I have the answers!

☆ December 12, 2010

OH MY!  Questions came hard and fast.
And fun.  Here you go:

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?
Easter egg hunts.

Gonna stay in Wyoming? Or do you intend to move elsewhere at some point?
I have stopped trying to predict the future.

Do you prefer cake or pie?
PIE!!!

Does mike like fruity/food smelling candles like most other guys out there?
He DOES like fruity/food smelling candles!  I HATE them.  I only like beeswax candles.

I’m wondering if you’re up to finishing your the story about the stalker…
Yes. It’s coming.

Do you prefer a western saddle with a smooth leather seat or with the suede seat?
I love the look of a smooth leather seat but I use a barrel racing saddle, love them so much.  And they seem to always have the suede seat.

Have you started working with your spinning wheel yet? And will you ever consider spinning alpaca fleece?
Not yet, hoping to start in January.  My spinning mentor raises alpacas and I would love to spin their fleece ~ the Suri alpaca fleece is absolutely exquisite and I do believe that handspun Suri yarn is the epitome of luxury….

Do you find it easier now to buy gluten free products now that the public is so much more aware? Have you thought about another gluten-free living book?
Yes!  It’s wonderful.  My local groceries have now started carrying GF items just in the last year.  Hooray!  I’d love to do another GF cookbook – the first one was a really basic manual, essential in its own right, but I’d love to expand and share even more.  Though there are so many more people doing it really well now, in both blogs and books… in 2004, when I wrote Eating Gluten Free, there were very few quality books and resources and recipes available.

Does music hold a significant place in your heart, and are there any die-hard favorite groups/artists whom you will love forever and always?
Yes, but not as significantly as it did when I was in my 20’s.  I always had music on in my 20’s, but with Charlie’s arrival, I started listening to it less.  And now I really love silence.  It drives Mike crazy, my silent house!  As far as listing favorites… too hard!  Too much!  And it changes with my mood.

What is your favorite thing to do during the evening?
It depends on the evening!

How often do you have guests from out-of-town come and stay with you or visit you?
Rarely.

Do you make your gifts or buy them, make your ornaments on the tree (if you have one)?
Make ’em both!

What is the meaning of life according to Shreve?
Live with honor.

Have you ever thought of brewing your own beer – as you are so gluten conscious?
I really don’t drink very often, so, no.

Have you ever had any side effects from your IUD? I remember reading that you have one, and I can’t find anyone else to ask… I’m considering getting one myself.
Cramps were way worse for the first few months.  But that tapered off.  And a few days of pain each month, for me, is a small price to pay for constant, worry-free, hormone-free birth control.  IUD’s are the most common form of birth control worldwide – just not in America.

What did you do to celebrate your 16th birthday?
Lordy, Owen, what a way to make me feel old!!  Ummmm….I honestly cannot remember.  I do remember buying a car for myself the week before I turned 16.  I started working when I was 14 in order to save enough by the time I was 16 to buy my own car.  It was a bright red 1967 VW Bug.  Loved that car.

If chloe, charlie, and eli could each write to santa and ask for something, what do you think those things would be?
I think they would all ask for 1,000 acres.  And so would I!

I recently started drinking my coffee with honey in stead of sugar. Got the idea out of your book of course. Now everyone around me thinks I’m crazy – tea with honey, ok, but coffee, what the…?! I try to tell them how good it actually is (and so much more healthy than sugar of course), but no one is willing to give it a try. If not for reading this in your book more than once, I would have reacted the same as everyone else does.. So, here’s my Q: Did you invent the combination, or are we Europeans such a strange people?
I’ve never known anyone who takes honey in their coffee.  I think I’m the strange one (but BRILLIANT!)

Would you consider raising cows as food?  You seem very emotionally attached to them, and wonder if you could do this in the future.
This is one of those half-written posts ~ stay tuned!

If this was 1860, would you be a pony express rider?
Ha!  Great Q.  But I’ve never really thought about living in the 1800’s; I fantasize about living 10,000 years ago.

You’ve done so much. What are you most proud of?
DOING it.  The act of doing.  It’s easy to dream and it’s easy to talk; it’s harder to DO.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
If I could own one original work – any original work, money no object – it would be something from Michael Parkes.

Have you seen any aerial events in your time in areas of low light pollution? As an example,my mother & I one summer in 1951 were sleeping outside on an uncovered second floor porch in Rosebud,SD. We enjoyed watching shooting stars, IDing constellations etc. Once we saw a silent explosion. It started as an expanding ball that turned red, purple & yellow. It burst into a hugh cloud that faded in a few minutes. We were never able to find out what it was.
Yes, once.

Is Charlie a cuddler?
Yes!

What types of food/meals do you most commonly eat?  Do you make most of your food at Mike’s, or do you prepare simpler meals at your cabin?
I mostly cook here, either for myself or for the two of us, and Mike cooks at his house for himself or for the two of us!  It depends on the season – in summer, I pretty much live off of smoothies made with kefir I make from Daisy’s milk and fresh fruit.  In winter, elk stew is a mainstay….

What about the Gaucho with the green boots ? No more sighting of him in the blog ? Will Monsieur Ricardo run for Mayor on the farm ? Will Ellie settle down and marry feral Kitty girl ? Will Daisy knit a sweater for Frisco so he does not get sick anymore ? Will she get a new hat soon ? Will Mike finally turn around when you take his picture so we can check out the blue eyes? Will Charlie make his singing debut on a CD soon ? Will Chloe get pregnant ?  When is the next video coming ? And I drank too much coffee again.
He works hard on his ranch, sightings are few and far between.  But all your comments made his day!  He’s a good guy. / Most definitely. / Doubtful, hes a bachelor, I think. / Ha! / Ha! / Don’t hold yer breath! / I’ve got something even better in the works. / No, she’s spayed. / Don’t hold yer breath!

What are the top places you’d recommend going to in Wyoming?
I’m terrible for these kind of recommendations –  I only know the places around here and none of ’em have road signs or anything!

Do you have a favorite gluten-free food that you really miss?
I thank the gods that I was not living in NYC when I found I was gluten-intolerant.  Giving up NYC pizza would have been too, too hard.  Since I don’t live there I can pine for it but it’s a non-issue.

Has Charlie ever encountered other coyotes? If so, how did he respond?
Our one physical encounter is in the book!  He’s never acknowledged the ones we hear howling nor has he ever howled back – it’s like he doesn’t know he’s related to them.

What’s going on new in your kitchen, Shreve?
A lot of nothing.  I’m starving right now.  Send me a casserole.

Can you get young (Thai) coconuts in Ten Sleep?  i just got your wonderful cookbook, and found myself wondering that when i got to the carrot soup. There are none to be found here in the snowy mountains of British Columbia. Any suggestions for a substitute? ( i can definitely relate to someone who used the oven for general storage, by the way :) )
NO, darn it!  I have actually contemplated the construction of a very, very tall greenhouse so that I might grow my own coconut palm.  Oh, how I loved walking to Chinatown in SF and hauling home a bag of young coconuts to feast upon.  For the recipe, you could use cow milk or cream or almond milk but it will not be as light as the original.  And really, there is no substitute for a young coconut.  Did you know you can get a blood transfusion with the water from young coconuts and live?  Ah, they are wonderful….

I know Charlie isn’t a dog, but given the opinion of coyotes in your area, do you have any opinions on BSL (breed specific legislation)?
Don’t know anything about this so I can’t offer a real opinion, only that canines are like kids.  Behaviour has so much to do with their environment, with the people around them, with the manner and degree of attention given to them, and their activities.

Do you have that longing to never leave the great wide open?  Or, do you find a restlessness creeping into your heart as you get older . . . ?
Restlessness as I get older?  HA.  I’ve been restless since birth.  But there are many ways to explore….

Do you ever want children?
Not of my own.  But I’ll be taking my godson during his teenage years.  His mother and I have already arranged it.

Favorite time of the day?
Dawn.

Once you’ll have learned to spin, will you try to spin Charlie’s “wool”?
But of course!

How do you eat marshmallows?  Or radishes?
Burned, in layers.  Raw, chomp chomp.

What is the origin of your name?
It’s a family last name.  Some of you know Shreve & Co., purveyors of diamonds and fine silver in San Francisco; that was my great-great-great grandfather.  His son lost the fortune and I grew up a pauper.  But I would go in there as a kid and they would give me loads of their stationery since it had my name on it.

I’m not sure you’ll have an answer for my question, Shreve.  When I read this post, my mind filled with a most vivid image: a meadow filled with the hardy plants of our desert state, but all green with the frantic quickening of spring.  Rain has just gone through, and a late morning sun has burst through the clouds, turning the drops on each plant to emeralds and rubies and sapphires.  It smells of water and fresh plants, and a hawk cries as it wheels in search of who might be venturing out for a drink.  Here, right in front, is some tall and wild daisy, the flowers neither blue nor purple but some color between them, some with faces turned toward the sun holding all the secrets of life in amethyst mirrors, and others looking down as if to admire their glass slippers before the spell expires and they disappear.  What does it mean?  Why do your words here bring me such an out-of-season and unrelated vision?  Why does it make me feel happy and hopeful?
Your vision comes from you.  I’m just a catalyst.

What did you used to want to be when you grew up?
A panda scientist, a long haul trucker, a cowboy, and a pirate.

Left, right or ambindextrous?
I write really well in mirror writing.  I once turned in a high-school essay written entirely in mirror writing.  My teacher made me read it to the class.

What do you use to keep your face and the rest of your body moisturized in the harsh winter weather?
Ah!  This is one of the half-written posts!  Coming soon, I promise.

Have you finished Catching Fire and Mockingjay yet?
Yes!  Loved the series.  Your other questions were too much for my brain, even with numbers!

If you could only use one condiment for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tamari sauce.

If you lived in Maine, what kind of car would you get?
Is this a trick question?

Did you EVER get the boots you wanted????
Not yet!

How do you deal w/the extreme coldness of winter, while still caring for everything on the farm?
Wool gets me out the door, then the exercise keeps me warm.

Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently since moving to Ten Sleep?
I never think that way.

Does Charlie perhaps think he’s a dog?  Or a cat, like Eli?
In a way, yes.  He’s bonded with Eli and dogs and so he responds emotionally and verbally with them, not with coyotes.

What’s your favorite movie?
The Girl On The Bridge.

Knowing you love honey – have you ever heard of Manuka honey?  It’s strictly from New Zealand where there are Tea Tree flowers.  The honey is harvested from the bees who pollinate these flowers therefore it’s got natural antibiotic & healthful properties.  Expensive but…
Loveeeee manuka!  Love the word!  (though all raw honey has natural antibiotic & healthful properties:)

When helping out with the beef cows, do you ever drool when seeing an especially muscular one that just looks tasty?
OK.  To be perfectly honest, Baby made me drool when he was younger.

How would you describe your relationship with Mike now? Kids? Marriage?
We are so happy together.  We’re partners in every sense of the word.  Kids?  No, see above; Mike has two daughters and I have never had the desire to have my own.  And I highly doubt we will ever get married.  Mike’s done it, it didn’t work, and he’s in no hurry to do it again; I’ve never wanted a wedding nor feel the need.  I’m just missing that chip, I tell ya!

As you’re a fence- and home-builder and all-around handywoman, do you have a favorite tool; a screwdriver, utility knife, or claw hammer that you tend to carry around and use for lots of things?
I have knives stashed everywhere.  Not a day goes by that I don’t reach for a knife for something or other.

What pets, if you had any, did you have before you moved to Ten Sleep? And how many siblings do you have?
I grew up with a dog and a cat and I have one sis!

Chloe and Charlie sing to you. Do you ever sing back? What are their/your favorite songs, or does it depend on the mood and the moment?
Well of course!  We sing together, and I have sang to Charlie since the beginning.  I always sing to him.  They’re always made up songs basically describing whatever I or we are doing.

Where and how do you see yourself in 30 years?
See answer to question #2.

What is your best advice to those who want/need to allow themselves the freedom/courage to make major changes overcoming the fear that restrains them?
Life is pain.  Life will always be hard, it will always break your heart.  So you might as well be deliriously happy and challenged in the in-between times.

Thanks all!
Questions are closed for now.
Save ’em and I’ll do this again sometime.

Comments

50 Responses to “I have the answers!”

  1. Liane
    December 12th, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    Thank you, Shreve.

  2. julie
    December 12th, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    Wooow, so happy the honey-in-coffee Q got answered. :) I thought you’d be answering the most interesting questions alone.

    Lots of respect to you for all these honest answers!

  3. shreve
    December 12th, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    ADMIN NOTE: if you notice your comment disappears, feel free to email me – it does happen without my knowing, via spam filter or weird internet phantom force, though I do delete comments on occasion ~ usually only if they are totally off topic or inappropriate.

  4. pam
    December 12th, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    no question for you….but please get the boots if you really want them! I know someone who will help with $$ for them if that’s what is holding their purchase up. :-)

  5. Sierra
    December 12th, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

    Great questions, great answers. Raw honey mixed with a bit of distilled water can actually lighten hair, with similar results to the lemon juice trick, but since honey is a humectant, it will moisturize hair instead of drying it out. This is because honey releases a natural peroxide when mixed with distilled water.

    I’m really looking forward to the post on raising cows for beef or for friendship.

    Thanks for answering these questions–I totally know what it is like to be too busy to blog–I’m actually to busy to even talk to my friends face to face right now!

  6. Michelle
    December 12th, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    Born and raised in Wyoming. Might I suggest Lira’s restaurant in Lingle?

  7. Alicia
    December 12th, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for responding, Shreve. That was cool. :)

  8. Kristan
    December 12th, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    “But I would go in there as a kid and they would give me loads of their stationery since it had my name on it.”

    LOL that would have made me so happy as a kid. Office Depot and the Container Store were my faves.

    And, regarding IUDs, apparently they’re the best for the general population, because our birth control pills (and I think shots too) infuse us with hormones, which eventually make their way back into our environment (water stream), which has been affecting our girls and boys (earlier periods, too much estrogen, etc.). At least, that’s what I was told by a well-educated source that I trust…

  9. Alys
    December 12th, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    Wow. Thanks for answering all those questions :)

    Btw, Girl on the Bridge is one of my favourite films. The music is fantastic, and Daniel Auteuil is *love*.

  10. Janet H.
    December 12th, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    Great questions and answers. Sometimes I feel I should send you answers about myself to reciprocate. (I think that is because you have become a sort of ‘friend’ even though I don’t actually know you in person. It feels like I owe you some reply.)

  11. maia
    December 12th, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    Wow, I feel weird. I just take you as you are and appreciate the gift you have given us. Keep on sharing and I’ll keep on being grateful.

  12. E.J.
    December 12th, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    I hope you will share what you saw sometime.What we saw looked most like a super nova but they are recorded very carefuly & would have recieved attention.It also could have been a test of something gone awry.A few other people saw it but it never was written about that I could find.A childhood friend who became an astronomer also tried to find a record of it with no luck.I miss those dark nights.When we had meteor showers it was so exciting.Your playful & serious answers were most enjoyable.Thank you

  13. Lesley
    December 12th, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    Honey in coffee, yes! My favourite is fireweed honey. Also, there’s nothing better than a French Press.

    I think you will make an awesome mother to a teenager and Wyoming would be the perfect place to grow during adolescence.

    I hope you finish the stalker, too! Literally. Heh.

  14. Devon
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    That was awesome.

    And I thought I was the only one who mirror wrote essays and then would have to do something inane like read it to the class because my teacher would be so frustrated with me. lol. It really creeps people out!

  15. Nora Fialko
    December 13th, 2010 @ 12:06 am

    Ever heard of this place?

    http://www.shreveohio.com/

    I think of you every time we go through there. Shreve has a great Amish restaurant that actually serves a very good Thanksgiving Dinner. Lots of other good restaurants there as well.

    I’m looking forward to the end of the stalker!!

  16. Lauren
    December 13th, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    I’m so glad you said pie! I thought I was the only one who would pick pie over cake, no questions asked. I even have birthday pie :)

  17. shreve
    December 13th, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    Nora ~ YES!!!! I had never heard of Shreve, Ohio until I was planning my Vespa trip and I spotted it on the map and HAD to go there.

    On my way towards town, I thought it would be soooo funny if I got lost and had to ask someone where Shreve is.

    Darling town, loved it, everyone was so incredibly nice to me. I really enjoyed talking with the Amish and hearing how they are dealing with living their truth in the midst of 21st century craziness.

  18. Chiriohs
    December 13th, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    I recently started brewing my own hard cider with 100% fresh pressed apple juice using brown sugar and water kefir. My husband and I are now almost more in love with it than beer! And that’s saying something! If you like kefir grains and you don’t drink much and like apples, I bet you’d like that. SUPER easy to make.

  19. michael
    December 13th, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    I love honey in my coffee!

  20. Eve
    December 13th, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    I’m somewhat relieved to know I’m not the only one who sings every day to her critters. I also sing songs describing what we’re doing or celebrating things like Houdini the cat’s particularly fluffy bottom. It’s part of our daily life.

  21. Marg
    December 13th, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    My daughter who is a vegetarian worked on an organic farm where they sold animals for meat. She said that she can’t control their fate but could at least make their lives better before their doomsday by treating them gently and with respect. Their response to her was amazing as well, they know who cares.

  22. Marg
    December 13th, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    PS, new year resolution for Shreve, finish those procastinated (sp)posts and end our suspense. I’m getting old girl and may never get to see them if you hold off too long. Just kidding, no pressure.

  23. Marlene
    December 13th, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    Enjoyed reading your answers! will give a try the honey with my coffee. I also LOVE Michael Parkes..I actually have two of his pieces..One hangs in my bedroom “The Secret” and my living room has “The Three Graces” he actually came here to Cambria and I got to meet and talk to him and have my paintings signed!! Marlene from Cambria

  24. Chris
    December 13th, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    As others have said, many thanks for answering all those questions, including mine! You are generous with your time and your life.

    Robert Heinlein once wrote that personal time was one’s greatest, irreplaceable resource and should never be squandered. Like you, he was a very private person who could also be generous with those he trusted.

    Your trust honors me, and many others. Stay well.

  25. Foxlily
    December 13th, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    Regarding your mention of spinning alpaca wool: My neighbor breeds alpacas, often travels to Peru to learn more about them, and is a veteran spinner and felter. You might want to get in touch with her: http://www.locolindy.blogspot.com. There is contact information on her blog. Nothing warmer than alpaca.

    I miss the west, and enjoy the glimpses of it through your blog.

  26. Penny in CO
    December 13th, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing Shreve…LOLOL at the comment about getting lost and asking where Shreve is…ha ha ha.
    What is mirror writing?

  27. Patr
    December 13th, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    Mirror Writing!!! You are so talented! I’m sure the mirror writing helps you with photography also…. You see from a different angel than most.

    My art instructor had me paint tuilps from a photograph upside down to learn perspective. From that day forward, I always try to look at my subject from upside down when composing a photo to setting up a system.

    Keep warm and Happy Holidays! Wish I cold send you a pecan pie via the net!!!! I made 4 of them this weekend.

  28. Scotty
    December 13th, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    arggh !

  29. mlaiuppa
    December 13th, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    I know this question may be too much for you but it’s been on my mind lately regarding my own life.

    What do you plan to do when you’re old? At some point the physical hardships and requirements of your current lifestyle may be beyond your physical abilities. Will you sell and move? Will you be planning for this eventuality and taper off the Farmily (I.E. not adding on and allowing nature to take it’s course). Or will you stay and hire on help to help you remain?

  30. DK
    December 13th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    IUDs scare the daylights out of me since I’ve known two women who got pregnant on them, another whose uterus was pierced, and a third who got pregnant and miscarried (I’ll stop there). Have you considered this instead: http://www.essure.com/

  31. I Hermit
    December 13th, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    NY Pizza Gluten free,

    Take your favorite Spelt Bread recipe and make it.Add some garlic powder NOT GARLIC SALT. Take the dough out after the first rise and split the blob to 6 oz. for a small Pizza, 12 oz. for a medium, 18 oz. for a large. Roll and pound the dough balls and for your sake get the air out of them. Leave the dough balls in refrigerator over night, or anyplace cool not cold, DO NOT LET THEM FREEZE!
    A Spelt Pizza crust is good, however Spelt with the lack of gluten has no elasticity. Roll it, do not throw it.

    Get yourself a Pizza screen, and if using a wood or gas stove lay down some fire brick or soapstone at the bottom of the oven to even out the heat. Get yourself a Peel (a wood paddle that pizzas are made on and put and put a layer of corn meal on the peel BEFORE you put on the rolled out dough!!!

    Slosh on some Sauce , cover with a thin layer of cheese and add toppings of choice.

    My personal favorite is Minced garlic in the sauce about 1 Tbsp for a small pizza, and 1 Additional 1 Tbsp for other sizes. Up here its a Fugazzie Pizza add the Garlic in on cold sauce, before cooking.

    TAKE THE PEEL AND SLIDE OVER THE HOT FIRE BRICKS OR STONES IN THE BOTTOM OF THE OVEN.
    Slide the peel back fast, the dough will roll off as the corn meal acts like little ball bearings. Neat Huh? This gets the bottom cooked and 4-5 minutes later the bottom is cooked, move it over to the pizza screen, the bottom of the pizza is cooked, the top now needs heating. Remember the corn meal? It makes the peel slide getting in and out. Now the choice… Cook on middle rack of oven for heavy toppings, or screen on bottom rack. Few toppings on bottom as it is almost done, the middle rack for large toppings as they are raw and need time to cook.

    I takes time to warm a oven with firebrick or soapstone, give it time …for Pizza a 425 oven is best to rise the crust and make it crispy.

    My favorite toppings are Hot Cherry Peppers, Broccoli,Black Olives,and a bit of Parmesan cheese over a light Mozzarella base on a Fugazzie sauce.

  32. Karen
    December 13th, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Thank you for giving us a more of a glimpse into your life… I am always questioning if I could take a huge leap of -faith- and follow my instincts for an entirely different life… your last statement was brillance.

  33. Lorinda
    December 13th, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

    I know it wouldn’t be the same, but you can get young coconut milk in a can. Closer than regular milk.

  34. Deanna
    December 13th, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    Ah! I found it so interesting that you have thought of living 10,000 years ago. When I was reading about Ayla (the Earth’s Children Series) and her animals, I thought of you ALL the time.

  35. Stephanie
    December 13th, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    I fantasize about living 10,000 (or 20,000 depending on which history you are reading up on) too. I have never heard of anyone else wanting to till now.

    Surely you’ve read Jean Auel’s books….. ;-)

  36. Tisha
    December 13th, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    I just read your blog from start to now. You are an admirable woman. I love your strength. Keep blogging. It gives those of us who feel like we can’t do something the strength to try!

    I love your Farmily. It makes me want a cow…in Boston!

  37. Rhea
    December 14th, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    Shreve, thanks for the replies! You share so much of your personal life with us here on your blog. I’ve said this before but it rings even truer now – I may not know you personally but I know you “humanly.” Personal connections are vital to our humanity and I would never have the privledge of knowing someone living such an interesting life if not for cyberworld!

  38. Beverly Murphy
    December 15th, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    Shreve, Thank you for sharing your life, your thoughts and your ‘farmily’ with all of us.
    i do have one question when time permits: when and if you do have invited guests such as family or close friends, how does charlie react? does he interact with those close to you or is that stressful for him?
    much peace and love to you and your loved ones this holiday season

  39. Linda D.
    December 15th, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Shreve, Thanks for sharing so much of your personal life with us. I really enjoy hearing about how you, your farmily, and Mike are doing. I often wonder, after seeing so many pictures of Charlie and Chloe playing together, if you ever feel as if Charlie is another “dog” or if you are still very aware of his “wildness”? Sometimes, as a reader, the line tends to blur.
    I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday season that SAD doesn’t get to you too badly this year.

  40. ShawShaw
    December 15th, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    When I read your answer to “Where do you see yourself in 30 years?” I looked up and for a minute thought your answer was “Easter egg hunts.” I then realized that one was not the answer you were referring to, but I still think it’d make a rather good response to the question :)

  41. Roxanne
    December 16th, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    Love this and yes, thank you! Silence…”It’s so quiet here”…Then they’re not really listening. I prefer the sounds of “outside”. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with an often “silent” house…:O)…xox

  42. Evan
    December 17th, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    This might be a random question but I am curious. I like raw milk but buying it from a mass produced farm scares me. I use to drink raw milk as a child from a dairy near our family’s cabin in Duvall. However, I don’t know anyone who has personal cows anymore. :(

    So, what are the steps to milking a cow to make sure the that the end product is clean and safe?

  43. Julie
    December 17th, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    Ah Shreve . . . the jewelry store!!! It was my place of choice to buy my wedding band (really an anniversary band w/ diamonds all around) and then a year later, band #2 (exact as the first) at the Shreve in SF . . . wonderful knowing it is YOU who is also of this store. They closed my local one, and now just the one in SF is the one I know of . . .

  44. Mamba 1-0
    December 18th, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    In the photo, “Charlie and the Moon”, at TDC, the fence looks awfully high. Is it as high as it appears (or is it just a matter of perspective); and if it is – why?

  45. Yodaroshi
    December 19th, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

    Your wisdom speaks
    in the words you use
    and the the things you do.
    (and I quote)
    DOING it. The act of doing. It’s easy to dream and it’s easy to talk; it’s harder to DO.
    Amen to that…
    Namaste’

  46. angie
    December 21st, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

    LOVE michael parkes! have two of his prints.

  47. Wendy
    December 25th, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    Thanks. :) You’re such an inspiration, and I have such respect for you and the way you’re living your life. Happy Holidays, Shreve!

  48. Liana
    January 2nd, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    I’ve found that about barrel racing saddles, as well! I have one (came with the horse :D) that is more of a show barrel racing saddle, but it has a leather seat instead of suede. They’re pretty expensive – it is quite a bummer, because I have been looking for another, more weather-hardy barrel racing saddle. If I find one that’s suedeless, I’ll let you know!
    Happy New Year,
    Liana

  49. Brooke
    January 15th, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    Oh, how I love honey in my coffee. It’s less jarring – it just makes sense, honey does. Sugar bites. Honey is smooth. I usually put in a sprig of mint from my garden, too.

  50. Brooke
    January 27th, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    Haha, I’m another Brooke responding late in the game. Agave is also amazing in coffee– it has a great flavor and is lower-glycemic than either sugar or honey. I switch between honey, agave and a little almond syrup (I own a coffee shop so I have tons of options at my disposal and can’t seem to confine myself to just one!).

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