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*

Re-decorating Hathorn Hall’s Front Porch + Dining Room Sneak Peek

IMG_8040Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. If this is your first time visiting, we would like to extend a warm Southern welcome *smile* The rules of SSL are simple–grab a good cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea and sit a spell with us. That’s it *big smile*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about several things–from a sneak peek of Hathorn Hall’s dining room to the front porch fall decor I had to replace and fix due to some severe and blustery weather.

Now, it is time to sit a spell and enjoy the randomness of today. To be honest, most of my days are random and scattered, but that is perfectly okay because I am alive and kicking *cue Simple Minds*

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans.

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the details on paint, fabric, and more *smile*

I cannot wait to tell y'all all about the wine rack/buffet table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

I cannot wait to tell y’all all about the wine tasting table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y'all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y’all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a bit of severe weather here in Northeast Tennessee. The wind was terrible, and it took a toll on my cornstalks and other front porch fall decor. After the storms had all passed, I got busy with salvaging and re-decorating. Check out the original post about the fall decorating here. I did not want to invest too much into the project because I did not want to take from my winter plant or Christmas budgets.

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile*

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile* Notice the blue cooler–I finished the re-decorating and clean up just a couple of hours before we had a Saturday Football party *whew…cutting it close*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y'all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y’all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink* Notice that I did salvage the corn from the cornstalks and used them as “filler” for the pots + a few of the corn “leaves”–are they called leaves? Hmmmm….

I was super relieved  that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

I was super relieved that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the sneak peek of the dining room + more fall decorating. I really do love this time of year. Fall puts on the best color show *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

 

 

 

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.

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*