Monday, June 20, 2016

Around Here

Well Vicky Darlin... this one's for you.

Around here... it's the last day of Spring.
There's a black candle burning in hopes of Spring returning next year.
I'm looking forward to the heat.
To pickin, canning, hanging out and enjoying life.
There's flowers blooming on the porch.
And indoor plants bathing in their summer vacation outside.
Tomorrow is the first day of Summer.
And I can't wait.
It will go by way to fast.
These first pictures are a few from this Spring.
Since I've been too snooty to share!
Or maybe too busy to care.
Either way... while lids on peach preserves are poppin in my kitchen...
here they are.

The new job is going great.
Thanks for askin!
I've missed you too.
If you want to know what any of the plants here are just ask.
Bet you can't name 'em all.
The first full moon of Summer is tonight.
And I'll be dancing naked under it.
I suggest you do too.... at your own house.... preferably after dark if you got neighbors.
Just thought I'd share that.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Ah the wonderful things that Spring has brought us this year.  For starters, I am sad and happy to say, that I am closing my day care.  It is time that I rejoin the outside world of work.  I am seriously going to miss the kids, all of my crafting, cooking, mothering and loving, but it is time for me to move on.  We initially opened the day care so that I could make money and be able to raise our own kids here instead of sending them to day care.  A year into my business we found out that I couldn't have children.  I am thankful that I had loving kids around me at that time and since then, otherwise I might not have made it through the depression of life not turning out the way I had expected. 

Katie Bug and I have spent a lot of time in the woods lately.  She plays in the creek while I hunt for mushrooms and all of the wonders that Spring brings.  I am so happy to say that I found five mushrooms this year... as of yet.  Most years I only find one.  I don't know if I am getting better at spotting them or if this is just a good year for them.  I think I am getting better at it and knowing were to look.  Each one I found was nearest to a Sycamore tree.  I have tried to make mental notes on the condition of the ground, the leaves and what was going on around the sites where I found them.  You just never know.  They have been the tastiest morels ever! 

I got really sick last week.  Sicker than I think I have ever been.  The doctor said it could be from tick bites as I also picked up some of them while mushroom hunting.  I went back in the woods as soon as I was better.  Call me silly... but I've killed a lot more ticks than ticks have killed me!  You gotta get right back on that bike. 

I got a new job!  I am supposed to start on the 25th so please say a little prayer for me.  My new job came a lot faster than I really expected.  I made the decision to close my business and start job hunting and within two weeks had a job to go to.  I feel it is a sign that I am doing the right thing. 

Here is a peek of mine and Kate's time in the woods.

The first morel I found this year on 3/26/16. 

Along with a shed that One Nut found while mowing.

One of the many gorgeous sparkly rocks on our place.

These come up down the creek.

We got to see all of the dog toothed violets in all of their beauty.

Trillium everywhere.

Lots of little violets.

I didn't pick and fry any fiddleheads this year.

The second morel I found.

And third.

And fourth... hiding under a downed tree.

This is where Kate stays while I hunt.  She splashes and barks at the water until she hears a gun shot somewhere and becomes attached to me.

I cam across Shaun's dad hunting for mushrooms last Saturday.  He found some good ones and when I got home he had left them on our front porch!  Thanks Gary!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

weekend shots

I am loving this spring weather in Tennessee!  On Saturday, Katie Bug and I took a walk.  I had been wondering of the top field was full of buttercups and if the iris had popped up yet.  No iris yet but the buttercups were giving quite a show.  My winter blues have dissipated as warm weather is here.  Even if we have another cold snap or two I know we are headed for warm nights and hot days!!

The dog toothed violets popping up.

My pretty little Rattlesnake wild orchids.