"The Mountains are calling and I must go"- John Muir

"The Mountains are calling and I must go"- John Muir

Monday, May 25, 2009

Southern Funerals

Hey ya'll,
Well it's another Monday, and oh boy has it ever been a Monday! A very sweet man in our church passed away yesterday morning from a brain aneurysm, he was only 66 yrs old. He will be very missed, for he was one of the sweetest men I have ever met. He was in my wedding, he served food at our local rescue mission, he was on the board of trustees at our church, he and his sweet wife ran our local curb market, which is a very old farmers market here where we live, he also did many other things within our church, and community.
I was thinking today, when someone dies in our family or church community, we always gather together and bring them the same food every time. Fried chicken, cherry pies, rolls, tater salad, pasta salad, a big ole baked ham, and sweet tea. Now that has to be the most southern thing I have ever seen. And it did not occur to me, until we were bringing the food to the family at their home today. And we always say things like love your heart, bless your heart, and hug and squeeze them until their eyes bug out. But I am proud to be southern, I was am as southern as they some born and raised. I love the fact that we do that, and that I probably say bless it's heart 50 times a day.
I love the little old ladies at our church, God love em. When there is a funeral at our church, they all gather together like little hen's and prepare the best food you have ever tasted. And they make sure everything is just right for the family. Now sometimes when you get that many women together in one kitchen, at one time, it can get ugly, but I have learned to just laugh it off., and go with the flow, because one day, I will be just like them. I imagine I will be just like weazer off of Steel Magnolia's when I get to that age, and I will be darn proud of it!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bubble Bee's

Why does everyone try to kill bee's? I know hornets, and wasps, and yellow jackets are bad, but bubble bee's aren't and they help us, they are the reason we have flowers, and vegetables every summer. I will admit I do run from them, but I will not kill them. Last summer, my mom had the hardest time getting anything to grow, and we couldn't figure it out, but our neighbor told us it was because we had a shortage of bee's pollinating everything. And I never realized just how precious our bubble bee's are. So now I cherish them, I will run from them, but I still cherish them for what they do. And as our parent s always say, if you don't bother them, they wont bother you. ;o)

Summer Smells

Hey Ya'll,

It's another beautiful warm day here, we finally got a break from the 3 weeks of solid rain! Maybe now we will be able to finish planting our garden.

I love the smells of summer, like multi flora roses, my husband hates them and tries to kill them because they are wild and they take over everything if you let them. I would let them take over if it was up to me, they smell so sweet and look so dainty and pretty and when they grow in big bunches the smell and the beauty just over whelms you! I also love the smell of tomato plants, the leaves smell so good, and remind me of summer days in the mountains where I grew up. And the smell of fresh cut hay, and honey suckle, summer just smells so sweet!! Another one of my favorite smells, is Gardenia at my aunt Mary's house in Savannah, GA. When you sit on her porch in the swing sippin sweet tea and that warm gardenia filled breeze hits you in the face, there is nothin better, for me it's a very comforting smell. Oh and the smell of fresh clothes out on the line, I could go on forever! And that sweet smell of watermelon when you bite into it and it's sweet goodness drips down your chin! Can you tell I just adore summer time? Summer time and all it's smells and feelings take me back to child hood. Summertime is very comforting, most of the time. I hope everyone has a wonderful, beautiful sweet summertime!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I am learning

Ok, so today I cut the grass, weed eated for the first time ever, and I planted potato's, bought onions, 2 heirloom tomato plants, and a whole bunch of seed packets, carrots, corn, cherry tomatoes, peppers, pumpkin, watermelon, cantaloupe, lettuce, greens, spring onions, cucumbers, and basil, and I plan to go back and get more.
I found the coolest plant nursery and seed n feed in one today, and the cutest little old couple owns and runs it. They were so sweet and helpful and have owned and run it for the last 25 yrs. They had every thing you could ever want!! I ran out of money ( that happens when you don't have a job and your husband has to give you money) or I would have been there all day and I probably would have bought them out!! My mom went with me and we were both so excited!!! And we both came out with a arm load of plants and seeds. And I also learned a few things today from a book I started reading called "Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard, and Eggs for growing a better garden". Basil is a natural tomato horn worm repellent, and so are chives. If you plant these herbs with your tomato plants it will naturally keep bugs away. Pretty cool huh? I recommend this book to everyone with a garden.
Oh, and an update to the surge of a woman hear me roar empowerment from the other day. I could not fix the bathroom cabinet door, the screws were striped, but I did take an old shower curtain that matched the new shower curtain and made some adjustments, and me and my mom hot glued it around the under neath of the counter, so now there is a very chic little curtain in place of the door. I will post pictures in a few days. Well, I am off to learn more!

Bye ya'll

Monday, May 11, 2009

I can do it myself

Monday May 11, 2009

Hey y'all,

I have come to a conclusion, I don't need to wait on my husband to get things done. I am tired of making a honey do list, just to have him put it off until another day. So I decided today, that I am tired of being the venerable, scared little girl people see me as. I am going to start doing these things myself. I don't want to have to depend on my husband, or a Mr. fix it, I am going to teach my self how to do anything I need done. That's all a part of the self-sufficient life right?

I came to this conclusion today, when I went in the bathroom and the cabinet door, (that has been broken for some time now) fell off its hinges as it always does, and it made me so mad. So the Rosie the riveter came out in me, and I decided to fix the darn thing, so I did!! I was quit proud of myself! And that's when I decided that I can do anything my husband can do, next I am going to change the oil in my car. I am feeling very empowered now, I feel like I can do anything.

The enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains I call home.


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I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, in a little camper, with my husband and family. We are trying to become self sufficient and live off the land. I am sick of all the sad news on TV, the economy, and the evil world we live in, so we are trying to make things as simple as possible and get back to the basics. I think if everyone did that, and had faith in God the world might be a better place. Follow along, as we live life in our little tin can, and try to make it a home, while learning to homestead.