Appalachian Thursday – Snow Days

Last Friday’s forecast of 1-3 inches of snow morphed into almost a foot. Suddenly, we had a full-blown snow day on our hands. Schools closed, there was a run on bread and milk, and a few unlucky folks ended up in the ditch. I went home and took my dog out into the snow! BecauseContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Snow Days”

Appalachian Thursday – Porch Sitting Weather

While it’s still a little early to proclaim the season changed, we are getting the loveliest taste of fall this week. Which means it’s prime porch sitting time! The house we live in has the sorriest excuse for a front porch. But it’s still a porch and I’ll take it. Because the need to sitContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Porch Sitting Weather”

Bees, Rattlesnakes, and Bears – oh my!

You know it’s a doozy of a hike when the least scary thing to happen is a bear thundering off through the brambles. That’s how my hike with Thistle started one evening last week. And we weren’t much alarmed. After all, the bear was leaving. Then Thistle ran on ahead and in short order cameContinue reading “Bees, Rattlesnakes, and Bears – oh my!”

Appalachian Thursday — Lazy Summer Days

What do you do when you have a whole day before you with pretty much no digital technology to distract you? Oh wait, I remember! That’s how it was when I was a kid. Sure there were three or sometimes four channels to watch on TV, but nothing of much interest. And we eventually hadContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday — Lazy Summer Days”

Appalachian Thursday – The Dog That Didn’t Make the Book

I recently turned in the latest round of edits on my third novel–A Tapestry of Secrets–due out in August 2016. The book has gone through several drafts, one of which included a stray dog. In the end, he didn’t fit the story, so he got cut. But I kind of miss that sweet little dogContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – The Dog That Didn’t Make the Book”

Appalachian Thursday–Final Flowers

It’s October–my favorite month. I realize the first day of fall was back in September, but October is when I KNOW the seasons are changing in these Appalachian mountains. Leaves are just starting to color, the mornings require a jacket, and the sky is getting ever bluer. It’s the bittersweet time of year when theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Final Flowers”

Appalachian Thursday–People Like These

Thistle and I often hike in the national forest near our house. I never know who we’ll run into up there–hikers, hunters, cyclists, foragers–there’s quite a variety of folks. Yesterday, though, was unique. We pulled into the gravel lot and I noticed some people poking around in the tall weeds. If it were July, I’dContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–People Like These”

Appalachian Thursday–Black Bear Adventures

The black bear is the state animal of West Virginia, therefore I’m a fan. And yet, in all my 18 years of living on the family farm, I never saw one. There was a big, rolly-polly bear at the Game Farm who loved to drink soda through the bars of his cage, but he wasContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Black Bear Adventures”