Friday, May 30, 2008
This week for some reason seemed long and hard. It wasn't that much different in any way that I can think of, but I must have spring fever. It is finally warm, beautiful blue skies, and being cooped up in an office all day is so much harder. I don't want to wish my life away, it is going too fast as it is, but...oh, the weekend! Even when we don't have anything exciting planned, or have errands and work in the yard or around the house, it is just so nice to not have to get up early, have clothes ready, fix lunches, etc. Friday night is de-stress night.
I hope to get to see Sex & the City movie tomorrow. My daughter and I have been looking forward to this for months. (a sad testiment to how boring my life is!) I didn't watch S & C when on HBO, but have watched all the episodes in syndication. I just read a review from a man who had never watched the series - why on earth was he picked to review this movie? I hate violent movies so I can pretty much tell you I am not going to like a war movie - no matter how well it is done. Good grief!
Also, and I guess this is very superficial, but I love movies about New York City, I love movies with beautiful or quirky houses or apartments and pretty clothes. Remember all the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies - no academy awards, but just entertainment.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The rules: Posted here at the beginning. The player answers all questions. The player then chooses six people you want to know more about and tags those people by listing their names at the end of the post and going to their blog and leaving a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Also, you let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer.
1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
Actually not much has changed. We had moved to Virginia from Kentucky in 1992 and bought this house, where we still live. I work at the same business, but have moved to a different position. My son had recently joined the Navy (he's still in) and moved his wife & year old daughter to Norfolk - leaving me in mourning over missing my granddaughter! My daughter then lived in Louisville, Ky, so I really had just begun the "empty nest" syndrome. My parents were still living, but back in Kentucky, so that was a worry. (They've both since passed away)
2) What are five things on my to-do list today (not in any particular order)
Try to catch up at work., Get my hair cut (that was cancelled by hairstylist), find something in this house to fix for dinner, do laundry (does everyone have that on their list - laundry is taking over the world!, make myself walk or do other exercise and find time to knit.
3) What snacks do I enjoy
Too many, I'm sorry to say! (some are healthy I promise) Fruit, Nuts, Cheese, Popcorn, Chocolate, Ice Cream
4) What are some places I've lived?
Kentucky, Long Beach and San Diego, California, Charleston, S.C., Danville, VA
5) What things would I do if I were a billionaire?
Pay bills, buy a one-level house with every easy cleaning feature possible, buy books, buy yarn, travel, help out family, give to my favorite charities (college scholarships, feed hungry kids, help abused women). I like my job - but not enough to stay - if I get bored, I'll volunteer somewhere!
Now I need to tag 6 other bloggers. Since I'm new at blogging I don't know lots of bloggers and am going with four. Hope none of you mind. First, Amy, my daughter and her China adoption blog, my friend Candyce, and her blog about travel, teacups, sewing, and life, and two members of my Monday night knitting group, Timmie and Laura.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The wall is engraved with names of all Pittsylvania County/Danville residents who were killed in action in any war. The brick walkway has names of veterans who served or are serving in time of peace or war if a donation is given. It was impossible to read all the names, but strangely I found this one:
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This is the Methodist Church at Cades Cove. This is an 11 mile circle - if you haven't been, it is a settlement that they bought out when they made the Smoky Mountains into a National Park. They have left many of the buildings, you usually see many animals and it is a beautiful, peaceful area.
Beautiful meadow in Cades Cove - I think there is an animal down there!
Friday, May 16, 2008
My cute-as-a-button nephew Travis, who I can't believe is old enough, is now in Iraq. I can hardly even hear the word Iraq now.
This is Travis and his equally cute-as-a-button sister - Lindsay, who thankfully is still safe at home!
Also, my brother-in-law, (DH's wonderful sister's wonderful husband) - is in the hospital with heart problems which are worrisome. He went to doctor for another problem, found out he had a carotid artery blockage in his neck and six heart blockages. They scheduled the carotid artery surgery this week and then planned the heart surgery in a couple of weeks. He has had a hard time since the first surgery though, and a minor heart attack, so he is scheduled now for his open heart surgery Monday.
On a lighter note - the surveyors left work today - and the building is still standing! It seemed to go pretty well, and the best part is - they won't be back till next year!
On a knitting note - I just started my first adult sweater. I have knitted a few simple baby sweaters, but decided to try one for me. I am making the Bamboozle Bobble Sampler Pullover with Cascade Pima Tencel. It's a short sleeve summer sweater. I'll post pictures later, after I get a little more done.
Some good news - you may have heard of this blog, if not check it out. Nate & Tricia are a young couple in North Carolina. She has cystic fibrosis and in January had a premature baby and then a double lung transplant. They have both been in Duke University Hospital since January. Last week Tricia was able to go home and this week the baby was also discharged. It is a very inspiring story.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Cooking in the kitchen!
Mothers Day gifts and cards
Azaleas in full bloom and...
It was then time to meet our friends at our cabin office where we got directions to our cabin. Even though I would have loved a cabin with a view up in the mountains, I was glad ours was located in Wears Valley which is very near everything in Pigeon Forge. When we first turned into our road I was a little worried because the cabins seemed so close together, but we were very lucky and ours was at the end of the road, surrounded by trees and very private. We wouldn't have had too many neighbors however as we only saw one other car on our trips in and out. This turned out to be a fantastic week to be there - hardly any crowds and wonderful weather. It was in the 70's each day and just beautiful.
Here is our cabin "All Tucked Inn"
This is the living area - it has 2 bedrooms with king-sized beds and 2 baths, so it was great for 2 couples. It was wonderful seeing our friends again and we hope to do it again soon. We both have 11 year old granddaughters and hope we can sometime meet and bring them with us. This time it was nice just having adults only though.
Over the next few days we enjoyed the beautiful spring weather and scenery in the mountains, Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, & Pigeon Forge. We shopped, ate, and had a wonderful time.Here are some pictures of Cades Cove - more later....