Friday, June 6, 2008

Thank You!

I just wanted to take a moment this evening and say thank you to my readers.

You have a choice in how you spend your limited time on the internet. I truly appreciate that you take time out of your busy day to stop by and spend some time here with me and the other readers. I'm fortunate to have a great group of loyal readers, including those who comment and those who do not. All eyes are appreciated.

I want to take this opportunity to thank my Crappy Commenter, Pam Kitty Morning, who has been doing an excellent job lately of not commenting. She slipped for awhile there but now she's back in good graces. I'm going to be adding C.C. and a Co-Crappy-Commenter. C.C. recently pointed out her lack of comments and since her initials are C.C. (Crappy Commenter), I thought it was a perfect fit.

Also, big thanks to Paula, my Grammar Nazi, who is doing her best to keep me out of grammar detention. At least she's got me thinking.

I'd love to hear from you in terms of what you'd like to talk about, or what interests you. Anything on your mind? Questions for me? Anything?

Again, thanks.

- Suzanne


GemStateMom said...

I'm afraid your Grammar Nazi is falling down on the job. School's winding down and my red pen must be running out of ink...I'm sure that's it.

I don't have any hot topic suggestions, but I really enjoy your interaction with comments. I ALWAYS check the previous post's comments to see how you respond to each one...a highlight. Then I read your new post and comment - usually. (Though sometimes I slip into C.C. mode)

I have no idea how many people check my blog comments to see responses. I have few regular readers that comment, but I think it's important to acknowledge and respond.

It seems more neighborly, like waving at the cars you pass on a country road...exactly what one would expect from a country gal living 9 miles from anything!

GemStateMom said...

Sheesh - judging from the length of my comments, I should maybe consider posting on my own blog!

Sorry for unloading so much of my daily word quota in your comment section!

Marie Reed said...

It's hard to define rural. If you're posting from a barn .. one hand typing while the other is milking...

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

My dear, anything you choose to write about suits me fine. I love reading what you have to say! While I may be "easy," I also think that you are an incredibly talented writer completely capable of handling any topic with wit and ease. (Show this to the kids!)

KatKit13 said...

Well, I love your escapades in baking. And your stories of life around you. And your way back machine. And and and.

I just like reading what you write. :)

PamKittyMorning said...

Hey even a crappy commentor has to comment at some point right? Otherwise they're not even a commentor!

kate Johnson said...

I hardly get any comments on blog, as apparently it's a pain-in-the-ass setup where you have to sign in or something, but when I least expect it I'll get emails or, weirder yet, someone will come up to me at a fowl supper and tell me they've been reading it regularly for the past two years. So while lots of comments always makes me think a blogger has a large readership, lack of comments doesn't necessarily mean they don't, does it? Maybe it does.

Suzanne, I'm a newcomer to your blog, and I love it. You write often, well, and in a very personal voice that draws me in and makes me feel I can know you. That's what I want in a blog. Also, our lives may be somewhat similar. I too live on a farm and oh, totally agree with you about the idea people have that it's all walks and picnics. Okay, MY life might be, but most people who live on farms are actually working All The Time. Seven days a week. Twelve hours a day.

I called my hubby to show him the picture of your rural road, lined with big cottonwoods (are they? ours, which are similar, are smaller and we call them poplars; same family I think), because where we live it's rare to see a rural road lined so heavily with trees. We're not on the prairie, but on the parkland of Saskatchewan. That's further south than the treeline, so we have to go about 15 miles north to be in solid trees, like you appear to be. Crops here are mostly canola, wheat, barley, rye. When we drive along country roads we can almost always see a mile or two in every direction, though there are trees all over the place.

Suzanne said...

Paula - I feel that if someone has taken the time to comment, I should take the time to at least acknowledge it. With my blog I'm looking to start conversations. The conversations happen in the comments. And your analogy of waving at cars is a perfect one. I would not do well in a big city because I say hello to everyone!! I'd be totally worn out within two blocks and everyone would be wondering about the woman that just fell off the turnip truck! Don't worry about the length of your comments. I'm know to write dissertations on other blogs. As per my high school English teacher, there are no daily word quotas.

Marie - No barn. No cows. Dairy farmers are a mystery to me. You cannot have life and be a dairy farmer. There are no vacations and the daily chores are endless.

Vee - Thank you so much for your comments. I think what I've always been able to do is to organize my thoughts. That's the only thing that's organized around here!

KatKit - You and Vee are two of my original readers. I'm happy to have loyal readers. Ahhhh, my baking adventures. I must post more of them in the near future. Believe me, my disasters in baking seem to be endless. As you can see I have re-instituted the Way Back Machine because you and my sister like it so much.

Pam Kitty - Your right, as usual. But like Vee said, just don't try to tell your children that little fact.

Suzanne said...

Kate - I wanted to go over to your blog and check it out. It doesn't seem that you're using Typepad or Blogger. Some systems are easier to comment on than others. Actually on of my readers had to inform me how to enable anonymous comments, which means that people wouldn't actually have to register with Blogger to leave a comment. I agree, the less work involved for me the more likely I am to leave a comment. I have a Sitemeter account which tracks my visitors and allows me to see how many people are visiting and where they're located. It's fun when you realize that people from all over the world are visiting. I think only 10% of those who visit comment, and that's fine. It at least calms your fears that you're talking to yourself!

We live rural and aside from the title of the blog, we do not actively farm. The Farmer is CFO and general manager for one of the largest herbal farm operations in the U.S. See my previous comments about dairy farmers. They work 24/7 and 365 days a year.

That road I have pictured is east of all the corn and soybean fields. These large stands of trees were probably planted as windbreaks many years ago. We don't have a lot of cottonwoods around here. These are maples, elms, ashs and oaks.

I have seen photos of the huge wheat fields in Canada and I'm always blown away by the beauty. One day I'll see them for myself. Around here, vast expanses of corn and soybean fields are like a security blanket. I feel safe in this landscape, tornados or no tornados. Just west of here you can stand in a field and see for many, many miles in every direction. It's very flat!.

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your kind comments about my writing style. Thankfully for me it's not something I have to work very hard at because deep inside I'm REALLY LAZY. HA.

- Suzanne

Kate Johnson said...


This is why the system of responding to comments IN the comments doesn't work perfectly for me. I might get back to your blog three days after leaving a comment, then have to go searching backward to see if you have replied and whether I have more to say. I'm more likely to miss the whole thing, because I forget about it.

I'm not sure what's a better way to do this, but I think on my blog I'll respond in a new entry, the one that readers will come to automatically.

Did you mean you had a problem accessing my blog? Because I did "choose an identity" as directed, etc., so the link should have been available.

The Sitemeter thing sounds like it would be fun, if slightly addictive. Yep.

When my hubby was a young boy, his family had a dairy farm here. It was so much work that the parents and all five kids were in the barn before school, after school, and after supper till bedtime. They all have bad backs, now, because of the heavy lifting and carrying while they were growing up. It sounds like it was a terrible experience, although they all "know how to work" which I suppose counts for something. It sounds to me like it was all they did, poor children.

Like you, I feel safe in this landscape. Some who come here feel too exposed, but here I feel free and open. The large wheatfields you've seen pictures of may be more often seen further south, where there is serious open, flat prairie and you can literally see for 10 if not 20 miles or more. It is incredibly beautiful, too. We live on a gorgeous planet, us lucky humans.

Today was the first time I have ever heard that Saskatchewan is in "tornado alley." I don't know if it's true, but I still feel safer here than anywhere else I've been. Even when cougars were spotted within a mile of our place, where I walk many days, I still couldn't *really* believe they'd actually *attack* me. We don't have attack animals around here, except mosquitoes! These cougar were a rare sighting, as are bears and moose, though the latter are becoming more common. Saw one today, as a matter of fact, just north of the yard. Hope I see it again, but not in my flower beds, and in a good mood.

I can relate to your not working too hard at your writing. I am the same. I don't work at it, and I don't really want to. I just want to enjoy doing it, and not make a "job" out of it. Nothing kills my pleasure in something quicker than making it something I "have to do."

Cindy La Ferle said...

Your site is beautiful and interesting, and I can't think of anything I'd do to change it. Just keep sharing your thoughts with us. Thanks for inviting us inside your world. Your voice lives inside your writing.

Rue said...

You just keep being you and I'll keep coming back ;)

Rue said...

Oh and I have to come back tomorrow to read what else I missed on here. It waaaay past my beddy bye time LOL

Be back in the morning...