Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Certified Wood

We recently purchased a new vehicle and were even more excited about that purchase when we received a survey about our buying experience.  This symbol was on the envelope showing the paper came from SFI certified wood.  Wood from certified Tree Farms is designated SFI.  It was good to see the company we just purchased the truck from was using this certification because this is the certification of the wood we sell.  There are other certifications but most of the certified wood sold in Alabama is SFI.  We may have produced the wood for that paper.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cold Winter Coming

 This hornet nest is about 8 feet off the ground.  There is an old saying that if the hornets build close to the ground it is going to be a cold winter and vice versa.  I have heard of two others at about this height also.  Many times I have seen the nest in the tops of tall poplar trees, but not this year.
We shall soon see it this old wives tale is true.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Last week I was continuing my research to prove the location of the Native American Village of
"Ekun Duts Ke" and I found my proof in the Washington Globe newspaper in 1839.  Here was what I had been looking for, proof of the true location of the village.  Some had said they thought it was in Montgomery County in Alabama but I always thought it was here in Clay County.  
The newspaper published the Section, Township and Range of the property as it was deeded to the Europeans that had settled in America.  James and Selah are standing right in the middle of Ekun Duts Ke.
This property was part of that description that was in the paper and the Native American description of where they are standing is also true.  
The word ekun duts ke means dividing line or border. Where they are standing is the division of the watershed for the Tallapoosa River and the Coosa River which was so important to the first inhabitants of this land.

My Piece of the Forest

Get out in the woods!  No electronics needed!  We had fun out on the property Labor Day putting up our signs.  There was plenty of help and excitement with this project. 
Eli was proud of his sign but Granddaddy had to hold him up to reach the sign "ELI MOUNTAIN ROAD".

Eden was proud of her sign naming the Railroad Trail after her.

Mattie's sign is where we cross the stream to get to our property on the east 40.

Selah was all posed with her sign naming a road after her, "SELAH ROAD".

James calls this spot his favorite place on the property.  He loved this crossing being named after him.