A Look at Our Week
To say it has been A week is just an understatement! Words just can’t seem to do it proper justice! It all started going down hill early Sunday morning when we woke to discover the 2 1/2 inch wet and heavy snowfall we had received had caused us to lose power. So at 6 a.m. the wait began. Surely the power will come on soon. Time slowly ticked by with no change. I suddenly remembered the fridge & freezer we had full of food. We pulled out our coolers and iced everything down. We sat around a few hours, neither of us were able to do any work with no power and/or internet. Our phones were all we had. We hung out in the car charging them up before we finally ended up at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Cavs play. I had house plan books to keep me occupied. Then back home to grill the bag of fish and shrimp we had on ice before it thawed and went bad. It was a long night and waking up Monday morning to discover there was still no power didn’t help my mood. We had learned a power line one street over was down and causing the outage. It’s amazing to think that in today’s world with all of this technology that it can take 36 hours to complete a repair. To help my mood, my guy decided since we still couldn’t work that we should head out to another town and see what kind of new food place we could find. Food is our favorite past time activity. So off we went to Eden, N.C. We ate at the Downtown Deli, best part of our lunch was the ice cream! It was from a dairy we had never heard of, we were super excited thinking we had found something new, but after our investigation we discovered it was really only PET ice cream being distributed by the dairy. But the blueberry cream pie ice cream was to die for!
When we arrived home we were thrilled to find our power was back on! Thank you linemen for all of your hard work! 36 hours with power was enough! Still no internet, but we weren’t complaining! Picture number one is all of our coolers lined up in the kitchen floor! Picture two is our fish and shrimp cook off! And picture number three is the Downtown Deli in Eden, N.C.
Tuesday was a lost day as well with no internet and not really being able to work. We learned Tuesday that the rental house we found in Mountain City last week was not going to happen. More details about that in the House Hunting Scene. Tuesday night led us to our most favorite restaurant/bar in town for their tap takeover and free pint glasses (we have an entire collection now!). See how we let our emotions guide our eating!?!
Wednesday and Thursday were business as usual and much more positive. Work and then hiking and enjoying the 70 degree weather. We are still working through the kinks of us both being here trying to work. For instance, he can be very loud when he’s on these conference calls, so he has worked very hard on being a little bit quieter as not to distract me while I was working. I purchased new headphones for my work this week that have helped out tremendously and I was promoted to a higher level of work! I am loving my work and love covering so many different topics.
Friday started off the same way but made a turn rather quickly. Every Friday I have been going to the preschool to help with the billing process. While I was doing this my guy was tied up on a conference call with work deploying a new program for someone. On my way home I passed him driving down the road, as soon as I pulled into the driveway I checked my phone to see if he had texted where he was off to. Apparently our internet had been going in and out and he gave up and was on his way to the public library to finish his call. Upon checking my phone I saw I had a missed call from my son. I called him back to learn he had wrecked his car. He said he was fine and I could hear in his voice that he was fine, but I couldn’t be convinced until I saw him myself. Off I went to check on him! He was indeed fine. Someway, somehow he was absolutely fine. He had lost control and flipped his car upside down. He had a tiny cut on his hand from crawling out the window. It was a heart wrenching afternoon for this mama! Mommin’ really isn’t easy! So very grateful to see his car and be able to look over at him standing next to me in one piece with barely a scratch on him. The EMT’s checked him out thoroughly and said they were going to check his vitals just to be sure, at this point I was ready to slide him off the stretcher and lay myself down on it! I was pretty sure my vitals were in great need of being checked as well!
The House Hunting Scene
As I said above, we learned that we were not going to be able to rent the Cock-A-Doodle-Do house. My gut feeling tells me that the landlord found a more permanent tenant, he was not thrilled with our situation of being temporary. We were not thrilled with the dirty, stained carpet in the house and offered to have it replaced at our expense. I was flabbergasted when he refused! Anyway, we have chalked it up as a not meant to be kind of thing and we’re glad we found out now instead of later!
We learned this on Tuesday morning. Tuesday evening I was in town running errands when I received a Facebook notification of a message from someone I didn’t know. I had recently posted on a Mountain City Facebook Yard Sale page looking for furniture so I figured it was from that. Well, the message asked if we had found a house in the area yet. Perfect timing right?!? Wait, it gets better. I tell the lady that we had just found out our rental had fallen through so yes, we were looking for a house to rent. She tells me how her mother has recently passed away and her and her brother were considering renting out their mom’s house. Here’s where it gets good and becomes one of those right time, right place kind of things. She saw my add on the yard sale page (and she had to of scrolled back because it had been posted many days earlier) and had clicked on my profile and skimmed through my profile pictures. She saw one of me and Mom with the Mother’s Day frame that said, “I Love My Mom”. This gave her the nudge she needed to contact me about renting the house. And it’s a much better deal for us than the original house! And cows … it has cows right next door! Mooooo! She is such a very, sweet lady! We are meeting her next week to see the house in person and finalize the deal! So … Thanks Mom!
We will also meet with our realtor next week to look at a couple of land lots. We are looking into finding a contractor in the area to work with as well. We have almost finalized our house plans thanks to our afternoon at Buffalo Wild Wings last weekend!
Wednesday and Thursday were our only hiking days this week. Beautiful Spring days, in the 70’s! Much to my guy’s horror, I tripped and fell on Wednesday’s hike. My foot got stuck in a tree root and down she went. I recovered quickly and was fine. My biggest accomplishment was that I didn’t scream! Just very quietly down and right back up even though I did pick leaves out of my hair for the rest of the hike.
We took our quick day trip to Eden, N.C. earlier in the week and then a trip to Lynchburg, VA to hear the Liberty University Wind Ensemble play a concert. The concert was very entertaining with different types of dance music. It never fails when going to these types of events my guy always finds someone he knows! This time it was a couple of tuba players, one that he had taught before. He’s such a celebrity when we go out!
Our only selfie from this week is from the Liberty University concert.
We are definitely hoping for a better week next week! xoxoxoxo