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

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

Monday, December 27, 2010

Magical Christmas


Hey ya'll,

        Well late Merry Christmas! Its been crazy around here. Christmas day, I went out to the chicken coop about 7 am to give my girls some warm water, because it was frozen as usual. I let them out, and as you can see above on my reds beak they apparently like to eat snow. As I was talking to them, I felt something on my face and looked up, and it was starting to snow, and standing there as the light of the day was starting to show, and the flakes were starting fall, and my chickens were pecking and talking to me, I felt the spirit of Christmas, I felt very calm and serene. And then it started pouring and I lost that calm feeling because we still had to go get my step son for the weekend!! It poured for three days and we ended up with what we have now which is 12 in. or more. Now, last yr we had 12 in. about this time and it didn't melt until April!! it just kept adding on!! And thats not a problem, but we live in what is supposed to be a mild winter climate in WNC and they said we would not have another winter like that, but here we go again!! Dont get me wrong, I love snow, but I dont love cabin fever! And i dont love the 50 mph winds that come with it! But it is very calming when the wind isnt blowing, to walk in the snow at night, when its quiet, and all you can hear is the crunching of the snow under your boots. And during the day when the sun shines and hits the snow and it looks like glitter on everything, very pretty!
   I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas! My hubby made me a dulcimer, I will post a picture later! Goodnight all!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Clause

    I have always believed that Santa  Clause is real, I may be an adult, and I know where the presents come from, but I still believe that the spirit of Santa Clause is alive and real, and one of my favorite Christmas stories is "yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause".

    
"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

"VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.  

  Merry Christmas ya'll!
 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I am starting a prayer chain for hubby today!!

Hey y'all,

   Well it has been a crazy week! I am covered head to toe in chicken pox!!! I am so miserable!! And I am also isolated in my house, docs orders, until every single spot has dried up! And the worst part, my husbands surgery is today and I can not be there! :o( I am so sad! So, I am starting a prayer chain for him, I am getting everyone to start praying at 12:00 today, thats when he goes in. So if any of you out there pray and have a few minutes could you send a prayer up for my husband please? His name is Daniel. Thanks!
 God Bless!

    

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and needed prayers!

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!! I hope everyone has a Thanksgiving full of good food, friends and family, and many blessings!! And may I ask that you all say a prayer for my hubby, he is only 29 yrs old and Dec. 8th he is having back surgery for a protruding disk that is pushing on a nerve in his leg and he is hurting so bad he is about to cry, it is breaking my heart. So please pray that this will help, they have to remove part of his spine, and that scares me!! Thank you for your prayers and have a blessed day!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

imperfection is beautiful

Hey ya'll,

         I love fresh eggs! You can't get imperfection like this at wal-mart!! I love eggs that are different, wrinkles, spots, different colors, sizes, shapes, I love it! Sure does beat those plain old boring white caged salmonella invested  eggs from the store!! I have to say, I didnt know that having chickens would be this much fun, but I am in love with it!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rumors of snow!!

Hey ya'll,

    We finally have snow rumors in the forecast!! I am so excited!! It will be just flurries, but flurries are snow!! I can not wait to see that first flake fall!! Snow makes me giddy! I love the smell, yes I can smell snow, and the black clouds, and the craziness at the stores, and the feeling you get, when you go outside and you can feel it coming, it is a very nostalgic feeling for me, like when I was a kid waiting for Santa clause! The mountains above us where all my friends still leave are getting 4 inches!!! I am so jealous! Can you tell I am excited!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Some changes

Hey, yall,

   I know its been a while, but there are many reasons for that. One is I have been having computer issues,  two, there has been a lot of sad things going on in my church, and being the preachers family, well, we catch the brunt of everything. We need lots of prayers sent this way, my dad has lost two very close childhood friends to cancer in the last few months, and he has been preaching for almost 9 yrs now, and he is having health issues and he is getting burnt out, I think. The stress is getting to him, and its taking a toll. But on to other things now.
    My black bantam hen, has been broody for about a month, she is now finally over that, and she is molting, there was black feathers everywhere today! It looked like a coyote had gotten her! And its getting cooler in our mountains, it was in the 30's like it is supposed to be this time of year, and now its warm again! Last year we had snow this time of year and it didn't melt until April! It did snow on Mt. LeConte a few weeks ago, which is in TN, and in the Great Smokey Mountains national park, it dusted, I love it! I love snow in the mountains, this is my favorite time of year! It is supposed to be 33 degrees tonight, more like fall.

  Oh and one more thing, I guess you have noticed that I changed the name of my blog, I needed a better name, and things were all mixed up, so I figured it all out, and our little homestead in the mountains is the new name of my blog, I hope you like it. Well, I hope everyone has had a great week! I hope I will be able to catch up now!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fall is in the air

Hey y'all,

  Well it is approaching my favorite time of year! Fall is in the air, I feel it at night with the windows open, there is a nip in the air, its almost sweater time! There have been leaves falling in the yard, and this weekend is the apple festival in our town. My favorite things about fall, are pumpkins, sweaters, bonfires, pies, the smells, and the leaves changing, trading in flip flops for boots, the smell of fires burning, the winter garden, apple cider and hot chocolate, the fiber fair, flannel shirts, and rumors of snow!! I am so excited about fall, can ya tell? What are your favorite things about fall? I know I have missed some things!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

3 different colors

I got all three eggs out of the coop this morning, and they were side by side just like this, and I thought it was pretty cool that they are three totally different shades, it may just be me, but I thought it was pretty awesome!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

My hens

I am absolutely head over heels in love with my hens! I got rid of my last rooster, I decided I did not need one, especially if he was going to be mean to my hens. So its three hens now, two Rhode island reds and one black booted bantam. And they are so happy sweet and calm since I got rid of that over grown monster, and he is happier now too. And you know as soon as I got rid of that last rooster, my girls started laying everyday! I get at least one egg a day, for the past three days I have been getting 3, but I only got 2 today. But they are so good, and I am as excited as a man in tool store, a kid in a candy shop, a dog with a bone, well you get the point, I cant wait to get to that nest box everyday and find my treasure! And boy do I praise those girls, they get spoiled, and I give them treats, and tell them how pretty they are, and they just purr and coo and cluck, and they love grass!! They eat grass and clover like a speed addict, is that normal? I am just so fascinated by my hens, I just can not get enough of them!! Can anyone tell me how often one hen lays, normally? Just curious! Well, God bless all!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I have been away for a while

Hey ya'll,

     I have been away for a while, busy with work, chickens, the garden, vacation, and the baby robin hubby rescued from his work. Here he is in the picture below, hubby found him on the hot pavement, and moved him, and watched all day and said he never saw the mama come back. So he brought him home, and we put him in a cage and hand fed him for over a week, and finally decided to take him to the nature center here. It was so hard to take him, we fell head over heels in love!! He would sit on my shoulder while I washed dishes, and he would sit on hubbies head when he came home from work.
   I cried for 2 days after we took him to the WNC nature center. We get updates on him, he is now at the blue ridge wildlife institute in banner elk, and they send me e-mails about him.
And as you can see above, I got my first chicken egg!! It was from my Rhode island red, and I was soooo excited!! I couldn't eat it because it was broken on the end, I guess she pecked to check it out! But it sure was purtty!

We went camping for a few days in Cades Cove, TN and it was so much fun, I love to rough it, we washed in the creek, cooked over a fire, and it was my step sons first camping trip!

Hubby and I went out at 6:30 in the morning while everyone was asleep and took about 100 pictures of the fog and the deer, I would post more pics but there are about 1000!! Cades Cove is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world!! Well, I will Post more later, we have lots of veggies to can and freeze!! God bless all!!

     

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pretty Saro from Songcatcher



I love this movie, and this song, this is Appalachia.

Road to Avonlea


One of my favorite shows, it is a spin off of my favorite mini series Anne of green gables. I love the clothes, the manners, the way they lived, I guess the simplicity of it all, if I could go back to a time in history, I think this might be it. I wish this show still aired, it may, but I can not find it anywhere. Have any of you ever seen it?

Friday, June 18, 2010

I need some idea's....

Hey y'all,

   Well I hope everyone has had a good week! Mine was somewhat productive. Our garden is finally taking off with God's blessings. We will be over run with squash, cucumbers, and beans soon, and I pulled up a few potato's and they are growing good, and we have some tomatoes that are getting big. I am so excited about the greasy beans, they are my favorite!! Not many people know about greasy beans, they are an Appalachian mountain favorite, and I cant get enough of them!!



I would love to wear dresses, and clothes, and shoes from the 1800's and early 1900's. I know that's probably weird, but I love them! I love the skirts, the shoes, the hats, the hair styles. I want to cook on a wood stove and over a fire, I want to wash my clothes in a wash tub, and hang them out to dry. I want to live in a cabin, with hand made furniture, and only what we need to survive. I only want to have to go to town for things like flour, and sugar, and mail. I want to make and grow everything we have or not have it. I want all business's to be closed on Sunday, and I want to have picnics after church, wearing my Sundays best, that I made by hand. I want to ride a horse, or buggy where ever I go. I want to milk a cow, and churn butter. I hate ingles,and chain stores, I want to go to a general store, the only store in town, for anything I might need. I want to go to sewing circles, and corn shuckins, and barn raising's, and ice cream socials. But I guess that's asking too much huh?

Well anyway, I need some ideas from you guys. I want to start sewing some things to sell, and I cant decide what. Here are a few things I thought of, tell me what you think would sell.
1) A blanket or pillow with Lucy and Ethel on the front at the chocolate factory, and on the back chocolates.
2) Dick and Jane quilts, and/or matching pillow shams.
3) A civil war quilt, with fabric pictures of generals with their name embroidered underneath with civil war reproduction pieces sewn around it, or pillows of the same thing.
4) vintage paper doll material quilt, and matching pillow shams, and there is also Beatrix potter and all kinds of other children's material.
I have so many ideas but I cant decide, and I don't want to waste my money on the material if no one will buy it. So any ideas would be appreciated!!! God Bless all!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Onions, berries,chickens, and a black bear oh my!!

Ahhhh, blackberries, my Favorite!! I also love raspberries!! And I cant get enough of them! That's one of the reasons I love summer in the Mountains, they grow wild in the woods, and if you are brave enough to go into the woods you can find some pretty big and juicy berries, the berries I am holding in the picture below were on the edge of the woods and I had my big rubber boots on, or I would not have gotten them, because we have seen a lot more snakes this year than any other year before. We also have a black bear or two living either in the woods or in the apple orchard by the pond through the woods by our house, so I am a little more cautious this year than last year. I have not gotten a picture of the bear yet, but I am sure I will before the summer is past.

 














While I was picking berries, which were soooo good by the way, my mom found wild onions that had gone to seed. I have never seen wild onions do that before, but i have also never seen any plants go to seed until this year, since I have become a gardener. I am going to start a seed saving book, and learn as much as I can about saving seeds. There were wild onions all over the place this year, in our yard, in the woods, we picked over 200 at one time, I posted about that a while back. So I gathered as many seeds from the ones that were not picked as I could, they were in little pods, there is a picture above.
    My Chicks are no longer chicks, they are now chickens, I ended up with three roosters and three hens, by mistake. So I have a question for all you chicken owners out there, if I keep all three roosters, will I have any eggs to eat, or will I end up with more chicks than eggs? I don't want to get rid of any of them, there has been a lot of cock fights busted around these parts, and I don't want them to go to the wrong hands. They are so crazy, I love to watch them. They absolutely love clover, they chase me if they see me pick it, and they love zucchini. And I love to hear the roosters trying to crow, sooo cute!! And they cluck now, and make the cutest noises!! I could watch them all day!! I think i am going to try and grow clover as a ground cover in my garden this winter, I would hate for my chickens to go without it.Well, I guess I better go and get my made from scratch french bread out of the oven and see if it turned out OK. Oh, I have to tell you all, I went to see Miss Loretta Lynn in concert the other night, 8 rows from the stage, and I love her so much!! She was so purtty!! And when she sang Cole Miners daughter, I have to say I cried, isn't that silly!! Well, God Bless y'all!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

My new friend,family, and chickens



Hey ya'll,
Well, as usual, I have not posted any blogs in a while, I am gonna play catch up.
I will start with my new friend, my mandolin. My hubby bought it for me yesterday, and I am in love with! The only problem is, I am a very impatient person, and learning the notes and chords takes to long for me, I want to start playing a song now. But I really love it, once I pick it up, I can not put it down!! So, hopefully I can post a song for you all soon.
My chickens are getting sooo big and cute! I can't believe how they are growing! I don't know if I told you all, but I learned after I got home with them, not knowing what straight run meant, until it was to late, that I grabbed the chicks from the wrong brooder! I wanted all hens, and for the last few weeks it has been a waiting game to see what I have, rather it be rooster or hen. Well, I have been watching one that is rather mean, as I posted a few weeks ago, one of my bantams is a feisty little one. And I got solid proof the other day, it tried to crow, it was the most pitiful, scraggly little crow you have ever heard! And it was so cute! Although now I am a little upset that I have a rooster, the mean little bugger has grown on me. So we will see if he gets to stay. 

 My parents and I went to Savannah, GA where my mom was born, and grew up, to visit the most wonderful family anyone could ask for. My great grandma had 12 children, so we have a huge family, although this year not everyone was there. But we still have a good time. I have to tell ya, these women, are the definition of southern. When ever we visit, we always leave with food and plants, I love it!! And as my Uncle James says, when all these women are gone, the world will never be the same! They are one of a kind, there will never be any more like them. in this picture the third one from the left is my wonderful cousin Julie, she is so sweet, she has bee's and any kind of plant you could think of. You have to check out her blog www.naturenut4.blogspot.com. Well, that's all for now, I have more to tell, but I am out of time. God Bless ya'll!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I love it!

Hey ya'll,

     I just love being self reliant! The other day I was hanging clothes on the line washed in my own home made soap, and fabric softener, listening to my chickens cluck and scratch, looking at my veggies growing that I planted, and I started thinking, you know, this is great, God has really blessed me. If the world went crazy, I wouldn't know it, because I have meat and eggs in a coop in the yard, fish in the river I could catch any ole time, all kinds of veggies in the garden, things canned and frozen, we live next to an apple orchard with apples free for the taking, we grind our coffee, if we had to we could cook on a fire, I make cheese, and butter, life is great, God has blessed us with so many talents, and ways to help ourselves, and if people would just realize that, their lives wouldn't be so hectic and stressful. Thank God for simple living!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

New item on appalachian house wife store website

Hey ya'll,

I just posted my newest project, its a fabric picture. I took this picture of the John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove, TN a few yrs ago. The other day, I printed off onto fabric and did a little sewing and french knots on it, and now I have it for sale on http://www.appalachianhousewife.blogspot.com/ for $65.00. I was going to frame it, but then I thought who ever buys might not want it framed, they might want to sew it onto something, so I left it free, with some extra of the muslin material on the sides for sewing room.
 

Friday, April 16, 2010

I need some advice about my Bantams...

Hey ya'll,

             I had such a wonderful productive day! My mom and I went to the two scrap yards in our town to see if we could find some boards for her raised bed, and I needed some screen for a paper making project I am starting. The first scrap yard we went to, we found two boards for her, some screen and the most wonderful, magical, nostolgic suprise I could ever imagine! Let me start from the beginning. When I was 7 yrs old, my mom bought me a radio flyer wooden sled, with the red blades on it, it was beautiful, she bought because we were getting ready to move to the mountains. Well, when we moved to Hendersonville 7 yrs ago, my sled along with some other childhood things were in our shed in the yard, and our property flooded, we are talking like 5-6 feet of water, that happened 4 more times, very scary times for us. Anyway, my sled was washed down the creek into the rocky broad river never to be seen again. It broke my heart to peices. Ever since then, we have been looking in scrap yards and antique stores for another sled. Well, today, my mama found one, in the corner with a bunch of junk, for $10!!!! All it needs is some work on the wood, and a little cleaning up!! As you can see, its in the picture above, in all it's nostolgic glory!! My mama is the best scavenger ever!!

      Well, on to other things. When we got home, I got the mail, and in it were the seeds I ordered! I ordered them less than a week ago, and I already have them!! Baker Creek heirloom seeds is the best seed company ever! They got here so fast, and they sent me a pack of heirloom beef steak tomato seeds for free with my order! I got 5 packs of greasy beans and 1 pack of ground cherries! For those of you who have never had  greasy beans, you are missing out on a treat! I think they are a Madison County thing, they are appalachian greasy beans. They are hard to get, you have to have connections to get any around here, so imagine my pure child like excitment when I found them in the baker creek catalog! I am very pleased with this company. Check them out at http://www.rareseeds.com/
  
Here are the over 200 wild onions my mama and I picked this afternoon, from the woods and our yard, I can't wait to eat these!!


                  
Ok, so onto the advice I need about my bantams. They are about 4 weeks old now. So far when I reach my hand into the brooder to pet them, or feed them or anything for that matter, they have been sweet. Until today, today they nipped my finger and tried to flog me and fly up my arm! What is going on? Are they naturally aggresive birds? They freak out when I reach my hand in, is that normal? I even tried to put my hand in and let them know that I am there so I want scare them, is there something I can do diffrent? I want them to like me, some people hold them and love them like dogs, Do I just have crazy birds?

Mckee

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rain, books, and good ole' self-reliance

Hey ya'll,


     Well, it has been a while since I wrote a good long post, so here it goes. I am sitting here listening to the beautiful pitter patter of rain, it's a wonderful thing that rain, that God created for us to enjoy. Right now, it is washing away all that horrible, ugly, terrible pollen, that has given me the first really bad head cold that I have had since I was little. But I am have been helping my mom out in the yard, I cut her grass, did some weed eating, cleaned up all the winter nasties from around the house and the gardens, and helped her plant a bunch of things, and get her yard pretty again. The reason I am helping her is because last year, she was diagnosed with degenterive disk desiease, and siactica, and leg pain, and has had a very hard time getting over the worst of it, sometimes she still over does it, and she hurts for a few days, but today was a good day and we got a lot done. So, back to the rain, I took my chicks out for some fresh air and sunshine today, they loved it, and we got their brooder all clean and fresh, and they are in and happy and sleeping like babies now. So, now, we are inside with the windows open, listening to the rain clean everything. My mom and I were standing by the kitchen window, watching it rain, eating crackers I made last night from scratch, and mozzarela cheese I made from organic whole milk, and it was so good and creamy, and we both had the same thought at the same time ( we do that a lot) I started to say, if you had told me 10 yrs ago, that I would be.... and she finished my thought.... standing here eating homemade crackers, homemade cheese, and taking care of 6 baby chickens, I would have said you were crazy!! We just laughed, and shook our heads. It makes me feel really good to know, that I am eating cheese I made, bread and crackers I made, and that in a few more months, I will be eating eggs from chickens that I raised and loved. And come July and August, we will be eating all vegetables and some fruit that we grew. I love it!!  Soon, very soon evil, horrible Wal-mart, we will part, I will no longer need you and your ugly chain stores that are taking over the whole world, killing our precious land, and trees, and slowing killing us with your junk food and crap!! I will boycott you, hahahahahahaha very soon!!! Your day is coming!!
So, onto the subject of books. I love to read, always have. Ever since childhood, I have had a very vivid imaginantion. So when I find a good book, I can usually finish it in a bout 3 days. I just get lost in it and I am in my own little world. It's how I escape this crazy world we live in. So I thought to myself, why not share this joy with other people. So when I finish a book, I will post it on here, (not the book, but a picture,title, and review). I believe that the people of this world are to hung up on T.V, video games, and technology. When I was little, I played outside, read, and used my imgagination. When we moved from the city and into the mountains of Madison County, NC we only had one TV channel, and our phone had a party line, so sometimes we coudnt watch TV or even use the phone. And I am so glad that I grew up that way, it shapped who i am today. So my first book review is a book called "The Lost Quilter" by Jennifer Chiaverini. It one of many that  the author writes and all her books are written about quilts, and the people who made them. The books are fiction. This book was so good, I read it in 3 days, and when I got to the end I cried tears of joy, it is one of the best books I have ever read. You really must get it and read it!!
Right now, I am reading the auto-biography of Cathrine Marshall. I discovered her when I was read and watched the book and mini series " Christy". This book and movie touched my heart because it is a true story, the names are changed, and the story is not all true, but it is based on a true story, about a girl from Asheville, which is where I lived, that goes to a backwoods mission in TN, 10 min. from where I grew up, to teach school. So when I was at the library, I found the book about Catherine Marshall, who is actually the daughter of (Christy) Leanora Whitaker Wood, who the story is based on. I know it sounds confusing now, but the book Cathrine wrote is called Christy, and the book that I am reading now, is called "meeting God at ever turn". So when I get through reading it, I will post a pic and review.
Well, I guess that's all for now, I hope you all are having a wonderful warm, refreshing spring like I am! God Bless!!

Mckee
          
         

Monday, April 12, 2010

selling some things for Chicken and house money..

Hey ya'll,

    I have a new blog, http://www.appalachianhousewife.blogspot.com/ where I am selling things I make to make some extra or any money, and I am also selling a like brand new Garmin GPS system, only been used once, to get me and my husband out of Charlotte, NC. The GPS is $250.00, I got it for $300.00 and it works like a charm!! I really need some money so if you  know of someone that likes homemade goodies or needs a GPS please tell them about me!!


  Mckee

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I need some help...please read!!

Hey ya'll,

    I need some advice from all you chicken owners out there! I just got some baby chicks, and we are in the process of building our chicken coop. But I have been talking to people with chickens, and I am so worried about how I am going to keep racoons, coyotes, rats and opposums out, I want to get some electric netting but it is so expensive!! My friend kim said a racoon got 6 of her hens in one night!! I only have 6!! I am in love with all 6 of them! I know we should put cinder blocks, under the ground underneath the coop so nothing can dig, but should we put 2 layers of fencing? Like one chciken wire, and the other wire mesh? I am going to have a coop that is sealed up like a prison, except for the vent at the top, but i am freaking out about the security!! Someone please help me!! I am really stressing over this! Oh and please spread the word about my other blog http://www.appalachianhousewife.blogspot.com/ so I can make some money! Every job I am applied for or interviewed for has fallen through, so I need to sell some of my cards and the onsie! I need some chicken coop money!! Thanks!

   Mckee

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My first chickens!!

Hey ya'll,
I have my first chickens!! I got them yesterday from tractor supply! I got 3 Bantam black boots, and 3 Rhode island reds! They are so precious! I love them, I know they have too grow up, but I want them to be little for ever! The pic is not good, my computer is having problems, and I cant use it or upload pics, so its not the greatest, but it works. Today they started  teaching each other how to scratch, so cute!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lots of things going on...

Hey ya'll,

   Well for starters,  my computer has bit the dust, so I am using the one at our local library. We have done more on our property, there will be pictures soon. We burned all of our brush, and we got our tax money back, so we will be paying a guy to get our stumps up, and get it ready for permits, and a septic tank. Right now, it looks like a bomb hit our little acre, and blew it to bits.
 
   I am getting 6 little baby chicks this week, from tractor supply!! I have never had chickens before, so it will be very interesting! I am very excited. I am so tired of buying eggs from the store, I feel dirty doing that for some reason. I am on my way to boycotting wal-mart!! We will be plowing 1/2 an acre in a few days for our garden, and I am going to learn  how to can our food, and make jelly this year. I already make our bread, and laundry detergent and fabric softener. I was very glad for the 2 warms days we had last week, I did 4 loads of clothes and hung them on the line!! It does not take much to make me happy!!

  I drove to tractor supply today, while it was snowing and listened to some bluegrass music, boy was it pouring! I did my best to enjoy it, cause it will probably be our last snow for the year. Well, I better go, lots to do!! I hope you all have a very blessed Easter!!

  Mckee

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I can't wait!

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     I can't wait until it gets warmer! I want to the feel the dirt in my hands! I want to smell freshly plowed dirt, and I want my back to ache from bending over and putting seeds in the ground, I want dirt under my nails from digging and planting babies that I have started from seed. I want blisters on my hands from hard work and from holding the hoe and weeding. Winter is too long for me! I want to see little baby buds and veggies on my plants, I want to smell a tomato plant, I love the smell of tomato leaves. And as much as I hate lightening, and heavy rain, I want to hear thunder and rain pitter pattering on my roof, I want to smell rain in the heavy summer air. It seems like yrs have gone by since last summer. I dont like ticks, or snakes, or bad storms, but I need to be outside, I need to hang out my fresh clean clothes. I am ready to wear one layer of clothes instead of 4 or 5. Hopefully my mom and I are going to build cold frames and raised beds, and my husband and I are going to plow half an acre of garden, maybe more. And if I can afford it, I am determined to get some chicks this spring!

    I have started another blog, its at : http://www.appalachianhousewife.blogspot.com/ and I have made several things and posted pics and pay pal buttons for them. And I am also accepting money orders. My latest creation is a onsie with a beatrix potter patch I cut out of some material and sewed on myself. There are cards with pics I took myself, and some cards that I made. And I will be adding some other things soon, that I am working on now.

  Well I guess I better go for now, still lots to do before bedtime, God Bless you all!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My other blog, check it out!!

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      I hope everyone is doing well! I just wanted to let everyone who reads this blog, know that I have another blog besides this one at:  http://www.appalachianhousewife.blogspot.com/ for selling things. I wanted to keep my rambling on about anything and everything and my new blog seperate. So go check it out when you have time, I made my first sale today!! I have handmade cards, antiques, and things that I sew or make by hand on there. I only have a few things right now, but I will be adding more very soon!! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines day!! God Bless!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow, plum crisp, and lots of updates.

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      A lot has been happening here!! The 14 inches from December finally melted about a week ago, so the snow was on the ground for about a month, just to make room for about 14 more inches that is falling heavily as we speak. It started about 3 pm and hasn't stopped since, and we are told we will get lots more by morning. The weather people are saying we are going to have what you call around here, a white out (blizzard). Which makes since, seeing as how we had a thunderstorm last week. Yes, I said it right, a THUNDERstorm. The saying here in the mountains, is that when it thunders during the winter, you will have snow about 5-10 days later, and so far the saying is proven to be right. So I will take more pictures tomorrow, it shall be pretty!! It's the fluffy kind!!


   

Below, is the plum cinnamon crisp I made last week. I had 3 pounds of plums frozen from this past summer that I needed to use. It's basic pie crust with cinnamon and I added a little nutmeg to it, and if you have some nuts, like walnuts or pecans, you could crush those up also. And then I cut up the plums, and added sugar and cinnamon to them and baked it at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. It was really tart, so if it is add some more sugar.










These are the tin punches I made for my mama for Christmas, I will be making more to sell on my etsy site, if any of you have a request for one let me know and I will be happy to make it, I will be making wooden frames for these and for the ones I make to sell. I am selling them with the frame for $65.00 and without the frame for $50.00. I can make them any size you want, 8x10 or 3x5.
Well, I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed weekend!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

My mountains...



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    Do you ever crave a place, like you crave food? I do, I crave the mountains, the deeper, the better. I am happiest when I am hiking, or camping, the peace and quite of the woods, a big open field in a mountain valley, a creek or a river. I have lived in a suburb with an inground pool, I have lived in a city with houses 2 feet apart, 2 miles from the mall. And I have lived on an 18 acre farm on top of a mountain, in a little white farm house with a tire swing, and goats, and a dog. And out of all those places, I have to say my favorite was the 18 acres, with the crazy goats, and the dog, and the tire swing. I miss my tire swing, when you are a kid, and you have a million thoughts going through your head, the best place to be is on a tire swing, with the rope creaking, and the wind going through your hair, it's pure heaven. I am craving that place now, my comfort zone, I am craving that place like people crave coffee, or chocolate, or drugs. That place is my drug. I need it, and sometimes, I get in the car, and I drive to that place, and I get out and let the fresh air hit my face, and I just breath for a little while. And then I have to get back to reality and go home. But I like the thought of being able to go back there, even if it is just to breath for a little while. Thank you God for that place, and those memories, and my family.

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.