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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Country Living, North Carolina

Did anybody miss me??  I’ve just returned from seven glorious days in North Carolina.  I do love that state and its people.  My mother was born and raised in a small country town in Eastern NC.  We have many, many cousins and one remaining aunt who we have remained close with and visit as often as possible.


It’s rather refreshing and somewhat liberating to visit where a bowl of fresh tomatoes is the kitchen table centerpiece and cell phone service is sketchy at best.




We visited the country store where my cousin Glenda has worked for many, many years.  She cuts up chickens, pigs and who knows what else!  Heck, I have a hard time cutting open a whole chicken through the breast bone!


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My sister Barb and I always purchase a bottle of YooHoo while there.  It reminds us of drinking a Brownie soft drink from our childhood days.  Anybody remember Brownie’s?

Do you think we look alike?  We lost track after approximately 15 complete strangers asked us if we were twins!


So fun to look into their produce cooler with fresh blueberries and veggies that locals brought in to sell.



A line up of old fashioned gas pumps still working.  I doubt they work with your credit card though! LOL!


DSCN4395_436Beautiful, breath taking scenery around every corner.  I can never get enough at their views.DSCN4394_435


We did lots of antiquing and junkin’.  Notice a potted plant of tobacco on the front porch of this shop!  Made me laugh.



We always go in the back of cousin Bobby’s truck to the family cemetery close to my aunt’s home.  We let time slip by and it was almost dark by the time we went.  My mother has a flash light to read the headstone of her father and other relatives.


DSCN4409_450Usually there are a lot more of us piled in the back of this truck.  Shown are cousins and sister.


Here was our entertainment one night.  I have to tell you, these ARE NOT Regina’s real teeth (on left and center).  She works in a dentist office and has beautiful teeth.  The dentist had these made for all the employees and they wore to a dental conference recently.


Obviously the rest of us didn’t try the teeth but as you can see we had tons of fun with the glasses.  You talk about laughter therapy….I think I am good for several weeks!!



Love the casualness of the store owner. 






In another post, I will share some things I found.




We went to Nags Head




Our cousin Regina was the first one up one more and decided to take an early walk on the beach.  She came back to the room to tell us we had missed out on some excitement.  A surf fisherman had hooked a shark and she saw it all.  He was released back into the ocean.  The next day we saw this on the news.  The shark had washed up on the shore with the fishing line in his mouth.  It turned out to be a 7’ Tiger Shark.  Yikes!  The water was unusually cold…55 degrees, so between cold water and sharks we were happy walking along the beautiful water’s edge looking for shells.



Tiger shark at Nags Head



One of our favorite things to do is swing and rock on our Aunt’s porch.  Hot as it was…near 100* and very humid, we still did our share of sitting out here!



GooD BYE North Carolina and our Crazy (in a FUN way) relatives

Until next time!

Oh, I forgot to mention all the cheese biscuits and good country food with sweet tea we consumed.  It’s probably best you don’t know!  Winking smile



Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

I'm dying to know where you were. I am thinking either Little Washington or maybe Edenton. (?) I live in Eastern NC too. In Jacksonville, NC - but our very best friends live in Williamston, NC. We almost bought an old historical home on the waterfront in Washington about a year ago.

Love the grocery store. :)

Entertaining Women said...

The craftsman columns on your aunt's front porch...and that marvelous swing...remind me of my grandmother's house and the many years of precious memories sitting in the swing. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Cherry Kay

Anonymous said...

Oh, this sounds like the best time. I love that you all can get together and just have such fun. Precious memories. Hugs, Marty

Miss Char said...

Donna, your mama is just as cute as a bug (with or without glasses). Its wonderful that the two of you can travel together to visit her home town. Glad to have you back.

On Crooked Creek said...

What precious memories!!! YES! you and your sister do look like twins! Those glasses were just too darn cute! Simple pleasures, family, glasses, riding in the bed of a at a different pace! Thank you for your sweet visit and comments On Crooked Creek! Stop by again, soon!
Pat said...

It looks like a great time! Reminds me of when we used to go and visit my mom's side in TN. I love YooHoo! I haven't had one in forever though. Love the glasses and can't wait to hear more about your trip!

Babs said...

Donna, Y'all looked like you were having so much fun. I got such a giggle seeing everyone in the back of the pick up. The grocery store looks similar to one in my town. Sittin' on the porch reminds me of growing up and swinging on the porch swing,sweating and swatting mosquitos. lol
Thanks for sharing it was fun meeting your family.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How fun, Donna! It looks like you really enjoyed yourself! And, yes, you two do look a lot alike...maybe it's the hair! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Paula@SweetPea said...

What a fun post! You do look like your sister. Glad you had such a good trip to NC. If I had a porch like the one in the last picture, I'd be out there all of the time.

That shark picture is incredible. Now I know why I hate getting in the water at the beach!!

Marlis said...

Now that looks like a grand time. You and your sister do look like twins. Loved the photos and those teeth and glasses, well they are just great.
glad you are back.. you've been sorely missed. xo marlis

stitching under oaks said...

sounds like a good old fashioned fun time...especially the porch sitting. That bowl of tomatoes looks delicious! I can just feel the fun in this post. So glad you're back and so glad you had a great time.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

There's nothing like going home! What a great porch to sit on and chat the mornings, afternoons, or evenings away!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Donna, I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in NC....It looks like you had a blast!!! Can't wait to see what you found when you went antiquing. Love the tomato centerpiece!!!

Anonymous said...

You went to MY beach and had my very favorite drink too?? Yoohoo's :)