It feels like Spring Time here in Kentucky! 

I am totally shocked at the winter weather we have not had here in Kentucky. It’s not been very cold at all. Yesterday me and my family went on a small adventure in the woods. I was amazed to find a few mosquito bites on my arms when we returned. Mosquitos on February is some thing I have never seen or had a problem with. I am honestly worried about the other critters being out early also like the copperheads and deer ticks. I think it needs to come a cold spell and scare them all off for a little while. It’s way to soon to be dealing with this annoying critters that I am personally scared to death of. 

We did enjoy our trip to the creek and found a few nice treasures. One being this awesome piece of drift wood. I am so thankful that I have a nice husband to carry things for me. This piece is huge and I honestly don’t have a clue what I’m going to do with it. But I couldn’t leave it behind. We also found a couple of gorgeous pieces of Kentucky Agate. I can’t wait to share them with you all when I get them cleaned up and cut. Mother Nature sure did bless us with these natural creations. 

The weather has been amazing. It’s been around 70 degrees for the past few days and the forcast says it’s gonna be that way all week. It may be time to put up those winter coats. I’m gonna give it a little bit. It’s all too strange and I honestly hope we do have a few cooler days soon. Although we definitely don’t want the the farmers to be planting and a frost come. I do feel it’s needed. 

I was amazing at the beauty of the creek yesterday. It almost looked to be neon green. I didn’t realize how much you can see when all the trees are leafless. I was a little distraught that my favorite Kayaking water trail is undergoing a logging company for a stretch of about 10 miles. The forest looks a little bare without the big oaks and popular trees. Big piles of logs where stacked everywhere and the creek bed that we use for kayaking was full of floating log dams. I sure hope they clean up. So many people love to make that trip. 

All the downed trees is such and eyesore in this beautiful area but the creek still looked refreshing like it’s standing it’s own through the storm. 

I know sometimes logging is good for a forest but I pray that the owner of this operation would be considerate to the creeks and streams and do there best to take care of the wildlife. I really feel like this part of the forest should be considered a national forest due to its excellent streams and beautiful views. I hope one day it will be so it’s protected and this can’t happen agai. It hurts my heart to see one of my favorite places in such a mess. 

 

Take Time Out For Adventures 

The husband and I set out for an adventure today. We hadn’t got out much since I got sick before Christmas. We decided I needed to get out and try to slowly get my stamina and strength back so we took off to the creek. I would have never thought in January we would be out creek wading looking for treasure but we did. Considering it was 65 degrees outside we put on our rubber boots and hoped right on in.

We walked up the creek for a while until it started getting to deep. We couldn’t risk getting in the water up past our boots. The water was a little chilly. We turned back and walked back down the creek. It’s alot harder to see the rocks when you walk downstream due to when you step down in the creek it makes a little muck but it goes behind you when your walking upstream. 
We waded for about 2 total hours and didn’t find much. We picked up a few unique things, a couple fossils, some driftwood, and a few banded crystals but no agate today. I got tired a few times and sat down on a dry rock here and there for a break. It was a good chance to get a few pics in while I listened to the water flowing over the rocks. One of the most relaxing beautiful songs in the Appalachian Mountains. The mountain air felt so clean and refreshing.

It didn’t matter that we didn’t find any big treasures because it felt so good to get out. It made me feel alive again. I havent felt like myself at all since I got the blood clots. I think the medications is one of the main reasons. Ive been so tired and weak since I was in thr hospital. This whole trip reassured me that I am strong and I will get stronger. We are so blessed to be living well in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. 

Here’s a few pics of our beautiful adventure today. 



Cherishing Every Moment Spent

This little Turkey lost his tooth in Kee Kees Turkey today! 

The turkey was a little struggle because my oven burnt out so I cut the wings off and smashed him in the crock pot. You can have a little Thanksgiving and not have an oven. Cameron got called into work early and missed it. Burnt my sweet potatoes twice. Mom burnt the rolls, never a big deal. 
All in all at the end of the day none of that it mattered. What was important is we got to spend time together and time is precious. It was all Good times with my sweet family! I’m so thankful and blessed.

Kayaking Through The Storm

Yesterday Afternoon my son was bored so I asked him if there was anything he would like to do. He decided it would be a good idea to load up his kayak and his friends canoe and take off to the creak. It has stormed a lot here for the past couple weeks so the creek was a little swift when we got there. So we got everything unloaded and they where off.

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I told them I would pick them up a mile back down the creek and we could go swimming and hang out a while. That plan didn’t work out. I went back to the swimming hole and the boys where there in just a few minutes but the creak was so swift they couldn’t find a good place to stop and where not really able too. So they decided I could pick them up down the road at a bridge we saw along the way. Which was about 10 miles away. I was a little weary of the idea but really didn’t have much choice as they went on by. 

I went on down to the bridge and waited, and waited, and an hour passed. Then another hour. No boys! I’m worried for sure. I was afraid to go back because I didn’t want to miss them coming through the bridge. I was truely afraid if I was there they would think I was on down the creak at another bridge and the creak just got rougher and rougher in down. Two and a half hours had passed by and the sky turns black and it starts to storm. I am Freaking out now!  Up on the mountain side I saw a tree fall from a lightning strike. So many thoughts going through my head. A few miles back up the road a friend of mine owns a tack shop so I went to her. She calmed me a little when she told me the trip usually takes at least 2 hours. I went back. I prayed. I cried, and prayed some more. Then I hear in the silence, “oh no it’s a beaver dam!” I was never so glad to hear this in all my life.  God is good and watched over them. They couldnt get through the dam so I was definitely not gonna miss them. I am grateful he had my back. Needless to say I will be going on the next trip not sitting and worrying for sure. The boys had an awesome adventure they will never forget and they made it through the rough waters and the storm.