Thursday, August 21, 2014

Driving the Mountain Roads

There is so much beauty to be seen on the mountain roads of Western North Carolina.

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We drove up into Madison County one day last week and saw some amazing scenery.

I was shooting photos through the glass and got quite a bit of glare in many of them. But there’s no where to pull over to take photos.

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You’re between a rock (wall) and a sheer drop off.

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Do you feel better when the rock wall is next to you or the drop off (with NO guard rails!)

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I used to get car sick on these winding roads when I moved here 20 something years ago. Now I love it! These are some of my favorite trips!

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I’m joining Tex for the Good Fences party!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

(wanna go for a ride? I’ll drive! lol)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Let’s go inside Mast General Store!

It’s one of my favorite places to shop.

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They have lots of locally made items and neat things you don’t see anywhere else.

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Oh, and CANDY! lol

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I bought dishcloths and hubby sneaked in some old timey candy!

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Lots of neat displays in the store.

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Down the street we browsed in a ‘new’ book store.

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I even splurged and bought a Golden Book.

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(One I don’t have and it was $1.95!)

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Lots of fun when you ‘vacation’ in your home town!

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Do you have a nice downtown in your area?

Visit Hendersonville, NC if you’re ever in this part of the state! You’ll be glad you did! (to find a parking place, park at the Visitor’s Center at the South end of Main)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tell the Truth! Do I look like a BEAR?

We took a leisurely walk down Main Street in Hendersonville, NC one day.

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Lots of memories!

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(We almost bought a condo in this building across from Mast General Store. It would have been fun, I think!)

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Old ‘stompin' grounds’ for me.

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Lots of unique and eclectic stores.

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Just what I love!

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Window shopping, too!

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Vintage cowboy stuff!

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Have you ever seen a wicker motorcycle?

And just one more question…

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does this bear make me look BIG?

hahahaha

Monday, August 18, 2014

I better get busy!

I need to get busy working on some of the photos I’ve taken since we’ve been here. (I found a few that were good enough to share right out of the camera! WHEW!)

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It seems like we go somewhere every day and I take a bunch more photos!

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(a walk on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville)

I’ll have enough photos for the rest of the year at this rate.

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When I stay home…I like to putter.

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I used to have pottery in my china cabinet here but now I have odds and ends.

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Mostly vintage things I’ve found at thrift stores or that I’ve kept over the years.

I love little stacks of plates and sweet angels.

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Maybe I’ll try to keep my posts simple…

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saying less and sharing more photos.

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Imagine if we had to have our film developed like in the olden days.

I would be in the poor house for sure! How about you?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Day of Relaxation

Even though we’re retired, we don’t often purposely plan a ‘day off’.

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(our view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the balcony) 

But we’ve been on the go here in the mountains since we got here a couple of weeks ago so it was time for a day of relaxation.

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I put some comfy pillows and chair cushions on the glider and spent most of the day on the balcony.

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We even had some ‘to go’ meals from Stoneridge (one of our favorite restaurants).

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(black and bleu steak salads…steak and blue cheese on top of spinach and lots of salad goodies)

We took a walk at sunset to take some photos and enjoyed a day of goofing off.

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Temps in the 70s with a sky filled with fluffy clouds…it couldn’t be better!

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Amaze me Monday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday (new link).

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Are you having a good weekend, too?

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Walk at the Park…People watching!

Well, I was walking AND watching!

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And I noticed how much fun everyone was having!

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Lots of kids having fun.

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Who knows…

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maybe we’ll be on TV tonight!

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Corn grows taller than 6 ft tall hubby!

News at 11! heehee!

(all strangers at Fletcher park, well except that handsome man in the corn field!)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Warm enough to swim in the Creek!

We’ve been to Fletcher Park (here in NC) to walk and enjoy this beautiful weather.

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Most days the temp reaches 80, which is perfect!

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And one day, it was warm enough for some wading in Cane Creek.

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Let’s see who squeezed through the fence! lol

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Makes you want to dip your toes in the cool cool water, doesn’t it?

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Or at least take lots of fun photos!

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I’m joining Tex for the Good Fences party!

I hope you’ll party with us too!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We’ll go to the library while we’re here too!

I actually went as soon as I could. I love to search the website of my local library and I knew two books were checked in that I wanted to read.

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I finished A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny and it was one of my favorites in this series.

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And now I’ve started Maisie Dobbs. I have been reading this series but I started it in the middle so I wanted to go back to the very first book and read them in order.

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While I was at the library I bought 2 books in the lobby. (they are 25 cents each)

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Imagine my surprise and delight when I realized Munching Peter is a school book from 1935!

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What sweet stories and beautiful illustrations.

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Can you just imagine the children that read this book (before me)?

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And Navaho Sister was published in 1956. It has special meaning to me but that’s another long story! heehee! (no I don’t have a sister that’s a Navajo but I did live on the Navajo Indian Reservation for 3 years back in the ‘70s)

Books

Here’s my stack of books and a movie to watch!

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Vee at A Haven for Vee did a post on this movie HERE and I knew I would love it. It’s filmed in Italy.

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What are you reading this week

or watching?

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Robin Williams

July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

I wrote my library post yesterday. This morning I am extremely saddened by the death of a loved comedian and actor, Robin Williams. What a terrible loss and a reminder to us all to cherish our lives. A link to his website with lots of old photos and video clips is HERE. We’ll miss him.