Monthly Archives: May 2012

race day

The Colorado water is alarmingly low this year due to little to nearly no snow melt. It is the big talk currently in the whitewater community with the Teva Mountain Games taking place, beginning today, in Vail, Colorado. This event is So. Much. Fun.

Teva Games are the Olympic style games of all extreme, outdoor sports such as Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling, etc. All the Pro’s from around the world show up to compete for some real money. In the kayaking community said money will support them on the Colorado circuit, to win a little more money hopefully along the way.

Here is a video of the creek level at the 2010 Teva Games:

Click here for an article and video of the creek level currently!

If you are interested in following the Summer Teva Mountain Games, go here.



little blue book

It is time to step it up a notch. Since Ball is the the mothership of all things canning I thought this would be a good book to start with.

I have been thinking and researching for some time (way too long, really) different canning recipe books. There are many to choose from on the world wide web. Too many sometimes for me. I often get overwhelmed with choices and will find myself just putting the research up only to return to it again. No real results.

Until yesterday while browsing through the grocery, casually walking by the canning section to get to the trash bags. Stuffed sloppily behind the boxes of canning supplies was the “Ball Blue Book, guide to preserving”. For once, without hesitation, I picked up the book and put it in the basket. This is a start. While it is not fancy with lots of pretty pictures it is a back to the basics book full of recipes. Pages and pages of nothing but recipes. While I use this one currently as my guide (and will remain my visual + I can’t wait to make the beet relish, missed the Strawberry Vanilla spread but did make the killer jam…) It is nice to have more recipes at my finger tips. Just adding to the loot of cook books.  A new collection.

As a side note, stumbled upon this blog a few weeks ago. The book looks good. Since it is recommended by the author of said book linked above it has been put on the new list.

A few recipes picked out of the Ball Book that will get started this week. Like the one using mint. Lemon Mint Vinegar. Our friend Samantha gifted us with some spearmint (and basil) over the weekend that  will serve a good purpose for the vinegar!!


pre jam

We can’t forget Chalwa! Our local Reggae band! These guys will be getting the evening with John Brown’s Body started off just right!

We love these guys! Some of them we have known for years! Some of them we have only recently met. Together, they make a knock out ensemble!

 Make sure to get yourself over to Flying J’s sight and show them some love!! See post below.

I really hope I get to see you at the show. I personally am getting pumped to see one of my favorites! My brother is headed in to town to share this with us, as well as a bunch of our buddies. Good Times!! Make sure to meet me at the bar to cheers a beer!!


give it away, give it away, give it away now

Alright friends! Here is your first chance to win a pair of tickets to the John Brown’s Body show this weekend at Highland Brewery. An Asheville, NC show!

Click on the screen shot below. Follow the instructions. Get yourself to the show!

Good Luck!


the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things–your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions–and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else–the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Go to the river. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first–the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

As I was on the phone with my mother receiving a boost of confidence I heard the soft ding of my email. It was from my husband. He was also sending me a boost. This is the motivation I needed this morning. The best part is not once did I ever verbalize the need. The people that are important notice and offer without being asked…


once more

(photo from google images search, Bald Eagle in NC)

Ok. So you are totally not going to believe me but I swear we saw ANOTHER Eagle on Sunday. Different location, different water source, different bird. Still in North Carolina.  This time, our little gal witnessed the beauty of the expansive Eagle flight. Pretty darn cool. Quite extraordinary.

We are rolling this week right into preparation for Saturday Nights show. The buzz is out and the vibe is high! We are choosing our outdoor activity for the day, making plans for load in, singing the tunes in my head and tasting the Razor Wit on my lips as we speak!

We are also heading into the last week of school so my head is twirling with ideas of fun things to do with RCB. We’ll start off the summer with real swim lessons and taking Kaya to the top of the mountain for some leg stretching and fresh air. We will visit with family, welcome a new baby (Erin is due in June!!) to the brood, sink our toes into the sand and introduce whitewater kayaking. (Yes, we got a kiddo kayak for the soon to be 5 year old!!! We’ll start slow but she is going to be siked!). We also plan to do some rocking on the front porch, drinking sweet tea and watching the fireflies at night! What things do you have up your sleeve this summer?

As I head out for the night I will leave you with another JBB tune to get you in the mood. I will make sure to keep you in the know for the event this weekend. I will say that I did hear as the wind crossed my ears today that there will be some free tickets up for grabs this week so make sure to tune in to find out how and where! Otherwise, be outside my friends!

JBB- Amplify


endangered rivers

Are you in one of these areas? Did you know that there is a threat to your livelihood, your clean water and your clean, beautiful rivers? Check out this list just released today of the top 10 threatened rivers in America. If you are here, help take action, do what you can do. I will help where I can and when I can. I want to keep our rivers clean for my child and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all the generations to follow. Click the photo to take action!