MC and I left Florida and the retirement community of Shell Point (permanently) on September 6th...Just days before Irma. It took three days to drive up to Virginia. We were a day ahead of the storm all the way. We planned our move before Irma was even in anyone's vision. It took us 11 hours the first day traveling with the Great Northern Migration to go 280 miles. Not fun, but 1000 times better than what our neighbors in Ft. Myers were going through. We were surely blessed.
We had lived in Danville 40 years ago and one year ago our son, Steve moved here for business. Our daughter lives in High Point, NC an hour and 20 minutes south of here. (High Point Market Everyone!!!) For the first time in years we live near family!
Steve found us an awesome, unique loft apartment in the
River/Tobacco Warehouse District of Danville. Most of the buildings
have been renovated in the last 15 years. The District now is being
developed into many new businesses and residential spaces. Our loft
is in a building that was built in 1915! It started it's life as a
hardware store on the street level with industrial businesses on the
second and third floors. Our loft is on the third floor and we have
fantastic views of all the original buildings.
street level there are now a few commercial spaces and a fantastic
Decor/Furniture store with a cafe and bakery!!!! Heaven! On the second
and third floor are 21 apartments. Each a little different.
IMAGES OF FRONT OF OUR BUILDING ...308 CRAGHEAD STREET
MURAL SHOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY IN DANVILLE
WE LIVE IN THE TOBACCO WAREHOUSE DISTRICT
ENTRANCE TO OUR LOFT IN REAR OF BUILDING
We have a corner unit with all outside walls brick, open beamed 14 foot ceilings with all the HVAC exposed, the original wood floors and TONS of character. We have over 1200 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and a bath and half. We also have interior windows. The one going from the kitchen to the master bedroom I have covered with art on both sides and the other window from the hall going up three stairs to the upper level into MC's office I have left open!
The colors of the walls are nothing like we have ever lived with Before!!!!
My daughter and her Dear Friend, Janet, stopped in this afternoon. They came up with the perfect names of the rooms' colors.
Living Room and Main Hall are Curry
Master Bedroom is Celery
Kitchen, Entry Hall and Powder Room are Saffron
MC's room is Golden Delicious Apple
A far cry from my soft grays.........
It has been challenging but a total blast putting all our furnishings at home here.
About a month ago we were asked if we would like to be one of four residences that would be featured in Shell Point's monthly magazine!!! I said, "Are you kidding? Yes, Yes!"
We are in the May issue and I am so excited to share our piece. Boy they made us sound and look 100% better than we are.
It also was a wonderful diversion to what was going on in our lives during this time, which I will detail at the end of this post.
Go to this Link....It's the Shell Point Life Magazine
We are on page 8
It's really a fabulous article and I thank all those who worked so hard to put it together
Eleven years ago MC
had a stent put in to correct an aneurysm in his aorta. Every year he has tests to make sure it's OK....
Well on February 6th we found out this time it showed the stent had a "leak". After many, many tests and procedures and more doctors than I care to think of, we drove the 3 hours up to Tampa General Hospital to have a Vascular Specialist and his team do what was needed to make the repairs. They added a cuff to the original stent and added another stent to his kidney. We had hoped it would be a 2 or 3 day, at the most, stay in the hospital. But as things go he had a few complications that required that he remain in the Vascular ICU for 6 days. We arrived home Wednesday night. We go back in two weeks for a follow up and I hope we won't get any more bad news and that he's OK,
Hopefully things will be normal in our lives soon and MC will get back to his normal self and I will be able to shed the stress that has consumed my existence since February 6th.
Slightly South of Simple
A Dear friend and fellow blogger, Kristy Woodson Harvey, has written her third novel and sent me an advance proof. Thank you, thank you so much Kristy....
Kristy and her Mom, Beth , are the co-authors of the Blog My Design Chic, which I admit is one of the first blogs I ever followed and continue to read every post.
I know a lot of my readers are book club members and Kristy's book is the most ideal novel for a book club. I promise you will love it! I also recommend her first novel, Dear Carolina and her second , Lies and other Acts of Love . They also should be on every book club must read list!
Kristy has the ability to make her characters come to Life!!!!
You get to know them and feel like you are there with them.
Slightly South of Simple is a novel of a mother and her three daughters. It is actually the first of a series of three! Each will feature one of the three daughters.
Now I can't wait for the second of the series to come to life! I need, no I must, Know, what happens next. How these characters continue with their lives and how they solve their different, yet intertwined lives.
Slightly South of Simple can be pre-ordered and will be available April 25, 2017
Thank you again Kristy, this one is the Best!!!