The Walton’s 45th Anniversary Reunion

Yesterday was “bucket list day”. After standing in five extremely long lines for 6.5 hours with no chairs, no lunch, no shade, hot and sunburned, we finally met the cast. Hubby deserves a medal for sure.

Michael Learned “Olivia Walton”.

Mary McDonough “Erin Walton”.

Judy Norton-Taylor “Mary Ellen Walton”.

Kami Cotler “Elizabeth Walton”.

Eric Scott “Ben Walton”.

Jon Walmsley “Jason Walton”.

David Harper “Jim Bob Walton”.

The Hamner Homeplace.

The living room.

The living room and radio.

John Boy’s room.

John Boy’s typewriter.

Schuyler Baptist Church.

Ike and Corabeth Godsey’s General Store.

Erin’s dress.

Painting of Elizabeth and Jim Bob.

Fall Foliage Series: Mabry Mill

Today I am celebrating my 100th blog post! To make this day extra special, I am posting photos from one of my favorite places: Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mabry Mill’s claim to fame is being the most photographed place on the Blue Ridge Parkway and some even say it is the most photographed place in the US.

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At age twenty, Ed moved to Pulaski, Virginia, to work in the coal mines. He returned two years later with cash and something bigger and better than money—Mintoria Dehart Mabry, known as Lizzie. A man with big ideas needed a big wife. She stood five foot ten, wore a man’s size eight shoe, and needed nine yards of material to make a skirt. Ed and Lizzie married in 1891. He called her “Boss” and they were together almost forty years before he died.

Operating a mill, never an easy task, brought special challenges to the Mabry’s. They encountered problems that would have been overwhelming for most people—but not for Ed and Lizzie. He built the gristmill between 1905 and 1908.

Lizzie was anxious and ready to be the miller. She hadn’t gone to those mines and pumped those bellows just to be a good housewife. As a “modern woman,” she wanted to be the miller and by golly—she was. Customers brought white corn, stood on the mill platform, and poured shelled corn into a hopper that fed kernels between the rotating stones. Lizzie controlled the space between the stones with a lever to obtain a proper texture of meal or flour. Continue reading

Fall Foliage Series: Buffalo Mountain Hike

In October and November, I set aside time to take advantage of Virginia’s spectacular fall foliage and took numerous photos—nearly 2,000 to be exact. It has taken quite some time to organize and categorize my photo shoots. Since it is officially still fall, I will be sharing those photos on my blog and Facebook posts.

I am so excited about my hike up Buffalo Mountain! I have wanted to do this for a decade (literally). It has been on my bucket list but every time I planned it, some major things happened to postpone it (strep throat, broken leg).

I am so thankful that my friend, Francine and my cousin Tibby and a few of her friends joined me on Oct. 22. What an awesome day! The colors were at peak and we didn’t have rain to contend with.

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Beautiful Mountain Snowscapes

On Sunday afternoon, we drove around a tri-county area to take photos of beautiful mountain snowscapes.  If you are a FB follower, view all photos at


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Traveling down a Virginia Scenic Byway.

Mountain Lake Resort

Mountain Lake Resort

Tennis court at Mountain Lake.

Giles County, Virginia

Giles County, Virginia

Giles County, Virginia

Giles County, Virginia

Giles County, Virginia

Giles County, Virginia

Country church in Giles County, Virginia.

Country church in Giles County, Virginia.

Montgomery County, Virginia

Montgomery County, Virginia

Clover Hollow Covered Bridge in Giles County, Virginia.

Clover Hollow Covered Bridge in Giles County, Virginia.

Clover Hollow Covered Bridge was built in 1916.

Clover Hollow Covered Bridge was built in 1916 and spans Sinking Creek.

Covered bridge on private property in Giles County, Virginia.

Covered bridge on private property in Giles County, Virginia.

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My friend, Tricia Cox's car.

My friend, Tricia Cox’s car.