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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

What's in a Name?

What's in a name?  Well, as you know, a name is a lot to me.  And I need a name for my new home, my new life, to rename this blog!  Help!

Primarily, whatever we come up with (you've gotta help!) will be the new name of this blog.  It's changed, as my life has.  From 'This Is Our Life' to 'The Tales of Chicken Mama, Lady Homesteader' to 'The True Tales of a Lady Homesteader'.  And I feel that the time for yet another one is upon me.  Since I don't own land anymore (grrr!) and my life is going to be extremely pared down for a while, I don't feel like "homesteader" currently applies.  At least, not in so great a status as to be part of this blog name.

Topping my list so far is 'Life in a One-Room Cabin'.  Simple and to-the-point.  But will that apply once I get the addition on?  Technically, it will still be one room . . . although I will have a tiny little pantry behind a closed door.  So, does that mean it becomes two rooms?  And does the upstairs automatically negate the "one room" status?

I've tried to come up with names relavent to my physical surroundings:  I'm tucked into the understory of spruce, poplar, and birch trees.  ('Life in the Understory'?  Metaphorical in a couple of ways.)  There is one spruce on the southeast side of the cabin with a very noticeable fork in it . . . but I can't get a good picture of it:

See the fork?  (Left side of the photo.)
So, running with that, and the metaphorical 'fork in the road' where I find myself:

A Fork In the Road
A Fork In the Path
Little Cabin at the Big Fork (too Western?)
Stick a Fork In Me (okay, so I'll admit that I came up with this one when I was feeling a little grouchy & resentful):

'Chicken Mama:  Belly-Up'???  (Okay, okay, nahhh.)
There is this tree on the path to the cabin with these three fungi that I've always enjoyed:

I think of it (the tree, the fungi - or are they mushrooms?) as Three Sisters.  And, I like that name:  Three Sisters . . . Cabin?  Three Sisters . . . something!  But then, I don't have three sisters - I don't even have one, not biologically, anyway.  (C, you know who you are, my "blister"!)  But, I really like how Three Sisters sounds so family-oriented, so supportive.  And, I am blessed with a HUGE "family" of unbelievably supportive friends.

Content in a Cabin?  I really like this but feel like it's been "done".  I know there's a blog out there that's called 'Content in a Cottage', and there MUST be one called 'Content in a Cabin', right?

I have a few more ideas, but my time is up.

Start working on this, will you?  ;)

Peace out -  CM


  1. I'm trying to come up with some clever variation of The Path Less Taken (which came to mind when you mentioned a fork in the road) Hmmm...

  2. I like "A Fork in the Road" a lot. In a way, "A Fork in the Path" sounds more rural/woodsy, but for some reason "A Fork in the Road" seems to roll off the tongue easier. And that's truly where you are right now on the "road" of your life. (Or does "path" of your life sound better?!) Of course, that means you'll have to change your blog name again when you find where this fork leads you, but that's the natural progression of things.

  3. I vote for A Fork in the Road, too. Notice how original I am? I believe As the World Turns is already taken...heehee. Sister Spirits...that has nothing to do with anything, but I like it.

  4. I'm just catching up but I like A Fork in the Road too! And the electricity....YAY!!!! Makes all the difference in the world in your comfort there. I love, love the lichen photos and header photo!

  5. A simple path... Life on a small-scale... Where the blacktop ends... Hmmmm... A fork in the road is good, tho. Indicates that you changed directions. Nothing wrong with that.

  6. The fork looks like a trident. Trident Woods? Cabin in Trident Woods? I like the threes, kind of life-stagey. Glad you are making progress :-)

  7. Hmmmm, The Fork in the Trident? :) Maybe not.

  8. Since you have to walk a path to your little cabin, maybe you can play on the path to change theme, or the three sisters. Like thinking of the three sisters as Faith, Hope and Change, or maybe Joy, Fulfillment and a better Life?

    Call it Path of Three Sisters, or Three Sisters Path? Naming the three sisters can be in your own mind, the name can have all kinds of symbolism. Beautiful fungus, and it's almost like they're signposts to something better.

    Other ideas: Smaller But Better; Tiny Cabin/Larger Life; or, Thoreau Has Nothing on Me!

    We wish you well as you begin again.

    1. WOW!!! Not that everyone else hasn't had great ideas, but yours are . . . what's the word . . . phenomenal! As if you thought about this all day yesterday! :)

      It's SO great to know that you all ARE thinking about me, my situation - that helps me MORE than you can know!!! xox


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