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Old 03-11-2017, 12:13 PM   #3907
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I was determined to make it here, and it will be a good place to just hang out awhile....pull out my yarn, do some crocheting.

You have your little woodstove to keep you warm and dry.

Have some tea, read a good book...

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Yes, love that wood stove!! The weather has been the topic of conversation just about everywhere here lately... no wonder!!! Looked like some snow might be coming your way... snugged in is fine... life is good!!! Enjoy your little "fireplace"... that you fixed yourself!!! Crocheting, tea, ambiance... way to wait out the weather... hugs and love from out here!!!
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:53 PM   #3909
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And reading, Gail....I'm doing lots of reading.

There is supposed to be snow here, and I've driven thru it two days in a row, so it's hanging around these parts.

You stay warm, too.


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Yes, reading of coarse.. I read all the time... I read when I should be doing something more productive..like house cleaning...ugh, I read... hugs and love..enjoy the snow!!!
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Old 03-12-2017, 06:59 AM   #3911
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A beautiful, sunny morning, and going to have temps in the mid-50's today..

We are going to walk, and do a bit of housekeeping...and, I'm going to cook.

Skyped with darling daughter this morning, where it has been very cold, and where 12-18" of snow is predicted for Tuesday.

They are off work all of this week, have had the chimney inspected, are using their real fireplace and have ordered a face cord of firewood which is being delivered tomorrow.

It warms my heart to see them so delighted with their new home, and the love between them.

I am so glad they found each other.

Doug died 3 years ago today....rest in peace, honey.

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Old 03-12-2017, 07:22 AM   #3912
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RIP Doug. I never had the privilege of meeting him but knowing that he clicked with you means I would have liked him too.
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Old 03-12-2017, 08:09 AM   #3913
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He was a good man, Gerard...not a perfect man, but a good man.

Looking forward to seeing you and Laura in a few months!


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Old 03-12-2017, 12:43 PM   #3914
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I made this fish stew of sorts in my Instant Pot today....delicious...Rachel Ray's "Fish in Crazy Water".

http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe/fis...r-with-fennel/

I love the IP, it is truly an excellent item for a small space.

If I only had a fresh loaf of crusty bread...

This is the first time I've cooked since I left my daughters...been subsisting on sandwiches and deli foods...and I am more than a bit veggie-low for the week, so I stirred a big handful of baby spinach and kale mix into my bowl of this.

It wilted up in a coupe of minutes, and I had a balanced, nutritious meal in a bowl.

Looking at the map of TN, I am right in the middle of the area my ancestors lived in before they flatboated down the Mississippi to Natchez in 1806.

Going to the Museum tomorrow...


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Old 03-13-2017, 02:31 PM   #3915
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Drove down to spend some time here this morning, and what a fascinating place.

http://museumofappalachia.org

Found one photograph of a woman with the middle name of "Lea", but otherwise none that I recognized on the tons of carefully preserved artifacts from this area...most of which are labeled as to owner, with photos and a bit of history.

I took Lily in on her short leash, was asked if she was a therapy dog, and when I answered "not officially", I was still allowed to bring her thru the buildings and outdoor exhibits with me.

She is always happiest not to be left behind.

Not only am I in the midst of the area my known Lea ancestors lived in, but Newman's Ridge, of Melungeon history, is right here, too.....my African/American Indian/Portugal or Spain ancestry came from somewhere undisclosed, and could have been from here, rather than the unknowns of my maternal grandmother I have been so focused on.

I am marking on my map places my ancestors were known to have lived...trying to connect the dots.

Tho, truthfully, while it is fun to gather info and try to solve the mystery...I likely never will.

One of my slave descendant, 4th-5th cousins is narrowing down her search thru DNA, however, so there may be something revealed there very soon...

The dogwood is the State flower of Tennessee, so I decided I needed this little pretty for my windows at home.

I have several Magnolias...for Mississippi and Louisiana, ya know.

On my way back into the park, stopped to dump my tanks....the sun was shining, weather was mild, and no precipitation...the wise thing to do.

Then had a nice visit with a couple about my age who had pulled into the Site next to me...they are also waiting out weather before heading home to Michigan.

So, it's been a full and interesting day.

Another walk for Miss Lily and we will settle in for the evening.

Since I have a lot of data left and my new cycle begins in 3 days, I watched a movie on Netflix last night...Papa Hemingway in Cuba, for Doug, who loved his writings and his fascinating, tho often tortured and wretched, life.

Going to watch another one tonight.

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Old 03-14-2017, 09:07 AM   #3916
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Good morning there... how's your weather?? Can't tell from the morning news.. they're concentrating on NY and around that area... ok, just checking in with you... stay snug.. enjoy your day... hugs and love and pats from out here...
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:38 AM   #3917
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Good morning, Gail.

Had a heavy rain/snow mix here this morning, but it has stopped and is now just 34 degrees...so chilly and damp, but my little heater/fireplace thingy is working away, we are toasty warm inside, and I have put a meal in my IP on crock pot function.

Lily had a good walk and run this morning while it was just barely drizzling, so is curled up on the couch and happy to be there.

Been getting pictures from D of the snow up there...I knew I needed to leave ...SIL has been shoveling their deck, the bulldog is romping around in it, and they have a fire going in the fireplace.

All is well, going to head west toward a different SP near Nashville tomorrow...a bit closer to home, where I likely won't be for another week.

They are getting snow, too...no reason to hurry.

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God morning Maggie. Glad you are staying toasty and warm , in spite of the cold, damp weather. Give Lily a hug from Mikki, and one for yourself from me. Stay safe and cozy.
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Oh oh.. too quiet back there... maybe she's deep into a good book...
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No, she's been driving.

Just settled into Bledsoe Creek SP north of Nashville for the night.

We got a rather late start, first having breakfast at the Waffle House..where I did not cry...then a brief visit again to the Museum.

Although we didn't cover that many miles today, most of them were off major highways, and interrupted by a) a stop to do laundry, and b) a rather lengthy conversation with D...about the good 2' of snow they got, and the 2 hours she and SIL spent shoveling out their cars and a path to the shed where they stored their firewood.

They hired someone to plow their driveway, but didn't realize he wouldn't shovel out their cars.

Welcome to home ownership, I told her.

We had a pretty drive, saw a couple of places I marked on PocketEarth to go back to...like historic Oliver Springs, which looks very interesting.

I'll be back thru here in the fall.

Lots of "Oliver's" in these parts, and I believe one of the original strictures in Cades Cove is an Oliver home.

A very old and early name, tho not one of my ancestors.

Tho I woke up the other morning to find that Tennessee had switched to daylight savings time....not having television in many days, I didn't know that was happening...sometime during the drive today we entered Central Standard time, so my clocks I didn't bother to change are now accurate.

Looks like the weather at home will accommodate us by the weekend, so that is the plan....home to the little house, my son and his.

A good trip, and always an acknowledged privilege to be able to go, but it will be nice to be home.

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