Carl The Snowman

“Hi, I’m Carl! I have a belly full of hot cocoa mix and a head full of marshmallows.  Take me home, heat up a pot of milk, and watch me melt away into delicious hot chocolate.  I’m only around once a year, so drink up while you can.”  — Carl   Continue reading “Carl The Snowman”

The First Winter Snow

I recently read “Mud Season: How One Woman’s Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running The Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another.” This is relevant because, as a former Texan, I didn’t know what a mud season is.  Turns out that, further north than here, the ground freezes to a certain depth and does not thaw before the melting winter’s snow.  Until the ground thaws enough for the run-off to sink in, there is mud.   Continue reading “The First Winter Snow”

Book Signing at Books & Crannies

There was a book signing with Beth Macy at the new book store in Uptown Martinsville, Books and Crannies, on December 21st.  She was in town to promote her latest book, “Truevine”. Ms. Macy previously wrote “Factory Man“, for which there is still some hope that a movie might be forthcoming.  Truevine sounds like it may be a great deal more controversial as it deals with the fates of two African American children with albinism who were reportedly abducted and forced into work in various circus freak shows at the turn of the twentieth century.   Continue reading “Book Signing at Books & Crannies”

A Veterans Day Surprise

I recently ran across a stash of old photos I had taken one day when Mother and I had gone shopping and accidentally stumbled across WWII underway in the heart of our downtown.  This was 2012 and we were in the downtown square in Waxahachie, Texas. Continue reading “A Veterans Day Surprise”

Creek Bottom Brews – Galax

The leaves have been late to change this year but, like everyone else, we’ve been anxious to get out and see them anyway. We knew not to expect much last weekend so our plan was to stop at Lovers Leap Scenic Outlook in Meadows of Dan and see what the color looked like.  If it was impressive, we’d hit the Parkway.  If not, we’d drive past the Parkway to Galax and stop in at a new craft beer brewpub we’d found on the way to Damascus last time. The color at Lovers Leap was not impressive. Continue reading “Creek Bottom Brews – Galax”

Stuart’s Rail Trail & Apple Dumpling Festival

Who knew that rail trails would eventually become a thing?   Just recently, we went out to bicycle down the Virginia Creeper Rail Trail in Damascus and I’ve blogged about a 5K/10K on the Dick & Willie Rail Trail in Martinsville. This weekend was the annual Apple Dumpling Festival in downtown Stuart and this year it was kicked off by a 5K on Stuart’s rail trail, the Mayo River Rail Trail.   Continue reading “Stuart’s Rail Trail & Apple Dumpling Festival”