Friday, October 23, 2020

The Mountain House

 We just got back to Texas from our get away to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern North Carolina.

My daughter actually reserved  the place for us, so we didn’t know exactly what to expect, we only knew it was very remote and on a small lake.

Driving up, it looked like a rather small gray log cabin in the woods.

The inside was a bit of a surprise with vaulted ceilings and lots of space.
It also had a cheery, well equipped kitchen.
One end of the living area had comfy recliners in front of a fireplace.

On another level there was a pool table and a media area with yet more recliners,

and to the children’s delight an electronic pac man game.
How did this all fit in that tiny cabin you say? Well, from the back, it was built down the hill and had three levels with two decks,

both of them looking out a colorful Falls leaves surrounding a small lake.

I need to go unpack and collect the more later..

Sunday, October 18, 2020


 We are in the Blue Ridge mountains in a house we have leased with my daughter and her girls. The house sits on a small lake,

and  the weather is perfect...though maybe a bit cool mornings and evenings...Janey

Thursday, October 15, 2020

On The Road Again

 Fall is a beautiful time to get out of Texas, especially if you want to see some pretty Fall colors, and that is exactly what we have done.

We are headed east this week to visit our daughter Stacy and family who live in North Carolina. We took the northern route since we were also going to deliver some items left in Colorado by friends who winter in Tennessee.

Donna and Ed live just west of Knoxville, Tennessee .
Their beautiful home is on the banks of the Tennessee River with breathtaking views.
We were delighted when they suggested we go for a ride on their boat. The weather was perfect, although our  hosts were a bit disappointed that the leaves hadn’t quite turned yet...this boat ride on the Tennessee was certainly going to make up for it!

Donna even suggested that Ed navigate under the bridge into what she called the black lagoon. It was just a curving inlet with low hanging trees that had an eerie quietness about it. 

The Tennessee River starts just east of Knoxville and flows southwest toward Alabama before it heads back north up into the state of Kentucky with a series of dams and locks along the way forming lake after lake.

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I put an x in the approximate area where they live on the river. I was surprised when Donna told us that she and Ed at one time had taken their boat downriver all the way to Alabama and back stopping along the way at marinas so they come trek into town and stay at hotels along the way. That sounds like such a fun adventure to me! We had a great visit and they were such gracious hosts, feeding us a delicious dinner and breakfast before we headed on down the road.....Thank you Donna and Ed!
More to come.....maybe even some Fall leaves, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Is There Someone Watching Me ?

 The other day I was busy at the kitchen sink and I had a strange feeling that I was being watched.

Yep...there he is  again.
A nosey little squirrel staring at me through the window. I haven’t been feeding him, he seems to just be curious as to what I am doing. Maybe I need to give home a name....

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Beautiful Weather and the Waterfall

 Some days you simply must get out of the house, especially when the weather is perfect. Mild temperature, low humidity, gentle breeze and sunshine.

I had heard about this waterfall that was only like 15min. from our  house and figured this was the day to go find it. It is along the Trinity Trails, a trail system that snakes all through Ft. Worth following the Trinity River.

There is a park area at the entrance of the falls that runs along a joint services military base. The base at one time was an air force base and the commanders residence sat at the entrance of where the park is now..The first thing you see is a large sculpture. Seems it is the tail and the wings of an aircraft. Part of the present day base is also an aircraft plant.(Lockheed Martin).

There is a pretty bridge and directions on how to walk to the falls.

It is a shaded and paved pathway meandering along flower beds

with benches here and there on the half mile walk,

and a few flowers, although I feel sure is it much more lush in the Spring.

There were several of these large bushes with the pretty purple berries, but sorry I don’t know what they are.

We were a bit disappointed when we arrived at the falls to find that there was no water falling, but I should have known since we are in dire need of rain. It was a wonderful place to walk so we were pleased with our outing after all. Obviously that first picture wasn’t mine! I hope you all are finding ways to keep busy and that you are all well...Janey

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Fall Weather

 We were a bit surprised when we arrived back in Texas to find the weather so pleasant. It is not unusual to have 100 degree temps in September, but not this year. This morning it is in the 50’s and low humidity.


Therefore I have set about trying to make it look a bit more Fall like around here. I use to put out a lot (too many) seasonal decorations when my girls were growing up, but I have scaled back a bit.

Just a few things, here and there will do.

Do you decorate your place for the different seasons? Surely some of you do, especially for Christmas.

I have actually, in my downsizing efforts, have gotten rid of a lot of my decorations...and only have hung on to my favorites.

My pink Pentas out front still think it’s summer though.They do very well in our searing summer heat. They will be replaced by plants that will hold up through the winter....but I don’t want to tear out blooming flowers, at least not just yet!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Move South

 If you are wondering where I am.

We have been very busy like a lot of the birds...migrating south for the winter. I will return to my blog as soon as we get settled....Janey