Buena Vista

Virginia is an impressively diverse state.  Drive a few miles in any direction, and the topography and demographics change noticeably, if not drastically. The 1:20 drive from Staunton to Richmond, for example, will take you through 5 counties, 2 USDA zones, 3 geological provinces, and the full spectrum of the state's socioeconomic scale.  And every … Continue reading Buena Vista

Morning Drive

It's been entirely too long since I've taken a leisurely drive.  And it's been even longer since I've been up in the Blue Ridge.  It's just shameful, really.  Such beauty and inspiration close at hand, yet I rarely leave my house.  I had a few extra minutes to kill this morning, so I headed for the … Continue reading Morning Drive

So Much for Planning

Well, I didn't pull a MacGyver yesterday, but I did get out of the house.  And considering how lethargic I've been lately, that's saying something. However, I failed to realize that I'd committed myself to a month of blogging yet no longer have internet service.  I'm borrowing my neighbor's now, and access is rather spotty. … Continue reading So Much for Planning

It’s All in the Details

I just took an online quiz about my personality based on the things I like.  Official result?  I am weird (their words, not mine).  That explains... everything. I did actually Google for insight on what our likes say about our personalities.  I lost interest in continuing the search after tripping over that little gem of … Continue reading It’s All in the Details

Autumn Color ~ Last Call

My favorite time of year passed this weekend.  Leafpeeping Season '12 is now on the decline (though, fortunately,  it appears to be taking its sweet time leaving).  It was a very odd summer in this part of the state, as we had a large amount of rain in the Valley while the Piedmont was in … Continue reading Autumn Color ~ Last Call

The Colors of Fall – Continued

I couldn't resist taking another drive this morning, this time towards the Alleghanies. These western mountains are slightly more rugged than the Blue Ridge and are sparsely populated.  Jack Mountain (the nearest mountain to my west) is double the elevation of Afton Mountain (where I access the AT and Blue Ridge Parkway on the east). … Continue reading The Colors of Fall – Continued

The Colors of Fall

I've  been in a bit of a mood lately and am doing everything in my power to shake it off.  It's the first day of fall today -  my favorite season of the year - and I don't want to miss out on one glorious moment of it.  It's been a summery day so far, … Continue reading The Colors of Fall

My One Hour Holiday

Business was closed yesterday for the Labor Day holiday.  Since I have so few vacation days, I economized by using one of these days to extend the weekend to a 4-day pseudo holiday.  I've spent the bulk of this time organizing my new work space, working on a couple of paintings, knitting, sewing and drinking … Continue reading My One Hour Holiday