Archive December 2011

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A Pause For Reflection

The rush is over … the presents unwrapped, and the New Year a whole week away. How will you spend these ‘bonus’ days of 2011? Feet up, enjoying a well-deserved rest? Feeling guilty for all the ‘should-haves’ that never got done?  Setting some no-regret goals for the future? The Mountain Farmgirl sees them as a unique opportunity to appeal to our ‘better selves’ without beating ourselves up in the process. Come join her in a brief “Pause for Reflection”…

Culinary Carpentry

The Mountain Farmgirl may have an ‘Edifice Complex’, (she always seems to be building something!) … but this time it’s in her kitchen!  Join her there as she undertakes her annual culinary carpentry project in time for the holidays, while the spicy aroma of warm gingerbread wafts through the house!

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