Category Archives: PLEASURES

CASS Railroad Trip

Hubby and I have had more dates this year than we have had since we moved on this farm.  I’m not sure why but don’t question it because I love every minute we’re together whether it’s here or away from the farm.

On September 26th we went to Cass, West Virginia, and took a rail ride that was awe-inspiring and I would recommend the trip to everyone.  I’m going to leave you with a little snippet from their website and then a pictorial or our wonderful day trip.

Cass Scenic Railroad, an 11-mile (18 km) long heritage railroad that is owned by the West Virginia State Rail Authority and operated by the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.

Founded in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company (now WestRock), Cass was built as a company town to serve the needs of the men who worked in the nearby mountains cutting spruce and hemlock for the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Company, a subsidiary of WVP&P. At one time, the sawmill at Cass was the largest double-band sawmill in the world. It processed an estimated 1.25 billion board feet (104,000,000 cu ft; 2,950,000 m3) of lumber during its lifetime.

In 1901 work started on the railroad, which climbs Back Allegheny Mountain. The railroad eventually reached a meadow area, now known as Whitaker Station, where a logging camp was established for the immigrants who were building the railroad. The railroad soon reached to the top of Gobblers Knob, and then to a location on top of the mountain known as ‘Spruce’. The railroad built a small town at this location, complete with a company store, houses, a hotel, and a doctor’s office. Work soon commenced on logging out the Red Spruce trees, which grew in the higher elevations.

Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed our day.  It was our first ride on a train and I would go again in a heartbeat.  For more information, here’s the link to their website,  http://mountainrailwv.com/tour/cass-scenic-railroad-bald-knob-trip/ .  They provided us a lunch and when we returned from the ride we took in the sites around the depot.

The depot, a souvenir shop and a restaurant are on site at the entrance of Cass Railroad.

Snack shop where the train reloads water for the engine.

Racing With My Love

In our house dating was almost a thing of the past until this summer.  Eddie and I have had several off the farm dates and hope to have more.  We are both race fans and attend Shelor Motor Mile Speedway to watch our favorite racer, Michael Looney.  If you haven’t been to a race before this is where you should start!

Motor Mile Speedway 

The races start in early summer and end in September.  Mike Looney was one of my Cub Scouts a few years ago and I thoroughly enjoy watching his success behind the wheel in the Late Model Stock Car heats. Michael placed 2nd in points at the end of the 2017 season.

Eddie and I only found time to go to two races at Motor Mile Speedway this past summer but enjoyed every minute and we followed Michael on to Martinsville in September 23rd to watch him compete against about 80 other competitors.

A gorgeous day for a race!

Michael’s car was crushed near the end of the race after he had moved into 9th place and was moving to the front!! He did not get hurt but we were all crushed that he was knocked out of the race!!

The stands were packed!

The weather was cold and windy! Eddie and I both were shivering and waiting for the end of the last 20 laps so we could go to our hotel! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then on October 29th we went back to Martinsville to the NASCAR race!!  We had a great time and we owe this trip to some very good friends of our that won the tickets but don’t like racing!!  Thank you Jo and Rusty!!!  We spent the night at The Dutch Inn where we stayed on our first honeymoon back 45 years ago!!! It was a fabulous date!

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race in 2016!

Trip to Eastern Shore – Stockton MD

Last year my daughter, Heather, and I started our 1st Annual Girls Trip but this year Heather’s trip was a week before mine and that was good so Dad wouldn’t worry about both of us on different roads at the same time but it did spread the worry out a tad but we both made it just fine.

On September 23rd, I went on my very first long distance trip alone to visit Margaret who lives in Maryland. Margaret has been my best friend for more years than we can count and started sometime in the teenage years of my children.  We have so many like interests and have each other in tears catching up on our daily lives.  You have to know we “talk” almost daily by email but it’s just not the same as being in person.  I almost lost her last year and had to go to her to reassure myself that my friend is working really hard to stay in this mad world to keep me sane and out of trouble.  I love her to death!!

She lives in Stockton Maryland which is 408 miles from my home and about 7 1/2 hours including potty breaks along the way.  To get to her I crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which was awesome, astounding, long, and surrounded by water!!!

This is as close as I wanted to get to the side of the bridge!!  :)

This is as close as I wanted to get to the side of the bridge!! 🙂

I get seasick quite easily and there had been a week of storms prior to my going to see her and the water was very high and choppy and I could feel an uneasy feeling coming so I made myself have tunnel vision to make it across and back without throwing up my innards!!  That I must say was the only bad part of the trip.

Margaret's home where we spent so much time laughing, eating and catching up.

Margaret’s home where we spent so much time laughing, eating and catching up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there she took me to a place called “Furnace Town”  and if you are ever over there you must go to this little town museum!  Margaret used to make costumes for their annual events.  It was set up as a self walking tour or you could get someone to go with you to explain what you were seeing.

Margaret entering the Blacksmith Shop

Margaret entering the Blacksmith Shop

We met a very educated gentleman that was the tender of the gardens and he told us so much about the heirloom garden he tended himself and then took us into the school-house which was awesome.  After that we took the tour on our own and it was definitely like walking back into another era.  The Furnace Town church on the property was absolutely gorgeous. What a spot for a wedding and they were setting up for an evening wedding at the site the day we were there.

Map of Furnace Town

Map of Furnace Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While there I bought a wonderful book called “The Weaver’s Girl” by Gracie Ayers which is based on this town.  Great read!!

While in Stockton, we also went shopping at all (some) of her favorites spots which are now mine!!   We ate out, drove to the waterways that are close to her home.

George Island Landing

George Island Landing

 

 

 

drove the area she lives in and

 

 

saw some beautiful old mansions,

One of the mansions close to where she lives

One of the mansions close to where she lives

 

 

 

 

 

 

ate in (wonderful cook), told stories, ate some more,  met her great grand-daughter, Maddie.  Maddie is a beautiful little princess!

Princess Maddie

Princess Maddie

We got caught up on most everything in four days, laughed, cried, watched “chick flicks”,  considered the problems of the world and what we think needs to be done to fix it (HA) and had a most awesome visit.  Then I had to come home but we promised to get together again next year either at her place or someplace in between with Heather and Ashley!

My yard is blooming

No words, just the beauty of my photos, says enough I think!

Peonies and rose

Peonies and rose

Peppermint rose

Peppermint rose

Dinner bell garden

Dinner bell garden

Peonies

Peonies

New Rose

New Rose

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Old Fashioned Rose full of bloom

Old Fashioned Rose full of bloom

Another new rose

Another new rose

Trumpet vine

Trumpet vine

Hyacinth bean

Hyacinth bean

Cardinal vine

Cardinal vine

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Bigger blooms every year

Bigger blooms every year

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Lupine

Lupine

Goosefoot fern

Goosefoot fern

Jade plant

Jade plant

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Shamrocks

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Mother’s day hanging table

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Peonies and Iris

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Hostas & geraniums

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Locust post birdhouse

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Iris

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Peonies and Iris

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White rose  (old)

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Red Rose (old)

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Siberian Iris

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I have two of these in the yard and I can cut them back to a foot tall and by June they’re back full of green, pink and white.  It’s so pretty and covers the ground at the yard entrance with rose petals all summer.

Weekend gratification

What an awesome long weekend I just had (Memorial Day Weekend).  I worked my tail off but the end results were so gratifying.  On Thursday afternoon and evening of last week, I moved everything off my front porch and swept down the walls, porch floor and steps.  Then I took a very stiff brush with a long handle and knocked down all the debris from spiders and other bugs and peeling paint from the ceiling and walls.  I worked until dark but even got it all mopped with a solution of two gallons of water, 1/2 cup of bleach and a cup of laundry detergent.  It still looked pretty rough but it smelled good and there were no more spiders and their nasty webs.  The wind was blowing about 20-25 miles an hour so I knew the porch would dry by the next day when I would start painting.  Here’s my “before” pictures:

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On Friday morning I took a trip with my beautiful daughter to Roanoke/Salem area and we visited four spots looking for flowers for my gardens, stands, gazebo and porch.  We had such a great and much overdue trip together.  Those beauties will be shown in another post after they’re where they need to be and taking root.

On Friday afternoon, the paint brushes came out and I spent about five hours painting the columns and wooden trim and part of the ceiling.  Most of the ceiling is a very pale blue siding but it’s has a wide section that flows from the porch columns up to the siding and it’s wood.  I painted it as well in the brilliant white that I put on the columns.  They looked so good but while on my step ladder I realized how dirty the ceiling was and the white siding didn’t look so white so I went at them with a vengence and what a difference.  Everything dried overnite while I worked in the yard on other projects and hubby built me another shelf on the entrance to the porch just like the one on the opposite post.  We use these to sit our binoculars for watching wildlife on the mountain.

On Saturday morning I started putting the stain and water repellent on the porch and it took about four hours because I used a brush and got down on my knees to make sure everything was covered really good.  It was dried by 8:00 p.m. but no furniture was to be placed on it for 24-48 hours.  On Sunday afternoon, I cleaned up all the furniture and put felt pads on everything.  Here’s the results:

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The end results and very nice, clean porch that has been washed down, painted, weather proofed and furniture minimized and cleaned as well.  Out damned spiders!!  Not sure how long it will look this nice with two cats and a dog always on it and muddy feet when it rains but it is so gratifying at the moment and a little swish with a broom and a mop to wipe off tracks and we’ll be set.  We’re already enjoying the evenings listening to the quiet!!

 

Tea Time

I have been a fan of iced tea for as long as I can remember and drink it all year long.  Not until a couple years ago did I become a hot tea drinker.  My son introduced me to hot green teas a while back and I like it almost as much but only in the winter months.  Last summer I found an ad in one of my monthly magazines for Fusion Teas and what really drew my eyes to it was the metabolism boosts some of them gave.  I sent off for a couple samples and now I’m hooked.

Pineaple Paradise is my favorite.

Pineaple Paradise is my favorite.

The website is http://www.FusionTeas.com and I order from them about every two months.  The selection is huge and you can buy sample packets, 3 oz. packs, 6 oz. packs and 16 oz. packs.   The Yerba teas are the ones that boost the metabolism but they also have black tea, white tea, green tea, oolong tea, hibiscus and several other types.

Some more of my favorites and my tea pot.

Some more of my favorites and my tea pot.

 

My first order included the Pineapple Paradise, Acai Berry Blend, Carrot Cake, and Cinnamon Roll.  Others that I’ve bought and love are Papaya Ginger, Chocolate Fusion, Sensha Supreme, Raspberry Sunset, Pumpkin Spice and Passion Fruit.  Pumpkin Spice is to die for!!!

They carry a wonderful assortment of teaware and gift boxes.  I hope you go out and try some and enjoy it as much as I do.

My little teapot!!

My little teapot!!

It has an easy to clean seive in the end to catch the tea leaves.

It has an easy to clean seive in the end to catch the tea leaves.