Appalachian Thursday – Moonshiners!

I love it when I describe something in one of my novels that I can clearly picture and THEN find that what I described actually exists. In Miracle in a Dry Season Casewell cleans out an old spring with a catch basin. Guess what my husband found in the woods on the mountain behind our house?Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Moonshiners!”

Appalachian Thursday–Rubber Boots

Mud boots, gum boots, rain boots, rubbers, wellies, or, you know, plain ole rubber boots. I don’t suppose they’re uniquely Appalachian, but they certainly are ubiquitous to every mountain farm I’ve ever set foot upon. Some evenings, when I’m short for time, instead of taking Thistle for a tromp in the national forest, we simplyContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Rubber Boots”

Appalachian Thursday–Fall’s Last Flower

It’s officially autumn. October arrives this weekend. The days are cooler, the nights make an extra quilt welcome. I love this time of year. Maybe it’s the bittersweet way nature fades from lush green, to russet and gold, and then to brown and grey. And, of course, knowing that it will all start again inContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Fall’s Last Flower”

Appalachian Thursday–Stinging Insects

If you read Monday’s post, you know why stinging insects are on my mind this week. Late summer and early fall in Appalachia is prime time for running into yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and bees. First, their hives (hence their populations) have been growing all summer. Second, the bears, skunks, and other critters consider theirContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–Stinging Insects”

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!”

An Abundance of Riches–Vacation

I know lots of folks who plan wonderful, far-flung vacations to exotic locales. I’ve never been one of those folks. Vacation for me means time to do whatever I want. Which typically includes eating some really good meals (cooking in and going out), extra dog walks, watching a movie or two I’ve been meaning toContinue reading “An Abundance of Riches–Vacation”

Appalachian Thursday – Foraged Food

Spring is prime foraging time in the woods where we hike. We often see folks out with baskets or net bags and I know they’re looking for tasty tidbits to add to dinner. Personally, I’m more of a catch and release forager. I love finding things I could eat, but I’m not really all thatContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Foraged Food”

Appalachian Thursday – 2016

I’m not a fan of looking at the turning of the calendar as any kind of clean slate. I figure most every day is the perfect time to begin doing whatever it is I’m supposed to be doing. But in the spirit of the New Year, I took a moment to look back over 2016Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – 2016”

Appalachian Thursday–The Path Less Traveled

One of my favorite things about living in the Appalachian Mountains is hiking them. We live near a national forest riddled with trails that offer miles and hours of rambling. And so Thistle and I do just that. A few weeks ago one of the regular trails was blocked when a HUGE pine tree fellContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday–The Path Less Traveled”