Archive July 2010

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'Zucchini Moments': When Too Much Hits You all at Once, Just Take it One Step at a Time

The Mountain Farmgirl is feeling a bit overwhelmed this week as she experiences a ‘Zucchini moment'. She has a pile of chores staring her in the face and doesn’t know where to begin.  Is she making a mountain out of a molehill?  Find out how she copes with some very overwhelming pressures and deadlines, as she puts one foot in front of the other for this steep uphill climb.

The Summertime Hues

The dog days of summer have come to the mountains … Come dip your toes in the river with the Mountain Farmgirl and share some secrets on how to keep your cool instead of getting all hot and bothered!

Good gracious it’s hot! The blistering heat has finally reached the mountaintops here in New Hampshire, if not all across the country. Fortunately, it doesn’t come here often, but then we’re not quite as adept at dealing with it up here ... though we’re trying our best to cope.  I guess you could say we’ve got the ‘Summertime Blues’, but that’s mostly an attitude- and perspective- type of thing, and I’m working on mine today as you’ll see in a minute. 

Cathi Belcher

Cathi Belcher,
an old-fashioned farmgirl with a pioneer spirit, lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As a “lifelong learner” in the “Live-Free-or-Die” state, she fiercely values self-reliance, independence, freedom, and fresh mountain air. Married to her childhood sweetheart of 40+ years (a few of them “uphill climbs”), she’s had plenty of time to reinvent herself. From museum curator, restaurant owner, homeschool mom/conference speaker, to post-and-beam house builder and entrepreneur, she’s also a multi-media artist, with an obsession for off-grid living and alternative housing. Cathi owns and operates a 32-room mountain lodge. Her specialty has evolved to include “hermit hospitality” at her rustic cabin in the mountains, where she offers weekend workshops of special interest to women.

“Mountains speak to my soul, and farming is an important part of my heritage. I want to pass on my love of these things to others through my writing. Living in the mountains has its own particular challenges, but I delight in turning them into opportunities from which we can all learn and grow.”

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Mountain Bounty

“Keep close to Nature’s heart ... and break clear away once in awhile to climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods, to wash your spirit clean.”
– John Muir

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