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Posted on February 11, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Saturday night the sunset was so pretty, I took another picture.  Then I saw these houses on the ridge.
Patty said it looks like they forgot to turn off the lights before they left.  Hahaha!!!!
I'm certain they didn't forget, but it sure looks that way!  
We NEVER get tired of our sunset pix.
Posted on February 2, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Today is Groundhog Day.  It has been celebrated in the US and Canada since 1887.  Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow, he'll freak out and rush back into his burrow and spring won't come for 6 more weeks.  Actually, spring comes in 6 weeks anyway, but it's interesting to contemplate the arrival of spring like weather.  
I don't know about you, but we've been anticipating spring ever since winter started!  Sorry...All the seasons are good!  Without a certain number of cold days, we'd have no daffodils. OK, I'll take winter, just on that premise.  
Back to the groundhogs.  They are also called woodchucks, whistle pigs, and various other names.  We have lots of groundhogs  in our neighborhood.  I wish we didn't.  They burrow under decks, under houses, and wreak havoc in the garden.  But they're here, so we just deal with them.  
Ask Mark Mobley about his experience with the groundhogs and his ingenious solution.  I'd tell you, but I'd mess it all up.  I think it involves ammonia and a tennis ball.  Just in case they get under YOUR house, call Mark.
Let's hope that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow this morning.  Then we can look forward to spring like weather. I'm ready to start planting seeds.
Posted on February 1, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Al took this picture on Wednesday when he was driving in.  The haybale snowman looks SO good with snow on the ground.  He looks in his element.
Too bad the other snowmen got put away with the Christmas decorations.  They would look good too.
Honestly, that's why I decorate with snowmen, they can be left up til Spring!!!!  Wait til you see what we have planned for the haybale for spring!!!!!   But not yet, winter isn't over.
Posted on January 22, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
We were walking up Clifford's hill today, and saw this.  According to Siri it's called needle ice.
It occurs when the ground is wet and the temperature drops below freezing. It looks like ice is growing up from the ground.  It's beautiful!!!
We learned something new today. We'd seen it before but didn't know what to call it.  Now we do:  needle ice.
I hope you see some in your hikes around the mountain.
Posted on January 21, 2019 9:39 AM by Mark Conde
Categories: General
Thanks to a question from one of the neighbors I had to do some research to learn something. If we have a gate closed all the time how do the emergency services get in if they dont know the new code? Our gate system has a service called “SOS”  or Siren Operated Sensors. You can read more about how this works and what this is here:
The next time you come in look on the keypad post and see this box..
Posted on January 21, 2019 9:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
We woke up to this today!!!!!  "Yikes," said Sandy Bradley, from Florida.  
"Impressive," said Mark Conde, who's here.  He was responding to the temperature, and this:
Both "impressive!!"  Tere Christensen's response was "Ahhhh-magical!  She's in Florida too.
We are so fortunate to be viewing the Super Blood Wolf Moon.  This picture is looking west watching it set over the Southern Appalachians.  
My understanding of the title is this:  Super moon because it is in perigee, nearest to the center of the Earth right now. Blood moon because it was in eclipse last night about 10:30, (we missed that part.)  Wolf moon is the name given by Native Americans for the January full moon, when wolves climb the hills and sing together.  
I hope you you got to see it.  If not, you can enjoy my picture.  I went outside in 10 degrees so you could see it.
You're welcome!!!!!
Posted on January 17, 2019 11:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Jon took this picture this morning as the sun was coming up. 
A beautiful reminder that it's a new day with no mistakes in it.  
I hope you're making the most of it.
Happy Thursday!!!
Posted on January 3, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Momma is out of hospital and finished with rehab.  It has been a whole month!!
She's getting stronger every day, and is ready to move back to Atria, her assisted living home.  Since transitions are so difficult on the elderly, my sisters have asked me to come stay the first few nights with her.  Even though her pictures and furniture and things are there, we want to be sure that she has somebody familiar there in the middle of the night.  
And so she doesn't feel babysitted, I can just be coming for a visit, and still preserve her dignity as an independent person.  She turned 95 in December, and is doing remarkably well.
Thank you, friends, for your loving thoughts and prayers.  We are going to make this a great new year!!!
I'll be on the lookout for something interesting to blog about.  
Hope to see you soon!!!
Posted on January 2, 2019 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Here we are again on the trail.
We saw lots of cars on the road today, but nobody on the trail.  Hmmmm.
It's really pretty down here.  Nice weather, fresh air, exercise.  
Hope to see you soon.
Posted on December 30, 2018 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: General
Where in Five Forks is this?
If you don't know, then you've never been on the Creekside Hiking Trail. 
This is the bridge that crosses the creek about half way down the trail.  
The hiking trail has always been here.  And it's delightful spring, summer, fall, and winter.  There is always something new to see.  It's not a long or strenuous hike, just go slow on the uphill climb.  
You really should check it out.  It's beautiful right now.  I hope to see you out there.
Happy Hiking!!!
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