I made it up to the North Carolina mountains to get my tree over the past couple of days. I didn't get to take our truck and felt I was going to be in a pretty bad predicament trying to haul a tree around in the Honda. But, Tim, the owner at Shady Rest Tree Farm in Laural Springs said to bring it on and he would make it work. When I arrived at the tree farm, he measured the trunk of the car to the front and advised I stick with finding a 6 ft. tree. I thought "yikes" - that's going to be a little tree. So....I found a 7 1/2 ft. tree and without having to say a whole lot, the tree was bound so tight and snug, and without an inch to spare, made it inside the Honda. I spent the night in Blowing Rock, so I had to drive around with the tree hanging at my shoulder. I was a little nervous a mouse might have made a nest in the tree and might pop out while I was driving, but I was so in the moment of the beauty of the village of Blowing Rock that I really forgot about the possibility.
The weather was very dreary while I was there, but I didn't give a hoot. I imagine if you didn't know your way around up there, you might would want to head home. I went to school up there and so did my daughter, and we have forever camped and vacationed in the North Carolina mountains, so Plan B was working pretty well for me. I grabbed my umbrella and pranced and danced all over the place. It was absolutely gorgeous with all their little twinkling lights and holiday music all up and down the sidewalks. There were bubbles crisscrossing the sidewalks from a hidden bubble machine tucked away secretly adding to the charm of this sweet little town.
This is a living room display in his store. He has furniture, lamps, rugs ... all the good stuff I hope and wish could be under my tree Christmas morning. HaHa & Fa,la,la,la!!!
I shopped mostly for things to accessorize with what I already have and to jazz it up a little bit. I found a small bag of potpourri called "Primitive Fixins" that was put together in West Virginia. I'll add that to the pinecones and woodland gatherings I found in my woods. There is this store I visit ALL THE TIME when I go to Blowing Rock called "The Last Straw", (http://www.thelaststrawinc.com/). I bet I stayed in there for a couple hours, maybe longer. I feel like I knew the staff by the time I left. There was just so much stuff for the holidays and they had it displayed just magnificently. It took a great deal of time to study it all and figure out how I was going to put it together when I got back to my place. The aromas were out of this world. I broke down and bought a little spray bottle of Orange Zest - ummmm, talk about a holiday smell! The staff suggested one of their candles called, Aroma Naturals that has an orange, clove & cinnamon smell. I bought a 3" x 3.5" pillar candle and the burn time is 60 hours! Another heavenly Christmas smell!!
I know this post is long ~ I just had a wonderful time and I could write forever about my trip; just know, it was good. I needed that trip alone, to lounge around in a hotel room, to shop, and to just BE! Now tomorrow, I'll BE back to the grind, but full of holiday inspiration. Debi