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Thursday, December 14, 2017

First Snow

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Day Creek . Blue Ridge

On Saturday we got our first snow! So later in the day we decided to take Ozzy out for a little hike...Ozzy loves the snow...and so does Nick...I love the snow but really prefer it from inside the warm house and looking out the window at it...Nick wanted to "picnic" in the snow so we packed up the camping stove and some beef stew so we would have a hot lunch to enjoy after freezing our butts off frolicking through the snowy woods...it was a nice afternoon, even if I couldn't feel my fingers or toes by the end of it all haha...this is the same area that LAST WEEK'S picture was taken...

The boys entertained themselves by throwing snowballs at each other...

Look how different this spot looked over the summer...the road had recently washed out...wonder if they will ever fix it?


Today I am thankful for a snow day! Although there isn't any snow haha...yesterday was soooo windy that the snow was blowing sideways...not much stuck but I imagine there are probably some icy roads...I hear Dalton in the shower, he is going to spend the day at his girlfriend's house...it's just me, Braden and Ozzy...maybe I can finally get caught up on some Christmas present wrapping! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday and just as I typed that I realized it is only Wednesday haha...oh well...I'll save this for tomorrow :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hotel Roanoke Christmas Tree

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Hotel Roanoke

The Hotel Roanoke was built by the railroad back in 1882...it is now owned by Virginia Tech...I've blogged quite a few times about the hotel like HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE and I'm sure many more to come haha...linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

To learn more about the hotel, you can A) read my many posts lol, B) click the link under the picture which will take you to the hotel's website, C) check out their Wikipedia page HERE or D) All of the above :)

Have a great Tuesday and keep warm...we are looking at super freezing windchills tonight, oh boy!





Monday, December 11, 2017

O' Christmas Tree

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Downtown Roanoke

Friday night we went downtown to check out the annual Dickens of a Christmas...they had a winter carnival going on...last week was the lighting of the Christmas Tree...doesn't it look pretty?!

Linking up with Mersad's Through My Lens

Friday, December 8, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 154

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Heading down 220 in Daleville...this morning after dropping Dalton off at school for weight lifting...Braden stayed home "sick"...we'll see...not sure if he's just trying to get a sick day since Dalton was out sick on Monday...they have to keep it even haha

2)
Also from this morning on my way home...this old farm is on Humbert Road...We might be getting some snow later today...not much but still...although I prefer snow when it falls during the week and we can get a snow day out of it...not on a Friday afternoon...boo!

3)
Another from this morning...this old farm is about a half mile away from the last one...I've shown you this house before on a Tuesday's Treasures post...this is on Mountain Pass Road...

4)
Just a little further down Mountain Pass Road...it even looks cold outside doesn't it?!!

5)
We're almost home now...that bridge is the Blue Ridge Parkway!
Now it's time for me to jump in the shower and head back to school...I'm wearing this road out!

There's my 5 this week! If you have the time I'd love for you to join in! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend!





Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nature

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Day Creek . Blue Ridge

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu

Today I am thankful for radio stations that play non-stop Christmas music...I know, some people find that annoying but I love it...it makes me so happy and relaxed...especially the old classics...not much into new stuff, give me Frank, Bing and Burl...I remember coming home from school at Christmas time and my mom would have those old Christmas albums playing...I wish I had that old collection! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Black & White Wednesday

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Day Creek . Blue Ridge

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
― John Muir



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Wreaths

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Daleville . Botetourt County


"At Christmas, all roads lead home."
Marjorie Holmes

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Have a great day!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Crunchy Leaves & Moss

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Day Creek . Blue Ridge

Yesterday Nick and I took Ozzy for a little hike around Day Creek. We come here fairly often, usually when I need some rocks to paint for the rock group I'm in...Dalton wasn't feeling well so Braden stayed home to play XBox take care of him if he needed anything...I kept him home from school today...hopefully all this extra rest will have him back to regular!

Linking up with Mersad's Through My Lens

Friday, December 1, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 153 & CDP Theme Day!

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Wow, City Daily Photo Theme Day and a Willy Nilly all wrapped (excuse the pun!) up in one! The theme for this month's theme day is gift...since I'm also doing a Willy Nilly I'll play the part of the Ghost of Christmas Past and show you our last 5 Christmas's...come with me!

1)
Christmas 2016...This is Ashlyn's little dog Riley...look how patient he is waiting to open gifts! What a good boy!

2)
Christmas 2015...That's the Buchanan Christmas Tree...you can fit a lot of gifts under there!

3)
Christmas 2014...Appalachia Press in downtown Roanoke...I bet you could find a unique gift in here!

4)
Christmas 2013...Awww look how little the boys were! This was their favorite gift that Christmas...new tablets!

5)
Christmas 2012...Here comes Santa Claus (Fincastle Christmas Parade)...He's a busy man this time of year! Have you been naughty or nice? Will Santa bring you a gift or coal?

Well that's my 5 this week friends! I hope you will play along too! List 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend!


And to check out more Theme Day posts, visit City Daily Photo



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Visitor Center

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Woodpecker Ridge . Stoney Battery Road . Troutville

This is perhaps the tiniest visitor center I have ever seen!

This has been a nice week for me and the boys...since football is over now they have had the week off for weight lifting (although that starts back up on Monday) so they have been able to ride in with me in the morning...that also means I have to get to work 15 minutes earlier which also means I actually end up being on time haha...on Tuesday I let them come home early and we stopped at Sonic for shakes and then came home and hauled out all of the Christmas decorations and started on that...you know how much I love my time spent with them so this is what I am most thankful for this week! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday & Signs, Signs

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Black & White Wednesday

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Woodpecker Ridge . Troutville

65 is going to be our high today! As much as I want some snow, I'm also pretty excited for a warm, pretty day! The boys came home from school early with me yesterday since they don't have practice this week and we started hauling out the Christmas decorations...Maybe I can get that finished up today!

Have a great day :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Perfect Duo

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Stoney Battery Road . Troutville

An old barn AND a coke sign...SCORE!

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Woodpecker Ridge . Troutville

Good morning! I'm up bright and early getting the turkey ready to pop in the oven! In just a few minutes I need to get the boys up and fed and drop them off at school...they have football practice this morning, just a couple of hours...they won the playoffs last week so no rest for the wicked ;) Ashlyn will pick them up on her way over to help me cook...then Christian and Madeline will stop over in between their other Thanksgiving visits to Madeline's family...Ashlyn's boyfriend will also stop over in between his running around...I remember those busy holidays of having to visit family on both sides! And for all this, I am thankful today! I am also thankful for you, my blogging buddies...I wish you all a super holiday, and for my non American buddies, have a great day!! Take care!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black & White Wednesday

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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are travelling for Thanksgiving, be careful!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Train Trestle

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Stoney Battery Road . Troutville

This train trestle is HUGE! It's quite impressive as it pops into view and you drive under it!

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, November 20, 2017

Red, Yellow & Asphalt



“Autumn brings the falling of leaves and cool days.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

Okay Captain Obvious ;) ...while looking for quotes this morning this one just made me laugh for some reason!

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 152

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A bird nest on my back porch over the summer...aren't birds amazing that they build these perfect little nests without hands?!

2)
A blackberry bush in my backyard...yum!

3)
My sweet boy Ozzy is very nosy ;)

4)
South 16 Apartments downtown...aren't they colorful?

5)
You can lose your shirt but never lose hope...found at Day Creek...

That's my 5 this week friends! Hope to see you join in! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others as time allows! Thanks for visiting and thanks for joining! Have a great weekend!


Running out the door...Friday's are early breakfast at school for the boys to eat with their team...playoff game #2 tonight against Magna Vista...this team kicked them out of States a couple of years back so should be a good game! Won last week's playoff 51-7!




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wholesale Row

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Downtown Roanoke

Looking at the backside of the Roanoke Warehouse Historic District, also known as "Wholesale Row".

Today I am thankful for early morning texts from my daughter Ashlyn! Her boyfriend's best friend found one of the rocks I had hidden for our Facebook group Botetourt Rocks so she texted to let me know he found my rock haha...it's a small world! Also thankful for sunshine! It's going to be a beautiful fall day with lots of sun and blue skies!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday :)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Black & White Wednesday

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Fincastle . Botetourt County

This is the old Fincastle jail built in 1897...I've shown it to you a few times, you can get a closer look HERE ...Fincastle is one of my favorite towns in Botetourt...I've mentioned that a time or 2 :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

1905 Farmhouse

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4890 Mountain Pass Road . Troutville

I drive past this old farmhouse daily...there used to be people who lived here not too long ago but then I started noticing that it is vacant the past few months. Behind it is a newer "subdivision" with big shiny houses on bigger lots for folks that want that "country living" kind of life without all the hassles of country living I guess...I wonder if the land where the new houses are built once belonged to this farmhouse, which it probably did...I read on the Zillow description that the house and land were sold at auction...I'm worried now for this cute little old farmhouse...I hate to think that whoever bought the land to build would tear this place that holds so many memories down, but we've all seen that happen all to often so I stopped yesterday to take a picture just in case...so many times I mean to take a picture of something and then it's gone before I take the time to do it :(


The view looking out from the front yard of the farmhouse...that's a treasure in itself!

HERE'S the Zillow page for the little house with pictures if you want to check it out!

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures



Monday, November 13, 2017

Downtown View

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Glass enclosed pedestrian bridge . Roanoke

I've probably shown you this view a few times but I can never resist to take a picture when I'm here...I love how everything reflects in the glass of the pedestrian bridge and downtown always looks so colorful...the mountain straight ahead is Mill Mountain where the STAR is...

Linking up with Mersad's Through My Lens

Friday, November 10, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 151

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1)
Just a girl...with a ferret

2)
The Roanoke River @ Explore Park

3)
Slick ride...

4)
Cute artwork created by talented students...

5)
My favorite players...tonight is our first playoff game...the high is only in the 40's today with the low in the 20's! It's going to be cold tonight!

That's my 5 this week!! Please join in! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend!



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rooftops

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Downtown Roanoke

"It's a crack, I'm back yeah standing
On the rooftops shouting out,
Baby I'm ready to go
I'm back and ready to go
From the rooftops shout it out....."

If I say the word "rooftops" I start singing this song in my head instantly haha


Today I am thankful for the older generation with stories to tell! On Tuesday I worked the polls and was at the ballot station with another lady. We had a lot of time together and she told me so much about the history of our county, Botetourt...her great grandparents settled here and it was so interesting to just listen to her tell me about the early days and the original families here! Listen up to these people, they have so much to share!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hartsook Building

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Downtown Roanoke

I've walked by this building so many times...some sort of shop is in it now but I can't remember what and I have never been inside...weird of me...anyways, it was neat learning about its history! Here's what I found:
Roanoke City Market, circa 1925
A black and white photograph of Roanoke City Market, Market Square and First Street SE in Roanoke, Virginia circa 1925. The view is looking south with many people and vehicles surrounding the farmer's market. The Hartsook Building is visible in the center of the photograph.
Thomas Everhart Benton Hartsook was a prominent real estate dealer of German and English descent, who moved to Roanoke in 1891 and opened an office on Jefferson Street. By 1896, he had built the two-story brick Hartsook Building that overlooks Market Square at the southeast corner of Market Street and Campbell Avenue. The building served as his office and residence with his wife and daughter. The History of Roanoke County noted that Mr. Hartsook “purchased a farm of 526 acres, known as the Mill Mountain farm, within 30 minutes drive of the business center of the city, a portion of which he intends to plant to fruit.” Known as the Hartsook Estate, it covered nearly half of the community including some of the eastern slope of Mill Mountain. It is currently a housing development known as Mill Mountain Estates.
Here's the photo they are talking about:

I found all that right HERE
and then I also found THIS interesting news story about his estate and where it once stood...I'm going to have to go look for it! Wonder what happened to it? Obviously this needs more digging around!

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures ...on Wednesday :)


Monday, November 6, 2017

Jewel Tones

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Fall has arrived in my little corner of Virginia! I'll show you up and down my street...this is what I see when I walk out my front door...
My neighbor's house...
Looking down my street...
Looking the other way down my street...if it was a clear day you would be able to see the Blue Ridge Mountains...but the fog covered them up!
Ozzy really, really loves the cooler temperatures!
Linking up with Mersady's Through My Lens

Happy Monday! :)