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October 14th, 2011

I started this blog many years ago to help me keep track of my garden, kind of like a garden notebook or journal of sorts. Now three years later it’s something completely different. I still chronicle what’s going on in the garden on these pages, but there’s a lot of my life thrown in as well. It’s now more of a journal of my journey towards a more simple life and it’s more for you, my readers, than for myself. Almost all of my spare time is spent documenting my life for these pages. I certainly appreciate all of you stopping by every day and commenting, it keeps me posting. Although I sometimes wonder if Mr Chiots, along with my family and friends, get sick of seeing me like this:

I’ve kept my blog ad free, because I don’t want to sell you out and I personally hate annoying ads on websites, that being said, the expenses for a blog do add up. Thanks to those of you who click through my Amazon and Mt Rose Herbs links, I make a few dollars each month to help cover some of those expenses.

You probably know that I was hired earlier this spring to blog a few times a month for Ethel Gloves and I mentioned last week that Ethel had hired me for a new job. I’m now the Social Media Strategist for Ethel Gloves. That means that you’ll find me tweeting, facebooking, pinning, and blogging for Ethel Gloves. I’ll be blogging two-four days a week over at Your Day, make sure you add it to your RSS reader or like Ethel on Facebook and follow along there.

So faithful followers of Chiot’s Run, to celebrate this new job I’m giving away a pair of Ethel Gloves. All you have to do to enter is to comment on this post to win. For an extra chance to win: tweet this post using the icon below with the hashtag #ChiotsRun or share this post from my facebook page.

We have a winner, congrats to Rick from Our Stoney Acre (Rick if you didn’t get my e-mail make sure you contact me through the link in the sidebar)!

How long have you been following along here at Chiot’s Run?

85 Comments to “More @ChiotsRun @EthelGloves”
  1. kellie on October 14, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Hi suzy, I have been following your blog for years and have popped up with a comment now and again. I would love a pair of Ethel gloves, I tried to purchase some after reading about your love for them but they don’t post to Australia. I really enjoy your blog, it’s strange that I feel like you are one of my friends as I read a part of your life everyday, but in reality you hardly know me. I am not big on technology as I like to live quite simply, but it is wonderful that it has opened up the world and given people a chance to meet others they would never have had a chance to know!

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  2. Stephanie S. on October 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Congrats on your new job! I love Ethel Gloves and found them by reading your blog. They’re definitely one of the best gardening gloves I’ve found.

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  3. Stone Soup on October 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I have been following you for a couple years now and have thoroughly enjoyed your posts, your pictures, your passion. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Here’s hoping I win the Ethel Gloves, I would use them well!!!!

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  4. Gwen on October 14, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I haven’t been following you for that long, as I only just discovered you recently, but I would love a pair of Ethel gloves! I’m not sure if this giveaway is open to folks living in NZ, though — I’d understand if it wasn’t!

    I’ll also be tweeting with the #ChiotsRun hashtag to promote the giveaway. Congrats on your new job!

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  5. kristin @ going country on October 14, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Years. Two, maybe? Maybe even three. I don’t really know. Anyway, you totally deserve a job to come out of all the effort you put into posting worthwhile posts every single day. Congratulations.

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  6. anotherkindofdrew on October 14, 2011 at 6:55 am

    If it answers your question, I can’t remember when I didn’t follow you. I believe it started out with a calendar in 2010 perhaps? Then I commented and you responded and I just fell harder from there. Your pictures are always so beautiful and your passion for gardening and stewardship are remarkable. Thank you for sharing with the rest of the world your Chiot’s Run!

    (I also shared on Facebook. Not for an extra chance to win but because more people should find inspiration in your site!)

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  7. kathi cookk on October 14, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Congratulations!. I think I have been following your blog for about a year. I happened upon it when I was searching Baker’s Creek Seed Co. new store in Ct. (Comstock Ferre),your blog matched my search and the rest is history.

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  8. Kat on October 14, 2011 at 6:57 am

    A year, maybe two? All I remember is that I wanted inspiration to keep me gardening, even if all I have is a balcony in the city (that’s covered in plants!) and not the garden in the country we’re ready to have back again. Thank you for the daily inspiration.

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  9. Gayle on October 14, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I discovered you about a year ago and now you and my cup of coffee are “my time” after I get hubby off to work and all the dogs and cats fed. If I tweeted, I would tweet you, but I just am not that social. Sorry!

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  10. April on October 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I have only found you within the last few months but have become a daily reader. I really like your posts and how you and your husband live Well but simple.

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  11. Grannie M on October 14, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I’ve been checking out your blog for the last month or so. I found you during a search for “how to start a blog” and then “best” garden blogs. That is quite an honor to be in the list of bests. I enjoy your site for the quality of your writing and the superior quality of your pictures. Congrats! Let’s see…I’m thinking gloves in every garden mailbox might be handy!

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  12. Heather on October 14, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Congratulations on the new gig! I have been reading you for just over a year now and find your posts and pictures a good mix of relaxing and informative.

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  13. daisy on October 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I’m a newbie follower. I don’t need a pair of gloves, I just wanted to thank you for your blog and being a teacher. Congrats on your new position!

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  14. Allison on October 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Gosh I am not sure how long I have been following, but I love your blog and I also enjoy reading your posts over at Your Day!

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  15. Susie on October 14, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months. Wish I had found it sooner! Absolutely adore your pictures of gardening and the occasional recipes, which I think are excellent after trying them out myself. And now you’ve got me wanting a pair of these gloves! ;)

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  16. Fawn on October 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Congrats on the new job! I hope I win the Ethel gloves. :)

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  17. Dawn on October 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I’ve been following your post for a couple of years. I love your daily posts and your photos are wonderful.

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  18. Lee on October 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Congratulations! How fun to work for a product you love so much.

    I’ve been following you for about two years- right after we planted our first garden.

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  19. Kelly on October 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

    2yrs, I think. Good luck on the new Ethel venture. They look like lovely gloves.

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  20. Rhonda on October 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I’ve been coming here a little over 2 years, I suppose. As I’ve said before, yours is the very first site I go to in the morning. It is by far, my favorite blog to visit. :-) Congratulations on being able to turn your passion into some cash. :-) You’re a true inspiration!!!

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  21. John on October 14, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Congratulations on the new position! I’ve been reading, even went back through the years, ever since Adam mentioned you on his Hot Pockets 2008 tour.
    I thought I’d chime in with what little I could offer you to help with your new position. If you don’t already, I’d suggest watching/listening to The Social Hour,, over on the Twit networks, for the latest in the social arena. Maybe even pickup Amber’s book, Powerfriending.

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  22. Sherri on October 14, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Hi! I love your photos and writing…I live in the midwest and so have the same temps as you do…it is helpful reading about your gardening tips…so, thank you! I’ve been following your blog a few months since finding out about using feeds! haha….keep up the good work. And congrads on your new venture!

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  23. Katie on October 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

    That is wonderful! I love your blog and you are the reason I not have a rather large strawberry patch in my tiny backyard:)

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  24. Songbirdtiff on October 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Congratulations! What a fun job! I don’t have a pair of Ethel gloves but was (still am) planning on investing in a good pair before Spring planting. :)

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  25. Daedre Craig on October 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I’ve been following for at least a couple years now. Your blog is one of my favorites (partly because almost everything you write about is applicable to my own life, and partly because I love that you post every single day).

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  26. Kathy L. on October 14, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I love your blog and my youngest daughter, Katie, who is a freshman at Liberty University, also enjoys reading your blog. Oh and I also really like the looks of those Ethel gloves. I really sould like to win a pair!

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  27. Melissa on October 14, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’m fairly new to following your blog (though I frequently heard you mentioned on others!), and thoroughly enjoy it. I love the pictures of gardens you have and often find myself sending links to my husband for planning our own garden!

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  28. Jaye Whitney on October 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I found you quite by accident one day about a year, maybe a year and a half ago, and have visited almost every day since. It’s the first site I go to in the morning (mainly because you update SO well!) and I’ve recommended you to lots of my friends and referred to specific articles you’ve written. I really love your site and feel motivated after each visit.

    Even though we’re not zone compatible (and you like going bare-footed :), I feel a connection across the miles with our similar interests and a connection with all of your other regular readers – a family of sorts!

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  29. Michelle Wells on October 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    My husband got me interested in your blog just a couple weeks ago and I’ve been following it here and on Facebook since. We have been doing a lot of reading on Locavorism and organic gardening, planning to start our foray into it next Spring on our land. Actually, I’ve already planted garlic around one of my rose bushes this fall. I’ve had gardens in the past but not the last couple years because of a new addition to our family. (I did have a few veggie plants in pots this year but they didn’t do well.) Looking forward to getting back to the garden.

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  30. DebbieB on October 14, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Congratulations on the new job! I’ve been reading for several months, and I’m whittling away at the archives. Your photographs are wonderful! I tweeted. :)

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  31. goatpod2 on October 14, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I’m not sure how long I’ve following Chiot’s Run. I know it’s been a couple of years or so.


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  32. Sofie Dittmann on October 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

    your blog makes me wanna garden, and i’m NOT a gardener at all! in fact, if you ask alptekin i actually kill things. (therefore, i don’t need any gloves… just wanted you to know i really like this blog…)

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  33. Victoria on October 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Well, I’m a newbie here. I found your site by googling hoop houses – since I’d like to have the greens I planted in late summer last through the winter here in Atlanta.

    Your site gave me the best info on using small hoops over the beds… and a friend had given me some pvc flat strips that I hope will work.

    Best of luck with the new gig and yes, I sure could use a pair of new gloves!

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  34. Kim on October 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I can’t believe that you have only had this blog 3 years because that would mean I have been reading it since close to the beginning. Thank you for your efforts here. I truly enjoy your perspective every morning over my cup of tea. On many occasions, it has helped me maintain perspective in my crazy life. You have also been an inspiration to my container garden and soon to be built compost.

    Thank again and congratulations on your new role with Ethel. They are on my Christmas list in case I don’t win. :)

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  35. Krista on October 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I love getting a look into your garden. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. canned Quilter on October 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’ve been following you for atleast a year and will follow as long as you blog. I feel I have learned so much from you. Good luck with the new job and I am sure you will do wonderfully : )

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  37. Donna B. on October 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’ve been following your blog since… well… August 2008! I was bit really hard by the gardening bug when I bought my first home – and your site immediately struck a chord with me with it’s charm. I still, have, and always will make this my first stop in the morning. [and if I check too early and there isn’t a post yet, I check again in an hour or so… hehe!]
    I cherish your posts in this journal, it allows me a segway to strive for a more substantial life by changing things little by little – getting away from being reliant on store-bought products and being more self-sufficient.
    Plus, great news about Ethel! Congrats on your promotion! You are the reason, also, that I purchased TWO of their gloves! Hee hee!

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  38. Sincerely, Emily on October 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Congratulation on your new position over at Ethel. I am going to guess I have been reading your wonderful posts for 1.5 (maybe 2 years). I have learned a lot from your blog and look forward to more over at Ethel and here. I never used to wear gloves when working outside in the garden and yard, but for the past 3 years I have been hooked on wearing them. Thank you for the opportunity to win a pair! Emily

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  39. Nebraska Dave on October 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Susy, I’ve been following your blog with occasional comments ever since you started a blog on GRIT Website which was back on March 11, 2010. That would make it about a year and a half. I’ve always enjoyed your style of writing. It has always been not too long and not too short with interesting pictures to pique my interest.

    I too started blogging just to keep a personal journal to help my memory when I wanted to remember what happened when. It became an instant hit with the relatives and then spread out through their acquaintances and then many friends picked it up. Who knew such a thing would happen from such a humble beginning. I don’t pretend to be a professional writer and embrace the grass roots blogger writing.

    Have a great blogger writing day.

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  40. Hailey on October 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Been following for about a year and love your blog with my morning coffee!

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  41. Erica on October 14, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Not quite sure how long I’ve following Chiot’s Run but it’s been at least a year or so.

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  42. MAYBELLINE on October 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Geez. I don’t know how long, but your posts are great to follow.

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  43. kittyrose on October 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’ve been following you for a few months. I aspire to live a life similar to yours – simple, big garden, as DIY as possible. Thank you for the inspiration. And the gloves look lovely!

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  44. Alyssa on October 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I have been following religiously for about a year now. I think I’ve read every post since you started and have tried a lot of the tricks and techniques you’ve shared. I constantly come back to bookmarked pages here and find seed names and recipes for my own home. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Chiot’s Run is my favourite blog.

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  45. Nicky @dirtandmartinis on October 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Good morning! I popped on over because Andrew Odom mentioned your blog on Facebook. Looks like I found another awesome organic gardening blog to follow!

    P.S. love your logo :)

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  46. Ashley on October 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I actually just started following your blog yesterday!

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  47. Cassandra Kaiser on October 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    The new gig sounds exciting- congrats! I look forward to reading your blog every single morning. I usually read it along with sipping my first cup of coffee before I go into work. When I need to look up something I often do a search on your site. One thing I wondered the other day is if you’ve ever thought about getting chickens? I just bought 4 a few weeks ago and have to say it has surprisingly been so much fun. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts and images :)

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  48. Jacqui on October 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve been following along for a little more than a year and have learned invaluable things every day – from gardening to appreciating the beauty in all around us. I started when Miss Mama and Little Softie became regulars :).

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  49. Pearl on October 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve been following for several months. I found your blog when I was looking for other Ohio blogs.

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  50. Becky on October 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I would guess I’ve been following your blog about 6 months now. I am another who checks in almost daily. I really enjoy your style of writing and love the variety of topics you cover and the insights you share. I’m out on the west coast, so the weather and seasons are a bit different, but originally from the mid-west, so it is a bit of nostogia to read along with the changing seasons.

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