The Droughtlander Diaries

The Droughtlander Diaries ~ April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018

Dear Diary,

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve written.  I have delayed because I wanted to bring you better news. I know what Dr. YeKen thought and why he advised starting this diary but I’m not sure it’s working. I have been deluged with thoughts of Outlander.  It’s now completely out of control.  I go to sleep thinking of Outlander, wake up in the middle of the night thinking about Outlander and then again in the morning!  There is no relief from Outlander, Outlander, Outlander!!!   I do believe my Droughtlander Delusional Disorder (DDD) is getting much worse. Sometimes, I feel l need to run like Forest Gump and just keep on running.

I have, in fact, tried banging my head against the wall to dislodge the wicked ramblings in my brain which jump from one Outlander thing to another Outlander thing; however, that only resulted in a hole – not in my head but the wall. I had to quickly repair that before my husband saw it.

I have another confession to make, Dear Diary. When I took my shower this morning, I was thinking about Season 4 and what we might get to see if this excruitiating Droughtlander ever ends.  Just yesterday, I read the passage with Jamie & Claire on that glorious rock (Chapter 2, Drums of Autumn). Well, I became so distracted by these thoughts that I washed my face…with shampoo!  So driven to distraction was I that I would never have realized my error except that my eyes immediately began to sting like bloody you-know-what.

I couldn’t open them to even see what I had done. It took 10 minutes of rinsing my eyes until I was finally able to open them. Fearing that I had used the liquid Soft Scrub that I keep in my shower, I was much relieved to discover it was only the shampoo. However, I was reminded of my lapse back into DDD all day long by red, stinging and watering eyes.

I did not share this incident with my husband. I told him that I was suffering from pollen. Thank God, I had a believable excuse. If I had told him the truth, he would be calling Dr. YeKen immediately.

Although this experiment of writing down my struggles with DDD may not be working, it is a relief to be able to confess my failures. I was so embarrassed after the shampoo incident. Hopefully, the remembrance of my suffering will keep me out of harm’s way for a while. I can at least be hopeful.

P.S.  Oh, I wanted to report back to you on Dr. YeKen as I had promised last time. During my appointment last week with the good doctor, he answered a phone call and introduced himself as Dr. Fraser.  Unfortunately, I believe he is slipping rapidly into the abyss as well.Until next time…

I Remain An Obsessed Fan,




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The Droughtlander Diaries ~ April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018

Dear Diary,

This is the first entry in my Droughtlander Diary. According to Dr. I. Fash YeKen, who first diagnosed me last year, I am suffering from a severe recurrence of what he has named Droughtlander Delusional Disorder. He suggested that it would be a good idea to start this diary so that I could write down my thoughts. I believe he thinks this would help me to see on paper how far my delusion has progressed and would be a sort of self intervention. I have no reason to think this will work but decided to give it a try anyway.

Today, I was listening to Pandora where I have a station set up for Outlander’s Skye Boat Song (the Jacobite version, of course.) Being that Pandora is what Pandora is, the station does not play entirely ALL Outlander music so I was feeling quite good about that. In fact, I can listen to a couple of tunes that are not from Outlander before the teeth gnashing, head banging and stomping begins. Anyway, as I was listening, the opening music from Sassenach (you know it…Outlander Season 1, Episode 1) began to play. As hard as I tried to refrain, I must admit to you, Dear Diary, that I could not help myself. At just the right moment, perfectly in time with the swell in the music, I started to recite Claire’s words.

“People disappear all the time.

Young girls run away from home.

Children stray from their parents and are never seen again.

Housewives take the grocery money, and a taxi to the train station.

Most are found eventually.

Disappearances, after all, have explanations.


Not only did I recite it along with the music, I used a British accent (if that is at all possible for a North Carolina girl) and used the exact same emphasis and expression as Claire. After I had completed the recitation, I felt so ashamed. I had given in once again to this wicked obsession, addiction, delusion – whatever you want to call this vile thing! It does appear to be growing worse as the days go by. But I willna fash. Confessions, Dr. YeKen has told me, are good for the soul. So, Dear Diary, this is my confession to you for today.

P.S. I do wonder about Dr. YeKen though and how well his advice can actually help me. He seems to be suffering from some type of Droughtlander condition himself. When I left him yesterday, he gave me a note to give to my husband detailing his recommendation for me to start this diary. The note was written on his prescription pad and the heading was “James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, PhD.”

I will visit him again next week for another session after which I will report back to you concerning his condition. I am hopeful he will be much improved.

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Ticket Information & Itinerary ~ Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming

March 2, 2018


Hello The House! It’s almost time to launch our event, A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming, to be held at Leatherwood Mountains Resort, Ferguson, NC, September 20-23, 2018!  Tickets will go on sale Sunday, March 4, at 9:00 AM EST.

The ticket price of $319.93 includes the following:

  • Four days of activities, speakers and performers (link to itinerary below)
  • One lunch
  • One cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Two dinners
  • Gratuities on provided meals
  • Tax (7% required by law)

Cash bars will be available but are not included in the ticket price. Breakfast is on your own each morning and you will have the option to purchase a box lunch on Saturday.

A $125 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is due PER PERSON upon registration. You may pay the balance in monthly installments; however, the final payment must be made no later than July 15th.  Monies paid cannot be refunded; however, you may transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. In that event, it is imperative that you notify me by email of the name of the person attending in your place at Registration will close on or before July 15, 2018.  Unfortunately, we are unable to issue tickets to individual activities or passes for individual days.  Please bring your receipt(s) to the event as that will be your admission ticket.

The ticket price does NOT include accommodations. Once you have registered for the event, accommodations may be booked through Leatherwood Mountains Resort. When making reservations, please let the resort know you are booking for A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming.

Although staying in a cabin at Leatherwood is not mandatory, we do strongly encourage everyone to stay on site as the nearest hotel is 30 minutes away. You can lower your accommodation costs by sharing a cabin with others.  A forum has been created on the website to help you connect with others regarding sharing a cabin.  The link to the forum is  You will need to register to login to the forum.

This is an adult only event! Children are welcome to accompany you at your cabin but unfortunately they cannot be allowed at the various activities scheduled throughout the weekend. We’re sorry!

Links to register and to make your deposit/payment will be provided Sunday morning at 9:00 AM. I will be posting the links here on the blog at that time so be on the lookout.

If you have general questions about the event, you may post them in the “General Questions” forum on the website at  You will need to login to participate in the forum.

We look forward to seeing you in September! Come on home!

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A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming Ticket Announcement

February 27, 2018

Are you ready to come home? After months of planning, we are almost ready to go live with ticket sales. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, March 4. More details regarding pricing, accommodations, itinerary, meals and entertainment will be posted later this week.  The best way to keep up with all the details is to like the Facebook page by clicking here and make sure to edit notifications to receive “standard” posts and not just highlights.  Another way is to join the Facebook group by clicking here.  We hope to see you at A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming!

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A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming (formerly A Wilderness Gathering At The Ridge)

February 21, 2018

Home. That’s what Jamie & Claire will find in Season 4 of Outlander. And if you have read the books, you know that home for them will be the breathtakingly wild and beautiful backcountry of North Carolina. Come along with Outlander North Carolina as we walk in the footsteps of Jamie & Claire on The Ridge. Discover mountain vistas, rocky creeks, and the very same sounds of nature Jamie & Claire experienced. Come along to a place where nature abounds with wild turkey, deer, bobcats, bears, coyotes, possums and yes, even the occasional skunk. Learn about 18th century life at the Ridge, tour historic mountain cabins, learn how to make goat soap and cheese plus see the method of drop spindle weaving.  Have some of Rosamund Lindsay’s barbecue while enjoying lively local mountain music. Travel back in time with the Overmountain Men as they tell about their march through the backcountry to King’s Mountain. Could Jamie be with them in Book 9? Learn how Claire would have dressed on the Ridge and maybe even get to dress that way yourself. Celebrate the heritage of the mountains with a wild game dinner while being entertained by music and ballads followed by an evening of Celtic Fairy Tales and Ghost Stories. This and so much more will be awaiting you during this very special weekend! Outlander North Carolina is pleased to announce “A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming” to be held Thursday, September 20 through Sunday September 23, 2018 at Leatherwood Mountains Resort located in Ferguson, North Carolina. For the latest updates, be sure to like A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming Facebook Page and edit notifications to receive all posts. More information regarding tickets and resort accommodations coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you at A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming! Come on home!

Fall Through Time With Me In North Carolina!