Friday, August 24, 2007

It's Music to My Ears

Tomorrow night we are seeing the Belleville Outfit at the Showroom in the Hub-Bub building. Formally the Deschamps Band, they are an intersting mix of bluegrass and big band. Becca taught the lead singer/songwriter, Rob Teter, when she was at the Spartanburg Day School. They are a very talented group. If you are in town, you should definetly check them out. Out of town...go to their website. They are listed as one of our favorite links.

Monday, August 20, 2007

On the front page...again

Yes, yes...once again Becca is in the news as the tour guide of "Slobot", a Spartanburg Herald-Journal character who blogs about different places in the upstate. This time, Slobot visits the Duncan-DuPre House in Spartanburg (which also happens to be an upcoming project for the Preservation Trust) and shares his pictures. You can see the photos for yourself:

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Dillard House Weekend-Part 2 of 2

On our way back for hiking, we passed a produce market/general store that we had to pay a visit. Goats on the Roof grabbed our attention at first because of the name. Then, we saw that there were actually goats on the roof. Becca paid the $0.25 to feed the goats. You put the feed in a container and crank it up to the roof. Once it hits the bell, the goats come running:

We had a great time with the goats

After feeding the goats, we got a little hungry ourselves and decided to stop for some BBQ. We found a road side stand called Tomlin's BBQ. I give the pork sandwich a 6 out of 10, but it was a neat experience none the less.

We left early Sunday morning to head back to Spartanburg, but not before the dogs had a chance to say good-bye to the horses.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dillard House Weekend-Part 1 of 2

This weekend we are at the Dillard House with the dogs. It is a quaint mountain getaway in the North Georgia mountains. Click on the blog title to go to their website. It is a great escape for the hustle and bustle of the real world with a petting zoo, horse back riding, and easy access to state parks. The Dillard House is also famous for their "family style" meals at their restaurant. As you can see from the picture, Becca loves their bacon!

After a hearty breakfast (but not so good for the heart) we went on a short hike at Tallulah Falls State Park. We treked the 0.25 miles on the North Rim Trail to North Wallenda Tower to view Tallulah Gorge which is 750 feet deep.

From there, we hiked the Terrora and Shoreline Trails. The Terroa Trail was a easy to moderate trail, but took its toll on us amatuers. Me and Sadie had to take a break.

The Shoreline Trail runs along the Tallulah Falls Lake and was a former railroad track. We were finally able to find the dogs some water to cool off in.
More from our adventure later tomorrow!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Rub a Dub Dub....Two dogs and a tub

Bath time at the Parrish household is always fun for Polk and Sadie...

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Baby steps to welcoming Baby Parrish...

Today we had our 15/16 week doctor appointment to check on Baby Parrish. The heartbeat is strong and we have our next appointment on September 13th....we will also have an ultrasound and will be able to find out the gender then!
Although she is eating lots of sweets and ice cream, no weight gain for Becca yet! The doctor assured us the baby is getting what it needs and not to worry about, those of you anxiously awaiting a picture of a big belly will have to wait a little longer!
Last weekend, with the help of John and Nancy, we painted the nursery. Formerly our den/office, we chose a cream paint color for the pine paneled walls and tan trim. Our decorate with lots of fun art (and hopefully some creative pieces from family and friends will make the nursery really special!). We will also have curtains cover the closet (yes, full of Becca's clothes--also in every other closet in our house!) and over the frech doors, so naptime can be pleasant.

We'll post more pictures as the nursery progresses!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Dinner Guests

Oh the joy of living near the Cottonwood Trail and natural wooded environment! For the second time, we have experienced visitors in the wee hours of the night, scavenging for dinner in our trash can. The first raccoon, who I like to call "Gordo", frequented our trash several years ago. He stuck around for several months and outsmarted our attempts to secure the trash can. Gordo was so large that he easily outweighed our dogs, and his belly dragged the ground when traveling. Once, we saw Gordo crossing our street, heading back into the woods. Remsen sped up the lighting fast Corolla and almost hit the fat, slow raccoon. Another time we caught Gordo in the act and he waddled across the yard and climbed up a nearby pine tree (rather impressive!). Gordo disappeared after a while. Our best guess: he died of a heart attack after stuffing himself on our unhealthy junk food.

That brings us to the present. Recently, we saw a visitor on our back deck, stealing veggies from Becca's garden. Last night, a nice night of sleep was interrupted by Sadie's loud howling at something in the yard. An inside dog with keen hearing, she had caught not one but TWO raccoons in the trash can. Remsen went out to investigate and found one of the coons had nestled into the trash and was having a nice little slumber. The other he caught on camera (the coon really did strike a pose!). The aftermath, of course, is not pleasant, and we are really tired of cleaning up after our dinner guests!