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The Hermits' Rest

The Hermits' Rest

By Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall
Peace, quiet, and beauty in the middle of Texas - Suna talks about nature, dogs, horses, chickens, knitting, books, human foibles, and ranch life, in no particular order. Music by Declan Murtagh. All contents copyright 2021 Sue Ann Kendall.
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Dodged Another Weather Bullet
Much needed rain! No hail! Chick update! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/16/dodged-another-weather-bullet/
04:19
April 16, 2021
The Unpopular Kid at School PLUS Hungry and Cute Chicks
It's another double episode! Today Suna bemoans low attendance at her book club, then shares some photos of her baby chicks learning to eat chicken food. This episode is also available as two blog posts:  http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/15/the-unpopular-kid-at-school/  https://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/15/hungry-and-cute-chicks-with-pix/
06:04
April 15, 2021
Look Who’s Back! It’s Gracie!
Suna happily reports that we FOUND our missing dog! Also, the hand-knit afghan reward is available again to our next sponsor of more than a dollar a month! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/14/look-whos-back-its-gracie/
04:04
April 15, 2021
Baby Watch (Chick) PLUS I’m a Chicken Grandma!
Big news from the ranch! We hatched our first baby chicks! This episode is also available as two blog posts:  https://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/14/baby-watch-chick/ http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/14/im-a-chicken-grandma/
06:15
April 14, 2021
No, You’re Not Responsible for the Happiness of Others
Suna uses memes to try to clarify what she means when she says you can't MAKE anyone happy. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/13/no-youre-not-responsible-for-the-happiness-of-others/
08:02
April 13, 2021
Information, Not Advice in This Cancel Culture
Suna's in rant mode again, this time about members of volunteer organizations who forget their mission. No one wants to be told what to think, but they do listen to shared information. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/12/information-not-advice-in-this-cancel-culture/
10:43
April 13, 2021
Quick Knitting Update PLUS
Suna updates you on her knitting, plus BONUS content, not in blog, about music. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/11/quick-knitting-update/
04:00
April 12, 2021
Mowing, Controversy, and More Horse Stuff
Suna is surprised that mowing her property is controversial, finds out her horse is hurt AGAIN, and is impressed as Ace the horse gets ridden. Also, the chickens are weird. Find out why! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/11/mowing-controversy-and-more-horse-stuff/
08:56
April 11, 2021
Why Isn’t Your Lawn Mowed? AND Wiley Canines Thwart Photography
Here's a double episode! First, Suna explains why not having a mown lawn isn't so bad, and second she shares why dogs and photography don't mix. This episode is also available as two blog posts: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/10/inquiring-neighbors-want-to-know-why-isnt-your-lawn-mowed/  and https://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/10/those-wiley-canines-thwart-my-photography/
09:10
April 10, 2021
Summertime Is Coming and the Chickens Are Laying
Where are those darned chickens hiding their eggs NOW? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/09/summertime-is-coming-and-the-chickens-are-laying/
04:17
April 10, 2021
Sometimes You HAVE to Be Goofy
Suna drops her walls and gets deeply into goofiness with her friend. This resulted in funny dogs and antics with a stuffed sloth. Not to be missed. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/09/sometimes-you-have-to-be-goofy/
05:05
April 9, 2021
Ways We Cope with Stress: Featuring Plants
Stress affects each of us differently. Same with plants. Learn what Suna means by this assertion. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/08/ways-we-cope-with-stress-featuring-plants/
07:07
April 8, 2021
I Am Woman, Hear My Woe
Suna wonders why she's not feeling all oppressed as a woman, after dealing with a world of woe. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/07/i-am-woman-hear-my-woe/
05:17
April 8, 2021
Creepy Crawlies, but Not Worms
Suna has adventures with "tree worms." This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/07/creepy-crawlies-but-not-worms/
05:08
April 7, 2021
I Can’t Muster Up Schadenfreude
Suna was all ready to feel great about someone else's misfortune. But she couldn't do it. Why? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/06/i-cant-muster-up-schadenfreude/
04:33
April 6, 2021
Knowing Your Issues Doesn’t Fix Everything, Nor Should It!
Suna gets real about her issues with moving from her Austin house, discovers she has things in common with Ernest Hemingway, and shares wise words from her friend, Kelli Martin Brew. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/06/knowing-your-issues-doesnt-fix-everything-nor-should-it/
13:27
April 6, 2021
Checking Out Oaks for Myself PLUS Pet News, Some Good, Some Bad
First, Suna checks the local oaks for life and finds a lot, then she shares happy news about puppies and horses, and a bit of a worry. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/05/checking-out-oaks-for-myself/
08:32
April 5, 2021
Where Do Easter Eggs Come From?
Is it a secret? Suna talks about where HER Easter eggs and joy come from. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/04/where-do-easter-eggs-come-from/
05:27
April 4, 2021
I Did a Social Event! With Airplanes
Suna and her spouse actually left the ranch and went to an air show! It's great to be vaccinated. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/03/i-did-a-social-event-with-airplanes/
05:34
April 4, 2021
Tanks? Ponds?
Did you know we call a pond a "tank" in Texas? What's up with that? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/03/tanks-ponds/
05:09
April 3, 2021
Book Report: The Nature of Oaks
Suna shares her happiness with Douglas Tallamy's brand-new book, The Nature of Oaks. Learn what an oak gall actually is! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/02/book-report-the-nature-of-oaks/
06:37
April 3, 2021
The Great Hen Detective Strikes Again!
Bertie Lee the hen has been hiding her eggs for a LONG time now. But, she's no match for the Sherlock Holmes of nesting hens! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/02/the-great-hen-detective-strikes-again/
04:26
April 2, 2021
The Ranch Resurrection
How much damage did the terrible winter weather do on the ranch? Suna checked it out. There are lots of photos, so be sure to also check the  blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/04/01/the-ranch-resurrection/
05:41
April 1, 2021
Still Working on Horse Feet
Suna learns just how messed up her horse's feet (aka hooves) were last year, and ventures out on a solo ride with an agitated donkey in tow. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/31/still-working-on-horse-feet/
04:46
April 1, 2021
Curbing Your Anti-racist Enthusiasm
Suna rants! You can't fix people's prejudices and biases by taunting them and shutting them down. So, how can younger and older anti-racists talk to each other? photo by @SBphoto via Twenty20  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/31/curbing-your-anti-racist-enthusiasm/
08:51
March 31, 2021
I’m the Sherlock Holmes of Nesting Hens
Our elderly hen who thinks she's a horse is still churning out eggs! Here's the story of Big Red and Suna's detective work. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/30/im-the-sherlock-holmes-of-nesting-hens/
06:54
March 30, 2021
Book Report: Everyday Bias
Encouraging ideas on handling our biases from the very wise Howard J. Ross. Maybe we CAN make a better world? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/29/book-report-everyday-bias/
06:50
March 29, 2021
The Student Becomes the Teacher
Suna's horse buddy, Apache, learns to be a role model, once again proving that teaching helps you learn a lot. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/29/the-student-becomes-the-teacher/
04:56
March 29, 2021
A Familiar Bird All Dressed Up
Suna got all excited today when she saw an exotic bird by the pond. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/28/a-familiar-bird-all-dressed-up/
04:57
March 28, 2021
Apache Has a New Buddy
Suna reports on a new horse who showed up at the ranch and admits she is not good with heavy bales of hay. If you want pictures, visit the blog post! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/27/apache-has-a-new-buddy/
04:53
March 28, 2021
Trying Again with Chicken Parenting
Will Star the broody hen give us some chicks? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/27/trying-again-with-chicken-parenting/
03:51
March 27, 2021
Why I Haven’t Upped My Game Recording Myself Talk
Suna explains why her podcasts have been so...amateur so far. Ironically, she edited this one, so it's not amateur. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/26/why-i-havent-upped-my-game-recording-myself-talk/
04:10
March 27, 2021
Happy COVID Freedom Day to Me
Updated! There is now actual SOUND when Suna tells her story! Suna shares her joy at having achieved maximum vaccine protection. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/26/happy-covid-freedom-day-to-me/
04:02
March 27, 2021
You Never Know Who You’ll Meet around Here
Suna meets cute rodents, identifies a butterfly, and encounters various forms of lady beetles. Ranch living! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/25/you-never-know-who-youll-meet-around-here/
05:10
March 25, 2021
Mysteries and Owies
We have ranch mysteries going on around here! And some of them HURT, says Suna. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/24/mysteries-and-owies/
04:58
March 25, 2021
A Lifetime Milestone, and Why It Matters
Suna achieved a lifetime goal of being able to saddle up and ride her horse off into the sunset...solo. She shares how she got there and why it's so important to her, the horse, and to future growth. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/24/a-lifetime-milestone-and-why-it-matters/
09:02
March 24, 2021
Some Good News
Update on the horse, sponsors, and Suna's work, which may have been unpopular. Learn why! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/23/some-good-news/
05:21
March 23, 2021
How’s That Podcast Coming Along?
Suna shares an update on this here podcast and brazenly solicits sponsors. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/22/hows-that-podcast-coming-along/
06:55
March 23, 2021
Stinky and Dangerous Ranch Drama
In which Suna and the gang deal with a skunk episode and an escaped horse eating exactly the wrong thing for his delicate constitution. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/22/stinky-and-dangerous-ranch-drama/
06:12
March 22, 2021
Book Report: A Short History of the World According to Sheep
Suna reviews a sweet book on the history of sheep and humans, plus she makes an offer for potential blog supporters! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/21/book-report-a-short-history-of-the-world-according-to-sheep/
05:33
March 21, 2021
Three Horses Plus Two People Equals Springtime Fun
The first day of spring featured a trail ride with ALL the horses. A fun day for all. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/20/three-horses-plus-two-people-equals-springtime-fun/
03:54
March 21, 2021
To Troll or Not to Troll?
Today, Suna seems to be conflicted about whether to troll kindly or speak up loudly when she encounters racism. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/20/to-troll-or-not-to-troll/
08:59
March 20, 2021
Book Report: Blind Spot
Blind Spot is a fun, educational, and inspiring book about the hidden biases in all of us. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/19/book-report-blind-spot/
06:12
March 19, 2021
Is Anger Making Us Sick?
Maybe, just maybe, some of us are moving past the anger that has gotten us both mentally and physically sicker for the past few years. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/18/is-anger-making-us-sick/
05:28
March 19, 2021
Exploring the Wild Violet (Creek)
Suna had so much fun exploring a creek on a neighbor's property. Hear her delight over finding wild violets and a giant frog! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/17/exploring-the-wild-violet/
06:25
March 18, 2021
Mystery of the Missing Eggs: SOLVED
Chickens are such clever birds. They can really hide their eggs! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/17/mystery-of-the-missing-eggs-solved/
05:43
March 17, 2021
Feeling a Little Better about Nature’s Survival
Suna is relieved to report that the snow and ice did not prevent spring flowers from showing up. This episode (along with its photos) is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/16/feeling-a-little-better-about-natures-survival/
05:31
March 17, 2021
The Hermits’ Rest Has Internet!
Good news for Suna the bandwidth hog. She finally got a wireless internet thingie that brings this rural ranch into modernity. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/15/the-hermits-rest-has-internet/
05:06
March 16, 2021
A Chickweed Festival for Birds
Suna noticed unusual bird activity in the fields this morning and got all scientific to figure out why.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/15/a-chickweed-festival-for-birds/
04:04
March 15, 2021
It’s HARD to Require Masks in Texas
Mask wearing is controversial here in Texas. What can private companies do? What can you do? People both impress and disappoint Suna. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/14/its-hard-to-require-masks-in-texas/
06:40
March 14, 2021
Dogs Love Springtime
Sickly Suna gets cheered up watching the Dogs of Hermits' Rest play in the water. Check the blog for photos!  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/13/dogs-love-springtime/
03:58
March 14, 2021
Plans for Today Cancelled
Ugh. Suna got vaccination side effects.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/13/plans-for-today-cancelled/
03:33
March 13, 2021
Spring Support and Hopefulness
Suna is grateful for support of friends and for signs of spring! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/12/spring-support-and-hopefulness/
04:57
March 13, 2021
Helplessly Hoping
Suna reveals that she's not feeling all that great, but hopes it will pass. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/12/helplessly-hoping/
05:45
March 12, 2021
Book Report: Biased
Suna reviews a sobering book about unconscious bias against Black people.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/11/book-report-biased/
05:12
March 11, 2021
Technology Staging a Revolt
Suna's equipment is giving her a lot of trouble. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/11/technology-staging-a-revolt/
03:37
March 11, 2021
Dreaming of Hugs
It's a simple dream. Hugs. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/10/dreaming-of-hugs/
01:43
March 11, 2021
Book Report: Women Talking
Suna was really impressed by this book. Find out why. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/02/book-report-women-talking/
04:35
March 10, 2021
What? Podcasting? Me?
Suna admits she has started a podcast. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/10/what-podcasting/
05:23
March 10, 2021
Must Surnames Be Sir-names?
Suna bumbles her way through an explanation of why she thinks last names are so interesting. This may be hard to listen to. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/09/must-surnames-be-sir-names/
05:48
March 9, 2021
Bummed, and Not Alone
In which Suna commiserates with so many people. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/08/bummed-and-not-alone/
03:05
March 9, 2021
Tired. It Happens.
Welcome to the Hermits' Rest podcast series. I'm tired. So very tired. I also can't hear this, so if you can, let me know. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://thehermitsrest.blog/2021/03/07/tired-it-happens/
01:03
March 8, 2021
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00:48
March 7, 2021