Q & A Sesh!

☆ December 12, 2010

OK, so, yeah.  I’m totally neglecting this blog right now.  I have a reason, though:  I’ve been working on a new project and it has me obsessed.
And I am so deep in this one part of my brain
(the visual yet mathematical part – is there such a place?)
it’s been really difficult, nay, impossible, to travel back to the part of my brain where the words live.  I have several half-written posts but…….
Yeah, they all end like that last sentence ended.

So I thought I’d try out a little Q&A sesh, something I rarely do.
Got a question for me? {the randomer the better}
Leave it in the comment section.
And then I’ll try to answer them in as few words as possible.


68 Responses to “Q & A Sesh!”

  1. Heather G
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    Hm, the obvious question of course is: what is the new project?!

    But since I assume you won’t answer that one until you are ready…do you have a favorite holiday tradition?

  2. darrell
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    Gonna stay in Wyoming? Or do you intend to move elsewhere at some point?

  3. Sim
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    I’ll resist asking you what project has you so obsessed and will instead ask you the following ageless question: do you prefer cake or pie?

  4. alicia
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    What kind of shampoo and conditioner do you use? Aaaaand does mike like fruity/food smelling candles and soaps like most other guys out there? (I prefer natural and floral scents like lavender, cinnamon, oatmeal milk and honey..)

  5. RIDivergirl
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    I’m wondering if you’re up to finishing your the story about the stalker…

  6. Kato
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:31 am

    Do you prefer a western saddle with a smooth leather seat or with the suede seat?

  7. Terry Mc Intyre
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    Have you started working with your spinning wheel yet? And will you ever consider spinning alpaca fleece?

  8. Cyndi
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    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?

  9. Sharon
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:36 am

    I’m with Terry, I was wondering if the project was your spinning. I would love to see some spun Charlie and/or Chloe hair. But wool is of course the natural place to start. Alpaca would be WONDERFUL!

  10. Isabel
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    You talk about books so often, but never (in my memory, could be mistaken!) mention music. 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?

  11. Corinne Garcia
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    What is your favorite thing to do during the evening?

  12. Eve
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:51 am

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

  13. Wendy
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    Since ’tis the season… what’s your favorite holiday memory or ritual? Do you bake GF cookies? Make your gifts or buy them, make your ornaments on the tree (if you have one)?

  14. kym
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    What are 5 things that make your day?
    What is the meaning of like according to Shreve?
    I am turning 26 tomorrow and addressing these questions my self.

  15. Jen
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    Have you ever thought of brewing your own beer – as you are so gluten conscious?

  16. Mia
    December 12th, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    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.

  17. Jenny C
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    No question; simply a response to your comment on boots vs. shoelaces. Just yesterday I was wondering why I couldn’t find shoes I can stand to put on my feet! Flip-flops only work for a few months in CO, and everything else requires sitting or bending for tightening and tying laces, heavy pulling, or velcro pulling apart w/the straps flopping all over the place as I fall out of my shoes mid-stride, etc. All of this aggravation just when I’m primed to head out the door. I swear, on my death bed I’ll be saying “I never found a good purse or the perfect pair of shoes…” :)

  18. turquoise
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    q- What did you do to celebrate your 16th birthday?

  19. tiger
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    if chloe, charlie, and eli could each write to santa and ask for something, what do you think those things would be?

  20. julie
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    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? ;)

  21. Marlene
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    I was wondering about the end of the stalker story and if he has bothered you anymore?..and
    you said once you would write about your feelings now about using your cows as food for you and Charlie, I know Daisy, Frisco, ect are yours..but any future ones added would you consider using them as food?? You seems very emotionally attached to them, and wonder if you could do this in the future…thanks Marlene

  22. Felyne
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    If this was 1860, would you be a pony express rider?

  23. Laura Simms
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    You’ve done so much. What are you most proud of?

  24. katy
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    Simple questions:
    Who are some of your favorite artists?
    Do you like any comic books?
    What’s your favorite vegetable, and favorite way to cook that vegetable?

  25. E.J.
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    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.

  26. Like the Flower
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    Love your blog. Love your pictures. I’ve always been curious.. is Charlie a cuddler? He looks so fluffy… but I also could imagine him being more distant.

  27. Karen
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    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?

  28. Penny
    December 12th, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    ohhhh Q and A time…I LOVE it!!!
    I need to ponder my question. Back later.

  29. Kim in Ola
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    How would you describe your relationship with Mike now? Kids? Marriage?

  30. catherine
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    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.

  31. Claudia
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    What are the top places you’d recommend going to in Wyoming?
    I’d like to do a road trip through a bunch of states, including Wyoming, next year and I figure you probably know of some interesting places that aren’t necessarily well known.

    Also, do you have a favorite gluten-free food that you really miss?

  32. Geri
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Has Charlie ever encountered other coyotes? If so, how did he respond?

  33. Angela S
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    What’s going on new in your kitchen, Shreve?

  34. Angela S
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    Kym~ Happy Birthday! You go girl! :)
    Mia~ I ‘ve had a Mirena for 2 years, and it has been great for me….

  35. StacygFLA
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    When we will get the rest of the stalker story?

  36. bonnie
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    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 :) )

  37. Tina
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    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)?

  38. Julie
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    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 . . . ?

  39. Emma
    December 12th, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

    Do you ever want children?

  40. Carolyne
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    Favorite time of the day and y? :)

  41. Daniela
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    Once you’ll have learned to spin, will you try to spin Charlie’s “wool”?
    Daniela from France

  42. Erin
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    How do you eat marshmallows? Or radishes? ^_^

  43. Deb
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Your Name
    If you’ve already answered this, I apologize.
    What is the origin of your name? Is it common in your family or another culture?
    Does it have any extra meaning?
    I’ve found out Deborah means bee – which totally describes how my mind tends to work!

  44. christine
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    What’s your favorite movie?

  45. Teaspoon
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    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?

  46. Allison
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    What did you used to want to be when you grew up?

  47. Joyce
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    Left, right or ambindextrous?

  48. Mary
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    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?

  49. Renee
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    What do you use to keep your face and the rest of your body moisturized in the harsh winter weather?

  50. ali
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    Mia — this article and comments thread is perfect reading for you: http://jezebel.com/5513672/users-guide-getting-an-iud. ask for a local anesthetic before insertion.

    (sorry for hijacking your comments thread, shreve)

  51. Keitha
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    Loved Catherine 29’s questions. Like a soap opera. So cute.
    Claudia 30 – Don’t miss Devils Tower in the NE part of the state.
    Mia- I never had any problems with mine.

    My questions is also about your name, It’s so nice and unusual, I’ve always wondered about the origin.

  52. mlaiuppa
    December 12th, 2010 @ 1:56 pm




    How tall are you in inches?

    What size are your feet?

    How many inches around is Daisy’s neck?

    How much does Chloe weigh?

    And a non-number non-random question:

    Have you finished Catching Fire and Mockingjay yet?

    Oh, and how is the crocheting and knitting coming?

  53. Carrie
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

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

    What is one song that makes you want to jump out of your chair and dance around like a madwoman? (My current fave is “Dog Days are Over” by Florence and the Machine.)

  54. CB
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

    If you lived in Maine, what kind of car would you get?

  55. pam
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    Did you EVER get the boots you wanted????

  56. Alice
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    How do you deal w/the extreme coldness of winter, while still caring for everything on the farm?

    Morning person or night owl?

  57. Kira
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    I was just wondering about the stalker case myself, but I’m sure it will come in due time.. and on the question of your name- I seem to remember it’s a family surname? Either way it is a pretty cool name in my opinion. =) I also would like to know if you miss the cabin, since you live in a polebarn now, right?. Also, is the polebarn on your own land? Is it one or two stories? Does Charlie have a bigger enclosure now?

  58. Amelia
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently since moving to Ten Sleep?

  59. Susan L.
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    Hi, I loved question #31 from Geri – “Has Charlie ever encountered other coyotes? If so, how did he respond?” Does Charlie perhaps think he’s a dog? Or a cat, like Eli?

  60. Colleen G
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

    No questions. Just wishing you peace. Put your brain on simmer instead of high heat! It’s tough to do, I know, I suffer from the same disorder :) xo and much love and peace to you and the farmily.

  61. Rhea
    December 12th, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    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…

    How do your parents feel about your self imposed isolation from the family? How often do you visit with them? I understand when you said you were born not needing those family connections but I just wondered what they think.

    Are you still living in the rental house with the fence or back in Mike’s cabin?

    Have a Merry Christmas to you and all the bloggers here!

  62. Farmer Lady
    December 12th, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    When helping out with the beef cows, do you ever drool when seeing an especially muscular one that just looks tasty?

    I never drooled over beef until I had my first home-grown, grass fed young bull. Oh MY! I haven’t gone back to store-bought since.

  63. Patr
    December 12th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    How is the new cat working into the farmily? I know Eli must not be “happy” but what about C&C?

    And how are the Cows?

  64. Chris
    December 12th, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    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 a small multi-tool that I use quite a bit, and some well-worn hand pruners. I use the latter almost daily, from trimming shrubbery to cutting through roots to shaping hedges.

  65. Carissa
    December 12th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    What pets, if you had any, did you have before you moved to Ten Sleep? And how many siblings do you have?

  66. Ava
    December 12th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    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?

  67. SailorJohn
    December 12th, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    Where and how do you see yourself in 30 years?

  68. Willow
    December 12th, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    I, like so many others, follow your blog as a way of dreaming about the possibilities of my own life if I only had an ounce of your courage. I find the “practical” aspects of fully following the dream too daunting. So, I’ll ask the question, while anticipating that it is far too personal for you to share…how do you support yourself? Clearly your books, the blog and farm-hand work help — and you clearly live in a modest manner. However, it all seems so tenuous. What about health insurance? Retirement? What if work dries up for a season? Or you break a leg and can’t work for a while?

    I believe that we as a society put way too much emphasis on financial and material prosperity…but have you been able to find a balance between financial security and living your dream?

    I’d also like to take a moment and thank you for your blog. It serves as a constant reminder to me to follow my heart and my dreams…and while it may take me a while to fully realize my dreams, you continue to be an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

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