a Florida girl in the mountains

Last weekend (seriously how has it already been a week?!?) Austin and I went to the North Georgia mountains with some friends.

It was the perfect long weekend get away filled with white water rafting, apple orchards, hot tubbing, reading, drinks, friends, and a waterfall.

We stopped at Mercier Apple Orchards and all I can say is wow. I think we got every apple and peach flavored thing you could imagine. And they’re all amazing (because I know you were wondering).

Hilarious highlights of the trip:

Bring the only one to fall out of the raft. Yup, everyone else chose to get out and swim- I was thrown out.

Hot coffee up the nose. Not my finest moment.

Best attack on our trash…. if only we’d seen it instead of just the aftermath!

Things we did over the long weekend:

Water Rafting – Tyler was our guide and the best!!!

Cute downtown shopping (both downtown Blue Ridge and downtown McCaysville).

Waterfall and hiking at Amicalola Falls Park.

Mercier Apple Orchards.

Until next time mountain, I miss you!

August 2020 Reads

As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve been reading on my phone a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Online Libraries like the app Libby just make it so convenient (especially because I love having a book on me to read at all times). The downside is I don’t get any cute book photos that I also love to take.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn ***

The Woman Before Wallis by Andrew Rose ** (This is a nonfiction based book that I saw after adding Bryn Turnbull’s new book to my list to read. FYI both about very different woman that had relationships with Prince turned King Edward).

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi *** Never has a book made me so angry and then turn around and have me agreeing with the next sentence.

How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson ****

Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker **

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks **

The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull ****

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks ***

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey ***

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert ***

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict ***

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica **

July 2020 Reads

With so much going on this month, it proved more difficult to not only to find time to read but to focus as well.

That being said, I think I tended to be more appreciative of books that helped me escape the crappy month of July than I would otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading the hard topic, non-fiction books, but I think I really just needed to escape this month.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson *** (I’m really excited to finally talk about this one in our Ashes’ Tea Room Book Club.)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum ***

White Rage by Carol Anderson ***

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah ***

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent ***

for Joe

Today would have been Joe, my stepdad’s birthday. It feels surreal that it’s now been a month since he passed away.

Tonight a few friends and family plan to gather for food and drinks to celebrate him. But it’s not the same. Obviously. He should be with us tonight. And sometimes when that wave of sadness hits it can be overwhelming.

Please keep my momma in your prayers. Last week we celebrated their anniversary without him and tonight we celebrate his birthday without him and it having only been a month since he left us, I can’t even imagine what it’s like for her.

But on a happier note, here are some great memories we’ve gotten to share these last 2 decades together…..

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