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

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, nostalgic, blessed Thanksgiving!! I know we will! We are serving 50-60 people without family at our church, it will be great!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What happened to.....

Hey ya'll,

I think a lot during the day, mostly about random things, like the way things used to be a long time ago, even when I was young. For instants, what happened to families sitting down to dinner at a table, together, and praying. When I was little we did that, I was not allowed to sit in front of the TV to eat, I had to eat all my food before I could get up, and I had to ask for permission. Sometimes my mom would make me set the table, to teach me the correct way. And we would pray, and pass the food around, and use manners. What happened to that?

What happened to families spending quality time together? We never watched TV, when we did, we only had one channel, so we would watch a movie. But, most of the time, we played games, read, sang songs out of the church hymnal, or my mom would help me with my homework. And during the summer, I would stay outside until it was pitch black, or until my mom made me come inside.

What happened to trains? When my mom was little, she said they went everywhere on a train. And that was in the 50's. I love trains, not Amtrak, the old locomotives. I wish we still had them around, to ride on. It's just not the same on a Amtrak train. I think they should bring them back. But that's just my humble opinion. I think they are so romantic, and nostalgic, and simple.

And why did they stop delivering milk to your home? I would love to see a milk man deliver milk to my door in glass jars, that get reused! And I couldn't find a picture of one, but even when I was little in the 80's we had gas pump attendants. They were at every gas station we went to. I hate pumping gas! They would pump your gas, check your oil, clean your wind shield, you didn't even have to get out. If they would bring all these things back, they would create do many jobs! Train engineers, milk men, gas attendants, we wouldn't have to recycle milk jugs if they were glass again, and one more thing while I am on this subject, why did they stop packing flour and corn meal in sacks instead of paper? I would pay a few more dollars if I could keep the sack for towels! Oh my, I could go on like this all day! So I better stop now!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Puppy love, and homemade dog treats

Hey ya'll,

This is a picture of the love of my life, well in the animal kingdom anyway! Her name is Lucy, she is a 5 yr old Shi-tzu.

She filled a void in our lives, when my shi-tzu, Zack, of 15 yrs passed away. I went a whole year without a pet, without something to take care of. Every time I looked at puppies at the pet store or the animal shelter, my heart would hurt for Zack. And I always felt as if I was hurting him in some way by replacing him. I know what you are thinking, you are thinking he is dead, what difference does it make? I told my self that over and over again, but I just could not bring my self to love another dog. But at the same time something was missing from my life, and I couldn't figure out what it was. Until one day, our neighbor called. She used to breed shi-tzus and one of the puppies she sold was in need of a new home, or she would have to go to the shelter. So we talked it over and said what would it hurt to go and look.
When we went to her house the next day, I told my self I was not getting attached to another dog, its just to hard when they are gone, like loosing a child. We went in the living room, and she brought out 4 yr old Lucy, named after Lucy on charlie brown. She immediately jumped in my lap and started licking my mom. When she told us about all of her habits, and likes and dislikes, we knew it was fate. She looked and acted exactly like our dog Zack. We put her on her leash and walked her home. From then on, it was puppy love!! She is the greatest!! And the weird part is, when we let her out some times she will go up the hill behind our house, to Zack's grave and sit for a minute, no lie! We had never taken her up there! It is as if she is saying I will take care of them, she was paying her respects. The first time she did that, we both broke down and cried. She was meant for us. Her home before ours must have been an abusive one. She is terrified of loud noises,yelling, and if you pick up a stick outside she cowers down. So we do a lot of snuggling. She hates thunder and rain, and we fix her an egg every morning, and if you forget she will let you know. She loves car rides, and when you come home she always has something in her mouth to give you, food, her toy, a sock. What can I say, we are in love!! We have had her for over a yr now and I couldn't imagine life with out her!
My mom and I both agree that we are going to do things differently. We are feeding her healthier food, walking her more, taking her as many places as we safely can. We made her some dog treats, so here is the recipe, so you can make the love of your life something homemade! Lucy loves them, so I hope your dog will also!
Apple cheddar dog treats:
2 cups Barley flour ( we used wheat)
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup shredded cheddar
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
1/3 cup apple sauce ( sugar free)
2 T oil
Mix it will 3 T water, roll out to 1/4 inch, and cut into what ever shapes you like, place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Mountains

The mountains where I live, are a source of peace and comfort for me. They are enchanting, and peaceful. There was a place where I grew up, that I would go to whenever I needed quiet. I would go through the woods, twigs snapping under my feet, never knowing what was ahead of me. Every now then I would meet a doe and her fawn. I would hear things moving around, and my imagination would get the best of me, which was always fun. And finally I would reach my destination, on top of the mountain we called home. You could see the tops of log cabins, old homesteads from the 1800's that had been abandoned, some still occupied. I would climb to the very top and sit with my eyes closed and let the breeze blow through my hair and touch my face. Sometime I would build a fort out of limbs and leaves and play house like all little girls do. I had many adventures up there. And I was always safe. I don't know if it was the feeling of safety you have as a child, knowing that my parents were not far away. Or if it was the peaceful feeling you get when you are in the mountains. A feeling of comfort always washes over me when I am gone for a few days and I come home and see the mountains welcoming me back like a mother with a warm hug.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Spinning Wheels, crochet hooks, and things for sell

Hey ya'll!!

I am very excited! My husband and I recently went to the fiber fair here in Asheville, because I want to see the rabbits, and I am getting into knitting, and crocheting, well trying to anyway. And as we were going along talking to all the vendors, my husband spotted a spinning wheel. Now, my husband, not to brag, can make anything wood related that he sets his eyes on, I have seen him do it. And we got to talking to a lady there that said if he could make a spinning wheel, a smaller version of the large one, she would order one from him, because there is a man who makes them and has a waiting list. So I got to thinking, if he can make one, and it works, any of you who might want one, please let me know, and I will let him know. As soon as he makes one I will post a picture of it.

Oh, and I am learning to crochet, and I need some smaller hooks, and also some tatting needles. If any of you know where I can order some off of the internet, that don't cost an arm and leg, please let me know.

And to let you all know, I am selling some things, and for some reason no one around here is calling about my ad in the paper. I used to work in a lab, and I have about 18 pairs of scrub pants and tops to sell. The sizes range from extra small, small, and medium. There are solid colors, prints, and they are in almost new condition, I took very good care of them. I also have a model 25 kodascope 8 reel for sale, in very good condition, and a book-Alice's adventures in wonderland and through the looking glass, and I think it is from 1904, and it is in perfect condition. The scrubs I am selling for $5 a piece, the 8-reel $80, and the book $50. If you would like to see pictures of the items please let me know. I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. I know we did, we took my husbands cousin, her friend, and my step son out and went to a neighborhood that was full of little ghost, and goblins running around, it was perfect!!

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.