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I’m so behind on this whole blogging thing these days. Any spare time is used for knitting. At the moment I have some quiet, uninterrupted time but my knitting project is upstairs, and I’m too lazy and comfortable under this warm blanket to go get it. So blogging it is:

A few weekends ago, Paul and I headed up to North Carolina to spend the weekend with my parents at their mountain cabin. Because it’s such a long trip, we both took Friday off and left after work on Thursday. We enjoy road trips together, but it was a late night and we were both pretty tired when we arrived at midnight.

The next morning we rode over to Blue Ridge, Georgia, in a pretty dense fog. We had a big breakfast at Mercier’s Orchards, and let me tell you, there are some folks out there who are pretty crazy about apples. Seriously, it was an apple frenzy. The place was full of senior citizens who clearly thought that was their last chance on earth for a good apple.

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They were dropped off by the busload, and there was no stopping them. We browsed as best we could, and I was pretty relieved when we got out of there. The fog had lifted by then:

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The next stop was downtown Blue Ridge where Mom and I stopped in several shops while Dad and Paul found comfortable places to sit and wait on us.

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After a tasty lunch, we went back to the cabin for some down time. You guessed it: I used that time to knit.

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That night Caroline and her boyfriend met us for supper and then stayed the night at the cabin with us. We had the most relaxing Saturday eating lunch downtown, visiting a little farmers market, watching football, and hanging out.

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On Sunday it was time to head south again, and we stopped in Atlanta to visit IKEA. It felt like I was back in Europe, but this time I didn’t have to do the Euro/dollar conversion. We took our time in the maze there, and then had a yummy lunch at a nearby Yard House. It was bright and clear on the drive home. Paul drove, I snoozed for a little while and then woke to knit.

What a fun weekend it was! Beautiful weather, a taste of fall, family, a comfortable cabin, football, good food…. I’m so thankful for all of it.

Happy fall, y’all!
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saturday

Today has been a day to take dominion over our house and get some things done. Paul has his house in Tallahassee until the end of the month, and he hasn’t completely moved out yet. So today we got a late start to our day, and then he headed there to load up his truck and run some errands.  I cleaned. And cleaned. And cleaned some more. I did laundry and ironed a mountain of clothes. Optimistically, I bought some mums for the front porch in hopes that fall will soon come. I also stopped by the grocery store, and then swung through the Sonic drive-thru for a big drink with yummy ice. I Face-timed with a faraway friend, too.

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Now the table is set for supper with my husband. We’re having prime rib, mashed potatoes, and a Greek salad. The prime rib is leftover from my son’s rehearsal dinner. It’s been in the freezer, and I’m trying to clean out and use up some freezer and pantry items.

Oh, and we’ll watch some football. 🙂

I hope you’ve had a good Saturday, too.

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miscellany

A few links that have caught my eye recently:

~ My son is an artist participating in FLAUNT, 2014 a month-long art event in my town. He recently visited with the Sturdy Brothers, makers of some really awesome waxed canvas goods.

~ Some San Jose State fans share about their visit to the loveliest village.

~ What a messed up culture we live in when you can’t exhort men to act like men.

~ Why I hated women’s ministry. Yes, yes, yes!!

~ More than a chicken sandwich.

~ Do your thing.

That’s it for this Friday. Enjoy your weekend!

monday miscellany

I’ve been busier than usual lately and not able to read as much, but a few things around the interwebs have caught my eye and made me think:

~ An encouraging quote from one of my favorite books.

~ “Is there anything he said in that campaign that wasn’t a lie?”

~ 12 more days. I CANNOT WAIT!! 

~ When “I tried that” is a problem.  “Because being married is like being a Christian. Only more so.”

~ I really hope they get this movie right. If you haven’t read the book yet, you really should.

~ 10 budget decorating tips

~ 10 tricks to appear smarter during meetings

~ 5 ways to keep email from ruining your life

~ penne with green beans & tomatoes

Happy Monday, y’all!

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random thoughts

~ Human behavior is a bottomless pit of weirdness. I can’t figure out why anyone would want to hang out on message boards for a group of people that he despises. I’ve read Auburn fan boards filled with Alabama fans seething with anger and hatred, and I’ve read discussion boards for conservatives that are over-run by liberals spewing vile language. Why? Life is much too short to spend time that way! There are even some folks who’ve shown utter contempt for me in “real” life who regularly check in on my blog. So very odd.  It might make a good research topic for a psychology student.

~ Here in the Deep South, we’ve spent days this week below freezing, and we’re expecting highs in the seventies this weekend. It’s wardrobe whiplash every morning as I try to figure out what to wear.

~ random thoughts…and random photos!

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~ I’m still reading 11/22/63 every chance I get. Those chances are few and far between this week, and when I try to read it at bedtime, my drooping eyelids get the best of me.

~ I couldn’t make myself watch the State of the Union address. (See my first random thought above.) I did however follow the coverage after the fact. Our president’s hubris and Republican cowardice are wonders to behold.

~ I can’t decide if I want to laugh or cry when I read the “Rant & Rave” section of my local newspaper. Some of the comments are hilarious, some are incredibly ignorant, and some make absolutely no sense at all.

~ I’ve read recently that fish oil supplements may ward off Alzheimer’s disease. That terrible disease runs in my family, so I’d like to do all I can to prevent it. The problem is that I CAN’T REMEMBER to take them!

~ I miss Auburn football. I got a dose of it earlier this week, but it’s just not enough.

~ My cable box died today. It can’t be replaced until Monday. It’s a good thing I don’t care about the Super Bowl!

Happy weekend, y’all!

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