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

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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

 

 

One of those weeks!

A Look At Our Week

It’s been one of those weeks around here … You know the kind, when anything that can go wrong goes wrong. The week started off with me in a wah-wah mood after our house hunting disappointment last week. Then on laundry day (apparently the first one we’ve had in a while: Three loads!) the dryer stops working. I hang our three loads of clothes up on the back porch to dry. During this process I get a sharp pain in my lower back that sticks around for several days. My to do list is much too long for this!

 Busy Hands & Busy Mind

I finished my market bag! One work in progress is complete! I’m still working on the afghan and it is coming along nicely. I also completed a birthday  gift for a family member (picture to come later!)

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Gardening Fun

All my seedlings are able to have “outside time” now. They stay out all day and come back inside at night to their ironing board greenhouse. The tomatoes and cucumbers are doing really great, the peppers are a little slow coming along but I have faith.

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Well, I spoke too soon! As the week has gone on things have changed! I had the great idea of transplanting my cucumbers into larger containers. They were getting so big on their seedling pots. They have not handled the change well at all. Doing further research after the fact I have learned that they do not do well with transplanting. This is a learning process! I will plant more seeds in the ground when I plant.

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Update: They seem to be recovering a little bit now after a few days. We shall see what becomes of them.

We made our first trip to Tractor Supply this week! We were in the market for a cultivator for my garden spot. We had attempted to shop at our local hardware store, but when we asked for a price on a shovel the sales girl disappeared and was never seen again. Off to the big store we went and the customer service was off the  charts! The salesman pulled the cultivator out of the box and gave us a demonstration of how to use it.

 

I was so excited to use it the next day. Unfortunately, I hurt my back and have not yet felt up to attempting to operate any heavy machinery.

Animal Antics

We have a grand-cow!!! We checked the pasture when we arrived home Sunday and only saw four cows. When I checked the pasture Monday morning there was a baby cow! It must have been snuggled up beside it’s mom earlier. The mother is very protective and doesn’t like it when we come close to the fence. We were able to steal a few photos though.

 

Cow babies do not come without a little cow drama! Since the birth the cows have been more active and traveling over more of the land now. I keep check for sightings of them throughout the day.

One evening I looked out and the baby was laying down in the field. I kept checking and he continued laying down. Then the mama cow went to the calf and to me it appeared she was trying to get her up and could not. I’m now on constant cow watch with my chair pulled up to the sliding glass door yelling out updates every few minutes to my guy.

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It’s beginning to get dark and finally the mama lays down next to her baby. My guy tells me if I’m so worried that I should call the guy who takes care of them. I was tempted to, but hesitated with fear of overreacting. I was convinced the mother was laying there mourning the loss of her calf.

Sure enough the next morning the cows were all gone. They came down to the pasture later in the day and the calf was perfectly fine. I was relieved that all was well and also relieved that I didn’t call the owner and have him come check on his sleeping calf.

What’s For Dinner?

We have a new dinner added to our “Food for Guests” folder! Shrimp Scampi is one of my guy’s favorite meals and I finally made it this week. It was delicious! Be sure to let us know if you have any adverse reactions to shellfish before you visit!

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We also had Beef Tips over brown rice and Barbecue Chicken Flatbreads with our at home salad bar. These could easily be added to that “Food for Guests” folder too.

 

Sappy Selfies

No selfies this week, but this one showed up in my Facebook memories today from 5 years ago. It was our first publicly posted selfie! Have a great week! XOXOXO

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Happy Easter!

A Look At Our Week

We packed in as much activity as we could into the past week! House tours, family visits, gardening, visiting a friend in college, crocheting, and a holiday meal! I’m looking forward to a much less active week this week!

Gardening Fun

I have started clearing out the garden spot  on our land. This garden plot has probably not been used in about 20 years. My first chore has been to clear out all of the sticks/vines that are covering the land. Once that is completed I will begin to dig up the grass so that I can till the planting area. My plan is to plant my seedlings around the second week of May, so not much time left for the work to be done. Here is my current before and after picture of my garden clearing process.

While working in the garden the other day as I was walking to the other side, a bird flew out and startled me. A little while later I was reaching down to pull up some wildflowers and realized what the bird was doing … I found her nest hidden in the flowers with several eggs inside. Mama bird was keeping a close watch on my activity from the fence. I backed away and left the flowers as they were. I guess my garden will have one small uncleared patch!

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My seedlings are coming along very well. My living room ironing board greenhouse is doing a great job. I now sit the plants outside during the day and bring them in at night.

Busy Hands & Busy Mind

I am still working on two of my works in progress, my market bag and an afghan for my son. I’m really pleased with the afghan. The market bag I am not too sure how it is going to turn out but we shall see.

During our car ride this week I crocheted several hair scrunchies for my nieces, sister and myself. I was quite happy with how they turned out!

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House Hunting News

We’ve viewed four properties in the last week. We have began widening our search borders in hopes of finding something. The first two houses were about two hours from here. One was a solar house that really intrugued us. The land and views were beautiful but unfortunately the house was not! Next was a beautiful, spacious house with a huge laundry room and master bedroom. The only downside to the house layout was the size of the kitchen. The lot was small and most of the land was not usable land. Also, it had an uphill driveway that was a bit challenging. In the perfect world we would be able to find the second house on the first house’s land.

Since we had a trip to mom’s planned we decided to see if we could find anything near her area that caught our eye. We looked at two properties during our visit that were about three hours from here and about 45 minutes away from mom’s.

The first property we viewed has 92 acres.  The current homeowner led our tour and gave us a gater ride of the land. She was this cool, barefoot, hippie-like woman who maunevered that gater like a pro up all those hills. Most of the land was wooded with no pasture land. The house needed some cosmetic work and was a little on the small side for our preference but could work. Here’s my guy and our tour guide during our gater ride.

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The next property was 28 acres of a mix rolling pastures and woods with great front porch views. The living room/dining room/kitchen area is perfect. Beautiful flooring and the kitchen is the perfect size. A full greenhouse is included and there are several garden spots all ready to go on the property. But – there always has to be a but – there are a few design flaws that concern us about the property. It is on the discussion block and we shall see how it goes from here.

This house hunting  experience has been quite the emotional roller coaster for us both.  I have a very difficult time viewing these properties and not getting attached or getting my hopes up. When things don’t work out for whatever reasons I tend to go into a moody funk for a couple of days to recover. My guy isn’t quite sure how to handle those moody, funky days. I will just be glad when we can finally just be settled and have all of our own things around us and truly begin our new life. I’m sure people wonder if we will ever find a house, I’ve wondered it as well but I am positive that we will.

Animal Adventures

We have cows on our land again! The land owner’s grandson has brought four of his cows to our pasture. Three of the cows are pregnant and one is due any day now. We’re going to have grand-cows! Needless to say the first thing I do each morning is to check the pasture for babies!

Traveling Times

Last Saturday evening we made a trip to Bluefiled, Virginia to attend a choral concert of a friend of ours from Danville. This is her first year attending Bluefield College and we were very excited to see her perform and catch up with her. At first we we were unable to spot her during the concert not realizing she has changed her hair style and color. After the concert we took her out to dinner before we returned home.

We went to visit my family for the Easter holiday from Thursday through Sunday. Mom is continuing to recover well from her latest surgery and is able to walk in regular shoes some.

We had planned on attending a group hike on Friday morning but it had to be cancelled due to stormy weather. I prepared Easter Dinner for the fam on Saturday evening. Thanks to my sissy for giving me full access to her kitchen! Dinner turned out very well despite the fact that I somehow “cooked” the ham for 90 minutes with the stove turned off! We had ham, pork tenderloin, macaroni & cheese, broccoli, glazed carrots, deviled eggs, green beans, tossed salad, potato salad (Thanks, Mom!), fruit kabobs and strawberry cake. Oh, and rolls that were supposed to be in the shape of a bunny but looked more like an unmentionable object instead!

It is always good to catch up with my family and I love being able to cook for everyone. We climbed up the mountain on Sunday morning for a sunrise service.  Such beautiful views of the city below!

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Have a great week! XOXOXO

Happy Birthday!

A Look At Our Week

It’s been a week full of travel and activity! I do have to admit that I did find myself longing to be home, home, home. I am becoming quite the homebody these days!

Traveling Times

We finished up our Ohio visit with a surprise 40th birthday party for my guy’s nephew. The party was lots of fun and of course plenty of good food!

 

We traveled home on Monday and spent a few days at home before I left again on Thursday for mom’s. Her doctor appointment Thursday afternoon went very well. Her cast is gone and she is walking in her boot with little pain.

We also celebrated my brother’s birthday that evening. My niece had a sleep over with me and Mom Thursday night and I returned home early Friday afternoon.

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We will head back to my family on Thursday for a group hike on Friday morning and family Easter celebrations and dinner Saturday.

House Hunting News

We were able to show the house we have been interested in to my guy’s family via his sister’s new T.V. system. My guy put on quite the presentation, pointer and all!

 

Unfortunately, after meeting with a contractor we learned the construction we wanted to do would put us way over our budget. We are okay with this. There were several things about the house that we did not like. The land was perfect though! We are in the process of setting up two viewings this week with our realtor. Next!

Busy Hands & Busy Minds

For the first time since I started crocheting I have a small stack of unfinished projects. Until now I have always completed one project before starting another. I ran out of yarn for two projects I was working on and had to put them on hold until I could get the needed yarn.

I completed one of those projects last night, a thick baby blanket. I made it because I had the pretty blue yarn. No one in mind yet to receive the blanket. I am also working on my farmer’s market bag. I have the yarn to complete this and should have it done this week.

 

I had a picture in my mind of the afghan I wanted to make for my son. I could not find a pattern that fit my vision so I am creating my own pattern as I go. We shall see how it turns out.

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Next project is to organize my growing yarn collection! It is taking over my corner! A friend had given my mom a large bucket of yarn and she sent me home with a trash bag full! I can’t wait! So many projects floating around in my head!

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Since our move I have become a collector of kitchen aprons. My mom has made me several and I am constantly getting new patterns and material for her to make more. Learning to sew is on my things to learn list! We found this awesome material at Hobby Lobby this week! I can’t wait to see the completed apron.

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Gardening Fun

My seedlings are coming along great! The tomato seedlings are able to begin spending their days outside in the sun now. The cucumber and pepper seedlings will be joining them very soon!

It is on my weekend to do list to begin preparing and clearing my garden spot.

Sappy Selfies 

Birthday Party Selfie! Have a great week! XOXO

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Dehydrated Hiker

A Look At Our Week

We’ve had a busy week around here! Company and traveling were on the agenda. The weather here has been absolutely beautiful and we really hated to leave our little mountain oasis this week.

My guy’s sister and brother-in-law came to visit for one night while on their way home from Florida. They came into town late Tuesday afternoon and left Wednesday morning. We fit in a short walk on the A.T. with them Tuesday evening. We had a great time talking, reminiscing and catching up with them. His sister is convinced that 50 degrees is colder in Tennessee than in Ohio!

 

Hiking Adventures

Saturday we had plans to hike Gentry Falls Trail. This is the 4 mile trail with 15 creek crossings one way. We had attempted to do this trail a couple of months ago and the creeks were too high to cross safely. We packed a picnic to enjoy after our hike and got to it.

Now keep in mind, this whole hiking adventure girl life is still relatively new to me. As a child I was always in the creek and would crawl around the neighborhood in the drainage pipes. But as an adult, crossing a creek by stepping on wet, slippery rocks was somewhat terrifying. My guy is usually very understanding and patient with me, especially when he knows I’m outside of my comfort zone and facing my fears. Note the word usually. During the third creek crossing I made the choice of stepping in the water instead of attempting the pointy, wet, slimy rocks that were positioned too far apart from each other for my comfort. My guy could not understand why I would just choose to get wet instead of stepping on the rocks. My reasoning was that my shoes & socks are fast drying, it was warm out not cold and I’d rather have a wet shoe than a busted head. Made great sense to me!

Anyway, each creek crossing came with more stress it seemed. I had to stop several times to rest (which is a little unusual when not going uphill) and the further we went the worse I was feeling. We finally crossed all 15 creeks and we’re almost at the falls when I hit bottom. I stopped to rest on a rock and felt terrible. I knew I was either going to be sick or pass out or both. My guy had went ahead about 10 feet to get the best view of the falls. Upon hearing my dry heaves and cries he rushed back to me in true knight and shining armor fashion. He made me drink water and rubbed my neck and back as I cried. The only thoughts going through my head were, “How is he going to get me out of here across all those creek crossings.”

I was truly amazed and at how quickly things changed for the better. After drinking half a bottle of water I perked up and immediately began feeling better.  We assume I must have been dehydrated. I had only had a glass of green tea prior to our hike and did not drink water during the hike because I was using hiking poles. Lesson learned!

I made it up to view the beautiful falls and made it back across every creek crossing with no issues (minus one fall on the rocks).  I do believe that turkey sandwich picnic was the best reward ever.

 

What’s for Dinner?

We had company this week so that means referring to my “Food for Guests” folder on Pinterest. As of now this folder only has one dish to choose from. So, Garlic Tuscan Chicken was on the menu while our guests were visiting. Served with Parmesan asparagus and broccoli chicken rice. I prepared the chicken dish in the crock pot this time instead of on the stovetop.  Unfortunately, no pictures of the amazing meal!

We have enjoyed our turkey sandwiches this week and had sweet potato sticks with them one night.

 

Traveling Times

Thursday we were off to Ohio to visit with my guy’s family. It was a beautiful drive spent crocheting my market bag and listening to my weight loss podcasts.

Friday was train day! We visited a rail yard in Bellevue, OH with my guy’s dad and his dad’s wife. Unfortunately there was not much activity to watch today. We then went for lunch at a local restaurant that was rich in history. Our last stop was to a huge train store. Row after row of train cars. It was a really cool trip!

 

Saturday was filled with family time, a little shopping and even more trains! My guy’s dad has an awesome train layout in his basement.

 

Busy Hands & Busy Minds

Rain was in the forecast for Sunday so we declared it a stay home day. My to do list for the week had been completed so I devoted the day to creativity. I finished Cutler’s Sports scrapbook, made a few more christmas ornaments and crocheted. I still had quite a bit of the pretty pink yarn left from the baby blanket so I made a headband, sandals, and hat with it. I also worked on another baby blanket with some fluffy blue yarn I had bought. I will have to get another skein of yarn to complete the blanket. I have also started working on a market bag.

 

Sappy Selfies

Dehydrated hiking selfies for the win! The first pic was just before my episode and the second one was once I was feeling better.

 

Have a a great week! XOXO

Blanket #2!

A Look At Our Week

Just a normal week around here, not anything special happening. We are preparing for a visit from my guy’s sister and brother-in-law for one night next week when they stop by on their way home from Florida. We are excited, we love company!

On our “stay home” days we entertain ourselves by watching the animals in the yard. I hope neither of us ever loses the feeling of excitement we get when we see them. We have bunnies and groundhogs that live under a building that will come out into the backyard. Deer and turkey will graze in the pasture. Many beautiful birds have been enjoying my bird feeder. I think I may have finally figured out how to keep the other animals off of the feeder! We love to stand at the sliding glass door and announce what we see.

We received a special package this week. A thank you gift from my guy’s niece! It is a framed map from the Grayson Highlands hike we did while she was visiting. She decorated the map with an awesome quote. We love it and found a place on the wall to showcase our new treasure!

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Hiking Adventures

Sunday was a beautiful day! We decided it was much too pretty to stay inside all day. We set out to hike Elk Knob Trail. I completed this 4 mile hike when we first moved here and have been unable to complete it since then. I would make it halfway and then wait as my guy finisigsd it. Well, I made it all the way to the top this time! My guy went ahead as I stopped and rested way too much for him, but I still made it!

Thursday we went on a solo hike/walk. I did 3 miles on Goose Creek Trail that goes through the city and my guy did a 10 mile hike on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Friday we hiked the Laurel Creek Trail. It was amazing to see the damage from the recent flooding. It was another beautiful day!

House Hunting News

Wednesday was house touring day with our new realtor. We had three houses in Mountain City that we were interested in viewing. We also wanted to ask our realtor about seeing a house we had toured on our last touring day again, but this time perhaps bring a contractor with us to discuss possible renovations and get an estimate. This was the property that my guy really liked and the house that I felt was “meh”, but I’m open to making changes!

Two of the houses we saw had perfect layouts but both had major water/leaking issues. One with a flooded finished basement and the other with water stains down the hallway wall, and neither with any deduction in price for these issues! Next! The third house was the least favorite of the day and the lot was not impressive. Next!

We are now waiting for our realtor to set up for us to return to the house I mentioned earlier with a contractor.

What’s for Dinner?

Beef tenderloin, baked potato and tossed salad was on the menu for Monday evening! Yummy!

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I also experimented with a “healthy cookie” recipe I had found. It falls under the “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” category!

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I have been curious to try a spaghetti squash meal and when my guy’s niece was here she mentioned how good they were. So spaghetti squash chicken parmesan was on the menu for Friday night! Delicious! I can’t wait to try some other spaghetti squash recipes!

I also cooked a turkey breast to use for sandwiches. We have a hike planned today and will pack a picnic lunch to enjoy after our hike.

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Busy Hands & Busy Minds

Finished up another dish cloth and started and finished another baby blanket this week! I am so in love with this blanket and yarn! Beautiful and so very soft! 

Gardening Fun!

I keep check on my living room garden, making sure that my seeds and seedlings are well watered. You have no idea my level of excitement when I saw the first sprout reaching up through the soil.

Sappy Selfies

How could one possibly make selfies even sappier? With matching hiking outfits of course!

 

 

Have a great week! XOXO

A Hiking We Did Go

A Look at Our Week 

The first week of Spring was busy around here! Lots of working, hiking, eating, house searching and crafting. I have felt that uneasy, overwhelmed feeling this week that I sometimes get when I feel there is too much that needs to be done. I have realized it’s not really too many things that need to be done as much as it is things I want to do. I took a few minutes and made my Creative To-Do List. I feel much better now having everything recorded.

I have been working on uploading and editing pictures for my scrapbooks. I have tried convincing my guy that he needs to write some code for the Sam’s Club Photo web page. It is ridiculously slow and difficult, but I am getting there. I started scrapbooking when we brought Cutler home from Russia. It didn’t take long until I was way behind on documenting his life. I made lots of notes over the years and took a bazillion pictures of each milestone and memory. When we moved to Tennessee, I think I was about 7 years behind on his scrapbooks. I can now proudly say I have just finished doing his 2017 book and I am ready to start on 2018, which will be his final book. I hope his future spouse is delighted with the 20+ scrapbooks they will inherit! I will then begin working on documenting the travels and adventures of me and my guy.

Hiking Adventures

As predicted hiking with the niece put us back into our hiking mode. We hit the trails this week and enjoyed the beautiful weather and amazing views this area has to offer.

Tuesday we headed to Banner Elk, NC to hike a short waterfall trail I had found, Crab Orchard Falls. The hike was short, but lots of uphill climb! The falls were beautiful! There is just something indescribable about being in the middle of nature’s beauty.

 

After we completed our hike we still had a little pep in our step so we decided to do another short waterfall trail in the area, Otter Falls Trail. This hike was very short and the falls were not as incredible. They had built a viewing platform that really took away from the beauty and charm of the falls. After viewing the falls my guy announced that he was going to take the rock path that followed the creek and that I could wait for him on the bench. What?!? Needless to say I did the rock path with him and he did a great job of not saying, “I told you so.” when I fell on the rocks.

 

We also hiked on our property this week as well. We talked about the option of buying this land (if it was the right price and if owner’s decide to sell) and building our house here. It is definitely an option on the table.

We hiked the rim of our property way back at the top of the pasture. It’s a tough hike up! Lots of breaks and sitting for me! My guy says I do much better on maintained trails than climbing through the briars and fallen trees that were on this path. It does provide some beautiful views though.

 

Busy Hands & Busy Minds

I did it! I completed my first big project! Baby blanket version 6.0 (maybe 7.0) is complete! It may not be perfect, but it is complete and  I am quite proud of myself! I was a nervous wreck when I washed the blanket. I was convinced when the cycle ended that I would only have a washer full of strands of yarn. That was not the case at all! It was all still one beautiful work of art! It’s now all boxed up and ready to be shipped off to the mom and dad-to-be.

 

Dishcloths were next on the crafting to-do list! I get to use some of my awesome yarn collection I have acquired!

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Garden Fun! 

Let the gardening season begin! Saturday morning we attended a tomato planting workshop in Jonesborough, TN. We left the workshop with 12 tomato seedlings of 11 different varieties. We are excited to taste test each variety!

 

While we were out and about we stopped by Walmart to pick up our essentials and the seeds I wanted to plant. As I’ve said in other blogs, we binge watch Green Acres on Prime. I think it might be rubbing off on me! For those that are not familiar with the show, Oliver Wendell Douglas plants a full garden in pots on the balcony of his New York City penthouse. I now have an ironing board “table” set up in front of our living room window full of seedlings and seedling trays. Hopefully, we will have plenty of cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes this summer! I am loving experimenting and learning new things. My original plan was to plant in containers as I did last year, but with the bounty of seedlings I have accumulated I am tossing around the idea of clearing out the garden spot that we have on our property.

 

What’s For Dinner? 

We’ve had a low key dinner week. Leftovers from the weekend, noodles with meatballs and gravy and canned soup. After our hiking on Tuesday we tried a burger place we had never been to before. It was delicious! On our Saturday day out we couldn’t resist visiting our favorite BBQ restaurant in Johnson City, TN, Southern Craft BBQ. As we were being seated we walked by the dessert case. Huge slices of cheesecake with the top half being an orange color caught our eyes. My guy made it a point to ask the waitress what kind of cheesecake it was. Upon hearing, “Orange Dream Cheesecake”, I knew it couldn’t be passed up. I was hoping she would say carrot or sweet potato, but orange dream just can’t be missed. We split a slice and it was heavenly.

 

Sappy Selfies

Hiking & restaurant selfies! Have a great week! XOXO

 

Family Visitor

A Look At Our Week

We arrived home from Ohio on Monday evening, just in time for my guy’s choir rehearsal. I thoroughly enjoyed my much needed hotel veg-out days, my HGTV marathons and even the hotel gym!

 

Tuesday I headed back to Mom’s for her post-surgery check up on a Wednesday. All is still going well with her ankle! The doctor put her in a hard cast for 4 weeks. I stayed with her until Thursday morning. I enjoyed our visit and was able to get some advice on my crocheting techniques.

 

My guy’s niece came to visit from Friday to Monday morning. We planned quite the action packed weekend to show her the best our area has to offer. We spent Saturday in Boone, NC. Shopping, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and back again that night for a St. Patrick’s Day bar party.

 

Hiking Adventures

Having my guy’s niece here really kick started our hiking! I also learned that I can hike in 40 degrees and not die or freeze to death! We hiked in three states throughout the weekend. Our first hike was to Hebron Falls in North Carolina. We had done this hike last summer and it is always interesting to see how much things change from season to season. The falls were much higher this time with all of our recent rains.

 

Sunday we headed to Virginia to hike in Grayson Highlands again. This is the trail with the wild ponies and spectacular Mountain views. I impressed the niece with my “rock climbing” skills. This hike never gets old, the rocky path does get old, but the views and ponies are always breathtaking. It was a beautiful, clear day and my guy was able to point out several of the mountain ranges in the distance.

 

After Grayson Highlands we did a short hike on the AT at Osborne Farm in Tennessee. This was one of our first hikes when we came to this area. It’s easy and offers wonderful mountain views. We were hoping that the cows would be out in the pasture, but they have not yet returned. The niece really wanted to pet a cow, so we stopped on our drive home and made it happen!

What’s for Dinner?

I made sure everyone was prepared to celebrate PI day. I made two pies while I was at my Mom’s and brought a slice of  each home for my guy. Key Lime Pie & Derby Pie!

 

I cooked for Mom both nights I was with her. Hamburger steak & spaghetti!

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We finally tried the local Italian restaurant we have heard so many raving reviews about. It definitely lived up to all the hype!

 

While the niece was visiting we had Garlic Tuscan Chicken with new potatoes and tossed salad. For breakfast we had biscuits & gravy, bagels & cream cheese & a western omelette quiche. We also had veggies with shrimp & sausage.

 

Busy Hands & Busy Minds

Baby blanket version 4.0 is in the works! It is definitely a learning process! Hopefully I will get one completed before the baby graduates high school!

Mom & I went to Hobby Lobby during my stay and she attempted to give me some helpful hints. I also found a handy stitch counting device! Hopefully it will help! Just look at all that yarn!

 

Animal Antics

Spring is coming!!!! I have replaced my bird feeder, the birds are loving it (and so far no other critters are!) The bunnies are back hopping through the yard. We even had a large deer family running, playing and eating in the pasture one night. I love watching nature from my back porch!

During one of our drives we had to stop for a group of turkey to cross the road.

 

Sapppy Selfies 

Tired, early morning airport drop-off selfie! Have a great week!!! XOXOXO

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