Monday, June 25, 2012

Mountain Weekend

I sure enjoyed my birthday weekend in the mountains!  We had to drive through awful thunderstorms in Greensboro and Winston-Salem on the way Friday, but it was worth it.  The temperature went from 92 degrees when we left to 72 when we arrived.

On Saturday, it was creek-sitting day.  This was my spot.  Nothing like plopping your chair in the water and letting the cold stream cool your feet.

While we were down there at the creek, my brother-in-law's Uncle Gary showed up with his bulldozer to help us with some landscaping prior to adding on to our cabin.  We want to be able to drive the Gator or four-wheeler behind the house to park in the basement.  Gary started pushing over some trees parallel to our existing driveway.  Now we have a bigger yard and a new road.

We all gathered to watch Gary in action, a master land mover.

He also took down a large hemlock tree that I always thought would be outside our bedroom window.  Oh, well, they grow quickly, and now we will have more room for the builders to work.

Notice how he knocked it over without touching the bird feeders, my flowers, or (not pictured) the charcoal grill right next to it.

On Sunday we went to Boone for a get-together in honor of my nephew, Ryan, who is leaving this week for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.  We are so proud of him!  He will be playing baseball for Navy during his time there.


My sister-in-law, Patti, has done a gorgeous job with the landscaping on their hilly, forested lot.  What an inspiration for me, once the bulldozers and builders are done at our place.

She definitely had a red, white, and blue theme for the party.

Their natural hedges of rhododendron were in full bloom.  Just beautiful!

Today it is back to work on de-cluttering and cleaning...but we sure had a nice weekend!

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