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

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Time to get back

Hey y'all,

   It has been so long since I posted anything. I have been so super busy, with chickens, our garden, summer vacation, family emergencies, ugh!!

    Our garden has been eating me alive, and don't get me wrong, I am very thankful to God for blessing us with a bountiful garden, but sheesh! Now I know what winter is really for, to rest!!!! We have been canning, freezing, drying, picking, hoeing, watering, eating :o) giving away! We have black eyed peas, butter beans, greasy beans, pole beans, heirloom tomatoes, red potato's, peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, squash, zucchini,  and okra, and now we have greens, and I hope to plant some garlic. But boy o' boy it has worn me out!! And my sweet mama, started not feeling to good the other day, and all of a sudden her stomach started hurting really bad, she turned almost a grey color, started sweating so bad she was soaked, and I automatically thought, heart attack!!! We called an ambulance, and I had a panic attack, because I just knew I was gonna loose her, and I have never seen my mama in so much pain. They took her to the hospital and when we go there, she was fine, had her color back, smiling :o) So they checked her out from her head to her toes, and said it must have been a bad case of gastritis. Well, the next day it happened again, and this time she just waited it out, and after it happened she was exhausted, and slept from 2 in the afternoon until 8 the next morning. Well we started doing some research, and come to find out, it was the OTC Prilosec she has been taking for 3 yrs for her acid reflux. She stopped taking them, and she was fine, and has been ever since. She found out on the internet, that thousands of people have had horrible similar side affects like hers. And all the other health problems she has had in the past three yrs can now be blamed on Prilosec! Her VB12 deficiency, her calcium problems, Vit D problems, joint pain, exhaustion, and the list goes on and on!! So if you know some one that takes it, and has health issues, you might wanna tell them.
                                                   Folly Beach, SC I love that town!!!
                                             A lizard on a head stone in the Unitarian Church graveyard
                                            Me and my hubby and my step-son on Morris Island, SC
                                        And my fave picture I took of my hubby in his favorite hat!

Charleston is where we went  for out family vacation. One of my most favorite places in the whole wide world, mostly because all of my ancestors are from Charleston and a lot of them played major role in the shaping of the low country and SC. I found out the other day through ancestry.com that my great-great-great-great grandfather John Purvis died in chains in the provost dungeon for fighting with a back woods militia instead of the British army. I could go on all night about my ancestors. One of my favorite past times is SC history and ancestry. One more I have to tell you about or I will bust! My great-great-great-great grandfather Thomas Willcox was best friends with Benjamin Franklin and they became friends because my grandfather built and ran the very first paper mill in Colonial America! And through that mill he made the first ever colonial money!! Ok, enough of that! Well, now that it is getting closer to fall, I will have lots more time and things to blog about! I hope y'all are doing good! God Bless!

Friday, August 5, 2011


Hey y'all!

   Oh my goodness I have so much to catch up on! Its been a very busy time around here!  In the pictures above are wild turkeys that hung out in our yard for about a month, and I just feel in love!! It was a mama, daddy, and 9-10 babies, they were hard to count!  We fed and kept watch over them with great joy. But I am sad to say that all of a sudden they were gone, and we feared coyotes or hawks had gotten them, but then we saw just the daddy. It was almost like he was asking for help, he came and laid down in our yard and stayed all day, and I noticed he had a hurt foot, and I tired my best to get to him, and help him but I failed. He was all alone, and seemed worried or anxious. He went into the woods and that was the last we saw of any of them, I cried for days wondering if they were all dead, it was very sad, I am getting teary eyed just thinking about it. It makes my heart hurt, because they were so sweet, and they were such good parents. But I guess if you live in the mountains, in the woods, you have to see things like that. I pray that they just moved on and that they are alive and well.

    On a happier note, I grew black eyed peas for the first time this summer and I am happy to say they grew like crazy! And my greasy beans did very well this year too! For those of you that do not know about greasy beans, they are a delicacy here in the Appalachian mountains. In Madison county where I grew up, greasy beans were right along side ramps, people came from miles around to buy them and sometimes they would pay $20 or more for half a bushel! Crazy huh? Oh but they are so good, if you have never tried them, you have to do that, cook them with some bacon or fat back, mmmmmm good!! So on that note, I guess I better get to canning! I have lots more to share later! Oh! I was featured on a blog, www.southernasbiscuits.com and I am so happy! 8 of my items on etsy were also featured in treasuries! Just thought I was brag a little even though thats a major sin in my book, but I am just tickled pink!! Well God Bless you all!!

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.