Monday, August 31, 2009

Improved Living and Dining Rooms








Our existing living room and dining room are actually one large room. The two new rooms added to the front of the house are accessed through this room. If you recall, a tall window was removed for this purpose. By moving the casual furniture and TV to the new family room, we were able to pick up more usable space in the dining room area and make the living room area a little more formal. We in several pieces of furniture from Aunt Ida's house, including the corner cabinet above, and the sofa which had been my grandmother's. We are very pleased with the new wood floors and the ceiling where the beams were covered with dry wall.
By the way, the dry wall guy came back this week to correct some places in the back addition. More dry wall dust! Argh!
I have given you a tiny peek into the second new front room, originally planned to be GJ's office. Several plans changed during the building process including a wall that had to be moved in that room... more photos to come.

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Family Room


The two room addition to the front of our house is complete. We don't yet have window treatments or pictures hung on the walls, but we have moved in. Yipee!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Trip to Bardstown, KY

I attended an all-day DAR workshop in Bardstown, the lovely historic town where My Old Kentucky Home is located, and "the bourbon capital of the world."

Lunch was provided for the 101 ladies attending. You all know how I never pass up an opportunity to take photos of food, so I snapped a few shots of the lunch of homemade chicken salad, croissants and fresh fruit cups.

The State Regent's theme is Bee Strong, Bee Encouraged, Bee Kind, Bee Doers. Therefore the table decorations were bee themed.


Various members provided delicious finger desserts, from cookies to fudge and more.
Four members of our local chapter drove up the day before for sightseeing and an overnight. And yes, since Bardstown is the bourbon capital of the world some of our ladies sampled bourbon while on a trolley tour to a distillery. Since I arrived later than the others and missed the touring and the tasting, I was the designated driver for the evening. That was fine with me. Although Kentucky is very famous for our bourbon production, bourbon is definitely NOT my cup of tea!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August Tea — Greentree Tea Room


My friend Mary hosted luncheon tea at Greentree Tea Room on Saturday for friends. If you follow this blog, you know I carry my camera everywhere, especially to afternoon tea. I met Mary, Ruth and Olga there. We were busy chatting and enjoying the event that I completely forgot to take photos until the third course!
Greentree Tea Room is located in an area of antique shops in historic downtown Lexington, KY. Their menu changes monthly and is always delicious!
The August menu included:
Chilled Cantaloupe Soup
Asiago Scone with Herbed Cream cheese & Greentree Tomato Chutney
Baked Pear with Blue Cheese Entree Salad
Poppy Seed Egg Salad, Jeweled Sweet Pepper & French Radish Sandwiches
Chocolate Truffles
Coconut & Buttermilk Cupcakes
Key Lime Pie
High Mountain Ceylon Tea
The soup is served first, the warm scone is served next and the entree is the third course. The last two coursed of tea sandwiches and desserts is served buffet-style. The tea is served by servers using silver teapots. The service is always friendly and very efficient. We had a lovely afternoon visiting and enjoying tea.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Birthday Celebration...

The fun trip continues.... Bungee jumping by AJ...
Blaster Boats...

Go carts....

And, whitewater rafting for all.....


I scheduled rafting with Wahoo's Adventures in Boone, NC. We rafted on the Watauga River near Elizabethton, TN. I couldn't take my camera because we all got drenched on the trip. What fun! It was a birthday 60th adventure the "old guy" will remember for a while!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dan'l Boone Inn, Boone, NC

The area of Kentucky where we live is Daniel Boone country. Fort Boonesborough is in on the Kentucky River in our county. I grew up on Boone Street. And, Berea College owns and operates a fine historic hotel named Boone Tavern Hotel in the center of our town. All these are named for the explorer and early Kentucky settler, Daniel Boone.

Several years ago, when I was tourism director for our town, I was called out of my office by a staff member needing my assistance with an unhappy tourist who insisted Boone Tavern Hotel building had been changed and relocated from the previous time he visited it! I won't go into the detailed conversation, but there was no way we could convince him otherwise! It wasn't until later that I realized he had the Dan'l Boone Inn Restaurant in Boone, NC and Boone Tavern Hotel in Berea, KY confused!

The Dan'l Boone Inn Restaurant serves home cooked family style meals where bowls of food are brought to your table. I was pleased to learn they serve breakfast in the summer. You just tell the server what you want to drink and they bring the set menu food items and will refill the bowls and platters as much as you want.

Our breakfast included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, country ham, biscuits, cream gravy, red-eye gravy, grits, stewed apples, cinnamon biscuits and black cherry preserves.

Yum, yum! This is the Appalachian-style country breakfast my boys love to eat! Notice our 10 year old AJ is having tea with his breakfast? Even though it was the generic bagged kind, we enjoyed it with these breakfast fixins!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

After our quick visit in Roanoke, VA (less than 24 hours), we headed south onto the Blue Ridge Parkway in the late morning of Thursday We had driven on parts of the Parkway many years ago, but not in this area. We thoroughly enjoyed our drive through the mountains and the farmland, seeing various wildlife and the scenery was spectacular.

We arrived at Blowing Rock, North Carolina late in the early evening and checked into our hotel and enjoyed dinner at Pssghettis, AJ's choice for Italian food. Friday morning the fog and rain had settled in, but we ventured out to The Blowing Rock, anyway. A little rain and fog won't keep these boys inside!

Blowing Rock, NC is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 4,000 feet. It is a popular resort area known for cool summertime temperatures.


The fog and rain cleared up in the afternoon and the weather was perfect for the rest of our stay.


Blowing Rock, NC has many quaint shops, places to stay, and great restaurants. It is near Grandfather Mountain, Linville Caverns, ski resorts and other attractions.



We celebrated GJ's Big 6-0 birthday with an absolutely fabulous dinner at the Best Cellar in the Inn At Ragged Gardens.
We walked back to the Meadowbrook Inn to see members of the local Carolina Shag Club gathering for a "Most Tacky Dressed" contest and dancing.

Folks were dressed in all sorts of tacky get-ups! (and they were proud of it!) This lady even had "TP" hanging out the back of her skirt! I peeked in on the dance to see the various outfits later, but didn't stay around long enough to see who won.

Here GJ is getting an explanation of how do do the Shag while AJ is having fun feeding the ducks. I hate to tell this nice man, but GJ just didn't get it!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Stop in Mayberry

We traveled from Charlotte, NC to Roanoke, VA, stopping in Mount Airy, NC to visit the home town of Andy Griffith. AJ and GJ love to watch re-runs of the Andy Griffith Show which took place in the fictitious town of Mayberry, NC. Mount Airy has been turned into Mayberry! Deputy Barney Fife was there (above photo) along with Floyd's Barbershop, Opie's Candy Store, Snappy Lunch, Wally's Service Station, the Mayberry Courthouse and more!
The boys bought Mayberry tee-shirts and candy at Opie's.

And, we visited the Andy Griffith Collection (museum) located at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Our visit was too late in the day to take a vintage 1962 Squad Car tour of the town. But, we did walk down Main Street before continuing to the lovely Roanoke Valley.

We enjoyed a great dinner and stayed overnight at the beautiful historic Hotel Roanoke. While GJ had another business meeting to attend on Thursday morning, AJ and I enjoyed a fabulous buffet breakfast and watched the many trains passing by this old grand railroad hotel before departing to drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for our quiet family celebration of GJ's big birthday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

July Tea — the Tea House, Cornelius, NC

My computer is up and I can finally post photos from our trip to North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Sorry for the delay.

We enjoyed afternoon tea at the Tea House in Cornelius, North Carolina on Wednesday, July 29.
We were seated in the Alice in Wonderland room.

I scheduled reservations after G.J's meeting in Charlotte, NC which ended at noon.

G.J. and A.J. were very complimentary of the food and presentation of this afternoon tea.
I posted the photos of the three courses out of order. Top: Desserts included lemon bars, apricot petit fours, chocolate dipped strawberries, pecan tassies, purse (decorated) cookies and grapes.

The first course included generous portions of B-L-Tea finger sandwiches, creamy Brie and pear triangles and homemade chicken salad on croissants.

The freshly baked lavender white chocolate scones were served on individual silver pastry servers with mock Devonshire cream and house made lemon curd.

Each of us chose a different "endless" pot of tea. I chose an Oolong I had not had before (can't find my notes) and the "boys" chose English Breakfast and Earl Grey.

The Tea House is located in a row of houses converted to businesses in Cornelius, NC, a historic town located less than an hour north of Charlotte.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Blogging Award



Thank you to Denis over at England Rents, Rants and Raves ~ A Prodigal Tourist for this very special award. I am honored (or honoured, as you might spell it) to accept this lovely award! Thanks so much!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thanks

I want to thank everyone for your kind words of sympathy in regard to the passing of Aunt Ida. Family and friends attended her funeral service today in celebration of her life of nearly 96 years. She was a very special aunt.

Friday, August 7, 2009

A Very Special Lady

Aunt Ida quietly passed away today at the Terrace Nursing and Rehab Facility while I was with her. She was my dad's sister, was like a second mother to me and a grandmother to my children. She lost her only son in 1957 and her husband in 1967. She was a very strong lady who loved to laugh. She was an avid sports fan, and an excellent golfer.
Aunt Ida gave me my first etiquette book when I was 16 years old, and she started me on my teacup collecting journey when she gave me these beautiful teacups many years ago.

Aunt Ida celebrated her 95th birthday last December. We will miss her, but we have many happy memories of special times together.
 

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