Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Georgia is sending her love to everyone!

Have a great Turkey Day!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Which came first?

Well, here at the Whiskey Path, the chickens came first. They are finally here and we are just waiting for the first egg.


7 weeks ago Melissa and I were graced with the birth of Georgia. It has been an absolute trip to finally have her here and to watch her grow. The happy parents and grandparents have been walking around with a smile on there faces and will more than likely keep the smile until she is 13 or 14 years old.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Whiskey Path Farms

When we get to the point of having everything we (or I) want, the name will be Whiskey Path Farms.  As you know we are getting the chickens, I am working on our organic Shitake mushroom logs, and now our garden.

Melissa comes out to lend support, but with her feet swelling due to the pregnancy, it is mostly moral support and I will take it!

We are looking to have organic tomatoes, peppers, lettuce mix, carrots, zucchini, summer squash, pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupe, corn, onions and potatoes.  If we have room I will plant peas and beans but it looks like the 25'x25' garden is a bit small for all of it.

Next year we hope to have a bigger garden, more mushrooms, a couple goats and two bee hives.

We will see how it goes with the new addition as to how fast we progress


It's contagious!!!

Chicken Update

We are getting the chickens this weekend!  We wanted to get them sooner but we also wanted to feed them organic food.  Since there is not a feed store that carries (or will even order) organic food we went with a company out of Virginia.  Countryside Natural Products shipped the feed to the house this week and now we are ready.

I am sure as soon as we get a chance we will post photos of the new members of The Whiskey Path family.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


The Pens and Some Paint

Since the Pittsburgh Penguins started their Playoff run in April, I have been painting every room in the house.  Seems not everyone (Melissa) is as drawn to beige as I am.  I knew the Pens were going to the Cup since I still had the baby room yet to paint.  I am just posting some before and after pictures so I don't pull a muscle patting myself on the back.


I will post more after we finish rehabing some furniture and getting rooms fully decorated.

Tis' The Season

I found and old cast iron Dutch Oven buy an outbuilding at my parents place.  The thing looked like something that should been thrown away, but I decided to try my hand at seasoning the old thing.
I had read an article how easy it was to season cast iron.  I in my novice state took a bit longer in doing so.  I used 4 steel wool pads (and a couple beer) to get all the rust off.  Then after doing so I poured Coke over the entire thing and let it dry.  After it dried I rubbed it with Crisco while the oven preheated.

I preheated the oven to 425 and lined the racks with foil so the Crisco didn't create another thing for me to clean. Left in in there for about 3 hours (which is how long it took me to clean the kitchen).

After the time had expired I left it in the oven until the next day.  I think it turned out better than expected and since we have more time than money it was well worth it.

Missing Sam's Uptown!

As usual, I haven't posted in awhile, so tonight I am going to put a few on just to show what has been going on at the Whiskey Path.

Every now and again Melissa and I both miss Charleston in a bad way.  Even though Melissa gets to Charleston for work we do not get to see our friends as much as we would like.  We can keep up with everyone on Facebook, but it just isn't the same as sitting at Sam's have a beer and BBQ Fries (or as they are called now "PG Fries") catching up with everyone.

One day about a month ago I tried to create the tasty concoction here.  I used BBQ Deer meat and organic frozen french fries.  Topping it off with cheese, jalapeno peppers, tons of onion and an ice cold IC Light.

It was good just not the same, and can not wait to get back down to Charleston to see everyone and have the real thing.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Feelin Cooped Up?

Within the next 2 weeks we will have the Chicken Coop finished and 10 residents. Fresh eggs every morning... can't wait.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Introducing Daisy Mae...

On Friday evening Daisy was brought to the house. She is the sweetest dog and very well behaved. At 18 months old her growth is almost over and looks like she is going to stay the perfect lap dog size.

On Saturday, Melissa and I took Daisy to "Woof's", a local pet store to get her a new harness and some other doggie needs. She was able to make friends with a couple other customers and their owners.

Right now we have to trade time between Daisy and the cats. After 10 years of Zeke and Zoli living sans canine they are a lil' jumpy. Melissa now has a new best friend.

Daisy like to play ball and chew on her new raw hide bone. She love going outside to look around and to sniff around the property. This morning she barked a couple times at a deer that was standing on top the hill, then strutted around because she ran it off.
All in all we are happy with our new addition and as you can see my no animals on the furniture lasted about 6-seconds.
Daisy met my parents, Melissa's parents and Carlie. After all the excitement she drifted off to sleep without a sound. When you come to visit The Whiskey Path just remember we now have a protector.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Addition

As many of you may know Melissa and I are expecting a baby in July. We are both very excited and can not wait for the day.

What most of you do not know is that we are expecting a new arrival tomorrow.

We got a forwarded email from someone Melissa worked with needing help. A family from Fairmont had a dog that, due to circumstances beyond their control, they could not keep. After a couple emails and a phone call to the family we decided to take her.

Daisy is a 1 1/2 year old Lab mix. We are excited to introduce Daisy to Zeke and Zoli.

I will keep everyone updated on how everything goes and will post more photos of Daisy once she arrives at The Whiskey Path.

Saturday, January 31, 2009


This afternoon Melissa and I met Dave Haas and his daughter Payton (named after Walter Payton, crazy Bears fans) at Apple Annie's for lunch. This was just not any lunch though, Apple Annie's has a special Super Bowl Menu and even though we have been eating off of this menu all through the playoffs today I took my camera.
We Started with the "Black and Gold" Chips. Melissa had a hamburger, Payton had the Chicken Fingers but Dave and I were more adventurous.
Dave had the "Steeler Stromboli" and when it arrived all he could say was "Great Googly Moogly" a months worth of grease in one sitting.

I chose to go with the "Blitz" Burger and the "Polamalu Curly Fries". I had the "Big Ben" a.k.a. "The Roethlisburger" last week and wanted to try something different.

What a great meal, and for a door prize I got a football shaped pace maker and a ride to the ER in an ambulance shaped like a Steeler helmet. :)


Unexpected Gifts

Melissa and I went to Charleston last week for some meetings. While we were there we left her car in Morgantown to get a new windshield. My friend (brother is more like it) Dave Haas works for/runs the local shop that replaced the windshield.
We left Charleston on Tuesday morning due to the snow and ice because all our meeting were canceled. When we got back to town Melissa dropped me off to pick up her car while she returned the rental.
To my surprise, after cleaning off 4 inches of snow, Dave had left a bottle of very nice Bourbon and a book for expecting fathers. It turns out that someone did this for him and he is passing along the tradition.
The gift was unexpected and a great gesture, just shows you could not buy a friend as good as Dave with a fist full of fifty dollar bills.