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

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It feels like a rather blustery day today....











Hey Ya'll,








If you have ever watched Winnie the pooh, then I know you have seen " The blustery day".




Well that's how I feel today. There are tornado warnings, flood warnings, and T-storm warnings, here and according to the weather channel it will here all day long! I feel like we are going to float off the face of the earth if these heavy torrential rains don't stop, it seems we have one everyday! We have had to replant our pole beans 4 times! Poor things, if they come of and stay up it will be a miracle. And when it rains like this, it just plain unnerves me and my mom both. The place where we lived before, flooded, and I mean 5 to 7 feet, 3 times. The last time my mom and I were home asleep and my dad was out of town. We awoke to things hitting the house, and when we went to the window to see what was going on, the water was to the top step of the porch. The fire department couldn't even get to us because the water was to swift for the boat. When it was all over, we found my moms car had floated backwards and was across the road upside down, and mine was completely under water. But God took care of us that night, because it could have been a lot worse. So now when it rains like it is today, we are both on edge, even though we are much higher off the ground, on a hill far away from any flooding.

On a happier note, I have shared some pictures above. They are pictures of the Great Smokey Mountains I call home. When I look at them, I feel peace come over me, and I feel safe and calm. They are the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen. I love them the most after it rains like today, because a misty fog comes over them, and sometimes, it is so thick, it looks like the ocean. I like to sit and look at them for hours, and I always think about the people who lived there before any of us came along, the first people that ever lived there, and what it must have been like then. I could sit all day and look at those mystical mountains, they are so strong and serene. I thank God every day for them. When I am having a bad day, I just look to the mountains and they bring me back. The best time to feel their strength is when I go out of town to visit family in SC, or GA and we are coming back home and we cross into NC and the mountains are all around you, it gives me a chill and overwhelms me to the point of tears sometimes. I guess I might be the only person who feels this way other than my mom. I think I can safely say, my heart is in the mountains. There is a saying around here, " If you are lucky enough to be in the mountains, then you are lucky enough".













Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thank you all!!!

Hey Ya'll,

I am still kinda new at the blogger thing, and I just realized that I had comments about my blogs. So I just wanted to say thank you so much to those of you who not only left me such sweet uplifting comments, but also thank you to my followers. It is nice to know that someone is reading my blogs and enjoying them. Thanks to you all!! God Bless!!!



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What a week it has been!

Hey ya'll,

Well it has been a while since I posted anything, I have had a crazy few weeks! It all started last Monday when I came home after a horrible flooding rain, which we have a lot of here in Hendersonville where we live, and there in my mama's drive way was a very large snapping turtle. We assumed she had gotten lost when all the rain came since we live next to a small pond that is home to all kinds of turtles, snakes, and bull frogs. She looked very confused, so we gingerly made our way up the steps and to the door.
I read on the Internet that female snapping turtles come out this time of year to find a place to lay eggs. And to see if they are mean wave something in front of their face and if they don't snap then they are not aggressive. So we did that and she seemed very gentle, and when she started digging her way under the porch we thought well it must be egg time. So we kept our eye in her and when my big dog Everest found out she was there we didn't want a snapped doggy nose or a hurt turtle so we decided it was best to shoo her away. It took some time but she made her way back to the pond without any troubles.

It has just been one thing after another here the past week or so, so I am thankful for time I have now to sit and post a blog. We had a few blessings this week. One of them was my mama's garden. Since we moved here, she has not had very much luck with her garden spot. All we have here is clay and when it is dry we have very hard dirt, never in between. So we read somewhere, I think in Mother Earth News ways to make bad dirt better. So we started looking for some sand, they said sand makes wet clumpy dirt more fine and there for better for planting in. We could not find sand anywhere! So we gave up, and a week later after our flooding rain, we went out and what do we find? Sand all through the garden!! It washed off of the mountain we live at the bottom of, and God blessed us with some sand, the most beautiful sand you have ever seen! And it really did make the dirt perfect for planting!! Well I better go get my clothes off the line, I hear thunder rolling! I will post some more later, God Bless!!

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.