Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cascade Frozen Waterfalls Wednesday January 10, 2018

Not to be confused with THIS IS US. This ain't us! 
How incredibly difficult it is for me to describe the overwhelming feeling of admiration for this waterfall.
The Cascade Falls is located in Pembroke, Giles Co. Virginia, and is probably one of the most visited falls in Virginia!
"possibly one of the most beautiful on the entire East Coast"
The weather temperature Wednesday was perfect, not too hot, not too cold (as compared to last week's ZERO temps with horrible wind chills). The 40-ish temperature was just enough to produce some rosy cheeks.
Hikers normally go on this 4 mile loop during the spring, summer, fall season.
Oh, BTW, we are not normal.
The path is wide.
Can you see Ron sitting under the massive rock??? 

The path is usually clear. Today, we took precautions to watch where we stepped, due to ICE.

The stream along the path was gorgeous!

Don't be fooled by wet rocks that are actually ICE rocks.

Obviously it took us longer to get to the falls, than "normal".
We had to ooooh and aaahh(with an occasional ewwww, but mostly awe). We stopped to take   photos, and catch our breath, and watch for ice, and mud. We took advantage of every resting bench along the way.

I'm beginning to doubt the validity of taking heavy camera equipment on hikes like this.
But we did.... and it got heavy.
My trusty iphone worked just well!
The last portion of the hike to the falls was treacherous as well as strenuous(for me). The young whippersnappers that zoomed by us reminded us of our age, and our recent loss of endurance.
Sitting On The Sofa Way Too Much 😍😍😍
The last portion of the hike also felt as if we were entering "The Chronicles of Narnia"

Because we did not want to swim in the stream today, walking along the edge of the ice covered rocks took more time than usual.
We made it!

No, this is not us, either!

I promised my adult children that I would be careful.
Ron shook his head (someone had to take the picture, you know!😎)

For more information on the Cascade Falls, click on this site here 👉CASCADE FALLS .This is an additional site than previously mentioned at the beginning of my blog. Included are some lovely photos of Cascade trail, upper and lower trails, and Big Stoney Creek.. Here is an example of one of the photos included in this site.

Today was a fun adventure.
I  highly recommend starting this hike earlier than 1:15 PM.  We watched the sunset while walking back to the parking lot, and we did not have breadcrumbs with us.
Happy Hiking!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Yep.... I'm taking the challenge!
Actually I started this madness the last day of last year......
*********DECLUTTERING CHALLENGE: 2018 in 2018********
That's 2018 items that will be GONE from my house this year.
Check out the site here→→ NOURISHING MINIMALISM.
In this site, you can download the chart!
I did this same challenge in 2017.
I blogged about it as well, last year. Here is the blog! →WELCOME 2017...USE IT, LOVE IT, OR GET RID OF IT . The blog explains in detail HOW to best take the challenge. I completely fizzled out on keeping the chart. Nonetheless,  I came close to the 2017 items.

Mind you........ we have lived in our home for almost 44 years and raised 3 children.
My parents and Ron's parents homes have now been sold, which means...... you guessed it.....
This year, the chart will not be tucked away.
It has been a laughable, action-filled, daunting, but satisfying first 10 days.
This project can be intimidating, but I'm determined to live with less CRAP things.
495 items have been trashed, given away, or donated.

There is no significant reason or purpose for the colored markings. I threw away 10 magazines, and filled in 10 spaces with a colored pencil.
I donated 52 punch cups, and filled in 52 squares.
24 pieces of flatwear, each received a square.
Articles of clothing, sewing machine, furniture, frames, sheets, towels.... how could I have 5 curling irons in my house? Candles, baskets, ornaments, strollers.
The china closet has been cleared of dishes no longer using.
I'm a bit of "undiagnosed ADHA"....... and thus have flitted and fluttered around the house like a dragonfly, going from the basement, to the attic, to my clothes closet, to bathroom supplies, to kitchen cabinets.

The purpose, however, is to GET RID OF STUFF.
Three trips in one week to the Goodwill has placed me on their first name basis!

I'm attempting to list the items that I donate, for tax deduction purposes.
There are a lot of other places that are worthy of my donations. Goodwill fit the time slot this week for getting rid of CRAP STUFF.

This was round one. I know that I will not be spending this much time every week getting rid of 2018 items......... and no, we are not moving.
Reducing the number of possessions that we have acquired over the years, represents an important new direction that our life can take for the future. It's exciting!

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Beginnings in January

What is it about January that encourages me to want to start over, and/or try something new?
Or declutter?
Or renew my mind?
Or diet?
Or exrcise?
Or not look back?
As far as New Years resolutions.....
Thankfully.............. I MADE NONE.
No one, however, can deny that this is a NEW YEAR.
New beginnings and new choices will enviably pop up this year.
How will I handle them?
Time will tell.
This year I gifted myself two bulbs to grow inside, during the usual dreary months of January/ February. Both are small examples of new beginnings, and are fun to watch!

Amaryllis , January 2, 2018

Paperwhite, January 2, 2018

The Paperwhite bulb and the Amaryllis bulb are easy to grow!
Both will bloom in about 6 week.
Photo below is the Paperwhite. Photo taken today! January 8, 2018.

What will you choose to do, to represent new beginnings?
I've got a list in my head, and have begun writing them down.
I'm looking ahead, and not in the rear view mirror!

Here's to new beginnings and new choices!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fenwick Mines Jan.3, 2018

photo courtesy of Tony Zeljeznjak 
The weather might be chilly, but the latest scientific research indicates that our brains perform better when it's cold outside. (Being properly dressed is highly recommended). Today's mini adventure was highly invigorating.
Thank you Tony Z for going with us. (you qualify as crazy, so we felt at ease being with you!)
Oh so you need proof? How is this?

Here is Frick and Frack:

Fenwick Mines Falls is located in Craig County Virginia(State Route 685, New Castle). The path to the waterfall is relatively short and flat..... which was a good thing for me. This was my first trip out, due a minor knee injury.

There is something that is just beautiful about this....... even though it was COLD.

Call us crazy, or call us.............looney.
photo credit Tony Z

Here's looking at ya!
Photo credit to TonyZ

And here's to more winter adventures!

PS. Use common sense, dress warmly, know your limits, enjoy the outdoors.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Closing out 2017 part 2 Fitbit

For the most part, life is what you make it!
My expectations for 2017 far exceeded my goals in the Fitbit category.
~~~ EXERCISE ~~~
I can gripe and complain and make excuses.
I can play the blame game and point my finger.
I can use injuries, illnesses, bad weather, not the right gear, yada yada yada.
Oh how I wish I was as agile and active as my children.
So much for my pity party........
Here’s to staying alive and active in 2018!
My Fitbit helped me to celebrate my successes.
My Fitbit also nudged me to ‘move it’.
I was 'boasting-proud' to take a photo and post it on Instagram after completing 10,000 steps ( 4+ miles).
Sadly, I didn’t wear my Fitbit everyday, nor did I complete 10,000 steps everyday.
Sadly, I’m crying in my coffee. Can you here me?
The year is not over, but it’s close enough.
Here are the numbers.

This 658 miles of walking averages out to about 2 miles per day.
OK... not the best for what I've been used to doing......... but........
Here is to remembering:
Put the past behind you.
Move forward and achieve great things that God has planned for us.
There is no way to be looking forward while still looking back.

Be a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here!
"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Closing out 2017.... part 1 (Paintings)

This is one of my favorite weeks in the year........
the time between Christmas and the New Year.
No activities, no parties planned, no what-evers!
I think it's normal to look back and say that "I'll do better next year."
But as I look back at 2017......
I'm more focused on the GOOD accomplishments.
Here is part 1..... the oil paintings that were done in 2017.
I didn't realize I had so many.
22 to be exact.
Some were sold, some were gifts, some are hanging in my home, 2 were commissions.
Some were loved, some were endured.
Some were done from photographs, some were painted using the inspiration of other artists, some from logos on merchandise!
With each painting, something was learned.
The sizes range from 5"x 5" to 36' x 48".
THREE (3) of these paintings are available.
The sizes and price are listed under the available painting.
Text, private message, or email at if interested.
One thing to for sure... I'll be painting my way through 2018.

18" x 24" 275.00

8" x 10" 65.00

24" x 36" 375.00