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Winter Odyssey

goat Who better to take on a road trip than a fellow Appalachianite, knitter, and now-blogger, Aunty Katydid? Her cd collection alone would have the average bluegrass/jamband-appreciative person scrambling to rope her into a road trip.

Hoping to escape morning traffic through Atlanta, Katy stayed Sunday night at my house so we could get on I-185 by six a.m. iphone 8 plus case purple which landed us on the north side of the city by eight o’ clock. chaussures nike femme 2017 I drove and Katy knitted the final sleeve on a sweater while a collection of best-loved mellow morning songs played in the background. We were largely quiet until reaching South Carolina which wasn’t planned or uncomfortable. iphone 7 plus phone cases orange In my mind, the sign of true friendship is the ability to sit in comfortable silence.

As we neared the border of North Carolina, a familiar view brought tears to my eyes. canada goose puma chaussures iphone 8 plus case patterned The gentle swell of the mountains was no longer a bluish blur in the distance and a rush of “Home” came over me. moncler pas cher puma pas cher I glanced over at Katy, who sat with needles still mid-knit, and saw her eyes filled with tears. Katy grew up in Asheville, NC (where we planned to stop for lunch) and obviously the mountains were a welcome sign for her, too. Baskets homme Puma toro phone case iphone 6 Katy headed for Wall Street We arrived in downtown Asheville around eleven o’ clock, parked on Wall Street, and made our way to Purl’s Yarn Emporium. timberland pas cher Purl's street sign In order to buy decent yarn in our small corner of Georgia, one must either drive to a yarn shop in Atlanta or purchase from the internet — both of which can lead to disappointment. The yarn shops of Atlanta do not compare to Purl’s Yarn Emporium. We walked through the door of Purl’s and immediately recognized that we were going to spend all of our vacation recreation monies on yarn. Hand-dyed, hand-spun, and natural fiber yarns overflowed from baskets and shelves in a veritable cascade of color. puma 2018 pas cher soldes puma cheap iphone 6 case marble

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Katy holding the menu from The Laughing Seed, Asheville, NC Still glowing from our yarn shop experience, we made our way to The Laughing Seed. The Laughing Seed’s menu is filled with delightful vegetarian dishes which are as delicious as they are beautiful. Each dish is made with local and organic ingredients while the prices are surprisingly low. Examples? How about the crispy Asian dumplings: More of the Asian Dumplings After a quick stop for coffee, we hopped back on I-26 and were Virginia-bound. Canada Goose France timberland femme Excitement crackled through the car as we chatted and laughed our way onto I-81 which carried us up through the Shenandoah Valley to the small town of Bridgewater, Virginia. All along the way, I acted as a Virginia tour guide and peppered Katy with historical trivia and some of my own personal history. Four of my five maternal uncles live in/around the Roanoke area and it seemed odd to have driven so far only to roll past them without stopping. I haven’t spoken with any of them since the first week of July 2005 (some even longer). After cutting ties with my mentally ill mother for safety reasons, her oldest brother consulted with the others and declared me officially banned from the family. Not one of them have made any attempt to inquire about my health or well-being since the summer before I moved to Washington and married Josh. Which is why I firmly believe that you should choose your own family. iphone 6 plus case cat My chosen family just happens to live in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina… hence the road trip. best iphone 6 plus cases My favorite scene from Bridgewater, Virginia? Just the sun setting over a lovely barn and Mennonite buggy.

  • Leah - Sounds like a lot of fun. Wish I could be there too – I LOVE that area. I’ve got some family around there and I always look forward to visits. It’s gorgeous in the mountains. =)ReplyCancel

  • The Park Wife - The buggy photo is gorgeous!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - We’re having such a great time. Truly: beautiful and therapeutic.ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Park Wife: Thank you for the compliment!!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Thanks for sharing! What a great trip! I really love that last picture. I wish I could be in such a magnificent place right now…



  • Sophie - It sounds like lots of fun! What a lovely road trip you made!!

    The fine plate of food looks lovely! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Rosa — I feel sure that you would love it here. Any time you want to visit just let me know. I’d be delighted to take you on such a road trip!

    Sophie — You would have loved those crispy little wantons! They had a terrific ginger sauce over them. We ate a couple of them at the cafe and then packed them up to take on the road. Even a few hours later, they were crunchy and delicious. If only I had the recipe! I may attempt to replicate them but something tells me that I won’t even be close!!


  • Fay - Amazing photo.Looks like something out of a movie scene. From here in summer Aussie temps that snow looks so inviting.ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Fay — Usually Virginia snow doesn’t stay around this long so that’s pretty miraculous. I’m pretending that it decided not to melt just for me since I live in Georgia — where snow rarely falls but when it does fall… it generally melts quickly.

    Where are you in Australia? Did you know that I have a sister there?ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Sounds like a lovely beginning to your trip!ReplyCancel

  • Diane@Peaceful Acres - That same feeling rushes over me when I enter those beloved mountains of NC! I come from the northside off I-81 and it’s breath taking. You can always here me say, “I’m home.” The Jerusalem Garden is also a great place to eat in Ashville, it’s right across the street from 10,000 Villages Shop.

    Happy travels!
    Diane in Central MarylandReplyCancel

  • Marlene - OMG< so glad to see those pictures. I have never been to the south and it looks just great. The mountain pictures I am familiar with but where I live right now is flat fields that produce canola, wheat, oats, barley and soy beans in the summer. Very pretty in its own way.
    It looks like you are having a very much needed vacation with lots and lots of fun. Wish I was there to. Maybe one of you could teach me to knit. I know, Iknow, a woman my age should already know how to knit but alas all I know how to do really well is cook. My husband can attest to that.
    Anyway you have a great time. Enjoy, enjoy!! (love always)ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - My favorite picture is the lovely barn and buggy. Lacy you are so talented with photography and writing. ­čÖé I am very glad and thankful to God that you are part of our family now. I do love how beautiful VA is and I am so happy that you have these opportunities to visit “home”.ReplyCancel

  • kerry - wow, that last photo is just magical.ReplyCancel

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