Foto Friday {6}

Just a couple of pictures (literally) from this week. Back to work = very few pictures.

The colors in the sky one evening last week when I left Church: 
 I took the picture with my cell phone, so I wasn't sure if the colors would really reflect the true colors...it did. I used no filters.

Selfie from last Sunday on our visit to Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville. Have I mentioned just how hot it was?

I told you it was just going to be a couple of pictures! That was quick, wasn't it? :)


Hodgepodge: Better Late Than Never

1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your summer so far? Why?
(1=eh and 10=best summer ever)

So far? Ha, ha...I laugh! Summer is over for me, as of 2 days ago. I'd say the summer was about an 8; here's why it was rated so high:

2. July 26th is National Aunts and Uncles Day. Did you have many aunts and uncles growing up? Were you especially close to any one or maybe all of them? Are you an aunt? (or uncle for the men who join here on Wednesdays) Share a favorite memory relating to one of your own aunts or uncles or relating to a niece or nephew who call you Aunt (or Uncle).
Again, I laugh. Both of my parents had 7 siblings, so, yeah, I'd say I had plenty of aunts & uncles! Since we lived in Tn. and most of them lived in Tx. (except for an uncle on the other side of NC & one in Idaho), we didn't get to know them very well. Oh, but my favorite uncle was one of my mom's brothers, Father Arthur. He was just the coolest! When it was the off-year for us to go to Tx., he'd bring a carload of cousins up here, as well as an aunt & uncle (when they could come).  I have such fond memories of going to day trips in the mountains, with Father Arthur leading us in songs.

There is a children's book called "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant. That is our visits to a tea. If you've never heard of it, you can check it out here.
I'm the aunt to 9 nephews & 1 niece. That's correct: only 1 girl in the bunch!

3. What's your favorite food dipped in chocolate? What's your favorite food dipped in cheese?
The best thing I ever had that was dipped in chocolate was Flødeboller. I wrote about it here. I had it the last time I was in Copenhagen; it's a chocolate covered light, fluffy marshmallow.

As far as the cheese question, I'd have to say nachos.
4. When were you last astonished by something? Explain.
I hate to keep harping on this (okay, not really, because I keep doing it!), but the vastness of parts of our country (and the beauty) are astonishing. (This picture was taken as we drove through Kansas. You can see some dust kicking up in the distance.)

5. Surf board, paddle board, ironing board, Pinterest board, score board, clip board, bulletin board...which board have you most recently encountered?
Again, I laugh. Having been back to work for 3 days, obviously it's a bulletin board.

6. What's your favorite story from scripture? Why that story?
The story of doubting Thomas; it shows us that even those close to Jesus doubted who he was, and he still accepted them.

7. If you were to travel from the east coast to the west coast in your own country, which five cities would you most want to see?
1. Boston   2. Chicago   3. Tucson   4. Las Vegas     5. Seattle

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Sunday, CH & I took a little trip to Asheville, because it had been a week since we'd been in the car for any amount of time! He had to meet a man who was buying his bed extender for a truck. So, we decided to make the most of it. We met him at Sierra Nevada Brewery. We weren't able to get an official tour (you have to make reservations), so we just wandered around by ourselves. The building itself is gorgeous.

I saw something I've never seen before. Someone commented on Instagram that it was like magic!
They have beautiful gardens and a huge firepit that I wanted to sit by...except it was about 100 degrees with 150% humidity.
Then, there was this: 
 Yep, we got to see OS! Isn't he handsome?


Vacation 2016: Almost There!

We said goodbye to my sister and BIL, and hit the road for a long day's drive to our next destination: the Black Hills of South Dakota. Once we hit Sioux Falls, we started traveling west...and the wind started blowing. We left the corn fields of Iowa and headed into yet another new state for me. 

When we crossed the Missouri River, it was like driving into a whole different world. The landscape had been flat, just about the flattest land I've ever seen, and then we went down a hill, crossed the Missouri, and....BOOM!

There was this one cloud that was just drifting along by itself.
Then the landscape got somewhat flat again with buttes and rocky hills scattering the countryside.

Once we got to Wall, we stopped for dinner and a quick look around at Wall Drug Store. If you don't know the story of how it began, there was a young married couple; he was a pharmacist. They were looking for a place to settle; the 1 condition they had was that there had to be a Catholic Church. There was one in Wall, so that's where they opened their drug store. The problem was that no one was stopping. In the summer heat, the wife told her husband that they should advertise free ice water to travelers. After doing that, their business started booming. To this day, they advertise free ice water.

After Wall, we had about another hour's drive to our campground...the place that would be home for the next week.

There is a really cool wooden bridge going to Keystone from Rapid City:
It didn't take us very long to set up camp and get comfortable in our new home. Our campsite was perfect. There was a flat space in the back of our site; it was perfect for YS' tent.

 For a full review of the campground, see our Flyin' the Coop blog.
So, now that we're there, there's more adventures to come!