An ending & A beginning

A Look at Our Week 

It’s been a whirlwind, emotional roller coaster kind of week full of celebrations! Our 3 year plan has always been to get through my son’s graduation and then we would move out of Danville. This week my son graduated and our move will be complete in the next few weeks! Cutler has decided to stay in Danville with his Dad for now. He will continue working and hopefully decide on his path very soon.

Oh how I hate when the big red bag gets pulled out from the back of the closet. This big red bag only means one thing! It’s time for summer tour to begin, which means my guy will be leaving! We both left Danville on Sunday and went our separate ways, me back to Mountain City and him to Indiana for move ins. This is always his longest trip for the summer. Two weeks this time! Now I normally do go with him for at least one of those weeks, and it seems funny that this year with no job to report to, we have decided for me to stay home! But we have been so incredibly busy recently! I have more on my calendar for this upcoming week with another trip back to Danville and I am really looking forward to having nothing to do next week! We have left it with if we miss each other too much we can always work out a spur of the moment trip, so we shall see!

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The House Hunting Scene

We went out to look at one lot of land this week. It was a 40 acre lot and was in a nice location. Our only issue was with the layout of the land. All of the roadside land was basically straight down a cliff, so working out a driveway and making a path to the house would have been incredibly difficult. My mom asked me this weekend if I thought we’d ever find a place. I had to laugh. I’m sure to some we must appear to be the pickiest home buyer/land buyers ever. We are very cautious and know exactly what we want and we will know it once we find it. And we are patient enough to wait it out! My biggest fear is jumping on something and then the next month something becoming available that will make us regret our decision. So we continue waiting and looking!

Hiking Adventures

On one of our only days in Mountain City this week, we decided to head to the Laurel Falls trail. It had rained for several days prior and my guy was excited to see the falls after several good rainfalls. I am all about being prepared these days so I try to learn how long and what kind of trail we will be doing beforehand. My guy looked through his map and described a 1.7 mile hike to the falls and back, so 3.4 miles total trip. “We will go down a staircase and practically be there.” Sounds great! I decided to wear my new rain boots for this hike. It ended up being a very good decision! The trail was very muddy in some places and lots of deep puddles.

And long … The trail was very long! We went right down that staircase no problem, but no falls in sight just yet. So we continued walking along the trail. And walking and walking and climbing and climbing. During one of my rest stops I expressed my concern that we were going uphill. (I can hike on flat ground for days, the hills are killer though.) I imagined a hike to the falls being mainly downhill on the way there. He assumed we would be hiking up to the top of the falls and then going down once we got there. During another rest stop (There are usually many when going uphill.) we met a group of young hikers coming down. We were at a fork in the trail so my guy asked which route we should take to get to the falls. They looked at me, laying on my rock, face red, guzzling my water, panting and said, “Oh definitely this way, the other way is really muddy and you don’t want to have to go up the stairs we came down. Go up this way and then back down this way too.” Awesome! Great advice. Off we went.

This part of the trail was really tough! Lots of stairs and up hills. But at least I can hear the falls now. There is a steep rock staircase that we must go down to see the falls. Of course I slip and fall on these stairs and immediately state “I’m okay.” so that my guy will stop beating himself up for bringing me on this hike. He normally likes to take me on hikes that he is very familiar with. He likes knowing exactly how difficult it will be and I like knowing how much longer we have. When he doesn’t have this knowledge he worries about me to the extreme. I enjoy our hikes. I always love the end result, whatever the pretty things are I get to see along the way and how great and accomplished I feel when I complete it. During the hike (especially uphill) I may appear to be hating it, but it’s all part of the process and I know I just have to keep challenging and pushing myself to get that awesome feeling at the end.

So finally, we make it to the falls. Well worth the walk! They were beautiful and fully loaded from the rain. After getting our pics and enjoying the view for awhile I state that I’m not going back up the stairs I just came down. We decide to ignore the young hikers advice and go on the lower trail. I got this. We pass another group of young hikers on our way and we both notice they kind of smirk as we walk by. We quickly learned why. Ahead on the trail we see a rock wall with a narrow rock path bordering the water. With the water being so high the trail is even more difficult. My first worry is that my rain boots will be slippery on the rocks. My guy tucks his cell phone into a safe pocket. He checks in to make sure I’m still okay with this path to which I decide scaling a rock wall is much better than climbing up stairs again. So off we go, and it was no problem at all to get across!

Now by this time, my rain boots and all the rocks I’m walking on have done a number on my feet. And I’m feeling horribly out of shape (which I am but it still felt bad to realize it). We finally make it back to the trailhead and the car. I declare ice cream is in order. Well, of course we are in the middle of nowhere USA and there is no ice cream parlor to be found. After several miles and towns we do come across a little country store that’s opened. I’m way too tired to venture out so my guy goes in. And stays forever! When he finally comes out 20 minutes later, he’s with the cashier and says “Good-bye Connie!” as he gets back in the car. He not only knows her name but where she lives as well. I love the South!

Once we make it back home my guy studies the trail maps a little harder and learns we actually hiked a little over 5 miles instead of 3.4. Whew! Now I feel so much better about how beat I am! At least it was from a 5 miler and not a 3 miler!

Traveling Times

On Tuesday my youngest niece graduated from high school. We traveled to Oliver Springs to take part of the festivities. She attends a small high school and had a graduating class of about 66. She will be attending the community college in the fall and then transfer to a four year college to major in Nursing. We are so proud of our beautiful girl!

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Thursday another trip to Danville was on the calendar! It was time to prepare for my baby boy’s high school graduation! His school is much larger with a graduating class of over 200. My family came to town to help celebrate his special day! His graduation was on Friday night, but unfortunately we were only allowed 6 tickets to the ceremony. My mom and I went, Cutler’s dad and his sister and Cutler’s godparents.

The ceremony was sad in my opinion. This class had lost 2 students this year. One had just passed away the Monday before graduation. Their seats were marked with their caps and gowns and flowers. I watched her closest friends faces as their names were called to walk across the stage. They smiled for the camera as they shook hands and took their diplomas, but then as they walked down the other side of the stage and back to their seats, you could see the sadness creeping back onto their faces. So sad for this group of young people. My son knew this girl but was not a close friend, but several of his close friends were very close with her. At the beginning of the week when we learned the news I was only thinking about exam scores, final grades and graduation requirements. It forced me to stop in my tracks and just be grateful and thankful that I had my son here with me. Numbers and expectations didn’t seem to matter quite as much after that news came out. I’m happy that these kids were able to push past their broken hearts and enjoy their special moment!

And then it really happened, they really did indeed call out my boy’s name to graduate! And we followed all the rules and they actually gave him his diploma! What a challenge it is getting a boy that hated school to graduation! But we made it! Now it was time to celebrate! We had a party for Cutler & my niece on Saturday night and it was wonderful! So happy my family was able to be here! We were all here except for my brother-in-law who was home dog-sitting.

What’s For Dinner? 

LOL! We weren’t home long enough for many dinners! But I did manage to try out a new recipe for a homemade taco meat in the crockpot. It was definitely a winner with my guy! And easy as can be! ❤

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Sappy Selfies

Here are a couple from our FIVE mile hike! ❤ #14DaysTilWeAreTogetherAgain

Have a great week! XOXO

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Busy Bees

Look At Our Week:

Another busy week is over and done! We have joked all week about just how busy we have been since my retirement. We often find ourselves discovering just how little time we have had. We have a list of things to do that we just can’t seem to find the time for. No end in sight just yet but hopefully soon! I look forward to doing nothing at some point!

The highlight of the week was celebrating my sons 18th birthday. I’ve always been told how quickly your children grow up and I’ve often warned parents of this, but it truly does happen so quickly! I can remember his younger years so clearly and it seems as if they just took place yesterday.

The House Hunting Scene

It was a quiet week as far as new houses and land is concerned! We do have one lot we are planning to check out tomorrow, but nothing very promising yet. I have found a new theme song for our house hunt! Our position throughout this move has been that we are in no hurry, we have a wonderful place to live until we find exactly what we are looking for so we are set to wait it out and should never feel pressured to settle for less than exactly what we want. We will live in this house for the rest of our lives so it best be a good one! Here is the link to my song, I find myself playing it when the hunt starts getting me down!

While we were in Danville we did pack up two more loads from the apartment and should be completely done there by mid June.

Hiking Adventures

I did it! I took my guy on the trail I solo hiked and finally made it to the top of our ridge and hiked along the upper trail! One rainy afternoon we both wanted to walk, so during a break in the rain we decided to walk up our street. Whoa! It was all uphill!! Hills & I do not get along very well. I made it about halfway to the end of the road before sending my guy on his own. And wow, I felt those hills in my legs and booty for at least 3 days! Once our 2 week rainy streak ends we are planning on getting on the AT trails around our house!

Our best hiking adventure this week was traveling to Trail Days in Damascus, VA. We had a wonderful the time and had lots of festival foods! We listened to a presentation by the woman who holds the woman’s record for completing the AT and also has held an overall record. She was amazing and so inspiring! For about 2 seconds of her talk I was ready to get me a pack and head out on the trail myself! But I think I better stick to my short day hikes for now! We love the Hiker’s Parade that is a part of Trail Days and includes hikers that have completed or are working on completing the AT. We also spread a little Trail Magic by giving a hiker a ride from Trail Days back to his point on the trail.

Traveling Times

One of the many perks of our move: I was able to spend Mother’s Day with my family in Oliver Springs, TN. It was a great day! Manis and pedis with mom and my youngest niece then my niece and I prepared a steak dinner for our family.  It was great catching up and spending time with everyone! That night we had girls night with my sister and 2 nieces and watched home movies! The next day was lunch out before I headed back home! I love that I am able to see my family so easily now! A one day trip can even be done now!

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What’s For Dinner?

I’ve had this one on my to cook list for awhile and finally got to it! Cornish Hens cooked in the crockpot. They were delicious, although a little bit of work was required to eat them and remove the bones! Served with corn on the cob and squash and zucchini with onions!

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Sappy Selfies

Here are a couple from our time at Trail Days! Can’

t wait for next year!

Have a great week!! XOXO

Solo Hiker

A Look at Our Week

It’s been a wonderful week! My Monday morning started off perfectly! I enjoyed my breakfast and book outside on my deck with my gorgeous view and cows and horse surrounding me! It was bliss! Everything I ever imagined it would be.

And yes, a book! I read a book! Years ago I was an avid reader. I was known to show up to work with no sleep due to getting into a book and not being able to put it down so I sat up all night reading! Then life happened! It became harder to be able to lose myself in a book. My brain and life had too much happening and I wasn’t able to give reading the concentration it needed. I would try and find myself either reading the same paragraph over and over again or reading a whole chapter and having no recollection of anything I had just read. I have missed reading! I have missed my books! While we were in New York we had lunch with some of my guy’s friends. The wife is an author and her son had written a book with her. I felt it would be a good step back into reading to see how it went now.

And it went very well! I loved the book and finished it in two days! The book tells of the faith of their child and how it has developed over the years as he has grown and faced challenges. The child attended Sandy Hook Elementary and was in third grade when the shooting occurred. It’s a beautiful story! I have her novel to read next.

I have read on my transcription forum that several of the people work from their recliners. This idea has intrigued me. When I first started working I struggled with comfort. I had to add an additional keyboard, raise my laptop and find a comfortable chair to keep my back and neck from hurting from all the sitting. Well today I worked from the recliner and it worked! And if you have to do work, let me tell you, this is the way to get it done!

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The House Hunting Scene

Our latest updates are not looking too good! The land we had made an offer for and proposed moving the property lines came back with a no. Now keep in mind, both lots in this scenario are for sale! Our theory is that the owner does not want to give us the extra acreage because it will take the most easiest building spot from the second lot. So the search continues! And we are settling in at the rental house and feel no rush to leave here.

We have moved two car loads of our belongings here and our temporary home is feeling pretty good! We remain positive about our search and are confident that we will find land or a house soon!

Hiking Adventures

Okay, finally the long awaited solo hiking details. On Monday my guy and I headed up to the top of the big hill in our back pasture again. I had devised a plan that I thought would bring me to the top of the hill without doing the huge hill my guy had done before. We started up to the cemetery, which I had done previously. Hills are tough for me! And these just keep going up and up! We made it to the top of the first hill and the path appeared to continue going nowhere but up. I stopped and inquired about how high we were going to have to go. He points way high through the trees to the ridge he is going to. I shake my head and say, “Nope, I’m out.” I encourage him to continue his trek, and he shows me what he will do and that it should take him about an hour. So I head back down the hill.

Once I get to the bottom of the hill and rest for awhile, without the cows interfering this time, my energy level builds back up. I size up the hill across the creek and decide I can make it up that way. I climb to the top and now I am at the end of the trail that I think my guy is going to be coming down. I sit in the grass at the fence gate for a few minutes, but see no sign of him. I don’t think enough time has passed for him to be this close to completing the trail yet, so I decide to walk down the trail towards him, hoping to meet up with him. I’m imagining his look of delight and surprise when he sees me walking towards him. I continue walking on the trail, pushing briar bushes out of my way, feeling proud of myself for going out on my own. I’m a hiker!

At some point, I realize that my trail is much lower than the ridge trail where my guy is walking. I keep looking up at his trail, hoping to catch a glimpse of him walking, but I see nothing, but I am still determined to keep going forward. I get to the end of the trail and I’m in another valley, or I guess as they say around here, holler. I’m confused because I assumed I would have ended up on the same trail that was at the top of the pasture hill. To my left, towards our house is a big hill. I’m assuming it’s the same hill I’ve watched my guy climb up. My thoughts are if I can make it to the top of that hill I will be at the far end of our pasture. And a hero, a real hiker girl. I can do this I keep telling myself. I walk towards the hill and stop to rest and think out my game plan.

I check the time and realize I am right at the hour point that my guy should be finishing his hike. I look up at the hill again and assess that it could take me another hour just to make it to the top of that hill. We have no cell service, so I have no way of contacting my guy to say, “I’m okay, don’t worry.” And I know if he finishes his hike and cannot find me that he will be worried, so I decide to head back on the trail I had just came down on. Again somehow, I end up a level higher than when I came in. So now I’m walking on the slant of the hill and fighting briar bushes as I go. A few foot slips here and there but I manage well. I come out at  a completely different point than when I started. I look out across the pasture and off in the distance I spot my guy opening the fence to the cow pasture. Oh good I think, he is just finishing his hike and just beginning to look for me.

As soon as he closes the gate he takes off running across the pasture. “Oops!”, I think. I guess he’s been looking for me after all. I yell out his name, not sure he will even be able to hear me since I am so far away. He immediately turns his head towards me and throws both hands up into the air. I can hear his voice traveling across the field, “You’re in trouble!” As I make my way down the hill and towards him I watch as he recovers from his brief adrenaline rush. Once we meet up I learn that he arrived home and when he didn’t see me assumed I as napping. After looking through the entire house and all the way around the house, he assumed I must have fallen coming back down the hill when I left him and was dying in the cow pasture. Needless to say, I am forbidden to hike solo without him knowing  in the future! We have plans to do my trail again tomorrow and see where that big hill leads, together.

Traveling Times

I traveled back to Danville on Tuesday morning so I could take Cutler to court from his wreck on Wednesday morning. Everything with court went really well. Hopeful that a lesson was learned!

I worked on packing up the apartment and packed a load to bring to Mountain City. The apartment is looking quite empty! We are getting rid of most of our furniture and putting the rest in our storage units until our permanent move.

Next trip is scheduled for Sunday! I will be traveling to Clinton to spend the day with my Mom! Pedicures, movies and a family cookout are planned.

 

What’s For Dinner

One of our favorite meals! Sausage with peppers and onions! We could eat this everyday! So yummy! I can’t wait until I can use peppers from my garden!

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Sappy Selfies

We were apart for part of the week, so our selfie is from tonight’s Yahtzee game!

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And We Wait…

A Look at Our Week

Ahhh finally I do believe things have settled down just a tiny bit! May is a very busy month for us though! Many more busy days ahead!

Cutler’s dad has improved greatly! He is now at home and recovering very well. Cutler is staying with him for now and keeping a close watch on him!

Most of our week was spent in Danville due to orchestra rehearsal, orchestra concert and keeping check on Cutler’s dog while his dad was in the hospital. We also did a lot of packing and added another load to our storage unit and brought another load with us to Mountains City.

We have been visiting our favorite Danville restaurant as much as possible! I tried a new drink this week! A strawberry mule! Very good!

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The House Hunting Scene

It was a week of waiting! And we are still waiting! I came to Mountains City Monday morning to view the two lots of land my guy had seen with our realtor on Friday. I was excited to see the lots because of his excitement! I knew it had to be something good! And it did not disappoint.

The first lot we visited we had seen before. When we first approached our realtor about land he mentioned this lot. He told us it was the best view in the county. But it wasn’t for sale! He promised to try to get in touch with the owner and see if he was ready to sell the lot. It was kind of one of those too good to be true kind of situations. Find a lot, fall in love with it and then try to convince the owner to sale. We didn’t give the prospect much hope! But the realtor finally heard back from the owner and they were willing to sale! Now upon viewing the lot we realized it was not perfect. The view, the view is absolutely perfect! 360 mountainous views every where you look! Exactly what we dreamed of! But, it is only 1 acre, we had hoped for more. And it is technically in a subdivision, although lots are well spaced out, and that was a big no on our list! But that view…

We visited the next lot and wow! This one is 3 1/2 acres and in the middle of nowhere! Definitely more what we were looking for! The view is awesome! Not quite 360, and not quite as amazing as the first lot, but it could work! Had the first lot not been available we would have been jumping at his lot! Time for a decision … which lot are we going to make an offer on?!  I don’t make decisions well so I quickly decided we needed to talk it out over lunch! Off to Lois’ Country’s Cafe, our favorite local place!

We knew either lot would work very well for us. After lunch we went back to the first lot again. Standing on that hill looking at the view that would be from our great room windows I said, “We have to go with this one first. It became available when we wanted it to. It’s a sign. Make the offer.” And he did! And we were ready to run right down to the realtors office and sign the papers and start digging on our land right then and there. Umm…apparently it doesn’t work like that! So we waited…

Days passed and the realtor finally called with the owners counter offer. (Keep in mind we had offered what the realtor had said was asking price!) We learned there had been some miscommunication between the realtor and owner as far as the asking price. Our original offer was already more than the second property and for only 1 acre! So we were not willing to go any higher. Must not have been meant to be… next!

We made an offer on the second lot, but added another  1 1/2 acres by suggesting a move of the property line to square off the lot and allow us to build on the highest point. The added on acreage is owned by the same owner. We expected this one to come with a wait since it would have to be approved by the county to move the line. And the wait continues! We heard from our realtor today that the owners are still thinking it over and will have an answer tomorrow. Not having an immediate no sounds like good news to me!

Hiking Adventures

We did several hikes on the mountain bike trails in Danville this week. The woods are getting more green with each hike! The mountain laurel is budded and ready to bloom!

We plan on hiking up to the top of the cow pasture again tomorrow. I’m gonna attempt to make it up to the top via the smaller hill. My goal is to do that big hill before we move from here!

Traveling Times

We spent the afternoon in Greensboro, N.C. today. My guy has trombone quartet time with his guys and I had shopping time! Came home with one new shirt and a fixed phone camera! I call that a win! Thank you Apple store!

My guy has moved himself to Mountain City! I will be here when I can, but will make several trips back to Danville for Cutler activities! His court date from his wreck is Wednesday so I will be back for that and then back the next week in time for his 18th birthday!  So hard to believe! I will also be attending the Graduation Program at my former Preschool. I promised my kids I would come watch! I’ve made several visits by there since I retired and stocked up on my hugs and love!

Sappy Selfies

My pictures will be back next week!

Here’s our selfie from our last orchestra concert!

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