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Zenia    Posted 10-31-2004 at 03:05:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, since I had been lurking a long time, and started posting first with lots of chicken questions and a few car questions and lately dog stuff, thought I should introduce myself.

First of all, this is a great board and I thank you guys for the great advice I have received here! I am learning a lot. I live near but not in Sacramento, CA. I'm a single mom with twin boys, who will be four years old November 10th. They are of course the light of my life.

I live in the outer suburbs, only dream of living on a small farm or ranch. There is a horse stable about a mile away, and I may very well get a horse or two in a couple of years, to board there. I do have four chickens, couple of rabbits, cats, new puppy, organic veggie garden. I grew up volunteering on a horse rental ranch - eventually it turned into a barely paying job. I did it out of love for the horses. I lived on a small farm for a while when I was a teenager - where I learned to milk a cow. Fresh milk is the best, like fresh eggs and fresh food from the garden. I worked for a year or so on a small pig/ cattle farm (20 - 25 hogs, 25 cows & a bull), got to learn about clipping needle teeth, de-horning bull calves. Almost green broke a Welsh Pony Stallion but he got the better of me. I was not seriously hurt, I stopped before it went that way.

In college I majored in animal science for a short time but soon realized any job I could get in that field, I could get as easily with a degree in biology. The biology degree opened up more opportunities. I ended up not working in an animal science related field at all.

I do have a question - maybe I should ask somewhere else on this forum, but I was wondering why our IP addresses are posted? Right under the poster's name is the IP address. Sorry Clod & Burrhead, I was only kidding that you guys were the same person. You can click on http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation
and it shows the nearest large town/ location of the poster's internet provider by ISP. Someone pointed that website out to me, I am not very computer literate... Seemed a little odd to me to have the IP addy for all to see, but maybe that is a common thing?


bob in e.tn.    Posted 11-01-2004 at 04:38:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have been lurking for sometime on this site,don't post very often just like to read others posts and reply sometimes.i am retired plumber,married43 years to same dw,3 living children.dd has lots of banty chickens.i have 1 guniea rooster.i don't care anything at all about causing trouble on the board by my comments and when trouble arises i will move on.bob


tacon1    Posted 10-31-2004 at 13:55:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Zenia, I'm in northern California too. Not far from Burney Falls...Shingletown to be exact. Where did you live? I also lived in the Bay area (Sunnyvale) for about 20 years. Like you said, too crowded now. Now live on 20 acres and can't see a neighbor in any direction. Suits me just fine.


oslo in nc    Posted 10-31-2004 at 13:37:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi' I live about 15 miles from Mooresville, NC, home of the Earnhardt's racing team. Dale Jr. just wrecked and doesn't look like he will finish the race. My wife and I are somewhat retired. I'm currently getting my Jubilee tractor back to running order. I have no farm to tend, but I plan on making good use of it when I get it fixed. I have a small shopping mall and other property that needs a small tractor to do some ground maintenance. This tractor never did any farming, but was used to build many of the old Drive Inn Theatres is NC and SC back in the early 50's.

I'm originally from Pa. Moved here nerely 5 years ago. Love the warmer climate. We live on Lake Norman and we enjoy watching the boats and water foul. Looking for something to occupy my time and also make some money at. Have thought about buying unpainted furniture and painting them with floral paterns and the like. If anyone has ever done this, I would love to discuss it further with you. My other email is oslofile@go.com Contact me there. Thanks

Paul D.


Mark/MN    Posted 10-31-2004 at 10:20:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since we're introducing ourselves: We're up in
NW Mn, have a small farm on which we raise
belgians and hopeing for a couple mules next
spring. We also raise a few birds and from
time to time split a few pigs or a steer with a
neighbor. The only crop we grow is lots and
lots of hay. Since the farm doesn't pay bills I'm
a Hogger for CP.


KellyGa    Posted 10-31-2004 at 08:55:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Zenia, welcome! I am looking currently for our dream property...I have 10 chickens, a border collie, a Flemish Giant Buck, 2 finches, 1 cockateil, 1 iguana, 2 fish, 2 cats. As far as people go, I have one wonderful daughter that just turned 10, and a wonderful husband that keeps me very happy. Happiness is not having to go out into the cold cruel world and work. I get to stay home and play mom and wife, and that suits me just fine. :)


Zenia    Posted 10-31-2004 at 09:49:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your daughter is so lucky to have you at home. I wish I could be home with my boys - it makes such a huge difference in a child's life to have that kind of support.

Are you going to have to get rid of those chickens? You have Buff Orps, right? I have one Buff Orpington, a Barred Rock, Amerucuana and Arucuana. The buff is so pretty.


KellyGa    Posted 10-31-2004 at 11:56:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 5 buffs and 5 speckled sussex. I shouldn't have the chickens where I live now, lol. But, I was never one to follow the rules, ha! I shouldhope to get more chickens and a rooster when we do move, that would be nice! I don't have a rooster, so its quiet enough, I don't think anybody even knows they are in the neighborhood because my backyard's perimeter is covered with brush, on purpose, I like the privacy, and you can't see my backyard from the front because it only runs the length of the back of the house. Hopefully I won't get caught...the way I am, I would figure out a way to keep them even if somebody did tell on me, lol. If you go to the photo gallery and put in KellyGa in the search it should pull up all my pics of my chickens and the house and run I built them. :)


toolman    Posted 10-31-2004 at 08:43:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi Zenia, and welcome, im in south east british columbia, as for my ip it used to come from lethbridge alberta , then calgary, then regina sask. then winnipeg manitobia, not sure where it comes from now , they just kept merging.i have two beautiful shelties who are my life as you know and two horses and live in the heart of the canadian rockies with my wife, in a sparsely populated area,i think there is about maybe 60 or so people in my area and about 4500 in the nearest town, still to many and too close for me.


Zenia    Posted 10-31-2004 at 09:54:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a lovely place you live. You would positively suffocate where I am. So many hundreds of thousands of people. Had a guy go road rage on me - turned out he lives down the street. I wonder if he even knows, or cares that it was me he nearly ran off the road because I was not going fast enough for him.

Traffic gets worse & worse all the time. I lived in a very rural county in the north-eastern corner of California for a summer, working at a state park (Burney Falls). I remember a Native American woman there who was married to my supervisor - she said she could not visit the city, the smell of the asphalt made her literally ill - she would vomit. I believed her. I feel so much healthier when I'm in the country.


~Lenore    Posted 10-31-2004 at 08:24:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi there, Zenia, welcome.
I live in SE Texas ans try to be as uncontraversial as possible. LOL
Good to have you join us.


Zenia    Posted 10-31-2004 at 09:40:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I will take a lesson from you. It's best if I don't talk about politics or religion.

I love your music selections!!


deadcarp    Posted 10-31-2004 at 06:14:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

welcome zenia - we live in a 100-yr-old log cabin between a river & lake, this used to belong to the station master and he tended horses for west fargo stage line which could round trip from fargo/duluth in a month. the coach would ford the river at the top of the peninsula, then come down our driveway to get a fresh team, then climb the hill at the other end of the strip and travel croos-country, trying to make staples for the nite. we still find horseshoes and things.
we were out west 30 years, then ran a motel til 2 years ago, i'm recovering from my 2nd stroke. suzn likes to read and we have 2 cats who entertain us.




Zenia    Posted 10-31-2004 at 09:46:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a very charming cabin. Must be quite a sight in the winter! I visited a friend in Duluth several years ago. It was April, still snow/ ice on the lake. She was in the second story of an old Victorian, on that granite hillside above the lake. The landlords lived downstairs, and controlled the heat for the whole house - and they were very stingy! I slept with a hat on, double layers of sweats, and didn't mind when her dog and cat climbed in the bed. All huddled together with those animals, I was still so cold!


ret    Posted 10-31-2004 at 05:41:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
nice to meet a californian on this site, lived there 30 years in bay area before moving to east coast. I would trade back in a minute. Spent a lot of time up in your neck of the woods, and it sure changed for the worst I am afraid. You north on 5, or up hy 50 a bit? I know 99 south is sure built up now. By the way. Got some very good friends in Roseville and Loomis, been told Roseville is over 100,000 now, used to be under 20,000. Don't worry when you hear that californians are referred to as yuppies, happens all the time
REt


Zenia    Posted 10-31-2004 at 07:12:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live up the 50 corridor. The growth here is astounding, and depressing to me. In such a short amount of time, so much open space has been swallowed up by strip malls and mega McMansions. I do not for the life of me understand the attraction of those monster homes which seem to take up 80 - 90 percent of the lot, and have not more than 10 feet between neighbors. hope no one there gets a neighbor they don't like. The developers love these homes, they sell by the square footage.

My house is pretty small, which makes my 1/4 acre seem big. I am lucky in that I bought a house which is a block from a large developed park one way, and a block the other way is a very large state recreation/ natural area. I grew up in Berkeley - haha, the yuppie label is nothing when you come from Bezerkeley. Didn't know it was such an unusual place until I moved out into the world a bit.


O God    Posted 10-31-2004 at 14:16:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Berkley, hey, looks like you survived it,all the more power to you
REt


Howdy!    Posted 10-31-2004 at 04:39:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
mojo here. I'm in NWMo and grew up here. Worked all around the country coast to coast in engineering but came back to raise kids. Not good for much here but spamming but hopefully someone enjoys my posts.8^)
Looking foward to seeing you around.

mojo
mdw


Bkeepr    Posted 10-31-2004 at 04:32:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Zenia:

Welcome!

The IP address posting started awhile back as we had repeated trouble with Trolls. Every 6 months or so somebody would start trouble--amazingly easy with the strong-willed country folks here--and the site would almost (or temporarily) be closed down. There used to be two sites here, one for country skills help and one for just chatting...oh, and a third one just for politics. But they eventually sort of merged into this one.

Welcome again,

Tom A


New-Gen    Posted 10-31-2004 at 04:31:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pleased to meetcha!
I just hang out here once in a while, actually I dive in and out of here like a stealth bomber,going for a couple of weeks posting ever day, then going back in my lurking corner for a while, then re-appear. {Don't want to hang around too long and wear out my welcome}
Always good too see new people here .
Hope you have a good time here.
NG
PS--Sorry Toolman and I hijacked your post about your new puppy last night talking about my wayward mutt and Clippers substance abusing horse}


RN    Posted 10-31-2004 at 03:39:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Note: my address is misleading sometimes. About as bad as AOL. RN


RN    Posted 10-31-2004 at 03:21:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Keeps down troublemakers/trolls. RN


Clod    Posted 10-31-2004 at 06:24:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always put clod as my name,( at the place you should put your name)I am always clod. If I say anything I will put my name up so anyone will know who said it. I am not a faker nor pretend to be someone I aint. I do not try to be popular nor try to fit in by stooping down to a level of the common denominator. If that is not good enough to be here then I would not care to be here.


midway    Posted 10-31-2004 at 06:57:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm a newbie here also, been in here about 2 weeks now I think. I'm up here in north Massachusetts, grew up on a farm in the wonderful state of Misery (Missouri), joined the Navy Jan. '43,out in Jan'47, married a yankee (Bostonion), been up here since. Midway name is from the USS Midway an aircraft carrier which I was on 1945-46. I think this is a good web site.


midway    Posted 10-31-2004 at 07:08:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
And I just checked that ID #. It shows me in Durhan, NH. I'm no where near that town, not even in the state.


RN    Posted 11-01-2004 at 16:51:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Midway- using AOL? Networking through Proxy server will show a address for proxy server instead of posting PC. AOL using locations generate various numbers from main server, not hard assigned addresses per customer- saves them space. RN


Seahag    Posted 10-31-2004 at 08:50:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi there , I live in Ohio, grew up in very rural area of lots of truck farms and apple orchards near Lake Erie, not far from Cedar Point, Lived with animals most of my young life, married moved to the city, got divorced remarried and moved back to the rural area. I live by a large lake in the woods. Have spent a goodly amount of time being a 4H advisor with Horses and dogs. Have 4 kids 14 grandkids and have had numerous dogs and cats from tiny rat terriers to huge Rottweillers.


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