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The Signs of Christmas

The first signs of Christmas a’comin’ in our mountain home was Mama opening  a big can of Johnson’s paste wax to smear all over the plank floors, then waiting for my brother and

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SEASONS OF COLD

The mountains that flourished with rich foliage during other seasons now stand naked and bare. Shades of gray mingle with the white blanketing of winter storms as nature teaches a great lesson.

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MOUNTAIN MUSHROOM FESTIVAL HICKORY CHICKENS

The Mountain Mushroom Festival is a celebration of the Appalachian culture: the morel mushroom, Kentucky agate, arts and crafts, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky River, and mountains. The festival’s

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Urban Homesteaders Growing your own

The Urban Homesteaders has become almost as popular as the Urban chicken craze. Back in the late 90’s the Urban / City Chicken boom took place and the Urban Homesteading soon followed. As economic

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HOG BUTCHERING DAYS & CRACKLIN’ CORNBREAD

An article by Barbara Woodall Taylor. Author of, “It’s Not My Mountain Anymore” In November, when the mountain air become chilled and heavy frost covered our isolated world like sparkling

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Hillbilly Folk Lore and Jargon

Hill·bil·ly: An unsophisticated country person, associated originally with the remote regions of the Appalachians. This is an article I have studied about many times. I do not mean any harm or disrespect

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“Miss Nettie’s” Kitchen

“Miss Nettie’s” Kitchen This post reminds me so much of my Grandmother. I still remember her cooking in the Kitchen and us kids playing in the backyard. Climbing the old apple tree beside the underground

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Daniel Boone Festival Week Oct 2014

Daniel Boone Festival I find the history of the Daniel Boone Festival Week fascinating to say the least. It is a time of celebration and the entire county and several surrounding counties and states take

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Summers end, facing the reality!

The Summer has been very rainy and thankfully our Garden is on an incline and the water has not stood in our garden and caused our crop to rot! When I say crop some of you may think big like an acre

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Bad Habits, The Inner Devil!

    Bad Habits, Do we learn to live with them or correct them? The greatest part of our lives is lived by

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Flying Duck Orchids from Australia

These Flying Duck Orchids can be found from Queensland to South Australia, to even Tasmania. This beautiful duck shaped plant is found in eucalyptus woodland in coastal or swampy shrub land and heart

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Chicken Houses and Farm Folk on the Back Roads

Chicken Houses and Farm Folk on the Back Roads I grew up on the Back Roads around all of them! My paternal grandmother moved to the old homestead after my grandfather was killed in the mines in Black

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