Weekend Fun

How was your weekend?  After my first five day work week in a long time, I was more than ready for the weekend. 

We headed to Roanoke after work on Friday for a Brad Paisley concert.  It was an awesome show and I’m now an even bigger Brad Paisley fan than I was before the concert.  Both Jerrod Niemann and Darius Rucker (aka – Hootie) opened the show.  Both opening acts rocked the house.

Brad Paisley put on an incredible show.  Every single song was great.

Brad changed a line from “I’d like to check you for ticks” for the crowd.  The video is a little shaky, but you can hear how he changed the “butterfly tattoo” to “Virginia Tech tattoo” for the concert.

Tick check?

Coach Beamer joined Brad on the stage for the last song, “Alcohol.”  Do you know it?  I got you in trouble in high school, now college, that was a ball….

Brad Paisley sings “Alcohol.”

We made a smart move and decided to stay the night in Roanoke.  It was so nice to be able to walk to and from the concert and not have to fight any traffic.  We stayed at the historic hotel Roanoke.

How quickly a fun weekend goes by.  Can it already be almost Monday?  There’s no snow in site, so I guess it’s another five day week for me.  I haven’t given up hope for more snow.  We’ve had some big ones in Virginia at the beginning on March.  I’ve got my fingers crossed!

What did you do this weekend?


  1. I saw Brad Paisley the night before
    in Hershey PA. And yes he knows
    who I am and yes I have met him.
    I have been to 26 Brad shows.
    Brad is amazing and I am so proud of him. Hes my homestate boy!


  2. Blondie's Journal says:

    I love Brad Paisley and hear he puts on a great show. I have one of his older songs on my playlist. The hotel looks really nice! Lucky you!

    Our weather was cold and rainy this weekend. We ere promised gorgeous weather but it didn’t happen!


  3. ~Country Lady~ says:

    Oh how awesome! Brad Paisley, VA Tech Tattoos, Coach Beamer, and Hotel Roanoke! Can’t ask for much more. The Hotel Roanoke is a nice place to stay. I have fond memories of my time there. So glad you enjoyed a great weekend. I hope you have a great work week, and VA is known for snow in March!!

  4. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    What a fun weekend!!! 🙂 That is a beautiful hotel…I’d love to stay there. Sounds like a perfect time!

    Fyi, I changed up my crafty cutter party a bit to include stencil projects/transfer paper…I thought of your TV wall. Hope you’ll link it up if you have a chance. 🙂

  5. Sounds like an awesome weekend! I haven’t been to a live concert forever. And I LOVE staying at historic hotels. Always so cool 🙂

  6. Life In The Thrifty Lane says:

    What a fun weekend, I’m glad you had a good time. That hotel looks beautiful. Have a great week!

  7. When I went to a Manheim Steamroller concert, I stayed at the Hotel Roanoke. It was so lovely! It was decorated for the Christmas season. Various groups were asked to decorate trees in themes all throughout the hotel.

    Have a great week!

  8. ShannonPinNOLA says:

    Your weekend was waaaaay better than mine. Glad you had a great time.

  9. Southern Lady says:

    I love Brad Paisley and Darius! I’m sure you had a good time. Our family went to Nashville and to the Grand Ole Opry. Carson says she is going to perform there one day…maybe Brad will introduce her! 🙂 Carla

  10. Sounds like a great weekend! I love Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker (from his Hootie days and I am lving his new stuff!). That hotel looks really beautiful.
    *sigh* My hubby and I are overdue for a fun weekend getaway like that.
    Thanks for sharing,

  11. Ya sure did better than I did Paula. I spent the weekend working in the dish room….enough said.

  12. Rambling Girl says:

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!

    The weather was beautiful in Georgia and my daughter and I went and saw “Never say Never”…Justin Bieber Fever has rocked my little one but we still had fun even though I was not excited about seeing this movie. I have to say I like this kid after seeing the movie. We also go hair cut and toenails done…just a girls day which was fun!

  13. Karen At Home says:

    It looks like you had such a fun weekend!!!

    I recently just started to enjoy Country music. I don’t know what has gotten into me but I can honestly say that I now love it. I also love that Darius Rucker has now turned country!!! My husband and I saw him at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach a few year ago and he was amazing!!!


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Weekend Fun

I {heart} weekends.  This weekend was full of fun.  We took advantage of the beautiful weather both Friday and Saturday to enjoy some quality time on the tennis court. 

Due to the hot, dry summer that we’ve had, our yard was in desperate need of some TLC.  Raking, picking up sticks, and grass planting were our Saturday afternoon activities.  I was in hog heaven because my idea of a good time is sweating in the yard.

The landscaping company that did our driveway had a customer appreciation party Saturday night.  Say the magic words of barbeque and live band and I am there!  The party really started once the sun went down and the band fired up.  Two Mexican employees were dancing all by their lonesomes, so I joined them.  The next thing I knew, most of the party was dancing up a storm!  I think I may have a permanent invite to all of this company’s parties for helping to get the dancing started.  Boy was it fun! 

There were door prizes and I won this beautiful Endless Summer Hydrangea.  I was tickled pink to have been selected.


Isn’t the bloom beautiful??


Our local historical foundation has a house tour every fall.  This year the featured area was downtown.  Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside the homes.

Powell House (circa 1886)   Victorian decor, way too many do-dads for my taste.


Langhorne, Beck, Stokes House (circa 1852)   Lovely antiques, killer view of the mountains, basement kitchen…I could live here.


These two houses are side by side.  Here’s a view of both.


Can someone identify this plant?  My grandmother used to use pieces of it for flower arrangements for church.  It has very sharp thorns.  I took this photo from the back porch of the second house.


Isn’t the fruit interesting?


Bryant-Brightwell House (circa 1872)     This house reeked of cigarette smoke.  My cousin and I got out of there as quickly as we could.  The inside was unremarkable.


Payne-Perrow House (circa 1883)    This house was the best of the bunch.  It was full of to die for antiques and was exquisitely decorated.  The owner recently retired after running a florist and antique shop in town for years and years. 



Tyree-Slaughter House (circa 1856)    This house had a very interesting polygonal foyer with a staircase that spiraled to the second floor.  The ceiling in the foyer has a bright red and blue glass dome with paintings around it of cherubs, flowers, and clouds.  The painting was done in the early 1900’s.  A cupola on the outside of the home protects the dome. 


The fun part of the weekend is over as I now must tackle my school work.   I have a few demonstrations to do this week and I’ve got to get Mr. SP to help me to understand the “why’s” behind what happens.  I think I’d rather scrub something than think!   

What did you do this weekend that was fun?  Please share!   


  1. I would have loved to go on that tour! I have the same hydrangea..but in blue…

    have a great week…teachers are so important!! Jennifer

  2. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Girl, you had a GOOD weekend! Love seeing the photos of the old homes, and yay for a free hydrangea! 🙂

  3. What a great weekend! Good for you.

    I’m so grateful for the weather to have FINALLY cooled down. Our weekend was pretty uneventful, although this afternoon hubby and I hiked six miles at Duke Forest rather than our usual three miles–a celebration of cooler temps!

    Wish I could come visit you and go to the apple orchard! And maybe you could show me some of your dance moves. 🙂

  4. Great weekend-parties,free plants, and homes to swoon over.
    Now for some nice rain!

  5. Paula, I love the hydrangea, what a great prize. I have to tell you that I am pea green with envy with all the historic homes you have at your disposal. Thanks so much for posting pictures for us. As Donna says “we dance for pictures”.

  6. Southern Fried Gal says:

    How fun! Our Junior League does something similar for Christmas. I can’t believe that one home smelled like cigarette smoke – you think someone on the selection committee would have thought of that as a turn-off. Thanks for sharing!

    Aren’t you a lucky duck for winning the hydrangea? It’s beautiful.

    Speaking of Hog Heaven, the highlight of my weekend was the Alabama/Arkansas game. My Hogs lost but they put up a great score against the #1 ranked team.

    Have a great week! Looks like we are getting cooler temps finally – how about you?

  7. Could the mystery plant be a type of quince?

    Love the homw tour pictures. Thanks for sharing.


  8. Southern Lady says:

    Congratulations on the hydrangea! I love home tours….it sounds like you had fun! Carla

  9. FrouFrouBritches says:

    Sounds like you partied HARD this weekend. Cool you won the hydrangea. They are soooo pretty! Love them!

    I HATE they wouldn’t let you take pictures inside! I was just dying to see! I bet the florist/antique owner one was STUNNING on the inside! Lucky you!

  10. Glad you could fit in all these outdoor activities. Now for some nice showers of rain!

  11. I like the Tyree-Slaughter house a lot…awful name but…I think what you have there is a Bitter Orange…but I could be wrong…



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