Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The First Snow..

Today it snowed.. Everyone was surprised because it came so early..! It was beautiful and it came down pretty steadily for a while..

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Being Silly..

We took this pic in the yard after coming back from Mars Hill..

Patches Lemonade Stand

Yesterday was Patches Grand Opening!! Right here she's waiting for her first customer..


Still waiting on her first customer..

She just saw her potential customer walked by..

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Eating with Foes..




Here's all of our kitties eating together.. Mayfield (black) and sammy (gray & white) DO NOT get along..This was the first time they has ate together in months..We tried everything to get them to co-exist but its just not happening..It will be interesting to see how they act in the new house..
The 2nd pic kristie is holding her poodle (cece)..



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Presidential Christmas Tree from our Mountains

The whitehouse delegation came to River Ridge tree farm in Ashe county to pick out a christmas tree for the whitehouse..This is the second year an Ashe county tree has been chosen..

Possessed Patches


If anyone can figure out what's wrong with our patches, please let us know..LOL

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Our New Home





Well, here is the house we're moving in.. An older cute little 3 br farm house..We took these pics on the way down the driveway from the vehical..We've been moving boxes in for the last couple of days.. We've been really busy but had made great progress.. We can't wait to get settled in..
Oh yeah, look closely to the second pic.. I hope those are dust particals and NOT orbs!! lol

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mars Hill..Our New Town..

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Mars Hill is the town we're moving to.. It's a cute little town tucked away within the nearby mountains of Madison county..Mars Hill also have the oldest educational institution in western NC - Mars Hill college..I can't wait until we get settled in..

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Family Time


Here's some of kristie's family playing a game after eating pizza.. (left to right- her Dad, oldest sister, mother, two neices and the back of her other sister's head..)

Here's Kristie and her sisters posing for the cam.. (left to right- Dawn, Lori and Kristie)
Our family gathering is now over. Kristie's mother and step father have gone back to michigan and her father and sister (Lori) have gone back to florida.. Kristie had some cousins that came up from florida but they left earlier the day of the gathering..The rest of the family live around here..We really enjoyed everybody!




Sunday, October 12, 2008

Me, Myself and the Pets

I'm sitting here watching football and trying to decide what to eat..Kristie's family came here this weekend..Last night Kristie had them over for haystacks (like nachos)..Today they went to Dollywood and since I went twice already this year, I decided to stay home with our pets and rest..Right now I'm trying to decide what I want to eat..We have leftover haystacks and also there are steaks in the freezer..Well, I'm torn between the two..I'll make up my mind after I go back in the kitchen.. :>)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Knobby..A Community Bigfoot..


The above pic of Capenters Knob Dr and Carpenters Knob mountain (straight ahead) that I took during my visit there.. This road is one area where knobby was seen by locals. The locals also believed Knobby resided on Carpenters Knob mountain.

Here is an interesting article from the late 70's about Knobby..


Article: Knobby: Where is He? What is He?
By Jennie PalmerGastonia Gazette

TOLUCA - From the back roads that wind through the Smokey Mountain foothills and from the cities that lie below, the masses are converging on this usually quiet Cleveland County community that it's fair week. And they're all searching for "Knobby", the mysterious ape- like creature folks around here have reported seeing for almost a month now. Stop at any one of the country stores and many of the homes that dot the hillsides and you'll hear the latest "Knobby" tale. If your face is strange, no one will ask why you've come. Instead, they"ll offer to direct you to Minnie Cook's house or Sally White's for a first-hand account of the sightings. Minnie, an 88-year-old woman who became the first to let her story be known, is so terrified of what may be lurking outside her front door that she won't talk to a visitor unless she's been forewarned of his arrival by her son, Elbert, or daughter-in-law, Ruby. Each time Minnie goes outside the house, Ruby said, she carries a rifle. "People aren't just saying they saw it," Ruby said Thursday afternoon as she sat inside the store she runs with her husband. "They have seen it." The Cooks' store lies in the afternoon shadow of Carpenter's Knob, the foothills hill point just west of Toluca and the landmark from which the creature draws its name. The store and nearby Mountain View Grocery are where area folks gather to swap their "Knobby" stories and where outsiders stop to track down leads to its whereabouts. "Everybody that comes in here talks about it," Ruby said. "A lot of them are scared to death. Me? Well, I'll just tell you I'm not about to go out looking for it." But others are. Throughout the day Thursday a Shelby radio station crew broadcast live from a campground near the base of the knob. The crew, a smattering of newsmen and a host of curious searchers spent the night hopping from spot to spot in hopes of sighting the creature that's causing the stir. Robert Shoup and Butch Craig cut their high school classes to sit all day by a campfire near the top of the knob. "We're just waiting and looking for it," Butch said. And Russell Cook took a day off work to go "Knobby" hunting with Rondal Huffman. "We've been all over these woods looking for signs of it but we haven't seen a thing," Rondal said. Their last trek of the day was through a deep gully that runs behind Sally White's house, the site of one of the most recent "Knobby" reports. Mrs. White claims to have seen the animal three times, the last on Tuesday about 8:30 p.m. "I heard the dog barking and I looked out," she said. "he was barking and jumping up. When he did that I knew there was something outside that was more than another dog." "I looked down the path and I saw it - something long and black coming up through the woods. Its the same thing I've seen twice before, once before Christmas and once right after." That's the best description, Mrs. white says, she can give of "knobby." But others who claim to have seen it wandering along the roadsides, snatching food from a trash dump and making his way through the woods say "Knobby" is about six feet tall, weighs about 200 pounds, has a small head, flat face and dark, hairy body. Speculation about the creature's identity ranges from wandering mountain panther to escaped carnival baboon to misplaced bear to Big Foot, the supposed missing link between man and ape. A state park developer drove from eastern North Carolina to Toluca to check the Big Foot possibility. Two other researchers, working on a project for a Massachusetts university, spent at least one night on Carpenter's Knob checking out their own theories about "Knobby." Area residents say they do not know whether the men have left the area. At least 16 "Knobby" sightings have been reported since late December in the vicinity of Carpenter's Knob. Earlier this week Forest Price of Casar, a community located about 10 miles west of Toluca, reported finding his goat dead of a broken neck and speculated that "Knobby" may have been the killer. His brother said he saw the creature roaming the woods near their homes. An animal den and tracks were found about two miles from the Price houses. Searchers said the tracks were at least as large as a man's hand and similarly shaped with a thumb-like protrusion. But most people, both hunters and wildlife protectors, are turning up no trace of the mysterious creature as they comb spots where sightings have been reported. "Most of this talk is just plain old hearsay," said Clyde Price, whose relatives own a large tract of land near the top of Carpenter's Knob. "When something like this gets started it gets bigger and bigger."


 

Tale of Two Kitties






Cats are so cool and they can be soooo funny!! Here's two of our three cats..
Patches (top)
Sam I Am - Sammy for short (bottom)



Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Job and a New Home

I started my new job today and yesterday we was accepted as new tenants of Mars Hill!!
The people at my new job was really nice to me.. And our landlord and the soon-to-be next door neighbor was really nice to us ..There are some good folks out there..So remember, when people are nice to you, return the favor..and if they are not, pray for them and keep pushing forward..

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Pics are GONE!

Will explain later..Time to go to bed..

Ok..I'm back! To make a long story short, we took our laptop to bestbuy because one of the joints that held the screen up was broken..The geeksquad guy told us that we can swap it out for a new one at that same price or less.. WHAT??? Our laptop was about a year old and we had two days left on the manufactory warranty.. So guess what happened next? Yeah, we got a new laptop..Come to find out that he wasn't suppose to do that..I didn't think so! I even questioned kristie how could he do that? When he tried to ring it up for an exchange, it wouldn't allow him to do that..Even other geeksquad members tried but they couldn't ring it up either even though one of them told him that he wasn't suppose to do that..They said they pushed it through the system anyway(whatever that mean) and gave it to us..Later on we realize that our pics was on our old laptop harddrive..Early the next morning kristie called and asked if they still had our old laptop..They was suppose to call us back but didn't..We stopped there that evening to see if they had it but they said it was swiped clean and was shipped off that morning..My heart dropped people!!! Ok, time to start from fresh...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Mountain Sunset


After eating at Wild wings Cafe yesterday, we was heading back home at the same time the sun was setting.. We took these snaps from Sweden Creek Rd. These pics don't even look real..This was an amazing sight..

Into The Mist


It was so foggy ths morning that they could have filmed the movie "The Mist" here..LOL
This is a view from our front porch..

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bigfoot Livng on Tennessee Farm


In the Bigfoot world, this story was BIG a few years ago.. Here goes the orginal email of Janice Carter to respected Bigfoot researcher Mary green:
January 2, 2002

Dear Lady,

I hope this is Mary Green. I am not that good at locating people on this contraption. I am not computer friendly at all. Needless to say I'm not good at typing either. So when you reply to this it will take a while for me to type any reply back. I hunt and peck. Sorry for this, but I am trying to learn as I go. Down to business. I have already submitted a report to either Bfro.net or Gcbro.com one. I do not remember which, but believe it is the first site. My sister submitted a report back in 2000 to one of them and persuaded me to do the same recently. They have not posted it as of tonight. I have, along with my sister, talked to a Mr. Mike Simpson from BFRO so that is where I think I sent my report. He is supposed to come up from AL sometime and get back in touch with us soon on the phone. I think I could use your help also if you can spare the time. I do understand you are a busy person too.

The reason I wish to contact you is that I only told of one incident in that report (submitted to the BFRO) and just touched on the basic information of it to Mike. I did not mention other incidents that have occurred over the years. Maybe before you think I am a ding bat, as most people do for believing in Bigfoot in the first place, I should tell you about myself and some of the finer experiences I have had with this animal Bigfoot. We call him that now, but I called him a monster when I was younger.

My name is Janice Carter Coy. I am 37 years old as of the 18th of this month, white and of a middle class family. I do now own and run an antique business and consider myself quite logical in most matters. I don't spook easily and only know of two things I am really scared of: a person with a gun aimed in my direction and BIGFOOT. The last turns me to a downright chicken when I feel that feeling come over me. You know what I am talking about if you are for real. If not you are just going to laugh with the rest of them and make me into a big joke anyway. I can take the fun making, but am dead level serious about Bigfoot. I do not care who thinks what about me as long as I can help in the discovery of one of these animals for science and the world to know about. Then let us see who has the last laugh.

When I was 7 and a half in the month of late June or early July, I ran head on into a male (did not realize it was male until I was older) Bigfoot. My Grandfather (Papaw) and I were out blackberry picking and he had sent me back to the house from the backside of the property to get a water jug filled. On returning I could see my Papaw through some trees and underbrush ahead of me. All of a sudden I ran into this Bigfoot's knee area. Smack! It backed up a few steps and turned toward me. I was frozen stiff. (I) Could not scream or make myself move at first: I did pee and poop my pants. Scared the holy fool out of me. I must have made some type of sound at some point because Papaw came to me. Papaw got in front of me and just stared at it at first then started talking to it like he did to the young spooked horses he owned and trained at the time. It did move off after a time and looked back at us the whole time until it disappeared from site behind some trees.

Our land was heavily forested at that time and grown up in underbrush and briers and the like then. Papaw later had it cleared to pasture. It is growing up bad once again for the most part now. My Uncle still lives there and he won't even stay there by himself at night unless he has to. He calls it (Bigfoot) a werewolf. Claims he seen it this year in late August (2001) in the front yard when he went out to feed the dogs one night. He came to my house for two weeks after this to stay with us (I'm married with six children between us) at night because it scared him. (He) Made one of us go down to the old home with him so he could feed the dogs during the daytime.

Something got two of the dogs in a weeks time in October and another my cousin had given my Uncle in November. No trace of the dogs has been found. Anyway Bigfoot may or may not still be around the old home place. I do not like going there to try and find out. I will say this: I do not want to help you capture one of these things at no amount of cost. You could not pay me enough. You or someone else are welcome to this task. I do want to see one up close behind some type of enforcement it can't get to me from, when one is caught. I do want to know what species it is for sure. Human, Ape, or Beast, or Prehistoric Man, or what? I cannot tell you for sure. It is an animal of some sort I know. I just don't know what.

My Papaw made a friend of it or a type of pet I guess I should say. At 8 (a year later after I ran into it) he took me to the top of the hill after milking the cows at close to dusk and it was there. (He took this plate of table scrapes to it nightly for a while. We just thought then that he was feeding the barn cats at the time.) Papaw told me not to be scared and not to scream. It stood up out from under the old oak tree (it is still there today) and Papaw talked to it and it did grunt and make weird noises like a squirrel or close to their sounds back at him. Papaw sat the plate on the ground and backed up and it came and ate the scraps. Then it backed up and Papaw got the plate back. It seemed friendly enough, but Papaw told me not to try and get too close and not to touch it. Now Lady I am not making this up and I have read that tale by that woman on your site. I will swear this is the God’s honest truth and take a lie detector test to prove it.

I did undergo hypnotizing once to see if I was dreaming this one up myself at 21 years of age. The therapist did not know what to think or make of it. He thought it may have been a bear or a pet chimp Papaw had on the place that I only thought was a monster. The truth is either my Papaw was nuts or the bravest man I have ever known or he just had a soft spot for critters. I do not know which, but he did tame this thing down. It had been raiding the potato and corn bins (in the barn). It also stripped our fruit trees at the time. We had apples, plums, and cherry (trees) at the time. It also liked muskidines (muscadines) and berries and persimmons too. We had all. It did not like the chestnut trees. Papaw would get them (the nuts) for it and it would eat them, but it would not go under the trees. I can't say I blame it as you get the needles in your bare foot and they are a royal pain to pick out. I know this from experience.

Papaw said he called it his fox and I should do this too. Not to tell the rest of the family it was there because it would scare them. (I thought there was nothing like my Grandfather on this earth. I thought he walked on water and to this day he is still my hero. He is gone on to a better place now. But, he is still tops in my book). So I kept my mouth shut for a while. Then my little sister had it get after her one time when she was at the carport. She got under the car at the time until one of the men came out and it left. After that we talked about it some to the rest of our family. My Mom and a few of our cousins thought we were making up some tall tale. Grandma and Uncle knew better. Mom even saw it twice with me over the years and still she called it a hairy man. It left a big dent in the top right side of her trailer one night in later years. I think it came to the house looking for Papaw and then up to the trailer where he and Grandma and Uncle and my sister stayed with Mom after Papaw got sick with the cancer that finally killed him in 1996. This had to have been in 1994 as he did all the chores up until then. He had an operation in August of that year and another the next August.

I think Bigfoot was looking for Papaw to feed it as this was winter and cold and it may have even missed him. It did come to the house on several other occasions before this incident. Bigfoot at one time slept under Mom's trailer. We had to keep putting up the underpinning and taping up one of the heating vent ducts every day for the winter of 1995. Once it was still there when I went under to place the vent back up. I got Papaw to come out and get it out from under the trailer that day. I am sorry, but I just don't trust it to not kill me or someone else if you were to make it mad. I owned a pet shop in New York once and had a spider monkey in it for sale. It would try to tear you up if you smiled at it. It was very strong for its size and I can just imaging the damage a Bigfoot could do if it was riled up. I know this letter is getting very long, but I have so much information on the subject of Bigfoot. I do want you to contact me and please don't put this off as so much bullsh*t. It is the truth and I want some help and someone besides my husband to talk to and discuss this issue with. I think unless you see one of these things you tend to live in a fantasy world where they don't exist.

I've done my mile to meet you in the middle will you meet me here?
Thank you, Janice Carter Coy

Source: UBRG

Friday, October 3, 2008

Everyone has Bad Days



On my way back from ingles, i saw this bump up..This could happen to anyone.. It even happened to me a couple of months ago.. In other words, just make sure your insurance is up-to-date!

Cool Mornings by a Hot Plant



This morning on my way to my old job to take care of some unfinished business, i passed Lake julian and noticed how the lake was.. Since last night was down in the low 40's, i expected the lake to look like this..

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Ray of Sunshine


Yesterday, kristie and I was out and about looking for possible houses to rent since we're near the end of our lease. We were looking in the Weaverville/ Mars hill area (north of Asheville) until we found something of interest..While starting to head back home, we noticed how dark the sky had gotton. Uh oh- A storm was brewing! When we saw this intense ray of sunlight beeming through the dark clouds, we decided to pull over to capture a couple of shots. This was to unique to pass up and of course, the pics don't do it justice..

Kitty Watching Westerns

This isn't the best quality but i'll post it anyway...

While Kristie was folding clothes, i was laying on the bed watching "3:10 to Yuma" ..Come to fnd out i wasn't the only one who was watching this..LOL I couldn't get to my cam fast enough..Patches was really into this movie..maybe she's a Russell Crowe fan..In the movie, when the shooting part starts, watch patches.. she actually gets uncomfortable..LOL Funnnnny!! Sorry for constantly zooming in and out..I should have left it alone..