A Day in Asheville – From the Eyes of Someone New to the Area

Enjoy the Moments!

Have you heard the lyrics from the song by Air Supply?

Through the eyes of a child there is joy there is laughter,
There is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future
For the lessons of life, there is no better teacher
Than the look in the eyes of a child.

I spent the afternoon with a buyer whom I sold a home to in December who is moving from Florida. She wanted to know more about the area and will live here full time in a few weeks. She is so excited.

There are many things that are different here for her. For starters, she currently lives about 30 minutes from anything. So Redbox is a very “cool” invention.  And not having to  wait 20 minutes while your e-mail winds up as the internet connection is so slow. Charter is available at her new home.

Some of her “favorites” so far are Earthfare, Green Tea (she can’t believe how short of a drive it is to there) and Tupelo Honey Cafe.  So we had lunch at Earthfare to be healthy. We were going to go to the Arboretum to photograph flowers, something we both love, but it looked to be a rainy afternoon, so we took in some shopping. It was Grand Opening Day at Joanne’s Fabrics. Asheville is getting to be such a crafter’s hub, and I for one am loving every minute of it. It is so nice to be able to get what you need to create. We were there quite a while I must say. It is the first time I have been shopping for craft supplies in a long time, and with someone who has an addiction as bad as mine, this was not going to look good on the checkbook! But of course, so many things were on sale for 50% off, so we could buy even more!

Once we finally decided upon our purchases we went to checkout. Can you believe a rack of magazines near the checkout? It is like putting candy out for kids, it holds up the line and of course, you impulse buy. Then I saw a buyer whom I had sold another home to who was asking about how to get rid of a baby bat. The buyer who was with me loves bats so I got them together to discuss the issue.  It was a great match. Both clients love animals of all kinds and really hit it off. Both are very happy with their new homes. And to top it off, the cashier gave my friend a discount as she did not have a coupon since she was from out of town and not on their mailing list yet. She was impressed.

After Joanne’s we ran to Michaels and AC Moore, Best Buy (another bad place for me to be) That supersized MAC is just calling my name (for work of course!) I showed her short cuts between the stores, and Aldi’s, something they don’t have where she lives. We drove by Lake Julian and she loved the mallards and white geese (another bird she has not seen in her area). We plan to do the paddle boats one day to take in the Lake. From there I showed her some short cuts to her new home as to avoid major traffic times and we discussed twelve bones and the President eating there.

We talked about the differences in the area, and how friendly the people were. Someone has helped her with her grass in her neighborhood, she loves talking with the neighbors, people wave for no reason. I know, this is something we are used to, but also take for granted. The drivers are not as aggressive, people actually let you in and pull over for funerals and ambulances.

Mallards at Lake Julian

It was great to see our area through another’s eyes. I love where I live, but I love it even more when I am reminded how great we have it.

Everyday is a blessing ~ Bask in it!

And remember the lyrics

Through the eyes of a child there is joy there is laughter
There is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future
For the lessons of life, there is no better teacher
Than the look in the eyes of a child

 

 

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