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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dog Days

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At the Roanoke Go Outside Festival

Last weekend we attended the Go Outside Festival in Roanoke. I don't think we've missed a year since it has started and each year it just gets better and better...people are allowed to bring their dogs so that's a bonus for me! In the picture above you can see everyone watching a guy do tricks on his bike but me? I'm watching the dogs :)

Unfortunately we don't bring our Ozzy to this as I think the crowds would make him nervous...he doesn't like strangers coming up to him so we keep him safe at home...Today I am thankful for my quiet mornings with my sweet Ozzy...after we get everyone fed and out the door, we have some time in the morning to hang out before I take off...in fact right now he's sitting beside me napping as I get this post ready :)

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Murray & Minges General Store

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1489 Murray's Mill Rd . Catawba . NC

Back in April we took a little road trip down to NC, specifically to go to Jack In The Box for some tacos (it's an acquired taste...something we grew up with and miss at times)...anyways, we visited this neat place after lunch...come on, I'll show you around!

circa 1890


Braden on the left, Dalton on the right and Nick in the middle ;)


Love the rusty Pepsi cooler and those green doors!


A loooong counter! They have done a great job stocking the shelves with things from the past...also the tin cans have old labels attached...the cans are empty though!


Aren't those bins neat?



Cha-ching




Looking down from upstairs...


Looking up from downstairs ;)


All this exploring has made us thirsty!

I've shown you pics from the mill which is across the street and some other sights around the property Right Here

I'm a day late but I'm linking up with my pal Tom and his Tuesday's Treasures

For more info on Murray's Mill Historic District you can visit their website HERE

Have a great day!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Dale Avenue Community Mural

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Dale Avenue . Southeast Roanoke

This neat mural was designed by North Carolina artist Brenda Councill and drawn by local artist Scott "Toobz" Noel and painted by volunteers! I snapped this quick photo while waiting in the drive-thru yesterday at Arby's ;)

I came home and Googled for more info and found THIS news story which tells a little more about it like the fact that Toobz modeled it after the tree that is in front of the fire station right across the street, which I didn't know till now...So, I need to go back and get a pic of the tree and see if I can fit more of the mural into a picture as it is quite long!

The name "Toobz" might sound familiar to some of you because he's quite a busy muralist having created many around the area which I've shown you some HERE

Linking up with Monday Murals

Friday, October 13, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 147

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Last weekend was Homecoming. Dalton and his girlfriend Kaile went. Here are 5 of my favorite pictures:
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Don't they make a cute couple?!
And a bonus of the whole crew!

Left to right we have Madeline (Christian's girlfriend), Christian, Braden, Ashlyn, Dalton, Kaile :)

All pictures were taken at Hollins University, except #5 which was at The Glebe.

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


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Shoe Store

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109 Campbell Ave SW . Roanoke

This cool sign belongs to the Bush-Flora Shoe Co. They are one of the oldest retailers in the Roanoke area celebrating over 100 years of business! The company started out in 1928 but moved to this location in 1951...although not at this location anymore, which is now for sale, they are now located in the Towers Mall. This building started out in 1910 as Vest Furniture, then has been a hardware store, women's clothing store, department store and antique store. I found THIS interesting site which shows the history of tenants plus pictures!

Today I'm thankful for the beauty around me with the changing of the season! All the trees are really starting to pop! Although our temps have been in the 80's and humid, feels more like summer, which I'm also thankful for haha...I want to get out this weekend and see some pretty fall colors :) Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday & Signs, Signs

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Black & White Wednesday

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1514 Grandin Rd SW . Roanoke

"I loved growing up in a little town. I loved knowing people. I loved going to the store and running into people. I loved going into the store and having forgotten my bag, saying, 'Charge it, put it on my bill.' I loved going to the gas station and saying, 'Pete, fill it up.' I loved that continuity of life." Sissy Spacek

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Coffee or Dr. Pepper?

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Downtown Roanoke

Aren't these great? From what I have read, both signs date back to the 1940's.

For a little history on Dr. Pepper in Roanoke Click Here and for a little H & C Coffee history Click Here

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Friday, October 6, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 146

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All of these are from my walk around old SW Roanoke
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A colorful flower garden in front of the church I showed you on Tuesday...

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Oranges & pinks & yellows...

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This beautiful old home is a law office...it's for sale...you can check out the listing HERE to have a look inside!

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This pretty house sits across from the law office...I imagine that tree will light the whole yard up when the leaves change!

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Third Street Coffee House...I thought the entrance was cute...they are in the basement of a church and have been operating for 30 years! They play live music here too according to their Facebook Page

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Steeple

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Old SW Roanoke

At last Friday night's football game something unusual and sad happened. A fan in the stands suffered a heart attack and passed away during the game. Today I am thankful for the community I live in and am thankful that my boys are being coached by Coach Harless and learning values and life lessons from him. HERE'S a news clip of the story and how Coach and the team reacted ...Rest in Peace Mr. B

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Black & White Wednesday

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Old SW Roanoke

See that thingy up on the top of the house? Isn't it neat? It was hard to get a good view with all these darn power lines and I didn't want to appear to be a stalker by standing right in front of their house to get a pic haha...have a great day! It's feeling like fall around here...a little brisk start this morning!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

St. Mark's Lutheran Church

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St. Mark's Lutheran Church . 1008 Franklin Road SW . Roanoke . 24016

On Saturday Braden and I went to visit Ashlyn...it was a suprise...she didn't know we were coming...luckily she was home!

After talking for a while we decided to take her little dog Riley out for a walk...there's a lot of beautiful old churches in her neighborhood, like the one above, although that one isn't too old...the original was much older, dating back to the 1800's... HERE's a picture from 1956 where it is being torn down on Campbell Ave...I believe I read that the location on Franklin Road was built in 1956. Do you think that is the same steeple? I can't tell and don't recall reading that they used it...


To the side of the church is this nice resting spot with a fountain and lots of shade trees...the fountain sounds relaxing!


And Emma is out here too to keep an eye on things! I couldn't find anything else about the sculpture, other than her name is Emma and the artist's website is HERE...I feel like there's a story about Emma...or should be!

It was a nice day spending time with my oldest and second to the youngest :)

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, October 2, 2017

City Daily Photo Theme Day - Sensual

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Along the Roanoke River Greenway in Wasena Park . Roanoke

I snapped this picture back in April because the sign kind of made us laugh...evidently Norfolk Southern doesn't want you to have a "sensual" experience haha...

For more takes on today's theme visit City Daily Photo

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 145

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An old steele bridge...this one is in Franklin County

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At the entrance of the Booker T Washington National Monument ...when you think about it, this wasn't all that long ago...

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Making candles

4)
Musicians at the Boone's Mill Apple Festival

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A colorful vendor also at the Boone's Mill Apple Festival

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



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tree Tops & Sun Flares

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Along a trail at Booker T National Monument in Franklin County

Today I am thankful for warm weather, some might say hot but not me! We've had a nice week of upper 80's which I've been enjoying...things will cool off a bit over the weekend and start to feeling a little more like fall...I even noticed in the forecast that there will be lows down in the 40's! Wow! So I'm just going to soak up as much of this warm weather while it's here! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Have a great day :)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Black & White Wednesday

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Boone's Mill . Franklin County

"That's the great thing about a tractor. You can't really hear the phone ring." Jeff Foxworthy

Linking up with Mersad's My Town Shootout


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Boone Mill Supply Company

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100 Easy Street . Boone's Mill . Franklin County

ca. 1920

Took this picture a couple of weeks ago when we were at the Boone's Mill Apple Festival ...the police officer is directing traffic...I liked the look of the building but didn't know anything till now, which is still next to nothing haha...it appeared to be vacant and I'd like to go poke around one of these days!

I found an old photo on the town's website HERE and if you scroll down it is 4th from the bottom, taken in the 1930's...I love old photographs don't you?!

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, September 25, 2017

High School Football

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Northside High School . Roanoke

Last week Lord Botetourt High School (us) took on Northside, a huge rival, and won 42-14...less controversy watching high school than the NFL these days...oh my!


"Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." Vince Lombardi
My boys are certainly learning this!

Linking up with Mersad's Through My Lens

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 144

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Last Saturday Nick and I went to the Harvest Festival at the Booker T. Washington National Monument

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There were reenactors...here is the census taker talking with Mrs. Burroughs the plantation owner...we've seen the woman in the blue dress at another event a few years back speaking about Sandusky...if you search in my blog for Sandusky you will find her! She's really good!

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Now the census taker is speaking with the slaves...they are listed as "property" :(

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In all of our visits to Booker T's, this was the first time we've seen the reenactors...it was neat...

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There was quite a big turn out!

That's my 5 this week! I hope you will join in too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend!


For more info on the Booker T Washington National Monument Click Here