Quite a change between yesterday at 2 pm and today! We had planned on going to Washington to visit Yost and Sam this weekend but postponed due to the predicted snow/ice storm.

Glad we did! We ran out to the local cafe for lunch figuring it might be our last chance for a few days and while we were waiting for our food, the snow started about 1pm.

We headed home and by the time we got back about 2, the roads were starting to show signs of icing over on the edges. We parked the car near the road so if we have to get out we won’t have to fight our way up the gravel drive and hopefully to protect it from any tree branches that come down (the biggest concern during an ice storm). We then walked the 5 minutes down the drive to the house.

By that time the snow was really coming down.

We just came in from the back deck (where margaritas are the usual beverage of choice) and a cup of hot chocolate! If we only had a fire place, it would be perfect.

Stay warm!



The view above is from the deck at our accommodations for at least the next month. We had a great Christmas road trip to visit both our families and see a few sights and friends along the way. After New Year’s Eve in Raleigh with our friends George & Doug we had brunch with our other friends in the Triangle, Robert & Scott and then headed to Danville to Mike’s Mom’s. Yesterday was spent doing lots of laundry from our road trip and packing it back into the car for the 45 minute drive up here to the lake.

We are using the month of January to reflect on our year of travel and figure out what we are going to do in 2019. The only decision we made was that we wanted a home base somewhere-to not be permanent nomads. So the obvious question is where should that be.

While we haven’t written off living outside the USA, we are considering the possibility of making Lois’ lake house here at Smith Mountain Lake our home base. The house is unused except in the summer so it would take the responsibility of its upkeep off of her -with all her rental properties she has enough to deal with. Of course we aren’t sure how we will deal with being this remote-there is an overpriced small grocery store about 10 minutes away in Penhook, small towns with Walmarts about 20 minutes away (Gretna & Rocky Mount) and then Danville about 45 minutes.

Best wishes for a great 2019!