Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Barn Collective - Number 8

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Off Country Club Rd, Troutville

I'll have to get back over for a better photo...this barn has a beautiful old stone walls.

Linking with The Barn Collective

Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Mural - Stampede

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Appalachia Press building, 108 Salem Ave. S.E.

Found this on the mural HERE : This second mural workshopped by the teens in the Roanoke Youth Arts Connections program required approval from the Roanoke Architectural Review Board as Appalachia Press is in a historic building. The exposed raw brick, though ideal for a cave painting scene, made for a difficult surface to paint on. Artist John Kayrouz created the design, inspired by the Lascaux caves in France, based on the teens’ idea, and Mim Young and Scott Noel painted it themselves. Young sees the cave art as providing a sort of bridge between the modern, avant garde art museum next door and the historic district beside it.

Linking with Monday Murals

Sorry I wasn't around last week. Nick took the week off and I was still so busy getting all the Christmas stuff finished. Planned to be around for Willy Nilly Friday but just didn't make it...Will be up and running this Friday!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 25 - 6 Days

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Christian & Alyssa, Braden & Dalton, in front of the Roanoke Christmas Tree. Last Friday night when we attended Dickens of a Christmas (see Monday's post)....I wonder how long they've been decorating this tree? I couldn't find anything on it.

Are you ready for this? Willy Nilly Time a la Christmas:

1) Back when Braden and Dalton were teency weency, I found the BEST recipe for Oatmeal Choc Chip cookies in one of the Southern Living Christmas books. I used to love those books and made sure I ordered one each year. Kind of been slacking in that department the past couple of Christmas's but I STILL make those cookies, which happen to be the EASIEST cookie recipe on the planet, plus they are Ashlyn's can find it HERE

2) When I was a kid, my Grandma Greer used to make Peanut Butter Fudge and these Peanut Butter Pinwheel thingy-majiggies. They were her specialty. They were scrumdiddlyumptious. Sadly my grandma passed away when I was in Jr. High, too young to have even thought about getting the recipe from her. BUT the nagger researcher that I am has led me to believe that these are quite possibly "Potato Candy" or "Peanut Butter Pinwheels"...Not being exactly sure, I am going to have to let my taste buds be the judge and try out these 3 recipes: recipe #1 , recipe numero dos , and numéro de la recette de trois ...thank you Google Translate ;)

3) Have you been to any of these Christmas light displays? Six Residential Streets With Amazing Christmas Lights
(There's a Candy Cane Lane listed in LA but I remember as a kid having a Candy Cane Lane in San Diego that we'd go see. I think they shut it down some time back though.)

4) Will you be having a white Christmas? We have a little snow heading our way Saturday but it doesn't look promising.

5) “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Now it's your turn!! Post 5 randoms, link up, visit other blogs! Have fun and have a super weekend!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Signs, Signs & A Good Fence From Mt Vernon

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In a DC restaurant...can't remember the name but they had lots of interesting things hanging on the walls. This sign was a bit humorous to me.

Linking with Signs, Signs

A past trip to Mt. Vernon on a super freezing day!

Linking with Good Fences

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Barn Collective #7

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This pretty little farm sits behind THIS CHURCH ...Linking with Miss Amy's Barn Collective

Almost done with my Christmas shopping. Nervous I'm forgetting stuff!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Dickens of a Christmas Parade

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So Friday after the boys' basketball practice we ended up downtown for the Dickens of a Christmas ...after meeting Christian and his girlfriend Alyssa at the Hotel Roanoke we ended up catching the tail end of the parade, literally. Here's Santa. My camera wasn't ready for night shots and the photo turned out with a ghostly blur so I messed with it on Ribbet and you know how much I love the "True Vintage" edit :D Well, I don't know, I like it...not very Christmas-y I guess, more Halloween-y!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 24 - All About Christmas

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My Willy Nilly's:

1) One of my favorite Christmas songs is Away in a Manger:

2) One of my favorite Christmas movies is Love Actually ...although I can watch it any time of year.

3) One of my favorite Christmas toys I received as a kid was a Light Bright.

4) One of my favorite Christmas reads is Skipping Christmas ...I also love the movie Christmas With The Kranks which was based on the book Skipping Christmas.

5) Now let me take you back to Christmas 1969:
C'est moi...I was 3 years old. That thing in my hand is a yummy popcorn ball. My mom and grandma made them every Christmas. I loved them! They would color them red and green too! That's my mom and dad in the background. Look at my mom's hair! She had it done once a week. I always thought it looked like a party cake the way it was so high and so many layers of things done in there lol...sometimes she'd have little braids that went around...I have no idea how she slept like that!

Welp, that's it for this week. Now it's your turn!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Signs, Signs & A Good Fence In Botetourt

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From summer...Blacksburg Steppin' Out Fest

These folks are worried that our right to own guns will be taken away.

Linking with Signs, Signs

Another view along Wheatland Road

Linking with Good Fences

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


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One of Blacksburg's finer residents

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday & The Barn Collective - Another Great View Along Wheatland Road

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I am 99.9% sure that this is the view on the other side of the to Ferdinand...for those not keeping up (I forgive you) go look at last week's stuff if you are a person who needs to be in the loop like me...anywho...I am loving this's ok to say that right? I mean it was Ribbet's work, I just clicked "True Vintage" and it worked its magic...AND this is pretty has their premium stuff for free right now, plus unlike PicMonkey, (who also has a free premium upgrade right now) does not make you enter your cc info...I hate when sites give you a trial but only if you enter payment info (their little trick to get a month out of you)....soooo, have some fun!

Linking with Rubbish Tuesday (for those of us who love cool old stuff) and The Barn Collective for those who love barns :) I happen to be a fan of both!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Man & His Dog

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@ The Botetourt Sports Complex, Troutville

Although the man didn't know he was being spied on, the dog did ;)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 23 - The View Along Wheatland Road

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When I pulled into the church parking lot from yesterday's post I noticed this cutie:

just enjoying the view:

I thought of The Story of Ferdinand. I loved that book as a kid.
“And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly”
― Munro Leaf, The Story of Ferdinand

Now it's Willy Nilly time!

1) Speaking of favorite childhood books...yesterday I visited Latane Living Life On Main Street and she posted about a favorite childhood book, Raggedy Ann, which she still owns! It made me think of one of my favorites, the Billy And Blaze books. In elementary school, we would get library time, about once a week I guess...every time you could find me in the same section, checking out a Billy and Blaze book. I can still picture where in the library they were kept! I have purchased a few of them in the past few years on eBay...just for old times' sake.

2) Another book I would check out on a regular basis from my little library at Johnson Ave Elementary was a book about Lipizzan Stallions and after much Googling I am 99% positive that THIS was the book. The cover looks very familiar. I remember checking it out a lot but only to look at the pictures. I LOVED horses!

3) Another memorable read from that time period was Sweet Sue's Adventures about a skunk. Mostly I remember the yellow cover and the time that I read it. Our family had been camping at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club. Our whole family were members, my grandparents, my uncle, us and many friends. We camped there about every weekend. Well this one weekend in particular, it crazy. We were there camping but had to leave because of the rain. My dad was in the Navy and over seas somewhere so my mom had to drive us off the mountain. A little narrow dirt road with steep cliffs on each side. She was following my grandparents and driving our camper and pulling a trailer. I remember us sliding side to side and being terrified we would fall off the side of the cliff. The only thing that saved me was burying my nose into this book! Obviously we made it down safe and sound! Phew!

4) I also LOVED the Childhood Of Famous American books and read MANY but for some reason Abigail Adams sticks out the most. (I have bought a few of these for Braden and Dalton to read)

5) My grandma like to read. I remember reading Clarence The TV Dog and recommending it to her. I gave it to her to read, which she told me she did and she said she really liked it a lot too. Now that I'm older I wonder if she really did read it? ;) (I also bought this on Ebay some time back)

Well, that's mine for the week! And I have to apologize for being so sloooowwww to comment on your blogs this week but I will get around to it! I pinky promise!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Signs, Signs & A Good Fence (Wheatland Lutheran Church & The Blue Ridge Turnpike)

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Wheatland Lutheran Church
1560 Wheatland Rd . Buchanan

Linking with Signs, Signs

Along the Blue Ridge Turnpike, Fincastle

Linking with Good Fences

How's the Christmas shopping coming along? I've done a bit online but not even half done yet...I better get crack-a-lackin!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Porch Dogs

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Some of Ozzy's friends

"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'"
- Dave Barry

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday & The Barn Collective - Wheatland Road

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Along Wheatland Road, Botetourt County

This was was such a pretty day, and warm...the boys and I jumped in the car (them only excited after bribing them with Taco Bell) and drove. Yesterday was just like Sunday...this morning...cold and freezing rain. Have to take Christian out shortly to get his tire fixed. Had a flat last night and even his spare was flat!

Linking with Rubbish Tuesday (a meme for people who love old stuff) and The Barn Collective

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Theme Day - People In Their Workplace

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For this assignment I am transporting you back to 2011 the 1750's... The Ingles Farm
This woman is teaching us how to make candles...

This man is showing us what it is like to write with a quill

This man is showing us how to BREAK FLAX

Some of you might remember Braden and Dalton demonstrating this HERE

Ok, guilty as charged...these photos are from 2011 when we attended Cabin Days At The Ingles Farm . The theme day caught me slacking again! When I was looking through my archives for someone "at work" I had come across these and noticed I only posted THIS POST so I thought it would be a-ok to post the people at work!

For more on the Ingles Cabin CLICK HERE and for more glimpses of "PEOPLE IN THEIR WORKPLACE" visit City Daily Photo