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Why “Plum Nelly”?

I’ve had quite a few people ask me if there’s a story behind the name, Plum Nelly. There is.

Plum Nelly. In the early 1970s, my parents decided to live off the land. They wanted to unplug from the world and live self-sustainably. My parents purchased 10+ acres in a Tennessee hollow – the valley between two hills. We had gravity-fed water, an outhouse, a wooden sledge and rail as well as block and tackle to get work materials up to the house, a root cellar, and old mantle lanterns for light. They re-purposed barns to build the house, old press-plates and tar for roofing materials, and a fieldstone foundation. The field with the stone is the story. When Dad was negotiating with the farmer for the stone, he referred to the back field as Plum Nelly. When Dad asked where that name came from, the farmer replied, “W’all, ’cause it’s so fur back, it’s plumb outta the county and n’elly out of the state.”

The name suits me perfectly. Some days it reminds me of those Tennessee days and on others days, I joke that it stands for “plumb crazy and ne’lly outta my mind.”


Follow Your North Star

This past month has been one where I’ve felt a little lost, even while I felt like I knew exactly where I was going. I did all the ‘right’ things; crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s but I felt a little empty and inadequate at the end of every day. Too much on my plate and no brakes to say ‘no.’ I was sorry every week to miss the opportunity to say ‘Hey’ to you guys.


Don’t Fear the Egg

This week has been cold and rainy and a little grey. And this is the week that Annie, our giant chicken, laid her first egg. It was a little alarming for her and her chicken friend, Lucy and they clucked the whole time.


Love Thy Frickin’ Self

I woke up this morning a little under the weather and the urge to stay in, under covers and just be. And here I am typing away at you guys. That’s cause I’m being led down a rabbit hole – a helpful one and have an urge to share.

Tech Tips

Tech Tip: iPhone Precision Keyboard Cursor

Selecting text on my iPhone has always been frustrating, but it’s been especially so since they stopped magnifying the text when you long press it. What I didn’t know, until recently, is that Apple updated the way the cursor works in iOS 12 — two years ago!


Ants vs Owl

None of us is the yogi on the mountain or the unflappable guru. We’ve got lives and reactions to life, families, businesses, emergencies and troubles.

Tech Tips

Tech Tip: Remove Text Formatting in Windows

Do you ever have a need to remove formatting from text before pasting it into Word or some other document software? I do this all the time in my design work, and I needed a way to do this in Windows 10.

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