Posted by: SoccerGirl | January 1, 2015

Catching Up

Happy New Year!  I resolve to be better about posting blog entries in 2015 🙂

In my last post I concluded by sharing the news that we were getting ready to build the main part of the house and that I would have more frequent updates, well…at least it only took me 5 months instead of 12 to write this post!

When I left the mountains in the summer it looked like this:

View of the Garattage from July

View of the Garattage from July

And when I returned at Thanksgiving it looked like this:

View of the Garattage in November

View of the Garattage in November

Just a little bit different, huh?

It has been really exciting to watch the building process this time around since we have webcams in the Garratage, it’s like we’re right there while everything is happening.  Of course once the walls were closed in the view got really boring…

Anyway, including Thanksgiving I’ve made three trips up to the house and had a few adventures each time.  We decided to have Thanksgiving dinner (or lunch) as the case may be here at home, well we actually didn’t have it at home, we went to a restaurant in Chapel Hill, City Kitchen, for an awesome Thanksgiving buffet.  After filling our bellies with the deliciousness of the buffet, mom, dad & I headed west to the mountains.  This was my first time being able to see the new house, since duties as a soccer coach and other travels kept me away.  It was awesome to turn on our road and see the house up on the hill.  After bringing in our stuff, I wanted to immediately take a tour of the house despite the impending darkness and need for a flashlight.  On Friday, mom and I headed in to town to do some errands and while there we were a little hungry, so we decided to stop in to the People’s Drug Store and check out their lunch counter.  We found two stools at the counter itself and after looking over the menu settled on chicken salad, egg salad, sweet potato fries and onion rings.  The portions of each were just the right size for a lunch, not massive, but enough to satisfy our hunger and hold us until dinner.  Friday night we were joined by Dan, Debi & Jake so the whole family could enjoy time together for the weekend.  On Saturday we did our part to support Small Business Saturday visiting the shops in town and buying a few things here and there 🙂

A walk through the woods

A walk through the woods

My second trip was the weekend right after Thanksgiving.  A friend and I decided to sign up to run a 5K in town, since we hadn’t done one here and thought it would be fun.  It was the Christmas Tree 5K sponsored by the local Lions Club, so we knew that it was for a good cause.  Unlike the previous weekend, the weather was not going to be ideal.  Driving up on Friday night we were expecting rainy and foggy conditions, which fortunately didn’t happen until we were almost to the house.  With the iffy weather we debated about not running the race, but ultimately decided to make the best of it and just go.  It was cold and cloudy when we started, but the rain held off until the last quarter mile or so.  This was definitely the smallest race we had ever run, maybe 40 people were there.  I had looked at the course ahead of time and knew it would be hilly, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how hilly it would be, especially since they changed part of the route from what was originally posted!  We still managed to finish in a respectable time despite the hilliness and enjoyed seeing the Girls on the Run participants as well as the awarding of Christmas Trees to the winners (and the person who came in last place).  We had a chance to visit the Farmer’s Market while in town and returned later to do some shopping at some of my favorite places.  Of course on Sunday when we were getting ready to leave the weather was perfect and not rainy at all, which always makes it much harder to leave.  Since it was so nice we did take a little walk around the property on some of our trails and even made a trail of our own across the old Christmas trees on one of the hills.  We decided to take a little side trip on our way home and visit McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks.  I had purchased a bottle of their cider the previous weekend at Carolina Country Wine and after doing some research discovered their location was more or less on the way home.  We arrived at the tasting room and were able to taste their wine and their hard cider.  We both ended up purchasing some wine and growlers of their limited edition Apple Cranberry Hard Cider.  I think we may have found a new favorite winery/ciderworks!

Trip number three was just recently over the Christmas Holiday.  Mom, dad and I decided to go up on Christmas Eve during the day, which was a great plan, as there was not too much traffic, but the weather was less than ideal, with rainy/foggy conditions for our whole trip.  We arrived safe and sound though and got to the business of unpacking, checking out what was new in the house & making dinner.  Christmas morning we went to church and although we were greeted by sunshine, we were also greeted by cold and a lot of wind, which made it feel even colder than it was.  After church we needed a little something to snack on when we got back to the house, but being a small town and Christmas the only place open was the little Corner Market, which we knew from my brother’s experience the previous Christmas makes doughnuts fresh everyday.  We picked up half a dozen doughnuts and headed home to see what Santa had brought us.  Since it was just the three of us, we invited our closest neighbors over for dinner and enjoyed an excellent meal and good conversation.  Friday brought sunshine and warmer temps plus the opportunity to head in to town and do some shopping (you may notice this has been a theme of all three of my visits).  First though we had to take a little detour to Boone because when we tried to leave the house, my car battery was dead & we had to jump start it.  After that little adventure, we stopped by a couple of antique stores before meeting up with some friends in town for dinner and drinks.  Saturday brought another sunshiny, warm day, which I took advantage of by going for a run & then going for a hike with dad.  We debated about where to go, but settled on part of the Mountains to Sea Trail that runs along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We decided to hike a section and have mom pick us up at a designated time and location.  The trail itself was great, not very challenging, but interesting to see how the vegetation changes and the weather was beautiful!  We made it to our destination in the time we estimated and plan to hike another section in the near future.  We ended up going to church Saturday night and had dinner in town before heading back to the house for our last evening before leaving for home on Sunday.  Since we had so much stuff to take up this trip, we took two cars & on the way home I made a detour to McRitchie so I could re-stock my cider supplies 🙂  It was a great way to end a relaxing few days of vacation and I look forward to my next trip, hopefully not too far in the future.

Post-Christmas Hike completed!

Post-Christmas Hike completed!

Post-Christmas Hike Completed!

Post-Christmas Hike Completed!

Beautiful day on the Parkway

Beautiful day on the Parkway

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