I totally forgot about Halloween the
past couple of days. I hope everyone
has a fun and safe holiday with lots
of candy and good things to eat!
|The Road to Tennessee|
Here are a few shots I took late
Sunday afternoon looking toward
Tennessee. I am very close to the
Tennessee/North Carolina border.
You can see the swirling clouds.
Soon warm air is going to be touching
Arctic air. Lots of snow in the
higher elevations are expected.
One of my boys who lives closer
to the Eastern Continental Divide
is expecting a foot or more.
Hurricane Sandy is one of the
reasons I left the beach after ten
beautiful years. I just could not
face the destruction and the impacts
associated with these storms.
After living almost a lifetime of
watching them come by up close and
personal I decided no more. I do
understand that snowstorms can be
dangerous. However, with a little
planning you can get through them
pretty unscathed. There is no
running from Mother Nature.
I guess it is a little like
picking your poison - earthquakes?
tornadoes? snow storms? hurricanes?
I chose snow!
Took off early this morning to take
pictures. It is suppose to rain the
next couple of days. Thought I would
enjoy the last of the sunshine.
Hope you have time today to enjoy
the little things in your day.
I love the weekends. They are comforting.
An excuse to do nothing or everything.
Today started out all bright and
shiny. Then the clouds arrived.
Even here in the mountains we can feel
the arrival of the first bands of
Hurricane Sandy. Hold on to your hats
this one could be rough East Coast.
|The green door|
Traveling the back roads I ran across
this old store. Remember when
people would use the neighborhood
store instead of the big box stores?
Here you could find a little bit of
everything. Local produce, fresh meat
from local farms, nails, shovels, ice
cream, you name it they had it.
I remembering visiting my grandmother.
She would often send me off to get
something or another she needed.
I was allowed to get a fresh ice cold
Coca Cola in a bottle and a pack
of salty peanuts to put in my coke.
That was the best thing I have ever
tasted. What memories this old
place brought back to me. I wonder
how many memories those old green
|Bench with yarn|
Found these wildflowers up in the
mountains. They remind me of
messy daisies. So much of my life
is messy right now that they seemed
right. Hope you are having a
|The last of my tomatoes|
These are the last of my tomatoes. I was
able to enjoy them all summer long. I
harvested them by the handfuls several
times a week. Enough to enjoy fresh
tomatoes every day. I will definitely
do this again next summer. I was
surprised by how easy and inexpensive
it all was. If I had thought ahead of
time I could have brought at least one
container inside and probably had
tomatoes through part of the fall
and winter. Next year...
|An old fence|
Late summer and early fall found
me running up and down the Shenandoah
Valley to Washington D.C. visiting
family and enjoying their company.
We are still exploring those "first's"
without Daddy. We all miss him
terribly. Yet, I like to think that
he is always close by enjoying us
girls cooking in the kitchen,
driving with me as I am awed by
all the beautiful fall colors,
watching all his grandsons grow
into such interesting men.
No one told us it would be so
hard to lose this fixture in our lives.
So, we have good days and bad days.
Always remembering how lucky
I found this little nest in one
of my plants. I had wondered why
it was not growing as well as some
of the other potted plants around it.
I went to water it and there was
this sweet little home.
I watched it carefully and soon
eggs appeared. Then little baby
wrens. One day they were gone.
All grown up.
My first nest, my first set of
baby birds in my new home. I
decided to keep the nest.
So, this weekend I gently pulled
it out of the potted plant.
The nest was made so carefully.
The mama had even used a plastic
bag and some fur to line her nest.
I too am carefully setting up