Archive December 2010

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Taking Stock

It’s Christmas Eve, the work is done, and the room is aglow in anticipation of tomorrow, a joyous day to be sure.  It’s time to take stock with Mountain Farmgirl Cathi Belcher, as she invites you to review the events of the past year (how it flew!), and to just sit in front of the fire to revel in the moment, enjoy the here and now, and count our many blessings …

Smaller Than a Breadbox

It is said that good things come in small packages, and for the Mountain Farmgirl this Christmas, that is doubly true! Rounding out this year’s ‘warm-up’ for long-term simple living, Mountain Farmgirl Cathi Belcher has come up with some guidelines for holiday gift-giving at her house. Come see why the joyousness of the holy-days do not have to translate into overspending, overconsumption and overdoing! Check out what’s stirring under the Mountain Farmgirl’s tree this (practically stress-free!)  Christmas…
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