I left Cullman, Alabama under a sunny blue sky and made my way north.
Dang GPS! It kept trying to re-route me through Atlanta, saying that it could shave 18 minutes off of my drive if I drove that way.
One way through Atlanta is ENOUGH. And I know better.
Holiday traffic with everyone on their way to grandma’s house, and a bridge out in Atlanta, and all of the re-routing in that area would have been a stress-filled nightmare.
I needed quiet roads. I didn’t care if it was a 2 lane highway and the speed limits were lower. I wanted open road and the sight of my beloved Blue Ridge in the distance.
I drove north, setting my sights on first Chattanooga, and then onward to Knoxville, past the Pigeon Forge area and on into North Carolina.
Home. I need Home.
And I needed some MONA!
Rick, Mona and Beanie were camping in the Maggie Valley area of North Carolina, not more than 2 miles off of I-40 for the holiday weekend, and I was passing right by. I called ahead , they invited me to stay for dinner, to stretch my legs a bit and to RELAX. ABSOLUTELY!
Can you hear the sounds of the burbling stream?
They are in such a beautiful spot!
Now, lest you think they are really “roughing it” there are a whole generation of RVers out there who are living life on the road with all of the comforts of home in the form of a 5th wheel or full sized coach. This was the first time I was able to see the inside of their 5th wheel, and it is cozy and comfy.
And yes there were quilts present!
I loved this log carving!
2 bears and an eagle.
Dinner was delicious and so was the visiting time.
One thing I noticed right away is that while ALL of the leaves are in full regalia down in Alabama – they are slower to emerge here in the mountains. We are just “that much farther” north and things are a couple of weeks behind. I’m glad. I get a double dose of spring emerging this way, my favorite season of all.
I sent a Beanie & Me selfie to Sadie!
She sent this one back! HA!
Though it was hard to tear myself away, I loading myself back into the van with a full belly and fuller heart and headed on home, about 2 1/2 hours up the road.
Miss Airplane Ears was waiting for me!
It’s just me and the 2 cats until this evening. Jeff and Jason spent the Easter weekend together in South Carolina, and Jeff will be coming home this evening.
The hubster and Sadie are up at the cabin in Virginia doing this:
A shed in the making.
See the leaves? WHAT LEAVES!? Just “THAT MUCH” further north.
They will also be home by dinner tonight.
So today the van is getting unloaded, laundry has already started, I’m unpacking and getting ready to flip the suitcase and the trunk show for my trip to Texas on Tuesday.
when I gFor those asking for Quilt-Cam its just not going to be possible to do it tonight (Easter and family time) or tomorrow night (Early to bed, very early flight Tuesday) so be looking for it when I get home from Texas and we have just a bit more breathing room.
I found my vintage percolator!
This did get unpacked from the van last night. I purchased this in Birmingham during an afternoon of antique mall wandering with new Birmingham friends.
I grew up to the smell of coffee gently percolating on the stove. I was always fascinated by the bubble and burble of the percolator. Today I made my first pot.
Color me old school, but this is really good! And it brought back so many childhood memories.
Kcups are SO expensive for what you get. And the thought of all of these plastic things being left to find their way to the landfill? When I try to fathom the number of Kcups being trashed daily I shudder. This takes me back to much simpler times.
More from the antique mall adventures to come in another post.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage quilt found in Alabama.
And this goes for Grown Ups too! We should never stop asking why!
Have a beautiful Easter Sunday, everyone!