Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mountain Maid of the Ozarks

Known to many in Southern Missouri as the "Mountain Maid", Jean Wallace left quite a legacy after her tragic death by fire in 1940. But it wasn't crazed witch hunters who burned her.
Jean was born on a New York City pier at the foot of Canal Street in 1851. She was a lovely fair haired, blue eyed girl who, in early childhood, began showing signs of having inherited her great grandfather's sixth sense - clairvoyance. [Her great-great-? grandfather was William Wallace, the 13th century patriot who led a resistance against the English occuption of Scotland as portrayed in the film "Braveheart."]
Despite her beauty, it was obvious to Miss Wallace that she would never marry; as she noted on numerous occasions, "What husband would want a wife who knows his every secret and thoughts?"
After a brief time of working as a nurse in New York, Jean made her way to Roaring River, near Cassville, Missouri in 1892 and homesteaded on 160 acres of wilderness perched high on a mountain top. Here, a three mile walk to receive mail and five miles for supplies, Jean had a small cabin where she raised chickens and pigs, cultivated a peach orchard, and kept company with several black cats. Word of her unusual talent soon spread and folks began lining up to visit with the 'fortune teller' (although Miss Wallace really didn't like that label). Over time, thousands sought her help in finding lost items and learning about their future. Remembering what her father told her as a child, Jean used her abilities carefully and only for good.
The Mountain Maid was loved and admired by all who knew her. At a nearby CCC camp, the workers had regular visits with Jean and were considered her closest companions. Although she would not accept charity, these men would routinely cut wood to heat the maid's cabin and visiting girls would "accidentally" pack too much food in their picnic baskets and offer it to Miss Wallace. Much charity in disguise was bestowed upon the 'old witch' out of gratitude for the kindness she had shown others. Her services were considered invaluable but she rarely charged for a reading and of the times she received cash payment, her savings was only just enough to cover funeral expenses after her death.
Many skeptics tried to pull the wool over Jean's all-seeing eye, but she didn't waste time with non-believers. In one instance, two sons of a friend visited Jean one day to inquire about their missing saddles, which they had removed and hidden in the woods. Right away she shook her finger and snapped, "Yes, you young rascals, you stole them yourselves. Get back as fast as you can to where you hid them because wild pigs are chewing them up." The boys obeyed, but already the pigs had done so much damage that they had to tell their fathers how it happened.
In another case, a man joined several friends to visit the Mountain Maid and have their fortunes told. Her first words to him were, "You don't believe in me, do you?" He replied that no, he had never believed in people having any special power such as hers and so she stated that no information would he get. But as Mr. Woods turned to leave, she said, "One thing I will tell you, you will have an automobile accident when you are fifty years old." Yes, the prediction came true - Woods suffered a bad car accident later in life.
Many people were so impressed with her ability and inquired why she did not seek employment assisting the government. "There are two reasons," she would reply. "In the first place nobody would listen to an old witch. But, if by any chance they did start to follow guidance, I am sure my powers would be taken from me because otherwise they would be almost certain to interfere with the course of destiny. It is all very well for me to tell people where to find lost pocketbooks and strayed cows, even to warn a businessman against a bad investment or tell a woman how to escape a love entanglement. Such little things in no way affect the great predestined tide of human events, but if the world knew the big events that are to come and tried to forestall disasters, such as the rise of Hitler and Stalin, it would confuse destiny, and that, of course, will never be permitted."
Yes, this sweet prophetic woman predicted, almost to the day, when Hitler would invade Poland.
Wallace's health and eyesight began to fade with time, but her sixth sense remained as strong as ever. Visitors noticed this physical decline as her once tidy home became disorderly and full of filth. Some would clean up while there by stripping the bedclothes and giving them a long overdue washing, and others would drop off groceries when she could no longer make the five mile journey. Many could see, without Jean's special sight, that the poor woman's life was dwindling.
After 48 years of living a quiet life in the rolling Missouri hills, Jean's life ended when her small cabin in the woods caught fire. Her body was cremated by the intense heat and only small bits of bone remained. The community who had loved and sought her guidance for so long, now mourned the tremendous loss. No longer does horse and wagon follow a path to her door, but the legacy of the Mountain Maid lives forever.
Jean Wallace, quoted in Roaring River Heritage by Irene Horner, Litho Printers, 1978 --
"I belong to a race of people that can see... My great-grandfather, a Wallace, was the greatest seer in Scotland. He could describe exactly how a man was dressed, even if he was as far off as India. The gift was handed down to me. All my family was dark, but he was fair. And when I was born they said it was as if it were him born all over again. It is a sixth sense."
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Quiet Sunday & I Hate Clover

   It's a chilly day here. I am listening to my 8 yr old Daughter & her girlfriend giggle their guts out. They are in the basement painting spring pictures. I set up the easels, got the paints out & made popcorn & pizza. She & I worked so hard planting berries yesterday we figured we needed a day of rest. The garden is a MESS! Clover has taken over & the more I pull the more there seems to be. I have never had this happen before.(Insert sad face) Trying to get it ready for planting is really going to be a chore this year. There is a week's worth of rain coming so it will be awhile until I can get out & work on it again. Bucket growing will probably be what I start doing in the future. I am still working on making life easier as we get older. Baby steps.....

5 Tips To Grow Delicious Tomatoes In Containers

5 Tips To Grow Delicious Tomatoes In Containers

grow tomatoes in containers with these 5 tips
Craving garden fresh tomatoes, but don’t have the space for a garden? Consider growing your tomatoes in containers!
You may have heard that getting a good crop off your container grown tomatoes can be difficult. Sometimes the plants won’t produce many tomatoes, and the ones you do get can be watery and lack flavor.
If you’ve ever experienced these problems, then you are not alone! Tomatoes can be one of the more challenging plants to grow in containers, but here are a few tips that will increase your yield and allow you to enjoy your own delicious homegrown tomatoes this year.
Before we dive in, I want to mention two very important things.
First, whether you grow tomatoes in containers or in the garden, make sure you pick a good location where they will get at least 6 hours of sun per day. Tomatoes placed in too much shade will not produce well.
Second, don’t plant your tomatoes too early. If it’s too cold when you put them out in the garden, they’ll really struggle to get going and will be slower to produce tomatoes. Get your timing right with this customized planting guide.
Okay, on to the tips!


A container that is too small will cause stunted root growth and lead to fewer tomatoes. Be aware that many of the popular tomatoes sold at gardener centers are indeterminate plants.
Indeterminate tomatoes will continue to grow larger and longer until they don’t have adequate growing conditions. In an ideal location, they can be 6 to 8 or more feet tall. So this type of tomato plant needs plenty of space for root growth.
Keep your indeterminate tomatoes happy with at least a 20 gallon pot. But smaller varieties, like determinate and dwarf tomato plants, will be okay in smaller pots.
The type of tomato plant is not always listed on the plant label, so do your research about tomato varieties before you go shopping.
Pick your variety wisely with your space in mind. You’ll have more options if you grow your own tomatoes from seed, but you can grow any purchased tomato plant in containers with these tips.


Make sure you give your tomato plants a healthy start by providing them with good soil. Both potting soil and compost are available for purchase at gardening centers and home improvement stores.
Whatever you do, don’t use soil from your yard or garden area in containers.
Garden soil is full of debris and material that you don’t want to put in your container garden. Soil from your yard will probably not have adequate drainage for use in containers. And there’s a very high risk of bringing disease pathogens, weed seeds, and even caterpillar pupae into your container.
Since the container is by definition limited in space, you don’t want your tomato to have any competition for space or nutrients. Tomatoes can be plagued by all sorts of pests and disease, so don’t make things harder on yourself by inviting them in from the get go.
give your tomato plant support in a container


Most tomatoes, sometimes even dwarfs, will require some support as they grow. Since the plant grows very much like a vine, the stem is not nearly strong enough to hold it upright. Without support, your tomato will flop over the edge of your container and end up growing on the ground.
Always try to keep you tomato off the ground to minimize hiding spaces for pests, increase air flow, and allow you to see and access your delicious tomatoes.
Something as simple as a wooden or metal stake and loosely bound twist ties is sufficient to support your tomato plant. Tomato cages are fine, but can make it harder to access and prune your tomato plant.


how to prune tomato plant suckers
To make the most out of your container tomato, make sure you’re pruning off suckers.
Suckers are the little sprouts that come out from the stem at the leaf nodes. These are the beginnings of additional growing stems.
If left intact, they’ll grow to be their own little tomato plant sucking the life out of your main stem. It may seem like you’d want to let them grow for more tomatoes, but you’ll actually get more and better tasting tomatoes if you remove them.
Left alone, the plant will try to do too much. Allow your tomato to dedicate all its energy to making delicious tomatoes on one main stem.
Also make sure to prune of dead leaves from the bottom up. It’s natural for the earliest leaves to start to turn brown. Don’t leave them on to invite disease or pests. Use clean, sharp pruners to cut them off. This will keep your plant healthy and facilitate good airflow.


Whether you plant your tomatoes in the ground or in a container, make sure you provide adequate fertilizer. Tomatoes require lots of nutrients to make flavorful fruit.
Fertilize at least once monthly with a liquid organic fertilizer for the best results. If you see your plant’s leaves are looking pale or yellow, that’s a good sign that they need more nutrients. Hungry plants will also display stunted growth, drop flowers, and produce fewer fruit.
If you choose organic fertilizer, you are less likely to over fertilize and burn your plants. If you’re using inorganic fertilizer, use a bit more caution so you don’t over do it. Always read the directions on your fertilizer label.
Learn more about fertilizer and how to choose the right fertilizer for your veggie garden.


For the healthiest plants, monitor them every day. Observe your plant for pest issues, signs of nutrient deficiency, and watering requirements. Depending on the weather, they might need to be watered daily or only every other day.
When you do water them, try to avoid the leaves and fruit by providing water directly at the base of the plant.
Water that is retained on the leaves and fruit will encourage mold and fungal disease. The plants don’t need to take up water from their leaves or fruit. Watering the base supplies water directly to the roots where they need it.
Tomatoes are really interesting plants! If you want to know more about them, read these 10 things about tomatoes every gardener needs to know.


  1. Growing your tomatoes in containers can be very rewarding! Planning ahead and understanding what your tomatoes need is the key to getting delicious tomatoes from container grown plants.
  2. Choose an appropriately sized tomato and container. Place it where it can get at least 6 hours of sun every day.
  3. Use quality garden soil and/or compost. For the best results, don’t use dirt from your yard.
    Provide growing support for your tomato. Don’t allow it to grow along the ground.
  4. Prune off the suckers and dead leaves to increase your yield. Healthy tomatoes have good airflow between their leaves and stems.
  5. Apply liquid organic fertilizer every 2 to 4 weeks. Tomatoes are heavy feeders and need lots of nutrients to make the best tasting tomatoes.
Bonus tip: Water at the base and avoid wetting the leaves and fruit to minimize mold and fungal disease.
This article was written by Laura Seabolt from Laura is the author Seed Starting For Beginners and The Ultimate Garden Planning Spreadsheets. She and her family grow thousands of tomatoes every year on their farm in Northeast Georgia. They also breed tomatoes and have a micro-dwarf variety they grew in containers through the winter! 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hurry Up Spring

Bob Harris with Game Plan Experts out of Kansas City shared a few handy tips and the supplies that one person would need to shelter in place for six months.


“Two is one. One is none.” Assume something will go wrong with your provisions/gear.

Rule of Threes. The average person only has the following time frames (all related to some measure of three) to survive: three minutes without oxygen, three hours in harsh climate (e.g. severe cold temps), three days without water, three weeks without food.

The average male needs to consume 2,500 calories per day, and the average female needs to consume 2,000 calories per day.

The average person needs 2 gallons of water per day (minimum) to survive: ½ gallon to drink, ½ gallon to cook, 1 gallon for cleaning and hygiene.


Most people will only have about three days’ worth of perishable food in their pantries. Beyond that, they will need to build up long-term food reserves. Harris recommends a mixture of food supplies to incorporate variety, but also to maintain a healthy balance of nutrients.

The average man would need to consume approximately 450,000 calories over a 6-month period. The average woman would need approximately 360,000 calories.

Most canned goods and properly packaged (nonrefrigerated) items will last six months to a year, so Harris highly recommends caching a good portion of your long-term foods with items that you already eat on a regular basis (e.g., canned corn, peas, green beans, etc.).

If you don’t expect to have electricity, or you are on a tight budget, there are still many good options available on the market. Consider the following examples:

SOS Food Ration Bars. Each brick contains approximately nine 400-calorie bars totaling 3,600 calories.

Liberty Tree (Gluten-Free) Dehydrated/Freeze-Dried pre-packaged meals. Each bucket has a 20-year shelf life and consists of approximately 18,000 calories.

To eat for one day, Harris recommends something like this: an SOS bar for breakfast, a Liberty Tree pre-packaged meal for lunch and a meal of one vegetable, one protein and one fruit from long-term food storage supplies for dinner.

Be sure to have a good daily multivitamin during this period to supplement the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain your health.

360 gallons for drinking, cooking, cleaning, hygiene
A food-grade water storage containers for long-term water storage
A water filter and/or a water filtration straw
Boiling, chlorination (liquid bleach) and/or distillation is highly recommended for any long-term water storage solutions if you do not have a good water filtration system.

Body Warmers
Fire-starters, flint fire-starter, lighter, waterproof matches

Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash
Razor, shaving cream
Nail file, nail clippers
Shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, hand lotion
Feminine Hygiene Products
Toilet Paper
Disposable waste bags

First-aid guide
Bandages, gauze pads, gauze wrap
Alcohol prep pads, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide
Burn gel/cream
Tweezers, shears, butterfly wound closures, sutures, suture removal kit, skin stapler
Pain reliever, triple antibiotics, sting relief, antacid, diotame anti-diarrheal, electrolyte replacement
Tourniquet, tape
Nitrile Gloves, N95 surgical-grade mask
Any specific medications required

Manual can opener
LED Flashlight/Batteries (solar/hand-crank)
High quality multi-tool (we recommend Leatherman)
NOAA Weather Radio
Generator (Gas/Propane/Solar)
Entertainment (Playing Cards, books, games, etc.)
Forms of communication (cell phone, HAM radio, walkie-talkies, powercords, chargers, etc.)
Personal protection

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

This Is Our Year Of Change

   Even with the wind chill making the feel like temp in the mid 30's Jim & I spent part of the day working on our property. There was an old chicken coop attached to the back of one of our out buildings & it had to be 30+ years old. The roof caved in this winter so it was time to get it torn down. I had been needing some rusty barn tin for a couple of projects so I scored big time.It will be used around a jacuzzi tub & to cover the bar area in the kitchen. It has the perfect amount of rust & patina.
   This is going to be our year of change. is in the making, we are ditching cable TV for our Roku's, Mohu Leaf's, Netflix & Hulu, no more home phone & I have quit using the money pit dryer. I hate to admit it but I will not give up my dishwasher. I do alot of cooking & it is nice to not have to wash dishes.
   I have most of my garden seed started. I saved tin cans all winter to start the plants in. I bought grapes, blueberry & raspberry bushes & have a tulip tree & some daylilys all growing in my kitchen window.I am going to give Gardenchick part of my garden to grow her flowers. She especially wants to grow sunflowers. Along with her strawberry patch she will have her own spot to dig in the dirt.
    I need to get rid of the foxes & armadillos that have taken up residents on our place & get our flock going again. When we were tearing down the coop we found a large trap made out of fencing. It will get used very soon.
   Jim & I realize that as we are getting older we need to make things much more simple. Having an 8 yr. old keeps us on the go all the time, but we need to have a simple life when it comes to everything else. It's been a long time in the making but it is very important to do it now.