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suellen-ocean's picture
Jan.05.2012
I moved "back to the land" in the 1970's and I don't regret it. Birds singing, brooks babbling by with copious amounts of water feeding refreshingly blue lakes, naked swimming, everything I wanted in the good life except money, which was hard to come by living in rural lands. But my husband and I...
carla-hefley's picture
Dec.18.2011
Do you see this face, this face was one of the sweetest faces you will ever kiss. His name was Johnny Angel, a Great Pyrenees, a pet and a friend, forever! Johnny Angel was much loved by many of the children that come to visit and play at our community lake/cabin retreat compound. My friend...
barry-eva's picture
Nov.22.2011
  Back from the 400th show, today’s broadcast is an example of just why I love doing these shows so much. We have gone through the full range of genres over the last few weeks, now here we are today talking about horses and living like being part of Green Acers. Roxanne Bok and her family...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Nov.12.2011
 In mid-October of this year, my wife and I spent a four-day weekend on a thousand-acre working ranch located in the San Juan Valley of southern Colorado, a few miles across the border from New Mexico. The ranch sits about seven miles up from the two-lane main road that winds through that...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.10.2011
Newcomers to the Sierra Foothills are shocked by the loud almost human scream in the wild lands they now call home. Unable to find out what that blood-curdling scream is (until they get to know the neighbors over morning coffee or cold beer around the burn pile) they peer through the windows in...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.03.2011
Simple is going to the store for a can of tomatoes. The simple life is pulling weeds and watering all summer then standing in the hot sun with a bucket, stooped over harvesting your own tomatoes then enduring searing heat in the kitchen canning them before they rot and doing the same thing a few...
laurie-halse-anderson's picture
Jan.05.2011
We got a not-fully-anticipated 2 feet of snow late yesterday and last night. No, the schools in my town were not closed. They didn’t even open late.             I headed out to the cottage when it was still dark out, so I didn’t realize how beautiful it was outside...
laurie-halse-anderson's picture
Jan.02.2011
Things have been a-hopping in the Forest for the past week as we’ve been enjoying all kinds of family gatherings and celebrations. We hung eleven stockings by the chimney with care (including one for each dog). No, the chickens did not get stockings. However I decorated their coop with big red...
laurie-halse-anderson's picture
Jan.02.2011
The cleaning and decorating in the Forest in finally done. (Pics tomorrow!) Today I’ll be trying to make a gingerbread house and baking biscotti and other family favorites. And it’s time to make the rice pudding for the Julenisse! While puttering around the kitchen, I’ll be catching up on...
laurie-halse-anderson's picture
Dec.17.2010
We’ve had about 8 inches of snow in the last couple of hours, with more on the way. It is officially a Snow Day in the Forest! The dogs are loving it! Truth be told, I am, too. As soon as I get the day’s writing done, I’m going to shift into decorating mode. Might make some onion soup, too, using...