Friday, October 21, 2016

I've Moved!

I have grown tired of my blog layout/style for a while now so I have been searching for something new.

I noticed a lot of bloggers have moved over to Wordpress, so I decided to check it out myself.

  I instantly liked it and I have now moved my blog over there.  Click here to go check it out! I am still getting moved in and figuring out how everything works, but so far I am really liking Wordpress much better than blogger. I think this fresh change is what I need to find my blogging inspiration again.

I won't be posting over here any more, so give me a follow on my new bloggy home to keep up with the rest of my adventures. 

Cat Photos Friday #124- Mad Boys

I had planned to do a spooky photo shoot for today, but the cats had other plans apparently.  They thought it would be a good idea to break into the attic one day while we were at work. But their idea went downhill fast when all the weird smells up there caused a case of non recognition aggression. Which means that Chester and Jeeves didn't recognize each other and wanted to kill each other. 

So now they have to be separated for a few days until their brains reset and they remember each other again.

Chester was so messed up by the experience that I let him chew on the catnip I've been growing. in hopes of making him more chill. 

Ever since we let those kittens into our house over a year ago, just the slightest weird smell will set the boys off. If I diffuse the situation quickly they're only weird for a couple hours, but if not, then it takes days for them to act normal again.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Drive Through a Cloud

These are some more photos from a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway last year when when we drove through a storm cloud.

The Blue Ridge mountains are tall enough that when the storm clouds descend, the mountain tops become engulfed in the cloud.

As we drove along, a storm rolled in and began to settle above us. It wasn't long before it completely surrounded us!

The sight was amazing, but there was no room to safely pull over and snap pictures. So I stuck my camera out the car window as we cruised along through the mist. 
My camera has been though a lot.

The storm was fast moving, so it never blinded us completely. But there were a few scary moments where we could hardly see!

Something silly happened while the storm was approaching.. My hair started standing up!!  The electricity in the air maybe? It was strange. 

We almost didn't drive up to the mountains this day because of the impending storm, but I am so glad we did!  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Night Fair

The magic of the fair really emerges at night.
 As the sun goes down, and the lights comes on, it's like whole different magical world.

The rainbow lights illuminate the black sky. 
There is so much to look at, I can't look away. And when I get home and go to bed, I can still see the flashing lights when I close my eyes.

The rides spin in a blur of lights, as more and more people pour into the line, hoping to catch just last more ride. I am happy to avoid that nonsense, and just stand to the side in the shadows, snapping away.

I just wander through the huge crowds, in my own little world. 
Seeking out empty spaces, and quickly snap a picture before it once again becomes engulfed by the sea of people.

(Wait...Fried bubble gum????!!! Gross!!)

I love the energetic atmosphere of the fair at night. 

Despite being quite antisocial, enormous crowds have never bothered me. I don't mind weaving around the lines, and dodging people; it's all part of the fun!
 (As long as I don't have to talk to anybody!!)
I like to stand back and watch the hurried, frantic crowds, staying isolated from the madness.

However,  I can't imagine how incredible it would be  to wander around an empty fair..

That's one of my life dreams.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekly Journal #65

It's that time of year when I remember that giant blanket I am attempting to knit. It has now been two years since I started it. 
I have a really short attention span when it comes to projects.

It's also the time of year for eating squash! We have been obsessed with spaghetti squash lately. This is an Alfredo version I made, with my very own sauce.

My Halloween dress is nearing completion! Only two more weeks left to finish it up!

(And then it's Christmas time!)

The first bonfire of the season, held at my Mom's spooky house. 

I love this time of year!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cat Photos Friday #123 Chester Jeeves day!

These guys are are four!!

Four years ago we took a trip to Petsmart because we were thinking of getting a cat. ONE cat. We met a lady who had just rescued a bunch of kittens and she talked us into getting two, although we didn't really need much convincing! We set up a time to visit her house and pick out cats, but we already had our eyes set on the orange one. I'd always wanted an orange cat named Chester, and when I saw him in his Petsmart cage I said "Look it's Chester!"

Then we just had to decide on a friend for Chester, and there were so many cute guys to choose from!

We thought about getting this little grey guy, but he was so shy and hid from us the whole time. Chester was an outgoing cat so we wanted someone with a similar personality. That's when we decided on Jeeves. He was a little shy but very lovey and very active.

Jeeves and the grey cat really liked each other though, I think maybe they were actual brothers because they looked similar!  But we didn't get the grey guy because three cats seemed like too much. ..

Which is funny because the very next day after we chose Chester and Jeeves, Cloud decided to move into our house and we ended up with three cats anyway. 

I still think about that grey cat, and wish we had gotten him too!

Fun fact: We originally thought about naming Jeeves Bertie, and then Jasper, but since he's wearing a tuxedo, Jeeves seemed to fit best. He's our butler cat.

Another fun fact:  Cloud's original name was Ghost. But then I started calling her Cloud and it just fit better.

Chester and Jeeves were in pretty rough shape when they first got rescued from a feral cat colony.. But now they are happy and healthy! 

I can't believe it's already been four years!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Autumn Cemetery

I've always thought cemeteries were a peaceful place. 

Especially on a quiet autumn evening. 

The rolling hills in the Old Salem cemetery are laden with intricate grave stones, and lavish crypts. 

No one else was around, making for the perfect walk, as the setting sun cast a warm glow over all the graves and the crisp cool air began to settle in.

My favorite grave stone is one that takes the shape of two trees, belonging to a husband and wife who are buried together. I like it because it seems like something I would have chosen.

Spending time in cemeteries is good for the mind. A favorite quote of mine suggests visiting cemeteries often, because "To get in touch with life, we must first, get in touch with death."