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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Waiting for Spring....

Greetings from the hills!
African Violet
Yes, it's still very cold, but these tiny mock orange leaves are very encouraging.

Along with these maple seed buds - I can't wait for spring. I want to start my garden!

Our Lavender Orpington chicks are three months old now and are outside in a large pen now. We had bought 5 straight run chicks back in November '13 hoping to get at least two hens, and it turns out...

Three are hens and two are roosters..yay. I'm only keeping one roo so I'll be selling the other one.

This week I've been teaching one of our granddaughters how to use a sewing machine.

The younger set these days doesn't necessarily like to begin with making clothes. She wanted a leather-look water bottle carrier and has gotten off to a good start, but it's gonna take another session to finish it.

Ha, it's been a slow winter around here. Maybe spring will bring some excitement. ;)
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snow in the Foothills

Cades Cove Methodist Church in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It was organized in the 1820s by circuit rider George Eakin.
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Checking in - nothing like a winter storm to bring bloggers out of hiding, eh? 

These photos are from the last snowstorm a few weeks ago. Goodman and I have had a few rounds of fever, congestion and coughing since I took these pictures, but I think we're seeing the light at the end of that tunnel finally.

The wind was blowing so hard the day I took this one Mr. Cardinal was getting roughed up pretty good. We have about two inches of snow from the current storm...
Stay warm, y'all!

Update with new photos: We got a total of eight inches of snow from what started yesterday, 2/12/14.  Love it...

The pasture is a white blanket.

I didn't walk all the way to the fence line - I used the zoom for this pic. Once I got to the barn I fed the chickens and headed back to the house, lol.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dragon Tails and Normal Life

Have you heard of the Tail of the Dragon?
It's an 11-mile stretch of 318 mountainous curves on US 129 in our area that motorcyclists from all over the world come here to "slay". (Yeah boy.)
There are a lot of accidents on the road during warmer weather because some ride it hoping to take home bragging rights on how fast they took those 318 curves.

We've started to drive it several times, but each time there was too much traffic to enjoy it so as the weather has been too cold for the normal crowd to be there we decided to do just that.

 Gate & fence to a business along the way.
True, there were lots of curves... and this day lots of ice on the rocks along the side of the road...

And a few more dragon tails, but not much else. Oh, there were 100-foot drop-offs at the edge of the road, but my thoughts were unless you have a death wish, it's really not so pleasant of a drive. If you'd like to experience it via youtube click here for a safe ride from your chair.

Safely home, I made up a batch of pepperoni rolls. Any yeast bread recipe will do. After the first rising roll the dough into walnut sized balls then flatten...

Place a couple of sandwich-size pepperoni slices on the dough.


 and seal the edge of the dough.

Then bake for about 15-20 mins. at 375º F until golden brown.
They make a great snack. I put them in Goodman's lunchbox for his afternoon break.

Normal is good. ;) Have a great week, y'all!

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