Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Anniversary!!

Happy anniversary to my sweet husband! Today marks the beginning of our 7th year married. So, 6 years under our belt so far! Honestly, this is one of the better decisions I have made in my life. Thank you sweetheart for being my best friend and always being here. I am enjoying the ride. I look forward to MANY more anniversaries with you!!  :)  I love you Wayne!!

 These pictures are from the day we got married:

These are from our wedding party:

These are from last summer!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Optimistic hunting

The other day I was walking around downstairs in our house and I happened to look out the window. I noticed what appeared to be a huge bird on top of our shed. At first, I thought it looked like a pretty chunky heron because of the shadows. But as I moved around a bit to get a better look, I could see it was one of our Canada Geese that frequent our pond. I have never seen them hanging out on top of our shed before so I thought that was pretty funny.

However, what made it even funnier was the fact that my little, tiny, 4 pound cat thought that she was going to stalk this goose on about a 90 degree angle roof and was going to "attack" him before he flew away. Of course, I knew that was never going to happen (Please don't send me hate mail about having an outdoor cat that is predatory on wildlife, it's really not necessary. She's a cat. Cats stalk things. She's also a pretty lazy cat that does not make much effort to kill anything. The chickens pretty much keep her in check.). So, I was amused with watching Missy plot her strategy.

Amazingly enough, she actually DID scale that roof with no trouble at all to get to the top! I was shocked! Of course, the goose flew off long before she actually got there and went to hang out in our pond where he knew cats would never tread. Once she figured out she could do it, she must have gone up and down that roof 10 times just to show off I guess. She seemed pretty darn pleased with herself! So, even though it wasn't a successful "hunt", it was certainly a successful day of personal accomplishments for her.

Our animals always seem to manage to keep us entertained!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Wayne and I decided to try our hand at raising some shitake mushrooms. Our friends Reggie and Sheila raise them and they are DELICIOUS! The taste between home-grown and store bought shitakes is pretty amazing. Reggie and Sheila had a party over at their house a few weeks ago and several of us brought logs to inoculate with mushroom spores. This was a serious undertaking and it took us all day to do these darn things!
Here's our logs loaded up on the truck ready to head out.

Here they are all inoculated and piled up down by our creek. We won't start getting mushrooms until next year but I sure hope this works! I had no idea that the difference between a store bought and home grown shitake mushroom was so big. We'll see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dirt Bath

I tell ya. These chickens sure do love a good dirt bath. Look how happy they look!

The other ones were out wandering around in the yard close by awaiting their turn for the fun.

I love watching the chickens take pleasure in the simple things in life! It really does not take much to make them happy.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Poor Wayne built this cute little island for our pond so that the frogs and birds would have a safe place to hang out. We haven't seen anyone use it except for one bullfrog last year. Finally, we saw one of the geese on it the other morning! I wish we had a better place out there for them to nest so we would have some baby geese soon!

Here he is out there looking for his buddy.

Friday, April 22, 2011


We had some severe wind here a few weeks ago. We are in this little valley between mountains and the wind really whips through here. It was especially bad one night and we were under tornado warnings. It was a little scary.

This flower pot full of lavender got blown over. I know this does not seem like a big deal but this thing is heavy. I tried to move it a few days before the storm and I couldn't because the roots had grown so far into the ground through the hole in the bottom of the planter. No problem. I can move it where ever I want to now.

This is an arbor we have at the bottom of our yard stairs. This thing has spikes on the bottom of it that go into the ground about a foot.

And, down by our creek we had a tree casualty, unfortunately. It took out one of our railings but it should be easily fixed (especially since Wayne will be the one fixing it and not me!). I see some chainsawing in his future!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

This is why

We have a lot of people ask us WHY we live in Blue Ridge. It does seem to be sort of a pain with me working in Atlanta. However, I'm only working one day a week and we have an apartment there so it really isn't a big deal. We enjoy the chance to get back to the city to see friends and family on a regular basis.

I took some pictures of our place the other day. It was about 75 degrees and beautiful outside. THIS is why we love this place!

This is our house from "across the pond".

This is our creek with our wind damaged tree that you will learn more about tomorrow.

This is our waterfall.

Another view of our pond and house.

Honestly, if it wasn't for this property, we probably wouldn't be so tied to being here. But we really LOVE this property!!! This is totally worth the drive back and forth to Atlanta!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


YAY! It's so exciting to finally have some nice warm temperatures out there! A few weeks ago we had a warm snap and the toads got right to work. Now, since we have no fish left in our little pond because the snakes ate them all, we have a bumpercrop of toadpoles! There are like a zillion of them......see?

We have a few flowers coming up.

And the fish in our big pond are asking for handouts again!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wild Adventures

Miss Nessie has been an indoor cat since day 1. However, our other two cats go in and out as they please and we bring them in at night to save them from being eaten by coyotes. Keeping one cat in while the other two go in and out has been a major pain. Plus, Nessie is fast. She can scoot around you faster than you can say "lightning". So, we are worried that she is going to scoot out the door around us one day and freak out and run away into the wild blue yonder.

We haven't let her outside for a few reasons.

1 - She is nuts. I mean this cat is certifiable. She would jump off of a 3 story building to chase after a fly without giving it a second thought. She isn't scared of anything and she has no idea what it means to be street wise and avoid cars.
2 - She has long hair and she loves to get dirty. This means that she will come back with all kinds of mats, tangles, burrs, muddy feet, etc.
3 - She hates to get a bath or be brushed (see #2).
4 - See #1

BUT - on the other hand, we don't want her to get out and then freak out because she has no idea where she is or what it means to be outside. And with 2 other cats that go in and out and her moving at lightning speed - this just seems inevitable. Plus, we feel sorry for her. When the entire rest of the family is outside enjoying the beautiful weather, poor Miss Nessie is stuck inside by herself. We want her to have some fun too!

We finally figured that it was better to work with her and let her get used to being outside so she knows where she is than to have to panic when she gets out. Thus begins Nessie's outdoor adventures. Here's some pictures of Nessie's first day out!

She was overwhelmed but she did pretty well! I think the other cats and Petey helped to keep her grounded. She didn't run off never to return, so that was good. She wandered a bit and played in the woods but she never went too far from us. Additionally, she thinks that the chickens look like they would taste pretty good.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Still Alive

I know, you are all wondering if we are still alive, right? Well, maybe not but I'm letting you know that we are anyway. I do have several blog posts ready to go (and have for about 2 weeks now!) but I keep forgetting to ask my husband to resize the pictures for me so I can put them up. So, consider this my official picture asking procedure Mr. Newberry! :)

Yesterday, we drove to Atlanta to deliver a few yarn bowls and a minute amount of yarn to the wonderful Kate of Dragonfly Fibers! She will have some of our stuff in her booth for Stitches South. We'll be heading back there tomorrow for fun with friends and the infamous and always entertaining Scalini's dinner (now officially known in the Atlanta circles as Scalinigate). We are really looking forward to seeing everyone!

I'll have some blogs and pictures for you next week - I promise!