Dad’s favorite flower was Mountain Laurel. I’m pretty partial to it as well. Saturday’s hike took us high on the mountain through a laurel hell, which is pure heaven when it’s in bloom! Here are some highlights.
It’s a rare weekend that we don’t take Thistle for a good, long meander through the mountains. So I thought I’d start sharing snippets of our walks with YOU come Monday. A good way to start the week, I think. This is what we call Fairy Tale Trail. If you wonder why, just check outContinue reading “Monday Meanderings”
I’ve been doing triage on some of Thistle’s stuffed toys lately. This trio of squeaky chipmunks live in a plush log. We hide treats inside and she has to remove the toys to get at them. When she was a puppy, she would have destroyed this toy in short order, but now that she’s aContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – A Good Pig”
Spring approaches in the mountains in fits and starts. Days in February alternate between bone-chilling cold and balmy. Sunday was in the 60s and sunny, Thursday in the 30s with snow. But the signs are here trying to trick us! Our neighbors’ yard is dotted with crocuses. Purple, white, and yellow cups accept sunshine andContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – False Spring”
Over the weekend Thistle and I headed out for our usual hike. It was a rainy Saturday, but dogs don’t much care about a little wet and neither do I (so long as it’s just a little!). There was only one other car in the parking area and it belonged to a family with twoContinue reading “Facing Fears . . . By Accident”
While I suppose we were relatively modern when it came to my childhood Christmases, the old-timey traditions are still hanging on in the mountains. And there are some I very much think we should revive for broader use. Here are a few of my favorite Appalachian Christmas traditions: VISITING – My 85-year-old cousin and IContinue reading “Christmas in Appalachia”
Well, we didn’t quite get the foot and a half of snow predicted, but I’d rather the weather forecasters overestimate than under. Still, it began snowing Saturday and there was a lovely layer of snow when we woke Sunday morning. The result was a delightfully quiet day at home. In light of the forecasts ofContinue reading “The Pleasure of Boring Days”
It’s that time of year. The time when car commercials begin subtly hinting that this year a Jaguar or new SUV would be the perfect gift. And while I wouldn’t say no to a Jaguar (even if it DID have 981 miles on it), that really isn’t my idea of a good gift. Rather, thisContinue reading “Car Commercials and Birthdays”
There’s SO much I love about the Appalachian mountains. Here’s the first of what I hope are many videos sharing some of the wonders of my mountain home with you.
We saw some storms blow through late Friday afternoon knocking out the power just before five. Our landline went down as well, so I loaded up Thistle (who is FREAKED OUT by power issues) and drove about a mile and a half to where I can get a cell phone signal. Called it in. OfContinue reading “Should I Pray for Power?”