I’M ON VACATION!!!!! Sort of.

Hello friends, How are you? I have had such a wonderful few days. I took off a few extra days from work before the July craziness starts. I hate to use the word staycation but I guess that is what I have been on. NO!!! I am on VACATION!!! It started last Friday. My niece and I spent the day going to the Mennonite Market and going to yard sales, moving sales, estate sales, they are called many different things here in the south. I love them all!!!!

One of the sales we went to was a huge Victorian Style Bed and Breakfast that was being sold. The owners were ready to get rid of everything and anxious to move on. They were selling everything dirt cheap. The B&B theme was “Gone With The Wind.” There were pictures of Scarlett O Hara and Rhett Butler everywhere. It was beautiful!!! I just wanted to live in the house. I bought three sets of napkin rings. They were selling them in sets of six for $5.00 a set!!! I bought three sets that I thought could be used together. HA!! when will I ever realistically use cloth napkins? Well you never know, right???

Look at all of these napkin rings. I loved all of them!!!
These are the napkin rings I purchased. I feel that they could be used together if needed.
Gone With The Wind was the theme of this Bed and Breakfast. How cool is that????
This is one of the bathrooms in the Bed and Breakfast. It was ahhhhhmazing!!! I want to live there!!!
I love this little spring house.

On Saturday my sister and I went shopping in Knoxville. We hadn’t been in ages. We had so much fun!! We laughed and laughed and shopped and ate a wonderful lunch and came dragging home tired and spent out. I bought several pairs of shoes. Shoes are the only thing you don’t have to worry about if you gain weight.

On Sunday I did a mountain of laundry. I washed everything that could possibly be washed in this house. Scruffy too.

Monday came and I decided to work in my shrubs. I will not be posting before and after pics because my shrubs look soooooo bad. I don’t know what is going on with them. Some of them are dying and I think they just need to be cut back. I have a plan but I haven’t gotten it all put together yet. You will see soon. So I spent the rest of the day finishing a pair of socks I had been working on and cleaning house and reading and just enjoying the time off.

Sure I could be that girl on the beach with my toes in the sand but no I am here knitting socks and waiting for winter. I am o.k. with that. lol.

Tuesday came and I worked on a Fourth of July project. I will share more with you on that later.

How is your week going?

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!!!

A Crazy Week, A Lazy Sunday

Hello friends and happy Sunday. A big Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s and acting fathers out there. My daddy has been gone for many years but he still lives on in my heart every day. I still miss him every single day and imagine that I always will. I am very much like him in many ways. When I was younger I hated being told that but now I love it!!!

Well here we are with almost three weeks of June behind us. Summer slipped in quietly although we have been having summer temps for weeks. We’ve actually had a little bit of a break with the heat and the humidity this past week. The temperature has only been mid eighties F at the highest and very low humidity. I could live with this weather all summer long. But I know that hot hot hot and high, sticky hair curling, sweat running down your back humidity will return by next week. Oh well that is summer in the south.

My work has gotten so busy. It is always like this around this time of year and will be until around mid August. But it always seems to take me by surprise. I am never prepared for the way it quite literally kicks my butt. I usually come dragging home, tired and sleepy and grab something to eat, walk and cuddle the fur babies, catch up with my hubs, and scurry to the sanctuary of my little den upstairs and watch a little TV and knit or read until bed time. I just feel like I need this bit of quiet to restore my sanity, what little there was left of it. If you ever have worked with the general public then you know what I mean.

Ahhh but the glorious weekend came along just when I needed it most. I had a good day yesterday with some time spent with my little Ma-in-law. You may remember the last time we took a ride, out of the Assisted Living Village, and to get something to eat. It was a nightmare. It was hot and we had a lot of issues getting her in and out of the car. Well I decided we were going to do it a little different yesterday and It was much better. First of all I got the food and brought it with me so there would be no eating in the hot car. That worked out great. We ate in her room and it was nice and cool. Next, when it came time for the ride I pulled the car to the front of the building. She was able to walk through the building with much more ease than trying to maneuver her walker across the concrete sidewalk at her back door. We still had a little bit of a struggle getting her in the car but it all worked out so much better. We took a nice long ride and she seemed to enjoy it so much more than last time. I knew we just had to keep working at it and we would eventually get it right. After the ride we visited with a couple of the other residents and one of the ladies told me she was 92. She asked my Ma-in-law how old she was and when she said 87 she called her a little spring chicken. They are just adorable.

I stopped at the most awesome little vintage shop on my way home. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend but I will return. I also picked up groceries, picked up a week’s worth of mail at the Post Office and headed home. I made spaghetti for dinner and we had a quiet evening.

On Sunday morning I made pecan pancakes and bacon for breakfast.

Pecan pancakes for breakfast. I bought this real maple syrup to make some Bacon Jam. I will have a post on that soon. But I decided while we have it we should take advantage of some pecan pancakes in honor of Father’s Day. The fur babies didn’t even recognize Father’s Day much the same way they didn’t recognize Mother’s Day. LOL. Of course every day is their day.
I love using this cast iron skillet to fry bacon. I always rub it with a little oil after I clean it. It’s ready for next time.
We have a huge Mimosa tree that hangs over the lake bank. I went down this morning to take some pictures and I could smell that sweet Mimosa scent even before I reached the lake bank.
One sock finished and the next one started. I am loving this yarn it is so soft and squishy and I don’t have to worry about matching the stripes.
I have made quite a lot of progress on my afghan. I always fall in love with my afghans I am making and then I hate to give them away. This one is going to a friend for her Birthday.
Molly walks in the cool grass when the temps get really hot. She is getting old but she still likes to go on the walks with us.
Scruffy follows Molly through the woods. The ticks this year are terrible. We have to do a tick check on Scruffy and Molly several times a day.
Yummy fresh watermelon
Sour Dough Bread rising. I hope to have three loaves by morning. One for hubs, one for work and one for my nephew. It’s rising really slow today.

The rest of the day was just hanging at the house, reading, knitting and crocheting and cooking dinner. Meatloaf and green beans and baked sweet potatoes for dinner. Laundry and getting ready for the upcoming work week. How was your weekend? I am planning to take off a few days at the end of next week. My to do list is already a mile long. I think I will just throw it out and wing it and enjoy the time off. Yes!!! That is what I will do.

Have a wonderful week and always remember,

Love your day your way!!!!!

The Appreciation Game

Do you ever stop to think of all the little things that you appreciate? No, really do you? how often? This morning I was thinking about things that I truly appreciate in my life right now and I just thought I would share them with you.

My Family.
My Health, My families Health.
Blackberries starting to ripen.
Fresh Strawberries.
The smell of freshly mown grass.
Honeysuckle.
A new knitting project.
Being at home with my precious family after being gone for a few days.
Having lunch with my sisters.
Baking bread.
Walking outside and breathing in the sweet smell of summer.
Friends that love you and never leave you.
An amazing first cup of coffee, You know what I mean!!!
A good book that you can curl up with and read for hours.
The first taste of an amazing meal.
Confidence.
Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
Soft rain on a Sunday morning.
Fresh green fern growing wild in the woods.

Don’t ever forget to appreciate!!! It’s not really a game it’s life. Love it, live it!!!!

Love your day your way!!!


A Recent Work Trip To Luray Virginia

Hello friends, I have been gone most of the week to Luray Virginia for a work trip. This was the first trip I have been on in a year and a half.

The Attraction that I work for belongs to a tourism association and we meet a few times a year. However this was our first in person meeting in over a year. We had conducted all of our previous meeting via Zoom.

I had to leave out on Sunday. I don’t know if you are like I am but I just have to leave my house clean and the laundry done. So on Saturday that is what I spent the day doing.

I was awakened on Saturday morning by the smoke detector in the hallway just outside my bedroom. At approximately 3:30 AM I started hearing that repeated chirp that just makes you want to tear it out of the ceiling and stomp it into a billion pieces. Scruffy’s little ears are especially sensitive. He first tried to climb on my back and then my head to get away from that piercing little chirp.

We got up and of course had no batteries to fit it so we wound up pulling it off the ceiling to stop the chirping. Since I was awake I decided to just stay up. I had a lot to do to get ready for my trip. It had been so long since I traveled I had almost forgotten how to pack. I actually did leave several things behind.

Preparing for a trip gives me anxiety. Add in the fact I have gained weight and had less clothing options really put me in a tailspin. But I was determined that I was going to make the best of it and enjoy my time with a group of wonderful people that I had not seen in a very long time. That is just what I did.

We left out on Sunday and it was about a seven hour drive. I met a couple of other people in Knoxville and we all rode together. It was a long drive and we arrived tired and weary from the road. We stayed at the beautiful Mimslyn Inn. I’ve stayed at the Mimslyn before and it is a beautiful and very old property. It is reputed to be haunted but I have never encountered anything during my stays. Although our meeting didn’t start until Monday at 1:00 PM we went on Sunday because we had such a long drive and didn’t want to take a chance on running into road work or any other issues.

The Mimslyn Inn
I love this beautiful staircase
We ate at this restaurant our first night with our group. They opened just for us and it was amazing!!! They fed us great food and the atmosphere is so welcoming. http://www.Moonshadowsonmain.com

Moonshadows Restaurant is fairly new and is centrally located on Main Street in Downtown Luray, Virginia. The name Moonshadows is supported throughout the restaurant by the use of color and art-every picture has a moon in it. It’s beautiful.

The grounds at Luray Caverns.

We visited Luray Caverns. I did a post with lots of pictures here Wordless Wednesday, Luray Caverns, Luray Virginia
Unbelievably beautiful formations all through this cave. If you haven’t already visited Luray or if it is your third time like me. You have to check it out.
There is much more to see at Luray Caverns than just the cave. There is also The Car and Carriage Museum, The Luray Valley Museum and lots of shopping and eating. Plan to spend several hours at Luray.

Check it out. http://www.Luraycaverns.com
The American Shakespeare Center

We also had the pleasure of visiting the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton Virginia. We were so fortunate to have a few of the actors on set and they did a couple of short performances for us. We were also able to visit backstage and check out the areas where all the action happens, making costumes, building scenery for the sets and the area where all the props were kept. So exciting, for just a few minutes, to feel like a part of theatre crowd.

http://www.AmericanShakespearecenter.com

If you have the luxury of visiting the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and just a few of these treasures I have mentioned, you will never forget them. With each turn and twist of the road a beautiful work of art will unfold. It is breathtaking. The people are some of the nicest people you will ever hope to meet. The hospitality is honest and true. I can’t wait to go back.

Have a wonderful rest of your week and always remember,

Love your day your way!!!