I heard that you could get a permit to make your own ‘ethanol’ for your own private use.  Heck, no one calls it ‘ethanol’ up here and there’s plenty of it still made without a permit but I didn’t want it for anything but my mowers and stuff like that.  Well now I know why these others don’t have a permit. 

Sure the government will give you a permit but you have to jump through about a hundred different hoops to get it.  You even have to give them your ‘recipe’ for the ‘ethanol’.  By the time they issue the permit, you’re tuning into oil in the ground yourself.  That and I don’t think these other guys are putting what they make in the tank of their lawn mowers either. 😉

I admit it

Okay, you caught me, I’m blond and sometimes it’s hard to keep me on one subject, ya know?  My mind goes from one thing to another so fast sometimes I can’t even keep up with it but I usually come back to what I started with before you know it too.  See we get a lot of ‘city folk’ as we call them and they can’t leave their laptops home because they think their lives will end if their hands aren’t attached to their laptops so I provide wireless internet to make them happy.  Gotta do what you can to bring the customers in and keep them happy and coming back.

What we also offer

Speaking of online, we also offer wireless internet here at my place.  I haven’t told you what I call my little establishment here, have I?   It’s called Heavenly Acres!!  No not Green Acres either.  There’s a little farm about 10 miles from here and the name of it is ‘Little Ass Farm’.  They raise miniature donkeys.  Isn’t that just too cute?  I thought it was.  Laughed my rear off when I saw it.

Where is my head??

I started off talking about insurance and ended up on everything else.  Such is life.  Anyway, I do have 5 people that I employ year round and for them, I also provide health insurance coverage.  I have found that the better you take care of your employees, the better they take care of you so that is not a luxury, it’s a staple here.  I found the best group rates online.  Even got a check up on my homeowners and business insurance too.  Can’t be too careful now can you?


Insurance is very important in my kind of establishment.  I employ about 10 people during the peak seasons of……………..well pretty much all year because people like to come here in the summer when it’s really hot because it’s not so hot up here. 

They love the spring because of the new leaves and flowers and everything coming back to life.  They love fall because of the fall colors so I guess winter is sort of my down time unless the ski slops that aren’t too far from here are booked solid and the snows just right for skiing.  I get their overflow. 

Skiing and Christmas trees are the main industries up here.

Summer Squash Recipe

I found a great summer squash recipe that has become a favorite here too.  It’s a New England Summer Squash casserole type dish.  I thought you might like to give it a try.

  • 2 pounds (about 6 cups) of Yellow Squash
  • 1/4 cup chopped Sweet Vidalia Onion
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup shreaded Carrots
  • 1 8 oz Herb Seasoned Stove Top Stuffing mix
  • 1 cup melted butter

Boil Squash and onion for 5 minutes and drain. Combine chicken soup and sour cream. Stir in shredded carrots. Fold in squash and onions. Combine stuffing mix and melted butter. Use a 12 x 7 casserole dish. Put half of stuffing on the bottom of the pan, then the squash mixture and top with remaining stuffing.  Bake at 350 degree for 25 – 30 minutes or until heated through.  Serves 6 unless they really like it and then it only serves about 4.

Good Food

During the spring months, I plant a small garden out back and feed a lot of my guests from it.  The fresh vegetables and fruits are what I’m known for. 

I even serve venison when I can get it.  That’s deer for those of you who might not know.  There are a lot of Christmas tree farmers up here and they get special permits to shoot a deer that finds their young trees rather tasty and they bring me the meat.  It’s taken to a local meat packer who takes care of cleaning it and cutting it up for me.  Then it’s wrapped and frozen. 

Good stuff if you know how to fix it right and I must do a pretty good job of it because it’s one of the things most requested here.

Love these mountains

I own a bed and breakfast in the mountains of North Carolina.  Life is good here and a bit slow as I like it.  People are genuine here, not fake like in some of the big cities.  I love the outdoors.  Animals frequent my establishment.  Watch as the sun sets on any given night and you’ll see deer, an occasional bear and plenty of other small creatures making their way to the river that flows in front of my place.  It gives you a peace no where else can.