Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Black & White Wednesday

Gish Cemetery, Greenfield, Botetourt County

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen/The moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween. - 19th century Halloween Postcard

Happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

Paint Bank, Craig County, Va

Last night around 10 the worst of Hurricane Sandy hit. The winds got pretty scary at times. We ended up making beds down in the basement and sleeping down there for fear of a tree falling on the house. School is cancelled. The winds are still howling but not as strong as they were overnight. It is snowing, but it probably won't accumulate. I am waiting for the sun to come out so I can see if we lost any trees in the yard. Luckily we haven't lost power. I can't believe how much damage it caused NY and NJ. So sad.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday Best on Monday #9

Buchanan, Va

The kids enjoyed Hallowoods on Saturday night. I think they got plenty scared!

Hurricane Sandy has made her way here. Rained all night. Supposed to be getting some really strong winds through Tuesday night. Some areas are getting quite a bit of snow. Some schools are closed. My daughter's school was but not our county. I don't think the winds got too bad last night. Praying we don't lose power!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #40

A pretty view along Stevens Road, Troutville, Va.

The other day I had to pick Christian up from his friend's house. Steven's Road is a little gravel road that cuts through. I used to take the main road until one day I wanted to see where Stevens Road would take me and I've been using it ever since. Turns out to be much quicker and prettier!

Saturday night a group of us from the boy's football team are going to meet up at Hallowoods. It's a haunted trail through some woods in Buchanan. That should be fun!

I haven't been on a road trip and am way overdue. Didn't get out last weekend like I had wanted to. Maybe this weekend we can fit something in. It's supposed to get cold though on Sunday...rainy and 50''s been gorgeous all week, upper 70's, low 80's. Why can't this pretty weather hold out for the weekend?!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Black & White Wednesday


Sadly we didn't win our game last night so we are eliminated from the playoffs. Now we'll have about a 2 month break before basketball starts!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

Stevens Road, Troutville, Va

The boys won their playoff game on Saturday and now we have another tonight in Vinton. We lost to this team once before but this time around we'll be bringing our A game!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Fences & SkyWatch Friday

Somewhere along Brugh's Mill Road, Fincastle
This photo was taken in Feb of this year, our trees aren't that nekkid yet! Had to resort to the old archives this morning!

Tomorrow the boys have their first playoff game...wish us luck!

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Have a great weekend :)

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #39

Sunrise @ Greenfield

The other morning I had to take the boys to school. On the way home I noticed the sunrise so I pulled into Greenfield for a picture. This is where my boys have football practice. Pretty amazing views right?! This is also where I love to come and walk. They have a really great trail system.

Last night was the season premier for American Horror Story. I've been waiting and waiting and wasn't disappointed!

This weekend I hope we can get on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a ride to see all the fall leaves. Funny, there are so many pretty views of fall surrounding me as I go about my day but I still want to see it from the Parkway. Oh and I am hoping to get the chance to sleep in!

I almost forgot, I got my first postcard from Postcrossing yesterday, all the way from Germany! Pretty neat huh?!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #38

Botetourt Panthers after their win to the Botetourt Wasps on Saturday, James River High School, Buchanan, Va

Last night the boys played their "last" game and won. We do have a rescheduled game to make-up on Monday. That one will be a rough one. So much so that coach has scheduled a practice on Sunday and we never practice on Sunday. So far our standings are third in the league with 7 wins, 2 losses. Hope we can make it 8 wins on Monday!

Poor Ozzy has something wrong with his ear. Woke me up in the middle of the night with his pacing and shaking his head. I tried to look into it but he wouldn't let me. Poor thing couldn't sit still for long though without pacing around, panting and shaking his head. I gave him a baby aspirin and he eventually was able to get some sleep. I'm hoping it was just some wax. This happened before about a year ago and he was actually whining every time he'd try to scratch his ear. I called the vet for an appointment but then by the next day, before we could get the appointment with the vet, he was just fine. Hoping that is the case this time.

Thank you for all the kind sentiments last week over my brother's death. We are coping alright...have some decisions we have to make quickly...will be relieved when all that is taken care of...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday Best on Monday #6

Natural Bridge is a rock formation 20 stories high, carved by nature. Once owned by Thomas Jefferson and surveyed by George Washington. You can't really get a feel for how massive it is until you walk under it! Pretty amazing!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Fences

This type of fencing is called a wattle fence. It is constructed by weaving flexible green saplings between posts. This wattle fence is in the Monacan Indian Village at Natural Bridge.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #37

(Natural Bridge, Va)

My brother died Wednesday morning. My niece found him and called me. He had been a smoker all his life. He got real sick and was hospitalized over the summer, side effects from years of smoking. He was released and quit smoking that day. The damage had been done. He caught a cold over the weekend, and now he's gone. I wasn't sure if I should post this, but it's my day to day blog, filled with pictures and what life experiences I have so I felt kind of like I have to post this or I'd be cheating him somehow. I lost my mom earlier this year. She too was a heavy smoker all her life. If you smoke, please consider quitting. I've watched 2 family members die from smoking in less than a year and I can tell you that it's a miserable way to die. If not for yourself, then please stop for those that care about you. I know it's hard, but I can't imagine it being harder than all the pain and suffering you will experience from smoking...if not now...eventually....He was only 56.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Black & White Wednesday

Do you remember these two? They are alive and well at the Natural Bridge Wax Museum :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

Sunday we took the boys to the Natural Bridge and Caverns. This little livery stable named "Natural Bridge Livery" is right across the street. I don't know anything about the livery stable and Google didn't help. If anyone knows, please enlighten me!

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Sunday Best On Monday #5

A few weeks ago we attended Roanoke Wing Fest and were happy to finally get the chance to try Bruno's Gastro Truck. After sampling wings from a few different spots at the festival, it was our humble opinion that Bruno's had the best! PLUS they had the neatest menu sign, I love all those bright colors on the black board!

Today is first of the month which means theme day for City Daily Photo peeps. The theme that won the vote was silhouette and I realized too late that I don't know how to compose a silhouette photo. BUT I decided that it's something I do want to learn so I don't get to participate in the theme this month, but I will learn something new from it...I hope ;)