build a life you don’t need a vacation from

January 31, 2021

It’s a good thing a love where I live, for the most part. There are times when I don’t leave the property for days…this is going to be one such time. At the end of the post, I get a little political…just skip over it, if you want/need to,
All photos taken with my cell phone…

al stocked up

There’s even more wood out on the deck…

This isn’t all the wood that we have…just enough in the house and on the deck to get us through the next few days. Maybe longer. The rest is piled up at the end of the lane and yet, another pile left where we cut the tree down. What we have should pretty much get us through the winter. Not that we’re going to stop gathering wood, but we’re not as stressed as we were before we had the two Ash trees cut down. Different web sites say Ash is a great wood to burn for heat, being just below Oak, Locust or Sugar Maple (we have locust and Silver Maple on the property).

The only source of heat we have for the time being is wood heat. I bought the wood stove in late 2018 (Novemberish?), when the furnace was still working, but giving me some trouble. The day we had the wood stove installed, the furnace went ca put. I need to have the whole system replaced – the furnace inside and the heat pump outside. So, until the wood stove is paid off, I can’t afford to buy a new furnace…gotta do what we gotta do. Of course, if I didn’t have the wood stove to pay for, I could afford the furnace. Catch 20/20!

one of my holly trees and down the lane

These photos weren’t taken too long ago.

icy covering

The photo above and below were taken yesterday, before the snow started. Frozen air bubbles, on the tarp covering the pool. A feather caught in some garden debris.

caught in debris

Back to the title of the post…build a life you don’t need a vacation from.

Most of my photos are taken on the property. As it is, I only leave the property once or twice a week…maybe. I don’t do any grocery shopping, my boyfriend does that. Sometimes I just go with my boyfriend, when he drives down to West Virginia to do some shopping. When I do, I usually just sit in the car. When I can, I take my son shopping with me…neither one of us can really wear a mask. I have asthma type allergies, my son (22 yr old) starts sneezing and sniffling so bad when he has a mask on that I don’t force him to go anywhere where he has to wear a mask. Sometimes, we have no choice…but how can I force him to wear a mask when I, myself, refuse to wear one?

This whole mask mandate has made life pretty difficult for me and my son…but we deal with it as best we can. Living the life we live, makes staying home that much easier. It also helps that we live in the country, have 3+ acres to roam on and really no close neighbors. Just the farm next door.

This is my life! And I love it!!

There will, probably, more than likely, be more snow photos tomorrow! But until then here are two songs I heard while listening to Pandora earlier today!

Don’t tread on me

Man from the city tryin’ to take my rifle
But there’s somethin’ that he needs to understand
Second amendment’s only second to the Bible
He’ll have to pull it out of my dead hands
Yeah, he can have opinions
I don’t have to agree with ’em
Ain’t nothin’ wrong with me and him bein’ different
Oh no no, but I think that he should know know know
How I roll

I’m a survivor, you’re damn right I’m a fighter
I’m a big buck skinnin’, trotline riggin’ Hank Jr disciple
So don’t you be offended, what granddaddy defended
This flag I’m wavin’ says I’m stayin’ free
Don’t tread on me, no
Don’t tread on me, no


Man from the city tryin’ to take my corn field
Turn it into a big high rise
Make a buck, make some dough on a big deal
But that’s where all my bucks and does hide
Yeah, I get high enough
Windmill and a pinch of snuff
Don’t need your skyscraper, elevators, and all that stuff
Oh no no, but I still think you should know know know
How I rollI’m a survivor, you’re damn right I’m a fighter
I’m a big buck skinnin’, trotline riggin’ Hank Jr disciple
So don’t you be offended, what granddaddy defended
This flag I’m wavin’ says I’m stayin’ free

Don’t tread on me, no
Don’t tread on me, no

If you want it, if you want it, come and take it
(Come on city boy)
If you want it, if you want it, come and take it
(Wanna see you try)
If you want it, if you want it, come and take it
(I don’t think you can)
If you want it, come and take it

I’m a survivor, you’re damn right I’m a fighter
I’m a big buck skinnin’, trotline riggin’ Hank Jr disciple
So don’t you be offended, what granddaddy defended
This flag I’m wavin’ says I’m stayin’ free
Don’t tread on me, no
Don’t tread on me, no

(Earl Dibbles JR)

Battle Cry of Freedom
(union version)

Oh we’ll rally round the flag, boys, we’ll rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom,
And we’ll rally from the hillside, we’ll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.


(Chorus)
The Union forever, hurrah! boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitors, up with the stars;
While we rally round the flag, boys, we rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!


Oh we’re springing to the call for three hundred thousand more,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we’ll fill the vacant ranks with a million freemen more,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom.


(Chorus)

We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And although he may be poor, he shall never be a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!


(Chorus)

So we’re springing to the call from the East and from the West,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
And we’ll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love the best,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

~ George Frederick Root (1820–1895)

If you’d like to read a little more on Battle Cry of Freedom, here’s the link (it is wikipedia, just to let you know). I really don’t know why Pandora played these two songs, accept that we listen to a lot of Charlie Daniels (Simple Man), Hank Williams JR (A Country Boy Can Survive), and patriotic songs (Dixie, The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless the USA, Stars and Stripes Forever and The Marines’ Hymn for example).

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of what they have

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But watch out,  someone will come up with a reason why it's bad for your health !!
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THINK

it’s not illegal yet

TRUTH

it’s the new hate speech
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”

~ George Orwell

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take care
stay safe
much love

The last time I left the property was Friday, January 29, 2021.

One Comment on “build a life you don’t need a vacation from

  1. Nice saying. Has me thinking. I just try to keep my immune system strong with a multi vitamin, zinc, extra vitamins D3 and C. I’ve got bad allergies too so can sympathize.

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