I love this picture of the vibrant sunflowers from North Carolina! they are so cheerful and make me smile! It was a perfect greeting as I entered the world of the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.
Look at this sweet face. It’s the face of Willow who is my new grandpuppy. She’s just over six months old and the cutest puppy ever. That face won me over immediately. She greeted me at the airport in the car with lots of licks and tail wagging. Immediate love. We had plenty of time to bond and play. And I must say she is very smart. I couldn’t believe it when they told me she would ring this bell with a paw picture on it when she needs to go out. It sits quietly waiting for her by the front door.
June is the perfect month to visit Asheville, North Carolina. Why? The greenery is lush and plentiful. Every single tree is in glorious bloom and they make a wonderful privacy scene. You can still see out over the amazing Blue Ridge mountains but the houses are shrouded in secrecy. I love it. Plus, there is that amazing aroma in the air; it’s the grass. Nothing like it around here in SW Florida. And then as evening approaches the fire flies begin to appear; flitting in and out across the lower part of the yard. Later in the evening they ascend to higher areas and land in the trees creating a breathtaking sight. We raced to the deck near the top of the house and gazed out in wonder at all the winking in the trees. Plus, the weather is delightful: not too hot, not too cool. Perfect. We even spent a couple hours hanging out in the hot tub and enjoying the evening air and fireflies.
One day we took a trip to Black Mountain. It’s really nearby. And the atmospheric streets are filled with quaint shops and tempting eateries. We popped into the little Indy bookshop called Sassafras On Sutton to see what was new with books. I even saw my Indy Next quote for THE NEWCOMER on their shelf. We chose a new place for lunch. Louise’s is in a big old house with a wraparound porch. There is seating in and out. And we loved how cozy it was. And the Southern menu was great. Alicia and I opted to give their pimento cheese sandwiches on sour dough bread a try. And, the sweet tea. Love the jars!
My daughter Alicia loves to bake. In fact, she is new a professional food blogger. So it’s no wonder that her daughter, Emerson, loves to bake as well. Emerson and Liam baked lemon bars one day.
Determined to cook an important cake, Emerson decided to try her hand at a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting as this is her mom’s favorite cake.
,My favorite part of any trip to visit my family is to just “be” in the moment. I enjoy being part of their day. Listening to Liam talk about his day at work as lifeguard was so much fun. It’s his first job and he loves it. But it’s also filled with the day to day happenings of any work. I loved hearing about what my son-in-law, Chris, is doing within his work. He works for Epic Games and always has great tidbits to share.
On Saturday we visited downtown Asheville. We stopped in my favorite store: Mast General. And then a brief visit to French Broad Chocolate. We chose Asheville’s brand new Food Hall. S&W Food Hall is great. There are several eateries within the brewery that houses this greatness. You can have super tacos or Thai Food, chicken or dogs.
As happy as I am to get away, I’m always ready to come home. Monday I boarded the plane and headed home. A very bumpy flight once we hit the Florida border. And it was a very wet landing. But I was very happy to be home, safe and somewhat sound.