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Friday, August 18, 2017

Today I am Enjoying...

My new, one of a kind, bracelet from Ebay. It says, "Fabulous". The morning view, and how I live above the clouds. Trying a new coffee shop, "Biltmore Roasters". Surprises in the sidewalk. The change in light. I can tell summer is waning when my disco ball doesn't project reflections until 11am.





Thursday, August 17, 2017

In the Past Two Weeks, I've

Gone hiking up to Craggy Pinnacle,and along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visited Asheville's' Riverbend Malt House, drove to Florida to see Jessica, visited a new brewery, visited a Tesla showroom (I'm sold), saw my middle brother, hugged my grandchildren, went to Jessicas favorite coffee shop, "Degage", came home and realized I've put on about 20 pounds these past 6 months. You've heard of beachbody? Well I have beer body. I've made a commitment to start the Whole30 on September 20th.













Thursday, August 03, 2017

Slow Days

I stayed home all day yesterday, with my major accomplishment being the reorganizing of our hall closet where I keep most of my craft supplies. It was long overdue, but what really spurned me on is that the closet smells like something died in there. Even after cleaning, it still has that funky odor. Something is up with this house. When it rains, water pours in the downstairs window, even though it has been repaired several times. Nobody, including us, can figure out where the water is coming from. My bedroom smells strongly of mold...can't figure out where that is coming from either.
Today was our "drive and hour to Costco to buy 20 pounds of coffee" day, but not before fueling ourselves at Izzys.


Why play with the Lego when you can sit in the lego bin, watch a movie and eat lunch?



Before


After


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The One Where I Talk About Fashion.

I've started posting photos of what I wear on *Instagram, mostly for my reference, and I started tagging them with #fashionover50. Then I added #stlyeover50, because I've never been a fashion follower. A couple of years ago I joined a fashion forum, and going by the administrators expert guidelines, purchased some current up to date pieces, and while they looked nice I didn't feel like myself, and was never happy when wearing them. It's very freeing to realize that you can clothe yourself however you like, and it doesn't have to be what everyone else is wearing. Along that line, I've been purchasing my jewelry from local artists. It's not massed produced, the quality is great, and it isn't any more expensive than a department store. This is the piece I bought Sunday; it's made from vintage silverware. This is a knife handle, and because it's hollow, the artist put a piece of a spoon handle inside and when I wear it I jingle. Oliver says I sound like a cat. I figured as I get older my family can use it as my wanderguard.


I thrifted this sweater almost 30 years ago, and it is a staple of my summer wardrobe. I noticed today that it is starting to fray and fall apart. I guess I got my $3 out of it.



I have Megan taking my photos, and she encourages me not to look awkward. HAHAHAHA...but that's my natural state! I better find some youtube videos to watch on how to pose.





*I now have three 1980's supermodels, who I idolized as a teenager, following my IG account. Mind blown.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Another Busy Weekend.




Oliver likes to "help" his mom stretch.



I love crafting with kids. We made banners from book pages, and next craft day we will be making crowns from toilet paper rolls.


I love jam, and am always on the lookout for something new. I think it's time to make a batch of biscuits.


Asheville passed a bill allowing alcohol sales as early as 10am on Sundays. (Tourists were very cranky and vocal about having to wait until noon to get a drink) Hi-Wire brewery celebrated by having beer and brunch. Brewier and I hadn't planned on going, but it seemed like a good idea after walking around the hot flea market all morning.


After two weeks of very Florida like weather, a cold front blew through taking the outlandish humidity with it, and returning our skies to their normal crystalline blue.

We have french doors and a sliding glass door along the second floor on the back of our house. They lead to a deck that is 14 feet off the ground. There aren't any nearby trees, or stairs leading up to the deck, but that didn't stop a bear from making an early morning visit. Yes, those are his paw prints. When I went to bed the night before, I considered leaving the doors open because of the delicious cool air, but was afraid a raccoon or bobcat might get in, so I shut and locked them. I will never have second thoughts about closing them again.


Sunday night dinner. I love a good burger.


Fresh peach gallette for dessert tonight.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Week is Too Long.

I thought blogging once a week would be easier. It's not. Too many photos and activities to squeeze into one post...I get overwhelmed. Megan has started micro-blogging on Fb; four photos capturing the who, what, and where, of each day. I think I will try that here.
Last weekend Brewier and I drove up to Independence VA, to look at and photograph a house my brother was interested in buying. The house was a bust, but the drive up was beautiful. From Independence we drove to Abingdon, VA, stopping in Damascus, when we spotted a brewery. Again, I can't believe our hobby has become visiting breweries, I guess thats what happens when your knees hurt too much to hike. The drive between the two towns is very rural and scenic, and the road is lined for miles and miles with Christmas tree farms. I was especially happy when we came upon the Appalachian Trail, because there are no bathrooms in rural VA, and I am a well hydrated person.
Once in Abingdon, we drove through town which I want to go back and explore sometime soon, then on to our destination, Wolf Hills Brewing, where they serve a very generous, omg we should have split one, flights. And because things come in threes, Tuesday night we joined the Asheville Brewers Alliance for a tasting at one of our newer breweries, Hillman. Very good beer and very nice owners, Brandi and Grieg Hillman. Yesterday was our Beehive coffee day; we are always so happy to see Sophie. She and I were wearing the same shirt, and we each thought of the other as we put it on in the morning.
I went to visit Brewier and as I was walking up the stairs I saw these two little racoons on his steps. I thought it was odd that they were sleeping there, and sure enough the next day animal control had to be called to remove them because they had rabies.
Oliver has started cleaning and organizing the house, all on his own, He made my bed, (and I resisted the urge to fix it) and arranges the pillows and throw on the sofa, they way he thinks it should be.