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Happy Birthday Mr Chiots!

January 24th, 2013

Join me in wishing Mr Chiots a happy birthday. We’re not big on celebrating birthdays around here, no presents are exchanged or anything like that. Generally I’ll cook a good meal and make Mr Chiots some cookies or cake (that’s enough present for him).
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Brian Hunting
Mr Chiots is an unseen force on this blog. He doesn’t write, but he takes care of all of the behind the scenes stuff. He makes sure the server is up & running, the software is up to date, he makes changes when they are needed. He really does keep the blog rolling, without him I probably would have quit long ago when the first server crash happened.
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Brian 3
He roasts our coffee and keeps my cup full and keeps our freezer stocked with venison to eat. He cut wood to keep us warm, changes the oil to keep the cars running, goes with me on long hikes, keeps me laughing and is always willing to lend a hand in the garden if I need him.
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Join me in wishing Mr Chiots a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. He is a valuable part of this blog and I certainly appreciate all the hard work he puts in behind the scenes!

53 Comments to “Happy Birthday Mr Chiots!”
  1. daisy on January 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Hope you have a magical day, Mr. Chiots! What kind of cake are you making this year, Susy?

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    • Susy on January 24, 2013 at 8:40 am

      This year it was pie instead of cake. A walnut maple bourbon pie with vanilla maple whipped cream.

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      • KimH on January 24, 2013 at 11:31 am


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      • daisy on January 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        Oh, my!

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      • Robin on January 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

        That made my mouth water!

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  2. Kiskin on January 24, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Best Birthday Wishes to Brian!

    I am happy to have stumbled upon your incredible blog! You both are such talented and inspiring people. The content is always interesting but I love how the blog is constantly evolving, with new functionalities added, like the podcasts, etc. and I have to say, Mr. Chiots’ involvement has certainly added another dimension to this blog! :) I would love to see more of your video work, like some of the videos on Ethel Gloves page.

    Eagerly waiting for the new e-book,

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  3. kathi Cook on January 24, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Happy Birthday! What a nice tribute to your husband!

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  4. Megan Jernovics on January 24, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Happy Birthday! This is the first place I stop every morning. Thank you for all you do to keep it going. I love the podcast as well. I listen to it in the kitchen, while I run and in the car.

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  5. Elizabeth on January 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. Chiots! It’s great hearing you on the podcast.

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  6. Sonya on January 24, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Happy Birthday to your Man! Thank you both for all your hard work & the fun that you share with all of us. Have a wonderful day!

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  7. Lisa on January 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Happy Birthday! I love my visits to this blog. Thank you for helping to keep it running so smoothly. I love the podcasts too! I wait until I’m cooking and cleaning on Saturday mornings to listen to them. It’s become my little ritual, so thank you for that! Enjoy your birthday treats!

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  8. Jaye on January 24, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. Chiots!

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  9. Jennifer Fisk on January 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Happy Birthday for your first time in your new digs in Maine.

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  10. DebbieB on January 24, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Fun pictures! Happy Birthday, Brian!

    Hey, guys, I received the lovely Chiot’s Run calendar yesterday (podcast prize) – thank you so much!!!

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  11. Jodiana on January 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

    ehem…..mi, mi,mi, mi…..happy birrrrrthdayyyy tooooo youuuuu………happy birrrrthdayyyyyy toooooo youuuuuuu………happy birrrrrrrrrrthdayyyyyyy dear Brian…………….happppy birrrrrrrthdayyyyyyyyy ttoooooooooo youuuuuuuuu.
    Have a great day!

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  12. Sue on January 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Happy, happy birthday, Brian! Enjoy your day…

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  13. BJ on January 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIAN! Looking forward to celebrating your special day with you. After listening to the Podcasts, reading the blog, and hanging out with you and Susy I think you may have reached celebrity status! I hope you like my cake!

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  14. Erin on January 24, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Happy birthday! Enjoy!!!!!!!!

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  15. Mich on January 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Happy Birthday Mr Chiots, hope you have a Great day :)

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  16. Sherri on January 24, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Chiots! Your husband sounds like a wonderful man – hope he has an equally wonderful day :)

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  17. K.B. on January 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

    A man who chops wood and roasts coffee?? Sound like a keeper! Happy birthday, Mr. Chiots!!

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  18. Donna B. on January 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. Chiots!
    I have to say, LOVING the one photo which I am now dubbing “
    Jedi Mind Trick
    [the one labeled as Brian-1.jpg… XD]

    Mmm… I know that pie was delicious!

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    • Mr. Chiots on January 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

      “These are not the coffee beans you are looking for”

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  19. Patsy from Illinois on January 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Happy Birthday Mr. Chiots and thanks for keeping the blog running. Deer sausage sounds good right now.

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  20. Kara on January 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Happy happy birthday to Brian! The pie sounds fabulous and I love that you keep birthdays low key and enjoyable. We like to do that too around here.

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  21. Natalie on January 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Happy birthday, Mr. Chiots! I appreciate your contributions to this wonderful blog! I will be using it heavily as a resource this gardening season (Oh, zone 5a). Thank you!

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  22. Maybelline on January 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Happy Labor Day to your mama, Mr. Chiots.

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  23. Denimflyz on January 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    A very Happy Birthday, Mr. Chiots. Have a most wonderful day.

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  24. KimH on January 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Happy Birthday Brian… I hope you have a new year filled with love, laughter, & Light!! All the best, today & always!

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  25. Sherrie on January 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Happy Birthday to you! May we all continue to be blessed by your giving nature for years to come.

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  26. amy on January 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Someone is quite smitten with her husband……As it should be:) Happy Happy Birthday~Mr. Chiots~May it be a magical day….filled with blessings.

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    • Susy on January 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      But of course!

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  27. Laura on January 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Chiots! Thanks to you and Susy both for your work on the blog(s) and podcasts… I admire the choices you’ve made for yourselves and the life you’re sharing with each other – and us. Cheers!

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  28. Stacy on January 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. Chiots!! All the best for this year and the years to come. Hope you’re loving your new house!

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  29. Canned Quilter on January 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. Chiots : ) May God bless and keep you!

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  30. Joy Giles on January 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Warm wishes from Austin, Texas, for a most happy and enjoyable birthday.

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  31. Melanie in Ca on January 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. Chiots! Wishing you all the best with thanks to you and Susy for sharing your lives with us and allowing us to celebrate with you.

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  32. Ronda Williams on January 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Happy birthday Mr. Chiots. You sure are a cutie..and handy too! Lucky Susy! Bye the way I just ordered Start with the Soil from Amazon, and also followed your seed company link for High Mowing Seeds. Going to start a little sprouting station in my kitchen! Thanks for all your great advice!

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  33. Louise on January 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Happy Birthday Brian; hope this is the best one yet! Looks like you take both very good care of each other; as it should be. Keep up the good work!

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  34. Stephanie S. on January 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Happy birthday!!

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  35. Dad on January 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Hope you are having a great day Brian!!

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  36. judym on January 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ol’ Man! And a grand day may ya have. btw – yours is the same day as my oldest daughter’s – ah, a good way to remember for next year. Many joys and blessings.

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  37. Wendy on January 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Chiots!

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  38. laura on January 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Happy, Happy Birthday!!!

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  39. Joy A Humphries on January 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

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  40. Tubly on January 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Do you have a full post on cover crops? if not could you make one?

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  41. tj on January 25, 2013 at 12:23 am

    …”Happy Birthday Mr. Chiots!” *<:o)

    …Hoping your day is extra special and filled with all things wonderful!

    …Many blessings. :o)

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  42. Tammey on January 25, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Im glad there is no such thing as a late Happy Birthday…So Happy Birthday Bryan! You share the same birthday as my 34 year old daughter Lisa>>>who relishes in birthday wishes and gifts and dinners etc until we are all exhausted! It has been interesting to get to know you better..thanks to your awesome podcast! I hope you still have some of that delicious sounding pie little Susy made for you! Have another great day!

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  43. Charlotte on January 26, 2013 at 12:53 am

    You are very blessed to have Mr. Chiots. He seems like such a wonderful friend. Happy Birthday from another blog reader who appreciates his efforts to keep this refreshing and helpful blog running!

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  44. maggiewann on January 26, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Hope you had a very happy birthday Mr. Chiots!

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  45. Jenny on January 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Hope it was a lovely birthday, Mr. Chiots, andtatyou two enjoy a great year ahead exploring your new location.

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  46. Barbara Shaw on January 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I am so happy that I got to this blog.. I do not have a clue how I did it!
    You folks are so young.. with all that wisdom I figured you were much older! thanks !

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  47. Twitter Bird :) on January 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Happy Late Birthday Mr. B !

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