Weeks Fly By

A Look At Our Week

I spent last week with Mom again and returned home this past Monday. Mom had 2 doctor appointments last week which made it a very active week! She’s grown tired of my constant presence and is ready for her normal, independent life back! She had good reports from both doctors and is in a hard cast for 4 more weeks then will go to a walking boot. She is managing well, she has every piece of mobility equipment made I believe!

My uncle passed away while I was in town with Mom and we attended the funeral on Sunday. Funerals and death always take me back to when Dad passed away. At times it seems so long ago, but my memory of that last day are so crystal clear and strong as if it happened yesterday. My uncle’s service was beautiful and I sat in awe as my cousin stood and spoke at her Dad’s funeral. Not sure that I would have had that kind of strength, but I have no doubt if my Dad had requested it that I would have given it my best shot.

I returned home on Monday morning and we scheduled a quick date night to see A Star Is Born (go see it if you have not!) before we had to leave town yet again Tuesday morning for a quick day trip to Danville. We caught up with friends and Cutler and had a quick shopping trip at Target before returning home late Tuesday night.

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Traveling Times

Friday morning we were back on the road again. Ohio bound this time. Every year my guy performs in Octubafest in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Chagrin Falls is such a charming town. It reminds me of the picturesque towns shown in movies and T.V. shows.

It was great seeing our Ohio friends and family and catching up with everyone!

 

Animal Happenings

All our cows were taken away this week! 😢 There were 24 female cows that will be used for breeding. They have been sold and will eventually transfer to their new home in Wyoming. I’m sure we looked like the stereotypical city folk as we sat on the front porch and watched in amazement as they loaded the cows onto 2 trailers.

Despite our initial issues, I am going to miss those cows! I have told my guy with all of the animals gone the house has lost a small fraction of its charm and I will be focusing on moving now. The cows owner and caretaker have assured us that, “They’ll be more.” So we will see!

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Have a great week!! XOXOXO

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Time with Mom

A Look At Our Week

Wow! I missed a week of blogging! Mom has kept me pretty busy these last 2 weeks and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon! I’m home for the weekend but will return to Mom on Monday.

Mom had surgery, yet again, last Wednesday on her ankle. This time we are trying a bone fusion in hopes of allowing her to walk somewhat pain free. Parts of her ankle bones were removed and the bones screwed together. She will no longer be able to move her foot in an up/down motion but should recover and be able to move pain free with no limp. Over the next 6 to 8 weeks her bones will fuse together as they heal. In order for that to be successful, she has to stay off the foot and that is incredible difficult!

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She is using a knee scooter to get around right now, which is causing her knee to swell from the extended use/weight being put on it. Create one problem to correct another! We have tried crutches but she just doesn’t have the strength to move herself very far. Her apartment is just too small/narrow for a wheelchair or scooter. Walkers will not work because she would have to hop on one foot with them and we have learned hopping is not her thing! It’s been an adventurous week and a half as she has created ways that maneuver herself.

I always say mom is not a good patient and I am not a good nurse. We are somehow surviving though. My sister (the good nurse) stops by everyday and will do the things I either didn’t think about doing or mom didn’t mention to me. I feed her and her daughter as a thank you! My brother is staying with her this weekend so I could take a break and come home. I go back Monday and will stay the week again. We are just not confident in leaving her by herself for extended periods of time just yet. She goes back to the doctor Monday for her first re-check.

Caring for your aging parents is hard. Seeing the roles reverse is sad and difficult. She is becoming the child and we are becoming the parents. Her stubbornness in doing exactly what she wants to do despite the consequences and damage she knows it can and will do is so very frustrating. We may not always handle these daily occurrences as we would like to, but we are trying. Trying to do what is best for her and give her whatever she may need just as she has always done for us.

Here in the mountains we do not have cable and do not get any channels with an antenna. That is completely fine with us. I watch  two or three TV shows regularly and will watch them online a week later or binge watch to catch up if needed. Any news we he comes from Facebook or other websites. Well, I have caught up on my TV watching while at moms! Everything from Kathie Lee & Hoda to Ellen to Dr. Phil to Wheel of Fortune! Oh and The Voice too! It is so easy to get sucked into that TV and I have realized I really don’t miss it! The background noise it provides is such a distraction to the other things I’d rather be focused on! It was nice to be able to watch the season premiere of Grey’s with my sister, niece and bro-in- law.

Also, I was able to go to my nephews high school football game. He is a beast and having a great season! Way to go Trey #44!

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Hiking Adventures

Well, there has been no hiking for me the past week and a half! No walking either! Lots of ice cream sundaes and milkshakes though! I have promised myself I will do better next week and at least take my daily morning walk!

My guy usually fills the time when I’m away with hiking and last week he did one of the long, hard hikes he has been talking about for awhile. I was nervous!  Being so far away and scared he would slip and fall on one of the rickety ladders he was climbing up,  but he made it, well he completed most of the trail and had the good sense to stop when the trail became wet, slippery and dangerous. He is planning more hikes for this upcoming week.

What’s for Dinner? 

There’s been plenty of cooking going on at moms! Her appetite has definitely not gone away! We have had cubed steak with gravy, pork chops, pork tenderloin, stuffed green peppers, & broccoli cheddar soup. And cookies, she requested Bob’s special chocolate chip/peanut butter M&M’s cookies! But apparently I didn’t take time to take any pictures of any of these! I believe I will take my tomato that is ripe on the vine with me Monday and we will have a tomato sandwich maybe!

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Selfie with my mom and bro will have to do for this week! Off to spend the day with my awesome guy! Have a great week! XOXO

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Time for a Getaway

A Look At Our Week

Our week was quite normal for a change! I focused on working and trying to reach my weekly goal as well as make up for the weeks I haven’t met my goal. I had some great files to transcribe this week and some not so great ones mixed in as well! I enjoy the many topics that I get to cover and the freedom of working where and when I want to!

I did my walks each day this week and added a trail with hills for two of those days. Staying home helped keep the diet in check although we did have one night out in Boone. I managed to be sensible and had a salad and passed on the amazing looking salted caramel (my fave!) cake they brought around! Of course my guy ended up at Krispy Kreme with the hot light shining! I stayed strong though, with only 1 glazed doughnut and a nibble off of his pumpkin spice and blueberry cake doughnuts. He went back for seconds!

Hiking Adventures

Last Sunday we went to one of our favorite trails that is nearby, Elk Knob. I’ve done it before and completed the trail. I won’t say with “no problem”, but I completed it. Not so much this time! I did manage to complete the hardest parts of it and make it to the halfway point before waving my guy on and promising to be careful on my way back down. I added a trail at the end that is flat with no hills to make up for it! It’s amaizng what a difference 10 pounds can make, but it is huge! Working hard to stay focused to get it off! I do not like feeling this way!

Traveling Times

Friday afternoon just as I was almost to my halfway point of my daily goal of work, my guy came into the room and suggested I take the rest of the day off and we go somewhere! I of course agreed, he even offered to pay me for half a days work, which I assured him wasn’t necessary. While I finished up my current job, he planned our get away. Before he could begin to think about the process of getting ready, I had changed and was packed and standing at the door ready to go!

We went to Asheville, N.C. for the night. There was a big state fair going in that we checked out. I even rode the chair lift from one end of the fair to the other. Opened my eyes for a little bit of the ride too! My guy was impressed with his front rower seat in the chair lift to see the human cannonball. Unfortunately, my eyes were closed during that.

After the fair we went to one of our favorite bars in town, Jack of the Wood. They were having a hurricane party with a mediocre live band.  The next morning we went to the outlets and huge farmers market before heading back home. It was a great quick getaway and just what I needed!

The sky was amazing that evening at the fair. The clouds were beautiful and swirling as we were on the outer bands of Florence.

What’s for Dinner?

Homemade vegetable soup is what’s for dinner! My guy always says my pots of soup are never big enough so this time I loaded up the veggies and cleaned out the fridge. We have had soup all week and still have some left. Love fall weather and homemade soup!

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Fair Selfies! Have a great week! Xoxo

Off to See the Wizard

A Look at Our Week 

The first part of our week was actually quite calm, quiet and normal! After Monday’s holiday, I focused on getting back to my daily routine. Walking each morning and then home to work, scrapbook and clean. My goal is to finish up my son’s scrapbook through his graduation. I am in 2013 right now! Once I am done documenting his life I will begin making scrapbooks from all of my travels and adventures with my guy. I am really enjoying my transcription work and all the different topics I get to listen to (and in my pj’s!). My speed and accuracy have greatly improved since I started and usually average working about 4 or 4 1/2 hours a day.

My guy is settling into his own daily routine. He usually waits until later in the day to go do his hikes and then is home in time for dinner. We seem to have rain in the forecast everyday and this has caused him to postpone many of his planned big hikes. He is hoping to get in a few 20 milers. On those days I will drop him off at the trailhead and pick him up 20 miles down trail much later in the day. Depending on the location of these hikes I will either return home while he hikes or hang out in whatever town he is in. We are both looking forward to these adventures!

House Hunting News 

Yes, we’re still out here looking for land or a house. We talked with someone yesterday who is in the process of building their home near here. They told us it took them around a year before they found their land. This gave me hope. Maybe we are not the most pickiest home/land buyers in the world! Maybe someday we will be able to find something we like!

One of the houses we have wanted to see went pending immediately but is now back on the market. They are having an open house tomorrow. It is in Unicoi, TN. We are planning on going to the open house and doing drive bys at a couple of houses we have seen listed in Erwin, TN. There is also one house, well actually it’s 2 houses on the same lot, that is for sale here in town. We will drive by this one as well and check things out.

Traveling Times

Our weekend started early this week! No wonder I’m so tired with an extra day of adventuring! Friday I took the day off and me and my guy headed to West Jefferson, N.C. He had been on a hike there earlier in the week and knew I would love the downtown area. He was correct! I love little quaint, charming downtown strips with all the different types of shops to browse through! We visited a local Cidery and I know have a new favorite cider! I was also able to sample my first flight of something! I am not a beer drinker, no matter how many my guy tries to get me to try, it’s just not for me. But cider I can do! This cidery uses all locally grown fruits and products in their ciders and it was very good! Try Molly Chomper’s if you ever get the opportunity!

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Saturday was our day in OZ! Back in June I went to The Land of OZ with my sister and nieces. It is an old Wizard of OZ theme park that is in Banner Elk, N.C. About an hours drive from here. They only open up now during 2 weekends of the year. The tickets will sell out usually on the same day they are offered for sale. I snagged me and my guy some tickets for their Autumn at OZ show this weekend. What a great day it was! My guy was a real trooper, being sure to take my picture with each character and posing along with me for some. He’s the best! While standing in line I thanked him for coming with me and I mentioned the possibility of a return visit. His reply was, “If you want me to come back, I would.”  I told him most men would not say such things and he said, “Of course they would.” The woman standing in front of us turned around and said, “No, they wouldn’t!” Ahh, that’s why I love him, he spoils me and I spoil him! After our time in OZ we explored the town of Banner Elk, but were not too impressed and found ourselves back in Boone, N.C. for an enormous dinner!

Hiking Adventures

Okay, let’s all keep in mind that it has been several weeks since I stepped foot on a trail. I have been doing my daily walks on a concrete trail in our local park. My normal route has gotten easier for me and I have even added to my distance a little. I was feeling really good about this! And as far as diet, when we are home I am on track 100%, as soon as we leave our driveway, game over! Anyway, Friday while in West Jefferson, N.C. we walked on a trail my guy had done earlier in the week at Mt. Jefferson Park. He was excited to share the trail with me and I was excited to be out in the trees again. Then we started. And wow, my body is out of shape for trails I quickly discovered! It was so hard!

I blame part of my difficulty on the fact that I had not slept very much the night before. I’m been having sleeping issues lately and was not able to sleep but for just a few hours before it was time for us to leave home. So I was tired from the get-go. Also, my shoes were broken! The sole is pulling away from the bottom of the shoe. Then add to those factors the fact that on my normal walk it’s a straight path with only slight hills. No real elevation gain at all. The trail my guy had planned was rather short compared to our normal distances, so he parked at an overlook that was further away from the trailhead, adding on just a little bit of distance to our hike. Well, the hike up the huge hill to get to the next overlook where our trailhead was just about did me in! My guy was ready to go get the car and pick me up before we even started.

Once on the actual trail, I did do much better! Still very tiring and hard, and my body was just tired. I needed a nap desperately! During the hike while assessing my difficulty, I decided I am going to mix up my normal walking routine. Instead of doing the flat surface walk everyday, I am going to mix in a couple of real trails that are nearby that I am very familiar with. Maybe this will help me kick it up a notch.

What’s for Dinner?

On Labor Day we were in the mood for a good burger! Holidays are meant for cooking out! Well, we don’t have a grill! We gave ours away when we moved and have not bought a new one just yet. So our cook out was a cook in! Our burgers with all the fixins’ were delicious! I tried a new recipe on Wednesday night and it has now been moved over to the “Food for Guests” folder in my Pinterest app. So, if you come visit Garlic Tuscan Chicken may be on the menu! This was to die for!

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I still have my vegetable soup ingredients ready to go. I was thinking fall was here and it was time for soup! We have our pumpkin spice candle lit, we’ve had pumpkin spice doughnuts and yogurt, but it’s still really warm outside! Come on fall, I’m ready!

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Hiking & OZ Selfies! Have a great week and come visit! XOxo

 

Long Journey Home

A Look at Our Week

It’s Long Journey Home week in Mountain City, TN! This small mountain town has been bustling with activity since Thursday! We have participated in each special planned activity and have enjoyed all of the socialization and history learning!

Long Journey Home weekend celebrates the musical history of Johnson County, TN. And what a musical history they have here! Several well-known musicians came from here or surrounding areas. We are renting our house from a local celebrities daughter. Clint Howard was a bluegrass musician who played with Fred Price, who lived in the next holler over. Both of these gentlemen played with Doc Watson and have even played at Carnegie Hall. This town is very proud of its heritage and honors them each year with this special weekend celebration.

It started Thursday evening with a kick off dinner and dance. There was square dancing and a shape note singing demonstration and even an old-fashioned cake walk. We didn’t win a cake but they sure did look amazing! We were able to meet up with our landlord during this event (she lives about an hour away from here and we had not seen her since we moved in.) We were all relieved to learn that this arrangement is working well for everyone involved! She hopes we take our sweet time finding a house or land and we love this place so much we feel no push to get out. It is a relief for her to have someone here taking care of the house until she makes a decision on what to do with it.

Friday evening there was an old-fashioned buskin’ downtown on Main Street. Reminded me of the Friday Night Jam Sessions in Floyd, VA. Musicians lined the street playing a wide variety of instruments and singing. There was also an art show and a quilt show in town as well. We were able to vote on our favorite quilt entries. What beautiful works of art those quilts are.

Today was the musical  heritage tour through town. We started at a local farm that has been a working farm since 1746. We heard a story of how the area got its name (Maymead) and about the railroads that used to go through town. Murder ballads were next on the tour, unfortunately we only got to hear one due to being a little late. Their was a mural unveiling on Main Street of a new train mural that includes the local musicians riding on the train. This year’s theme was trains, now how perfect is that?? Then we went to Clarence Tom Ashley’s homeplace and listened to some of his bluegrass music. The final stop was at the Fred Price homeplace, just down the street from our house. If you ever come to visit us we will more than likely take you to eat at Lois’s Country Cafe. Lois is the daughter of Fred Price and with her brother Kenny, is teaching the music and sharing the stories with the youth in the area.

I think watching the young kids was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. They have a group named, Junior Appalachian Musicians and is kids of all ages singing and playing various instruments. Quite impressive to inspire our youth in these ways and that they have the desire to carry the torch on. Another big enjoyment for me of the weekend was to see the pride on these family member’s faces as they played their relatives music or talked about the talents of their relatives. This is truly a special place.

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Tomorrow is the last event of the Long Journey Home with Sunday Singin’. I can’t wait! My guy is tossing around the idea of learning how to play the bass. Seems about right that if he was to choose a stringed instrument that it would be the largest one!

House Hunting News

We spent last Saturday looking at several houses we have found in the area. We came away with two prospects. One we have already taken off the table. The house was great, checked a lot of our boxes even though it was a tad bit smaller than we would like. My main issue was with the lot. It had plenty of land, just not very much usable land. Mainly sloping lot, backed up to a hill with the front yard sloping downward. Not ideal for my gardening dreams. I initially said, “It’s okay. I’ll make it work.” But the more we looked at the land and thought about what our ideal picture is, the two just didn’t match. One day we may be at a point where we will be willing to “make it work” but we’re still hopeful that somewhere, somehow we will find, or build exactly what we want.

The other prospect was mainly for land. The issue with this one is that it is an older house that is actually for sale with 12 acres of land. We would live in the old house while our new house was being built way at the top of the hill where the awesome view we want is. Then we would sell the older house and a couple of acres of land. However, the house is very old, and not really worth very much. So, we would end up paying premium price for our land, then have the expense of building our house and then only get a very small portion of the original investment back.

The $500,000 is still on our watch list. One can hope they become eager enough to sell that they drop the price a few $100,000! But even this house has its issues! For starters it’s a log home exterior which we are not crazy about and worry about maintenance. It is also only two bedrooms. That issue we would be willing to “make work!” especially since there could be options in the basement for another bedroom/workspace. We shall watch and see.

What’s for Dinner? 

We made it three nights this week without going out! Big achievement for us! We’ve had Chicken Bruschetta, BBQ ribs and Cajun shrimp and sausage with vegetables. My guy seemed happy finishing off some of the leftovers tonight! We’ve had our share of hot dogs this weekend with all the festivities and a huge ice cream treat as well. Festivals are fun!

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Have a great week! XOXOXO

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Back on Track?

A Look At Our Week

Okay, so apparently this week wasn’t the week that we get back on track with our diet and exercise! It will come though! Our sleep and patterns are a mess too! We are up most nights until 3 or 4 a.m. We’ve been working on fixing that this week as well. We are for beginning to see improvements finally!

Last Saturday evening we went to a local farm to table fundraiser put on by the local Farmer’s Market. The food was very good! We sat with a local pastor and his wife. They had lots of local information to share! He is an avid hiker and plans were made for him and my guy to hike together at some point! We won a basketful of homemade jellies and jams at the silent auction. It was a great evening!

Hiking Adventures

Most of our hiking and walks this week were done solo. With efforts being made to get schedules back on track I will get up in the morning and go do my normal 3 mike walk on the Goose Creek Trail through town. My guy will get up much later and has gone on a couple of hikes at sunset.

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We had to go to Boone, N.C. one day this week to have both of our cars repaired. While we were there we walked in their Greenway Trail. It was really nice and was full of people walking, running and riding bikes.

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We took a quick day trip back to Danville this week. Car tags had to be turned in and we brought back another load from storage. We had lunch with Cutler and were brought up to speed on his life. All is going well for him right now. His Dad is recovering well from his second surgery and he returned to work part time.

We also visited Play-n-Pretend and my heart was filled with love and hugs from all my babies. We had dinner with friends at our most favorite place in town! If you were to ask either of us what we missed the most about Danville we would both definitely say Me’s Burgers & Brews! Then a quick stop at DQ on our way back home!

House Hunting News

The summer is over and we are back into house and land hunting! Today we have it set up to see 5 houses in the area. Excited to see one of the houses here in town and there is also a good land option we will be looking at today as well.

There is a house we pass on the way to my families houses that sits way up on the hill in a middle of a pasture. We always point it out when we ride by. It is a very similar design to the house we have picked out to build. Well, it went on the market. When it showed up on our screen, my heart skipped a beat! That was our house, in the perfect location. Well, unfortunately they didn’t design the inside to match our plans! Oh, and the $500,000 price tag didn’t quite match ours either! We are still watching it though! I am convinced that we must be the most pickiest home/land buyers ever!

Whats for Dinner?

Our plans to not eat out this week did not go so well! With 2 trips to Boone for cars and then a trip to Danville it just wasn’t meant to happen! I did manage to cook one night! Baked fish topped with tomatoes and red peppers that I grew myself!!!! I wasn’t a fan of the fish but my guy enjoyed it!

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Animal Updates

When we came home from finals the other week I quickly noticed that Smokey, the horse was not in the pasture with the cows when they would come down. Each time I would hear the cows I would check to see if Smokey had returned. I finally got in touch with the guy who owns the animals and he let me know he had sold Smokey! What?!?? That was my pet! I had just bought a fresh bag of carrots for him! The cows are still entertaining but I do miss that horse! This house has lost a bit of its charm now, time to move on!

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Here’s a selfie from our dinner the other night! Have a great week! XOXO

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Four Years & Forever to Go

A Look At Our Week

Our first week back together has been a busy one! We were waiting for the drum corps season to be over to establish our residency in the state of Tennessee, so that was the first thing on our to do lists this week. Mission accomplished! After 2 visits to the DMV office an hour away (Who knew proving you are you was so difficult!) and a visit to the titling office we both now have a Tennessee drivers license and our cars are registered here as well. I’m excited to choose my cute front tag now that only one tag is required here!

Next weeks list includes taking both our cars in for routine maintenance and mine will need to stay for some more detailed work. Hopefully it will not be too bad or take too long to fix!

Hiking Adventures

We have been on this most destructive path of eating every bad thing in sight this week and totally ignoring any type of routine or structure! I am confident this will change quickly! I blame it on the HOT light at Krispy Kreme! By the way, this is one of the things I have taught my guy as he never knew about hot doughnuts before, so if you ever go by a Krispy Kreme and the red HOT light is illuminated on their sign, you MUST go in and get one! There is something absolutely magical about having a doughnut fresh off the oven conveyor belt!

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We did get in a five mile hike this week! We did one of the trails at the Moses Cone Manor in Blowing Rock, NC. Five miles has been the longest hike I’ve done before and the last time we did that distance I was at my lowest weight and used to walking and hiking on a regular basis. Not so much this time! But I did it! I survived and made it to the top! At the top of the mountain there was a fire tower to climb up to get the awesome view. Well, heights aren’t really my thing, but I faced my fears and climbed that tower! Granted once I reached the top I sat on the top step and cling to the railing, I handed my guy my phone and said, “Take a picture to prove I was up here.” And then headed back down! Fear faced?!?

Traveling Times

While we were in Elizabethton at the DMV office we visited their quaint downtown area. The center focus of the town is the covered bridge and a shop owner very proudly told us all about it. So of course we had to go check it out!

Hmmm…wasn’t it just last week I said we had no traveling plans on the calendar?!?? How quickly things change! Next up will probably be a quick day trip back to Danville to turn in car tags! Also, Mom is having to have surgery on her foot yet again. I’m sure if she knew climbing on that table a couple of years ago to fix a light would have caused this much pain and discomfort she might have thought  twice. This time they will be doing a bone fusion to help strengthen her ankle. So time to dig my nurse hat back out! Nursing really isn’t my cup of tea. Bless her heart but I will feed her well!

House Hunting News

We are beginning to focus on our house and land search yet again! We have several that we are planning to drive by today and check out. Not very hopeful about the prospects, but excited to get back into it yet again.

What’s for Dinner?

Despite eating out like crazy, I did manage to prepare a couple of awesome home cooked meals this week! My guy had not tried my shrimp creole recipe I had fixed for my Mom so that was first on the menu!! I made an extra batch and froze it to take to Mom. She really enjoyed it!

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Pork tenderloin is one of our favorite go-to meals. We usually get the already seasoned, just throw in the oven kind but I’ve wanted to prepare one from scratch and finally found a good recipe this week. We had Hawian Pineapple Pork Loin. And WOW! It was amazing!! It’s definitely going into our rotation!

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Sappy Selfies

Four years ago today after one incredibly difficult summer apart, we decided “We just need to be together.” My guy moved in as soon as finals was over and our forever began. The last four years have been full of transitions and adjustments and changing expectations, but never once for even a second have I ever regretted or doubted the decision to be together. Facing life’s obstacles, drama and stress are so much easier with someone you love beside you helping you and cheering you on. I’m excited to see what the rest of forever has in store for us! Happy Move-a-Versary baby! Thank you for taking a chance and turning your life upside down to come live in my crazy world!

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Summer Ends

A Look at Our Week 

Ahhh, finally, at last, we are both home. I can’t think of a scheduled activity we have planned until October. And that is perfectly fine with me! I am so looking forward to just enjoying our mountains for a little while and slowing down life considerably.

We are both ready to get back to our normal routine, well actually, figure out what our normal routine is going to be! We have spent so little time together here that we really do not have a routine just yet! We are ready for some hiking that is definitely on the agenda. Also, establishing residency in the state and transferring over our cars and licenses. But hopefully our longest trip for awhile will be just to the nearest trailhead!

Traveling Times

Another summer of drum corps has came to an end. I had very little time to be involved in the activity this summer, but the last week I spent with the corps was amazing. It never fails, anytime I am around the activity I come away with so many wonderful observations. Lots of questions as well, but mainly observations of just what awesome people these are. I watch quietly from the sidelines and see so very much. I watch kids putting everything they have into their playing. Their strive for excellence leaves me in awe. They acknowledge the impact that the activity has on their lives and appreciate the opportunity they have. I also see the staff giving their hearts and souls to their students. During the shows I found myself switching from watching the show  to watching the staff’s reactions. Their reactions were just as good as the kids faces while they were playing. I watched as they jumped from their seats, cheered and even cried while watching their many hours of hard work come to life on the field.

And this year, I was able to watch as alumni traveled from across the country to cheer their home team to victory. The bond that was made between these people many, many summers ago is still just as strong today. Most of them will tell you that their involvement in drum corps changed their lives for the better and made them the successful people they are today. It’s not something they take very lightly, and I see most of them continuing to give back to the organizations in any way they can.

Drum corps people are a special breed I have learned over the last 5 years. You don’t meet groups of people such as these on a regular basis. The world is a better place with these types of people here and I’m glad I’ve been able to be just a tiny part of such a special overall group. I wish I had some type of musical talent to contribute, but instead I will just keep making sure everyone is hydrated properly! #BlooBrassHydrationCrew

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Short blog this week! We are tired and my guy has requested an early bedtime tonight and I will graciously comply! Have a great week! XOXO

All My Bags Are Packed…

A Look at Our Week

Oh wow! It is so hard to believe that summer is over. This crazy, roller coaster ride, whirlwind of a summer is over. I was thinking to myself the other day that when this summer is over I was going to need a vacation and my guy was going to have to take me away for a week or so. Then the more I thought about it, the more I realized I don’t want to go anywhere! My vacation can just be staying home, home, home. Wow! I honestly do not think we have both spent more than 1 full week here together since we moved. I’m ready to lay back and chill and just breathe.

This week has included 2 day trips to VA for me. Trying to help get my son settled in his adult life. It’s hard growing up. It’s hard being 18 and having to be responsible for your own self and actions. It’s even harder being a Mom to an 18 year old and allowing them that space and opportunity to do that growing up. When your Mom instinct is just to pick them up and brush them off and kiss away their boo-boos like you did when they were 2 years old, but instead you have to back off and give them space and allow them to figure out how to make the sting of a scraped knee go away all by themselves. We’ve had several of those life lesson Mom talks lately. I hope something I’ve said sinks in at some point. We shall see. The second trip was completely my fault. I forgot the one thing I was supposed to get out of storage during the first trip! I got plenty of other things just not what was needed!

I’ve finally gotten myself back into a work routine. We will see how it holds up when my guy returns. He’s not a fan of how I have to “check out” while I’m working and give my jobs my complete attention. And I get it, I feel the same way when he’s working on computer programming jobs. We’re needy that way! The transcription jobs I’ve done lately have been very interesting. Makes the time fly by so much quicker when it’s an interesting topic rather than a boring lecture.

Hiking Adventures

I have kept up with my walking routine this week and walked everyday except for one on the Goose Creek Trail that goes through town. Lots of rain and flooding this week! It’s been interesting watching the creek rise and fall. One day parts of the trail were completely flooded and I had to go an alternate route. I’ve done okay with my dieting, and did manage to lose 5 pounds, not the desired goal weight I had wanted to be before finals, but I’ll take it.

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Garden Fun 

I’ve left some of my green peppers on the vine. I’ve read that the peppers will change to yellow/orange/red as they ripen. Red peppers are our favorites. I was beginning to wonder if it had to be a certain variety of pepper to do this as mine were still green as could be. But today when I checked them, I am beginning to see a little color change happening!

I also picked 3 tomatoes to take with me on my trip. I will be preparing a sandwich picnic for our lunches each day and plan on using the tomatoes for this. I can’t wait!

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Traveling Times

It is finally time for me to join the Bluecoats this summer! I have missed seeing them this summer. How crazy is it that I have had less time this summer to be with them than the summers I was working!?! I have my blue M&M cookies all baked and ready to share with this amazing staff!

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My Mom warned me today that I better get with my guy soon because everytime she sees him on Facebook he’s in a picture with some other girl! LOL! My jealousy level is at a 0! I love the girls in his pictures just as much as he does and my only jealousy comes from not being able to be there to see them as well!
I am so excited to see my guy again! It has been too long! (So much has happened since he left, I’m not really even sure when that was?!?!) I will be leaving for Massillon, OH very, very early in the morning. From Massillon we will travel to Indiana and prepare for finals! I do have to make another quick trip to Danville in the middle of the week, but will only have to miss a day of activities! This is always such an exciting week!

Sappy Selfies

Facetime screenshots will have to work for our selfies this week! You work with what you have!

Oh, I could share the pic I received of my guy when he was picked up by a friend. Apparently his matching clothes were at the bottom of the suitcase and he just couldn’t be bothered to dig in there, so a mixture of patterns is what you get! I love him, mis-matched and all! ❤

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Have a great week! Go Blooo!  xoxoxoxo

Honky Tonk Girl

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.

Hiking Adventures

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.

Traveling Times

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. !

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Have a great week! xoxoxo