Retired At Last!

Mountain Life

A year ago I started a new life as a retired person in the foothills of North Carolina. My roots are in these mountains and I guess I always knew I would return here some day. Strong roots hold you tight when you spread your wings in exploration. I knew there was...

Animal Stories

Lazy Days

Life in the mountains can be so relaxing - okay, some people say they are lazy days. I'm not sure if that is true, but sometimes I just enjoy looking out the window (lovingly referred to as our 'outdoor tv') and observing nature. On this day I was watching...

The Squirrel and the Chipmunk

I love watching the animals interact outside my windows. We have had bears, a cougar, turkeys, deer, beautiful birds, rabbits, and of course chipmunks and squirrels. On this day, I was so amused by the jockeying for position between a squirrel and a...

Hair Stories

When You Feel Alone

It was a melancholy day - you know the kind when you feel alone even though there are hundreds of people around you? Well, that's the kind of day. It was rainy and cool and I ducked into my local big box warehouse store to just waste a little time. I found myself...

Missing Your Parents

I was standing in line at the store waiting to check out. The young lady at the register looked up, smiled and said "I like your hair."  That's usually how it starts. I have found that in most cases people under 40 or over 60 are most likely to comment about the color...

Blue and Purple Hair

These are my hair stories. People often ask me why I color my hair blue and purple. There is a reason - a very personal reason. I lost my two sisters to cancer. It's funny growing up, at some point you realize you will most likely lose your parents, but we never think...

Creativity

Gems and Minerals

Now that I am retired, I am able to take my love of gems and minerals to the next level. At first, I started by making beaded jewelry, buying cabochons, gemstones and trying my best to weave them together into something I loved. It was fun and I learned a lot, but...