Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tis the season . . .

An explosion of Christmas color on a time exposure while twisting the telephoto lens
Photo was at Bellingrath Gardens, AL

With the first week of December almost over, it is amazing how fast the rest of the month will fly by.

It is raining outside our house tonight. The temperature is not cold enough to bring snow, although farther north, in places like Gatlinburg, TN, the forecast calls for some later in the week.

Once, while heading for some snowskiing on Sugar Mountain in North Carolina, we were doing an overnighter in Gatlinburg.

As luck would have it, as we headed down from I-40 in the Knoxville area, a light snow began to fall. That’s the only time I have been in that area to see the white stuff coming down.

I want to return to experience it again, and told my wife if it fits into our schedule this December, expect to be heading that way.

We are already planning a trip to Marietta, GA., the week before Christmas.

Maybe it will happen then and we can drive on up.

The days are shorter, the nights darker and the body more tired. The fingers are also a little bit slower on the keyboard, thus it is easy to take another break and enjoy the holidays. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Next post: Jan. 9, 2018

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gobble, gobble

Circumstances in our area became somewhat out of the ordinary this week so, a day late,  all I can say is

Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Heading down homestretch to 2018

I guess most every one, like it or not, is in the homestretch that leads to Christmas and the end of the year.

Is 2017 just about over? Seems like it just blasted off.

In preparation for everything that is going to happen (for us, three more out-of-town trips, and maybe a fourth before Santa arrives), I decided to get a headstart on decorating.

The action plan is underway. Just today, half of our outdoor lights were put into place. I figured I needed to get this done  so that it would be ready in time for Thanksgiving.

For many years, it has been traditional for our grandchildren to decorate the tree (with help from moms and dads) during the Thanksgiving week, so why not have all the decorations up at that time.

Our previous tree helped us celebrate more than 20 Christmases before we decided to retire it.

Still in a box in the overhead storage area above our carport, the newer tree will be hauled down on Monday. It is about 7 feet tall, and although prelit, some of the lights, after just the first year, went dark.

The hope is that the remainder will stay bright for many more years.

And for many more years, our hope is to continue our travels and enjoy the journey no matter where it takes us.

Next post: Nov. 21, 2017