The Ups and Downs of Mountain Living, Part 3

This is part three of my on-going yammer about life in the mountains.  In Part 1 we looked at getting established, in Part 2 we looked at the physical necessities of life here.  This time we’ll look as the more esoteric aspects. In east Tennessee winters are normally pretty mild.  This winter has been an exception: in early January […]

Scrambling Time

Today I was scrambling. I’m not talking about eggs either – although I did scramble up some eggs and fried some turkey bacon for breakfast this morning.  The scrambling I’m referring to is the dashing-frantically-around-to-get-something-done sort of scrambling. It rarely gets cold-cold here in Tennessee before December. If we get snow at all it’s in […]

First Day of Spring?

Originally published Mar. 21, 2013 by Grit Magazine I arrived at work at 7:30 AM, following a grueling 150 foot commute.  The traffic was terrible.  Normally both dogs march along shoulder to shoulder at the ends of their leashes.  I tell Cochise, “Play yard,” or “Home” or “Mail box”, or (his least favorite) “Work” and he heads off […]