Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SOME UPDATES...

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.

Bob

Monday, August 7, 2017

'BOUT THAT TIME...

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.


Bob


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SPRING PICS

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.

Bob
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!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ROUGH RIDE AHEAD

(early Friday AM updates in red)

I didn't bother to talk about Wednesday's chance for strong to severe storms earlier because with the incoming storm direction coupled with the height of the Smokies and the Plott Balsams, many storms are prone to get worn down in severity as they pass through here....or at least the storms get broken up and the severe parts are spotty in nature.

Be that as it may, it might be boisterous here tomorrow afternoon and evening, with strong straight line winds and hail the bigger concern. ACA has just been dropped back to "slight" chance for severe...but it will still be very windy, which could lead to downed trees and power outages. Tie that in with continuing strong winds for a day and a half, incoming cold, highs staying in the 40s Thursday and Friday, and a rain-snow mix that may well go to all snow above 3500' late Thursday closer to midnight through early Friday...it's an UGH situation all around the board.


Good news is the ground will be warm, so not anticipating icy roads.  Slushy, maybe, and that's plenty slippery, but afternoon highs at least go nicely above freezing to help keep roads good.  I still could see 1-2" for ACA, especially above the blue roof house.  The "sleepy" NAM has gone bonkers pushing 4-5" here, but the more 'steady' GFS is keeping us in the dusting-2" which is what makes more sense. (Amounts listed still holding at this update.)

Early April has given us big snows going back in years, so this is a minor event, truly.  I just want to get information out for those that might not have 4WD vehicles that need to move around.  Winter coats will be appreciated with the windy cold conditions soon to be here.

On a brighter note, I took some pics this afternoon of the early, mostly 'white' wildflowers now out.  Even saw the buds to the deep purple Dwarf Larkspur waiting to bloom later.  Pics below (click to enlarge):

Bloodroot

Spring Beauty

Cut-leaved Toothwort

A BIT OF SNOW, PERHAPS?

   Sometime around midnight Thursday into Friday morning, cold rain showers should switch over to snow, certainly above 3500'.  Good news is that the ground temp will be above freezing, so I am not anticipating road issues, but if it feel hard enough for a bit it may lay down an inch or two on grassy/wooded areas. And if it were to lay on Apple Creek Road, it will not be frozen and just a slushy texture.  

   Friday will be a chilly April day with highs only in the low to mid 40s on most of the mountain, but at least it will be above freezing.  From Friday through Sunday mornings, lows will flirt around if not below the freezing mark before warming up some next week (Spring Break for Haywood County Schools).

Dawn color bouncing off of Lake Junaluska

Good ol' dawn color April 2
   The above shots were from Sunday morning at the end of Staymon (click to enlarge).  If there is to be color at dawn's light, there is usually a burst of strong color for 1-3 minutes, called the morning 'glow'.  It was nice to see and drink coffee to on the deck.  And to my surprise, Bogart has not returned to my house in days. I'm okay with that...I like sleep.  ;-)

   As April goes on, you will see quick changes to the greenery on the forest floor...Bloodroot, Cut-leaved Toothwort, and Spring Beauty are well-flowering, with Trillium leaves already out around my house.  Trout Lillies, too.  It's a glorious time.

   Apple Creek Acres is considered a safe haven, safe to say.  However, as it warms, there is an increased possibility of ne'er-do-wells snooping around...which is where our Community Watch comes in.  We're only as safe as our least 'watchful' resident...if you see suspicious activity or vehicles, try to get a good description and a tag number if possible, and call the Haywood County Sheriff. There is an officer dedicated to Apple Creek, and they do a great responsive job in keeping us safe.  Keep this number handy:

828-452-6666


Bob

Thursday, March 30, 2017

BOGART IS OUT AND ABOUT :-)

NO, THIS ISN'T BOGART. THIS IS A TEASE SHOT...AS APRIL UNFOLDS, OUR MOUNTAIN WILL EXPLODE WITH A GORGEOUS WILDFLOWER DISPLAY THAT IS ALWAYS EXEMPLARY!

We have had a nice influx of new residents here, so you may be reading this type of information for the first time. Welcome, y'all! It's no surprise to the rest of us, of course...bears are part and parcel of life here in ACA.  I've called this particular bear Bogart in honor of the Waynesville restaurant flooded with carved bears.  

Best I can tell this is the same one I had last year, and I'm guessing it's now 3 years old.  Its color was a bit washed in the face and body last year, but I have to say it's a very handsome bear now, good and black with the clear brown marks on the head area. It's just not very big as adult bears go.  I didn't have the camera ready when he came to and on the deck I don't know how many times from 1-3am, but I got my army of bird feeders in before there was an issue.  Bogart did not like the chorus of Maisy and Molly barking their fool heads off on the other side of a glass door just three feet from the  golden path to the bird feeder area. 

And so the word to all to bring feeders in at night and don't leave garbage and food scraps available to our visitor.  It's in its best interest to eat as nature intended and maybe it will move on...or not.  There's a big chunk of real estate east of my house all the way to Hall Top that I imagine was its den area this winter.  And who knows, it won't be unusual to have other bruins cruise through from time to time.

As an aside, I have made a tweak to this blog so it should be easily viewed on mobile devices.  Sorry for that delay.

Bob

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

TUESDAY P.M. UPDATE

Well, I've picked up around 3" of new snow today here at the end of Staymon, albeit with whippy winds at times and some melting earlier.  Apple Creek Road has been in perfect shape from even early this morning; however, the temp is now down to 27 degrees just before 6pm and it's only downhill from here.  

The NW flow snow showers will continue intermittently through the night and possibly well into Wednesday.  The Winter Weather Advisory for Haywood County is through 8am, but I'm seeing a massive upstream moisture flow that will not go anywhere quickly as the parent low pummeling the northeast is starting to recurve slightly NW.

It's possible to pick up another 1-3" overnight.  Driving up this afternoon, the snow was relatively absent below the blue roof house (relatively, I say).  Accumulations will continue to be higher in the upper elevations above 3500'.  What had been a non-icy Apple Creek Road can easily become more icy as time wears on, so a big concern for travel in the morning as well as school schedule concerns.

Bitter cold is incoming, so what falls sticks and stays.  We'll ever so slowly start warming up by Friday, but until then the bitter cold will reign.  Gusty winds increase our danger for power outages, as well, so prepare for that for the next 24-36 hours.

Wheeeee.  Way to go, Punxsutawney Phil....


Bob