in the thick of spring

Posted on April 9th, 2019 by mountain girl  |  No Comments »


I’m finally back here, writing in this space. I can’t believe it’s been over five months since I last posted, even though I never meant to take a break! The winter has come and gone here in North Carolina, but it barely felt like winter, compared to our winters in the mountains. I never thought I could love a place more than Colorado, but I have to say, living here is amazing. Our quality of life seems intensified and extended, and we are loving every season. Time is flying–these are our cherry blossoms, and even they are already long gone.


Our chicks are all grown up now. Two of them are hearty crowing roosters and the other seven have joined forces with our original five layer hens, so we get around a dozen eggs a day. Our baby goats are half-grown, and becoming more mischievous by the second. Chia is a fiesty (read: very bad) little goat with one black horn and one white. She pushes all the boundaries and jumps on top of the truck cab, eats my jade plants on the porch, and runs into the house every chance she gets. Columbine is hornless and might as well wear a halo–she’s as good as gold. She still likes to be picked up and snuggled.


The garden is off to a good start. I’ll write more details in a later post, but for now, suffice to say we’ve had our last frost and I’ve put all the seeds and seedlings in the ground. We built a few raised beds too, and it’s all looking fine and dandy.


Cash and Zia are doing great and liking school. The weather has been amazing here, and they run around building forts, playing ball, and chasing the animals. The bigger they get, the smaller our 12 acres seems. Cash makes “weekly lunches” for the goats (although it’s actually daily), which consist of piles of pine needles, wild onions, and budding baby pine cones.


My mama came to spend some time with us and I am making the most of it. I love having her here to talk to and work with, and we bounce a lot of creative ideas off each other. We currently are making jewelry for an upcoming art festival, and I’ve gotten some fresh new aesthetic perspectives from her.

I’m happy the kids are finally around her long enough to get to know her a little, since our visits to NY have always been pretty short far between. It’s especially great to have her with me while David’s away. He went to Google (San Jose) for a week, and now he’s rocking out the Masters golf tournament in Augusta.


Happy birthday to this man, by the way. We celebrated before he left with key lime pie and a bunch of homegrown daffodils. It always amazes me how well he takes care of us, and filling his shoes while he’s gone is easy only because he takes lots of steps for a well-oiled and smoothly running house and farm before he leaves.


I’ll be back soon with more farm + life details!

9 chicks + 2 goats

Posted on November 3rd, 2018 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »


Our eggs hatched into nine chicks! They are a lot bigger than this now. I’m posting these older pics because little chicks are so much cuter than big ones.



Soft and fuzzzzzzzy.


Little did we know someone else was being born the same weekend our eggs hatched…


someone even fuzzier than a chick. And the next weekend after that…


We have goaaaaaaaats! Maaaaaa!


Chia and Columbine are 5 and 6 weeks old now, and we bottle feed them 3x per day, starting at 5:30 am. We’ve had them for two weeks, and they’re part of the family now. They’re super cute and cuddly and SO bouncy, and they have the run of our farm. Which of course thrills the chickens.


When we decided to get goats (five days before we actually got them) David took this stinky old shed and turned it into a goat barn.


Here’s the new and improved version!


He pulled down the walls and door and put in new ones, and added a 2-layer floor. Nice and cozy.


We’ve got a milk herd on our minds, and these goaty little girls are just the beginning.

happy (very late) birthday, Cash

Posted on September 19th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »


Somehow it’s the last half of September. Whaaaaaaaattt?

Since I last blogged, Cash and I both had birthdays in July, David went to NYC for two weeks in August, and the kids started school. Now we have a clutch of eggs ready to hatch, we just took a 4-day trip to Winston-Salem, and Hurricane Florence brushed by.

Meanwhile, I never posted any of it–I must have been too busy living it. :)


I can’t cover all that, but the least I can do is give a shout out to our Cashy-Burger, who turned six on July 30. David set up a treasure hunt through the house and land that ended in the ’66 Mustang with a pile of presents. Later we had a crazy birthday cake made of shortcake filled with ice cream and topped with whipped cream, cookies and cherries. Courtesy of Mama Bear, of course.



It’s hard to believe how that little snuggly burrito of only 6 years ago has become virtually an adult in a kid’s body. He’s sharp as a whip and reminds us of that all the time. He does math in his head, reads every road sign and restaurant name, pores over graphic novels written for teens. He plays the bad boy but has a heart of gold, and he can turn a mean southern accent on or off at the drop of a hat. He can also fart at will–inserting it punctually into any rap song he makes up–but we don’t consider that an asset.


Here are a whole bunch of pictures that sum up Cashy-life. We love that boyoy.


















eleven years old

Posted on July 10th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »















Happy birthday to my girl. I can’t believe you’re eleven, when it seems like you were just toddling around in your little red cowboy boots. You’ve grown into such a thoughtful, kind, and mature young woman. I love that you would rather have a container for your plant than a Barbie doll; that you enjoy reading books more than watching Disney princess movies, that you like jeans and t-shirts better than frills and bling. You’re smart and intuitive, you do your own thing and go your own way, and your friends just naturally follow you. Your Dadda and I are so proud of you, and so happy with who you’re becoming (and who you’ve always been). We love you, baby girl. Have a happy, happy birthday and a wonderful twelfth year!

wimbledon bound

Posted on June 16th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  1 Comment »


Today we spent the morning practicing archery, and this afternoon David headed to the airport to catch a flight to London.


Cashy and I made lemon glazed muffins Thursday, and we had an early Father’s Day celebration. Each day has been a little more bittersweet as today came closer, but it’s finally here and we sent him off with lots of love and kisses.




This envelope message was Cash’s idea. He turned his heart into an apple. :)


Happy Father’s Day to our Dadda. We love you and miss you so much already!