No, Not West Virginia…

but it is definitely almost Heaven.

We are back in Western North Carolina and will be sad to leave. Our goal has not changed…we will one day look for some lane to build our second home.

Our Front Porch View

We discovered a wonderful little restaurant, ‘The Rural Seed’ and it was/is all one could ask for. Lane had, what she called one of the best salads of her life and that is saying quite a lot. I had a cup of the ‘Soup of the Day’ which was potato leek and a half of a Cuban sandwich.

For me, this was a bit risky as while I like potato leek soup, I have found it can often be too ‘thick/rich’ but this was neither. As far as the sandwich goes, one would not expect the mountains of western North Carolina be the place to order a Cuban but again, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Now, to be fair, when we first drove by the place, my initial thought was, when I saw the building, “Someone really wanted to open a restaurant!” It was definitely not designed for such when it first was built as, if I had to guess, it served as some time of construction and or fabrication facility/warehouse. Don’t let the exterior fool you.

The Rural Seed

We ate in the ‘front of the store’ but there is a much larger back room where is appears they offer live music. I wouldn’t go so far as to say the interior has a funky vibe…it does not. However, the back room comes much closer than the main dining area as far as having a personality. We would definitely love to return when someone is on stage.

We will be back and I will do my best to try something new. I have a habit of ordering the sure thing and my soup and sandwich was exactly that.

WNC

Well, we once had a website declaring our intention to move to the north Georgia mountains…now, it has been amended to Western North Carolina.  (At least for now)

Hendersonville, NC to be more specific.  We spent a long weekend there recently and truly love downtown.

 

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How can you not love a place like ‘Mike’s on Main’?

Months With R’s

“Spinning around in circles, living it day to day,
and still, 24 hours, maybe 60 good years,
it’s really not that long a stay.” ~ Jimmy Buffett – Cowboy In The Jungle

I hope to have many more trips around the sun before I venture to the great Beyond.  In the meantime, I am basking in the joy that, for me at least, comes in celebrating the end of August.

We are just a couple of days into September and yesterday could not have been more perfect.  I started off the day in the best room of the house…our screened porch, with a cup of ‘nectar from the gods’ in one of my ‘game day’ mugs and it was so cool outside, I needed a blanket over my legs.  (Grabbing a blanket was a quicker option than changing from shorts.)

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My beloved Bulldogs played a good game, I completed one of those projects I have been hitting the snooze button on for many months and the end result was great!

We kicked off a new season of ‘Time For Dervin’ (www.timefordervin.com) and the early feedback has been exciting.

I got to start playing my ‘A Nip In The Air’ playlist, which are songs that remind me past autumns, cooler weather and, of course, months with r’s.

College football, oysters back in season, breakout the sweatshirts, sweaters, apple scented candles, trips to north Georgia, hot chocolate and fires.

Now, I am up early enjoying the day of rest and looking forward to just that.  I intend to milk every day I can while during this season because it seems time continues to fly.

More laughing, more simplicity…less of anything else.

Time Flies And Searching For Ray Willey

Every time I post, I promise to post more often.

I have been on a roll posting on my business blog ‘Building New Business’ (www.buildingnewbusiness.com) and on LinkedIn but I really would like to be more active here.

August is just underway and I am counting the days until the months have ‘Rs’.  July and August are my least favorite months of the year.  The only thing I like about them are the late afternoon thunderstorms.

Months with Rs mean football, more specifically college football, oysters are back in seasons, camping weather, sweatshirt weather, the bugs go into hiding, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, fire in the fireplace, hot chocolate and so much more.

Lane and I are looking to move to Ellijay as soon as we can.  Last week we actually met with a Realtor and toured a home that was, on paper, pretty close to perfect.  11 acres on a lake, no neighbors could be seen from the property, a smaller, three level home.  However, we realize we are still a few years off.  We still have our site http://www.moving2ellijay.com and I will keep running our ‘Looking For Land’ ad in the local papers from time to time…just in case.

In the mean time, I have been working on a new season of ‘Time For Dervin’ and a second book.  I am also in the process of beginning editing my first business book.  I’ve been learning Protools and hope to do some serious recording in the cooler months.

OK, that’s all for now, it is Sunday evening and my routine involves me getting everything ready to rock on roll for a new week of churning the wheels of commerce…I like to hit the ground running on Monday morning.

Finally, I am working on a new website, ‘Where Is Ray Willey’.  I am trying to track down the alledged CEO of Historic Properties (www.historicpropertiesinc.com) NOTE: The link no longer works.

Ray Willey took Steve Miller’s ‘advice’ and ‘took the money and ran.’  Time to track him down.

 

 

Ellijay Coffee Shop (Formerly Known As The Martyn House)

Every now and then you find something that truly gives meaning to the word ‘special’.

This weekend I found ‘The Martyn House Espresso Bar and Bistro’ in Ellijay, GA.

If I had the ability to pull from my mind all the thoughts, dreams and ideas of what would make my perfect coffee shop, they have been found at the Martyn House.

Often, when one finds a ‘best kept secret’ they want to keep it just that, a secret…something to keep to themselves.  However, this is not in this case.

I want everyone to experience this amazing and unique coffee shop.  I want it to thrive and flourish.  I want it to be tough to find a seat but worth the wait.  I want to run into fellow coffee lovers and it somehow come up in the conversation and I want to get excited when I walk in the door each time I visit.

Most of all, I want it to stay exactly the same.

Visit their website by clicking here

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Time Flies

Holy cow, it has been well over a year since I last posted something on here.

I am sipping a cup of afternoon coffee, in the mountains of north Georgia after four days of getting caught up on the reading I promised myself to read…and for me, reading is what makes me want to write.

This will be short but I at least wanted to dust off this space and publicly profess to try to visit here more often.

In the meantime, I still have a bit more reading to do to fully accomplish all that I wanted to do on this trip so I will end for now.

More soon…I hope.