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I notice many new people and I want to welcome all of you to Country Families forum. I hope you enjoy the kind and civil atmosphere we are trying to create here. It is a little slower paced, a little more personal than bigger forums, and many kind and good people are regulars here! Take a little time and introduce yourself and maybe some of the regualars will re-introduce themselves also.

I'll start. I am the moderator and founder of this site. I live in SE Ohio, with my husband, 3 daughters, and my son. We have chickens, horses, cats, birds and a dog. My special interests are cooking, gardening, canning, money saving tips and hints, and any family topics.

I am a tax-preparer to make money, but I run our local library and teach a pre-school story hour on a volunteer basis. I also volunteer at my kids school.

If you read here much you will probably know more than you ever wanted to about me, as I post an "Around Here lately" thread pretty often.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to e-mail me at my Hotmail address which is at the bottom of the new questions page.

-- Melissa (me@home.net), December 31, 2001


Hi Melissa, what a great forum you have here and an excellent job you do to make it a friendly place to post. I have been over on CS for what seems forever, and can remember when it was a more "chatty" type of forum. It's great to see that you have created a nice balance. I've posted here just a couple of times, but I guess I should mind my manners and introduce myself! :)

I live in southeast Tennessee, right in the Smoky Mountains, have been married to a wonderful guy for 19 years, (oops, he really does have a name, Dave! hee hee) and we have a handicapped daughter, Laura. I'm a stay at home mom and Dave is a Chef. A really talented one too, although I can't get him to cook a thing at home! We have 3 dogs who are also a big part of the family, Jed, Ellie and Al. I'm an OB (obsessive gardener), and like to can and cook. Dave's not as hepped up as I am about the gardening, but he loves everything that comes out of it. Although he does help with the hard work of it and is a great partner in all my many, many projects. We have about 3 acres of hill which make anything we do a challenge, but wouldn't live anywhere else. I'm wanting to get me some chickens, hopefully this year, and maybe eventually get me some goats. I'm trying to learn all I can about them before I make the big plunge! Thanks for this forum, it's a great place to sip my morning coffee and try to figure out Mitchs' stumpers!

-- Annie (mistletoe6@earthlink.net), January 01, 2002.

Oooops, should have read OG (obsessive gardener)! Didn't have enough coffee, and was trying to think of words that began and ended with M. Still thinking Mitch.......

-- Annie (mistletoe6@earthlink.net), January 01, 2002.

I forgot to give the address of our back-up forum incase this one goes down. You have to become a member which requires a passport. It does take a little time, but at least we will have a place to meet should the forum have trouble. You might want to copy this down if you don't want to sign up right now.


-- Melissa (me@home.net), January 01, 2002.

Hi, I live in south western New Hampshire about a mile from the Connecticut River. I live on the side of a mountain, so I get a great view of the farms across the river in Vermont.

I have two goats, five rabbits, eleven chickens (one sitting on eggs),twelve parrots and three dogs.

I only have two acres but those two acres sure do keep me busy. I have several perennial gardens and three veggie gardens. I have a small fruit orchard and lots of wildlife(animals)

My Nubian is due to kid anytime now and my Togg is due in April. This year I hope to have one big veg garden and do ? with the others.

Sometimes I get frustrated with the yard work and then other times I can't believe how lucky I am to be able to come home and work in the yard for relaxation.

I am really hooked on these forums. I used to think I was the only person who had an interest in homesteading. It makes it easier for me to be able to tell people that there are more people like me and one of us may move to your neck of the woods soon.

Happy New Year!

-- george (bngcrview@aol.com), January 01, 2002.

Hi everyone ! I've posted here a few times but have not really introduced myself.

We live in Canada in British Columbia (B.C.) on the cariboo plateau between the Caribou mountains and the Coast mountains;( we consider the Rockies to be small eastern mountains.) 6 hrs north of Vancouver and 5 hrs south of Prince George. Very sparsley settled area, mainly logging and ranching.

My wife and I are in our early 60's, retired and live on a ten acre parcel with a lovely creek full of fish wandering down the middle next to a large ranch and backing onto crown land (national forest) We garden furiously in season and raise our own meat chickens and eggs. We have homesteaded for about 30 yrs and have done the goat dairy thing, the baby beef thing, the family cow and subsistance thing And are now doing less. Our families are all in eastern Canada and we try to visit them each year to see all the grandchildren.

Not religious. Much like Mitch Hearn's beliefs. Supreme being? who knows. A walk along our creek is my church.we hike extensively in the bush, ski, snowshoe, checking out wildlife tracks for entertainment.

Enjoy all the posts, incl. Hoot's (always enjoy 'em)

Thank you Melissa for such an excelle nt site.

Friendliest forum I've found. Great people.

-- Tomas (bakerzee@hotmail.com), January 01, 2002.

Hi, I just found this site from a post on CS, which I've enjoyed for about a year. I'm really glad to find it(and many familiar names that I've been missing from CS). I just read your forum rules post, Melissa, and I love the atmosphere you've created here.

Anyway, I live on a mini-farm of 5 acres. An old timer recently told me that 5 acres is as much work as 100. Some days I think he is right. We have 6 goats, 1 cow, 2 cats, 1 dog, 2 chickens and 1 duck. Actually we are in the process of cutting back on our animals because we want to travel more in these last years when the kids are home.

Speaking of kids(the human kind), we have 3. A son and daughter still at home and a grown son, 25, who will make me a grandma for the first time this spring. Congratulate me! Oh yes and my DH Richard who has given me everything I wanted in life(love, companionship, children and a farm).

-- Kari (prettyhere@truevine.com), January 01, 2002.


I've been posting here for a while but I will re-introduce myself.

Mother of three (5,3 1/2 and 1) Wife, and daughter( we have my parents living with us,(They are young retired and we are building them a cottage on the land soonish)

We live in Devon, England. We moved here in June 2001.

We have 140 laying hens, about 80 chicks of various ages, ready to go into the freezer or next years new flock. 18 pregnant ewes, ready to lamb ,later this month (polled dorset), 55 Jersey calves, (the lambs and calves belong to a neighbour who is desparate for grazing, and barn space; this gives us experience and livestock as payment. 13 pigs. 2 will be bred and the rest we are selling at the gate for the freezer. 15 khaki Cambell ducks, and 1 springer spaniel, Topsy.

I am a Christian and although I don't post that often I feel you are my friends. I get a lot of useful advice from this site.

Many thanks to you all


-- Alison Homa (alisonhoma@hotmail.com), January 01, 2002.

Hello,I have been thinking I should introduce myself,and since I found this post today(I dont know how I missed it)here goes:I live in a rural town(PoP.1200)in the middle of IL.I am the youngest of 13 children,my parents being born in the eariy 1900's,my grandparent in the late 1800's home steading,do it your self,frugal ways,and doing with out are not new to me.I am married,we have 4 children the oldest ,age 22 was married in August, our youngest is 2.I like to sew,garden, be out doors as much as possible,read,laugh,listen, the list goes on and on and changes every now and then.I am Christian,Southern Baptist,but right now we attend a non- denominational? church.You all seem like very nice people and I read here every day.Thanks for the site.Willa.

-- willa (goodall6@hotmail.com), January 02, 2002.

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