A Look at Our Week
I’ve put off doing this week’s blog for the last couple days. I just didn’t feel like blogging in my blah mood. But if I only blog about the positive aspects of my life that just doesn’t seem like the picture I want to paint for the world. That just seems a little fake to me and goodness knows there are enough fake people in this world! It’s not all peachy and rosey over here in the mountains everyday! Now granted, if the world outside of those mountains didn’t exist and never showed itself it just may be. But that’s not an option unfortunately! I have problems and stresses that can take quite a toll on me at times. Mommin’ doesn’t seem to get any easier after 18.
My hope is always that the good days outweigh the bad ones and I strive each and everyday to not let the bad days dampen the good ones. To quote one of my new favorite songs “Rain doesn’t change the sun.” I work hard to keep the rain away from my sun. I try not to focus on the negatives and the issues but instead work on finding the solutions and getting through whatever it may be. I try hard to keep the “Waaa-Waaa’s” away and not wallow too much in my own self-pity. Life is a roller coaster, bumps happen, learn from them, fix them and move on!
It’s going to be a stressful week around here. It’s a solo week as well, my guy is working. We will meet up again on Monday and hopefully all will be sunny and bright by then.
We hiked up Hebron Falls in Julian Price Memorial Park in Blowing Rock, N.C. The hike was relatively easy, the hardest part being the climb back up from the falls. I sat on a rock and ate my apple with my feet soaking in the water while my guy jumped from rock to rock to see more of the falls. We ate blackberries fresh from the bush and watched a snake basking in the sun. Well, he watched, I ran. Then we visited the Moses Cone House and are planning to return soon to do the trails there.
House Hunting News
What?! Actually something to post in this section?? Well, not really. My sister, mother and niece came to town this weekend. We traveled together to Johnson City, TN to watch my oldest niece dance with her college dance team. While they were in town I gave them the grand tour and showed them several of the houses and land we have looked at. They picked out several houses that they loved (that’s the easy part, of course these were not for sale!) We also drove by a new listing that me and my guy had been interested in, but were not pleased with the location and close proximity to people! There is also an older listing that the price keeps dropping on, we may have to revisit that one again soon. When the price goes down low enough we may be able to get past why we marked is as a no originally.
So, a couple of months ago my guy asked if I would take him to Nashville to save the corps flight money and save him the hassle of having to fly. Of course, I said yes! Anything to help out! (And to check Nashville off my list of must see cities to visit!) We spent an amazing day and a half in Nashville. I was checking boxes left and right!
Now, my guy, he could care less about Nashville. He’d been there many times and had never visited any of my must see places! Old school country music he gets pretty much. He loves Johnny Cash and when I played old school country on the 5 hour drive to Nashville, he recognized several songs and artists. (Thanks for that Mama Mary!) This is just one of those times that one of us does something that they would have never done on their own but they don’t hesitate to do it with the other. I asked him several times if he was having fun or had enjoyed X. His reply was always, “I’ve enjoyed watching you and seeing your excitement and passion.” ❤ He’s the best.
And oh man, I was all up in my feelings on this trip! I grew up with the country legends. I can remember roller skating around the living room pretending I was Daisy Duke working at the Boar’s Nest while playing 8 tracks of Kenny, Dolly, Loretta & Crystal Gayle. It was amazing to think I was standing and walking on those same streets that they had been on at one time. Now granted 1,000,0000,000 others have walked there since then, but I could still feel their presence. Especially my Loretta Lynn. I have loved Loretta for as long as I can remember. I even rewrote “Coal Miner’s Daughter” for my Daddy’s birthday one year. I may or may not have had a tear in my eye going through her Hall of Fame exhibit.
We did most of the Nashville must do’s. Now, I say “most” because you can never just do them all, and if I say “all” then the chances of ever going back there decrease. We did an Opry show, walked around the Ryman, did a Nashville bus tour, went honky-tonkin’ (yee-haw), went to Ernest Tubb’s record shop, saw music row, toured the hall of fame, and walked through the country music walk of fame. And of course being in Nashville, I discovered new, awesome music acts!
What’s for Dinner?
Tuna melts! Perfect meal on a hot summer day after hiking! Served on a thick tomato slice (unfortunately not from my plants just yet.) And cherry tomatoes from the local farmer’s market. We visited during their special Tuesday afternoon sale and were schooled on all the different types of beans!
And cookies! Perk of living 20 minute from a college town is that you can get cookies and ice cream at 2 a.m. !
Have a great week! xoxoxo