Off to College I Go!

A Look At Our Week

I never went away to college and I have often wondered what that experience would have been like. Well, I am finally getting my taste of the college life. My guy and I are staying in a college dorm until June 11th while he is teaching drum corps. He is the perfect college roommate (even if his side of the dorm is a little messy.) I spend my days transcribing while I watch as he works. I have brought many tasks with me to keep me busy but have had very little time to work on any of them yet. I have not even crocheted this week and my crochet to do list is very long. I am sure I will find time for it all before we go back home.

You would have thought we really were going off to college with everything we had packed in the car!

 

Animal Antics

I did manage to grab a picture of the horses on our land just before we left. I was thrilled to learn it is actually three horses instead of two. Still no signs of the cows so we have assumed they were moved when the horses came in.

 

During one of my college walks I saw a squirrel. He was not phased by me at all. I was impressed with his dark color. His fur was almost black. Must be an Indiana squirrel thing. 

 

We had to stop for a line of ducks as we were entering Indiana. Our animal antics seem to follow us everywhere!

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Road Trip 

One of our favorite activities to do together is road tripping! We have had some of our best conversations while on the road. No way for either person to escape, it’s the perfect talking place! Unfortunately, the talks on this trip mainly were about how we hoped my car, Rosie was going to make it to Indiana and back home. Rosie’s had a lot of issues since we bought her just five years ago. We will have to start looking for her replacement very soon.

Our favorite snack while road tripping is McDonald’s chicken nuggets. You don’t have to tell us just how bad they are, we know! But we just love to split a 20 piece (or two) and experiment with all the different dipping sauces as we go down the road. Barbecue and Hot Mustard are his favorites while Sweet & Sour and Honey Mustard are mine.

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Gardening Fun 

I spent a little time in my garden before we left. I weeded the tomato rows since they seem to be the only thing still standing. I’m not quite sure what I will find once I return but I am anxious to find out. It has been a fun learning experience for sure.

The roses were blooming as we were packing up the car. The bush is right next to our front porch. I love roses and they always make me think about my sweet Daddy. When I was younger I told my Daddy that I wanted peach roses at my wedding. He planted every shade of peach rose he could find in his flower bed. He always took such pride in his flower beds and landscaping. I always think about him during this time of year when flowers are in full bloom.

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What’s for Dinner?

We have done it again. We have found an amazing five star restaurant in the middle of nowhere. The most delicious steak I have ever ate!

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Sappy Selfies

Road trip selfies and cold weather ensemble watching selfies! Have a great week! XOXO

 

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All Ready to Go!

A Look At Our Week

It has been a week of prepping for our trip to move-ins with drum corps. We leave today for Indiana and will return home the second week in June. I feel like we are packing everything we own but we are ready to start #movinginBLUE.

This weekend was one of our favorite times of the year. Appalachian Trail Days Festival in Damascus, VA. We spent all day there Saturday and took advantage of the events they had scheduled. We separated for the morning to attend different classes. My guy learned how to forage for food on the trail and all about map reading and compasses. I listened to others tell stories of their time on the Trail and how the Trail has changed over the years. I also went to a reenactment of the Trail journey of Grandma Gatewood. What an amazing story! First woman to complete the trail and she was 67 years old!! Man, those Ohio women ARE tough!

We met back up in the afternoon just in time for the hiker parade. It is always cool to see just how many have hiked the trail and to get to meet those that are currently in their through hiking journeys. Of course there was plenty of fair food to be had  as well!

Gardening Fun

I’ve stated several times that this year’s garden attempt is purely a learning experience and experimentation. I’ve known since I first decided to plant the garden that I would have to leave it unattended for three and a a half weeks and what a risk that would be.

Apparently, the critters of some sort have enjoyed my garden already! During my daily visits I noticed it was hard to find the cucumber and pepper plants. I’ve now accepted the fact that it was hard to find them because they are gone. I have a couple of each still planted but the majority are completely gone. Not sure if it’s bunnies, groundhog or crows or something else I don’t even know about. All of the tomato plants are standing and seem to be doing well.

I spent some time weeding my tomato rows the other day in preparation for my trip. It’s so peaceful and relaxing sitting in the middle of my garden (even if most of the plants are MIA!).

Traveling Times

My baby boy turned 19 Friday! This called for a trip to Danville and a long overdue visit with my boy. I do believe he has missed his mama! We were able to meet the new girlfriend over a birthday lunch at Olive Garden complete with birthday cookie cake. I do believe I may have found away to get the boy to come visit more often. When I mentioned baby cows the girlfriend’s face lit up and she said it was her favorite animal. I promised to cook their favorite foods and provide lots of cow viewing opportunities if they would come visit.

After lunch we headed to the mall for some birthday shopping and more catching up. We met friends for dinner at our favorite local restaurant. It was great to walk into the restaurant and be greeted with waves and hugs! After dinner we headed to our storage units to have a visit with our prized possessions stored in two storage units. I promised them that we would all be together some day soon.

Hiking Adventures

We actually did a hike this week! Every time we get back out on a trail I can’t help but wonder why we don’t do this every single day. We went to Linville Falls on a beautiful sunny day. The hike was very touristy and much more populated than we would prefer, but the views and falls were awesome. After we were done with our joint hike my guy took one of the harder trails while I napped in the car. What a life we are living!

Animal Antics

Still no new baby calves, but I noticed the other morning how quickly Junior is growing!

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We came home from Danville late Friday evening after it was dark. As we were driving past our pasture I noticed two large white things standing in the pasture. After getting out and investigating we learned we now have two white horses on our property. We haven’t been able to grab a pic yet because we have gotten home late each evening and in the mornings they are further out in the holler. We’re not sure if the cows are still here or if they were moved out when the horses came. Never a dull moment!

Busy Hands & Busy Mind

I did it! I completed my first big project. I wanted to make an orange and white (think UT Vols) afghan for my boy for his Christmas present. I looked for a pattern and could not find one that I liked. I decided it would be easy enough to create my own checkerboard pattern. I worked on it for about a month with smaller projects being worked on at the same time. So happy with my end result.

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Time to start packing the car! Have a great week!! XOXO

Happy Mother’s Day

A Look At Our Week

We took in just a little more culture Sunday afternoon. Our local community theatre was putting on a Beverly Hillbillies play and we went to check out the local talent. A step down from our Barter experience, but still very enjoyable, especially when we were encouraged to “Wee-Doggie” after each scene. Who knows one day we may just jump out of our comfort boxes and join in.

Gardening Fun

The garden is planted! My guy came out and helped me with my trellises. He’s a math guy, so it’s all about measurements and calculations with him. With me, it was more about digging in the dirt. But we worked it out and worked together to get the job done.

Now we wait to see where it goes from here! This year is definitely our learning, experimental year. Being out of town for three weeks will be a challenge, but I am feeling positive about it. With all the rain we get on a regular basis and the wetness of the soil fronunderground springs I don’t think watering will be an issue. My biggest worry right now is the critters. We shall see what happens!

Animal Antics

Speaking of critters!! The day I finished my garden planting (before the trellises were installed), after my shower I checked the back door to check in on my hard day’s work. I couldn’t believe my eyes!! 2 mama cows and the baby cow were inside my garden fence!!!! I screamed!!! My guy, in true knight in shining armor fashion took off running with his hiking stick. After a few tense moments (and choice words) he figured out the best strategy to shoo the cows out of the garden. By this time it was dark and I was unable to assess any damages until the next morning. Thankfully, all was well and I only lost two cucumber plants in the shuffle. The picture is blurry and dark, but this moment of heroism needs to be documented.

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You might be wandering how the cows were able to gain access to the fenced off garden area, well, that would be the fault of one tired gardener! When I came out of the garden I only closed the gate and did not lock it with the chain. I hadn’t been doing this throughout the entire clearing out process with no issue. During the planting the cows had been very curious watching me from the other side if the fence though and I guess their curiosity got the best of them! As I said earlier, his is a learning year, lesson learned!

My baby birds have flown the nest! I am sure mama bird is happy she doesn’t have to worry about the crazy gardener lady coming around anymore! Happy life, baby birds!

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Date Night

We celebrated our gardening success with a mid-week date night! We have been wanting to go to this cool movie theatre I had found in one of our favorite towns to visit, West Jefferson, NC. A tap takeover announcement by our favorite restaurant gave us just the perfect opportunity. Avengers End Game was awesome and so was the couch/recliner movie theatre!! (And my guy reports the beer flight was awesome as well!)

Traveling Times

Friday morning I headed off to Mom’s for a weekend of hustle, bustle and activity! Friday was spent celebrating Mom! We took her shoe shopping to find a good pair of tennis shoes that would help to support her foot/ankle. After many size changes, success was had! Then off for pedicures to make those feet look good!

After a nap for Mom the celebrations continued with dinner and a Steel Magnolias play and the Oak Ridge Playhouse. Wonderful show showcasing the love a mother has for her children!

Saturday was full of prom prep activity with my nephew and niece. It’s amazing how quickly our children grow up and how handsome and beautiful they are.

After prom pics my sister and I headed to Memphis to watch as my oldest niece has try-outs for her senior year on the Memphis dance team. Senior year, what?!?!

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Have a great week!! XOXO

A Week of Culture

A Look At Our Week

We’ve had quite the full week around here! Two sets of visitors, gardening, choral concert, Barter Theatre play, baby birds, baby cow and deer!

I love all the activity and hustle and bustle, but I am looking forward to a low key week as we begin preparing for our three week drum corps trip that is coming up in a couple of weeks.  A lot to do around here to get ready!

Gardening Fun

The garden is ready to go! I am planning on doing my planting in the next few days. I am hoping to get them planted so that I have a couple of weeks to watch over them before we leave town for several weeks for band camp. The cucumbers have recovered well and are looking much better.

 

I worked with our new cultivator this week and learned that being a FarmHER isn’t always easy! As I was attempting to leave the pasture with the cultivator, I touched my leg with the side of the cultivator and have a nasty burn on my leg. (I’ll spare everyone the pictures!)

I have kept check on my bird’s nest and made sure not to disturb the area while cultivating. The birds have hatched and usually have their little mouths open when I peek in the nest. Mommy bird will watch me from the fence post while I’m in the garden and immediately flies over to check the nest when I leave.

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Busy Hands & Busy Mind

Our local craft store celebrated Yarn Day last weekend by having a big yarn sale! Did I need yarn? No! But it was on sale so I at least had to check it out! I did rather well!

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I worked on my Christmas ornaments again this week. Finished up two more and have the supplies ready for two other ornaments.

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And then this also happened this week. I received my last picture order in the mail of pictures for Cutler’s scrapbook. I am almost finished completing his last scrapbook. It comes with a mix of emotions!

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Hiking Adventures

We hiked on our rental property this week. My guy will hike the entire rim of our holler which usually takes him about an hour. I will hike up the hill with him and then usually head back down.

 

 

While at the top the other day we heard a noise and watched as a deer came through the trees right in front of us. He stood and stared for a few minutes before turning and running and alerting the rest of the deer family that danger was near.

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Traveling Times

We had an unplanned travel day last Sunday. We took the scenic route on our way home from Boone and ended up at the original Mast General Store. I love exploring these stores! The complex had four different stores and if you visited each store you would receive a free moon pie at the end. Well, who can resist free moon pies?!??

 

 

Y’all Come Visit

We love company and we had lots this week! Tuesday our friends from Sevierville, TN came to visit and attend my guy’s first choral concert. We had salads and flatbread pizzas for an early dinner before the show and coconut cream pie for dessert. The show was based on songs from The Holocaust and was very powerful and emotional. After the concert we headed to a favorite local hangout for more food and beverages before our friends left town.

 

 

The weekend has been company filled as well. Friends from Danville, VA came to spend the weekend with us. We had plans to go to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA to see the play Madame Buttermilk on Saturday afternoon. They came into town on Friday evening and we went to a local authentic Italian restaurant for dinner.

We had a late breakfast Saturday morning before heading to Abingdon. The play was hilarious and lots of fun. After the show we headed to Boone, NC for dinner and to watch the Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, we were seated in a no TV area and had to settle on watching the Derby on a cell phone instead! Mom actually kept us up to date with her texts reporting all of the drama!

We had an earlier breakfast Sunday morning before they headed back to Danville. It was a wonderful weekend!

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Somehow we did not get pictures with any of our visitors! We must get better at this!

Animal Antics

Mama cow is still quite protective of her baby and will usually move him away whenever we come around. I did manage to get a couple of good pics of “Junior” the other day!

 

 

We recently purchased a pair of binoculars and have enjoyed our close up views of our wildlife from our back porch.

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Sappy Selfies

Selfies in front of the Love sign … you can’t get much sappier than that! Have a great week! XOXOXO