What’s new?

cassgeI watched Kassi over the weekend and get to watch her again for Labor Day Weekend.

We have been trying a lot of new recipes lately and found some keepers! Casey keeps plugging away studying and making presentations. This is him explaining glycolysis to me. We first learned this in our Biology class at SBCC back in 2007/2008 and our teacher said this is the one thing that we will ALWAYS remember from his class-and he was right. Thank you Larry!

20140819_094900These cicadas are everywhere right now and are loud-and HUGE! Here is one that just molted.

pe I sold 3 items in my Etsy shop in less than 24 hours. These 2 signs went to Texas and another sign is headed to Florida to be displayed in a photography studio’s window. Yay!


I  have been experimenting with watercolors-I am getting addicted!


I got a letter in the mail from the little girl I used to babysit in SB. She had made two drawings for me-DAY MADE! She just turned 3 and I miss her so much. This was the best surprise. I miss going to the park with her, sliding down the slides, counting rabbits, looking for gophers, listening to her ask for something in the cutest voice, reading her bedtime stories, the list could go on forever. I’m happy she hasn’t forgotten about me 🙂

20140827_143552Penny still continues to stand guard at our bay window.

McAfee Knob


This morning, we went with a bunch of Casey’s classmates on an 8 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. Penny came along and loved every second of it-leading the pack most of the time.20140816_121240

This view was our reward at the top.

Don’t look Mom!20140816_121859 20140816_122531 mnIt felt good to get out and enjoy the outdoors again.

The first “real” week

20140730_171908Welp, Pandaberry ran out of space so I had to upgrade our data allowance. We have over 500 posts on here! Yikes!

10551737_729284037113595_1129288240849514495_oCasey’s first week of orientation went well. He was gone from before 8am to 5pm everyday. Next week he is at school for fewer hours but will have to study much more while he is at home.

Fun Fact: “The new class is already setting benchmarks. Women make up exactly half the class, a first for the school. The students made the most selective admissions cut in the school’s history. Only 1 percent of the more than 3,500 applicants could matriculate.”


I got my first Roanoke pet sitting client! I am currently watching Tigger, Brutus, and Chloe.


This is kudzu, a climbing vine that kills other plants and trees due to heavy shading. It is very prevalent here.

bb ewCasey and I went to our first baseball game! Salem Red Sox vs. Carolina Mud Cats. Medical students and their families were all invited by the school to attend the game for free. I got to meet a lot of his classmates-it was fun!

20140801_114705My custom wedding ring came! It is a cushion cut natural aquamarine with a halo 🙂

20140802_112450Our couches were finally delivered! woohoo!

20140802_112343I will leave you with this cute picture of Penny because she’s the best.