Jan’s Autumn Visit

Jan arrived Tuesday in a monsoon. It rained so hard that I thought for sure her flight would be delayed or canceled. Nope. She had a great flight to Charlotte, and then a quick one to Asheville. It had stopped raining hard, but it began again once we got in the car.

Hard to see the beautiful colors in a monsoon, but luckily the weather only got better each day. On the way home from the airport we did a few touristy things, and we walked through The Tobacco Barn which is a 7,700 square foot antique and junk shop. It is very historic in Asheville, and was once a place where people brought their tobacco to sell. Ask Ann about it some day. She remembers coming with her grandfather.

I found something I wanted there, and I might go back to get it. I could not get a very good photo, but you will get the picture. Hahahah literally. Actually, I think I will get the smaller rooster and a hen too. I think they would look great in the side yard, near the coop.

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Jan and I met in Coolidge Elementary School. We were trouble together. Lots of trouble.

The second day I toured her around Asheville. We drove by the Grove Park Inn

Next to the Grove Park Inn is a condo called The Fitzgerald. It has the same view as the Inn, so Jan and I drove into their parking garage and walked onto their patio to get a photo. Together we can be trouble.

What a view, huh?


This is the view of downtown.


We had lunch at 12 Bones, one of Asheville’s most famous barbecues. It has won national awards, and it will be featured soon on “Drive Ins, Diners and Dives.”

We drove all over that day, and it never rained!

The next day we went to the Biltmore Estate.

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After the estate, we drove around and saw more sights. We drove up Town Mountain Road into clouds ( Dianna, I know how much you like clouds!) and drove a bit on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Here we did a video. Once we started recording, Jan and Ann got quiet.

We had a great time. It went too quickly.

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Bye Bye Meals on Wheels

Yep…I have resigned…for a while anyway….The last Tuesday in October I will make my last delivery. I might go back, but for now I need to take a break. I have done this for two year. I will certainly miss some of my people, but there is no law that says I cannot go visit them, is there?

I took some photos today. It had rained all night, and it was getting so clear.

This one looks like a painting, doesn’t it?


I have taken photos of this view before, but it always seems different.


Long and skinny pine cones hanging from the tree.


I liked this one because of the cows and the colors. Oh….what a great title “Cows and Colors.”


We have not hit full color yet. In fact, I am sure we are not a quarter of the way there. However, it is suppose to rain hard, and I am afraid the leaves will fall off the trees before they have time to turn. I hope Jan gets to see some beautiful, fall color, mountain views next week when she visits.

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More Halloween….a month or so early

I love the orange glow of the Halloween lights. I might just put them back up when the Christmas lights come down. lol

Did you notice Pam is back?!!! Very glad about that.

Now for some photos…..




Maybe I could hire myself out as a light decorator.

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Guess what time it is….

Almost Halloween…my favorite time of the year!!! Decorating for Christmas comes really, really close to the fun I have decorating for Halloween. I know that I am decorating very early, as it is not even October, but I love this time of year. I want to enjoy it a long time.



Expect more photos…hell, I have eight weeks before Halloween!!!!

Norma emailed me, and she is doing well. Pam is in a kind of rehab, getting a whole lot of physical therapy. I do not when and if she will be back on the computer. Keep both of them in your thoughts.

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Middle of the week odds and ends

First, please keep Pam in your thoughts while she is in the hospital. We need to think good thoughts for Norma also. She will be having some surgery the beginning of the week.

I am thinking I am nearing the point where I am done with Meals on Wheels. My problem is that I have such a guilt about quitting, because I am really needed. The scenery of the route is breath taking too.

I did this with the panorama setting on my phone.


We bought a new weather station, and I am really enjoying it. I did not enjoy installing it, because it has to be level. There is a circle on the top with a little bubble in it, and the bubble has to be center. The problem is that we are halfway up a mountain, and nothing here is level.


The actual station is level. I swear to it.


It looks like a boat. It measures the wind direction, wind speed, rain fall, temperature, and predicts the weather.

The inside information is displayed beautifully. Not sure what everything is, but I am sure it is important. lol Our only issue is that right now it is under the trees, so the rain has not measured. We will move it in the spring….I am not moving that thing again for a while.


Beautiful sky and clouds this evening.


I put this up on Facebook the other day, but I know not all of you are on Facebook. So, I will post it here. While I was cleaning and cutting tomatoes for the dehydrator, I looked down, and this is what I saw:


Silly cat.

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