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

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's been wayyy to long!

Hey y'all!


    It's been so long since I last posted, I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't have any followers left! So sorry for my long hiatus, not that I had that many readers anyway! So, it's been one thing after another here, I got a full time job at our hospital, and quit after the second day, I know, I know, jobs are hard to come by, but I had done that kind of thing before and it had been about 5 years since I worked in a office. When I quit my job in the lab office, I started my farm, got my chickens, had my big garden, and started trying to live off the grid. Well, after my first day in the new job, I panicked! I realized I couldn't sit in  that window less, stuffy, office and stare at a computer all day, I went crazy after day two, couldn't take a week of it , or even  years!!

  So I am back to cleaning cabins up the mountain from where we live, and I have very happy, I get to be alone, look at the woods, the bears, its great! Best choice I ever made! 

  So, this years garden was awful! Nothing, and I mean nothing grew!!! I was so upset, I put so much money, time, energy, and love into it, and it was the biggest, best layed out garden yet, and not a single thing grew! I blame it on the rain. It rained so much after planting, everything molded, there was no sun, and because of the nasty weather, I couldn't keep up with the hoeing and the weeds. So, our shelves and our freezer is full of farmers market goodies, and I am thankful for that too, looks like we are in for another nasty winter! Its already snowing here in my part of the world!! 

   On another note, we now have black bears in our woods. They have no where else to go, the poor souls. So they eat our garbage, and sleep in our woods, which is fine by me, I like knowing they are safe and sound, and not being hunted. Speaking of animals, we also have kittens in our shed, and they entered through the hole I have been after hubby to fix for a long time now! But they sure are cute! There was 5, and now sadly there are only two, but they are very healthy and very naughty! And I now understand the saying " curiosity got the cat" since we have  had to rescue them from two potentially  harmful situations. But they keep me on my toes! Well, I hope everyone out in blogger world is safe, and happy, and I hope to be back at least once a week now, God Bless!

                                       Mckee

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Where is Christmas?

Hey y'all,

   So hubbies back is back to normal!! Thank you to all of you who said a prayer, I believe prayer is an ultimate healing power!! But we still need prayer this way I am afraid. My husband got laid off from the company he had been with for over 7 years in this past June. He is getting his last unemployment check next week, and neither one of us has a job. He has been looking since day one, and there just are not any jobs in our area, for me, him or the 700 other unemployed people here.  The scary thing is he has to pay child support every month for the son he had from his first marriage. If he misses two payments, they could put him in jail. I wish someone would explain to me how this makes sense. They put you in jail and peg you as a dead beat, and they leave you in jail until you can make the payment. Now, if you are in jail, and not working, how are you going to get the money to make that payment? Can someone please tell me that? I would  really love to know how that is supposed to work.  I really don't know what we are going to do, it terrifies me to know that we will have no income and we have no money saved up. So everyone out there that prays please say some extra prayers for us!

    On another note, we have 70 MPH winds coming for the next two days! If it blows us away, I hope it blows us to Prince Edward Island, to a little farm house, with a wood stove, some animals and lots of open fields..... I know, I am dreaming!! But right now, that's all I have!

   So, I don't know if I am the only one who has had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit, but I can't seem to find Christmas this year. I think it's because wal-mart and all the other companies start running it into the ground 2 days after Halloween! And there have not been any Christmas movies on TV, and it's been so warm, you just don't feel much like dashing through the snow, or decking the halls. And I am normally the happy, giddy, annoying person that exudes Christmas! I have all the old Christmas movies, old Christmas CD's and so many decorations it's looks like an elf exploded in my mama's house. But it's been very hard for me this year, I am  slowly getting there, maybe by Christmas day I will be. So when I feel down, I look at our Christmas tree all lit up and decorated with the ornaments that have been passed down by our family, and I play the Little women soundtrack in my head, that is one of my favorite Christmas movies, and when I do that, while drinking my mama's Russian tea, I feel Christmas for just a little while. So if you are having a hard time finding Christmas, listen to the youtube soundtrack for Little Women, while drinking something festive, and look at your tree and mediate and thank God for what you have, it will lift your spirits for a little while, I promise!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Excited!!

Hey y'all!!!


    So I have been gone awhile again! Hubby hurt his back again and I have been working and helping him for the last week or so, and I had a craft sale to get ready for. I made so much paper I had pulp and glitter coming out of my ears! And I am sad to say, I only sold 4 sheets to a friend. So the rest will be going on my etsy site little by little. I love making paper! And  I found out that 9 or maybe 10 generations ago, my grandfather Thomas Willcox came over from England and built the first paper mill in the colonies in the 1600's. He was best friends with Benjamin Franklin and he made the paper for his poor Richards almanac, his books and his newspaper. He also made the very first paper money in America! There is a blog that one of my distant family members has made, it is here: thomaswillcox.blogspot.com. So I guess I come by the paper making thing naturally!! So, if you or someone you know likes handmade paper, check out my shop! I only have a few things on there now, but I will be adding more later. The link to my shop is on the side bar on my blog.

     And I have other news too!  While my hubby was down with his back he had a lot of time to think! So we decided we are going to gut our camper a little at a time and remodel the whole inside, and I am sooooo excited!! I can't wait to get started. So one day this week I am going to take lots of pictures of the inside and outside so we can do a before and after kinda thing as we go along! I can't wait to share it with y'all!! It's gonna be great! And then after we do all that, we are going to get our acre of land graded and get well and septic put in and move our camper to it and start building around it, and eventually pull it out and finish the inside for our house!! YAY! So anyway, all my loyal blog followers don't leave me yet, cause it's about to get good!! Gotta go, hope all is well with y'all!! God Bless!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's a very blustery day today!

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    Boy was the camper rockin like a beer can on the side of the Charlotte motor speedway last night!! Our wind speeds got up to 50 mph last night and almost 60 today! We put cinder blocks around the bottom of the camper last year to keep the cold from getting under it, so it doesn't shake quite as much as it used to. But we still get a little uneasy when those early winter winds start blowing through our little mountain holler, I know it's spelled hollow, but we call it a holler. It started blowing snow here last night, and from what I have heard we may get 1-2 inches before the night is over! I love snow, but man is it early this year! I hope we don't have a winter like we did year before last, when it snowed 14 inches in November and didn't melt until April. It was 9 degrees at night and 12 during the day that whole winter! And I had a few bruises from my 5 am trips to the chicken coop, because the snow was packed down and turned to solid ice. So one morning I  got out there at 5 am in my 3 layers in the -15 wind chills and was half asleep  and stepped wrong, landed on my hip and slid down hill all the way to the coop! Good fun! I like to sled but not on my hips!

    So, last weekend I took a trip to Cades Cove, TN with my dear friend Terri and her husband, to do a photo shoot, my first one! They are expecting their first child and wanted maternity pics done. The weather  was perfect, but the traffic was not! But it was still a good day!
Here is 3 of my favorite pictures from the session


They are the sweetest Christian couple, and will make the best parents! Well, I guess that's all for now, if I don't blow away, then I will post some more later. I am super busy getting ready for a craft sale at our local community center next month, I hope I do well! Everyone stay safe in these crazy storms that are coming! God Bless!

Friday, September 21, 2012

My huge hiatus...

Hey y'all!!

  Oh am I happy to be back!! I have had soooo much going on and been gone so long,  I am surprised I still have followers! Thanks for sticking with me! It's been one thing right after another, I started a cleaning job and the garden has beat my butt this summer!! But we have put up a lot of goodies for this winter, lots of greasy beans, pickled okra, tomatoes, and black eyes peas! Oh, and I grew my first pinto beans this year and I love them!!

   So I hope everyone out there in blog land is doing well, I have missed y'all! But I think I am back for goos now that everything is slowing down a bit. I want to start blogging more about camper life. It has gotten very interesting since I last posted. We got rid of our mouse, and finally started getting some sleep, and I started hearing noises under the bed again ( for those of you that just started following, my husband and I have lived in a camper for the past 4 yrs and our bed has a storage compartment under it). Then we started smelling what we thought was cat pee from the wild cats in the woods in our area. I thought maybe one of them had gotten under the camper some how and made it home. And we only smelled it every few days or weeks. So I had planned on getting under  there and coaxing them out to figure out how they were getting under there. So, before I had a chance to do that, I came home one night, and hubby had one of those looks, you know the one that looks like a kid with his hand in the cookie jar, and he just got caught. So he just looked at me and I said what, and he said you love me right? And by this point I had all kinds of things running through my head, and of course I said yes I love you, why? He said, well I don't really want to tell you this, but I found the cat pee smell, and he still had that look, so I said, ok what was it cats right? He looked at me with this horrible face and shook his head, and said no, it was a snake! Oh boy did I throw a fit! I don't know if I have ever said this on here or not, but I have a debilitating  fear of snakes, I freeze up, stop breathing, and have been known to pass out! So he grabbed me and hugged me, and said it was just his skin, it was a black snake, and I searched the camper from corner to corner and high and low, and he is gone! And of course that did NOT make me feel any better, it was under there at one time, and that's all I needed to know! I slept better than I thought I would the first night, but the second night I was was wide awake all night! SO we got some moth balls and hubby put them under the bed. How did the snake get in you ask? Well hubby had to do some work under the camper a while back and there is a hole in the under side of the camper the size of a baseball. I asked why it was not plugged up and he said he tried to plug it up but it wouldn't stay. So, the moth balls made me feel better until that was all you could smell, and it ran us out! So hubby plugged the hole up from the inside and took the moth balls out, so, so far so good, I guess we shall see, or I hope not see!!
 I hope to get some pictures of the camper posted soon, as soon as we clean up the yard some. I hope you all are doing well! God Bless!!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

They have taken over!!!

Hey y'all,

     Ugh! The ants are driving me crazy! We have had ants in our humble little camper for about 2 months now, and we have tried everything to no avail! They fall on our heads when we are brushing our teeth!  I think the little stinkers just spit the poison out and laugh! I probably sweep up about 50 a day, no lie, it's crazy! We did finally find where they are coming in, and I don't quite understand it, but they are going up and in the main outlet to our camper, and they come out in the light bulb over the bathroom sink, explain that one to me, cause I don't know! And no ant killer known to man works, so, my mama and I found a recipe online for natural spider repellent, and I thought, heck why not, what could it  hurt right? So we made some, it's pure orange oil, peppermint castile soap, and vinegar. We put it in a spray bottle and I sprayed, well ok, drenched the inside of the camper with it, and it worked for about 2 days, so every 2 days now I am spraying that stuff, which smells really great by the way, and if I don't forget to do it, we are almost ant free for a couple days, we see maybe 3 ants. BUT, if I forget, whoa nelly!! They come back with a vengeance!! And, since I started using it, no spiders, and our little mouse, you know, the one that plays the drums under our bed at night, well he hates it, I have not heard him in 3 nights!!!! So, I call it my miracle worker, and the best part is, it's all natural!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Forgot to mention...

Hey y'all,

   I forgot to mention that I am very excited about an opportunity that God presented me with!  My hubby got me a 8x10 paper mold for Christmas and I have been fooling around with making paper. Well I made some lavender bookmarks, they are purple with dried lavender in them. Someone saw them on my etsy site and asked me to make her 150 for her upcoming wedding!!!! Never thought that would happen!! So I hope it's just the beginning!!


The enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains I call home.

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I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband and family. We are trying to become self sufficent 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. The purpose of this blog is to inform as I go. It's for all the women out there like me who have lived pampered, sheltered lives and are ready to change that. So as I learn and do things, I will post it on my blog, so hopefully you all can learn from my mistakes. God Bless!