Archive April 2012

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Not An Option

The second of The Mountain Farmgirl’s sons is getting married in 3 weeks, 3 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes!!!!!!! (But who’s counting?!). As she prepares for her part in the festivities, she’s also been thinking a lot about love, marriage and relationships in general. There is SO much joy … but nobody said it’s always going to be easy …

Buyer Beware

Caveat Emptor … Buyer Beware. The Mountain Farmgirl believes in doing her due diligence when it comes to purchasing big-ticket items, but no matter how much academic research we do, sometimes manufacturers and retail stores prey on our fears by selling us empty protection plans that give us a false sense of security. Join her as she tells how she purchased one against her better judgment and got burned (NOT by the product … but by the insurance!) in Buyer, Beware…!
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