Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

Another busy fall week here in the Blue Ridge foothills

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I don’t know where the time goes.  Our weeks fly by so quickly.  I try and get at least one household thing done each day, a load of wash counts as a task, but sometimes that doesn’t even happen.   Oh well, I guess the world at our the house won’t fall apart if the bed doesn’t get made.   Bob always gets lots of hugs and the kitties get fed and played with and let in and out dozens of times a day so life is good.

Bob and I cut out some more bandsaw boxes on Satruday with three more still to finish cutting out.   Cutting the general shape and drawers from a block of laminated wood is just the second step. The first step is cutting and gluing the wood together.   Then you sand, sand, sand and then sand some more and then finally you can start to apply 4-6 coats of finish.  After that is done we flock with felt the inside of the drawers.   I think we will have 6 boxes under construction. The end product is worth it.  

Bob didn’t feel very good on Sunday.  We still went to the afternoon matinee at Furman of “The 25 th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”.  Very funny musical with lots of physical humor.  Bob felt somewhat better on Monday but both of us were really dragging most of the week.

Tuesday night was our Home Owners Association annual meeting.  Again we didn’t have a quorum so no business done except some nominations for office.  Bob is one of two people running for treasure.  We will meet again in a month and if we get 25% of the people we can do some business.

Bob went to the first two of six classes with a swimming coach to help him improve his swim workout.   I don’t think the teacher is as good as he hoped but it will still help him.

Thursday our “In Conversation..” session featured Tamara Matthews, a Bach Soloist and music professor at Furman.  Delightful woman with a beautiful voice.  Opera and classical music is not our favorite music but we still enjoyed it very much.

Friday we both got massages which felt great and then Friday night we did something that is a “first”.   My Newcomers group had a program and fund raiser for our charity Pendelton Place Children’s Shelter at Palmetto Olive Oil. Co. which features  premium olive oils and balsamic vinegar.  There were about 60 of us there so it was crowded.  The Olive Oil Co. generously donated 15% of the proceeds of items we purchased to the charity.    There must have been at least 30 different flavored olive oils and 30 flavored vinegars.   One really fun thing was we each got a little dish of ice cream and then sampled the dark vinegar with the ice cream.   It was delicious.  The berry flavored ones  were my favorite but others thought the chocolate and espresso was very good with the ice cream.  Who would have thought to put those two foods together?  We also had  ghirardelli chocolate brownies made with blood orange olive oil.  WOW! We bought some wild mushroom and sage flavored oil.   After that we went out for a gooey cake dessert at The Brick Alley with four of our Newcomer friends.  One slice of cake was so huge Bob and I shared it last night and still had enough left over for both of us to have it again for dessert today.

Today, Saturday, the Woodworkers Guild had a fundraising shop tour so on a beautiful fall day Bob and I drove to see 6 of the members shops.  It was fun and interesting.  Seeing these woodworkers projects is really an inspiration to us to keep going.   Some do wood turning, others make furniture or other items like wooden replicas of trains. Tonight dinner is rib eye on the grill with salad with homemade blue cheese dressing topped with sugared pecans we brought back from Charleston.  Maybe a bottle of good red wine will also find it’s way to our table.

Sunday we plan on doing some more woodworking and then go the the Greenville Little Threater play “Fox Fire”.   “Hume Cronyn & Susan Cooper’s beautiful play is the homespun story of an elderly couple in the Appalachian Mountains (near Greenville) and features live bluegrass music. The battle between real estate development and heritage takes the audience on a funny, touching and magical journey.”  I’m really looking forward to it.  It should be very different from the play last week.

I would say fall color at our elevation is at it’s peak.  It was just beautiful driving to all the shops today through tree lined residential streets brimming with colorful fall leaves.  Temperature is around 60 and it is very sunny.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Lake Placid on Paris Mountain, a mountain 5 miles from our home.



Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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