January 16, 2022

My birthday present

Get yourself a hot beverage as this is going to be a bit long. As has been mentioned, I spent several weeks in Greensboro, NC at one of our contractor facilities in September. It was most of September actually. So when I got back home on the 17th I threw a curve ball at Melanie. What about I take off next week and we drive the new car down to Chattanooga via Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway as a Birthday expedition? To remind you, this is the new (to us) car: As we discussed earlier, I had gotten a wild hair and bought Scarlett in August. Oh course…

January 1, 2022

Happy New Year!

Well, 2021 has come and gone. 2021 was a fairly good, albeit very busy year for us. As I sit here on this dismal, dreary morning, I’m reflecting on the frenetic year gone by with a bit of amazement. Sold our house. Oh my. We bought our “fixer-upper” in 2007 and worked like crazy people making it into our vision. After the Trump driven restrictions on deductions on property taxes and mortgage interest, we realized it was time to start thinking about the next phase in our lives. And thanks to a card in the mail from Troy Spaunagle, it all came and happened in a two week period in…

December 30, 2021

Old Mill of Guilford

I’ve had the pleasure (?) of travelling back and forth to Greensboro, NC multiple times over the last couple of months for work. Greensboro is an interesting place, but that’s not what this post is about. Travelling down Highway 68 to get to the facility, I noticed an old mill in the booming metropolis of Oak Ridge, NC. On one particularly bright Sunday afternoon, I was able to escape early and visit the mill in hopes of grabbing some pictures. The Old Mill of Guilford was founded in 1767 and continues operation to this day. Most of the actually milling equipment has been updated or replaced to meet modern health…