Monthly Archive for August, 2008

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Triumphant

Today has been a day that feels very satisfying… a triumphant day of sorts… as you recall in a post the end of June – A little Grooming… – Jan and I had done some clearing on our bank near the lake- Well today we went out and did some more work- it’s looking so good.

8.12 002You can actually see the trunk of the tree on the left- thats the first time I’ve ever seen it… hahaha

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I went fishing tonight- I haven’t been out a lot lately- it’s been too hot- and my stupid shoulder has been bothering me. I went to an Orthopedic Surgeon a couple of weeks ago, and he thinks I have a rotator cuff problem- not sure if its a tear or just inflamed- but considering how long it’s bothered me- I can’t imagine it’s just inflamed. Anyway- long story even longer, my insurance won’t pay for an MRI to diagnose the problem until I have gone through a course of 4 weeks of physical therapy. Now, I have nothing against PT, but it seems incredibly stupid to prescribe PT when they really don’t know what the problem is- it’s my opinion it could actually cause more damage if they do the wrong thing? Anyway- thats my moment of complaining- Tomorrow (Wednesday)I have my first PT appt and I’m not terribly looking forward to it.

Anyway- back to fishing- I finally broke the streak of being skunked out on the lake- the last several times I’ve fished I haven’t caught a single thing- well tonight, I was triumphant…

8.12 017Granted- it’s not a monster- but it still felt great reeling it in!

Orange Sherbet it is…

The masses have spoken- with an overwhelming lead,(4 votes total) Orange Sherbet has been selected as our next flavor… Some time in the next few days we will make up a batch (we still have some Pistachio and Peach we are trying to finish up) and I will update you on how absolutely wonderful it tastes…. thanks for the votes!

High Country…

High Country...Well- we took off for another short adventure. I had never been to Boone, NC-( named after Daniel Boone) and considering how hot it’s been here in the Greenville area, we thought it would be a good idea to head up to the “High Country” of the Blue Ridge Mountains to escape the heat.

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As we were nearly to Boone, I saw this sign for the Grandfather Mountain. After reading some brochures on it- we decided it was a “must see”.
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At 5,964 feet, it’s the tallest mountain in the Blue Ridge Range (if you look close enough, you see the face of a Grandfather on the ridge of the mountain)- it also sports a mile high, 228-foot swinging suspension bridge that gives you 360 degree views of the mountains. Since we got to Boone after the mountain park closed- it was the first thing on our agenda for Thursday morning. Unfortunately, When we got there Thursday- they told us they were not permitting motorcycle at the top because of the high winds- And we should come back the next day… But since Jan had an appt at the VA in Asheville Friday morning, we weren’t able to see the mountain… Guess that gives us a great reason to return to Boone.

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After our failed attempt to see the Grandfather Mountain- we headed to Bristol, TN- We passed the Bristol Motor Speedway. Boy is it big!

We passed, ever so slightly through a portion of Virginia

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We then headed over to Shady Valley, TN on US 421 and rode “The Snake”. It’s 12 miles containing 489 curves and 3 mountains. It’s quite the ride!

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High Country...After Jan’s appt- we drove the back roads home… All I can say is I sure do love living here!

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Boone, NC

About 1:30 this afternoon Jan and I got a wild hair and decided to take a little road trip! We are now in Boone, NC- unfortunately we have basically no internet connection to post images… (I’m on the computer at the front desk right now) So, Friday evening when we get home I will update you all with photos from our trip! See ya all later!

Clean up…

Over the last few days several different crews have come out to the neighborhood to clean up after Saturday evenings storm.

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The county came out and cleaned up trees that were still in the roadway… (while they were here, Jan asked if they could use their equipment to scoop the leaves out of our front ditch- and happily, they did! Yea!)

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Blue Ridge Electric finished clearing the tree off our power line…

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They also rewired our outdoor light- without that light- it sure gets dark out here!

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We still need to have an electrician permanently fix the connection to the house- (we are checking into getting the power line buried so we don’t have to worry about the trees) We also need to get a tree service to come out and cut up the downed trees in our lot. It’s too big of a job for Jan and I. And we need to get the vinyl siding folks out here to fix the gaping hole left in our siding where the power was originally attached to the house.

Riding with the group…

Well this post is several days late-(Due to the storm) last Saturday we went for a ride with members of GWRRA (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) Chapter E. One of our riders, David, is moving away to Arkansas for a job that will last a couple of years- and he wanted to lead a ride up to Side Street Pizza in Tryon, NC before he left the area.

The ride started out in Travelers Rest and continued on up near our house- So, rather than driving the 12 miles south- then back north the same 12 miles with the group- we decided to meet them on the route!
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Timber…..Lights Out!

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183We had one heck of an interesting storm yesterday evening around 5:45pm. We had been relaxing around the house when we heard a little bit of thunder. Within minutes the winds picked up and the floodgates were opened.

We got about 2.25 inches of rain in approx 30 minutes. That’s the hardest I seen it rain in a long time!

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This storm brought winds in the range of 65 mph. It wasn’t a widespread storm- but it sure packed a punch! Several trees within our neighborhood toppled to the ground. Most of them were pine trees. We also lost 5-6 power poles that snapped like toothpicks.

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There is no way to get a good scope of how big this pine tree is- I suspect it’s a good hundred feet tall or more- This tree was on the far end of our lot- but managed to make it’s way through the woods and take down our power line. If you look real hard you can see the line in the lower right hand side of the pic.

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As you can see- the conduit containing our power line was ripped from the side of the house- We were fortunate the line within the conduit was undamaged and our power was restored around 5am this morning.

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The Glassy Mountain Fire Department Rescue Unit came out to the neighborhood to clear the roads of fallen trees. I think the best part of the storm came about 3:30am – there was a knock on our door- it was the Linemen from Blue Ridge Power here to reattach the power to our house. When I answered the door the lineman said “Ma’am, I hate to bother you! But were fixin’ to do some pounding on the side of your house!” There is no doubt we live in the south!The storm did produce some beautiful fog along the lake and in the hills surrounding us…
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Poor Stubby

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Stubby (the brown kitty), was sound asleep when Spooky (our 17 lbs cat), decided he wanted to lay were Stubby was….