Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Over the Mueller Report

While those in Congress continue to chase the Mueller report,  and attempt to overthrow the president,  the average American citizen, like myself, would just like to say........gtfoi!!!  

Now I'm just a simple girl.... but I do happen to understand the constitution and our laws.  I understand that we have 3 equal branches of government.   One branch should not have overreach and control over another.   With this attempt to hold AG Barr in contempt for not providing information, potentially vital to ongoing investigations,  is teetering on this behavior.   Congressional Democrats are requesting grand jury testimonies be unredacted!!  Overstepping the reach of Congress,  just to get the chance to pursue this nonsense further?? This doesn't lay a good foundation for the rights of the average American...

Could serving in certain professions for too long make one believe they are above the law?? 

The average American citizen would love for you to MOVE ON!!  Write some bills,  pass some laws, build some infrastructure,  fix immigration,  fix healthcare,  fix pollution,  do something!! Venezuela....Iran..... Israel.. Anything??!! Please quit whining around and get over it.  I hate to be so blunt,  but I am over it!! 

Regardless of what you think,  what party you are, or who you wish won the presidency,  we can all agree there are far greater problems you could and should be dealing with.   Your time should be focused elsewhere,  right!!?? 

Now I don't want you to think I'm a Republican bashing the Democratic senators....  you won't find me snuggly fit into either party... both have some serious flaws,  both have platforms I agree with.   I am just someone who would like to see this country,  and our representatives, deal with some issues that will actually effect the citizens.  

Is that too much to be asking for??

What the average citizen needs to be paying attention to is the consistent dwindling of our rights!!  On center stage with this show! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Strawberries.... finally....

Well, after 3 years,  I finally have strawberries in their bed.   

I started the bed 3 years ago.   I planted 6 plants and 20 roots.   I had 5 live.....lol

The next year the 5 didn't produce well,  and I only got 1 runner....  I was very pregnant and the weeding got passed up..??  Ooops??!!!

So year 3.... both kids get to play in the yard while momma gets the soil ready.   I got to transfer 25 plants!!!  I left room in the center of my bed to move runners into.   I also left room on all sides of the bed to extend it in every direction as needed. 

The kids love fresh strawberries!!  Who doesn't??  I  make an endless supply of strawberry freezer jam! I also make at least one batch of jam or jelly,  and put back any left to freeze.   

We may not get a big harvest this year,  but year after year, we'll have what we need.

There will be maintenance required throughout the year.   Of course the weeds still need pulled, the bed will need mulched this fall and fertilized in the spring.   

But anything worth having takes some effort,  right!!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Head off a Hoe!! 🤣

So these past couple of days have been warm and sunny.  We've been able to get everyone outside!  There have been clothes hung on the line,  and I even had a chance to get in the herb garden.  Best of all, we've completed reading and writing while enjoying the sunshine!!  

I really need to get some seeds in the ground in my herb garden!!  So today, I removed my stepping stones,  which are larger fossilized river rocks,  as well as the smaller decorations from the garden.   There are three sections to this garden.   The edible herbs,  medicinal plants and annual and perennial flowers.   I only had about 4 sq ft left off the first section when the head of the hoe flew off!!   I tried to limp it along,  but it was useless.....lol.   I grabbed the head of the hoe and finished busting up the sod.  

Tomorrow,  time for some planting!! 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Growing Wild Roots

Where we grow up has a significant impact on us throughout our lives.   I grew up in an area where both of my grandparents houses were within a mile.   Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins lived near by and neighbors treated you like family. 

There was this one house,  where my 6th grade history teacher lived with her mom.  They always had a warm and inviting house with a bottomless candy dish and fully stocked ice cream freezer.   These two worked tirelessly in their yard.   Planting flowers,  trees,  fruits,  and shrubs.   They always had such beautiful blooms all spring and summer.   They meticulously selected the plants to ensure a pop of color at any given time.  

When they passed away,  the house ended up in the hands of new owners who had no appreciation for the beauty they had inherited.   It took a few short years of neglect, on the house and yard, before most of the beauty was camouflaged by filth and decay.  The family moved and the house remained vacant for years, slipping into dilapidation. 

When this property became available, I knew this was a project I wanted to take on.  The house was on the land I wanted to raise my family.  When we first toured the house I wasn't sure a redemption was possible.  With encouragement, as well as financial and physical support from my family, we purchased the house and land.  It was going to take months to get the house livable.  We had to strip the entire house down to the studs and start from the frame up.  New everything. 

We finished the house, well..... mostly......and moved in.  Shortly after, we found out we were expecting our first child.  Since then our roots have grown deep here.  We've worked the land,  created new beds,  planted new fruits,  and grew our family.

This house and land have always held a special place for me.  Now, its where we are planted.   Where we will grow.   One day and one project at a time.   We will grow on,  play on, respect and protect this land.  Continue to work it and grow our homestead.   Growing more wild roots!!