Blackberry Winter is here! 

It’s blackberry winter here in Ky. 
According to the wise farmers we have 5 spring time winters here in Ky. 

1. Redbud Winter that usually falls in early April while the beautiful mountains are full of purple budding trees. 

2. Dogwood Winter usually falls at the end of April and around Easter. 

3. Locust Winter is a cold spell in early May. These trees bloom with pods of small white fragrant blooms. 

4. Blackberry Winter is usually cold and rainy in mid May. The vines are blooming with beautiful bright white blooms now! 

5. Cotton Britches Winter/Whippoorwill Winter. I’ve heard it called both. It is the last cold spell and time to put your britches up and the Whippoorwill will migrate from Mexico to us . It is rarely saw due to its camouflage color but we will start to hear it’s sweet song soon! I can’t wait! 

Y’ALL GET READY IT’S ALMOST SUMMER! One more cold spell and you can put your long johns up for the summer. 
Mekeshia Jordan, nature lover

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Unakite Gemstone Uniqueness

This is the first wire wrapped gemstone bangle I ever made. The stone is a NATURAL UNAKITE GEMSTONE. It’s very unique and has very earthy colors and tones with a splash of pink. I love the way this bracelet looked when I finished it. It feels unique to my style.

Unakite is often mistakingly called an Epidote. It’s somewhat true because it’s actually a form of granite combined with epidote, feldspar and quartz. The word epidote is derived from the Greek word epidosis “growing together”. Because the stones grow together as if they were one single stone.

The Unakite stone was discovered in the Unaka Mountain in Tennessee and North Carolina. That’s how it got its name.  Unakite stone can also be found in Zimbabwe and Switzerland.

Holding the gemstone or wearing it on a chain at heart level is believed to draw negative energies from the body and remove blockages from the heart. It is worn to stabilize your entire system. When bad news strikes the energies are known to take away pain and heartache.

Soaking the stone in water and leaving it outside under the moon light overnight. Is believed to help skin problems and smooth wrinkles by using the water to bathe in.

Sleeping with Unakite stones in the bed to believed help relieve tense muscles and relax the body for better sleep and less tossing and turning. It’s also well known to help with anger issues and giving you more patience. It is believed to be benificial during pregnancy by helping nourish mother and child to ensure a healthy birth.

These are just a few interesting perceptions of the stone I found while doing a little research. So many gemstones are known for their healing characteristics and it is very interesting to me so I felt the need to share.

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.