Sunday, October 8, 2017


The remnants of Nate are bringing us much needed rainfall here in western NC now, but already there has been a rash of tornadic cells in the Upstate of SC this afternoon.  The wind field will get here soon, and I imagine some trees can come down, and maybe power outages, as well.  The tornado threat is greatly reduced here in the mountains as the storms are coming out of the SSE, so the high peaks of the Parkway will break up a lot of the circulation needed for a tornado.  Can't rule one out, but % chances are very limited.

The remnants of Irma brought us just under 2.5 inches of rain (and brought down a sizeable Hickory tree narrowly missing my LP gas tank, so the gift of rain brings its concerns, as well. I had heard of springs running dry this summer, and since Irma we've had high pressure giving us warm beautiful days and nary a drop of rain.  However, per the US Drought Monitor, western NC is not under a categorical drought.  

Soon enough our pattern will change and we'll have more rain chances and more typical fall temperatures shortly. Oh, and lest I forget, our paving looks great, so thanks for everyone's patience and understanding...and thanks to our board's Jeff Hintzman for his overseeing it all.


Friday, September 22, 2017


Assuming our good weather will hold, Custom Paving will be working on Apple Creek Road this coming Tuesday, September 26.  This will most likely be an all-day event, starting by 9-ish, give or take.  A reminder sign will be placed at the entrance, as well.  

The past few years we have had great success by having residents stay off Apple Creek Road  and not drive around the paving areas, which prematurely damages the edges of the road.  Everyone's help in this matter is greatly appreciated in advance.


Sunday, September 10, 2017


8-26-17 sunrise through a Cherry tree, end of Staymon Road

"Irma" has certainly been the headlines, so no need for me to rehash the latest.  Those here in ACA have really enjoyed the crisp mornings in the 40s of late...that trough in the jet stream has been lifting NE, opening the atmospheric door for Irma to travel further west, now up the west coast of peninsular FL and curling from Columbus, GA into western TN before stalling a tad.

We'll get breezy, if not windy, with sporadic bands of rain, heavy at times, Monday and Tuesday.  Models paint a 3-5" total for most of western NC, though I think 2-4" may be a tad more accurate for ACA.  We need the rain...our drought has not been in the news, but portions of our region are well short in the water department, so anything we can garner would be appreciated.

My only concern is that as I'm heading down at 7am to head to Waynesville Middle School that I round a bend to find a big tree across the road.  I know a few others may proceed me, so hopefully we'll still be fairly mobile on the mountain.  We do have paving that is already a tad delayed, and will continue to be more delayed, as the paving company works around the wet weather and adjusted schedules.  We'll be sure to alert everyone as to the timing of our paving for the fall.

The annual HOA meeting last month went off without a hitch, and as soon as approved minutes come my way I'll pass them along.  You'll also get them with the end-of-year assessment/dues.  Looks like we're on track and on a 'normal' pattern for now in ACA.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017


First, the all-important Apple Creek HOA is this Saturday, August 26th, at 10am at the Waynesville Public Library.  Proxies are oh-so important for voting on board members and other items, so I trust y'all have returned all that was needed.  A quorum of around 64 votes is needed to even hold the meeting at all.

A resident just wrote about a concern of a driver in a smaller pickup truck squealing tires and driving dangerously...and I thought this was a great opportunity to remind our current lot owners as well as to prime our new lot owners on how things work here.

Apple Creek Acres is a tranquil place.  It's noticeable when certain individuals act contrary to that, driving dangerously, making excessive noise, etc.  Sometimes they are part of lot owners, sometime renters, sometimes none of the above. I live at the dead end of a dead end road, gone most days, now, so I don't hear or see issues.  But some of y'all do...

First, note any description possible, especially a tag # if you can get it.  Note any special times of day that you are hearing it, which may be a smoking gun.  Color of vehicle.  Time of day. Age of vehicle. Is it a pattern?  Note it.

You CAN call the Haywood County Sheriff's Department at 828-452-6666 with specific information, and they can come in here, even though we are private roads.  Or you can ask around and see if this is a resident in some capacity and see if the board can contact them.  Owen Fulghum is our president, and he can be emailed at   Of course, our HOA meeting here in just 3 days is a great place to bring this up.

I hope this all helps.  I am in love with living in Apple Creek, and I disdain rapscallions up here, as does everyone else.  See y'all Saturday if you're coming... :-)


Wednesday, August 9, 2017


6-30-17 late afternoon, end of Staymon Rd. (click to enlarge)

I just got word that our annual HOA meeting has been set and the letters will soon go out.  It will be held Saturday, August 26th @ the Waynesville Public Library. [I think that will be around the side on the lower level, where the massive book sale is held].  I want to impress to everyone again how important the proxies are that will be in the mailed information.  If you do not plan on being at the meeting, please get your proxy to anyone attending, marked with your information, so we can have a quorum to hold the meeting and vote on various items.

At this time, paving will occur roughly around the last week of August (though weather can affect this).  The pavers will contact us when they can give a more accurate timing; rest assured you will not be caught off-guard.  Information will be posted in advance here and at the entrance so we all can plan accordingly. 

There is one more event that is taking place this weekend I forgot to mention.  This year's Perseid meteor shower is supposed to be rather spectacular, some meteors possibly seen during daylight hours.  Peak activity will be this Saturday @1pm, which means the darkness overnight Friday and again Saturday should provide good viewing, even with the 3/4 moon. The potential bummer is cloud cover and our weather; currently, the forecast is for cloud cover in the 60%+ category, with limited rain chances.  Click HERE for more information on the Perseids.


Monday, August 7, 2017


FRIDAY 8-4-17 SUNRISE (click to enlarge)

Now that August is here, we have a few things on our plate in Apple Creek and the immediate area.

First, the annual homeowners meeting is supposed to take place in August, but first all lot owners must receive a notice (and proxy) 10 days in advance of the meeting.  At this time, I have no information on that from anyone on the board.  When I do, I will post that information as a back-up to the mailed copies going out.  The proxy is very important if measures are to be voted on, as there has to be a quorum to even hold the meeting in the first place.  Those proxies count as one owner each, so returning them quickly is important.

The white painted marks on Apple Creek Road signal our main paving event for the year is coming up...but at this time I don't know when that is.  As soon as I hear from Jeff or someone I'll give you a heads up.  We have had a few years of very successful paving results by stopping all traffic for as short a period as possible, to let the pavers do their best job. Letting cars go off the side of the new pavement to go around the work prematurely breaks down that important edge, and we'd all like our $$$ to be used as wisely as possible.  There are a good number of us that work daily, among others who have various appointments, etc.  Usually there will be a large sign about the paving posted at the AC entrance, as well.  Paving is usually slated around a window of time, as weather (like the rain this morning), moving of large equipment, and the juggling of other jobs the pavers are involved with, all can affect the planned timing.  I'll do my best to keep you up to date as possible.

Schools are cranking  back up, which means kids along the road waiting for the bus, more traffic, etc.  I believe Shining Rock starts back this week, and Haywood County Schools start back August 22.

We're all aware that Monday August 21 is a huge day for the region, the total solar eclipse.  Waynesville proper is in the 99% totality, but go as close as Balsam and you get into the 100% totality.  Traffic is expected to border on ridiculous, so reports say...and animals could exhibit odd behavior as well.  If you are out on the roads, drive with extra caution in anticipation of, well, just about anything.  While we're all aware you must use approved solar glasses to witness all but the actual totality, do NOT point your camera or cell phone directly at the sun as it could fry your sensors...unless you have the lens covered with the same protective lens.  NASA has a wonderful site on the event...scroll down on the link below and click on Map #8 and you will get an extremely detailed map of eclipse details, as in times, length of totality, etc. Some of you will need to then click on the image to make it much larger. Click HERE to go to that site and poke around.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017


What gorgeous weather we're having now, after a chilly hit last weekend.  Over the past month, maybe more, all the gravel roads got graded and some graveled, and the lushness speaks for itself.  Picked up several inches of rain that has aided the vernal explosion, as well.  No real information to share at this time, just....

...a bunch of pics I've taken from the end of Staymon in the past several weeks.  I wanted to get more wildflower pics to show, but here at least are a few if some wanted to identify a lot of those visible from the drive up and down the mountain.  Click on any pic to enlarge.

Easter morning sunrise
Dwarf Larkspur
Large Flowering Bellwort
Dutchman's Breeches
Squirrel Corn
Canadian Violet
Wake Robin Trillium
Star Chickweed

One of my favorite shots :-)
How those rainbows can vary!