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Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Mural - Macado's

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Macado's. 120 Church Ave SW. Roanoke

Macado's is one of my favorite spots downtown. The cool murals painted on the inside make you feel like you are eating at a street side cafe in Cuba. Tres cool! For more on Macado's, visit their website HERE ...linking with Monday Mural

Friday, September 19, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday 5 Number 12 - Huckabees in Iron Gate

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This is Huckabees in Iron Gate. We have never stopped here but the colorful chairs out front always catch my eye when we are driving through. I just looked at their Facebook Page and wow, I really need to make a point to check it out on the inside one day because what is better than "6 unique shops under 1 roof" and "a great place to stop, shop, and eat"! Well that sounds like my kind of place! You've got to check out their menu and the names of their deli sandwiches like the "oinker" lol..how funny! This is just right up the road from yesterday's park :)

Now for some willy-nilly's:

1) I tried a few new recipes this week and these 2 things were winners... Tabbouleh (made with Quinoa and was soooo tasty!) and Roasted Chicken & Potatoes ...I used bone in breasts and the chicken was so flavorful!

2) It's a pet peeve of mine when people spell "y'all" like this "ya'll"...y'all is a contraction of you and all and when you drop the "ou" your apostrophe should hang right there, after the "y" and before the "all"...so there, my spelling tip of the day ;) but...I have probably made tons of grammatical errors all through this post so who am I to judge lol...

3) Have you heard of this: Worldwide Photo Walk? Looks pretty cool. Nothing in my area, but I did see a couple in DC.

4) Did I tell you Ash and I went and saw The Giver? I know I mentioned we were going to go but I don't think I told you that we REALLY liked it...a lot! Dalton read the book and Braden's class just started. I know someone who didn't like it but she read the book and you know how that goes, books are always better, in most cases I guess...

5) Ash saw some religious nut on campus this week. He was there with his wife and small child. He staked out a section and started "preaching" about cheerleaders being "whore-leaders" and sorority girls being "sow-ority girls" and basically calling everyone big ol sluts. I don't know why he is allowed to do this. She said he has permission because it's his "Freedom of Speech"..his wife stands by and films the whole thing. Ash had heard that he sued another school he was "preaching" to after he ended up in a fight, someone punched him and now his wife films it for evidence I guess. Sounds to me like he wants to instigate stuff and then sue..maybe that's how he makes a living. He sounds dangerous. Ash sent me a link about his visit there, someone recorded him and a student got a guitar and started to sing "How He Loves Us" and all the students joined in and covered the preachers mean ramblings. You can watch it RIGHT HERE ....it's pretty touching!

Well that's my 5 for the week and now it's your turn! Post 5 random "willy nilly" things and link back to me. Visit other Willy Nilly participants and have fun! Have a great weekend too!!





Thursday, September 18, 2014

Signs, Signs & A Good Fence In Iron Gate

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Wandering around old manors and run down motels makes a person hungry. Stopped here at this little park in Iron Gate to munch on our tuna sandwiches. The boys noted right away that there is NO teeter totter in this park. Not one.
This little house sits right next to the park. What fun for kids to have a park in your backyard. We had one right down the street from us where I grew up. Our bus picked us up there. We would play on the Merry-Go-Round till the bus came. In the summer there were lots of activities held for us kids there, put on by the parks dept. We played games, made Plaster of Paris hands and let balloons go with our names and addresses attached so that when someone found our balloon they would send our address label back and let us know where it was found. I remember mine came back. Someone found it either in the desert or mountains. I can't remember but I remember my label being all dirty and a bit torn up. It was pretty exciting to hear about where it had travelled! The name of my little childhood park was Bill Beck Park in El Cajon, Ca. My favorite thing in the park was this wooden fort that was made from big logs. They had tar on them I guess because I can still smell that tar smell in my memory! But I digress! I am linking with Signs, Signs & Good Fences :)


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Firmstone Manor & Longdale Furnace

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This beautiful old home sits next to yesterday's motel. Like I said yesterday, it is closed for a couple of months due to the partner's broken leg. I read the reviews I found online and for years they received wonderful reviews. I think it has been struggling in the last year or so. Probably because it is so much to run a house of this size and age! I also read that the owner rescues dogs and I think that the one in the photo is "Schnoopy" that I happened to see in an older review. I had the boys stand next to that great old tree just to show you how huge it is! I also read that they had intentions of turning the motel into cottages at one point. And remember, this is for sale for those that like a little hard work. What a wonderful old home this is...you can read its rich history HERE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday - Old Motel on Longdale Furnace Rd


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On Saturday we took a little drive out to Clifton Forge. It was our first time to be on this side of the town, along Longdale Furnace Rd. This is just up the road from yesterday's motel. We stopped here to look at an old manor that has been changed into a B&B. Which I will show you tomorrow. The manor and this motel share the same property. We pulled up and didn't see anybody but the 1 vehicle parked there led us to believe that someone was home. Plus there were 2 dogs barking in the window of the B&B. Nick called out "hello" a few times and then an elderly gentleman came out explaining that the B&B was closed for the next couple of months because his partner broke her leg. We asked if we could wander around and he said that we were welcome to walk around the grounds. So we did and this is what we saw:







Ok, I have to tell you, this place gave us the creeps. Whoever said "Bates Motel" in yesterday's comments, that was exactly what we said when we were HERE! There was just something creepy in the air there! Linking with Rubbish Tuesday ...and for anyone who might be interested, the old man did tell us they were selling the manor and the motel ;)

Monday, September 15, 2014

North Mountain Motel

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Clifton Forge
...imagine my happiness when we drove by this gem! And yes, that is a canoe!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday 5 Number 11 - Memorial Bridge & Dollar Shave Club

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Memorial Bridge in Roanoke opened to traffic on May 6, 1926. For more info CLICK HERE

Have you ever heard of The Dollar Shave Club. They are having a fun little promo right now. I've heard about the Dollar Shave Club on the radio and have also seen postings on Facebook. I've always meant to check into it since I do have 2 current shavers in the house, with 2 more up and coming shavers. Not sure if it's for women or just men but shhhhh, don't tell, I do steal my husband's razor ;).....anyways...the Dollar Shave Club's motto is "Shave Time, Shave Money" and pride themselves on "helping people NOT have to "squeeze" too much use out of their razors by providing great razors that are shipped right to your door for as low as a buck a month!"

So I was thinking that it would be fun to involve my readers and Willy Nilly participants! My Willy Nilly Friday 5 will be about things we should or shouldn't squeeze and in my comments, play along, let us know something you should or shouldn't squeeze! So here we go!:

Willy Nilly Friday 5 things you should or shouldn't squeeze:

1) Well sometimes I love to squeeze the stuffing out of my kids because I love them so dang much....that could be good...or bad...depending on how strong you are ;)

2) I squeezed some lemon on my fish for Thursday night's dinner, yum!

3) I Googled "things you should squeeze" and found this: Science Explains Why We Want To Sqeeze Cute Things To Death and it is also known as "Cute Aggression" haha

4) I HATE when I have to squeeze into my favorite jeans... :(

5) My husband has been running a bit more this week after a little hiatus...he just asked me to massage his legs...guess I'll be squeezing some thigh ;)

Now it's your turn friends! Link up to Willy Nilly Friday 5 and post 5 totally "Willy-Nilly" random things. Leave me a comment about something you should or shouldn't sqeeze! Have fun and have a super weekend!




Oh, one more thing, I wanted to share this funny thing with you that I saw earlier on Facebook 32 Animals Being Total Jerks ...haha, some of the pictures are just hilarious, enjoy!