Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I love going to the Stevens Center and look at the good company I had. We started off the evening with a pizza from the Mellow Mushroom so it doesn't get much better. Buddy thought he was being dragged to a meeting with his Mom....it took him a minute to figure out the surprise even after she handed him the tickets. He just thought he had been assigned M24 at the meeting. He had asked to go see the Nutcracker again this year but was told we couldn't fit it in the schedule. Glad we did.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
It started walking the Mistletoe 5k with Tree, a half price massage thanks to Living Social, my first flash mob (Robert Moody showed up at the piano in Belks and the store erupted into the Hallelujah chorus), then our work Christmas party at Hanover Park winery.
Friday, December 2, 2011
The cabin is looking ready for Christmas, now it needs to smell like Christmas....maybe we can cut some pine branches for the mantle and get to baking some spice cookies. We alwys made these candy cane cookies too, but closer to Christmas so Santa can be left some.
What is your favorite Christma Cookie?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I just woke up in a bad mood this morning. GP and I don't see eye to eye on our current transportation situation (9 vehicles and not one under 150,000 miles), I have been out of town so much that there is a list of chores a mile long, and I read a few emails before getting out of bed that set me off (not sure reading my messages before I get my first cup of coffee is a good idea). I was running late, didn't have the right keys with me when I got to the barn....but paused, to hear the most amazing tune from the wind chimes. Usually these chimes will strike one or two notes at a time and have a very clear sound...but today it was a symphony. I looked around and thought there wasn't even much of a breeze stirring...then thought is this God/Mom telling me to take a moment and remember every thing I have to be thankful for? It worked....much better mood now. Having a great day at work and listening to a little Christmas music over my laptop. Love this time of year, and I don't want to waste even one hour feeling like this guy.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Thanks to the "Emy, Gina, and Peggy" elves that helped me get our quilt guilds entry all done tonight. And thanks to Anthony, Alden, and Fletcher who got all our wire cut to size. The owls are ready to greet the crowds at this weekend's festival of trees.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Yadkin version of American Gothic by Grant Wood. GP has more hair thankfully than the original. Mom made me this dress in 1986 I think, at least I could still button it although it was much looser back then. It was all the rage to wear a dress like this with our Justin Ropers back then.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Once I get comfortable using it, it will replace my ipod, my phone, my gps...and I can but a latte at Starbucks with their app.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
We had an afternoon church service up at Stone Mt yesterday....along with homeade ice cream and desserts. We started hiking about 4:30 and went about 3.5 miles total. Here are the boys at the Summit!
Buddy used my camera to take these next two...he is getting pretty good at framing out a picture don't you think....
What a beautiful Fall day, here is the whole crew taking a break at the top!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I was greeted by these two guys this morning when I cam down the cabin stairs, the actually they startled me because they were almost on the front porch! The acorns are falling like crazy and they like to eat them! It sounds like a gun going off sometimes when one hits the tin on the new barn. This isn't too great of a picture because it was taken on my blackberry and through the glass on the front door.
And here is our football player (#74), he isn't getting a lot of playing time because he isn't very aggressive. After a lifetime of telling a child "don't hit" I am not sure he gets its ok in this game....
He had just listened to his Dad tell him that he was going to have to show more to the coaches in games before he got to play more, when he turned to me and said "I can't believe I got a blue ribbon at the fair" Maybe he is meant to be an enginner and not an athlete...and thats ok too.
Friday, September 30, 2011
The show will open Friday October 22nd, and I can't wait to see the quilts and write the stories behind them!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Randy and Barbara gave us a night in a B&B up in Blowing Rock as a wedding gift and we were able to "redeem" that gift with them this weekend. We dodged the rain and were able to hike from the Cone estate on the Blue Ridge Parkway down to Bass lake (you can see in the distance) and back. It was a great time.
We then headed over to The River House just outside of Jefferson to spend Sunday night. I had bought a Groupon to stay there and we were so impressed. We didn't stay near the main house (which has a great restaurant and a wonderful front porch full of rocking chairs). We stayed in the farm's original Chicken House. It was unbelievable insde. Long and skinny it has room for a King size bed, gas fireplace (with hen nesting boxes as a mantle), a jacuzzi tub right in the middle of the floor, and matching bathrooms with pocket doors complete with bidets (which I am sure I have spelled wrong and do not know how to operate). We didn't get their in time for dinner, but did have dessert on the porch...a fresh apple tart with coconut ice cream....Yummy. We strolled by the river, met Lady Bear (a cow dog that belongs to a groundskeeper) and just had a great evening. The owner of this Inn also owns the Salem Tavern. Breakfast was very good and we were told to look for another Groupon coming soon. We will, because staying up here is a real treat.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Yeah, we signed a two year lease last night with a family moving up from Asheboro. There is a four year old girl who is delighted with her new room upstairs, and I am glad there will be a family living in my house. It was just too sad to see it standing empty. And now I have a lot of help towards that mortgage each month.
Now I am excited to get our new budgeting software set up...upon big recco's from Lila and Summer we are going to try YNAB (you need a budget). Give every dollar a job.... Its time to start that travel fund for China.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Here are photos taken by Ken last weekend on our combo family/ski club trip to Tsali. This is a wonderful place to mountain bike and we camped nearby at Turkey Creek campground (they have coffee for sale in the morning...no waiting on getting it from a camp stove!)
|Pat and I just rode one lap on Saturday - 9 miles on Mouse|
The guys didn't wait for us...they played on this drop a few times
Dinner after a day of riding is very important!!
|Veggie Pakcets and Pork Chops for Dinner|
|Homeade Ice Cream|
|McKinley learning the Jelly Fish from Ken|
|After two nights in the woods!|
|And a stop on the way home at Jimmy Macks for the burgers raved about in Our State! They didn't dissapoint.|
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We had a great roadtrip. We left at lunch Wednesday and got to Nashville in time to catch the last show at the Bluebird Cafe. It is a small venue, but what a treat....we heard four songwriters (one was only 17 and could very well be the next Taylor Swift) One had written "I love the way you love me" for her wedding, one guy had written Fishin in the Dark, and on and on. Mike would be at a place like this every weekend if we lived closer to Nashville! The next morning it was off to Paducah. I was on a hunt for more Mustard fabric...and it was so funny to me that Hancocks sits right behind a liquor store....is this for the husbands that can't take any more fabric shopping? We toured the AQS museum (no pictures allowed) and hit two more quilt shops. I made a pretty good haul, picking up lots of kids fabrics too for nap blankets and baby quilts. I have to say it was a great shop but Mary Jo's prices are better. They were cutting orders like crazy and one of the clerks said that probably 60-75% of their business is now online/catalouge orders.
I got nine yards of this mustard fabric with ketchup colored fish bones. It will be the backing for this new quilt which I am making BIG to fit our bed. After a mexican dinner and night near the river in Paducah we headed over to St Louis. I had 11am tickets reserved to take the tram to the top. You got into these little capsules that only held 5 people at a time and started up the arch. It was a little like riding a ferris wheel, quite an engineering feat for the mid 1960's,
The purpose of our trip was to visit GP's cousin Johnny. They were very close growing up and he now lives in Kansas City with his family. Their son is a freshman at Kansas so we went to the game, he was awarded a scholarship for Petroleum Engineering and was part of a group honored at halftime.
And we saw a Trader Joes near their house so as we took off Sunday afternoon we stopped in to stock up....we love their cereal, nuts, olive oil, marina, low sugar jelly....and much more. Hopefully we will get one in the triad area soon. Its great quality and value!
Then as we mapped our route home we decided to go through Lexington Ky and I realized being a holiday weekend my Aunt and Uncle would probably be at their vacation spot in Augusta. So sure enough we contacted them and decided to have lunch. They live in Colombus, Oh and we haven't seen them since the wedding. This is my Mom's little sister and it was fun to see them even for a short time.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Bluebird Cafe then the next day head to Paducah. I get the rest of the day to shop and tour the National Quilt Museum. Sounds like a great way to kick off the Holiday weekend! Anyone need me to pick something up for them?
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Here is the group, the water was pretty cold at first...but refreshing!There is a moss along this waterfall that is like a green shag carpet from teh 70's. It made a great natural water slide. The only problem was it was very slick climbing back up the far side so I only did it once.