Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter. 
If you don't celebrate this holiday, I wish you a wonder-filled day!

It's a beautiful day here in the Appalachian mountains, an awesome day for buzzing around...

Exit...stage right!
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Saturday, April 19, 2014


Today's a good day for reflecting...

I used to write "you are the best f/f/r/s/f's" when I signed each blog post. Not too long ago, it occurred to me that those of you who never saw the original post explaining it would never know what it meant, so I stopped using it. Interestingly, no one has asked about it. But today, I want you to know...
You are the best family/friends/readers/subscribers/followers!

I truly appreciate you:)   

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Moving The Square Foot Gardening Boxes

A couple years ago, we built three square foot garden boxes and installed them in a little valley to the west of the cabin. Unfortunately, the surrounding woods keep the area quite shady except for midday, and the slope of the land kept the boxes damp all the time, so no matter what we sowed, it eventually withered and died. The only thing that was prosperous in them was weeds!

We decided to pull them apart and rebuild them in a new area of the garden.

We'll be taking the good soil we filled them with too.

This section of the garden is outside the fenced area where there are several tree stumps and large roots, extremely difficult to dig into...a perfect space for the three planters!

Johny dug out some of the earth...
...so the box would be level.
He added a few blocks of wood to complete the box, pulled out all the weeds and then filled it with the old soil. Square foot garden box #1 complete! He'll be moving the other two in the next day or two.

We've decided to plant our beans in them. The rabbits don't eat them (at least that's our experience thus far) and it will make a good frame for the trellises. It'll also make it easier to harvest the beans. We'll be burning those surrounding weeds away, then laying newspaper down and covering it with mulch to help prevent future weeds; that will happen in a few days as well. I think it will look pretty when it's all done:)

Time to get our hands dirty...let the gardening begin!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Delightful Dandelion

Most people consider the dandelion a weed. For us, it's a delicious, nutritious wild edible! As soon as the weather warms up, we start looking for the bright dots sprouting in fields, along the roads and in everyone's yards and harvesting them.

We've made dandelion wine and dandelion bloom fritters,
but our favorite way to utilize them is as fresh spring green salad. You pick them like you would any lettuce, wash and dry the leaves, sprinkle a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar over it, and you've got yourself a salad high in vitamins A & C, potassium and antioxidants. The taste is slightly bitter and the texture is similar to spinach. The unopened buds add a little sweetness and crunch...delish!

I also love the blooms. From a distance they look simple, but up close the detail is a work of art...

Have you ever eaten dandelion? If you haven't, I suggest you try some. You can either pick it fresh (make sure you it hasn't been sprayed with pesticide) or buy it in your local farmers market or health food store. I think you'll be happy you did!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


It snowed on my way to class yesterday. Not a lot, but enough to shroud the sky with white powder and leave snow dust whipping around the highway as cars zipped past. It lasted for a short fifteen minutes--long enough for me to get what I would expect is my last snow thrill for the year. 
When I arrived in the parking lot and a brief flurry speckled my car with flakes. The car next to me had been parked there for some time, and the flakes fell onto a thin layer of pollen. I laughed out loud at the absurdity of it, and tried to get a picture but the lighting was bad and I couldn't capture it.

The temperature dipped into the 20's overnight, threatening everything that has started to bud or bloom. I'm hoping the duration of the freeze was short enough that no damage was done. It never occurred to me that I should bring the hummingbird feeder in; this morning it was a block of ice and even the condensation has frozen into little bubbles.

I was thrilled to see my first hummingbird return a couple days ago; I'm watching the feeders to get some good pictures for you...stay tuned.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Johny's New Workhorse

We spent today driving into Tennessee, a 140+ mile round trip, to buy Johny a truck. We got an incredible deal, (totally worth the trip) and I daresay he looks quite dashing with it!

I know it seems odd that we would choose to purchase a second vehicle, more about the reason soon. For now, let it suffice to say we are both pooped from the drive. Time to say goodnight!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Our Rustic Address Sign

This is our new address sign, designed and built by my Mountain Man. I think it's awesome! The pole and beam are locust and we found the two green pieces floating near our dock in FL...no, they weren't green when we found them, we painted them.
This is my little touch, a crystal hanging in the 'C' shaped area. I'm going to find a small chime with a bigger crystal to replace this, but it works for now, sparkling with little flashes of light when the wind blows. 
I didn't get pictures of the whole process...its been in the works for two years. But here is the detail of the backside of post and beam connection... 
...a relatively simple design.

This is the old sign. We both took great pleasure in removing it!

This is much better, don't you agree?

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