Friday, October 15, 2021

Weekend Link Ups


Mill Mountain Zoo . Roanoke 

Good morning from the zoo! Lowe’s picks a project every year called the Hero Project where we can give back to the community…this year our local zoo was picked! Our zoo is small, almost 70 years old and doesn’t have a lot of money…our zoo takes in endangered and injured animals and rehabs them to put back out in the wild if able to. We came in and cleaned up, put down fresh mulch, planted flowers, fixed the bathrooms and laid pavers…they were so appreciative of the work we did! It was a worthy and fun job!

Catawba Sustainability Center . Catawba Valley

Neat old farm and there’s also a pretty greenway which is new! More on this later in the week!

Craig Creek . Eagle Rock

Bennett Spring Road . Salem

I think this cute little house is abandoned…the door was open but we didn’t stop for a visit! Sad!

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Back Roads


Craigs Creek Rd . Eagle Rock . Botetourt County

A few days ago Nick and I were just driving around and decided to check out the place on Craigs Creek where we used to take the kids to swim and fish…I’ve posted lots of pictures there in the past years but we haven’t been in a few years…it had really changed…I don’t know if the water was high but the river bank was very narrow…the picture above is a canoe launch we discovered…this was a really pretty place!  

Craigs Creek Rd . Eagle Rock . Botetourt County

Not too far down the road was this really neat old abandoned house…so sad.

Caldwell Mountain Road . New Castle

Heading back we were stopped here for a few minutes because of road work…

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Tuesday’s Treasures - Fancy House


New Castle . Craig County

Driving by I couldn’t help but notice this beautiful old house!  I bet it’s haunted! 😉

Linking with Tom’s Tuesday’s Treasures

Monday, September 20, 2021

Monday Murals - Old Brick Hotel


141 Court Street . New Castle . Craig County . Virginia 

Built in 3 stages beginning in 1840…let’s get a closer look shall we?

A mural?! Let’s take an even closer look!

I love murals that reflect the history of a place…digging around I found THIS written by a family’s an interesting read if you like that sort of thing, which I do!

Linking with Monday Murals & Through My Lens

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tuesday’s Treasures - Santillane


99 Housman St . Fincastle

So in yesterday’s post I showed the painted rug from this awesome old house! Come along and I’ll show you a little more!

Over here we are sitting on a little bench enjoying the view!

This is the way into the kitchen…now we kind of unknowingly went trespassing at this point…the man checking us in told us to feel free to wander around and take pictures…so…

I of course wanted to see the inside and we were also in search of the bathroom…we followed some people into the kitchen then looked around a tiny bit and used the bathroom then went back outside…

While we were all getting ready to eat the owner of the house blessed our meal and made a few announcements like the location of the porta potties haha…guess we weren’t supposed to use the indoor facilities…how embarrassing!! So to the owner if you are reading this, we are sorry!! We didn’t touch anything!!

Ok I completely forgot to tell you the history of this old beaut! Santillane was built back in 1797 and has ties to Lewis and Clark: 

Ashlyn and her boyfriend, Mitchell

We enjoyed the music very much!

I’m linking up with Tom’s Tuesday’s Treasures

Monday, September 6, 2021

Monday Murals - Bee Happy


Santillane . Fincastle 

Last Saturday our church held a cookout and music at the historic Santillane house…I was so excited to get the chance to see this beautiful old home up close! 

Is this a rug? Nope! It’s painted on the floor to look like a rug! How neat is that??!!

So pretty!! Now I want to paint all my floors haha…

Tomorrow I’ll show you around this grand old place!

Linking with:

Monday Murals

Through My Lens

Monday, August 23, 2021

Monday Murals - Maurice’s Mockingbird Mural


Wasena Market . 1115 Main St SW . Roanoke

Painted in 2018 by Toobz Muir to honor local poet Maurice Ferguson.

A few lines from his poem titled “Sailing For East Indies”

“All their creativity began 

In fascination and error 

Like mistaking a meadow stone

For a mockingbird “

I love it!

For more info on the mural Click Here 

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Monday Murals - Free Falling


The Lofts at West Station . 357 Salem Ave SW . Roanoke

Probably the most written about mural in Roanoke so it’s very easy to find info on this one…makes me sad for the others though that don’t get all the media attention…anyway…I can’t help to think of the song by Tom Petty, Free Falling…which also reminds me of a few years back being at a high school football game and finding out that Tom Petty just died and I was sitting by Dalton’s old girlfriend and I remember saying “Oh how sad, Tom Petty just died” and she said “Who?, Pom Petty?” So he will forever be Pom Petty to me haha…

Anyways, back to the mural…this awesome piece of work was painted by James Bullough back in 2018…US born, Berlin resident came all the way out to little old Roanoke to create this and we thank him! 

To read more about the mural and Bullough Click Here

Linking up with:

Monday Murals

Through My Lens

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Gotta Have Faith


East Washington Ave . Vinton

How in the world is it August already?! Summer has been flying by…I feel like I always get a little depressed at the end of summer…when I was a sahm I always hated the end of summer and my kids returning to school since I absolutely loved having them all at home for the summer…I have never been one of those moms who couldn’t wait for school to start! 

The boys start back up soon but Braden’s classes are all online and most of Dalton’s are but he has an in person lab once a week…hope everyone has a great school year!

For Michelle’s Thankful Thursday I am thankful for kind hearted people…recently while at work I was helping this elderly veteran up to the register as he rode along in his electric cart…the man in front of him was paying with a Lowe’s gift card and told the cashier to use the balance for my sweet customer…we can sure use more of these kind gestures in the world!!

Linking with Signs 2

and Thankful Thursday

Monday, July 19, 2021

Monday Murals - Garden City


Garden City Rec Center . 3741 Garden City Blvd SE . 

Just out driving around last week we spotted this little mural! You can check out the before and after HERE

Linking with:

Monday Murals

Through My Lens

Have a great week!

Friday, July 16, 2021

Great Dismal Swamp State Park


2294 U.S. 17 N . South Mills . NC

Last month I started to show you some pics from the Great Dismal Swamp on the Virginia side…the next day we went to the North Carolina side and visited the State Park…

Once we cross the bridge here we can head over to the visitors center or jump on a trail…we chose the trail…

Swamp in black and white…those dark things poking out of the water are cypress knees.
Look at the bark on that tree! It’s so shaggy!
Ferns!! Lots of ferns!!
Cute little turtle!

Linking with:SkyWatch Friday

For more info on Dismal Swamp State Park click HERE

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Grease Monkey


7865 Jordantown Road . Vinton

Recently Nick and I were out driving around and stopped at a little convenience store for some ice cream.  While we sat in the truck eating we were reading this sign which was in front of us…”if we can’t fix it, we’ll make your radio louder so you won’t hear it” haha we thought that was funny! 

Linking with Tom’s Signs2

Earlier this week I went to work and when I showed up this little Weeping Willow tree was waiting for me! A customer had dropped it off for me…it is my favorite tree and I guess I had mentioned it to them! So thankful for kind and thoughtful people who make your day a little brighter!

Linking with Michelle’s  Thankful Thursday

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Tuesday’s Treasures - Greyledge

1066 Greyledge Rd . Buchanan 

Greyledge was built in 1842…I had seen pictures of it and wanted to see it for myself…we put the address in our GPS and off we went!

When we first turned onto Greyledge Rd we noticed this:

An old rock wall that led the way…we kept following the road…
I remembered seeing the pond in a picture so I knew we were close…just a little further then…
There it was! At this point we tried to turn around but the driveway circled up to the front of the house (first picture) where I took a quick pic and we drove off…it didn’t appear like anyone was home…that would have been embarrassing!

Greyledge doesn’t really have a happy history…you can read all about it HERE 

Linking up with Tom’s Tuesday’s Treasures  and Our World Tuesday

Monday, July 12, 2021

Monday Murals - Unknown in Roanoke


202 Williamson Rd SE . Roanoke

This is right by the Firestone building and I cannot find one single thing about this mural…ugh!!! You know how much that drives me crazy…how can this great mural go basically unnoticed on the internet??!!  To me it looks like a farmer standing in the rain…wonder what he’s thinking? “When will this rain end” or “Thank goodness we’re finally getting some rain”…haha this is why I need info on it! Anyways, I’m linking up with Monday Murals

Have a great day 🙂

Sunday, July 4, 2021

4th of July


181 Blue Ridge Blvd . Roanoke 

 I love that Jeter Farm hangs this flag every 4th! Hope you all had a great holiday!!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Great Dismal Swamp


Great Dismal Swamp . Suffolk . VA

In April Nick and I took a little jaunt to The Great Dismal Swamp…our first stop was to the Wildlife Refuge/Lake Drummond where you can take an auto tour BUT as we rolled up to enter we noticed a fire and a firefighter blocking the entrance…turned out they had a controlled burn happening which they do once or twice a year…lucky us haha…oh well…there was other stuff to see…

I didn’t see any bears wearing masks but I kept my eyes peeled!

I kept thinking of the awful conditions the slaves had to work in 😞

Well even though we didn’t get to see the main part of our trip we still had a great time and I wouldn’t mind going again!

Linking with Tom’s Signs2

Today I’m thankful for great conversations with my boys when we can catch up on everything! We’ve been having crazy schedules lately so I haven’t really seen much of them but last night I was able to have fun talks with both of them which I really enjoyed!

Linking with Michelle’s Thankful Thursday

For more info on the Great Dismal Swamp Click Here

Also linking with Little Things Thursday for the first time!