Downton Abbey Exhibition with Lessons in History

The Downton Abbey Exhibition at the Biltmore Estate was one of the most extraordinary events I've ever seen.  I came to realize that Julian Fellowes is more than a genius author, he is an amazing historian as well.  Each character and setting in the series was grounded in historical facts, with a unique view of …

Continue reading Downton Abbey Exhibition with Lessons in History

January in the Garden

January in the garden is not really very colorful, but here and there we find some things to make us smile.  The geranium didn't know it was winter when it bloomed in December. And it still didn't know in January, as it is still blooming.  I have high hopes of overwintering these again.  They are …

Continue reading January in the Garden

Fun at the Mountain State Fair 2019

The NC Mountain State Fair ended yesterday, and I will be picking up all my entries today.  On Labor Day I turned in my projects in crafts, quilting, and photography, but due to our trip I couldn't enter the gardening competitions this year.  I got home just in time to enter the last three cooking …

Continue reading Fun at the Mountain State Fair 2019

Here’s the Plan, and a Couple of Questions for You

I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely holiday weekend.  It is Apple Festival time here, and the fair starts next weekend.  The King Apple Parade will be tomorrow afternoon, and we'll be down there again to enjoy this uniquely small town event. You can see my previous posts on this fun weekend with Apple Festival …

Continue reading Here’s the Plan, and a Couple of Questions for You

Getting Ready for the Fair 2019

One of the benefits of writing a blog is that I have a record of what I did and when.  With the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, all the entries have to be created within the past year, so I have to be able to tell what was made after September 1 of last year.  …

Continue reading Getting Ready for the Fair 2019

Carolina Panthers Training Camp

It is getting close to football season with the Hall of Fame game last Thursday night.  Once again this year, DH took me to Spartanburg to the Panthers Training Camp for a first look at the new rookies, and some veteran players injured last year.    This time I took my good camera, and had a …

Continue reading Carolina Panthers Training Camp

Geocaching with the Mini Club

Last weekend was a fun day with the Mini Cooper Club, as we drove around our beautiful mountains looking for geocaches.  We did this last year too (Geocaching), and had such a good time!  This year our hosts took us to different spots to look for the little caches.  If you've not done this, you …

Continue reading Geocaching with the Mini Club

Quilting Fun in Sevierville, Tennessee

Traveling to visit and speak to quilt guilds is so fun!  I have a couple of hours to talk to DH while we drive. He is so helpful with set up and handouts, and it is nice to have him with me.  Last week, we drove over to Sevierville, Tennessee to give my Decisions Decisions …

Continue reading Quilting Fun in Sevierville, Tennessee

Visiting a Gem Mine and Driving Diamondback

Summer is definitely here!  The milder temperatures mean another car club outing.  We now belong to three clubs, so there is something to do almost every weekend!  Our Appalachian Mountain Minis club was joined by the Upstate Minis club from South Carolina for an outing last weekend.  We are members of both clubs.  It was …

Continue reading Visiting a Gem Mine and Driving Diamondback

Walking at the Arboretum

Right before my knee went out, we went for a walk at the NC Arborteum to see a special exhibit and enjoy the springtime flowers.  The knee was bothering me a bit then, so we didn't do a long hike, just a nice stroll around the blooming flowerbeds to see the color.  I know you …

Continue reading Walking at the Arboretum