Category Archives: Mill Living

Die, you bastards, die!

Meet the brown marmorated stink bug or, as I like to call them, “Bastard.” Chances are if you live in the eastern US – though I hear they’re moving westward – you’ve encountered these aromatic pests. Probably not just one, … Continue reading

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There’s a far over thar

Earlier today we drove out to the ruins of Catawba Furnace to take pictures for a friend with an interest in old foundries, and also because I’ve wanted to explore the site ever since I realized it was there. It’s … Continue reading

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Bits ‘n bobs

Earlier this afternoon my son asked me if I knew anything about quantum computers. My response, as they say on the Internet, was O___o. (He was asking for a paper he’s writing for his chemistry class. Something to do with … Continue reading

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Summer thunderstorms

After several days of triple-degree temperatures, a thunderstorm (not nearly so dramatic as the one pictured) developed right over our area this evening. We heard it approaching, then, within 10-15 minutes, it was directly overhead. It’s a vigorous storm – … Continue reading

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Changing times

It’s the peak of the fall leaf-changing season, and the mountains around us are a riot of color. This morning they seemed especially brilliant thanks to a combination of dark, rain-laden clouds broken by patches of bright, warm light (it’s … Continue reading

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Woolly Bully

The woolly bear caterpillar! These fuzzy little guys are all over the place. I haven’t seen one in ages – not since we last lived in Roanoke, I think. It always cheers me to see one undulating its way across … Continue reading

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With you, kindest friends, in idea I rove*

The Mill is a wonderful place to live for those who enjoy exploring. I would have been in seventh heaven had I lived here as a child; some of my happiest memories are of my grandfather’s back yard and the … Continue reading

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Here we are again

Goodness, it’s been a while. I seem to have this habit of only posting here during the late summer and fall. Perhaps, now that I’m through with grad school (for the next few years, at least), I can break myself … Continue reading

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