Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day Of The Big Eclipse

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Did you have a good view of the eclipse yesterday? Our schools ordered glasses and passed them out to the students and faculty. School wasn't dismissed until after 4 so the kids could all watch the eclipse from school. I brought my glasses home and watched from the deck. I was so happy they thought of this! I remember seeing the one in 1979...I was in Jr. High and we used a piece of paper with a pin hole...these glasses were so much better! I wish I could have taken a picture like I saw it through my glasses but I don't have a special filter, nor do I know how haha...anyways, this is what it must have looked like with the naked eye...I had my glasses on and just pointed my camera in the general direction...such a photographer :) ...we had pretty good visibibility and then right at the time of totality a storm cloud covered it....oh well! I am happy that I saw what I got to see anyway :)

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Linking up

Friday, August 18, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 140

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Michie Tavern . 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway . Charlottesville . VA . 22902

1) Michie Tavern has a loooong and interesting history dating back to 1777! Read about it HERE

2) The boys have their first football game tonight! We play our rival school. There are 2 high schools in our county and it's a big deal when we play each other...everybody comes! Our school moved up a division and so our schedule this year does not include our rival so tonight they scheduled a "benefit game" kind of as an excuse to play them!

3) Trying so hard to get used to our school schedule and all the running around...I have been spread thin but hoping I get back in my groove.

4) Tomorrow Nick's employer is having a company party at the lake...that should be fun!

Somewhere in Charlottesville....(that should cool you off a bit!)

That's my 5 this week friends! I hope you will join in too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others!! Have a super weekend and stay safe!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Est. 1762

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Charlottesville . VA

Today I am thankful for a few hours I got to spend with Ashlyn yesterday! She had to come over to do some laundry and asked me if I would go to an antique store with her because she is trying to find a table for her tv...doesn't take much to convince me to visit an antique store! We didn't find anything she liked but it was sure a nice afternoon :)

Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday & Signs, Signs

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

B & W Wednesday - National Museum of the Marine Corps

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18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy . Triangle . VA . 22172

This museum was might remember some of my posts from our visit a while can check them out HERE ...We need to go back and see what they've added as they were still working on post 2001 exhibits.

For more on the museum, visit their website HERE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

James Monroe's First Farm

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McCormick Road . Charlottesville

"In 1788 James Monroe purchased an 800-acre farm here to be close to his friend Thomas Jefferson and to establish a law office. In 1799 the Monroes moved to their new Highland plantation adjacent to Monticello and sold the first farm. in 1817 the Board of Visitors of Central College purchased 43 3/4 acres of Monroe’s old farm, for the Lawn and the Ranges of the “academical village” that Jefferson was planning to build with private contributions. On 6 Oct. President Monroe, with former presidents Jefferson and Madison, laid the cornerstone for its first building, Pavilion VII. On 25 Jan, 1879, Central College was charged by the General Assembly as the University of Virginia."

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, August 14, 2017

Durty Nelly's Pub

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2200 Jefferson Park Ave . Charlottesville

Stopped in here on our last trip to C'ville for a beer and sandwich. Cool little dive bar with tasty sammies!

For more info on Durty Nelly's you can check out their Facebook page HERE

(Showing Charlottesville in a more peaceful time)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 139

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On Wednesday was the boys first day of 10th grade!

2) Tonight Nick and I are going to go see a Van Halen tribute band...should be's outdoors so I hope the rain holds out!

3) The boys have their first scrimmage tomorrow...all the way in Dinwiddie County, Richmond area...that's 3 hours from here...we're not making the trek so I'll miss it :(

4) Ashlyn has been at the beach all week with her friend...they went to Myrtle Beach.

5) Christian had been at the beach the week before Ashlyn...he went with his girlfriend and some friends...they went all the way to Daytona!

That's my 5 this week and I hope you will play along too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others!! Have a great and safe weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Early Spring

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Explore Park . Roanoke

This was taken this past spring while the boys were on spring break...we spent the day hiking around...doesn't seem possible that summer is coming to an end already!

Today I am thankful for a few quiet hours to myself! We started back to school yesterday and I get home a few hours before everyone else...I have to say that I have enjoyed it! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mauser's Tater House

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Back in March we took a little road trip down to North Carolina to see the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge and this cute little place sits at the entrance of park where the bridge is...I had to go investigate....

Armed with this bit of info "Mauser's Tater House" I was sure I'd find loads and loads of info on it when I got home....but we know how that story goes...nothing but this:
"Home, Sweet ‘Potato’, Home - Tater pad gets new use

The Mauser Tater House that was used for many decades to cure and store sweet potatoes is now going to have a very different use — a historical learning tool located at Bunker Hill Cover Bridge.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county."

Not having the print edition of the Catawba County newspaper I have no idea what the rest of the story is...but I did find this picture of the tater house travelling down the road from the same story above:

I know you are sitting on the edge of your seats wanting more but that's all I have for ya! Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treausers

School starts tomorrow :( so sad that our summer is over...have to take the boys in for haircuts today, I'm getting one too! Happy Tuesday!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 138

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This morning's sunrise...the Blue Ridge Mountains in the's going to be a gorgeous day!

Wednesday was Ashlyn's 23rd birthday! I went over and picked her up so we could spend a few hours together. She wanted to go to Black Dog Salvage and look around for a table...everything was way out of her price range...they have cool stuff there, just pretty costly...I've heard from people around here that the prices went up after they started their show...that's too bad...anyways, after leaving Black Dog empty handed I took her to lunch at Tuco's Taqueria which is one of her favorite places...we both had a shredded beef taco and a chicken taco...oh, and a margarita :)
After that we went back to her apartment and walked around the block with Riley...

This one is a couple of houses down from her...

This one is on the corner...can you see the porch curtains on the left? I love when big porches like this have curtains!

The little alleyway that runs behind her street...

I've got to get the boys up shortly and head to the mall...we need to do some back to school starts Wednesday...booooo :(

I put shopping off till almost the last minute and wouldn't you know, today and tomorrow are "tax free" days for back to school stuff such as clothes and computers and school couldn't pay me to get out and shop tomorrow but maybe the crowds won't be so bad this morning and I can save a few bucks!

That's my 5 this week friends! I hope you will play along too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend :)

I'm linking up with Macha's Weekend Green & Five on Friday

Friday, July 28, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 137

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Football season has officially started with two-a-days yesterday...they have to be at school by 7 a.m. and get done at 2:30...they will do this for 5 days, including tomorrow, a Saturday!
(This pic was taken last football season...that's Dalton getting down low to take that boy out!)

(Braden 15 with the case you were wondering they are on the same team, just different uniforms for home and away games)

Yesterday after practice Braden and Dalton's coach took them aside and told them they would be practicing with Varsity today. They are pretty excited about that! They've worked hard! I hope all goes well!

3) Recently I started watching Southern Charm. It's a reality show about a group of young people and a couple not so young, who live in Charleston, SC...a few of them have deep family roots in Charleston from before the Revolutionary War...I find that so interesting! There's 4 seasons and they are available on demand...I am ready to start the 4th!

4) Ashlyn is coming over a little later to do her laundry haha...poor thing doesn't have a washer and dryer in her apartment but no will be nice to see her!

5) We've had a heat wave the last couple of weeks. The temps were in the 90's for 16 days straight ending yesterday with temps only in the lower 80's...glad that happened just in time for the boys' football practice!

That's it for me this week! I hope you will join in too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others!! Have a great weekend, stay cool!

I'm going to link up with Mascha's Color of Hope & Five on Friday :)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

All Aboard!

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The Buchanan Railcar Inn . Buchanan

This spiffy railcar can be rented out for an event or a sleepover...that would be kind of fun!

Today I am thankful for an afternoon of drinks and friends! I got together with a couple of girls for a drink or two this week. It was fun. I don't know why I don't that more gets in the way I guess!

Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday and Signs, Signs

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Black & White Wednesday - Take 1

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Buchanan . Botetourt County

I used to participate in a Black & White Wednesday weekly meme but it stopped a while back. I love color but I also love an excuse to post a black & white...Do you know of any weekly B&W memes?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mountain Union Church

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Mount Union Church . Explore Park . Roanoke

This old church was built in the early 1800's in Botetourt County and then moved to Explore Park in the 1990's...I didn't know that I used to live near where this church originally stood! I had been to the cemetery a few times to fulfill Find-A-Grave photo can see those HERE and HERE ...I had a couple more requests to find there but never was able to find them...anywho...

(these were taken in April of this year)

I also didn't know that this church was started from Fincastle Presbyterian Church which I found out HERE in "A Partial History of Fincastle Presbyterian Church" which says this about Mount Union:

"Mountain Union Church is the daughter of the Fin-
castle Presbyterian Church. She was born on the Satur-
day before the third Sabbath in February, 1832. To this
daughter the mother gave twenty-four members, among
them a ruling elder, Mr. George McDonald, who was im-
mediately made a ruling elder in the new organization."

There were other interesting write-ups in the story...

That's about all I was able to find out on this little church but one neat thing I found was this old photo/postcard:

I think it is dated 1905? *Found on Rootsweb*

The church can be rented out now for weddings, reunions, etc...

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

HERE'S some more posts I've done on Explore Park in the's one of my favorite places for hiking around :)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 136

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The 4th of July was Christian's 20th Birthday! We didn't have a party or anything really...just caught him as he was grabbing stuff to head out the door again so this was our little impromptu celebration!

This pretty girl was visiting our backyard frequently this summer...haven't seen her in a while but recently I did see a mama deer with triplets just down the cute!

Some new sculptures were installed in Elmwood Park in Roanoke recently...I've been meaning to go over there and get some pictures of them...on the day I took this we were just running through quickly trying to get to a festival...

Awww can you stand the cuteness?! Taken at a festival downtown...

Alf sighting! Did you used to watch that show back in the 80's? We did, every week haha...we were easily entertained back then that's for sure ;)

That's my 5 this week friends and I hope you will play along too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have fun and have a great weekend!

I'm linking up with Mascha and Five on Friday

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Having Fun With Something Sparkly

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Chandelier in Black and White @ The Homestead

Chandelier in orginial colors

Chandelier in Heat Map (I think this one is fun!)

Chandelier in inverted colors (I think this one is kind of spooky!)

"Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture."
Peter York

Today I am thankful for getting Ashlyn all moved in! Ashlyn and the boys and I did a lot of the work of hauling boxes over on didn't really take too long...2 trips...and then we had time to grab some lunch at Benny's downtown...Ashlyn's treat :)

On Saturday we used Nick's truck to haul over her couch and bedroom furniture with the help of her boyfriend. She's not unpacked yet but she's getting there and she has bought some really cute things to give it her own look. Her apartment is a renovated old house built in 1900 which has been changed into 4 apartments...I love the old touches inside, such as the molding and cute little locks and windows...I haven't been back over as she's been working all week but can't wait to get over there and just walk around her cute neighborhood...wait till I show you some of the beautiful houses there!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2 Churches

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Warm Springs Presbyterian . Warm Springs . VA

This pretty/old church was built around 1855 and right next door sits this one:

Warm Springs Episcopal Church or I've also seen it listed as Christ Episcopal Church, ca 1852...this one is now a private residence. While driving by I saw the owners out in the back doing yard work so we snuck a quick picture of the front without being too nosy! This one is my favorite...couldn't find much history on either churches but did find THIS which shows an old picture of the 2 back in 1900 and also a brief mention of a storm in 1974 that almost did the Episcopal Church in....glad to see it was saved! Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures and yes, I know it is can see I'm still struggling to keep up!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 135

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More from The Bridges/Dr. Pepper Park in Roanoke...this is the Speedy Gonzalez edition...getting Ashlyn moved this morning...

We were going to get a moving truck but thought she didn't have too much to move and the heavy stuff like bed and dressers could fit easily in Nick's truck tomorrow...

Boy were we would not believe the sea of boxes sitting here waiting to be loaded into my Explorer and her little tiny car...

This morning it will just be me and Ash and the boys moving all this...we get to pick up her keys at an hour...I see a few trips back and forth in our future...good thing her apartment is only 10 miles away!

Her friend and boyfriend will help later today when they get off work and Nick will help with his truck tomorrow when he is off...hopefully by tomorrow it will just be the bed and dressers...I better get going! We have a busy day ahead!!

That's my 5 this week and I hope you will join in too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others!! Have a super weekend :)

I'm linking up with Mascha's Weekend Green & Five on Friday

P.S. Thank you so much for linking up last week and I apologize for not getting around to visit everyone's been a busy week with getting things ready for Ashlyn's move and other clean-ups but I will get to you eventually, I pinky promise!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Stairs & Shadows

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The Bridges/Dr. Pepper Park . Roanoke

Today I am thankful for getting an overwhelming task there a mess in your house that needs to be cleaned up but everytime you look at it you just don't know where to start? That's been the story of my computer room...yuck! It's a big/odd space and my computer is just in the corner and junk that doesn't have a home gets piled around it. I've been wanting to make the space my workout room. Nick ordered a tv for in here for my workout dvd's and I cleaned and rearranged where my computer was! I'm sitting here in a nice and clean space and in a day or two my workout area will be finished! Yay!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Roanoke Fruit & Produce

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1119 4th St SE . Roanoke

Owned and operated by the same family since 1908! That's pretty impressive! This building sits next door to yesterday's building. For more on Roanoke Fruit & Produce see their website HERE