Happy birthday Daddy…I love you like no other!!
Today would have been my Daddy's 93rd birthday. I can hardly believe that the last time we talked was 18 years ago and I miss him something crazy. People tell me I have his personality and demeanor and that's the highest compliment anyone could ever pay me.
Happy birthday Daddy…I love you like no other!!
When looking out my window here in my kitchen/den, I see lots of things...cars in the driveway, The Coffee Cup in the Javaport, Andrea and Raul's house, and up West 6th Street. What I rarely see is a killer sunset like I saw last evening. I grabbed my cameras and headed for the middle of the road.
I wasn't the only one out there too. It was a show stopper and had Sam on his lawnmower as well as Ken and Sherry out walking their dog, all dead in their tracks to take in the awesomeness. It looked like the sky was on fire and folks on Facebook all over the east coast were sharing photos and making comments about it.
Here's my view from the middle of West 6th Street...
Despite the damp weather, I think it's fair to say that everyone really liked the campground at Kings Mountain State Park. I predict that we will return there for another camping trip at some point.
I've come to really enjoy the South Carolina park system and with so many parks near home, it's a great get-away for an early or late season trip. Throw in a Black Friday 1/2 price camping fee at selected parks and you just cannot go wrong. This is the third year that the Cousins and I along with other camping friends have gathered for a Spring weekend.
Here are the faces of some happy campers kicking off the 2015 season . . .
Murphy, Splash, and I are safely back home after the first of many planned camping trips of the 2015 season. We followed D'Nise, Rich, and Sue out of the campground and had a sunny hour-long drive home. We are already daydreaming about the next trip in two weeks!
I promised to fill you in on the remainder of our Kings Mountain Saturday, so here you go. After we got back to the campground, I took full advantage of the sun and walked down to the dam and spillway on the lake. Mary and Rob talked Pod Talk, while Rich and Sue gave some Rummy Cube lessons.
Supper was a leisurely affair with Judi and David hosting one dinner party and Rob and Trisha another. Many of us had left overs, but Chef Rob whipped up some steak and potato quesadillas.
After supper, we gathered at Judi and David's for a campfire and fire-master Lois took care of us all evening. Stories and laughter were in abundance and it was the perfect ending for a perfect little un-rally.
The rain on the roof all night made for some good sleeping. I don't think Murphy moved out of her spot once single time. There was a steady rain when we woke up, but we still had to take care of some morning chores. After breakfast, Murphy snuggled up for another nap and I got some computer time in.
I was able to keep an eye on the radar, so I knew we had a couple periods of time without rain for me to get a shower and to take Miss Priss on a short walk. Folks were starting to stir around the campground as the weather was gradually changing.
About 11:30 we all hopped in cars and drove over to Kings Mountain National Military Park where I picked up a set of 2015 Passport stickers for me and Becky. We listened to an interesting ranger talk before leaving.
The lady at the desk recommended that we head over to Ronda's Kitchen for lunch in Grover, SC. Some of the best places we have eaten while camping have been suggested from locals.
The lighthouse-looking structure was actually part of the battlefield and as part of the deal, they had to keep it in order to open the restaurant. Our food choices were all over the place and every single dish was good. We all brought leftovers home for supper.
On the way back to the campground, we stopped for a bit at the Farm Life exhibit. A collection of log buildings have recreated a typical 1800's piedmont farm.
I couldn't pass up an opportunity to capture Sue playing in a mud puddle!
Once back at the campground, not only was the sun out, but so was everyone else! We spent the afternoon playing Rummy Cube, strolling about the park, visiting, planning a camping trip back to the Holler in July, and just flat-out enjoying ourselves.
I'll wait until I get home to show you the rest of my Saturday snapshots. It's time for me to take my chair and go enjoy some happy hour cheese and crackers with my friends!
Even with dipping temperatures overnight, Murphy and I were snug and warm under the covers last evening. With no sounds except owls and frogs, we enjoyed a good night's sleep.
This morning we both had our breakfasts and then got in a good walk all around the campground loops. Upon returning from our stroll, we found that Rob had pulled in, so we stopped for a chat and to exchange hugs and happies. I gave him a watercolor of The Pod and he gave me a roll of Ducktape with vintage campers. Winner, winner!
About 10:30, Murphy and all her humans piled in the car and headed off to Gastonia for some junkin'. None of us were looking for anything in particular, but saw lots of stuff that had potential. D'Nise picked up a few things, as did Sue and Lois. I had my Scrooge britches on and didn't buy a thing, although I was greatly tempted by a sweet, green vintage picnic tin at a good price.
We went to Tony's in Gastonia for lunch and my BLT hit the spot. Everyone else got ice cream, but my fingers were cold enough without sending them into shock eating ice cream!
After lunch we hit a couple more places and then headed back to the campground just as it started to rain. We have been expecting the rain all day, and it finally arrived. Once back at the campground, we saw that Mary arrived in her Pod, so it was time for another meet and greet.
Murphy was ready for supper and a big nap. With Splash nice and toasty, I feel like I could nap too. Supper will be over at Rob and Trisha's and I'm looking forward to some Chicken Pot Pie Soup!.
Thanks for dropping by again today and I'll chat with you tomorrow
Greetings from Kings Mountain State Park, home to the first campout of the 2015 season! Murphy and I are here with a few of our T@Bbin' buddies for a little un-rally to officially kick off our 8th year of camping in the SplashT@B.
We got a leisurely start to our day and were in no hurry to hit the road for Kings Mountain since it was only 47 miles away. We pulled into the campground a little after two o'clock and were promptly greeted by Rich, Sue, and Lois.
I made quick work of setting up camp for me and the camping pup. We basically have the campground to ourselves. With the exception of a rainy, cold day tomorrow, I think our weekend weather will be fine and dandy.
I snapped a few photos to share with you, had a Subway sandwich for supper, and will be heading over to Lois' site in just a bit to enjoy a campfire.
Thanks for stopping by to pick up the first official camping Postcard of the year!
Becky and I have been getting notices from Colonial Williamsburg with offers of special stays and package deals at the Lodge. We are always daydreaming about and wishing we were headed to The 'Burg.
Over on Facebook, one of the groups I participate in revolves around all-things Colonial Williamsburg. It is aptly named, Colonial Williamsburg Lovers. For the last week or so, another member has posed a thought of the day and invited us to post comments.
Today's thought is "How do you display your special treasures from Colonial Williamsburg?" I have small collections all over the house actually…lots of photo albums that pre-date the digital age, Lang & Wise ceramic pieces in vignettes, a small library of Foundation publications, prints and watercolors hanging here and there, and a huge collection of vintage postcards.
Since I'm sharing this with my fellow CW Lovers, I thought I would share it with you, my Postcard Lovers. Enjoy your weekend as we transition to Daylight Savings Time!
Since we chatted last week, I've been making soap, doing a bit of sewing, continuing to organize my Studio, creating a camping surprise for Cousins Rob & Trisha, trying out some new recipes, working on the Blue Ridge Rally. The one thing I haven't been doing is sending out Postcards.
In terms of travel, there's just nothing happening. That will change a week from today when I head out to Kings Mountain State Park to meet up with some of my camping buddies and officially kick off the 2015 travel season.
I ran across an awesome pillow that's the perfect sentiments of a traveler, camper, artisan like me. . .
On a snowy day over 60 years ago, Momma bundled me up in my snowsuit, Daddy grabbed his camera, and my black Cocker Spaniel named Flop and I went out to play in the snow. We posed in the back yard for the first of many photos that day.
We went into Jesse Gile's (our next door neighbor) yard to build a snowman and snap another series of photos. That snowman is as tall as I am!!
Yesterday I walked down 6th Street to the house that I grew up in to capture a memory. Holding that old photo in just the right position proved more difficult than I anticipated, but I still got the shot I was hoping for. I spent the first 7 years of my life in that little white house in the background and I love living on W. 6th Street once again.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and take a bit of time to go back to the snowy days of your childhood. It will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart too!