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Welcome to Our MT Nest. I’m Carolyn. In December 2013 I retired from a 34-year career as a public school educator. For most of those years I worked in a large metropolitan school district in south Florida teaching mathematics, before spending my final 8 years as an administrator in the district office.

My husband and I celebrated our 33nd anniversary in May. I am blessed to be the mother of two amazing adult daughters and the grandmother to three precious angels.

Hubby and I relocated in December 2013, shortly after my retirement, to a small town in western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. The house we moved into was built and later renovated by my husband (and me) with help from various contractors over the past 33+ years. It was previously our vacation home, the place where we escaped the hot Florida summers and enjoyed the natural beauty and peacefulness of the NC mountains. The house is a geodesic dome, which means it is unique in our rural community. (In reality, a dome house would probably be unique in most neighborhoods!)

I love cooking, baking, crafting, and DIY. I also love applying creativity to our home to make it more beautiful, comfortable, organized, and efficient. I am fortunate to be married to a very handy guy and we enjoy working together on projects around the house. We also share a love for good food, travel, movies, and live music.

My decorating style when we lived in Florida was transitional. I am not sure exactly how I will learning to translate transitional decor to fit into our mountain home in the woods. We inherited some family antiques and other furniture pieces and my style needs to evolve to incorporate those pieces and to fit our rural setting as well as our home’s truly unique architecture. This blog will chronicle my style evolution and the changes and improvements we will make to our home.

Retirement from our careers and relocation to a new community in a new state are major life changes for us. Our MT Nest will also record the projects, experiences, and changes we make as we settle into a new normal.

I am not a professional decorator but I love reading and researching about home decor and interpreting decor trends in a way that suits my home and our lifestyle. I am not a chef, but I love trying and adapting new recipes. When I am able to create something for our home I experience a great sense of satisfaction . I hope that through the projects and experiences I share on this blog. my readers will find information and inspiration that they can apply in their own homes.

This is the first time I’ve ever blogged, so I am learning as I go with this blog. It is an exciting new experience for me (I love to learn new things!). Thank you for visiting. I hope you’ll stop back at Our MT Nest regularly.


2 Responses to About

  1. Lynda land. says:

    Just found your blog from Kim. Savvy. Have not explored your new experience but admire your desire to try new things. I am not a blogger and only follow a few. Kim being one of them. I spent about seven yrs in the admin. of a public school. Secretary to Middle School Principal. Loved those 6,7,8th graders like my own. So much joy but so many heartbreaking children. at least more joy. I learned one valuable thing. Those are the most misunderstood children. They may look bigger on the outside but really, just babes on the inside. Finish 8th grade feelin more secure, only to go to highschool to start the process over. If anyone reads this and don’t feel the same about these students( most of them) need to be understood. It’s been thirty five years ago and a lot has changed but I hope what I’ve said will touch one teacher’s admin. heart. Please don’t teach not one child , if you don’t love these kids are or not willing to take time to see if you can help the troubled.

    Now on to your blog. I know I will enjoy. I can already feel you putting your heart into it.


    • carolyn says:

      Thanks for your comments, Lynda. I loved my time as a teacher. You are so right that kids are all the same on the inside, craving love, acceptance, and attention. No matter what age children I was working with (and at different times I taught elementary, middle school and high school students), I found that to be true.

      I am glad you found my blog and hope you’ll find your way here often.


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