Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Doggie Fountain

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Wasena Park . Roanoke

Notice anything different about the fountain? There's 3 parts, one for little people, one for big people and one for our furry friends...ignore the weirdo...he kept following us around ;)

Today I am thankful for animal lovers like myself! Yesterday morning on the way home after taking the boys to school, I was driving down a country road, 2 lanes, 1 in each direction...I noticed the oncoming car had stopped, then I noticed a deer had just ran across the road and on the other side a young deer was still trying to decide if it should cross, it would start, then turn around and run a few steps in the other direction until finally it gained the courage to catch up with its momma...we both sat there patiently watching and waiting and then drove on, smiled at each other and waved...that pretty much made my day!

Linking up with Thankful Thursday with Michelle...have a great day :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Keep On The Sunny Side

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502 Mountain Avenue SW . Roanoke . 24016

This cute little market has been in business since 1929! We were just driving by when the sign caught my eye and I snapped a quick photo from the truck window. Getting this post ready I read that the owner just passed away last year and they were worried the store would close...a Go Fund Me page was started and money was collected and now the store has been able to remain open! I learned all that from THIS news happy to hear it won't be closing.

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Friday, April 21, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 127

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The Quarter . 19 Salem Avenue . Roanoke
Linking with Weekend Reflections

Downtown Roanoke



Dalton at 3rd...the boys had their first game last night...not a good start, we lost 5-3...oh well!

That's my 5 this week and I hope you will play along too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Thanks so much for joining in/visiting!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


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A pillow outside of an old abandoned house in Buchanan

Today I am thankful for baseball season! The boys have their first game scheduled for is forecasted to be a bit tricky though, 80 and thunderstorms...fingers crossed it doesn't rain till after the game!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Have a great day :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Train Tracks & An Old House

Buchanan . Botetourt County

“Ruins are the cathedrals of Time.”
― Marty Rubin

It's back to school for us...spring break was sure quick and fun...on the bright side, there's only a month left before summer break!

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Have a great day!

Monday, April 17, 2017


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Greenway Storage . 1306 8th Street SW . Roanoke . 24015

I showed you the mural on the front of this storage space last week RIGHT HERE and I told you I would come back and show you the other side! This one was done by the same artist, Scott "Toobz" Noel. The title is "Humanufacturing" and the concept is "small and large business working together to build for a better future."

For more on his work, you can visit his website HERE

Linking with Monday Murals

Friday, April 14, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 126

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Last Sunday we drove around the Wasena area of Roanoke and saw:
Ghent Grace Brethren Church
I've shown you another "Jesus Saves" sign on the rescue mission and was so excited when I saw this one! I wonder if there are anymore around Roanoke?

A pretty, old house along Memorial Avenue

People out enjoying the sunshine...

Stopped for a beer and snacks at The Green Goat and well yes, I did take a picture of the ladies room ;) wouldn't you have? Look how cute it is! I love that goat picture! I wonder if the men's was just as cute? Hmmmm....

I can never resist dogwood blooms and old brick houses with chippy balconies!

That's my 5 this week! I hope to see you join in! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others when you get a chance!

Thanks so much for visiting and have a great Good Friday and Easter weekend! :)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Break & Pizza

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Downtown Roanoke

Today I am thankful for spring break! My goodness it felt like it was never going to get here! The photo above was taken on Tuesday. I took the boys downtown for their favorite slice of pizza from Benny's and then visited Nick in his new office...yesterday Nick took the day off and we all went to lunch and just drove around Buchanan...found a neat little old road that had a few abandoned houses along it. I'll show pics of those later! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Murray's Mill

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Murray's Mill was built in 1913 in Hickory, NC. We went down there a few Saturday's ago. I have posted a few pics since then so it may look familiar to you but I hadn't given you the "official" tour till now ;)

Next week I will show you the General Store, which is right across from the mill. For more info on the mill VISIT HERE and I am linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures today...Have a great day!

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Great Heron

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Greenway Self Storage . 1306 8th Street SW . Roanoke (Wasena)

"The Great Heron" Concept: Remembering the delicate lives that build our ecosystem. 2013

This was created by Scott "Toobz" Noel...I have shown you some of his work HERE ...the other side was also painted by him but both were so different that I decided to split them up and show 1 this week and the other next week :)

Linking with Monday Murals

First day of spring break and it's going to be 80 out! Getting some things done around here then off to buy some flowers to plant!

Have a great day!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 125

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Murray's Mill . Hickory . NC

1) First of all I want to apologize for being such a terrible blog friend lately...I mean to visit all of you, I really do...time is just getting away from me...on the bright side, today is our last day of school and we have a week plus 1 day off for spring break...yippeee...hallelujah!

2) While Nick was away last weekend, Braden and I (Dalton was at his girlfriend's house) watched Patriot's Day about the Boston Marathon do you say that it was a great movie without sounding heartless about the reason the movie exists? It was well done, so sad...

3) On Monday I went to a funeral with Ashlyn. One of her friends died in a motorcycle accident last week. He was only 25...

4) Ashlyn left for Virginia Beach on Wednesday and will be back on Sunday. It's her annual trip for the FCCLA conference...unfamiliar with what FCCLA is? Well I've blogged about it quite a few times HERE haha...
and Christian left this morning for NYC with his girlfriend and her family. We haven't been there yet so he's pretty excited and I am too, for him!

5) As I get this post ready on Thursday night (to schedule for midnight Friday) Nick just came in and told me we attacked Syria...not sure what else to say here...

Ending on a somber note, that's my 5 this week and I sure hope you will join in! Post 5 randoms, anything you want, pictures, updates, recipes, back, visit others when time allows! Thank you so much for your visit and have a wonderful weekend :)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Wedding @ Bunker Hill

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Hickory . NC

This small group was setting up a wedding...just down the trail a bit is the beautiful, historic old Bunker Hill Covered Bridge...I thought that is where they were going but no, they stopped right there and set up on the little footbridge to the left...maybe it had a special significance to them that I just didn't understand ;)

On Monday I had to go take Dalton back to the dr's so he could look at his thumb and on this Thankful Thursday I am thankful, Dalton is too, that he was able to get the "all clear" and have the cast removed! (to those who don't know, Dalton broke his thumb almost a month back) has been very difficult for this active/athletic teen to have to sit out of sports for a month! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Water Flow

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Murray's Mill . Hickory . NC

3 more school days till spring break...just trying to keep my head above water this week!

p.s. I wish I could figure out how to photograph water where it looks so smooth coming over the rocks...know what I mean? How do you do that? Advice welcome!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Nature Takes Over

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Hickory . NC

While wandering around the property at Murray's Mill we came across this old bridge and truck. The bridge had been moved to be replaced by a new one. I guess this spot looked as good as any to trash it but I have to admit I was pretty excited to run across it! ;)

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.”
― Andy Warhol

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, April 3, 2017

An Old Window

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Inside Murray & Minges General Store . Hickory . NC
circa 1890's

Monday sure rolled around quickly! Today I take Dalton back to the dr's and hopefully he will get his cast removed! Fingers crossed!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Wet

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Murray's Mill . Hickory . North Carolina

Theme Day has arrived! My goodness, another month has's theme is WET. To see "wet" pictures from around the world visit City Daily Photo!

Happy April! It's a beautiful spring day here in SW Virginia, not wet at a few things to do around the house then I'm getting out and enjoying it! Have a great weekend :)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 124

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Last weekend we took a small trek down to Hickory,'s a few random shots...I'll share some of these in more detail with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures in the next couple of weeks...

Bunker Hill Covered Bridge

An uplifting message from inside the bridge...

A cute fire hydrant...

An old mill...

A pop of color...

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

An Old Porch In Hickory

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Hickory, NC

Think of all the stories that have been told on this porch!

Today I am thankful for the chance to spend the weekend with these 2...Nick will be out of town so it will just be us (Ashlyn and Christian will be in and out doing their own thing as usual). We get a whole weekend to be irresponsible...stay up later than we should, eat junk and watch movies together :) (although I do have a few things on my own list that I want to get done)...I always enjoy these little special chunks of time! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nap Time

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Old mattress along side of the road near yesterday's bridge. How does that even happen?

Linking with Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Phoenix Bridge

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Phoenix Bridge in the Eagle Rock area . Botetourt County

A couple of weeks ago I saw someone post this awesome bridge on Instagram and I was wondering how in the world I didn't know about this! So the boys and I set out to find it! It was built in 1887 by Phoenix Ironworks and crosses Craig Creek.

For some interesting info on the bridge and style Click Here and for some info on Phoenix Ironworks Click Here

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

2 more treasures :) these boys never leave home without a basketball!