Thankful & Blessed

A Look at Our Week 

Our week was spent busy preparing for my family coming to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. We arrived home on Monday from our trip to Virginia Beach & Danville and stopped at the grocery store on our way into town to keep me on schedule as planned! I am a list maker and when I go off the plan I can’t quite function properly! Tuesday was the assigned cleaning day and Wednesday was reserved for food preparation. My family began arriving late Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday was pizza delivery for dinner (Yes, they actually do deliver out here!) I was up at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday beginning my cooking.

Thanksgiving was a huge hit! It was my first time hosting dinner and preparing everything by myself … And we didn’t starve! There were a few timing issues as I was not able to fit as many things in the oven as I had imagined and I believe the oven was getting slower and slower as the morning went on. I truly understood, I was beginning to drag as well. We ate early in the day so that we could eat again later in the evening! We split up the leftovers for everyone to take home with them on Friday morning and we ended up with very little left here, which was the plan!

The time with my family was great! We talked, played games, looked through scrapbooks and reminisced. The boys got up early Thursday and went on a 6 mile hike before eating. I can’t wait to do it all again!

Traveling Times

I’m off to Mom’s house again Monday. She has another doctor’s appointment with her foot doctor Monday afternoon. She is recovering well and has started driving now and is able to walk a little better while wearing the boot. She still has a lot of pain and swelling with her ankle/leg. Hoping it will all continue to improve.

The Great Outdoors

I have attempted to feed the birds since we moved in. I went through my first two bird feeders rather quickly. I had these hanging from a tree and some large bird and/or animal would dump all of the seed onto the ground and ended up knocking the feeders down from the tree repeatedly until they broke.

My next plan of action was to find a new place for the feeders where maybe animals couldn’t climb the tree and reach the feeders. I was really wanting a shepherd’s hook to put in the yard but did not find one the day I was out shopping. Instead I got a small hook that attached to the railing of the deck and the feeders hung off of the hook. I wasn’t very hopeful that this set up would be a winner. It would be too easy for an animal to sit on the railing and feast on the seed. Sure enough the first feeder I hung was emptied in the first day.

I then found a squirrel proof feeder that was enclosed in a cage and had a latch that latched down and was difficult for me to open/shut. One night last week I woke up in the middle of the night when I heard my guy coming back into bed. He had heard something outside and had gotten up to investigate. He said he was pretty sure whatever was making the noise had gotten my feeder. Sure enough the next morning I woke to see the below image. I was quite shocked that whatever the animal was (My guy said it looked orange, maybe a cat or fox?) could unlatch the feeder.

IMG_3038[1]

I have given up for now and put up the bird feeders. I am not quite ready to admit defeat just yet though.

Below is the view from our front porch this past week. There is a Christmas tree farm right across the street and they have been cutting the trees down to ship them out. It’s really cool to watch. I really wanted to grab one of those trees as the truck drove by!

IMG_3107[1]

‘Tis the Season

Being in this transition mode we are living in can be quite challenging at times. Christmas for instance is one of those times. I got rid of my artificial tree last year knowing we would be moving this year. I am not ready to purchase a new tree just yet since I do not know what my permanent home will end up needing. I had the bright idea (after gazing at Christmas trees across the street) of just getting a live tree this year. My guy pointed out we had no way to get a tree from the tree lot to our house. And when I solved that problem he pointed out I would have no way of disposing of the tree after Christmas either. Good points.

Before Thanksgiving I spoke with our landlord and asked about borrowing a table she has stored here. She quickly approved and told me I could use the Christmas tree they have stored here as well. She says it does her heart good to know her mom’s things are being used and she knew we didn’t move all of our belongings here when we moved. Problem solved! I had brought my ornaments from storage during our last trip to Danville.

IMG_3127[1]

I always get a bit nostalgic when I put up the tree. Cutler always picked out a new ornament every year of whatever character or thing he was into that year. His ornaments are always hung front, center, bottom part of the tree. When he was little he would sit in the floor and take the ornaments off the tree and play with them or rearrange them again and again. Thank goodness for super glue! As I hung the ornaments this year I couldn’t help but think it was about time to pack up the ornaments for Cutler. That was always the plan, he’d get an ornament each year and when he was grown I’d pass the ornaments to him to decorate his own tree. Hard to believe it’s that time already.

Sappy Selfies

Have a great week! Remember to stop and think about all you have to be thankful for each and everyday! No selfies with my guy this week, but here’s one with my boy from our Danville trip last week.  XOXO

IMG_3104[1]

Advertisements

Love is in the Air

A Look At Our Week

We’ve been out and about again this week but not too much activity to write about. Last weekend we did several seasonal events in our local area. These included a little shopping, viewing Christmas in the past at a state park with cookies & hot chocolate, & after arriving at one event a day early a lot more shopping in a nearby city! It was a beautiful fall day and we had a great day just enjoying being together.

Traveling Times

Thursday morning we were up early and off to the beach! Two great friends of ours were married on the beach Saturday afternoon. It was a beautiful day shared with their closest friends & family. Perfect in every way! So happy we could be there to share in their joy. It was a great time catching up with old friends and making new ones!

A quick stop in Danville on our way home tomorrow then it will be time to start preparing for our Thanksgiving festivities. My family will be joining us for dinner. It will be my first time preparing a full holiday meal solo. Hopefully we won’t starve!

Sappy Selfies

Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for! XOXO

We Love Company!

A Look At Our Week

What a blur the last two weeks have been! No slowing down is in sight just yet, just gonna have to buckle up and enjoy the ride I guess!

We had more visitors last weekend! My guy’s brother and girlfriend came for the weekend and one of my guy’s old friends was in town for a football game so he stayed a night with us as well.

We attempted to show everyone this beautiful place we have fallen in love with, but with such a short time and so much activity planned it’s hard to fit everything in. My guy’s brother wasn’t quite as taken with the area as we are. In our defense, we didn’t show him the greatest areas around! Hiking was on our agenda and the route to some of our favorite hiking trails can sometimes resemble something out of Deliverance! If you listen carefully I swear you can hear the banjos! We will have to make sure that the next trip is more scenic!

Hiking Adventures

As I said, hiking was on our agenda with our visitors. They’ve heard my guy talking about these hiking trails and wanted to try them out.

We started our Saturday off at Lois’ yet again. When you can get her breakfast special (biscuits & gravy, egg, bacon) for $3.75 you go as often as you can! And when you walk through the door it’s just like walking into your grandma’s house!

After breakfast we were ready for our hike! We went about an hour away to Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia. The best thing about these trails is the wild ponies!! Makes all that hiking and all those rocks worth it to see those ponies grazing! I had done this same hike before but was smaller and in much better shape the first time! It was rough! Lots of stops and breaks and catching my breath, but I did it!

 

The next morning we decided we weren’t done hiking! My guy’s brother was sure to request a flat trail this time (Grayson Highlands has lots of rocky trail.). We decided on a trail we have done together several times and my guy has done many times, Elk Knob in North Carolina.

I had problems completing this trail the last time we did it. Once we started that uphill climb this time I knew I wasn’t going to break any records. I was also determined not to make everyone else wait on me as I clung to each tree we passed gasping for air. I waved them on after my first stop and assured them I would be just fine. My guy doesn’t mind leaving me on this trail because it is very well marked and heavily visited. I took my time and made it to the halfway point. This is as far as I could go the last time. I was determined to go further, and I was feeling good so onward I climbed! I met up with the group just past the 1.50 marker of the 1.90 hike. My guy was quite shocked to see me. They were more than willing to go back to the top with me, but I insisted I was fine with not going up further and was proud I made it that far!

 

What’s For Dinner? 

Breakfast again! Sunday morning I fixed another big breakfast for everyone and tried out my sausage gravy making skills again. It turned out great again!

During our mid-week errands we were finally able to try a Thai restaurant that had been recommended. And wow! Who would’ve thought you could find amazing Thai food here in Deliverance Land!

ECAB64EA-72DA-45AA-820F-6B5DEFE96463

Traveling Times

I traveled to my Mom’s week before last for her doctors appointment and they removed her cast and put her in a boot. She is still in a lot of pain and moving very slowly. She’s quite frustrated with her loss of independence and we are all hoping it returns soon.

Last Sunday we met a friend in Johnson City, TN. for dinner and some live music! Dinner was amazing and the music was enjoyable as well!

5497D749-C80C-4E64-9BE1-B27BC55FCA01

What was supposed to be a solo trip back to Danville  this week turned into a couples trip! As I was leaving Thursday afternoon, I quickly realized the gauges on my dashboard were not working! My guy is convinced I pulled a fuse out just to make sure he had to go with me. I made the trip worth his time by promising him dinner at our fave restaurant in town. We met a friend there for dinner and enjoyed catching up!

283F7D4C-4481-467E-81BB-1070A52AFE6C

This week we’re off to Virginia Beach for a wedding!

Sappy Selfies

We had a picnic on our back deck after a busy morning of errands! Yummy subs and onion rings …. yup! The diet is going well here! Love the other selfie from our day out today! Living our best life here and loving every minute of it!

 

Have a great week! XOXOXO