Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Black & White Wednesday

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Botetourt County

Current situation...this is my neighbor's house behind me...I wonder why they aren't picnicking on the picnic table today? ;) I think we have ended up with about an inch but our temps won't be above freezing today so this won't be going anywhere! It's not a very pretty snow since you can see the grass poke up out of it...need about another inch! We did end up with a snow day though and probably will get one tomorrow, or at least a delay because of the icy roads...what did you end up with? :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Bethel Church of the Brethren

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Bethel Road . Fincastle . Botetourt County

I think this was built in 1927 because that is the only bit of info I can find...I tried and tried and not a thing more could I frustrating! I did see a tiny bit on the Google Book site just a brief line or two stating that it was originally known as The Old Valley Congregation and something about a fire in 1907 but I don't know if it was referring to this church or not because I have to buy the book to find out so....if anyone knows go ahead and speak up!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

A little snow is in our forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning...they went from saying a dusting-3 inches to now just a coating...we'll see what happens!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Indoor Track

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Roanoke College . Salem

Indoor Track is getting started now...On Wednesday the boys competed in the High School Invitational held at Roanoke's Dalton getting ready to run the 4x200 relay...

On Saturday we had another track meet, JV Invitational held at Heritage High School in Lynchburg...Braden and Dalton's relay team for the 4x200 won the Silver! Dalton also won a Silver in the Hurdles!

Linking up with Mersad's Through My Lens

Friday, January 12, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 158

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It's Willy Nilly time!

A small tour of Spec...

This pretty old house sits across from the abandoned commissary I showed you...

And so does this house...

A butterfly? That's what I see anyway!


Here comes the train!

That's my 5 this week friends! I hope you have the time to join in too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Private Property

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Spec . Botetourt County

I don't know about you but that bridge looks a little rickety!

Today I am thankful for a short visit from my older son Christian...I was just about running out the door as he was coming in...he stopped by to pick up some receipts so he could exchange some shirts I had gotten him for Christmas...I bought him large shirts but he's just a medium...I bumped him up to large because the boys are mediums in the world did they catch up to their big brother in size??? We chatted for about a half an hour, exchanged hugs and "I love yous" and then we were both out the door again...I just don't see enough of that boy but am thankful for the times that I do!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Black & White Wednesday

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Maier Farm Road . Spec . Botetourt County

Back to school today...trying to get into routine again! Happy Wednesday :)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Old Commissary

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Remember on Friday I told you I was going to show you so much more on Tom's Tuesday's Treasures? Well I didn't lie so have a seat and let's go!

Maier Farm Road . Spec . Botetourt County

We weren't sure what this little abandoned building was at the time but doing some heavy Googling I discovered that this was the Old Commissary or Fringer General Store. Spec was a little mining town and this was the commissary for the mine workers back in the early 1900's!

I really, really loved this door knob!

Dalton giving Kaile a little help so she can look inside the window ;)

Ok, you want to have a peek inside don't you?!

These were all taken from the windows...we could have actually jumped right in but I was too chicken...

Time to go and see what's up the road! (I'll show you that next week!)

My exploring sidekicks!

Some facts and links for ya:
I found one of those "Google Books" that had some interesting info on the store, you can see that right HERE ...there's also a picture of the store with a Mr. Vassar standing in front, I think it is from the 40's/50's...funny, the boys have a friend by the last name Vassar...wonder if he is related to this man?!

I also found a good story in the Richmond Times about Spec and they interviewed a life-long resident, Mr. Bobby Falls...You can read that HERE and there are also some more pictures in the news story...not too long of a story but interesting just the same...

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

And in current news, school is closed for the 3rd time in a row...that makes Friday, Monday and today! I'm not complaining...we had ice yesterday and overnight so the roads were bad...before it started to ice yesterday I drove the boys to the Bedford DMV and they took the test and got their learners permits...The ladies at the DMV were so nice and the Bedford location is easy to get in and out of ....really no wait at all...all the ladies congratulated the boys on passing and said they don't like to normally get twins to come in and test because usually one will pass and the other won't which is upsetting so they were quite excited that both the boys passed!

Also, our weather will be out of the freezing range for the first time in like 2 weeks! We will be in the upper 40's which will feel like beach weather considering!

Ok, that's about all, I've caught you up now :)