Bill, Grace, my mother and I took a little 4 day getaway last week.
Grace had two days off school due to teacher conferences so off we went!
We headed down to the Great Smoky
National Park to catch the last of the Fall color and just enjoy
the peace of this special place.
The Cades Cove area of the National Park has always meant a great deal to Bill
and me. It is a spot rich in history and beauty.
Went into Marysville and spent lots of time with dear friends who moved to Tennessee not long ago. We got to meet their new puppies, two long haired miniature dachshunds who were just so precious!
While visiting with our friends they took us to meet a skilled artisan in the great Smoky Mountain tradition. He makes, plays and sells the most beautiful dulcimers. It was a delight to hear this music and see this lovely art form continued.
We also had the chance to hop over to Crossville, Tennessee one day.
My parents moved to Crossville after retirement and lived on a lovely
lake there for 27years. We were able to visit with many
dear friends which is always a treat!
One of our friends is the head winemaker at Stonehaus Winery.
We always bring home a few bottles of this delicious wine!
We were also so pleased to be able to meet with over 20 of our family members one evening in Knoxville. Such a joy to be able to have dinner and enjoy these wonderful people! My father was born and raised in East Tennessee and many of our family live in this area. We also got to spend a little time with some of Bill's family who now live in Tennessee. Isn't being with relatives, especially those you don't get to see often, a blessing?
The weather was perfection while we were in Tennessee. Highs in the 60s, sunny and bright. Autumn weather at its finest! Here in Ohio the weather was equally pretty I hear!
This week will see all that change as the cold Northern air moves in accompanied by an icy rain. Perfect hot soup and crusty bread weather! Hmm...let's see what I have in the pantry to work with...
Stay warm and dry and enjoy your mid November. Each day is such a gift!
Love to you all!