It’s been more than a month since I’ve been up to the mountains, and as soon as I turned off the highway, onto Pumpkin Run (Yes, that is a real road!) it was like removing a tight shoe. Ahhhhh. Something magical happens when you leave the world behind and drive up a steep mountain road rising higher above the valley with every winding turn.
The stress and the worries of the world are left behind. Or at least I try to not bring them up here with me as I want this to be a place of rest, restore, and creativity.
That all started with a 3 hour nap!
It was warm and windy yesterday afternoon. leaves were blowing every which way, and you could tell there was a change coming on the gusty breezes.
I got my autumn decor out, and began preparing for 7 1/2 folks for dinner! 5 from Mona’s crowd, plus baby Carmen, and 2 from mine. I love it when the dining room table has every chair completely occupied!
It was a burgers with all the fixins’ kind of night, with loads of chatter and catching up as it has been MONTHS since we have been together.
Beanie was completely worn out from playing with Sadie!
And Sadie was so happy to see her friend, too!
Isn’t it remarkable to see dogs express their joys and emotions? If only we could read the thought bubbles above their heads. But there was no mistaking this one. “Where have you been? I’ve missed you so much!”
Sadie and I took a couple of short walks yesterday afternoon. You can’t see it here, but the wind was just crazy gusty. No fun to hike in that, but she was still so happy to be on mountain.
And let it be said here that I haven’t lost my touch. After a cut-throat round of Farkle-to-the-Death, I am still the undisputed Farkle-Queen! Huzzah!!! Brownies and ice cream all the way around to celebrate the victory. SO good to be here with friends!
Rick & Mona have bought a place off-mountain and their cabin here is up for sale. We have some fixing to do on ours, and then the dreaded for sale sign is going up in our yard as well. It’s been lovely. My heart is here. But it can and must be moved. We want out from this horrible HOA nightmare and will find a place I love with NO HOA to spoil my bliss. It may take a while for it to sell, and we will enjoy it until it does, and there will be a new adventure, hopefully closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway, with glorious mountain views and a front porch made for rocking chairs and ample quilting space. We are starting a new journey.
This morning, sun on the mountains.
It looks peaceful, but check this out:
Warm and toasty in here!
I brought my new plates along with me!
8 luncheon plates in the Columbine pattern made by Homer Laughlin in the 1930s. 97 cents each!! Perfect size for sandwiches and small items when a full sized dinner plate isn’t needed.
I found these on my way home from Delaware last month along with the sugar pourer that I remember from my childhood in the 1970s. These simple things make me smile.
Ready to spend the day with Pumpkins!
And the orange strings came too – in case I need more.
Today’s Quiltville Quote is shown on a quilt I pulled out for some autumn decorating. You’ll see it in the top photo of this post, along with my favorite twiggy pumpkins with twinkle lights that stay up through New Years. I love this quilt, especially in the fall!
Laid on the floor.
The backing is a gorgeous madder paisley.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Remember that there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act including kind words simply spoken creates a ripple effect with no logical end.
Vintage drunkard's path quilt found in Virginia.
The quilting is calling, have a lovely Saturday, everyone!