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Friday, February 28, 2020

Covington Va and Covered Bridge

On our way home from Warm Springs in Bath County Va..  We decided another stop will be the covered bridge we had read about and wanted to see.   We stopped in a place to ask where it was located in the little town and the lady told us with all the rain we would probably have to see it from a distance.   We decided to go anyway and glad we took a chance because the water had receded.

One of the oldest remaining covered bridges in Virginia
Just west of Covington Virginia located in Allegheny County
Thought to be the only arched covered bridge in existence.

1820's the first bridge was built
washed away by flood in 1837.
1842 the second one flooded.
The third in 1856, gone.
Traffic stopped in 1929 and steel truss bridge built.

Neglected and used to store hay by farmers til the 1950's
Women's club of Covington and Covington chamber of commerce
raised the funds to have it restored.

Kind of blurry but reads that Humpback Bridge is a Love work destination
The love Work structures are a focal point of social media campaign to share a message that love is part of every Virginia vacation.
The "L" was created with bricks from the area
The "O" is from one of the retired paper machines at Mead/Westvaco representing history of manufacturing in the area
The "V" is a natural feature created from the tree on the creek bank
The "E" was created with railroad ties representing the railroad to our community

As you can see here the LOVE

A video of bridge and park area
A cold, windy day with pretty sun shine.

Covington is a beautiful area we will return to explore more.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Round home

Checking out the yard and seeing what is looking so bad.  So wet and soggy in some areas.  I dislike that moss so much in between some of the grass or what used to be grass. 
Not many daffodils at all but I did see some where I didn't see any last year, don't know why.

Forest area.  We have lost a lot of trees and some we have had taken out also.
But quite a few have fallen I guess because of wetness of the ground

This daffodil at the base of the tree above

We will probably be removing this old shed and replace with another in this spot

short clip of little creek area in my side yard

Forsythia and I hope to see yellow flowers on it soon.

This past Friday we took the girls to Science after Dark at the Science Museum of Virginia..
Here they are making snow men from paper cups with all kinds of buttons, straws, pipe cleaners etc.  that was out on the huge table for crafting upstairs.

They enjoy crafting and making things and when we go to the museum, it's upstairs to the craft room right away.

waiting for their food here in the cafe at museum.

This sweater was made by my son and daughter's (on their dad's side) gr great aunt

I had quite a bit of little holes in it to mend and then washed.  Surprised it's in the shape it's in and still a strong garment.
Little pearl buttons or shell buttons(not sure what you call them) are still on and original and I like how she made the button holders out of the trim yarn.

Another craft I have gotten back to is my beaded flowers.   I use magnifying glasses to see the holes to put on the wire.  

til next time - Betsy

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Valentines Day

We had a good Valentine week end.  Steve brought me roses and they are just beautiful

  Daughter Annette visited and there is never enough time when visiting for a long week end and it just goes so fast.
Had dinner Friday of Caesar Chicken which consisted of breast chicken in casserole dish with a combination of creamy Caesar dressing, sour cream and on top some  parmesan cheese grated. Baked and it is so delicious.   I served with fresh snap beans and rice.
I put sliced mushrooms in mine.

recipe can be found at

I didn't get a picture of the snap beans in separate plate  I purchased fresh from Tom Leanards 

Artisan bread I baked fresh with just yeast - water- salt and flour

I had a breakfast casserole the next morning, but first we had this yogurt layered with strawberries and blue berries,  walnuts on top.  Annette had granola on hers.

Sweetie here, Annette.  She has the longest blackest hair .  So pretty. 
 Her eyes are the brightest blue.  

Genevieve here tasting the frosting as Aunt Nette as she is called is frosting it.

Art at the Museum

A visit a week or so ago to Edward Hopper and the American Hotel exhibition at Virginia Museum Fine Arts.

One especially I found interesting  is the study for the hotel lobby
Finished piece here and explanation follows

sketches of seated figure of woman and changes made
shorter arms and seating as explained above and the finished piece 

A mock up here of hotel lobby and suitcases

I hope this can be read as I had to tweak it some because it was real blurry

House at Dusk

People in the Sun 

Western Motel   1957

Staged like a room at a hotel with real furniture.  We saw this from the glass.

wall shadows

Hotel by a railroad   1952

In the sitting area I see this lamp.  I want one like this.  

This is a close up of several black roses.  Taken with my camera while I wait for husband to read each and every posting of display at the Museum.  

It's a close up of my handbag a friend gave me for Christmas and the light caught the roses just right which made them sparkle.  

Another puzzle I have to put together

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