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Complete Visitors Guide for Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites

Hatfield McCoy Country is an area that covers about 50 miles square but if you drive to each of the locations as I have them listed here you will travel many more miles than this. I have tried to give you the most direct route for seeing everything without any more backtracking than is necessary.  So, it’s a very long  journey for a single day. In a perfect world you can do it all in a weekend visit. Come in on Friday and stay in one of the main towns. Pikeville Kentucky Matewan West Virginia Williamson West Virginia Each of…

Bullet Journaling FREEBIES

I have recently discovered BULLET JOURNALING. I have been a SCRAPBOOKER for many years and designed and developed several scrapbook products for the scrapbook industry that are still very useful in making your scrapbook pages. But recently, I began to use those same products for my new passion…Bullet Journaling. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.   Now, before you start to tell me about how busy moms don’t have time to bullet journal or color pages in a day planner, just wait. In my mind, a busy woman doesn’t have time to NOT plan every…

My Son Michael’s Family Tree

Michael J Baisden & Son, Michael Jaye Baisden, II Mikey was named after his father. I have so many photos of them together it is insane. I followed them around when Mikey was little and captured every single moment of them because somehow in my head from the very start I knew that they would not have enough time together. I love all those photos now and especially love all of the scrapbook pages of them together. (This photo is from when he came home from the hospital and a few days later his step-sister, Leann came to see him.)…

My Hackney Family Name

I started trying to track down my daddy’s name a week ago using Ancestry.com and their FREE trial membership. In that week, I have 368 years of our family name traced back to London, England near the area where Hackney’s began. My results from my DNA test came in this week and I was excited. No big surprises with my name, Hackney and my DNA results. I am 91% from England. It made me feel secure that my parents didn’t get the wrong child at the hospital that my DNA test said I was pretty much a thoroughbred at 91% Hackney….

Cruise #1 Carnival Feb 2016

MEMORIES FROM THAT DAY While we were in Cozumel we  went out to visit the ruins. This was the first time I had seen any kind of Myan Ruins. They were called the Ancient City of Tulum and it felt like it took forever to get out to them. It was beautiful there and not horribly busy. It was great practice for my future trips to countries that made me uncomfortable. LOL That’s a big ole boat   Carnival Glory is a ship that I really want to go back on someday. We like taking cruises in February. Bil always…

10 Questions to Always Ask Your Friends

Diggers

National Geographic Diggers Bill has loved the history of the feud for many years now. Long before it was ever on the History Channel he was studying and working to build tourism in Hatfield McCoy Feud Country.  Bill has worked in tourism for the last 20 years in Feud Country as part of his position as Associate Professor for WVU. This moment was something he had waited a long time to see.  In the Diggers series, Saylor and Wyant scour the country for lost pieces of American history — from Civil War buckles to family heirloom rings and silver coins….

Blood Feuds

Another exciting moment in our area. Blood Feuds, the show on American Heroes Channel came to do an episode about the Hatfield~McCoy Feud. Bill, my husband was interviewed on this episode and talked about the historic family feud. We had several on this episode that did such an amazing job speaking to our history. Reed Potter looked awesome and spoke so well about the feud on this episode, I thought. I am adding the story below from one of the many stories about this but I also want to add a few behind the scenes photos of them filming this…

Carnevale 2018

In February 2018 we had the great pleasure of attending Carnevale in Venice, Itlay. This page is dedicated to the memories from that amazing trip. Over the week while we were in Venice we had four days that we were in costume.  During that time it grew exceedingly fun to play with the men who approached me for a photo. I found that after a time I understood the whole idea of wearing a mask to hide and become a new personality. To masquerade became exciting each day. Bill giggled that I had four proposals during the four days. Each…

Paris, France

MEMORIES FROM THAT DAY It was June 14, 2016 and we had only arrived in Paris the day before. The 6-hour time difference made it so that we both felt like it was way up into the middle of the night when we finally settled in for the evening. Excitement and the full day light outside made it hard to close our eyes. It didn’t get dark until about 10:30 pm. ​The alarm went off at 4:00 am and both of us had long since woke up and started our shower and preparation for the makeup and hair person who would…

A Boy & His Daddy

My son’s Daddy has been very sick for about a year. He busted a hole in his heart and then four months later did the same thing again. They call it an aortic discetion. I have personally watched him suffer through so much over the last year. We have been divorced for many years now, but we share a love for this boy like no other. Mike called me from the ER the night before Christmas Eve and then he ended up having open heart surgery on Christmas Eve. He has been close to death for months. On more than…

Where are all the cars?

Today I was remembering the transportation in Venice while working on this scrapbook page.   One of the things I love most about scrapbooking is how much you think about the thing you are trying to remember with the page while you are making it.   In Venice your brain can never really get around there not being cars when you get there. You make the decision you are going to go someplace, and it hits you that you can’t just go out and get in the car. There are no cars. That becomes less painful once you get your…

Paris in the snow

I love Paris. That is not a secret to the people who know me. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it in June of 2016. Of course, I was wearing my wedding dress and getting married so it was a special day already. On my second trip to Paris it would be freezing cold and covered in the first snowfall that Paris had seen in many years. It was wet and nasty but amazingly beautiful. I am so thankful that I got to see it a different way. The night that we walked out to see…

Friends Forever

Friends Forever just sounds like something you write in the back of someone’s yearbook. But in this case, it’s true. I have been friends with these girls for as long as I can remember. Though we had not all been together in the same room in the last 30 years, you wouldn’t have known it from the evening we shared. We graduated from Belfry High School in 1988 and this year will be our class reunion year. I was thinking when I thought about writing a post on our night together that when I go to the Dr he always says,…

Why is this time so scary?

The entire time you are pregnant you think of everything that can go wrong. They are so fragile, and it is definitely a scary time as a mother. When they hand you a baby and you hold it for the first time, you are certain of what they will become. You imagine at that moment their entire future. They will go college, marry the man or woman of their dreams, have your grandbabies and they will be safe and happy. I think it’s a pretty standard mom dream. When they are in this middle age, just before puberty, right after…

Smile !

One of the things that I didn’t know in advance was how many photos would be taken of us by strangers while at Carnevale.  I guess, I thought it would be fun, but I don’t think I ever knew that photographers would come from around the world to photograph those of us in the costumes and masks.  On the first day when we put our costumes on and walked out to San Marco Square we were shocked by the fact that we couldn’t reach the square. As soon as we made our way out of the tiny little street that met…

Top Things to NOT see in Cairo, Egypt (And a few you should)

When we arrived in Egypt we had been traveling for a very long time. I think we were about 14 days into the trip. We had been to Paris and Venice and it was not our first time to either, so we felt at ease in both locations. That was not the case with Egypt. Of all the places I have ever visited, Egypt is the one that felt the most like I was in a foreign country. It seemed like everything was odd. Simple things seemed different. I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but I will try….

Italian Men Fall In Love Quickly

Over the week while we were in Venice we had four days that we were in our costumes for Carnevale. During that time it grew excedingly fun to play with the men who approached me for a photograph. I found that after a time I understood the whole idea of wearing a mask to hide and become a new personality. To masquerade became exciting each day.   Bill giggled that I had four marriage proposals during the four days. Each time that I received the question it came from a man who would run over to have his turn at…

To just not be forgotten

I don’t know that I will ever be able to remember everything that I hope to remember about our vacation to Venice. Some days I really can’t focus because my mind is so cluttered with the memories and it feels like I could never forget a single detail. But the truth is I do. I forget most things that are feelings or moments, sweet and precious. I have photos and I look at them often, but I find that the little things that I write down are in the end the things that I get to recycle and experience again…

I am many things

  My husband always talks about how he is many things. It hit me that I too can’t define myself as just one thing. I love so many different types of crafts, so many different hobbies and typically my mind can’t focus on one thing enough that I don’t have projects half finished laying about. I love my life. I love my husband. I love our little house and our memories that we have been blessed to make over the years we have been together. I say all the time that I will be so mad if we don’t get…

Please don’t ever be Aaron’s Mommy

The sweet words of a 4 year old. Mikey is four at the time of this story. Aaron was 20 at the time of this tale.  Between the two of them they have 100% of my heart. Mikey is 4 and Aaron is 20. Needless to say there are a few years difference in their ages. I pretty much started over a whole new family with Mikey. But for as long as Mikey is able to remember Aaron has been “Bubby” and has been a steady part of his life. If Mikey looks outside and see’s Aaron coming into the guest…

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Beautiful Day

I am only just learning to do digital scrapbooking. I have been paper crafting for many years now but in the last six months I have tried really hard to learn to use photoshop. I had a software by Microsoft that I used since 2016 and when I upgraded my computer this last time, sadly, it stopped working with the new windows versions. I almost took the computer back. I figured this was the perfect time to give digital scrapbooking a try since I needed something to learn on. I discovered a website where I have spend hours downloading lots…

Little Boy, Where’d you get your britches?

This page is my entry for this months challenge on a blog that I subscribe to and love ! The page requirements were as listed here: 1. Use orange and brown. 2. Use woodgrain. 3. Use fabric. 4. Use something with wings. 5. Use a toilet paper roll. 6. Use song lyrics in your title I met these qualifications in the following ways…. Of coarse my paper choices were orange & browns and I used my Tim Holtz inks for distressing in Orange and Brown. Then I cut down a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper to a 8 1/2 x…