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Coming Home to Roost



This past week John and I prepared for our birds to come home to roost.  Dana and Paul (my sister and bro-in-law) gave us their small coop, since their new chicken tractor arrived this week.  John went over to pick up the coop on Thursday, and we got it all set up with an attached […]

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The True Meaning of Happiness



I have poison ivy in 6 places.  Ear, neck, cheek, chest, wrist, bicep.  ITCH.  Not sure where I picked it up, but I hope it was not in the perennial garden last Sunday, because I spent the day out there today battling briers and vines.  If that is where the current rash came from, I […]

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She Turned to the Sunlight and Shook Her Yellow Head



She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young Thank you Mr. Milne, for the verse.  Thank you husband, for showing me nodding yellow daffodil blooms on this February day.  Hats off to you, Rufous-sided Towhee, for springing me off […]

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Woodfin Market



Yesterday, I went to the Winter Market in Woodfin, North Carolina.  It is inside the YMCA, where it’s warm and dry.  (At 40 North Merrimon Avenue, Ste. 101 in the Reynolds Mountain Complex.)  The Market is open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  You better hurry because there are only two more Saturdays left in this particular […]

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Madison County Farms



Oh boy! Look what I just found! contains a comprehensive list of local farms I can get to and enjoy, just down the curvy River Road! (working link in list to your right) Thanks to Laura Boosinger for turning me on to the up and coming local meat pick up program, where one may […]

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Frank Morgan, American Cowboy



I saw on Facebook tonight that Frank Morgan of Marengo, Illinois passed away recently. I met Frank and Fran of Q7 Ranch this past Labor Day. Frank took the time to saddle up a horse for me and spend 4 hours teaching me all about grass fed beef, his delightful blue politics, and his plan […]

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas



Everywhere I goooooo… As a result, I have suggestions and ideas! I am planning to buy more, yet less, this holiday season. More local food, art, produce, and music; less mass-produced crap! Are you IN? Here are a few options: – Buy a tree for someone, even if it’s only 2 feet tall. Trees are […]

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To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn…



Seasons are changing, metaphorically and literally.  Last Saturday, my sister-in-law Cindy and I hiked up a trail near Weaverville, North Carolina.  The trail twists and turns up to the old Rattlesnake Lodge and the ruins of a stone pool.  At the turnaround point, there was a little fresh water spring, clear and cold, from which […]

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I love pumpkins and gourds.  They must be the most cheerful things on Earth.  Fields of soybeans lit up by sunset aren’t bad, either.  John and I made a quick trip out to Wiltse’s in Maple Park this afternoon to begin our pumpkin shopping.  (Notice, I said begin pumpkin shopping…)  We met some cute little […]

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