April 7th, 2014

I don’t do videos. :p but we’d love any help you can give. Blessings!

Well, after a few difficulties, we finally got Puttyfoot up the two and a half mile old road to our off the grid cabin. Prepare for sweet firewood harvesting parties and mountain shananagins.

We also got our second humanure outhouse moved, grey water system setup and filtered spring water to the lodge yesterday!

Heather darling and I have a new family member, living on the Mountain with us.

Everybody, meet Burdock Wood Buzzard.
He is a Burmese Mountain Dog/Collie mix.

March 24th, 2014
Well, it didn’t make sense to hike everything 2 1/2 miles for the whole year.  We have to get the manure, supplies and livestock up the Mountain somehow.  

Soooooo, I’m now the owner of a giant farm truck. :) 
1984 Ford F-150

Well, it didn’t make sense to hike everything 2 1/2 miles for the whole year. We have to get the manure, supplies and livestock up the Mountain somehow.

Soooooo, I’m now the owner of a giant farm truck. :)
1984 Ford F-150

Bear Cone / Conopholis americana

A small spiked plant approximately 3 to 7 inches in height that resembles a pinecone.  They grow in little clusters all around our property, primarily at the base of oak trees.

A decoction can be used to treat hemorrhages of the bowels and uterus and as a cure for headaches.  The name Squawroot is attributed to its use by Native American females as a treatment to relieve the symptoms of menopause.  The name Cancerroot is a generic reference to its general palliative properties, as it has no measurable anti-tumor properties.

Bear Cone / Conopholis americana

A small spiked plant approximately 3 to 7 inches in height that resembles a pinecone. They grow in little clusters all around our property, primarily at the base of oak trees.

A decoction can be used to treat hemorrhages of the bowels and uterus and as a cure for headaches. The name Squawroot is attributed to its use by Native American females as a treatment to relieve the symptoms of menopause. The name Cancerroot is a generic reference to its general palliative properties, as it has no measurable anti-tumor properties.

March 23rd, 2014
Wood stove studyin’.

  Ladybird and I have been studying (aka kicking ass) and taking names (literally) of as much of the Plant Medicine and edibles as we can around the five hundred acre property we are stewarding, since we got here.  I’m trying to get a head start, before Spring really hits and I’m overwhelmed with all the plant life, and have been feeling very encouraged with my progress.  Thankfully, we have a wealth of knowledgeable teachers/reference manuals/etc.

Wood stove studyin’.

Ladybird and I have been studying (aka kicking ass) and taking names (literally) of as much of the Plant Medicine and edibles as we can around the five hundred acre property we are stewarding, since we got here. I’m trying to get a head start, before Spring really hits and I’m overwhelmed with all the plant life, and have been feeling very encouraged with my progress. Thankfully, we have a wealth of knowledgeable teachers/reference manuals/etc.

Made a cold infusion with Black/Sweet Birch.Betula lenta, or a ti sv gi by the Cherokee Indians, a bark and/or twig tea was traditionally used to treat bladder infections, digestive problems, gout, and kidney stones.  Used for sore muscles and pain relief as well.

It has a very intense wintergreen smell when the fresh twigs are snapped.

I’ve been keeping a steady “Old Man Work Trade” batch of Sweet Birch, chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and coffee on the wood stove to drink throughout the day.

Made a cold infusion with Black/Sweet Birch.
Betula lenta, or a ti sv gi by the Cherokee Indians, a bark and/or twig tea was traditionally used to treat bladder infections, digestive problems, gout, and kidney stones. Used for sore muscles and pain relief as well.

It has a very intense wintergreen smell when the fresh twigs are snapped.

I’ve been keeping a steady “Old Man Work Trade” batch of Sweet Birch, chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and coffee on the wood stove to drink throughout the day.

Ain’t nothin’ like a snow day.

Getting my Umbilicaria mammulata dinner on.

Getting my Umbilicaria mammulata dinner on.

March 19th, 2014
Smooth Rock Tripe - Umbilicaria mammulata

Apparently, it is a possible air/water bio-indicator and primarily is found growing in the Great Smoky Mountains and through Tennessee on rock.  It is one of the largest lichens in the world and was used as an emergency food by Lewis and Clark during their expedition.

Sooo, on that note, I went around and gathered up several of them that had fallen off the rocks (they may take thousands of years to grow large in size), soaked them for an hour, then boiled them for an hour and made breaded Smooth Rock Tripe. :)  It was really pretty tasty.

Smooth Rock Tripe - Umbilicaria mammulata

Apparently, it is a possible air/water bio-indicator and primarily is found growing in the Great Smoky Mountains and through Tennessee on rock. It is one of the largest lichens in the world and was used as an emergency food by Lewis and Clark during their expedition.

Sooo, on that note, I went around and gathered up several of them that had fallen off the rocks (they may take thousands of years to grow large in size), soaked them for an hour, then boiled them for an hour and made breaded Smooth Rock Tripe. :) It was really pretty tasty.

They follow me around all day.  Atlas especially.  They’ve expanded their rabble-rousing to much farther from the main cabin since we first got here and keep trying to sneak up on the Junco’s with little success.  But, Atlas and Fable are enjoying their new off the grid mountain life.

They follow me around all day. Atlas especially. They’ve expanded their rabble-rousing to much farther from the main cabin since we first got here and keep trying to sneak up on the Junco’s with little success. But, Atlas and Fable are enjoying their new off the grid mountain life.

Tanned my first animal in North Carolina. Roadkill groundhog/whistle pig.
I haven’t been off the Mountain in a few weeks, but had to take le lady to Knoxville, TN. Found a red fox on the way here, which I’ve never tanned. Pretty excited about that.

March 9th, 2014

View from the Big Bald.

If you wish to obtain real blessings, so that you can cure even more people, you will have to fast a long time and sincerely for these blessings. If four or perhaps ten of the powerful spirits bless you, then someday when you have children and anything happens to one of them, you will not have to go and look for a medicine man, but all you will have to do will be to look into your own medicine bundle. Look therein and you will be able, with the medicine you find, to cure your children of whatever ailments they have. Not only that, but after a while you will be called to treat your fellow men. Then you can open your medicine bundle and not be embarrassed, for you will know how to treat an individual who is ill and needs medicines since you will possess those that are good for him. You will know where the seat of his trouble exists, and since you will have obtained these blessings only after the greatest effort on your part, whatever you say and do will be efficacious. If you declare that he will live, then he will live. If you make proper offerings to your medicine, and if you speak of your medicine in the way you are accustomed to do, and if you ask your medicine to put for its strength in your patient’s behalf, the medicine will do it for you. If, in truth, you make good offerings of tobacco to your plants, if you give many feasts in their honor, and if you then ask your medicines to put forth their strength, and if, in addition, you talk to them like human beings, then most certainly will these plants do for you what you ask. You can then accept the offerings patients make to you without any embarrassment and your children will wear these offerings and will gain strength from them. They will be well and happy. So be extremely diligent in the care you take of your medicines. Medicines are good for all purposes. That is why they were given to us. We are to use them to cure ourselves. Earthmaker gave them to us for that purpose.
Crashing Thunder’s father - Sacred Plant Medicine by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Good morning from the Mountain.

Good morning from the Mountain.