Friday, October 11, 2019

10/11/2019

Good morning everyone. We are here in Dalton, Georgia and I am hoping to go home today back to Tennessee. We have been here since Sunday night visiting and it has been somewhat relaxing for me. My friend has no one here to help him around the house so my husband and I have been helping him. I got the house cleaned up and all the laundry done and caught up while my husband helped put carpet tiles down in the back bedrooms.
We thought we were taking an RV home with us, but as my husband was driving it back here, the carburetor caught the breather on fire. Yesterday, he changed the spark plugs and wires, plus cleaned out the carburetor, but after the tow fee we are completely broke and no money for gas for it or any of our other bills that are due for the rest of the month.
He made the decision to buy it and I just wanted to support him like he does me with my decisions even when I don't agree with them. Now, it has cost us everything and we go home empty-handed until next month when the bills will be doubled up on us to catch them up next month.
With all this happening, it puts my restaurant idea on the back burner when we could have been earning more money.
My husband is still asleep right now and when he wakes up and has his coffee we need to load everything up and get on the road going home. We were supposed to be going to spend time with his sister while we were here, but now he doesn't want to do that because he is bummed out because of his decision.
I have only gotten a little writing done since we have been here because of cleaning and taking care of things around here, but when we get home, I will get back into my schedule of getting my writing done. I just published my first children's ebook yesterday and hopefully, it takes off as well as some other books that I have published. I have broken the forty-five thousand words in the book I have been working on and it feels good.
Well, it is time to work on some other things before we leave so I will say to everyone, "Happy Friday" and that everyone has an awesome day. "Happy Birthday" to those celebrating today and may you have many more to come. Please keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers now that colder weather is setting in. Take care.

9/27/2019


Good afternoon everyone. It is one thirty here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and such a lovely day outside. The sun comes and goes and there is a nice wind blowing. It is great for working outside which we have been doing since we had coffee this morning. We have been outside clearing more trees and moving the branches to the burn pit except we can’t burn today because of the wind blowing.
We are now inside, and my husband is laying down playing with the puppies while I sit here and work on my writing. I finished writing my first children’s book yesterday and it is being edited as we speak. It is a Christian book about the parables of Jesus Christ. I was excited to have it finished and can’t wait to publish it.
We have almost cleared out the section of the property that will be for my gardens and greenhouse which I will be excited to get planting this next year. I will be planting some fruit trees and I know that they will take a couple of years to produce any fruit but that is okay, it will be worth the wait.
I am getting excited about my new business venture and can’t wait to get my food manager training done and I already have the EIN number for it and then comes the business license and tax registration with the state. It will be easy for me because I went through a lot of this when starting our nonprofit which will have a better year this coming one.
Things have been slow with it since losing our Treasurer to lung cancer. She was a rock to fall on when I would get frustrated about things. I miss her so much, but things must keep going. We have been putting a game plan together for bringing in funding next year to get things rolling again. We still have our one project to think about and get funding in for it, so I have a lot on my plate, but God will help me manage. He knows that I can handle it.
Well, I need to get my writing started for the day if I am going to make my goal for the day. I hope everyone has a great Friday and “Happy Birthday” to those of you who are another year older. May you all have many more years to come. Please keep praying for the homeless and for our project Pathways to Self- Sufficiency and that we get the funding needed to get it off the ground and the homeless in somewhere safe. It is a program that many have asked us for to help them get off the streets and back to work, so keep it in your thoughts and prayers. Take care.

9/26/19


Good morning to all. It is now almost nine-thirty in the morning here with a very overcast look and feel outside. It did sprinkle a little but not much and we are sitting here drinking out coffee and my husband is playing with the dogs.
We went to Bible study last night and my husband even participated in the question and answer part which I thought was very cool. I think he learned quite a bit last night because he has been working on himself and making some changes within himself. I love and appreciate the way he is trying to live right and for God.
It looks like it will be a day off today because of the thought of rain, but I can still do some cleanup around the property. We walked the property yesterday and picked up all the trash, but I still have some raking around the house to do.
My dad called me two days ago and he is in Tennessee doing some visiting and stated that he might get a chance to come pay us a visit on their way back to Montana. My dad is my rock and I love him so much. He has always been there for me when I needed him since I became an adult. I wish I could spend more time with him, but we live states away from each other.
Well, it is time to get to work. I have eight more parables to write before Bible study tonight because one of the women are going to translate them for me so that I can publish the book for children. I am still working on my one book and I just broke the forty thousand word limit on it and it is getting to the good point of the story, which it is all good, but I love the way it is going to end.
So, I wish for everyone a blessed day and a “Happy Birthday” to everyone who is another year older today. May you have many more to come. Please keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers now that fall is getting close and it is getting chilly outside. Have a great day. Take care.

9/24/2019


Good morning everyone. It is eight thirty-nine in the morning here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and very beautiful outside. We haven’t been up long and are waiting on the coffee to finish. We have our game plan for the day set in stone and will be working some today on the property. I will be doing some weed eating while my husband brush cuts some of the remaining area left for the garden and orchard.
I slept pretty good last night but it did get a bit chilly in here to where all the dogs plus the two of us were covered up under the blankets to keep warm. I am hoping and praying that God will bless my business adventure to where we can get our wood-burning stove earlier than December.
That is when our finances will allow for it as they are right now, but with God all things are possible. I drove past the area where we will be set up at and there was someone else there selling food from a pull-behind trailer. When I told my husband about it, he asked why we would do any better than them and I told him because we have God on our side.
This will be a short post so that we can conserve generator gas for the next week. I hope everyone is having a blessed week so far. I want to wish a “Happy Birthday” to everyone with a birthday today and please, please everyone keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers. Take care.

9/23/2019


Good morning everyone. It is nine twenty-seven in the morning and we are sitting here in the back doctor’s office awaiting our appointments. It is very cloudy outside and even looks like it might rain. I can feel it in my bones. This morning my tailbone is burning and has been aching since my epidural. I don’t think it took, but then again some of it might have because my hips are not aching so much, just the tailbone.
When we get home, we might try to attempt to weed eat the back yard behind the house and around the outhouse. We try to keep it pretty clean and well looking around the property because we are not slobs and I love to have nice things if I can afford them.
I have been working on the flyer for my business and I am anxious about getting it going and hoping that God will bless and make it prosperous. We shared a good night last night cooking hot dogs outside over a camp fire at the burn pit and then sat outside by a camp fire enjoying the evening with the dogs.
Before going to bed, my husband stated that we couldn’t go to bed yet before saying a prayer together. It was shocking to me at first, but we did pretty good. He has been watching and working on his swearing which is good and I love him so much for it.
Well, it is time for me to get ready to be called back, so I wish everyone a “Happy Monday” and a blessed one. “Happy Birthday” to everyone celebrating today and may you be blessed to have many more. Please keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers. Take care.

9/22/2019


Hello everyone. It is two o’clock in the afternoon here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and very windy today. WE just got back from church and it was a good service. I felt the presence of God there today and had such a release I just can’t put into words. My husband went with me and I am not sure of how he felt or how to even put into words what he said to me, but not everyone feels the same thing.
I came home and swept the floor and did some note taking for the business I am going to adventure into. I am excited about it and pray that God will bless it for our good and His glory. I have been working numbers almost all week getting everything into perspective and ready for it.
I feel today will be a productive day for me since I am first, sitting here writing about my life to you fine people. I love sharing the good with the bad with everyone, so that people see that I have issues just like everyone else.
Well, today will e a short post since I have so much to do today. I wish for everyone to have a blessed day and for those turning another year older today, “Happy Birthday” Please keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers because no one should have to live like they do. Please pray for them or even go out and touch one’s heart today. Take care.

9/20/2019


Good morning everyone. It is eight thirteen in the morning here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and a beautifully breezy morning. We are just getting up and having our first cup of coffee together and my husband is playing with the dogs which means he woke up in a good mood. Myself, I am trying to wake up and as far as my pain level goes, it is good this morning after my procedure yesterday.
I am a little sore where the needles went in, but my tailbone and hips are not hurting this morning. I am happy with that because they are my biggest problem. When my hips hurt and ache, I can’t stand to do anything and laying down is very hard, so having my epidural will give me at least eight to ten days of no pain in that region.
Since we took the road trip yesterday, it is usually a day off the next day, but my husband does f=get bored and goes out and works on the property. Today it is too breezy to burn any brush so he will find something else to do to keep progress going because for a couple days I cannot bend or lift anything. That is usually my downfall because I hate it when I can’t go out and help work the property, but it will give me a few days to concentrate on just writing.
I have plenty of writing to do, so let me get to it and I want to send wishes for everyone to have a blessed Friday and don’t work too hard because the weekend is here. “Happy Birthday” to those of you celebrating today and may you have many more. Please keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers. Take care.

9/19/2019


Hello everyone. I am writing this post as we drive the five hour trip to my doctor’s appointment for my procedure. It is such a beautiful day but there is a lot of wind shear against the car. I woke up late this morning but we are still making good time. We should be getting there about an hour early as long as the traffic remains the same.
`I am hoping that I will not sleep the rest of the day and only for the trip home. There are so many things that I have to do with my writing. I have been working on several different books and have a children’s book done that needs the pictures created which I will do myself. I have drawn all my life and I am pretty good at it and these pictures are pretty simple.
We will be finishing up our brush burning tomorrow and then it is back to finishing the area that is needed for planting which is not a whole lot more. I want to be ready for planting season this next year and that will put us a few months ahead of schedule.
I am still going to finish going over the plans for the new adventure and make sure it is all feasible and can be done. It is a risky adventure because it involves some bill money being spent elsewhere and if we don’t make that money back it could hurt us, but I think we can do it. It is to help supplement our income so that we can get out from under something that is hindering my release to God.
Well, we are almost home and I need to get everything ready to unpack the car and let my dogs outside. I wish a wonderful day for everyone ad many blessings to come. “Happy Birthday” to those of you who are another year older and may you have many more. Please keep the homeless in your prayers ad thoughts. Take care.

9/18/2019


Good afternoon everyone. It is going on six o’clock in the evening here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and it has been a hot one today. Right now, it is ninety- five degrees and a little breezy. This morning we got up a little late and had coffee before going out to our burn pit and burning another two stacks of brush.
Right now, my husband is sleeping due to him having to drive ten hours in the morning to get me to my epidural procedure in Dalton, Georgia. I can’t drive because I have to take a valium and pain medicine in the morning, so I would not be safe to drive.
After burning brush, I came in to begin working on my writing, but got stuck working on another project to which I just finished. We are going to start another adventure to help us with a little extra income to help us get back on track financially. It has its risks, but I feel confident about it and with most things you always want to start out small.
Yesterday, we met with one of the pastors at the church that I attend because my husband had questions that needed to be answered. Well, let’s just say he is going to Bible study with me in a little while and we will see how it goes from there. I pray for him daily that God will open his spiritual eyes to know that He is real. We’ll see.
I will post again in the morning during the drive to Dalton, but I can’t guarantee that I will post anything for Friday, I will try. I will be making this post short because it is time to get ready for Bible Study, so I wish a pleasant evening for everyone and a “Happy Birthday” to all of you who are another year older and you know who you are. Keep the homeless in your prayers and thoughts. Take care.

9/17/2019


Good morning to everyone. It is eight o’clock in the morning here I Bethel Springs, Tennessee. I have been up for a few minutes and my husband is making the coffee. I feel pretty good about the day ahead and look forward to getting more stuff done today in writing.
I have not been stressed out since coming home from church on Sunday, which is a good thing, especially for me. I am usually the one who stresses the most. My husband and I have rekindled our hearts and togetherness here lately where we are back to playing around and flirting with one another. I love him so much.
We were going to burn some remaining brush today, but he woke up with his back hurting him, so I think it will be a day off for him, but not for me because I have a lot of writing to do and catch up on. I went to the library here yesterday and got a library card as well as checked out a stack of books. Some of them are refresher books that I need refreshing on and others are new information for me.
Well, the coffee is done and I want to spend a few minutes with my husband while drinking coffee before my face gets stuck in this computer writing. I hope that everyone has a wonderful day full of blessings and “Happy Birthday” to those who are celebrating today. May you all have many more years to come. Please keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers. Take care.

9/16/2019


Good morning everyone. “Happy Monday!” It is eight o’clock in the morning here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and very pretty outside. The temperature is seventy-five degrees and feels nice with the sun not being so hot right now. I just finished having coffee with my husband and spending a few minutes with each dog, and yes, we have eight of them that love me so much.
I slept good last night and got up twice during the night to let the dogs out to go potty. I feel good this morning and fresh-minded with a little energy to burn. My husband and I are going to burn some more brush this morning before it gets really hot outside.
Then, I will be coming in to work on some of my writing. I got a children’s book done and I just need the pictures to go along with it before putting it up on Amazon. I will be working on some grant writing today as well. Hope Station USA needs some funding for our new project that we want to get off the ground to help the homeless.
I went grocery shopping last night to get us some more food and bought us a steak to have for dinner. I can’t buy much right now because we are living out of an ice chest. Things are going smoothly as planned with our property development and we only have about fifty feet of brush to clear and my greenhouse and gardens spots will be ready for planting this next season.
I plan on building my greenhouse in February which will be ready for March planting. I am looking forward to watching my garden grow and then selling part of it at the local farmer’s market for a little extra income. I have my mulch and ash ready to put the seeds to bed with and I know they will grow nicely.
Well, time to get to work and get things done around here. I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday and a very “Happy Birthday” to all who were born on this day. May everyone be blessed today and also be a blessing to someone in need. Take care.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

9/15/2019


Good morning everyone. It is going on eight-thirty in the morning here in what seems to be a beautiful seventy-eight degrees here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee. I have been up for about an hour and just finished my cup of coffee and sitting here with my husband.
I will be going to church this morning and praising God for everything He has done for me and us. My husband has been up most of the night and will be sleeping for a couple more hours while I am gone. He was going to go to church with me, but e didn’t get to bed until five this morning because of some issues within himself. We have nights like that.
We will be burning some more brush today and cleaning up the yard. We have to get burn permits starting in October to burn anything, so we are going to get everything burned over the next couple of weeks. I told my husband that we don’t have to worry about the other side of the property just yet because that is where the livestock will be. That will possibly be another year before we start purchasing them because we still need to construct the enclosures for them.
I feel pretty good this morning and can’t wait to get to church to praise and worship the Most-High God. I always come home energized from church and my spirit is uplifted and positive and I think that is what is drawing my husband closer. He sees that nothing is really bothering me and I have tried to remain positive about everything and he sees it.
Well, I need to get ready to go and I wish a blessed Sunday for everyone and to those celebrating birthdays, “Happy Birthday!” May you all have many more to come. Please keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers because they need them as winter draws closer. Take care.

9/14/2019


Hello to all. It is one o’clock in the afternoon here in sunny Bethel Springs, Tennessee. I had a good night sleep last night on new medication and it worked for me which I was hesitant about. I had a slow start to my morning, but eventually got my energy together and got things done.
I went outside and got the clothes washed and hung up on the line, I got the dishes washed and out there drying, and even cleaned the car windows inside and out. Now I am inside while it is the hottest part of the day and making myself ready to get some writing done.
My husband is outside weed eating the front yard and is now coming inside to take his daily nap. He comes inside while it is its hottest during the day and takes a nap. Then, we usually both go back out and work on the property while the evening sun is setting.
Yesterday morning was traumatic for me mentally because I attacked my husband in my sleep and scratched up the side of his face. I have no memory of it, but guilt ate me up all day because I would not intentionally hurt my husband for anything. I love him too much to hurt him and he takes real good care of me and the dogs.
Today is a new day and full of writing creativeness, so I must get to work. I wish everyone an awesome happy Saturday and to those another year older today, “Happy Birthday” and may you all be blessed with many more years to come. Please remember those sleeping outside or in abandoned buildings in your thoughts and prayers. Take care.

9/12/2019


Hello everyone. It is two o’clock in the afternoon here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and very humid and sweaty. It is ninety-eight degrees here inside the cabin and that is not factoring in the heat index outside.  I just woke from a nap due to a long trip yesterday to Dalton, Georgia for doctor’s appointments for my husband and me.
We left out of here at one-thirty in the morning yesterday to make his nine o’clock in the morning appointment. We arrived at our friend’s house around seven in the morning and my husband did the driving the whole way. I slept most of the way because I stayed awake to make sure he got up in time to leave. When I woke up we were just outside Dalton, Georgia.
My appointment wasn’t until three in the afternoon, so we stayed at our friend's house watching movies and soaking up the air conditioning. After my appointment, we stayed long enough to finish watching a movie that I had never seen before and then we headed out for home. I drove part of the way and then my husband brought us home the rest of the way.
I have been working on my book and it is a little over halfway done and I am excited about getting it out to the world. It is a crime thriller with a serial killer cannibal. I love playing out the story as I write it like it is truly happening and I think the world will enjoy it as well.
Anyway, I am happy to be back writing full time again because it makes me happy and has been a good coping mechanism for me with the depression and PTSD. I still have nightmares, but they are tolerable now. I go see the medical doctor at the mental health clinic tomorrow for a refill on my medications.
Oh, I have also been working on another book which is erotic short stories full of fetishes that I think those who are into that stuff will enjoy too. It will be full of about twenty-five erotic stories to read about. Also, I have been still working on my children’s religious book. A children’s book is only so many words, so it won’t take long either.
Well, it is time to get back to my writing and I hope everyone is having a blessed day. I want to wish those who are turning another year older like my uncle a very “Happy Birthday”, and may you have many more to come. Well, back to work and many blessings for each of you. Please keep the homeless in your prayers and thoughts that they can become self-sufficient again. Take care.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

9/10/2019


Good morning to all. It is seventy-five degrees here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and it looks beautiful this morning. We are just getting up and having our first cup of coffee together. Actually, the dogs woke me up to let them outside and then my husband woke up and made the coffee. It will be another productive day here on the homestead.
My husband first has to screen our windows and make them escape proof because we have to leave our dogs inside while we take a five-hour drive to doctor appointments. They seem to love jumping through the screens to get outside while we are gone. So, he is going to dog proof the windows and then go out and clear some more underbrush from my soon-to-be orchard area.
Things might be moving slowly, but at least they are still moving forward. I am positive that we will be ready for planting season this next year and all the fruits and vegetables we will have. I know it will be a couple of years before my trees start producing fruit so I will be ready with my kitchen to can fruit. I will be selling veggies and fruit at the local farmers market to make our crops income producing to help out with the bills and get us back on track where we need to be.
I am halfway done with my latest book and proud of it. I love writing it because I see the story play out in my head and live in the moment. It will be my first crime thriller and I hope that everyone else will enjoy reading it as well. It has taken me a while to write it with the moving and everything so I will feel accomplished when I write “The End” to it.
Well, it is time for me to get moving and finish up my coffee. I hope everyone has a blessed day and “Happy Birthday” to those of you who are another year older today. May you all have many more to come. Take care.

9/8/2019


Good morning everyone. Happy Sunday! I have been up for a little bit and it is nice and beautiful outside. My husband woke me with a fresh cup of coffee and the dogs woke me with kisses. I will be going to church this morning and then to McDonalds to post these journal entries and schedule my tweets for the next week.
I have been working on my book and it is nearly halfway done and it was scheduled to be done and ready for editing tomorrow, but things have gotten in the way again, but it is okay because life happens. I will get it done within the next week and it will only be late by a week. The next book is about addictions which it shouldn’t take me long to write it since I have had my notes for almost a year now and frequently looking them over.
I feel pretty good this morning but there are still issues that I have to work on and here lately I have been having flashbacks from my life both good and bad. I have no clue as to what brought them on or why I am having them, but I see things every day.
My husband and I are enjoying this whole homesteading journey we are on and find it rather satisfying on my part. I see what will be and my husband just sees a lot of work, lol. Things are moving slowly but that is okay because in my mind, I see the end result of our hard work. Knowing that come March I will be planting my gardens and filling my greenhouse with healthy veggies and fruits and tending to them every day.
We still have a long way to go but it is an experience that we get to share together. We have our moments of laughing and then there are our moments where we are frustrated or irritated and have to walk away for a moment. We have cleared enough space on this one side of the property for the gardens and greenhouse and the other side of the property will have our chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and pigs. Eventually, we will be purchasing the next three properties and have cows.
Well, time to go now because I still have laundry to get out before leaving for church. I wish for everyone to have a blessed day and a “Happy Birthday” to those celebrating today. May you all be blessed with many more to come. Take care.

9/5/2019


Hello to all. It is eleven o’clock in the morning here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and such a lovely day outside. The sun is shining and there is quite a nice breeze blowing. We are taking the day off from working the property today and have other things that need to get done. My husband is working on getting the old weed eater running and I am going to concentrate on writing today.
I have laundry to get done, and the cabin needs swept out and the bed sprayed down. So, there is enough there to give me a full day. I am working on several different writing projects like a couple children’s books, and adult religion book, plus my crime thriller which was due to be finished September 9th, but other things came into play and it will be a few days late in getting finished.
I went to Bible study last night and found out some pretty cool things about the spiritual gifts that God freely gives tot those willing to receive them. It was funny that they were teaching on spiritual gifts and one of my books is on the spiritual gifts, kind of a coincidence? I learned quite a bit last night.
Well, today is a new day and I thank God for each day he has given me. I want to wish everyone a blessed day and “Happy Birthday” to those who are another year older today. May you all be blessed with many more. Take care.

9/4/2019


Good morning everyone. How are you this morning? It is eight thirty-nine in the morning here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee and beautiful outside. I have been up for just under an hour and already wanting to start things to get done. Writing to you is the first on my list. I want to update everyone on what’s going on with me today before getting to any other writing.
First thing this morning, after my writing tasks, is to finish weed eating the path that leads down through the center of our property reaching the back property line. I started it yesterday and had to stop due to one of the small dogs getting hurt so I needed to doctor them up. She was a good patient all night and didn’t try chewing her bandage off.
My husband has been clearing the brush that has already been cut down and moving it to our burn pile. We have cleared over an acre of the property of the three acres we have. It is a lot of hard work but we manage. The area which will serve as the rest of the house is cleared and he almost has all of my garden and greenhouse area done as well.
This will be a short post because I have so many things to get done today. I wish everyone an awesome “hump” day and to those celebrating a birthday today, “Happy Birthday”. Remember to keep those sleeping out in the streets in your thoughts and prayers and be blessed.

Monday, September 2, 2019

9/1/2019


Happy September everyone! It is a cool morning here this morning which is nice compared to waking up and sitting here sweating. The sun is just up over the horizon but hasn’t broken the tree line yet. How is everyone else doing this morning? I am almost finished with my cup of coffee and the dogs are running back and forth playing. My husband is trying to wake up.
I am going to church this morning and then I will be coming back and posting my tweets and journal postings for the past week. I keep them in a word document until Sunday when I go to town to use the free Wi-Fi until we can get power here and the internet.
After church and my postings, I will be back on the weed eater taking care of the property with my husband. I can’t wait until we have it all done and the animals providing for us. I will be setting up my large greenhouse around February for the March plantings. Then, there will be plenty of work around here for us to do because I will need to build three sheds, one for garden tools and stuff, one for animal feeds, and one regular tool shed with all other tools. We will be busy.
We have downsized the house for building, so I know it will be done by the goal of May and then I will begin canning fruit, making our own bread and butter. We are going to be real homesteaders except for the internet part. We will be building a platform for solar panels and one for our rainwater collection system. Everything is working out correctly.
I just have to get it in gear for our nonprofit and get things done for it. I will be building a building here for her to store up donations and food in. I have several different ideas to put into play to get her an income coming in and things back out in the streets serving the homeless. I have placed a GoFundMe account for here for the new project of “Pathways to Self-Sufficiency” which needs a pilot to show everyone it will work to help end homelessness. I was out there and know how it will all work because I wish someone would have had a program like this when I was out there.
Well, time to get ready for church, so I wish everyone a blessed Sunday and “Happy Birthday” to everyone having one today. Remember to keep the homeless in your thoughts and prayers. Take care.

8/31/19


 “Happy Saturday!” I do apologize for not writing a post yesterday, but we were out paying bills and gathering the items that we needed like gas and food. We both woke up early this morning with nothing on our minds but coffee and what work we were going to do today.
My husband began burning brush again while I took the weed eater to the tall grass that has been growing since we ran out of gas. It has been a good day so far. I got quite a bit of weed-eating done and he burned up a whole section of the brush in what will be our back yard.
It is now afternoon and time for us to be indoors and rest while the hottest part of the day passes us by and then we can go back to work around here. Yesterday was also a bad day for me with the pain in my hips that it kept me from doing a lot of walking. It is a good thing that I have a walker because I sure needed it yesterday.
WE are both inside right now resting while I write this post. I just got two more things done for two children’s religious books and now I have to write about a Bible story. It is also helpful with my Bible studying.
This will be a short post today because I need to lay down and stretch my back out before it begins to hurt again. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far.  I will be doing all my posting on Sundays from now on since I will be going to church and making an ice run. I wish glad tidings for everyone and even those special people who have birthdays today. Take care.

8/29/2019


Good day to everyone! Are we doing the best we can today? You know living without power is not all that bad. It is like camping but instead of a tent we have a bare cabin that needs to be finished on the inside. We are what you would call homesteading. We have a generator, I wash our clothes by hand, and we are working our land ourselves.
We are doing things together which is fun and can be hard sometimes. It gives us time together until we go off and do different tasks which gives us time away from each other. I love my husband to death and appreciate everything he does for me or for our future.
Today we burned some brush and then he spent the time out by the fire cooking us a pot of pork and pinto beans over an open fire while I did two clothes lines worth of laundry. The dogs love it here too because they get to run around, meet new wildlife, and just be dogs.
I was it with other ideas for new book and couldn’t get them wrote down fast enough. The first one was a five-book series for children about the Bible. It is things that they should know in order to walk the way God wants them too. It is the parables, the miracles, Bible stories, as well as others. It weighed heavily on my heart to write these books so I will begin today with the first parable of Jesus Christ.
Then, as we were laying down, an idea that hit me a while back about opening a diner and ice cream shoppe pushed on me as well. We sat and talked about it and thought that it might be fun to start with some basics of setting up a stand where we could cook some good food at reasonable prices while I worked on the business plan before submitting it to the SBA for funding, but we will see.
Well, I have little battery left and so many things that must get typed up or written, so I will end this post now. I hope that everyone has a safe and blessed day. “Happy Birthday” to everyone who is another year older today and may you have many more to come. Please keep the homeless in your prayers and thoughts because they need our support in one fashion or another. Take care.

8/28/2019


Hello everyone. How is your day going? I woke up this morning with nothing but a new book series in my head and began writing down the notes. It will be a series of books for younger children around seven or eight years old. It will be more of a religious book of things like parables and stories that children should read about. I look forward to finishing them and seeing the end result.
Then, I took a ride across the street to our neighbors and spent a couple of hours over there with them and had a good visit. They have chickens and a large garden which they gave me some good information about. They are really good people and good neighbors to have.
I just got back and I am talking with my husband and having good company. I love him so much because of the way he loves and cares for me. He is a good man. We have worked a lot together on this property and we have compromised on certain things pertaining to the property and where the livestock will go.
I didn’t get any book writing done yesterday but plan to play some catch up on it today. I will also be working on these children books as well. I feel plenty of energy today to get some things done with my writing and it is so bad that I don’t know where to start.
I am enjoying writing on my crime thriller, but God has placed these children’s book severely on my heart. I have plenty of articles written already, so my book writing will take priority throughout the weekend. So, I need to get started.
Allow me to bestow upon you a blessed day and a “Happy Birthday” to those who are another year older today. May you all have many more to come. Let me wish a “Happy Birthday” to my grandma who passed away a few years ago and to let her know that I miss her, and she is always on my mind. “Happy Birthday, Momagee!” Take care everyone and please keep the homeless in your prayers because prayer can move mountains and we desperately need to end homelessness.

8/27/2019


Good morning everyone. How are you? I am doing okay this morning. I just woke up with a gas pocket in the top of my stomach which hurts, but I am doing a lot of gas passing and burping. I have finished my cup of coffee and ready to get busy on my daily stuff from my list. Yesterday, I finished everything on my list except for the crafting part.
Today we are waiting to go to the food bank to gather some groceries which will help until we get our little forty-nine dollars in food stamps on the fifth. I forgot what hours they are open, and I am trying to call them but get no answer. Things are very different here and I am trying to get used to how things work here.
I managed to get some book writing done yesterday and I am having fun writing the part of the story where I am at. I should have this book done by the ninth of September and ready for editing. It is a serial killer cannibal crime story based on fiction only. I have added my own little quarks into it and made it a good story I think with lots of detail. One might think that it should be listed as horror, but I made it a crime story because he gets caught and goes to prison where he meets his own demise.
Well, it is cloudy outside and looks like rain, so I need to get some things done to keep on track. I wish everyone a blessed day and a “Happy Birthday” to those who are another year older today. Take care.

8/26/2019


Hello everyone. How are you this fine rainy day here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee? Yesterday I tried a new church that I had been looking at and found that the Holy Spirit moved through the congregation like a mighty force. It felt so good to be where I feel like I belong. I came home with tingling sensations all over my body and plenty of energy.
I have been reading this book about the end times and it compares biblical scripture to things that are happening now and found it to be very interesting. My husband stated that I must like this book because he has never seen me sit down and read chapter after chapter. I ever read some of it to him.
This morning I woke up to a hot cup of coffee that my husband made and then went back to bed because I was hurting in my back. I laid there as long as I could before remembering that I had phone calls to make and decided to get up. It was a daunting task to make these phone calls to doctors, but I got them done.
After that, I got up and cleaned the house and washed the dishes which I am sitting here cooking while writing this post. I have missed a few days of book writing and will begin catching up as soon as I get this post done. I have an article to write, at least three thousand words to write on my book, and then I need to change all my tweets and get them ready for the month of September.
I go to town once a week to post these journals, submit my articles that have been written, and schedule my tweets for the week. We don’t have power set up yet so no internet here at home. We sat down and changed the way we were going to build the house and make it just big enough for our living room, master bedroom and bath, a large kitchen, and a good-sized pantry for food storage.
Then we will be working on getting a solar system in place for power, a rainwater collection system, and the internet. I am hoping to have it done before winter really sets in because we are going to get our wood-burning stove in place since we have begun collecting firewood for it. Things are moving a little slow right now because I am trying to catch some bills up as well.
Well, dinner is almost done, so let me get to the end of this post and wish everyone an awesome Monday and a “Happy Birthday” to everyone celebrating one today. May God bless you with many more. Remember the homeless individuals sleeping outside in your prayers. They need our support.


8/23/2019


Good morning everyone. It has been a trying morning but a good one in the long run. I went to our new back doctor yesterday and found out they want me to stop taking a doctor prescribed medication and do a psych evaluation in order to get my pain medication for my back and neck. It was not a good day after all that. The prescribed medication is to help me sleep because I do things in my sleep that could hurt me, but they want me to stop taking it.
I stopped taking it last night and had a bad night of hurting and not so much sleep. I also cried half the night because I didn’t know what to do. Things have been so messed up around here lately that I lose my concentration and thought processing and it makes me crazy. Then, this morning upon searching out my back-doctor’s office in Chattanooga, we found out that my husbands back doctor also has an office in Chattanooga which lifted a heavy weight off my shoulders. I feel a new day has arrived and we just need to get our Medicaid straightened out for these offices.
I have to run into town today to Walmart to pick up a few dollars that our friend is sending to us because we are hurting right now financially and need money for gas and food since the state of Tennessee thinks that two people, one being diabetic, can live off of forty-nine dollars in food stamps. It almost makes us want to move back to Georgia because at least we got two-hundred dollars there to eat from.
Well, I need to get ready to go and wish everyone to have a blessed Friday and enjoy your evening. “Happy Birthday” to those another year older today and may God bless you with many more to come. Take care.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

8/21/2019


It is a beautiful day here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee with the sun coming up over the tree line and my husband already outside burning tree stumps to clear them from the path of our house being built. Hello everyone. I got up this morning to a fresh cup of coffee and a smiling husband. It has been difficult these past few days with it being the end of the month and we are running out of things.
Our car has enough gas to go to town, but not return. We have run out of generator gas and almost out of weed eater gas which puts us at a stand still on clearing the property. We did manage to get the front yard taken care of for curb appeal and most of what we have cleared already. I ran the weed eater yesterday while my husband was burning piles of brush. I must say that I got a little too much sun and my arms and shoulders are a bit burned, so there will be no working outside for me today.
Our food rations are depleted except the one can of soda I have remaining and enough food to make a goulash for dinner. We both have been losing weight and the energy levels are low. My husband was hypoglycemic yesterday and I needed to give him some of my glucose tablets to help raise his sugar. We have no way of getting to any of the food banks for food because of our gas issue and my husband’s pride can be an issue with asking for help. He reminds me we are not a charity case.
Our neighbors filled out IBC totes back up with water for us the other day so there will water to drink, but no food. I have written my father asking for help to buy food but haven’t gotten an answer yet. Things look grim for us and my husband is afraid we will lose too much weight especially with me being diabetic. My sugars have been running very low and he fears that something will happen to me. We are running on fumes and don’t know how to take a day off because there is so much to do around here. We just have to get to the 29th of the month to see any money.
What we have left to do while our gas has been depleted is burn all the brush we have piled up in groups which means it will get really hot and we will be drinking a lot of water. Well, it is time for me to get on to something else and I will talk again tomorrow providing I have battery life on my computer. I wish everyone an awesome hump day and a “Happy Birthday” to those who gained another year today. May you have many more to come. Take care.

8/16/2019


Hello everyone. It is another beautiful day here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee. It is a bit humid and hot but still beautiful here. I just woke up from a much-needed nap and sat down here to write this journal entry. I got up this morning to go see the doctor for my mental health medications, signed us up for quarterly commodity hand out, and paid another bill before coming home and then became sleepy.
It has been a busy week for us and it has even pulled outa few mood swings for both of us that things were said that we didn’t mean because it was a mood swing causing it. We are okay now and moving right along. My husband is outside weed eating the front yard and I will be doing the back yard and the path which leads to the back of our property.
We have done so much here, and the work is hard at times, but we knew this coming in with our eyes open. In the end, our reward will be great. I have done some research on raising pigs and what kind to get, what to feed chickens, and getting my garden organized so it will grow abundantly.
The other night was kind of bad for me because I heard the coyotes outside right at the back of our property and had to get my dogs inside. It sounded eerie and I never really took notice until that night. I knew there were wild animals here but thought it would be easy to handle.
I went to sleep and had a bad nightmare that I couldn’t wake from until I woke up screaming and yelling which woke my husband and I told him that it was a bad nightmare and he moved over to hold me. I fell back to sleep and ended right back in the same nightmare. I finally sat up for awhile listening to the coyotes outside which didn’t help. It was a long night.
Well, I will end here and keep some battery life for my next article to write before going back to my book. I hope everyone has an awesome day and a very “Happy Birthday” to those who are celebrating one today. May God bless you with many more to come. Take care.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

8/12/19


Good morning everyone. It is a beautiful day here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee. The birds are chirping their songs and there is a light breeze blowing. I just got up not long ago, but I was up around two-thirty this morning with my husband who couldn’t sleep. We shared a few moments together having coffee while watching an orange moon set in the Eastern sky.
We are at a critical point now where we are having to pawn some things to get through these next two weeks because of some unexpected bills needing to be paid. It will be a struggle but then we will be back on track and gearing up to build our home. Plus, I had to budget money for foo since food stamps only wants to give us forty-nine dollars a month for two people. So, right now we have no food whatsoever, very little gas for the generator, and no water to drink. I have been in worse ways, but this too will pass.
I took the last three days off from work to concentrate on my book writing, but now it is time to go back to helping my husband clear more property. It has been hard on us with the high temperatures, but it will be cooling down soon. I have been working on our nonprofit stuff and it is looking good so far. We have lots of ideas for bringing in some money to get one of our projects off the ground to assist the homeless. It is a pilot program which we think will have great success.
Well, it is time to get things going around here, so I will bid everyone a “Happy Monday” and to those celebrating a birthday today, “Happy Birthday” and may you have many more. Take care.

8/10/19


Hello everyone. It is such a cloudy but semi-cool day outside. It has the look between just cloudy and overcast. I woke up around eight thirty this morning and started the coffee while I allowed my husband to sleep some more. I forgot to write a journal entry yesterday because I got caught up in writing on my book. It is thrilling to see what imagination I have.
Before I sat down to write this journal, I cleaned the cabin up, swept and mopped the floor, and washed a load of laundry by hand placing it on the clothesline my husband made for me. We have been very tight on money and it looks like we will be really struggling to get through this month. They are only giving us forty-nine dollars a month in food stamps which only covers our water consumption for the month, so I had to redo the budget to include some money for groceries which takes away from other things and not allowing us to stay on track. I will have to make it work like I always do.
I am taking the weekend off from clearing the property to spend time writing on my book and my husband is okay with it. He has been outside clearing the area for my gardens and greenhouse which will be built in February and ready for March plantings. Because of all the other things screwing with our finances, it will take a little longer to get our house completed but that is okay too. I am not in a hurry to have it built, but God will provide for us like he always has.
We will still be within out five- year plan and that is what matters. Some of our bills will be paid off in February which will leave more money to get some building done. I will have fun working my gardens and ready for the harvest. I have my list made up of the things that I will plant and whether they will be in the greenhouse or outside in a planting box. My husband thinks that I am crazy, but it will all work out.
We will be on solar power and not the electric company because we are homesteading and trying to stay off grid. The only bills that I want to see other than writing costs are the internet and trash bill. Things are different here in Tennessee and it is difficult for my husband to adjust but homesteading and using an outhouse for now is something that I have had to deal with for most of my life being homeless for twenty-three years.
Anyway, let me get going on my writing and I will post another journal tomorrow and it won’t be until Friday when these go up on the internet because I have to go into town to use the free Wi-Fi at Burger King to post them. So, I want to say “Happy Birthday” to all of you who are turning another year older today and may God bless you with many more to come. Everyone else, have an awesome Saturday and spend it with loved ones. Take care.


Friday, August 9, 2019

8/8/2019


Was up at five this morning with my husband already making coffee. We headed to bed early last night after a tiring day of doctor appointments. He had an ultrasound done while I endured a mammogram for the year. We got home hungry and made some sandwiches, stayed a while longer and then took medications and went to sleep.
I woke up fresh this morning ready for a day of working outside on the property. I began weed eating the path that goes through the property when the shaft broke. My husband is outside fixing it now while I type up this post. I am ready to get some work done and things like this happen. Oh well, things always happen but what can you do? We have some brush to move, some brush to burn, and some more brush to cut. We began weed-eating what needs to be kept up while clearing new stuff.
Where the house is to be built is cleared and ready and we have already cleared enough back for one greenhouse plus my planting beds for the things that will vine out. What is left is enough space for the corn, another greenhouse, and a small orchard of fruit trees.
The other side of the path which doesn’t need to be ready until the end of next year will be for the livestock pens which include rabbits, chickens, turkeys, and pigs. My husband wants a few goats to clear land for us which might be a good idea too. I have my five-year plan written out and we are working it accordingly.
It sounds like he might have the weed eater fixed, so I need to get going. “Happy Birthday” to those celebrating today and may the rest of you have a blessed day. Take care.

8/7/2019


Hello everyone. It is a new day here in Bethel Springs, Tennessee ad everything is beautiful after a good night’s rainstorm. My husband and I watched the electrical storm the came before the rain which I was in bed before the rain started. He told me this morning that it poured rain. I love the rain but my medication makes it difficult to stay up late.
My husband woke me up this morning as he was making coffee for us and I spent a few minutes with each of the dogs. I love my little family to death. I feel pretty good this morning and ready for the day even though my body wants to lay back down. I can’t because I have a doctor’s appointment for my foot this morning.
Upon returning home from the doctor’s office, we will be going back to work since the rain has kept us from finishing our jobs. Things will go back to normal with us working on our property and getting more things done and ready for the building process and fencing in the yard for the dogs. I have everything laid out in sketches as to what goes where and what we are building.
I can already see the big picture while my husband stresses over the bills and having no money. He has no vision or optimism as I do. He must see everything in front of him and not in imagination. That is okay because I can be optimistic for both of us.
I already see me getting up every morning and taking care of all the animals and then tending to my gardens before sitting down to write my books. It gives me the strength and motivation that I need to keep going. This will be our forever home and a place of solace for both of us. I will take pride in what we have accomplished.
We might be moving slowly right now but things are going to turn around for us in the coming months. Well, time to get ready for doctor’s appointment so I will bid you all a happy “hump” day and a blessed one. Please keep the homeless in your prayers and keep smiling. To those celebrating a birthday today, “Happy Birthday” and may you be blessed with many more. Take care.

8/6/2019


Good morning everyone. I feel pretty good this morning. It is beautiful outside, but a bit humid since all the rainstorms that came through for the last couple of days. I just woke my husband up with his cup of coffee and I have already fed the dogs, taken my medication, and had a few phone calls this morning. He is a bit grouchy this morning, but he has those mornings like I do.
I have plans on getting some writing done today as well as making some phone calls to set up donation tables for our nonprofit. I feel excited today and full of motivation this morning. I picked up and set up my medication box and I am on track with that. We have some property work to do today since the rain-soaked everything. My husband wants to hand dig our well for water which I know will be a task.
After careful consideration and thinking, I have made a list of steps to take to begin working on our nonprofit stuff and getting her up and going again. I am going to go back to the beginning with her and made a list of everything that I did ten years ago when I incorporated her and will begin designing new flyers to hand out and get her name out there again.
I can’t believe that it has been ten years of serving the homeless and now with other new projects on my mind, I hope that things will go full force by the end of the year. I will be driving a lot to service two states and hopefully, soon we will be registering in Tennessee too. Homelessness has become such a huge problem, yet no one wants to take notice except for homeless veterans. I give them respect, but what about the other homeless people many of who didn’t ask to be homeless?
Well, it is time to get started with my day. I hope everyone has an awesome day and a very “Happy Birthday” to those celebrating today. May God give you many more to come. Take care.

8/5/2019


Hello everyone, how are you today? I am doing pretty good today and feel motivated to get things done which I am working my daily schedule today and I have gotten quite a bit done so far. I had two cups of coffee this morning instead of just one and I have already gone to the market to get some food for us to eat for the next few days.
It has been a struggle every now and then to keep things going, but we are managing. I go to Burger King once a week to post these journal entries and some articles that I have written and now I am boiling some eggs for egg salad sandwiches. We have been pretty much on a liquid diet for the past few weeks because of running out of food and Tennessee has only given us forty-nine dollars for this month of food stamps which only covers our water consumption for the month. I will have to go to the food bank here in town for some food, but we are okay for the minute.
My husband and I found a hole under my foot on Saturday and it is about an inch to an inch and a half deep and about an inch across, so we have been doctoring it until I get to the doctor on Wednesday. We don’t understand how I got it but there is an indention in my sandal that something was stuck there, and it caused the hole in my foot. My husband takes care of my feet and he has been doctoring it up for me. he trims my nails and takes good care of my feet since I can’t feel them.
I am making a note to myself that things are going to get better and keep a positive outlook on things. We may struggle here and there for a minute, but like a storm it will pass. So, today is a fresh new day and a renewing of my mind. I want to wish everyone a good Monday and a “Happy Birthday” to those that are celebrating today. May God bless you with many more to come. Take care.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

7/31/19


Just waking up to a beautiful morning and my husband is out building a fire to heat up some water for coffee. We ran out of gas for the generator, so he cooked dinner last night by using a fire outside and made us some pasta. Tomorrow is payday and I look forward to a morning full of things to do like going to McDonald's to sit and have coffee while posting all these posts to my page as well as some articles that I wrote.
Today is supposed to be a burn day for brush and weed eating the front yard which has grown tall because it was raw land and mostly brush but since clearing it, it has grown grass and so we keep it looking nice. It will be fenced in for the dogs and I will be treating it for insects which include fleas and ticks.  I wanted them to have a nice big yard and that is what they are getting. We just finished clearing the rest of what will be their yard and working on the rest of the area where I will have my greenhouse and gardens.
I have been keeping the ash from the brush burning to place in the soil for my gardens to give them some added carbon which will help them grow healthier and stronger. We still have quite a bit to burn and about two acres to clear and about eight months to do it in before we start building animal pens. It will put us ahead of my five-year plan, but I need to have everything ready for planting season this next year.
Today is a burn brush day which we will do at the end of every month, so I need to go get started. My husband just brought me some hot coffee and now it is time to spend some time with him before we get started working. I wish everyone an awesome “hump” day and be blessed. “Happy Birthday” to all those celebrating today, and may you have many more. Take care.

7/30/2019


Last night was a good night because we got to spend some time together. I love my husband very much because he is so loving and supportive plus he takes good care of me. he washed my feet last night as well as trimmed my nails. I am a diabetic with neuropathy and can hardly feel my feet. I also have hammertoes which I have had several toenails come off, so he takes care of my feet for me.
We had dinner early and then spent time with the dogs before going to bed. It is difficult this morning being the last days of the month and no more gas for the generator, so we did not get to have coffee this morning. I feel awake but still a bit fatigued.
We are going to take the day off today and tomorrow because of no more gas to run the weed eater which gives me more time to write and organize some drawers that need it. I also have several calls to make for our nonprofit to set up some donation tables which my phone is charging right now off my computer while I write. Without the generator, I won’t be able to charge my computer, so there probably won’t be a posting tomorrow.
I love homesteading so far and talking with the local neighbors about what they do around here has been an experience. I am learning so much from them about raising chickens and what kinds. I have learned when they lay their eggs and such that I have taken notes.
Well, it is time to finish up this posting so that I will have time to write my book. I hope everyone has an awesome day and a very “Happy Birthday” to those celebrating one today. May you have many more to come. Take care.

7/29/2019


This morning was a good morning for me because I got woke up by my husband with coffee and the dogs were outside playing. I got to spend some quality time with him talking about our day so that we are on the same page. I slept well and felt rested when I woke up. However, I did get up once during the night to use the restroom and allowed my dogs to go potty outside. I kept them quiet while my husband was sleeping because if he gets woke up, he has a hard time going back to sleep.
I started working my daily schedule yesterday and so far, everything is running smoothly. My husband has already gone outside to begin clearing more brush while I take care of some things inside before meeting up with him to help. I love how we work together as a team and we accomplish so much. I get to help clear our property as well as write my books. I have picked up a few more ideas for books to go along with my long list of books that are in line waiting to be written.
I have taken my medication, and all is well. I had to refill both mine and my husbands pill boxes so that we can remember to take them. Neither of us can afford to run out or not take them because we are two totally different people off medication, and I am the one who will have a meltdown. We stay on each to take them so there will be no mistakes of forgetting.
It is nice and beautiful outside with a slightly chilly breeze blowing. I am still in my nightgown and slippers while sitting here writing this post. I will put clothing on when I am ready to go out to work with my husband. The dogs are romping through the house chasing each other and playing which is amusing to both of us.
Well, enough, for now, I have work to do. I want to wish everyone a good Monday and a very “Happy Birthday” to those celebrating today. May you be blessed with many more to come. Take care.


7/28/2019


I woke up this morning with my husband having coffee ready for me. It was early around six thirty and we sat on our front porch drinking coffee and watching the dogs play. I apologize if I haven’t written a post in a while because we have no power and are running off a generator long enough each night to cook food and that I when I charge up my computer so that I can continue writing on my book.
I went to church this morning and it was a good message for me to hear. I just got home, and my husband is relaxing after doing some burning of brush piles this morning. He is just a great help and I love him so much for everything he does. We have finally cleared an acre of land by hand and it has been brutal with the heat temperatures being in the nineties.
I have a few things on my to-do list for today and we are setting up things to begin building the rest of the house beginning in late September. Right now, until then it is playing catch up with credit cards and bills which has been a struggle, but we will manage. I keep a positive outlook on things and sometimes it becomes a struggle keeping my husband positive.
We have cleared enough back yard for the dogs to have at least half an acre of yard space to run and play in. Right now, they get to run free and they love it. It is hilarious watching them chase after new bugs they have never seen like frogs and crickets.
I will be writing a post every day from now on again but will only be able to post them once a week when we go to town and I can get on the internet. Well, it is time for me to go so that I have enough life left in my battery to get some book writing done and setting up my new tweets. I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a blessed day. “Happy Birthday” to everyone celebrating today and may you have many more. Take care.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Our Journey- The New Property- The New life


5/24/2019            Day 1
                We arrived at our property today with our cabin already delivered and set up. We pulled in with a twenty-foot trailer that was loaded with all our stuff. We got the trailer set up to where we could unload it efficiently. We want to work smart and not hard. I stopped to look over our property which had turned green since we were last up here.
                It looked like we had not touched anything because the grass had grown up over and around everything. We knew we had a job cut out for us. We got everything unloaded off the trailer and into the cabin because we feared it would rain. Then, the cabin became cluttered. We were already exhausted from the five hour drive it took us to get here and then having to unload the trailer. Let’s just say we both didn’t care how hot it was we collapsed onto the bed and fell asleep.

5/25/2019            Day 2
                The night had been chilly, and it felt nice and cool inside the cabin enough to where we didn’t want to get out of bed, but we knew that there was work that needed to be done. We got up and drove into town stopping to get a cup of coffee before going to Walmart to get some things we needed. We loaded up on water and food before buying a five-gallon gas can to have for the lawn mower and weed eater.
                We then headed back out to the property which is about nine miles from any store or gas station and began setting up the lawn mower and weed eater to get started with clearing the property. Our focus was to get the front and back yard done so that when we were ready to build a fence, we knew the boundaries. The dogs have been able to run free except for one because we never know when she will bolt off the property. Once the fence is installed, she will then be able to run free with the others.
                We spent the better part of the day in the sun clearing the yard and hauling branches and tree limbs to a pile where the grass had already been mowed. We worked as a team except for a few tiny arguments because of being in the heat. We took a break and went to cool off sitting on our front porch and then apologized to each other for the outbursts and arguing.
                We worked on the yard until the sun had gone down and it became to dark to see. We are here with no power except for a large generator which we only use at night to run our air conditioner enough to cool it off and a lamp. We have no water except for the gallon jugs we fill at Walmart and a five-gallon bottle. We conserve the water to make sure it lasts long enough to have for the dogs and to bathe with. Once we are done in the evening, we do a wash up from a tub of water and then we lay down to enjoy the coolness from the air conditioner until the generator runs out of gas, then we go to sleep.

5/26/2019            Day 3
                Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, and we agreed that we would take the day off, but it didn’t happen. We both ended up outside in the heat clearing more property. We have almost three acres of land to clear and we have managed to get half an acre cleared already. The dogs are enjoying the space and must inspect every area that is cleared and mowed down. We still have a long way to go before reaching the back property line but working on it every day we will finally reach the back.
                My husband loves the fact that there are blackberry bushes everywhere, but we had to agree which had to go and which ones could stay. Where the house is going to be added on, those blackberry bushes had to go to make room for the house.
                We will never be bored here with so much work to do. I get to work in the mornings and evenings outside while spending the hottest part of the day inside working on my books. It is so quiet here and the reason for the move was to get away from all the drama and to give me a place to write quietly.
                It hurt us a bit financially to make this move and today I began looking at the bills and how was I going to catch them up. Some bills will not get paid on time and some will only get partial payments until I can get them caught up. Everyone will just have to wait until we get things back on track which should happen sometime next month.
                Some bills will be paid off in a couple months while others stretch out until the end of the year. When doing the budget, I also have to budget in gas for the generator and car, plus water until we get a water source here on the property. I might have to buy dowsing rods to locate the water, but we do have IBC totes which once we get rain gutters installed, we will have the rainwater catch system for a water source.

5/27/2019            Day 4
                This morning I woke up to my husband wanting intimacy which we both needed some release. After that he made me a cup of coffee and enjoyed watching the sun come up together. Once the sun came up and our coffee cups empty, we went to work cutting and pruning trees while I ran the weed eater. The afternoons are very windy here and it blows through the cabin keeping it cool. It also keeps it from becoming to hot outside which my husband and I have already been burned by the sun.
                We will be taking a trip back to Walmart later to buy ice for our cooler which keeps our drinks and water cold. This evening we will be hauling more trees and branches to the wood pile and cleaning up the yard from our mess. Right now, my husband is taking a nap since he hasn’t been sleeping well for about the last week due to the stress of moving. But things are still moving right along.

5/28/2019            Day 5
                Today was a mediocre day but stress levels began to rise as the day went on. I know that my husband says he doesn’t believe in God, so I have to have enough faith for both of us. He began digging for water today while I used the weed eater to clear more grass and brush.
                He began getting frustrated after digging four feet because he had not found water yet, but I tried to keep him motivated to dig deeper. We had to make an ice run and trips out to the local post office to put in change of address cards and visit the local social security office to change our address with them. He got even more frustrated because I closed our food stamp case for Georgia and applied here in Tennessee. I will not be a part to fraud, and he was just exhausted mentally from the move and having to work so hard on clearing the property.
                We have cleared half an acre so far and found numerous blackberry bushes and fruit trees which we can sell at the local farmers market in town. Anything to help us out financially. It hurts to see him frustrated because we are always broke and behind on bills, but I can only do so much.
                I will keep positive about things and do the best we can. It will take a few months but we will be back on track soon and everything will be okay.tt

5/29/2019            Day 6
                It was a good morning with the dogs happy and enjoying themselves outside playing while we drank coffee on our porch. After that, we got ourselves together for work and went out into a breezy morning cutting and pruning trees as well as clipping vines that were attached to the trees. I hate those vines and with their thorns it hurt quite a bit moving them.
                My husband did most of the work while I stayed inside the cabin organizing things where they should go. He would take breaks and come in and check on me because he knows that moving around a lot can drop my sugar quickly and we haven’t even looked up where the nearest hospital is located.
                I finally got things organized and put into place and was ready to join him outside working. He was taking down trees while I grabbed the weed eater and went to work. I worked for a few hours and kept regular checks on my sugar levels which have been in the one-hundreds for a while since moving to our property and keeping away from the drama of everyone else’s lives.
                It was a good day and we finally got to meet one of our neighbors who is Mennonite and lives completely off the grid. He has several acres next to us and eats what he grows and hunts. I thought he was a nice man and he gave us some advice about our property quality. I rather enjoyed his visit while my husband thought there was something wrong with him. I had to explain how that culture survives and all I got was a funny look. But it was still a good day.

5/30/2019            Day 7
                Today started out groggy because of my medicine and the fact that I was exhausted from the prior days work. We go to bed early and wake up early here. It is funny how it happens when we were always going to bed late and sleeping late and our prior residence.
                We worked hard all-day clearing land and piling it all up on a clearing next to our driveway. We work good as a team, but he still worries about me and if he sees me struggling with something he will come over and do it for me. I appreciate him so much because of how well he looks after me. Sometimes, he cares more about me than himself.
                Our neighbor on the other side of us a few lots away came over to introduce himself and he seemed like a nice man too. The other neighbor told him how we were digging a well and hadn’t hit water yet. They had two wells and offered to fill our two IBC totes with water for us so that we could have water for bathing or whatever we needed. So, he took my husband and the totes over to his property and they cleaned them out and filled them both with water while I continued to work on the property. We are putting sweat equity into our property because of wanting to live out our dreams of homeownership and a house that we built.

5/31/2019            Day 8
                Today is payday for us and we got up and headed out first thing in the morning after our one cup of coffee. We went out and paid bills and bought stuff that we needed, and this was a whole day adventure. We went to Lowes, which is over the state line in Mississippi, and I wanted to walk around and look while he kept trying to rush me. I finally told him that after riding in the car all day that I wanted a chance to walk around and stretch my legs. He still kept rushing me.
                We got everything we needed and now have a spicket on our totes to get the water in desired amounts. The dogs are happy with the water, but my husband is not used to drinking well water and he needs to get used to it. Our neighbors offered to give us water any time we needed it until we get our well drilled. I thought that was pretty nice of them.
                We are going to bed early tonight to get a fresh start in the morning on clearing more property from brush. We have half an acre already cleared and looking nice for a yard and good curb appeal. My husband is exhausted and so am I so I will cut this post short. Good night.

6/1/2016              Day 9
                I was too drowsy this morning to get up with my husband, so he allowed me to sleep another hour before waking me up to work. By the time I got up, he already had one corner of the property at the road cut down, pruned, and cleaned up. I got out there and helped a little but today I begin working on my books again and for a couple hours everyday I come inside and write.
                My husband has been outside working while I am here writing articles and working on my next book. He was outside when our neighbor came over and I got to meet his wife who is really nice, and they like to stay away from drama which is good. They stay to themselves and have projects around their property that they are working on.
                He came over today to check on us because our truck has a slow leak in one of the back tires. While my husband was outside with him, I had an episode of hypoglycemia where my sugar check read forty-four and I began to get confused and shaky, so I called for him and told him that I needed him. When he came inside, I tried to tell him what was going on but it was hard to speak and move.
                I lost the feeling from the waist down and felt like I was going to pass out and he made me eat a couple of snack cakes we just bought and it wasn’t helping much, so we went to get something to eat and my husband drove like he was panicking. He kept asking if I wanted to go to the hospital and I kept telling him no.
                We got something to eat and right now I am still a little wobbly, but better than I was earlier. Thank God I wasn’t alone, or I would have gone into diabetic shock which is what I think was beginning to happen until he made me eat those snack cakes. He just came in to check on me and I told him I am better. I love him so much. Well, I need to get working on my other writing tasks and he wants me to check my sugar again, so I will leave you until tomorrow. Take care.

6/2/2019              Day 10
                This morning I got up to go to church for the first time in years and it felt good. I know that I have to church shop to find the one that best suits me, but I think this church will be my home church. When I got home, my husband was clearing more property around his blackberry bushes. He asked me how church went and then it was back to work for me.
                I picked up the weed eater and went to work clearing the tall grass that filled the pathway to the back of the property. The dogs had a fun time and even helped my husband dig in the new spot that he is going to try and find a water source. The last hole was a bust so it will be our outhouse until we get some more of the house built to include indoor plumbing.
                We then both took a nap and he tried to wake me, and I had wanted to go to Sunday night service but clearing the property had been a priority since we moved here and I know that I should put God first. I will go back to church Wednesday night for bible study and go from there.
                All in all, it was a good day and we got plenty of area cleared. We finally sat on the front porch and watched the dogs play while drinking a cold beverage. Today was a good day.

6/3/2019              Day 11
                Today we got up and had our coffee before going back to work on clearing more of the property. It was hot with the sun beating down enough to give us both a little sun burn. We got most of the front yard done with a small corner left to do.
                The dogs were having fun running around free and playing. They just don’t know that they will have a fenced in yard with no escape yet. With what little money we had left, we bought a few can goods to eat, but haven’t had much of an appetite because it being so hot. We had a good day.

6/4/2019              Day 12
                This morning when we got up and had our coffee, it was an overcast day and looked like rain was coming but it never showed up. We spent the day cleaning up our mess and raking all the mulch we did with the lawn mower and getting it ready for grass seed. There is some grass, but I want to give the dogs a nice thick lawn to lay and play in.
                After several hours of moving branches and small trees that were cut down, we got most of the front yard cleaned up and most of the mulch put into piles for pick up. By the end of the day, we were exhausted and looked forward to sleeping. We have nothing but time to clean up the property and found more blackberry patches as we cleaned up. The yard was looking good and we could see the hard work we put into it. We are putting sweat equity into our property.

6/5/2019              Day 13
                This morning we thought we would take a day off which in the end we still got out into the yard and cleaned up some more. We are not punching a time clock but feel the need to work everyday to get the property cleared and cleaned up.
                We did, in fact, work only half a day today because it started to rain a little bit. It felt good because the rain here is cold and being in the heat so much it feels replenishes our body temperatures. Sometimes we sit on the porch and talk about the plans for the property. I am glad my husband has some input now that he has found his blackberries.

6/6/2019              Day 14
                We woke up to cloudy skies and lots of wind. We watched as the clouds rolled in and saw the lightning strikes in the distance. We knew that we weren’t going to get any work done today. About an hour later, it began thundering overhead and the rain poured from the heavens. It had been dry so long that it made me happy to see everything getting water.
                Halfway through the day I began to not feel well. I had a migraine starting and tried laying down. A couple hours later, I felt nausea and did not want to eat anything. My head hurt all day while it poured rain outside. The smaller puppies were not used to thunder and lightning and it freaked them out enough to snuggle up to me trembling.
                We laid in bed most of the day while my migraine got worse. I took a pain pill with hopes that it would help, but it kept me up most of the night and I blacked out and fell twice. Let’s just say I didn’t get much sleep.

6/7/2019              Day 15
                Today was another rainy day with flash flood warnings in the forecast. We sit on top of a mountain and not too worried about flash flooding here. I felt a little better this morning after my morning cup of coffee and telling my husband how I blacked out twice and my hip was hurting from falling.
                He got upset because I didn’t wake him up to let him know I was having issues. My head wasn’t hurting anymore, and I still had no appetite but forced myself to eat a peanut butter sandwich. It rained all day with no chance of letting up and just as the migraine went away, it returned with me feeling like I was freezing. I felt so cold that my body hurt.
                I snuggled up to my husband on the bed with socks on my feet and a thick blanket wrapped around me. After I warmed up a little, I tried rolling over to sleep but my head just kept hurting. I knew I needed to go to the hospital but we found out that the nearest hospital is thirty minutes from our house and we are on limited gas since we have a big trip coming up to return the trailer we borrowed to move. So, I took another pain pill and laid down to sleep, but before I did, my husband made me eat a can of Spaghetti and meatballs to have something in my stomach. I finally fell asleep.

6/8/2019            Day 16
                This morning was okay. Our food is now becoming scarce and we don't get food stamps for another few days. My husband is getting a little frustrated because of our situation but I keep the faith alive for both of us. We worked a little today but it was getting too humid which made working a bit hard. He did most of it because he let me sleep longer while he pruned and finished off the corner of the front yard.
               Once I got up, I began dragging brush and branches to the pile laying next to our driveway until I couldn't do it anymore. We took the rest of the day off and he made a makeshift shower on the back side of the cabin with some old plywood we had laying around so that we could take a somewhat normal shower.
                After that, we ate some ramen soup and had a cup of coffee while enjoying the forty-five minutes of air conditioning we get every evening off the generator. That is how we are living right now until we get our finances in order. I had to make the decision to send my car back because we need to save money to have our well drilled, but it means more gas money by a hundred dollars for the two trips to Dalton, Georgia that we take every month to see our doctors. I will leave it in God's hands now.

6/9/2019           Day 17
                 I went to church this morning after having coffee with my husband and found it to be revealing in some ways. I want a closer walk with God and asked for prayer while I was there. It made sense to me now about the car and that I need to allow God to handle it. If it is meant to be it will be.
                 I came home from church and my husband is out lighting ant mounds with gas and fire to kill them off because I have way too many bites all over my body and two may be infected. So, he is killing the ants today. I will be going back to church tonight and continually praying for my husband and for our finances. I know it will be okay and have faith in God.