems@nac.net), April 21, 2000.

We live near the State Capitol in western Washington--and in response to an earlier post about people out west being too tuned into their computers--it isn't that at all--the spring has been so gorgeous we are spending every spare moment outside, soaking up the sunshine! Lynn

-- Lynn Royal (cavewoman48@hotmail.com), April 21, 2000.

North central Texas near Lake Texoma.

-- carla sloan (hillsidefarm@texoma.net), April 21, 2000.

another Southern Indiana Homesteader checking in


-- Chris Frost (tr-cvfrost@webtv.net), April 22, 2000.

Another lurker, but I couldn't resist!!! So few Canadians speaking up!!! We're in Saskatchewan, right smack dab in the middle of the Canadian prairie!

-- Tracy (trimmer@westzone.com), April 22, 2000.

Kathleen: Another pin for you. I am in the north-west corner of Montana about 30 miles cross county from the Canadian border. On your map the town I would be closest to is called Troy.

-- Marci (ajourend@libby.org), April 22, 2000.

Tracy: I love Saskatchewan!! My husband & I spent a lot of time in your province 2 years ago - open spaces, friendly people, small towns... We currently live in Victoria BC and are hoping to relocate to ?? interior of BC or possibly Sask. if we could handle the cold winters. Realestate here is one of the third highest in Canada but the climate is ideal and I do like being near the ocean. If we lived elsewhere, it would have to be near a lake. Heather

-- Heather (heather@bolen.bc.ca), April 22, 2000.

Heather -- A little known fact is that Saskatchewan has more lakes than any of the other Canadian provinces. Northern Saskatchewan is wild, woolly, full of trees full of birds and lakes full of fish!

There are a lot of small acreages coming on the market here -- I think a lot of "wannabes" made rash decisions based on the Y2K thing - - and are now having second thoughts.

There is a great rural property site called www.lanerealtycorp.com. They advertise rural properties/farms/ranches, etc in SK, AB, and MB - - mostly SK. If you're thinking of relocating, this might be a place to start. My in-laws have property in the Kootenays -- we've been out there a couple times -- beautiful but expensive!!!

-- Tracy (trimmer@westzone.com), April 22, 2000.

Put another pin in for central NH.I'm a lurker and subscribe to BHM and love it.I love hearing about where everybody lives inthe USA

-- hdwells (hdwells@gis.nwt), April 22, 2000.

I'm in beautiful upstate New York; rolling hills, four seasons, still lots of small farms around. It's a great place to live. (Broome County)

-- Catherine Horn (hrnofplnty@webtv.net), April 22, 2000.

Heather, move to the Okanagan in BC! Great climate! We have property in the US Okanogan (notice spelling with second "o"). We love it...have gone camping in BC a lot...love our neighbors to the north.

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), April 22, 2000.

I think I've got all you beat for obscure location, Im typing this from Keflavik, Iceland. (shrug) It wasnt my idea to come here, Uncle Sam sent me for 24 months. My off-grid home that Im building is in southcentral Alaska though, near Willow.

-- Dave Harrison (davidh@mwr.is), April 23, 2000.

David -- WOW, Iceland. One of my lifelong dreams has been to see Iceland. What kind of growing season do you have there???

-- Tracy (trimmer@westzone.com), April 23, 2000.

Hi Sue and Brad! Just another Mainer living in the woods just north of L.L. Beans. Great idea!

-- Gary (Thormole@AOL.com), April 23, 2000.

Stick a pin in for me in Central Massachusetts. Hoping to move it to the Florida panhandle soon!

-- Sue Landress (Sulandherb@aol.com), April 23, 2000.

Hi! I'm another Hoosier checking in from south central Indiana. I've been a long time Countryside subscriber, but just discovered the forum online. I think it's great!

-- Virginia Neill (mneill@tecwrite.com), April 23, 2000.

Westchester County New York, in the beautiful Hudson Valley. The stripers are runnin'!

-- Kathy (catfish@bestweb.net), April 23, 2000.

Hi, old time reader but new to the forum. Add another pin for Tenn. Southeast near the beautiful Smokies. Hi Steve and Eric (fellow Volunteers!)

-- Anne (mistletoe@earthlink.net), April 23, 2000.

Kathleen...please put another pin in the Alaskan interior. Thanks, Norma Lucas

-- Norma Ljcas (trooper806@webtv.net), April 23, 2000.

My husband wants to know what's going on with all the pins in the Rand McNally!!

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 23, 2000.

Since the lurkers are coming out.....Put a pin Up North in Minnesota, about 70 miles NW of Duluth, on the Mississippi where it's small enough and clean enough to swim across. Alma

-- Alma Miller (almamiller@webtv.net), April 23, 2000.

Thanks Sheepish, Yes, the Okanagon is very nice- good growing season, lakes, warm summers etc. I am more partial to the west Kootenays, which is more north of Idaho. Price of course is a major concern. We will be going on a 10 day search for small towns that we feel good in sometime in June. We sold our house here 3 years ago and have only just recently starting looking for property off this island. Too expensive here - we aren't asking for much, just a small home on 2 to 10? acres but in a quiet, clean air area fairly close to a small town for possible work. We both love parts of Washington & Oregon - you have such a beautiful countryside ( like BC ) but your towns seem better ie: off main highways, well planned and more of them rather than nothing for miles then a bigger city. Anyhow, it's all exciting looking. Take care.

-- heather (heather@bolen.bc.ca), April 26, 2000.

Steve, Are you telling me I am the only subscriber in Ks? Am I reading this thing right?

-- Susie*Ks (goodartfarm@msn.com), April 29, 2000.

Susie, the numbers for the state come after the state name, so there are 1,929 subscribers in KS, and 4 people from Kansas who have logged on to the forum. It was really interesting to see which states had the most subscribers!!

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 29, 2000.

North Mississippi

-- charles burandt (clb@watervalley.net), May 02, 2000.

I live in Pahrump Nevada, approx 65 miles west of Las Vegas

-- gina wilson (jwilson4@netscape.net), May 11, 2000.

Hi...I'm in NE Oklahoma...beautiful Cookson Hills! I found this site a couple of weeks ago through Alan's Providence Cooperative forum...love it here!

-- Mona (jascamp@ipa.net), May 11, 2000.

Anybody want to share what the map now looks like? How's our global distribution...?


-- j (jw_hsv@yahoo.com), May 12, 2000.

I had to take the pins out of my Rand McNally so I could use it to check out county locations on the states we are considering moving to -- but I don't think there have been any radical changes in distribution patterns. Looks like the bulk of forum readers are in the "heartland", with quite a few east and north, and some in the far west -- few in the Rocky mountains. A few in Canada, one in England, who knows where else that haven't checked in!!

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), May 12, 2000.

Hey, sheepish: We live in Kitsap Co, WA ...where in W.WA are you? ...snoozy

-- snoozy (allen@oz.net), May 12, 2000.

I'm new to this forum and rather new to Countryside. I am a sorta new homesteader and I live in Northeast Georgia. Today 05-13-2000 it is 90 degrees. =sigh= Where did spring go? :)

-- Karen Smith (southfork7@yahoo.com), May 13, 2000.

Snoozy, turn east at Everett and stop before you get to Stevens Pass!

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), May 13, 2000.

sw missouri 50miles east of springfield near a town called hartville population 539? like it better when it rains as i rely on cisterns and hauling water.

-- gail (gef123@hotmail.com), May 13, 2000.

In the Wynooche Valley in Western Washington, 45 miles west of Olympia. :-)

-- Michelle (thepieplace@techline.com), June 01, 2000.

After scrolling through all of the posts, it looks like we now have Indianapolis surrounded. I am in West Central Indiana about 30 miles due west of Indy. I see that we have Denise Priest 40 miles north of Indy and Phyllis Warman east of Indy (in Knightstown) and two homesteaders south of Indy (Virginia Neill and Chris Frost). Great to know that there are like-minded folks all around me! Thanks for asking the question, Sheepish, 'cause otherwise I never would have known.

-- Sandy (tripletreefarm@hotmail.com), June 01, 2000.

Sandy, you are welcome! Thanks for replying, as I hadn't checked out the latest post from Michelle over in the rainforest, practically (!) too. We are everywhere!

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), June 01, 2000.

Wow, just when I thought I was the Lone Ranger someone posted from my area. This is the best question! I feel so connected! Anyway, I know the reason there are so few homesteaders in the deep south -- the bugs are too big! My area is Northwest Mississippi.

-- Yesteryear Cottage (oberg@watervalley.net), June 01, 2000.

You mean to tell me that the only other Oregonians are in the south? I feel lonesome....I'm checking in from the Willamette Valley (no, that is NOT pronounced william-ette!)

-- Ali (cloudyjewel@juno.com), June 16, 2000.

Gee Ali, you are practically in Washington...down there in the will- AM'-it area and all! Heard it's gettin' hot your way....

-- sheepish (rborgo@gte.net), June 16, 2000.

Hi everyone, I'm in heaven in the great state of Kentucky and yes we do have a Derby as well as Jolly ole England. I am a long time subscriber to Countryside but new to the forum thanks to a friend in Tn that gave me this wonderful place to meet so many nice people. We raise Miniature cattle that we got asquainted with through an ad in CS and also we raise Rocky Mtn. Pleasure Horses. We are just 3 miles from the Ohio River about 12 miles out of Maysville so stick a pin in that part of the map and we'll be grateful. In a year or two we hope to have a herd of Miniature Jersey Cattle and also a herd of Kentshire cattle which are black with a white face beef cattle(also miniature).I am originally from Central Indiana, Tipton, the garden spot of the world, but now am a transplanted brier hopper.Been nice visiting with all of you and may God Bless you all!

-- Evalyn Frye (rayl@ekns.net), June 26, 2000.

Another pin for lovely Upstate New York, please...down 'n' dirty Ulster County!

-- Betsy (sassyweitzel@yahoo.com), June 27, 2000.

From the red clay soils beside (and sometimes under) the treacherous Tallasahatchee Creek in East central ALABAMA.

-- Rags (RaggedReb@aol.com), June 28, 2000.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada or SK SK CAN

-- Ann (avdb11@canada.com), January 02, 2001.

Where in Saskatchewan Tracy (Trimmer) approx.?

-- Ann (avdb11@canada.com), January 02, 2001.

I've lurked on this forum off and on almost from its inception. But I guess I can delurk to at least answer this one question:

Winnebago, Minnesota (approx. 110 miles south of Minneapolis).

-- Jim Morris (prism@bevcomm.net), January 02, 2001.

S.E.Missouri and you still have to SHOW ME..Have adopted the attitude, been here so long.

-- Lynn (mscratch1@semo.net), January 03, 2001.

Newport, Oregon. Western Oregon Is great!

-- Arlene in OR (amwauer@todbbs.com), March 13, 2001.

Just east of western Washington in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge

-- jz (oz49us@yahoo.com), March 14, 2001.

We live in North Central Wisconsin, 40 miles West of Appleton.

-- Ardie from WI (a6203@hotmail.com), March 14, 2001.

Northwestern Illinois, about 15 miles from the Wisconsin border, and about 50 miles from the Iowa border

-- Bonnie (chilton@stateline-isp.com), March 14, 2001.

Hi I'm Alison, I have been lurking for a couple of months. I'm England no 2. Fortunately we do not have our holding yet, we are just begining to negotiate for it now, so we don't have the foot and mouth worry yet. I think this forum is great. I feel I know many of you really well. Many thanks for your great advice. I'm sure I'll be asking many questions soon. In His service. Alison

-- Alison UK (sandybeach@bournemouth.co.uk), March 18, 2001.

WE are 35 mi. out of Lexington, in a little town called Sharpsburg,KY moved here from western MD. I am having a terrible time with the heat, to used to - degrees. anyone want to trade? Lexi

-- lexi Green (whitestone11@hotmail.com), March 18, 2001.

Another "Mainiac" checking in! Moved here 24 yrs. ago from Mass. Love it! We overlook beautiful Penobscot Bay.

-- Marcia (HrMr@webtv.net), March 18, 2001.

Hello everyone, I live in S.W. Idaho, about 10 miles from Boise, in Kuna (Q instead of a K) I'm in from the barn, right now ,it's baby goat time here. People sure look at you funny, when they ask what you've been doing and you reply, just looking at goat butts!! It seems you do that alot when you have babies due! It was in the mid 60's here today, and boy am I ready for spring, just to get your hands back in the dirt, that piece of mind! Well back to the barn, for last check , before bed. Bye now, Mary in Idaho

-- Mary in Idaho (oseancess@aol.com), March 19, 2001.

Interesting post, Sheepish! Kathleen, put a pin in for me just west of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

-- Action Dude (theactiondude@yahoo.com), March 19, 2001.

This was a great idea! We are near Ironton, Missouri, about 80 miles south of St.Louis.

-- Diana(MO) (safehavenofhope@hotmail.com), March 28, 2001.

Nashville, North Carolina.. near Rocky Mount. Sorry this posting is like a year late, but Im new here=)

-- Kevin (NC) (vantravlrs@aol.com), April 05, 2001.

Beautiful Western Oregon (Turner, just outside of Salem). Arlene: I lived in Newport for a couple of years & visit often-- great city!

-- Mary (1deal@quik.com), April 05, 2001.

Sheepish -

Are you still keeping tabs on this thread? It's fun to read - kind of like a familty reunion.

Anyway, we're in Eastern Washington, 1 1/2 hours north of Spokane. I'm a native Oregonian & dh a native Wisconsinite (right word?). He lived in Spokane many years ago so this isn't as new to him as it is to me.

-- Bonnie (stichart@plix.com), April 05, 2001.

Ventura County California, near the coast. The largest production area for lemons in the country.

-- jennifer (schwabauer@aol.com), April 05, 2001.

This is such a great idea. I'm checking in from Massachusetts about 26 miles ne of Boston. Originally from central Va. (Very near Elizabeth in VA.) Love this forum. I feel like I've found family. Keep it coming.

Thanks for reading.

-- Dianne in Mass (dianne.bone@usa.net), April 09, 2001.

Bonnie, yup, I'm still reading it. There's a lot of us!!!

-- sheepish (the_original_sheepish@hotmail.com), April 09, 2001.

Hi Everyone!

I'm from western Washington, right on the B.C., Washington border. Chalk one more up for the West.

-- sherrie in wa. (sdunkling@aol.com), April 25, 2001.

In the north eastern corner of Texas, where the black land meets the sand. Green must be my neighbor about sixty miles south.

-- Jackie NE TX (jlynne@neto.com), April 25, 2001.

Wow, this post has been going for over a year! (I wonder if any of us have moved since we first posted???!!!!) Well, I got a new e-mail address.....does that count? ;-)

I'm still here and still enjoying reading where you all are from!

-- sheepish (WA) (the_original_sheepish@hotmail.com), April 25, 2001.

Hi Sheepish, We are in the Northeast corner of North Carolina,Currituck County.It's a beautiful place to live lots of water and very rural. Nan

-- Nan (graf_nan@hotmail.com), April 25, 2001.

Hi Sheepish: Put a pin in Wisconsin, SE of Madison, the capital. Madison is very urban and so is my area. However, I'm country through and through. Exciting things for me is a squirrel climbing up a tree, I've lived here for many years and haven't had hardly any squirrels. It's beautiful day here, the birds are chirping and I'm waiting for my lawnmower repair guy to come and pick up my riding mower. He's running late, but sure hope he shows up!

Carole from Cambridge!

-- Carole (coverga@bminet.com), April 28, 2001.

I just fell upon this sight but I am from Moultrie,Ga.. This city (small hicktown) I should say is in the deep deep south. I am so close to florida it is breathing on my back. I am not originally from Georgia..moved here 10 years ago from good ole Cali. Oh well I adapted now going to college to become a sports agent..not that yall care but hey...hope there are more people from my neck of the woods

-- Michelle (Peachesmich@hotmail.com), May 09, 2001.

I just fell on this site too, it's pretty interesting!! I'm in western Oklahoma, the panhandle, also known as "No Man's Land". For awhile it was not claimed by Texas, Kansas, or New Mexico. The outlaws used it as their home. Besides homesteading, I keep busy during deer season, quail season, dove season, pheasant season, morel mushroom season, wild grape season, sandhill plum season, the list goes on. Have enjoyed Countryside for years!!!

-- cowgirlone (cowgirlone47@hotmail.net), May 09, 2001.

I live in the original Hickville, USA of Olney Illinois. The only thing we got going for us is the white squirrels and the college

-- spencer sulcer (chuckie_ css@hotmail.com), February 18, 2002.

ms. sanderson! ooh ms. sanderson! May i have a red pin? :)

MS is short for Mississippi, for those of you not familiar w/ the states.

when i first started lurking the suggesstion came up to put some sort of location w/ your name.

It really does help humanise the typewritten words & helps immeasurably in getting good advice for your climate!

so i would propose to all that have posted here to add a climate zone to their name or add a city or parish or altitude or longitude,whatever,eh?

-- bj pepper in C. MS. (pepper.pepper@excite.com), February 18, 2002.

sheepish, not sure if you're still checking this one, and Kathleen, if you're still pinning, pin me please! As my signature says, I'm in New Mexico, northern part at about 9000'. We have a large 1 acre. Large, as it's what you do with it that counts! Chickens, ducks, geese, 1/4 acre garden... and on National forest to boot! Someday we may get more land, but for now this place makes for good practice. I've truly enjoyed this forum! Neat to see how spread out we all are. Maybe we can get a 'pinned' map into the magazine for all to see?

-- Michelle in NM (naychurs_way@hotmail.com), February 18, 2002.

Walpole, New Hampshire

-- george nh (rcoopwalpole@aol.com), February 18, 2002.

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