Saturday, August 24, 2013


A company sponsored trip to Nashville was a welcomed
diversion to all the stress of a new school year - that has 
been made somewhat more stressful by the fact that this
school year includes a new school!
Since Nanny could stay, we could go!
(Thanks, Nanny)

It's no chore to stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
With over 3000 rooms, shops, restaurants, conference areas,
theatres, gardens and an in house boat ride, there's lots to do!

And...oh... what gardens they are!

Since I had no classes to attend... or children to attend to, I wandered around, 
drank coffee and thoroughly enjoyed myself 
at this Garden of Eden hotel!

The Stockyard, Nashville, TN

One of the vendors provided Kenneth's company with dinner at
The Stockyard in Nashville.  This restaurant is
considered one of the top ten steakhouses in the US.
No doubt why.

The absolute highlight of this awesome trip was the Grand Ole Opry!

... But even with the considerable bling at the Opry,
nothing outshines seeing my family:

Will B studying hard

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Love in a lunchbox

It's that time. 
Summer is over, (though we're not conceding yet - 
we certainly aren't closing the pool yet.)
Fresh corn is gone, figs are coming soon and so are scuppernongs 
(really: "scupnins") and muscadines, pumpkins, then....QUIT!

But we are back in school. 
One of the things that I started when the children were in elementary school, I
called lunchbox love.  You see, I had a terrible time "turnin loose" of
them.  I didn't want them to go to school.  I didn't want them to
be uneducated, just didn't want them to leave.  Kenneth tells the story
of how Julia went to kindergarten and I had to "take to bed".'s true.
So, I began sending them "love letters" that I stashed  in their lunchbox.
Quickly, this practice had to be discontinued for John, but now in
the eighth grade, I still send them for Julia and she loves them.

Of course, there are rules. (With my double A personality, what'd you expect?)
First, they are all made by me.

Secondly, they are always filled with love, happiness or inspiration...

... and last but not least, they have to be a surprise. 
(So even if she prepares her lunch, I sneak one in.)

Now, they have to also be cool as her friends always
want to share the love at lunch...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Funny How Time Slips Away

The title of one of my favorite Elvis tunes is...

"Ain't it funny how time slips away".

But, it's not so funny.  Not when your baby has only one year before high school.
High School.  Not funny.  I was just there.

Baby Noona First Day of Eighth Grade

And then, this is not funny at all: John is in the tenth grade!

(It looks like I need to get a taller picture tree to hide those pesky shadows!)

"It's been so long, but it seems like it was
only yesterday...
Ain't it funny how time slips away".

Tuesday, August 06, 2013