Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Chapel Hill, The Final Chapter...

- This is a mural -
I love Chapel Hill, so much so, that I could move there
and live happily ever after!
- seriously -
It's has beautiful undeveloped land, and lot's of it.
There are a lot of new homes and developments, charming vintage homes,
open spaces and farms.

And it has Michael!

The downtown area is filled with these amazing murals...
next time we visit, 
there will be a "mural trip" - one hour devoted to photographing all the amazing murals!

And there was this amazing double rainbow...

We slept in a hotel each night, a brand new Hyatt.
So new, that we are pretty sure no one had ever 
peed in the commode, showered in the shower or slept in the bed.
How nice is that!!
Lila had to work during the day but she stayed with Mike at night.

I forgot to take a picture of our room...

they had amazing purple pottery...
it was glued down, or it would have come home with me.

The Hyatt was about 10 minutes from Mike's, this was the view right before Michaels house,
each day when I saw this, I knew we were almost there.

Every day we passed this truck, on the last day, the hubs pulled over so I could get a picture.

1947 Iowa Plates

We saw this little guy at the pool -
we didn't go for a swim, I was on a picture excursion.

And look what he can do with his neck, pretty cool huh??!!

Well, that's it for Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I can't wait to go back!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Watching A Magnolia Bloom...

If you could time lapse a Magnolia flower blooming, it would look something like this...

Magnolia's, a popular flower in North Carolina.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Spending Time With Mike...

As you all know, for the past week we were in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 
visiting youngest son Mike and his girl Lila.
Mike had surgery on his right eye so we went down to help out.
I was so happy to be with them.
I brought some food I cooked at home and meal ideas for each night,

 a huge bag of games and a 1000 piece puzzle.

The procedure went well on Monday and he felt better each day!

In order to pass the time, there were some pretty competitive card games,

- War and Go Fish -

and this new to me game,
- Rack-O -
I fell in love with this game, I'll have to get one for myself.

There were many games of 
- Uno and Scattergories - Categories -

We let Mike win a lot, since he was the patient...
We're back home now - it was a great week - I enjoyed every moment with them.
It was so hard to say good-bye!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Warm Welcome...

Have you ever gone somewhere where you have received the warmest welcome ever?
A place where you are greeted with huge smiles and warm hugs.
A place where the eyes of your greeters are smiling too.
I know that perhaps I am over doing it...
but I felt so loved when I arrived at Mike's place in Chapel Hill.
Both he and his girl Lila greeted us with so much warmth and love,
and after an 8 hour drive, those amazing hugs and all that love felt so good.

Beyond that, there was a goodie bag...
Be still my beating heart...
Yes, you read that right, a goodie bag, packed full with all of our favorite things.
I'm not sure I know 2 more thoughtful people!

My goodies were wrapped in pink tissue paper, the hubs were wrapped in white.
oooooh the details...
goodness, this girl had me at goodie bag!!

Is this not the BEST goodie bag ever?

Tea...Caramel and Vanilla, I made some yesterday and it. is. amazing.

PeePs know me for sure...this yarn is awesome.
70% Baby Alpaca - 30 % Bamboo Viscose
It is so soft and "purple" I am going to make an infinity scarf with it.

Flavored Popcorn - Yes please!

Chocolate - for the hubs.
These are empty, Chuck and Mike took care of that during our visit.

And there were flowers too...purple flowers!!

Stop it's all just too good to be true!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 184 ~

In Capel Hill, North Carolina, murals are huge - in both size and quantity.
My unique critters today are murals we saw while in North Carolina.

Sharing today's images with 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Road Trip...

The hubs and I are on a Road Trip.
We left early Sunday morning, 
headed for North Carolina to see youngest son Mike and his girl Lila.

I print these Scavenger Hunts before we leave...
It is game on as soon as we back out of the driveway...
The hubs knows what to hunt for because he has studied the list.
I am in charge of checking off his boxes once he finds his.
This is a lot of fun and great for passing the time on a long road trip.
I have an IPad hooked up to the LTE network,
and I love knitting in the car so passing the time is never a problem for me.
I do try to converse with the hubs also, so he doesn't get too tired.
It's not so easy - to find things to talk about...
Married 38 years, together 24/7 - what's left to talk about.
I googled "things to talk about when there is nothing to talk about"
that had some amazing topics and questions that kept us entertained for some time.

We had a wonderful trip, great weather, no traffic.
We had dinner Sunday night with Mike and Lila at
Venable Rotisserie Bistro,
our favorite restaurant in this area,
to celebrate Fathers Day!

I am composing this post on Thursday and we are still here.
We have had a great week.

Are you wondering who won the Scavenger Hunt,
it is a contest you know...
Well...I won, but it was close, 51 - 50.

Better luck on the way home!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Blooms...Make Me Feel Fine!!

The Summer Flowers are starting to bloom...
many more are coming but here is a peek at what's blooming right now!!

The first three pictures are from my wildflower garden.
These are Sweet William

Next up, three pictures of the Spirea that line the walkway to the backyard.

There are two Hydrangea on either side of the fence,
by the gate, leading into the backyard.

The flowers are just starting to come on these.

Day lilies line the garden edges in the front yard.
I have a love/hate relationship with them...
the hate part has already begun...
as they already need deadheading and cleaning up.

This is the Endless Summer Hydrangea I showed you the other day,
I have three more getting ready to bloom!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Red Winged Black Bird...

I love the Red Winged Black Bird.
They are all over this area but I never see them in my yard,
or at my feeders.
When we went to Cattus Island Park I saw a lot of them,
and had great opportunities to photograph them.

Here are some of my favorite photographs...

I love their coloring and they are so beautiful in flight!!

May 28, 2017