There’s a thunderstorm happening now. The sky went from bright and almost cloudless to dark and ominous in less than a couple of hours. I can’t remember a Spring as rainy as this, and so very different from last year’s near-drought conditions.
I love the rain, especially when I can sit on our porch and listen to the rhythm of it on our roof. The ratty-tat-tat. Somehow it’s soothing, not unlike listening to the crashing of ocean waves or watching dancing flames in our fire pit. Simply nature at its best.
I have had these photos uploaded for a few weeks now. Time has slipped away at lightening speed, and so many other things have taken precedence it seems.
On our way home from Asheville, we had the pleasure of driving through the Shenandoah Valley. Such a bucolic part of this country!
This first one was actually from our campsite, but the rest were taken while I was a passenger in BAM , zipping along at 60 miles an hour. I’m actually pleasantly surprised they came out at all, but I used a fairly fast shutter speed which helped.
Once we arrived home, I saw these swans by one of the beaches on the lake. I was surprised since in the twelve years we have owned the cabin, I’ve never seen any, but…
they’re not real. They were placed on each beach to ward off geese that have grown into somewhat of a nuisance. Had me fooled!
In other news…
Our Title V passed! When we purchased the cabin 12 years ago, it passed ‘conditionally’. It apparently needed a new distribution box, and we didn’t know if it had been replaced or not. Of course, it had, or the sellers wouldn’t have been able to sell it, but we didn’t know that until now so it was a little stressful for a bit.
Our house was listed on the 25th, and no showings yet, but it’s been rainy and I’m sure things will pick up. There is also a bit of a glitch with Zillow and it’s not on there yet, but hopefully will be soon.
Everyone who has seen our cabin is convinced we will sell it to the first couple who sees it! I have to admit, I fell in love with it when I first saw it, and of course, that was before we did all the updates. Like the listing says, it’s a cozy but spacious cabin, perfect for entertaining or relaxing at the lake. What’s not to like?
I’ve gotten the sewing bug lately. I went through my entire fabric stash and organized everything into piles of outer and lining fabric, coordinating thread, zippers and a few ribbons and am making several cosmetic bags like these. I’ve also been perusing YouTube for some ‘how-to’ videos for other types of bags that I’ll add to the mix. I had a major fail with a pleated bag today that took four hours and ended up in the trash, but that’s what I get for not downloading the pattern and trying to make a go of it without one. My goal is to be able to make basic zippered cosmetic bags without a tutorial. I guess I’m a pretty slow learner, as I’ve done a couple already but am still not confident to try it completely on my own. But I’m getting there :). Meanwhile, my Serger went kaput and I’m having it repaired to the tune of $120. This time, I’ve been assured it will be fine for at least 5 years. We’ll see!
Some of you are familiar with Penny over at Enjoying The Simple Things, but what you don’t know is one of the houses our realtor wanted to show us was her former house in Hendersonville, NC. I didn’t know it had been her’s until this week, when she sent me the link to her old post featuring the house and I thought it looked VERY familiar. Sure enough, it’s one that we were sent but we didn’t look at as it’s on a rather hilly (but lovely), lot. Small world, yes? The facade is similar to this one, which I showed you in this post.
How are the flowers and shrubs doing in your neck of the woods? With all the rain we’ve been having, ours are looking pretty darn good! I don’t know if it’s because of the rain, or because I deadheaded some last year, or both, but this rhododendron has never looked this pretty in all the years we’ve owned the cabin. It looks even nicer since this photo was taken last week, as all the buds are now open.
Maybe it’s saying a final farewell in style? 😉
Tomorrow the 3rd is Mikey’s 14th birthday, and last week was Maddox’s. They’re growing up at warp speed! We’ll be seeing them in Manhattan this weekend for a small family dinner. What are your plans this weekend?