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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Rain, Rain, Go Away.

I love grey rainy day's, I really do, but it has been *raining for a solid week. It started last Thursday on our trip home from Florida. We had planned on being home before dark; both Megan and myself have night blindness, but Columbia S.C., traffic, delayed us an hour; it's as bad as driving through Atlanta. So dusk is approaching, and it starts raining. Not sprinkling, but raining cats and dogs...and it's getting darker, and the state of S.C., apparently doesn't believe in reflective paint on their interstate. As Megan so accurately put it, "It's like driving on a mirror, with a disco ball spinning, blinding you." It was a really intense drive, and we were thankful to have made it home safely.
Our autumn color is starting to appear, but the leaves are being knocked off the trees before we can enjoy them, and oh, by the way, we are supposed to get hit by a hurricane this weekend. I keep forgetting I live in a coastal state. If I wasn't getting company next week, I'd be in the car, driving back to Florida. Yeah, I can't believe I just said that either.
So between the rain, missing my Fl. family and friends, starting the Whole 30 program, looking for a new home, and Brewiers, job coming to an end tomorrow, I've been down in the dumps.

There was a short break in the rain, so I took Megan and Oliver up Elk Mountain, so Oliver could climb rocks, one of his most favorite things to do.

Meg saw this bumper sticker on a car, and shouted, "Mom! Thats you!" Guilty as charged.

*We've been in a severe drought, so the rain really is welcomed.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

I'm Back.

From Florida, where I met my new granddaughter, Brooke Charlotte, (though we all keep calling her Charlotte.)
While there both Darlene and Sarah drove over from Orlando, so we could visit, mom and Dick came over for the day, and I even got to visit with Keith, who was in from NYC.

Ray took the three oldest kids camping for the weekend, so I got to spend time getting to know Jackson, who really only knew me as the lady on the computer.

While Sarah was visiting, we went to the Oxford Exchange; my favorite place in Tampa.

I want to live in the Oxford Exchange, its so beautiful.

Four generations.

The kids love dancing, so mom and Dick gave them pointers.

Oliver with crazy hair and a cape.

This gigantic pepper grinder, at William Sonoma. Do you think anyone will buy it?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Our Weekend Looked Like This.

These are photos from some of our weekend activities; I didn't document everything. Saturday Morning Brewier and I stopped downtown at Izzy's so I could get coffee, and the weather was so beautifully autumn like, that we walked around enjoying the mostly empty streets. We sat down at Pritchard Park, to listen to an early morning drum circle, when stilt walkers showed up. The drummers joined them and all marched down the street; A parade. We went to the River Arts District, for an art walk, then to West Asheville, for a garden tour. A friend of ours had one of the featured gardens, and it was lovely. She is a weaver, and is experimenting with natural dyes. We went to the Biltmore, and took Oliver down town on a Saturday night, to walk around. We stopped in at the Champagne/Book store, a destination I plan to return to often. I love this town so much.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Tie Breaker.

Thursday morning, I face timed with a very pregnant, Jessica. I asked if she felt like she might be headed for labor, and she honestly replied, "No." Imagine my surprise when later that afternoon, she face timed me with a little baby girl in her arms. Being her fifth child, labor lasted a mere two hours; I'm very thankful that her midwife wasn't too far away. The still nameless girl, was 8 pounds and 10 ounces. A trip to Florida is in the works, as I'm anxious to meet this new granddaughter, (she is the tie breaker, since Jessica and Ray, already has two girls and two boys.)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In Celebration of My Tumor Free Ankle...

New shoes.

I've never owned flats before, but walking Asheville in heels is really painful, so I can honestly say I purchased practical shoes.
I've started seeing a new G.P. Dr, who I'm really liking. I told him I was really concerned with the weight gain I've experienced, and he took one look at me and said I was most likely pre-diabetic, and today my blood work confirmed it, (I also have a few other really weird results, that he is working on,) so, massive changes in my eating are required; he called it, "Sensible Paleo." As someone who loves to bake, and whose life revolves around food, this is going to be tough.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Catch Up.

Friday I got a message from Caroline, saying she was in town, (From Oklahoma,) and would I like to meet her at Sierra Nevada. You think??? I hadn't seen her in four years, and she is now a very happily married lady. We managed to get trapped, unable to leave the brewery, due to a downed power line. If you have to be trapped somewhere, I highly recommend Sierra Nevada. (They have solar power.)

Saturday we went to Hendersonville for the Apple Festival. I really don't go for the festivities, but to visit with Renee,and David, who are from Hendersonville, and drive up from Florida every year to attend.
I got to meet this lovely lady, Teresa, who Renee grew up with, and who I found out, reads my blog!

(See how hazy that photo is? That would be humidity.)

Our Labor day feast...eaten on Saturday.

Sophie had a cookout at The Beehive, for anyone who wanted to attend. It was so nice to have people to hang out with on Monday. In Florida, there was always a chapel pool party, and we've really missed that these past few years.

My brother Ken, has been doodling a lot lately, and I told him how awesome Gelly Rolls were, and he bought himself a deluxe set. When he sent me a picture all his new pens, I texted him that I was very envious. So he overnighted me a set form Amazon!!!

Chalk art at LAAFF