Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
|Definitely follow the guidelines for your iron. You do not want to iron a delicate fabric (silk) on the cotton setting! It seems unnecessary to say but....never leave a iron laying face down on a garment. It will burn.|
|The crazy symbols on the tag? They are important! Google and print a guide for your laundry room, it will save you a lot of guesswork.|
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
|Welcome to the oldest state supported military college in America.|
|VMI has graduated more army generals than any other ROTC program.|
|Unlike all other service colleges, VMI graduates are free to pursue civilian careers or join any military branch.|
|VMI has a strict single sanction honor code: "a cadet does not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do." A violation mean immediate expulsion. Period.|
|And on a lighter note, this is my sad attempt at a selfie. This is how it's done right? Send help if you must.|
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
|Welcome to the most photographed spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway!|
Mr. Mabry (Ed) began construction of his water powered mill in 1903. Once it was completed in 1905, is was in turn a blacksmith, a wheelwright shop, then finally a grist mill.
|The water which powered the mill was carried along this wooden race. Over time is has sprung quite a few leaks which create waterfalls.|
|One of the many lovely pathways.|
|If you get a chance to visit during mountain laurel season, you won't be disappointed.|
|There was a park ranger demonstrating basket weaving techniques. This one is called a rump basket . If Mrs. Mabry needed to carry something with her when riding a horse, this basket fit nicely on the horses rump.|
|A gorgeous spinning wheel. Apparently Mrs. Mabry didn't actually spin because, as the ranger told me, she was more of an outdoor girl, in fact she preferred to work in the mill along side her husband.|
|One of the park rangers made this lovely piece using the loom which is inside the house. Unfortunately the buildings were too dark inside for photos.|
|A whiskey still in the woods. Welcome to the mountains y'all.|
|The Mabry's neighbors in the community would bring their corn to be milled. The payment to Mr. Mabry was 1/8 of the ground meal.|
|The restaurant at Mabry Mill is quite rustic. By rustic I mean it isn't air conditioned, which this charming fellow wasn't happy about.|
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Welcome to the classical, and oh so southern, campus of Washington and Lee University. It truly is beautiful, and on a day as lovely as this, one could definitely imagine living here.Washington and Lee wasn't always Washington and Lee, it began as Augusta Academy and later was known as Liberty Hall Academy. It wasn't until a certain first president of the United States gave the financially troubled school a generous donation in the form of stock that it was renamed after George Washington. Then, after a brief five years as president of the college, former General Robert E. Lee died in 1870 and the school was once again renamed, thus becoming Washington and Lee University.
|Lee Chapel, where General Robert E. Lee, his wife, their seven children, and the Generals father are all buried. Lee's horse, traveler, is buried on the grounds. The chapel and the row of buildings across from it are all National Historic Landmarks.|
|If for some crazy reason you're just not in the mood for fried chicken (what is wrong with you?) Braxton says the meat loaf is excellent as well.|
I will eventually do a post on Lexington. The photos I took on this trip do not do justice to this adorable town.
Friday, May 19, 2017
I've always been very health conscious. I exercise daily and eat well, but man oh man, those hot flashes were killing me. Not really wanting to take HRT, yet, I thought I'd add some soy to my diet and see what happened. I know that the jury is out on soy's health benefits, I'm just sharing my experience with eating tofu.
Y'all it works. It took a week or two of eating soy every day; tofu one week, edemame the next, to notice any change. Slowly the hot flashes became less severe and came less often. I still have the occasional hot flash, mostly at night, but they are nowhere as severe as before.
Obviously this may not work for you, but give it a try. Let me know how you're doing. We don't have to go through this alone, right?
Oh yea, I promised you a recipe....
|Chicken fried Tofu.|
Put corn meal and whatever spices you like into a bowl. For this pic I just used salt and pepper. May I recommend garlic, old bay seasoning, fresh or dried herbs, in whatever combo sounds good.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
|The view of downtown Roanoke from the Mill Mountain Star overlook.|
Mill Mountain is not only home to The Roanoke Star but there is also a small zoo, flower gardens, several hiking and biking trails and plenty of picnic spots.
|Roanoke viewed from another direction.|
|Atop Mill Mountain sits The Roanoke Star, the largest man made star in the world. Hence Roanoke's nick name The Star City of the South.|
|Some rather eerie stone stairs along the hike up Mill Mountain. Why are they there?|
|Another spectacular view from the overlook.|