Tag Archive

American history birds Blog/Site Updates children Cooking crafts education freebies experiments free-events free audio freebies free e-books gardening giveaways Great Smoky Mountains hands-on activities health holidays holler livin' local events and activities money saving tips nature nature-photos News notebooking old-time-radio photos recipes recipes and cooking road closures/delays science scripture Site Info snow summer Super Deals Tennessee The Ol' Hermit The United States Townsend travel info Unit Studies weather wildflowers winter

Technical Difficulties Update

I won’t be blogging for a few more days.

I had some computer and website problems crop up last week; a stubborn virus that kept popping up here and there plus 204 “not founds” on my website!

Well, I finally got rid of the virus and I’m down to 43 “not founds” –I think I’ve got all the links fixed but it’s not yet showing up in Google Analytics.

While I was at it, I decided I’d better do some much needed maintenance on my computer and website –I’ve put it off far too long!

I’ll be back to regular blogging by this weekend or the first of the week.


Blessings and have a lovely weekend,


Checking In

I’m still here ya’ll!

We’ve been real busy in the garden and catching up on housework, so I haven’t been online very much –and now the blackberries are getting ripe!

We’ve also had gate problems again (Lacy is ready to throw the opener in the creek!); the weld is not holding and now we’re looking for welder #4!

When I have been online, I’ve  been working on the “behind the scenes” part of my site -I’m re-doing my theme structure and trying to organize it a little better for you all. :)


Daphne –Thanks so much for stopping by, it’s nice to hear from a long-time Townsend visitor.  :)

Tipper –That will tickle him (making people smile on the “innernet”), so glad you enjoy his little sayin’s. The salve that I make is a comfrey salve and I was thinking of adding violet leaves in addition to the comfrey, both are excellent for skin conditions. However, the last time I started my salve, I never got the oil base made into a salve -so we’ve been using just the oil and it seems to work even better than the salve did. I’ll try to get a post up about how to make it and what we use it for. :)

Amiee –Glad you enjoyed the pictures, that little snake posed for me before he slithered off! :)

Alexandra –You’re welcome, I’ve got another recipe for cabbage that I’ll try to post real soon. :)

Penny –Wow, I’ve had Internet service for 5 years and have never had that happen before now. Yes, I would like to know where you get $5 modems –I might buy a couple of them for back-ups, that’s a whole lot cheaper than what I paid! Oh well, live and learn. As for the surge protector, I couldn’t afford one of those with the phone line plug-in and I just figured I’d unplug the line during storms. Thanks so much for the info. :)

If the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be back later. :)



I’m Back Online…For Now

Hi everybody, I’m back online this morning. :)
I don’t know for how long, though – more rain is moving back in.
I just don’t understand why my connection gets so bad when it rains a lot.

I’ll be doing some catch-up today, so if you’ve e-mailed me or sent me a message on Facebook, Twitter or StumbleUpon – I’ll be getting back to you as quick as I can. :)



*I hope I didn’t speak too soon! I’ve been disconnected once already while I’m writing this and my speed went back down to 18,800 bps.
We’ll just see what the day brings. :)

Internet Connection Problems

Just wanted to let you all know that I’m having Internet connection problems due to all the rain we’ve had. It’s either been extremely slow (7,000 bps) or I can’t connect at all – I haven’t even been able to get my mail. :(

I’ll be back later today, hopefully, when the lines dry out some. :)



I’m Back

Hi everybody, I’m back! Thanks for missin’ me. I hope everyone has been doing well. :)

I hadn’t meant to be offline so long, but…well here’s what happened:

The Injury

On Friday the 17th, my husband, Lacy, was operating the bobcat at work and dumped a load of rocks in his lap. Most of the rocks hit his knees and shins but nothing was broken. He is bruised up pretty good and could barely walk the first couple of days after it happened.

Thank the good Lord the rocks weren’t any bigger (grapefruit size) and he was the one operating -he’s a pretty stout feller and quick thinking. If this had happened to any one else, they might’ve been hurt a lot worse.  So…Lacy was out of commission for a while.

He’s better now, but his knees are still extremely sore and he’s trying to take it easy at work…which isn’t easy!

The Property Damage

First, for those of you that don’t know, a little background on where we live:

Our place is a mile from the road, inside of approximately 120 acres bordering the National Park. There are six houses up here, but we are the only people who live here -the other houses are nightly rentals. The roads in our small community are gravel roads and we, the property owners, keep them maintained. We also have a gate at the entrance which was recently upgraded to electric -it took us a long time to get it and it wasn’t cheap.

On Sunday the 19th, Lacy went out early for a newspaper. He got down the road and noticed one of the nightly rentals had eight vehicles parked at it, not a good sign. He drove on out and, surprise, surprise…our new electric gate was standing wide open! The gate opener was pulled apart and the brackets, which were welded on, were broken off the gate. :(

Apparently the renters lied to the rental agency, it was supposed to have been a family renting the house but they had a big party instead. At 10:30, the previous night, one of the other renters noticed nine cars at the house and one at the gate. When the rental agent arrived on Sunday, four vehicles were still at the house…and fourteen young men and women were still there. I won’t go into details.

We spent that Sunday making a police report and a lot of phone calls. Last week was spent fixing the gate (in between storms), changing codes and notifying property owners.

Again, we thank the Lord…nobody was hurt and nobody’s house was broken into.

(In case you’re wondering why we didn’t hear anything; we live too far back –we can’t even hear “road noise” unless the wind is just right.)

Everything Else

While all that was going on;

  • We had fruit trees to be plant before the storms moved in that Sunday
  • We had taters to plant before the moon changed last Friday
  • I spent two whole days bleaching the logs in our add-on
  • Our washer tore up
  • My internet speed slowed down to 25,000 bps

I was overwhelmed! When my internet connection slowed way down, I figured maybe God was trying to tell me something…everything happens for a reason. :)

Things have mostly settled down around here and everything is taken care of -except my washer. Hopefully, it will be fixed this week. :)

Now I might be able to catch up on all of my online stuff.

More updates later…



No Posts For a Couple Days

We’ve had too much excitement around here the last few days…an injury and some property damage, among other things.  :-|

I’ll be back in a day or two. :D

Homeschoolers -don’t forget to download your freebie every day from Homeschool Freebie of the Day  -click on the orange fish on the left sidebar.

Have a lovely day,


Comments Are For Commenting, Not Free Advertising

I really appreciate comments from all of my readers, even if you disagree with something I write (as long as there’s no cursin’!) or just want to say “hi”. :)

However, if you don’t even read what I’ve written and use my comment section for free advertising, I will remove it.

That’s called spamming.

I do have ads on my site, primarily to help pay my hosting, so if you would like to advertise on my site, contact me and we’ll see what we can do.

Thank you for understanding. :)



Catching Up

I have dial-up internet and it’s very slow but over the last couple of weeks it has been running extra slow most of the time – 23,000 bps! As a result of that I have been unable to get a lot of things done:

  • I’m behind on my e-mail. If I haven’t e-mailed you back yet, I’m going up the list and I’ll get to you!
  • I’m behind on updating links. I have a few links here on my site that need to be updated…I haven’t forgotten!
  • My blogroll. I will be putting the blogroll back up, I’m trying to find a WordPress plug-in I like, one that I can put several feed widgets to my sidebars according to category. I’d also like a page of my feeds, like in Blogger’s dashboard. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know.
  • Sidebars. I really like how Penny Raine has her sidebars organized in sections. I’d like to do mine that way, it’s eaier to see what the site is all about and find what you need.
  • More content. I have tons of free resource links I need to add, especially old-time radio links.
  • Visiting on-line friends. I’ve been catching up on that today, boy I’ve missed alot! :)

Just wanted to let you all know. :)

Have a lovely afternoon,


Comments Are Fixed

The comment format is fixed, it was writing right to left on the right side of the form. I had that on my to-do list to fix the other day and got busy with something else and plumb forgot all about it. Thank you Renae for pointing that out. :)


Joy Cometh in the Morning

Late January Sunrise

For his anger [endureth but] a moment; in his favour [is] life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy [cometh] in the morning.

Psalm 30:5