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

Spring = Work = Love

I don't need to tell you how happy I am to see my spring flowers in bloom!  I live for this moment every year, and every year I am charmed by their beauty. I just can't stop myself from surveying the beds at any given chance.  New patches of green leaves are emerging daily.  HOURLY … Continue reading Spring = Work = Love

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

The Road to Alleghany

One of our clients called the office yesterday to report that a videodeposition we sent him last year was damaged and unusable.  And - of course - it was Friday afternoon and the trial starts first thing Monday morning. The DVD was edited and replicated, but not until the end of the day.  And with no Saturday UPS/FedEx … Continue reading The Road to Alleghany