SSL Fall Foliage Report: From Southwest Virginia to the Kentucky State Line

This was a blustery and chilly mini fall foliage adventure. We left Johnson City heading toward the Kentucky state line.

It was a blustery and chilly mini-fall-foliage adventure. The hubby and I spontaneously decided to drive to the Kentucky state line. Read on to find out why *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the last fall foliage report for this year. I had much bigger plans for my foliage reports, but we all know about the best laid plans of mice and men.

Always look for the silver lining and the sparkle *smile*

Always look for the silver lining and the sparkle *smile*

To be perfectly honest, I was a bit upset and disappointed that I did not get to explore all the places that I wanted to explore…or see all the mountains and leaves that I had wanted to see. To be really perfectly honest, I have been upset with the hubby because he has had such a crazy, busy travel schedule for the past several weeks and has been unable to go and do like I was hoping he would be able to go and do. That was unfair of me because he is a wonderful and loving hubby and dad. He did not deserve my selfish pouts.

We have been together as a married couple for 20 years, and we are still laughing and having a good time together. Take a look at the Halloween costume party photo on his Instagram. Bless his sweet soul, he ordered all of our costume needs…from his favorite shopping site…Amazon…he really loves being a Prime member *wink*

Goodness! Before I get all sappy, let us take a look at the last SSL Fall Foliage Report for 2014. I already have big plans for next fall–God Lord willing *smile*

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I really want to learn more about Daniel Boone…

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I love all the music history and the music in my new area.

First stop along the way

First stop along the way

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The Copper Creek Railroad

Another view of the Copper Creek Railroad--I love old, rusty things!

Another view of the Copper Creek Railroad in Southwest Virginia–I love old, rusty things!

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views at Copper Creek

The hubby and I enjoyed the relaxing sound of the water as we snapped a few photos and chatted about nonsense *smile*

The hubby and I enjoyed the relaxing sound of the water as we snapped a few photos and chatted about nonsense *smile*

I wish I would have brought a picnic lunch *smile*

I wish I would have brought a picnic lunch *smile*

Peeking through the trees

Peeking through the trees

This time it was my fault that we ended up on a gravel road to the middle of nowhere!

This time it was my fault that we ended up on a gravel road to the middle of nowhere! Luckily, the hubby is a skilled driver and was able to get us turned around.

Beautiful countryside while wandering down the gravel road to nowhere.

Beautiful countryside while wandering down the gravel road to nowhere.

Back on the real road *smile*

Back on the real road *smile*

The hubby did all the driving so I could do all the looking and snapping of photos.

The hubby did all the driving so I could do all the looking and snapping of photos.

Our second stop of the day. I love this mint green building!

Our second stop of the day. I love this mint green building! We did a little antiquing and junking on this stop. Did not find anything *sad face* but we did enjoy the views *happy face*

Back on the road again *cue Willie Nelson*

Back on the road again *cue Willie Nelson*

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I did not want to leave this beautiful spot. It was soooo windy and chilly, but it was so worth the windblown hair and chapped cheeks *smile*

I did not want to leave this beautiful spot. It was soooo windy and chilly, but it was so worth the windblown hair and chapped cheeks *smile*

At Benge's Gap

At Benge’s Gap

Heading up the walkway to the "lookout point" at Benge's Gap

Heading up the walkway to the “lookout point” at Benge’s Gap

Looking through the trees

Looking through the trees

It was a breathtaking view. It was a bit cloudy and hazy, but still amazing.

It was a bit cloudy and hazy, but still amazing. P.S. that really is haze in the photo–not my poor picture-taking skills *wink*

Zooming in on a punch of color

Zooming in on a punch of color

More pretty color!

More pretty color!

Even though I did not get to go to all the places on my Fall 2014 Bucket List, Benge's Gap was a delightful surprise that the hubby found *smile*

Even though I did not get to go to all the places on my Fall 2014 Bucket List, Benge’s Gap was a delightful surprise *smile*

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Last photo of Benge's Gap--but I have tons more than I could share!

Last photo of Benge’s Gap–but I have tons more than I could share!

Really cool clouds that we saw while driving to the Kentucky state line

Really cool clouds that we saw while driving to the Kentucky state line

Up close of the clouds

Up close of the clouds–God is so awesome and amazing *BIG SMILE*

Made it to Kentucky just in time for...

Made it to the Kentucky state line just in time for…

Wait for it...

Wait for it…

For me to get this photo with the Kentucky state sign because Mississippi State University was playing  Kentucky in Kentucky (Saturday, October 25).

Just in time for the kickoff of the Mississippi State University vs. Kentucky game in Kentucky (Saturday, October 25). We listened to the game as we drove back to Johnson City. It was very stressful for two reasons–one the Bulldogs had me worried a few times; two because we were listening to Kentucky’s announcers…I had to learn that anything bad was good and anything good was bad *haha*

Sporting my windblown hair and my MSU shirt *smile*

Sporting my windblown hair and my MSU shirt *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the last fall foliage report for 2014. Stay tuned to the social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for a few stray foliage photos and other spectacular randomness *smile*

Just Enjoying Fall, Y’all

IMG_7573Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about the joys of fall. Don’t y’all just love fall–the cooler temps, the brightly colored leaves, playing in the leaves, pumpkins! There is so much about this time of year to love–from football to pecan pie. So, let’s put on a pot of coffee and talk about all the things that we adore about this wonderful season.

If you are going to spend a lot of time walking and taking photos of the foliage, I totally recommend Tom's. Super comfy + it is fashion for a cause (one for one)

If you are going to spend a lot of time walking and taking photos of the foliage, I totally recommend Tom’s. Super comfy + it is fashion for a cause (one for one) P.S. I love Tom’s because they look great with all my leggings *wink*

Even rain clouds are beautiful this time of year *smile*

Even rain clouds are beautiful this time of year *smile* I am loving just sitting on the porch…reading…sipping coffee…chatting with the neighbors…life seems to slow down as the leaves begin to change and fall…there seems to be less noise…

The lower elevations are beginning to show all their beautiful autumnal colors.

The lower elevations are beginning to show all their autumnal colors. What I love about this time of year is how easy it is to enjoy the colors by simply going for a drive. Just hop in the car and look for beautiful trees…you don’t have to have mountains to enjoy the show *smile*

Another thing I love about this time of year is how everything looks prettier. It is the last big color show until Spring arrives.

Another thing I love about this time of year is how everything looks prettier. It is the last big color show until Spring arrives.

To me, the sky seems to be brighter blue...crisp air + blue skies for miles = what not to love!

To me, the sky seems to be a brighter shade of blue this time of year…crisp air + blue skies for miles = what’s not to love! Can y’all tell I really enjoy fall *wink*

Abby and I being silly--we had been driving around for a a few hours and needed to get and and stretch the legs *smile*

Abby and I being silly–we had been driving around for a a few hours and needed to get out and and stretch the legs *smile*

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The hubby and the daughter--they make my heart smile *big smile*

The hubby and the daughter–they make my heart smile *big smile*

Awwww, a sweet moment with the hubby...I was a bit extended...standing on my tippy toes and stretching my neck...P.S. I almost fell and took the hubby out...I don't think we would have enjoyed tumbling down the mountain side *wink*

Awwww, a sweet moment with the hubby…I was a bit extended…standing on my tippy toes and stretching my neck + the hubby was squatting = I could almost reach *giggle* P.S. I almost fell and took the hubby out…I don’t think we would have enjoyed tumbling down that big hill *wink*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as chatted about some of the reasons to love this time of year. What are your favorite things about Fall? Please feel free to comment with your favorites and with what you enjoy doing during this time of year *smile*

Now, I am off to enjoy a cup of coffee on my front porch. Be sure to check out the blog later on for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony that took place in Jonesborough today.

My go-to Fall wardrobe is oversized sweatshirts (which I steal from the hubby) + leggings + a warm, snuggly scarf *smile*

My go-to Fall wardrobe is oversized sweatshirts (which I steal from the hubby) + leggings + a warm, snuggly scarf *smile*

SSL Fall Foliage Report: Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee

Hey, y’all! Welcome to today’s Fall Foliage Report–which is all about historic Jonesborough, the oldest and most darling town in Tennessee. After a very busy weekend of mini adventures, it was good to get away to my favorite go-to place for inspiration…not to mention Jonesborough has some pretty fabulous places to shop for everything from candy to antiques.

Enough chit chat–it is time to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy SSL’s Fall Foliage Report from downtown Jonesborough.

Downtown Jonesborough is alive with Fall

Downtown Jonesborough is alive with Fall colors and decorations.

I love this display outside of the Courthouse.

I love this display outside of the Courthouse.

Y'all know how much I love pumpkins *smile*

Y’all know how much I love pumpkins *smile*

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

If you look closely, you can see the Presbyterian Church through the brightly colored leaves.

If you look closely, you can see the Presbyterian Church through the brightly colored leaves.

This was taken last year when we came to Johnson City to house hunt. Our realtor told us about Jonesborough, and we decided to take a little tour--and I am so glad we did!

This was taken last year when we came to Johnson City to house hunt. Our realtor told us about Jonesborough, and we decided to take a little tour–and I am so glad we did!

Christopher Taylor House in historic downtown Jonesborough

Christopher Taylor House in historic downtown Jonesborough

Orange peeking over

Orange peeking over

The tipty top of the Courthouse peeking through the Fall colors

The tipty top of the Courthouse peeking through the Fall colors

Outside the Chester Inn--which was built in the late 1790's

Outside the Chester Inn–which was built in the late 1790’s

Clear blue sky with a hint of fall foliage

Clear blue sky as the backdrop for the dancing fall foliage.

The leaves are beginning to drop...one by one...oh, how fun it is to dance in the falling leaves!

The leaves are beginning to drop…one by one…oh, how fun it is to dance in the falling leaves!

The shades of oranges and yellows against the blue sky is simply breathtaking.

The shades of oranges and yellows against the blue sky is simply breathtaking.

Photos cannot capture the splendor of autumn hues.

Photos cannot capture the splendor of Autumn’s hues.

Looking up at the sun--filtered by nature.

Looking up at the sun–filtered by Nature.

There is not much time left to see Nature's spectacular autumnal fireworks show.

There is not much time left to see Nature’s spectacular autumnal fireworks show.

Fall Foliage + American Flag  = God Bless America

Fall Foliage + American Flag = God Bless America

There is still a little bit of green holding on.

There is still a little bit of green holding on.

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If I had to pick a favorite photo from today's adventure, this one would be it. I thought it turned out pretty good considering I know nothing about the hubby's fancy camera. I can only shoot it on auto *smile*

If I had to pick a favorite photo from today’s adventure, this one would be it. I thought it turned out pretty well considering I know nothing about the hubby’s fancy camera. I can only shoot it on auto *smile*

I am super proud of this shot because I got down on the ground (living on the wild side *wink*) to take this picture.

I am super proud of this shot because I got down on the ground (living on the wild side *wink*) to take this picture.

One more from the ground looking up though the sea of bright orange leaves.

One more from the ground looking up through the sea of bright orange leaves. I had shifted just a little bit to capture more sunlight. I like to think I accomplished something pretty nifty for a novice photographer who shoots on auto and hopes for the best *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the Fall Foliage of historic Jonesborough, Tennessee. Y’all must add this charming town to your bucket list of places to visit.Β IMG_7858

SSL’s Fall Foliage Report: Damascus, Virginia

A little road trip adventure to admire the fall foliage in and around Damascus, Virginia

A little road trip adventure to admire the fall foliage in and around Damascus, Virginia

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the fall foliage that the hubby and I spied while adventuring in and around Damascus, Virginia. I apologize for all the photos, but I could not choose my favorites! Each photo had a pop of color or a view that captured my heart.

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There were so many breathtaking views!

Now, I have to tell y’all a quick story before we take a look at all the photos. The hubby surprised me with this little trip. I know what y’all are thinking–“How sweet and romantic.” Sweet idea, yes. Romantic, sort of–if you count holding onto the hubby’s arm for dear life romantic. Here is what happened. The destination was entered into Google maps on the hubby’s phone. Hubby decided to take the alternate route. This took us up a steep mountain–ravine to the left (one wrong move and death) and mountain side to the right. Did I mention that the “road” was more like a path–barely wide enough for one car? I guess a better description is a narrow, gravel path with lots and lots of curves–more like 90 degree angles. We had no cell service for miles. No one knew where we were, and I had no extra diabetic supplies. I am not going to lie. I cried–not happy tears. I sang “Jesus Loves Me” to calm myself down because my heart was racing. And I prayed that God would see us back to civilization, that our car would not break down, and that we would not meet another vehicle on the tiny road because there was no where to go…no where to pull over. As y’all can tell, I am not a wild adventurer. I do not camp or glamp. And I prefer clean restrooms with sinks and running water.

Snapping photos as Stan drives

Snapping photos as the hubby drives

We finally made it to our destination–Whitetop in Damascus, Virginia. Looking back, the tears were worth it. Would I do it again? Yes, but not taking the path that we took *smile*

A lovely little "creek" that ran alongside the road.

A lovely little “creek” that ran alongside the road.

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Seeing all the fall colors was totally worth the crying and praying for safety *smile*

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The hubby found a safe place to pull over, and we snapped lots of photos…and hugged out the poor path choice *smile*

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The mountain view and fall foliage went on for miles!

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God is an amazing artist!

God is an amazing artist!

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We found this little church shortly after we survived the narrow, dirt road. We pulled over and had a prayer of thanksgiving.

We found this little church shortly after we survived the narrow, dirt road. We pulled over and had a prayer of thanksgiving.

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I was not happy to see this sign because I have a death fear of bears...

I was not happy to see this sign because I have a death fear of bears…

Heading back home

Heading back home

Thanks y’all for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at my fall foliage adventure in and around Damascus. Feel free to comment with your favorite fall foliage spots, share your photos on the Facebook page, or hashtag #SSLFallFoliage on Instagram.

From the Studio to the Cupcake Shop

The colors are really beginning to show here in Northeast Tennessee. I snapped this photo on Sunday on the way to Asheville.

The colors are really beginning to show here in Northeast Tennessee. I snapped this photo on Sunday on the way to Asheville.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and chat about everything from home renovation to handmade goodness. I am often asked what I do all day–obviously, I am asked this because I am “labeled” a housewife…homemaker…domestic engineer. Click here to read my Real Media article “Just Piddling”–which is all about the “housewife” topic.

Yesterday I was questioned by the nice lady at the doctor’s office (Don’t fret, Mom. I am not sick. I had to go for the annual mammogram…hopefully, that was not TMI for y’all…but I didn’t want my mom worrying.)…where was I? Oh, yes. The nice lady at the doctor’s office wanted to know when I was planning on getting a job in Johnson City. I am assuming she was making light conversation…like chit chat stuff. I told her that I was not really unemployed…that I was a freelance writer, blogger, and artist. This answer was not suitable for her. She suggested that I look into temporary holiday work to get myself started in the workforce. I then explained that I had been in the workforce for many years as a teacher, and I was exploring my options as a writer and artist. This was not a suitable response. The well-meaning lady then suggested that I get a part-time job and go back to school. I simply responded “What a wonderful idea! Thank you for suggesting that.” It was not a wonderful idea, and I was not thankful for her suggestion. But how do you argue or explain your career choices to people like that? Simple. You don’t.

Stand tall and reach for the sky :)

Stand tall and reach for the sky πŸ™‚

I understand that what I am doing right now with my life is hard to explain. It doesn’t fit the standard box. Each day is different. It seems like I am spending more money than I am making–which I am. But I believe in what I am doing. We are never too old to dream big *smile*

Today on the blog, I wanted to share a little bit of what I do. Perhaps to show that I don’t spend all day in my pajamas. However, I do wear leggings…a lot *wink*

I spend several hours of my day in my art studio--from sketching to painting. I am currently working on a series of small, wooden houses

I spend several hours of my day in my art studio–from sketching to painting. I am currently working on a series of small, wooden houses and some flying pigs. I have a plan for my art pieces…I am just not ready to reveal my plan *smile*

I love creating custom pieces. Y'all can check out the Facebook page for a sampling of past projects. I am terrible at taking photos because when I am working--I am in the zone!

I love creating custom pieces. Y’all can check out the Facebook page for a sampling of past projects. I am terrible at taking photos because when I am working–I am in the zone!

I try to add personal touches to each piece that I make.

I try to add personal touches to each custom piece that I make. I don’t believe in a standard box or a one-size-fits-all.

The initials were a three-step process--paint, paper, highlight. The paper gives the cross a bit of dimension and personality.

The initials were a four-step process–paint, paper, distress, and highlight. The paper gives the cross a bit of dimension and personality, and the silver highlights add a touch of shimmer.

The birth announcement details are detachable.

The birth announcement details are detachable.

The bow is made from tulle and ribbon. It is attached with wire--not hot glue!

The bow is made from tulle and ribbon. It is attached with wire–not hot glue!

After a few hours in the studio, I usually explore new places to find gluten-free foods–from restaurants to farmer’s markets. This sounds like an easy thing to do. Get in the car, drive to a new place, and check out gluten-free products. It is not that simple–research is involved, questions are asked, and risks are taken–especially when I am dining on gluten-free meals at a restaurant. I am trying these things not only for myself, but also for all of you that read my blog. The risk is real–and sometimes, I get sick…very sick. But I have to try…so I will know, and so I can pass the info along to others.

Today I checked out the revamped Cakes in A Cup in Johnson City. I tried two new cupcakes--Cinnamon Swirl and Strawberry Dream. Both were super delicious, moist, and so far I have had no reaction--which is fabulous news *smile*

Today I checked out the revamped Cakes in A Cup in Johnson City. I tried two new cupcakes–Cinnamon Swirl and Strawberry Dream. Both were super delicious, moist, and so far I have had no reaction–which is fabulous news *smile*

Gluten-free Cinnamon Swirl cupcake from Cakes in a Cup. Stay tuned for more on this sweet establishment *smile*

Gluten-free Cinnamon Swirl cupcake from Cakes in a Cup. Stay tuned for more on this sweet establishment *smile*

What I love about these gluten-free cupcakes is the detail. These are not sloppy, sorry-you-can't-eat-real-cupcakes cupcakes. They are pretty--and that means a lot to someone with Celiac or a gluten intolerance.

What I love about these gluten-free cupcakes is the detail. These are not sloppy, sorry-you-can’t-eat-real-cupcakes cupcakes. They are pretty–and that means a lot to someone with Celiac or a gluten intolerance.

Check out this gluten-free Strawberry Dream. I can't wait to go back and get more details for y'all.

Check out this gluten-free Strawberry Dream. I can’t wait to go back and get more details for y’all.

Isn't it pretty! And it is gluten-free. And it is moist and delicious. The icing is divine!

Isn’t it pretty! And it is gluten-free. And it is moist and delicious. The icing is divine!

After getting cupcakes, I went to the UPS Store to ship a package. While there, i asked a few questions about shipping other packages and learned more about their services for small businesses. Now, I have to weigh the pros and cons of UPS versus USPS for my shipping needs.

Once I got back to Hathorn Hall, I had a business meeting with my daughter. She runs two blogs and also freelance writes. We had to go over event requests, discuss fan mail, and work on scheduling photo shoots. Lots of brainstorming took place + we are working on a big plan for all of the blogs. That means more research…which means more time in front of the computer…reading, taking notes, emailing people and calling people for advice….

No, my day is not typical. I don’t punch a clock. I don’t have a boss–other than myself and the VIP…and the furbabies. But my days are full and productive. My house is clean, my laundry is done, and the furbabies are happy. I am learning all about social media and website building…I am helping Abby achieve her dreams and her goals. I am creating a new path for myself. So to the nice lady at the doctor’s office and everyone else who thinks I spend all day in my pajamas watching television, I am working *smile*

I do not spend all day in my pajamas, but I do love my leggings and oversize sweatshirts. A big thanks to my sweet sister-in-law for sending me this fabulous Mississippi State sweatshirt. #hailstate

I do not spend all day in my pajamas, but I do love my leggings and oversized sweatshirts. A big thanks to my sweet sister-in-law for sending me this fabulous Mississippi State sweatshirt. #hailstate P.S. please do not tell Abby that I “borrowed” her super comfy Tom’s flats. She may or may not get these back *smile*

To be perfectly honest, I have spent a great deal of time trying to take selfies. It is the trendy thing to do, but it is so much harder than it looks. Or it least it is hard for me...I could learn a thing or two from Kim Khardashian. Note to Self: Look up KK's Instagram.

To be perfectly honest, I have spent a great deal of time trying to take selfies. It is the trendy thing to do, but it is so much harder than it looks. Or it least it is hard for me…I could learn a thing or two from Kim Kardashian about how to take selfies. Note to Self: Look up Kim Kardashian’s Instagram.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I hope that I have inspired all of you to go out and do what you love even if others do not understand it…or approve of it. I have no idea if what I am doing with my life will work or produce a profit, but at least I am trying *smile*

 

Dancing in the Leaves with My New Hat from SparkleCatStudio

It is the most beautiful time of the year...when the leaves are all changing...and the squirrels are all gathering...it is the most wonderful time of the year...

It is the most beautiful time of the year…when the leaves are all changing…and the squirrels are all gathering…it is the most wonderful time of the year…la la la fa la la…

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and good conversation…well, random conversation *wink* It has been crazy busy here…from a neighborhood gathering to shopping for winter clothes–which is a big chore + I have been on a couple of fall foliage adventures with the hubby–not the ones I had planned…but we don’t always get what we want…but it is perfectly okay because we get what we have time for…and sometimes there is just not much time *deep breath*Β Any who. Today on the blog, we are chatting about one of my favorite Etsy shops + looking at the fall foliage on my street here in Johnson City, Tennessee.

I really do not like having my photo taken...but Abby convinced me that I should model my own hat...so I did ...and she took the photos. We had a lot of fun + tons of bloopers and laughs

I really do not like having my photo taken…but Abby convinced me that I should model my own hat…so I did …and she took the photos. We had a lot of fun + tons of bloopers and laughs.

Being silly in the leaves while sporting my new knitted hat.

Being silly in the leaves while sporting my new knitted hat.

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I am loving my slouchy hat by SparkleCatStudio.

I am loving my slouch hat by SparkleCatStudio. Stephanie is such a super sweet person with a big heart. Check out her newest Facebook page dedicated to her precious rescues–click here. She just kicked it off today! Congrats, Sparkle Cat Rescues.

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Happy dance because I can shop in my PJ’s *smile* To shop in your PJ’s, click here.

SparkleCatStudio has more than hats. There are scarves, bracelets, earrings, rings...Y'all must hurry over there and see for yourselves *smile* For more on Stephanie and her awesomeness, check out the VIP Interview here.

SparkleCatStudio has more than hats. There are scarves, bracelets, earrings, rings…Y’all must hurry over there and see for yourselves *smile* For more on Stephanie and her awesomeness, check out the VIP Interview here.

Here is my more serious side *wink*

Here is my more serious side *wink* I love keeping up with SparkleCatStudio on Facebook. There is so much cuteness happening on Stephanie’s page. The precious rescue kitties and her darling pup–just so much sweetness!!!! Head over there now–if y’all think y’all can handle all the cuteness *smile*

I promise there are fall foliage photos coming! The hubby and I have taken lots…the color has just now begun to pop here in Northeast Tennessee. Fingers crossed for a fun adventure this coming weekend + fingers crossed there won’t be rain and wind!

My little street is really putting on a show!

My little street is really putting on a show!

 

 

 

SSL’s Fall Foliage Report

Whispers of fall color are beginning to show.

Whispers of fall color are beginning to show.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the first signs of fall foliage in the Northeast Tennessee area. My plan is to explore areas of Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, and parts of North Carolina–it all depends on time and weather. The rain spoiled my trip to Abingdon today *sad face* But we really needed the rain *happy face*

Somewhere between Johnson City, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina.

Somewhere between Johnson City, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina.

In person, it is easy to see the hints of yellow and deep red. Because I am not a photographer and shoot on automatic, I cannot capture those really gorgeous shots you see in all the magazines *wink* But can anyone really capture the true beauty of nature?

All of the photos on today's blog were taken Saturday, September 27, 2014.

All of the photos on today’s blog were taken Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Always take advantage of the observation points. They are safe ways to take photos of the great views.

Always take advantage of the observation points/highway overlooks because these spots have great views + they make it easier to take photos safely.

I am so looking forward to seeing this view come alive with the colors of Autumn!

I am so looking forward to seeing this view come alive with the colors of Autumn!

Look at that touch of sienna brown showing up on God's canvas. This is going to be the best fall every because it will be like watching Bob Ross paint *RIP Bob Ross, we love you and your happy clouds*

Look at that touch of sienna brown showing up on God’s canvas. This is going to be the best fall ever because it will be like watching Bob Ross paint *RIP Bob Ross, we love you and your happy, little clouds*

I love how the clouds make shadows on the mountains *smile* It is the simple things...

I love how the clouds make shadows on the mountains *smile* It is the simple things…

Sky + Mountains for miles and miles

Sky + Mountains for miles and miles…I see dashes of yellow *little girl squeal*

This is a Robert Frost poem.

This is a Robert Frost poem.

Are y'all as excited as I am about fall foliage? Did I mention that I saw the cutest pumpkins at The Fresh market today. I really need a pumpkin farm...

Are y’all as excited as I am about fall foliage? Did I mention that I saw the cutest pumpkins at The Fresh Market today. I really need a pumpkin farm…

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“Smoke” on the mountains

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the first signs of fall in this part of the country. Feel free to share your fall foliage photos with us on our Facebook page. We would love to see them *smile*

Isn't this old bench fabulous!

Isn’t this rusty, old bench fabulous! You never know what you might find when you go exploring *smile*