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A Night At The Races

Toad races that is…

The Three Caballeros

The Three Caballeros are out of the gate…

Wrong Way Jones

Big Daddy takes the lead, the Middle Man is second and Wrong-way Jones is… going the wrong way!

Racing to the Finish

Hopping to the finish line…Big Daddy is still in the lead!

Big Daddy Over the Wall

And the winner is…Big Daddy! And he’s going over the wall and into the stands to meet his fans!

Tune in next week for another exciting night at the races -if we can find some more toads!




Hazardous Weather For The Smoky Mountains: Heavy Rain And Possible Flooding

Wet Weekend In The Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountain Rain and Fog

Rain showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas through Sunday, August 30. Moderate to heavy rain is likely and some flooding is possible.

Smoky Mountains Hazardous Weather Alert

Smokies Forecast

Bring a raincoat!



Blessings and safe traveling,


It’s Rooster Party Time!

Show Us Your Rooster Blog Party

Welcome all you Rooster Party people!

Hope ya’ll enjoy my roosters. :)

Woodburning by my friend Frances.

Rooster woodburning

Ol’ Rojo


Rojo and hens

Rojo and hens

He definitely rules the roost!

Rojo rooster 

Mr Fancy –Rojo doesn’t care too much for him.

Whupped rooster

Papa Bantey  (or banty, bantie –pronounced with a long a)

Bantam rooster

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Homeschooling In The Holler: Some Things We’ve Learned Recently

The largest denomination of United States currency ever printed is the $100,000 bill.

It takes a large Orb Weaver spider about 45 minutes to spin a web.

Orb Weaver Spider

Orb Weaver Spider

At almost 42 years old, Mommy (that’s me!) can still do the bear walk  -but not a head stand. (We won’t even go into cartwheels –tried that at 31 and threw my back out.)

Peppers get hotter when they’re roasted!

A fox’s bark sounds like a cross between a coyote and a wild turkey.

Chickens can lay different shaped eggs! We’ve found tiny ones the size of a pea and big ones the size of a turkey egg (that had to hurt), but this is a first:

Strange shaped chicken egg





Smoky Mountain Mushrooms

We’ve been walking in the woods again…most of the flowers are gone, but there are plenty of  mushrooms in all different shapes, sizes and colors!

Big Mushrooms 

Big Mushrooms_2

Big Mushrooms_closeup

These were the biggest mushrooms we’ve seen this year –the size of dinner plates!

Yellow Twin Mushrooms


Red chewed mushrooms

Something was hungry!

Double shelf-type mushroom

We usually see these shelf-type mushrooms growing on logs, but these came out of the ground.

Nut-eating mushroom

This one is the same type as the one above, but it looks like it’s eating a walnut.

Coral-type fungus

Coral in the woods.


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Bow In The Cloud


And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Genesis 9: 12-17

There Be Four Things Little… But Exceeding Wise

Spider spinning_small

There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.

Proverbs 30:24-28

Mushrooms In The Mountains

Here are some photos of mushrooms we found this month; I tried to identify them, but most of them weren’t in my book –it’s time for a better field guide! 

Mushroom family

These were growing in clumps on a downed oak tree.


Little Red Mushrooms 

These are  1 to 1 1/2 inches tall, coming up through moss -they were the only two that we saw.


Shelf Mushroom

Possibly –Coriolus Versicolor (bracket fungus, Turkey Tail)

This one was on a chunk of either cherry or oak.



We found several of these, here and there, in our turn-around.


Bowl Mushrooms

Daniel called these “bowl mushrooms”, also growing on dead wood.


Mini Mushrooms

Possibly –A species of Mycena (Elf Cap)

We have several colonies of these tiny mushrooms, they come up around old oak stumps.


Little Yellow Mushrooms

Hygrocybe nitida

We found these on a dry mountainside, just below a wild blueberry patch.


Hope you all enjoyed these. :)


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Some Wee Wildlife Of The Holler

These are some little critters we ran across yesterday.

Mr Toad small 

Mr. Toad –just hoppin’ around.

Baby Spiders 2 small

Baby Spiders –a whole nest of them on one of my blueberry bushes.

Snake small

Sssssneaky Snake –hiding in a small tree about 2 feet off the ground.

Toads and spiders and snakes…oh my! :)


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And God Made…Everything That Creepeth

Ladybug ladybug

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:25