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COUNTRYSIDE: I just had a good idea. In the Mar/Apr 2011 issue I referred to is the letter to the editor that I sent to COUNTRYSIDE. A brief mention about liking pen-pals to correspond with was overwhelming; so much so that I had to decide what I needed to do. I tried to keep up, but found I was losing ground. Then I even got this computer and started writing newsletters to send out, thinking it would take less time. Well, that really went over great, but alas, was also quite time consuming and too expensive. So last summer (2012) I had to decide what I needed to do the most with my time and the keeping up with my homestead. Work took precedence over keeping up with letter writing to 80-plus pen-pals. I didn't like having to pass them up, but had no choice. I'm 72 now and take care of this wonderful place (Rigadoon Homestead) by myself, so you can understand my situation here.

What I am writing to you about is to ask if I could send you a brief letter that you could print in a Countryside issue that will let the pen-pals know I am doing a-okay, and why I haven't been keeping in touch with them.

I would like to tell you that I have gotten to know so many wonderful people via that letter you printed. They are from all over the U.S. and even Canada--young children to 85-year-olds who are still growing gardens.

As for my summer, so far (July 2013) it's been going along quite well. The fruit trees escaped late spring frosts, so there will be plenty to enjoy in early fall plus what gets canned, jammed, dried or frozen for later. I have 13 goats now, all together. That includes four beautiful, loveable little kids.

I need to sign off now, I'm burning daylight, plus the afternoons and early evenings are hot, so I try to do outside chores before the temperature reaches the mid 90s. Also, it's a restock (go to) town day in Salmon, 18 miles away. It's the only town within 100 miles from here. I guess that qualifies me as a homesteader who lives in the boonies of the Salmon River Valley in central Idaho.--Betty K. Houver,

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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:Houver, Betty K.
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Nov 1, 2013
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