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Saturday, August 1, 2020

August Theme Day - City People

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In the Bonsack Kroger parking lot.

Well hello friends! I can't believe my last post was back in June...not a lot going on over here, just working! I am thankful I have a job to keep me busy!

So one day last week as I was pulling out of Kroger I noticed this woman trying to earn a few bucks...I liked her creativity...I pulled a few dollars out of my wallet and tried to discreetly snap a pic through my windshield and as I was rolling over to give her some money a man was walking up towards me carrying a sign and I recognized him from the corner he was standing on a few days ago at Lowe's (just down the street)...the reason I recognized him was because he had a great sign which said "we ugly, but we hungry"!...When I saw that I had wanted to get a picture but it was such a hard place to stop unless you caught the stop light at the right time.

Anyways, he walked up to my car and I asked if they were together and he said they were so I gave him my few bucks for their collection...if I see him again I will try to get a picture of his sign!

To see more "City People" around the world, visit City Daily Photo

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Tired

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Goodwill Drop Off . Blue Ridge Blvd . Troutville

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday's Treasures - Lavender

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The lavender is really growing like crazy in my yard...it is my favorite! I need to plant about 5 more so it lines the whole side of my house...

And the bees really love it too!
Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday

Have a great day 😉

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Rent Strike


Exxon Station . 225 Roanoke Rd . Daleville

I think this person is trying to convey a rent strike. I remember hearing about it on the news in the bigger cities but not sure how it all turned out...
Will 2020 improve because it's just not looking likely. (Photo taken in April)
Linking with Tom's Signs2

Today I am thankful for a fluffy new pillow! My old one was getting lumpy. My husband and I went out shopping for some things for the house and we each got a new pillow! Can't beat a good night's sleep!
Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday
Stay safe and healthy ♥️



Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tuesday's Treasures - Baby Birds

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Bonsack Lowe's . Roanoke

The other day we discovered these cute babies in a nest in one of our trees for sale. I wasn't tall enough to get a pic without disturbing them so a tall co-worker did for me haha....

I made this sign so hopefully nobody bothers them...plus we moved some other trees kind of in front of it for a little protection...I think they are Robins because when we are near it a Robin flies from the tree and perches nearby and watches us haha...she's a good mama!

Linking with Tom'sTuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday

Monday, June 1, 2020

June Theme Day - Park

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Bonsack Lowe's . Roanoke

Every Memorial Day all the Lowe's decorates a parking spot for our fallen heroes. This was our display this year.
Every store's display is constructed from items for sale in the store...they get very creative and differ store to store.

To see takes on the theme all over the world, visit City Daily Photo

I hope everyone is well during this time of unrest and uncertainty ♥️

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Reopening, Phase One


The Coffee Pot Roadhouse . 2902 Brambleton Ave SW . Roanoke

Tomorrow we enter phase one of reopening Virginia. This will allow some non-essential businesses to slowly reopen. Places like salons, barbershops, restaurants with outdoor seating, churches, etc...I also read that the mall was to reopen...


The Coffee Pot is a historic roadhouse built in 1936 as a filling station and tea room.

Today I am thankful for a warm day back in the 70's....the weather has been wacky and cold with overnight freezes...so annoying!

Linking with Tom's Signs 2
and Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Friday, May 1, 2020

May Theme Day - Shopping

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Lowe's . Bonsack . Roanoke County

When the City Daily Photo themes were chosen little did we know what shopping would look like in May.

I took this picture yesterday while I worked. Lowe's is considered an essential business so we are open. Most people come in and shop wearing face masks now. This man is being extra cautious by wearing his face mask and a shield. Lowe's is offering curbside pick up as well right now but still a lot of people like to come in and shop.

Starting on Monday it is mandatory for Lowe's employees to wear a face mask.

To see what shopping looks like around the world, visit City Daily Photo

Friday, April 17, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5/2020 #14

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Wednesday my oldest Ashlyn and I took her dogs to Explore Park to stretch their legs, and ours! Here's a few scenes from the day:

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Cabin through the woods...

2)
Old barn on the hill...

3)
Shadows...

4)
Reflections...

5)
Details on a barn door...

Linking up with:
Willy Nilly Friday 5
Skywatch Friday
The Weekend in Black and White
Weekend Reflections
My Corner of the World




Thursday, April 16, 2020

Got Guns?

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Big Boy Guns . 4568 Blue Ridge Blvd . Blue Ridge . Botetourt County

Yesterday was a really nice day..spent a couple of hours with Nick and Ozzy at the creek...just us...no need to social distance as nobody else is around! On the way home Nick decided he wanted a cigar so we stopped at the little smoke shop near our house...attached is a gun shop with people lined up outside...I waited in the truck as I don't care to go into the smoke shop...ewww!

Anyways...I just don't get people freaking out over guns and ammo right now...but it is happening...I'm not anti gun...I grew up in a family who loved guns...all my family members had gun safes with locks to hold their guns, including my parents...us kids would never dream of touching them. We belonged to a Gun Club and all of our family (grandparents, Uncle and cousins) would camp there almost every weekend...plus we had so many friends that were also members...I have so many great memories and learned gun safety at an early age along with all the kids that were members...I had my own 22 when I proved that I was responsible...the gun club held competitions for the adults and then separate competitions for us kids...we had so much fun and learned respect for the guns and would never touch one without an adult...
Then my high school sweetheart who I married joined the Marine Corps...he was a grunt and of course into shooting....we had a few guns at home...kept them locked when not in use...
So I guess my point is I see on Facebook so many people freaking out that they need a gun/guns and these are people that I don't particularly trust with one...I'm just scratching my head at this new phenomenon of gun toting...I do live in a open carry state so seeing someone with a gun on their hip in public doesn't worry me as I feel these are typically good people who I feel safe around that my be able to stop a crazy situation.
Linking with Tom's Signs2

Today I am thankful for a great afternoon spent with my daughter and her pups...after Nick, Ozzy and I got home Ashlyn and I went for a walk at a park I really like...we would have taken Ozzy but sadly at his age (9) it is alot for his joints 🙁
Anyways it was a great day!!
Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

My 2020 Grads



Well hello blog world...I just haven't been in much of a blogging mood lately...we are all hanging in there but schedules are upside down right now...I know most of you feel that too...I am thankful to still have a job to go to as it gives me a little break from all this craziness.

Easter my older 2 came over for the day and it was so nice having the 6 of us together! We ate...drank a little (those of us who are old enough haha) and laughed a lot...it was a great day!

Braden and Dalton had put their suits on because they were taking some fun pictures with Christian, their older brother...when I saw them dressed up I told them to stick masks on because I wanted a picture of that, which they thought was a stupid idea but gave in to me, the good guys that they are!

I thought this was a good representation of this year...sadly...

We ordered their suits early for prom, which was to be next month... Dalton's girlfriend's prom was supposed to be last month...I imagine later when it is safe the schools will plan something for them...I heard that graduation is being held later in June.... school gets out next month.

FYI: Braden is standing on a bit of a hill....their heights are not that different!

Hope you are all doing well!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April Theme Day - School

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Greenfield Elementary School . 288 Etzler Rd . Troutville

This was taken at about 7 this morning...I volunteered to come in and get lunches ready for delivery to kids that need them in our county...just like every where else, our schools are closed...I think our last day was March 13 and about a week ago our governor announced that they won't reopen this school year...
We moved here in 2008... Braden and Dalton were starting 1st grade and this was their school through 5th grade!

On my way home this morning I decided to show you also the middle school and high school...

Read Mountain Middle School . 182 Orchard Hill Dr . Cloverdale

When we moved here Christian was starting 6th grade so this is where he went to school...and Braden and Dalton when they graduated 5th grade...it was raining so I had my window up to take a picture...rain drops are on my window...


Lord Botetourt High School . 1435 Roanoke Rd . Daleville

Again when we moved here Ashlyn was starting 9th grade so this is the school she went to...she graduated in 2012, and Christian graduated from here in 2015... Braden and Dalton are seniors here and graduating in May (Class of 2020)...as of now there is not a graduation ceremony scheduled...
I started working here part time when we moved here...it has been nice working at the school that all my kids have gone to...I am also leaving this year...I always said I was going to leave once Braden and Dalton graduate...I just didn't think it would go by so quick!

To see schools from all over the world visit City Daily Photo

Stay healthy!



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Vacancy @ the Bee Hotel


I purchased this little bee house recently at Lowe's and yesterday morning I noticed a visitor checking it out (can you see his little bee butt?!)! It is supposed to encourage bees to move in therefore more pollinating your flowers...I think I will pick up another one tomorrow while I work and put it in a different location...

In other news our governor put us on lockdown until June 10th... however we can still go outdoors and enjoy our trails and mountains as long as there aren't more than 10 people...we tend to seek out remote areas when we go out so that still shouldn't be a problem for us...I can still go to work and grocery stores are still open. Also, it's cold today...yuck!

Stay healthy friends!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dogs on a Hike

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On Thursday Ashlyn went on a hike with my oldest son Christian and his girlfriend...she brought her dogs (my granddogs haha) along for the fun...the first picture is Riley and the second pic is Nelson whom she rescued last year...they are both good doggos!

So far here in Virginia we are still able to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Social distancing is easy to do here with so many trails and wide open spaces...I hope that we are able to continue that...there is something about the sunshine that is good for the soul!

Linking with Eileen's Saturday's Critters

Have a great weekend and stay healthy!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5/2020 #13

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So...I hope this finds everyone healthy! Scary and uncertain times right now isn't it?...here in Virginia it is 8:00 pm and beautiful out....I've been busy most of the day... doing some grocery shopping...cleaning out the freezer and refrigerator and pantry...now it is time for Ozzy and I to sit on the front porch and enjoy this evening!
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Right now...I'm sitting in one of those rockers with a nice glass of Chardonnay...Ozzy is on a long leash so he can enjoy the front yard but not run off! My neighbor came out and chatted with me from her porch...I think I will pick her up a plant while I work tomorrow!

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Suntrust Bank . Roanoke

Earlier today I had to run to the bank...I always use the drive thru anyway but snapped a picture of this in the front...the new norm🙁

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I saw this license plate today when I stopped to pick up a few things from Walmart earlier... Rhett and Scarlet...Gone With The Wind...love that movie!

4)
Wilson's Warehouse . Buchanan
Nick and I wandered around here one afternoon during the week...I wanted to see the Cherry Trees all in bloom. I posted about this location on Tuesday...it is a very historical spot....see Tuesday's post for more info...

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I took this picture of Braden and Dalton not too far into the 2019 football season... seniors...their last year...we had no idea how this would end.
The class of 2020 are missing so much right now...prom... graduation...but it seems so insignificant to those losing their lives 🙁

I just want things back to regular again....let us never take normal and boring for granted again.

Linking with Tom's Willy Nilly Friday 5
Skywatch Friday
The Weekend in Black and White
Weekend Reflections
My Corner of the World
Fences Around the World





Thursday, March 26, 2020

Down on Main Street

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East Main Street . Bedford

Does anyone eat at Hardee's? They aren't really on my radar when I'm thinking I want a hamburger....being from the West Coast we had Carl's Jr...which are the same...I think...I used to like Carl's back in the 80s...maybe even 90s...I don't know what happened to them since!
Linking with Tom's Signs2

Today I'm thankful for my employer, Lowe's! I think I have told you that my oldest son Christian works there with me but yesterday they hired Braden and Dalton too! Braden and Dalton work as servers for Cracker Barrell but they have closed in the meantime and only doing to go orders so that leaves the boys without jobs for now...they went to Lowe's, along with a friend yesterday and were hired! Lowe's is considered essential in this time so we are working! I'm so happy to be working alongside with all my boys! Also thankful for our health and I hope you are all doing well too! Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

(By the way this was taken earlier in the month... before spring really hit!


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday's Treasures - Springtime @ Wilson Warehouse

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Wilson Warehouse . Buchanan

Completed in 1839 as a store/warehouse and private residence. Click Here for more info on the history of the warehouse and its current use.

I hope this finds you all healthy...we are here...the governor announced yesterday that schools will now be closed through the rest of the school year and closing of all non essential businesses. I can't wait until things turn back to normal.

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday

Stay healthy!



Friday, March 20, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5/2020 #12

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1)
Craig County Courthouse . 182 Main St . New Castle

Built in 1852 when the county was formed. Click Here to read about the courthouse and Craig County's interesting history.

2)
Braden and Dalton
Fenwick Mines

3)
Braden and Dalton and Ozzy
Fenwick Mines

4)
Ozzy has spotted two Canadian Geese across the pond...he did run over and chase them into the water to save us 🙂

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Fenwick Mines

These were all taken from our outing on Tuesday...making the best of our situation!

Linking with:
Willy Nilly Friday 5
Fences Around the World
My Corner of the World
Weekend Reflections
Saturday's Critters
Skywatch Friday
The Weekend in Black and White

Our school district is offering free breakfast and lunch to any child in our county so this morning I have volunteered to go to the elementary school that Braden and Dalton went to and help distribute them. We don't need anything right now at the high school I work at so for now we just volunteer where help is needed...kind of a day to day thing so far...

The first person to test positive in Roanoke happened yesterday although they are still waiting for about a hundred test results to come back.







Thursday, March 19, 2020

Lasterday

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390 Market St . New Castle

Nick took Tuesday off since we have no school currently. We decided to head out to Fenwick Mines for a little hike and see what spring signs we'd see....I was surprised that we didn't see any turtles though! It was nice to be outdoors and away from all of this coronavirus scare for a bit...we were the only ones there except a jogger and his dog...as we were leaving two more families showed up to enjoy...don't worry though, there was enough space for everyone!

On the way home I asked Nick to drive us home through New Castle (not exactly on the way home but he did it haha) because I wanted to see their courthouse...I also saw this cute little market! I'll have to come back by and visit it when all this health crisis is over...you can check out their Facebook page HERE
Linking with Tom's Signs 2

Today I am thankful that we are all still healthy and so far there aren't any cases in Southwest VA...seems all the cases are in Northern VA so far...I hope all of you readers keep healthy and same for your family and friends!
Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday's Treasures - Little Old Truck

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I noticed this truck quite recently. It is parked in a car port right down the street from me at a house that is for sale....the house has been for sale for a while and then all of a sudden this truck was there....it reminded me of the one I showed you RIGHT HERE
I don't normally just wander on other people's property so I checked the listing on Zillow and the house was empty so I drove up the drive one afternoon and snapped a few shots....I was a little nervous though haha...I'm glad I did it then because a day or two later there were people mowing and a new car in the drive!


Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday
Happy St Patrick's Day! Wear your green haha


Monday, March 16, 2020

Reynolds Memorial Park

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Reynolds Memorial Park . Bedford . VA

I couldn't find out much about this sweet statue other than this little boys' grandfather donated the park in his memory.

We had been out driving last Sunday and picked up subs from Blimpies and found this park to have a picnic...there were a few gazebos and we sat in one...there were trails but we didn't go on them...but there were flowers beginning to bloom!


On Friday our governor closed our schools in Virginia for at least 2 weeks...as a staff member I have a meeting to attend this morning to see what we will be doing...this has gotten a bit scary as it is unlike anything I have ever seen but I'm trying to keep a positive outlook on it all! I hope you all are safe and healthy!

Linking with Mersad's Through My Lens



Friday, March 13, 2020

Willy Nilly Friday 5/2020 #11

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1)
Along Goose Creek Valley Road . Montvale

2)
Near Peaks of Otter Winery . Bedford

3)
Reflections of the Botetourt County Courthouse from the Pie Lady Shoppe in Fincastle.

4)
Near Johnson's Apple Orchard . Bedford

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This little guy was awfully interested in what I was doing haha...along Goose Creek Road . Montvale

Linking up with:
Willy Nilly Friday 5
My Corner of the World
Fences Around the World
The Weekend in Black and White
Skywatch Friday
Saturday's Critters
Weekend Reflections

Have a great weekend 🙂