Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall festival time

For over 40 years, the Sorghum Festival has been going strong.  This year’s event, now over, was a huge success.

Sorghum Festival2

Joan and I checked it out Saturday, and found lots of happy folks enjoying the crisp, then warm, fall day.



A bunch of contestants participated in the “biskit eatin” contest:

Biscuit eatin

These folks didn’t need any dinner that night, that is for sure!

Life is good in the GA Alps.  Y’all come up and visit next year, ya hear?!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Happy Birthday! And more…

Blatantly stolen from Amy’s FB page, complete with her tender message:

Happy 8th Birthday to this sweet boy! He brings us so much joy and laughter. There isn't an animal he doesn't love, a fish he doesn't want to catch, a friend he doesn't want to hug and a stranger he doesn't want to talk to. I love you to the moon and back.

Alex is 8

So true.  Grumps and I love you, too.  You are such a blessing to all our lives.  I am glad y’all got to enjoy a day at the zoo today.

And this gal is in DC with her classmates, visiting with old Tom at Monticello:

Macey at Monticello 10.14

These kids are getting entirely too big!  Yes they are. 

Everyone had a busy day and will sleep well tonight.  We are lucky to have a short fella spending the night with us.

That’s the news from Mayberry, y’all!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sunny Friday

We hit New Hampshire at its colorful peak last week, so here are a few more shots of that loveliness:

Llama farm2



The gals stopped by a farm stand and picked up a few fresh veggies for dinner:



And we even spied a wee fairy door!


Lynne was a fabulous tour director and kitchen manager, along with chef Bob…the accommodations and food were superb, as well as all the excursions.  Can we do this again next fall?!

Life is good when you get to spend time with family and friends, and this trip was definitely rated good.  No, make that GREAT!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TBT - Tim

We sure wish you could be with us for your birthday today, but we can’t make that happen.  I remember this cute little fella from when I married his uncle back a few decades ago.  Our Tim was always a very interesting guy.Tim Bell

He grew a lot taller.  And lived and loved a whole bunch in his 40-something years…and was also loved a whole bunch. 

Tim, Bob, Dick (2)

Everyone misses you, buddy.  Gone, but not forgotten.  Ever.

I have been climbing the ancestral family trees on MM’s side lately, and have found several more grandparents we knew nothing about.  I now know more about MM’s relatives than he does, and am duly recording it in my family tree program. 

The Internet is a marvelous tool for ancestral digging, since it would be impossible to actually travel to all the places our relatives lived and look up local records.  Of course it is also like putting together a giant puzzle, since there are many spelling mistakes, typos, etc., out there.  It takes a lot of cross checking of facts…so the information does change occasionally when new facts are found.

I know our kids are glad I am doing the digging, but I sure hope future generations keep up the recordings! 

Family history is important, and unfortunately, there aren’t any older folks now left to answer our (many) questions.  Get the information while you can, my friends!

Life is precious, and family history needs saving.

Are you keeping records?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday

This is the view of Quechee Gorge (or “George,” as Bob/Lynne’s kids called it).  It is known as Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon, and is known as one of New England’s most popular natural wonders.  It is a looong way down there.  Trust me.  And there were lots of folks joining us on the bridge.  Very popular spot.


This is a popular (to me) local spot.  Sorry to scare you away this morning, Mr. Heron.  He is in the water on the R side, undaunted by the ducks swimming toward him.  He loudly told me off as he flew away.  Hmm, I apparently interfered with his breakfast:


Remember I said we got lots of rain yesterday?  Yep, the lake rose almost 2’ by mid-afternoon, and that rain washed all kinds of debris and mud from its shores.  Said debris plugged up some culverts here, flooding some roads…and a mudslide over the mountain closed a major road to Mayberry for several hours.  It was a mess!  Two (smart) kitties remained inside ALL day long…helping (?), in between naps.  Our neighborhood was without Internet all afternoon and evening, but at least we had electricity, thankyouverymuch.

We welcome the sunshine this morning to begin the drying out process.  Mother Nature rules, but I sure wish she would share this rain somewhere it is actually needed.  We are crying UNCLE!

Enjoy your Hump Day, and respect your Mother!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wet and windy Tuesday

Fortunately the rain stopped for the annual fall parade Saturday (that we missed), however the kids left their nice band uniforms home to avoid ruining them.  That’s our Macey on drums…

Macey parade…and Ansley playing clarinet.Ansley band

Thanks to Auntie Joy for taking the photos for me.

High winds knocked down a bunch of tree limbs across the roads south of town, so I just read on FB.  Our fabulous road department is on it, and probably 10 Bubbas with chain saws are also out clearing driveways and roads as well.  Our guys are prepared!

MM got his truck loaded up and left for work already.  He has one final mowing/grinding job to get finished, and then he is done.  He is ready to retire again.  Sounds great to me, especially since we have another adventure on the horizon!

I have plenty to keep me occupied while MM is away today.  The camera is now on my deck (along with untouched mail), so I plan to download and sort through the NH/VT photos…and take care of paperwork (less exciting).

Wait…it’s raining.  A comfy chair, two kitties, a book, a cuppa coffee………oh man, how tempting!!!

Life is wet but good in Mayberry, y’all!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday and Sunday

Friend Dixie had never been to Vermont, so the 10 of us fixed that yesterday. We had a nice walk about Woodstock. And a stop at a very nice glass place, complete with glass blowers and many lovely pieces of everything glass. Nice stuff!

We visited an interesting raptor center and saw lots of permanent resident Eagles, owls, and other birds of prey that can't be rehabilitated, including this cute fella who entertained us with his musical Whoo Whoo songs:

Lunch at a nifty craft beer place was great, then a stop to check out Queechee Gorge to see if it is still awesome. It is. Had to delete photo.

Another fabulous dinner at Chez Bell last night, and goodbyes to everyone this morning.

MM and I are now on the bus to Boston, heading home. Happy to be going home; sad to say so long to all. It was another great family and friends visit. We are all taking home good memories. More photos will follow...eventually.

Life is very good, y'all! Safe travels.

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