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Retirement adventure #1 – Dismal Falls

Well it’s been two months of retirement and I stay so busy.  Hubby and I have decided to try to make a point of taking a day trip alone at least once a month and I wanted to share our “1st Retirement Adventure” with you.  I packed a lunch and we loaded up the cameras and took off for natures beauty that surrounds us that I either had not seen or it had been a long time.  Our first trip was to Giles County and a little place called “Dismal Falls”.  I hope these photos express my awe at the beautiful little spot in the woods that is hidden just off Route 100 and on a forestry road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Sign beside the forestry road.

Sign beside the forestry road.

There was a large variety of wild mushrooms on the path including these which we call woodfish. We gather these in the fall, flour and fry them up. DELICIOUS!

There was a large variety of wild mushrooms on the path including these which we call woodfish. We gather these in the fall, flour and fry them up. DELICIOUS!

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Path we used to get down to the falls.

Path we used to get down to the falls.

Beautiful open forest leading to the falls.

Beautiful open forest leading to the falls.

Eddie overlooking the falls and creek below.

Eddie overlooking the falls and creek below.

Eddie waiting on me to catch up because I was taking so many pictures.

Eddie waiting on me to catch up because I was taking so many pictures.

This overhang is used a lot by hikers and visitors. There was a fire pit under the rocks and easy to get under without banging your head.

This overhang is used a lot by hikers and visitors. There was a fire pit under the rocks and easy to get under without banging your head.

Rock steps leading down to the water and bottom of the falls.

Rock steps leading down to the water and bottom of the falls.

Firepit under the rocks.

Firepit under the rocks.

The following are views of the water leading to the falls, below the falls, and the falls.  The water is as clear as glass and icy cold.  Normally, this time of year there’s not a lot of water in the falls but because of the rains we’ve had all spring and summer they were beautiful.  We plan to go back when the weather is cold and the water may be frozen.  The falls are not really tall but they’re beautiful and a great outing for one day!!

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Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

Dismal Falls view from the top of the path leading from the road.

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After the visit to the falls we went up the forestry road and found a cool rest stop to have lunch of grilled chicken, cheese & crackers, and fresh fruit.  From there we took off through another road of Giles County called Sugar Run which ran through some awesome forest land and we found this fine creature crossing the road but don’t seem to be able to find out what type of moth he will turn into.  I’ve inserted a close up of him and one of him beside my husbands size 10 boot to give you an idea of how big it was.

It has two sets of red antennae.

It has two sets of red antennae.

It's about 1/2 " - 3/4" around.

It’s about 1/2 ” – 3/4″ around.

I've seen them, I think, about half this big but never really took a close look at them.

I’ve seen them, I think, about half this big but never really took a close look at them.

We also saw these structures as we were about to leave Sugar Run.

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Several deer, squirrels, a few turkeys and wild birds were seen but I got of picture of this one grazing along the road.

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And we passed an exotic farm and saw these along the road.

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It was such a fun and peaceful day spent together and not working until we were bone tired.  This is why we decided to take an adventure at least once a month.  I can’t wait to see what we do in September!!

 

My “get-away” room

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It’s bright when I want it to be, cool in the summertime, warm in the winter, quiet when I need it to be, pretty, feminine and country!  Now, I just need to clean out the rest of the rooms and make them just as comfortable but with a different look.

My little piece of heaven

I have a little piece of heaven and getaway right inside my home.  I call it my “Quilting Room” and it’s all mine.  It’s not a huge room but it’s perfect for some solitude to quilt, look through quilting books and magazines for the next project, embroidering blocks and more or to just sit and think.

Right now I have an old vanity with a missing mirror that I use for my sewing table.  It has three drawers on each side for storage and  a space underneath the middle for my knees and the foot pedal.  It just needs to be about two or three inches lower and about a two feet wider. I do try to make do with what I have to save money.

I have one of three sewing machines set up in my sewing room, an embroidery machine, a cutting table and all of my computer “stuff”. The rest of the room is lined with shelves which are loaded down with totes of fabric, quilting and sewing tools,  and all my sewing/quilting books & magazines. I did spare some space on one wall to use for my quilt design wall. I place my quilt blocks on it when I’m ready to put the blocks together.  I stapled a large piece of quilt batting to the wall and the blocks stick to it and don’t fall off.  You could also use the back of a vinyl tablecloth with cotton batting on it.  That’s what I used to use until I started making larger quilts.

I’m thinking about moving the computer to a new location in the house to free up more space to set up another sewing machine so I can work on two projects at one time.  Why do I have so many sewing machines??  I used to have only one and when it started having some problems and had to be in the shop, I was lost!  I caught a new Singer Simple on sale  and couldn’t resist the temptation and bought it.  My old machine is a Brother that my husband bought me for Christmas over twelve years ago and it’s only been in the shop three times.  It’s my old faithful.  The third machine is a Brother also, that a dear friend sold to me when she had to move and it sews great.

 The one I want to bring in to replace the computer is like the one I learned to sew on with my Grandmother.  It’s not Grannies but it’s very much like it and it’s a treadle machine.  I’ve been wanting to use it for years.  A treadle machine may just tell me how good my knees really are now at 58 years of age (me, not the machine, it’s older).  I don’t even know if it works but I’m willing to give it a good cleaning and try.  As you can tell, I love to sew, quilt, crochet, embroider (hand and machine), and most all crafting.  When the treadle machine moves in we’ll post again but until then, it’s time to find a new quilt pattern to start.  How about a red and white windmill? Or, a blue morning star?  Even better, I need a new purse!!!

Where’s your little piece of heaven?

Where do you go to relax and dream?