Here we are at week 43. Our host, Sara, has posted a great set of photos and I would love for you all to go and see what everyone else has been doing this week. If you are interested.....or a wee bit curious then head over to Sara's blog and check out the photo offerings. I have been traveling this week since it was my fall break and I hope I don't bore you with my choices...I just could not decide which ones to use. Hope you enjoy them.
Sunday, October 16th
Today was Lay Speaker Sunday and I spoke at Rock Mills. My scripture came from Lamentations 3:21-24. My sermon was entitled 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness." I sang the hymn right before I spoke. Mrs. Beth played for me on the new piano our church just purchased. It is lovely and sounds awesome.
Monday, October 17th
Frank's Fire Dept. did an inservice for the children at Rock Mills today. He taught them about Stop, Drop, and Roll (when he actually showed them how to do it....they all laughed). He and Jennifer then had a race to see who could get in their gear first. Jennifer won because Frank's boot was not cooperating. I took pictures of the kids trying on their gear....it was a fun morning and I was so proud of my husband.
Tuesday, October 18th
We left early this morning headed to Chuck and Susan's in Knoxville. We met Susan at Wild Wing Cafe for lunch and then she went back to work and Frank and I headed on to her house. I have my own key and can come and go as we want. We waited for the two of them to get there and I thought some pictures of a few of the cool things Chuck got on one of his mission trips in Brazil would make a nice shot for the day.
Wednesday, October 19th
It was a gross day. If it was not raining....it was really foggy.....so we changed our plans and we went shopping, had Starbucks coffee, looked at decorations, rode up to Wears Valley area, played with Mr. Aaron (Susan's new grandson), visited with Jan (Susan's daughter), and I got to meet my blogging friend, Mary, at Shoney's for dessert. Chuck and Susan had a business meeting at church so while they were gone we rode over to the airport area and met Mary. It was so exciting to finally meet her. She is just as lovely as I thought she would be.
Thursday, October 20th
We made it to Cades Cove today...it was still very foggy....but occasionally the sun would break through and I would grab a fall foliage picture, or some turkey, or the lone doe. It was a long and tedious trip through the Cove since it is peak season and everyone else decided to go today too. After the Cove we went to the Craftsman's Fair in Gatlinburg and headed back to Susan's. I attended Bible Study with her tonight at her church and the guys went out for Chinese food.
Friday, October 21st
Chuck was off today so we loaded up early, headed to Shoney's for breakfast and then headed up into the mountains. Today we are going to do the Dragon. It is an 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves. Small cars and motorcycles love this stretch of road. The HHR did remarkable on it. The record for this is 9 minutes. I can't imagine anyone doing this is nine minutes. The Tree of Shame is at Deal's Gap and it is where motorcyclist hang the parts of their motorcycles when they wreck on the run. The leaves were gorgeous and we took advantage of several of the overlooks before and after the Dragon. We ate supper in Pidgeon Forge, went to the Smokey Mountain Knife place and headed to the house. It was the perfect day.....until my Alabama friend Mary called with some bad news about her health. If you follow my blog then you probably prayed for her during the summer. She was in the hospital from July to September....well...her cancer has metastasized to her spine. She will see an oncologist on Monday. What is it about me coming to the mountains during a break? My friend Trina said I was going to have to start working through breaks.
Satuday, October 22nd
We went to an auction today just outside of Roanoke. Before leaving town we stopped at Subway for the rest of the group to get supper....the Eagle Drug store had team logos painted on their windows and I thought they looked pretty cool. Love that team spirit. I spent a whopping $8.40 at the auction....and brought home many "gifts" from Marcie. I learned last night when someone gives you a gift you can't refuse it....so I got a spotted bear lotion dispenser, a sparkly Santa Claus, a candle holder or two, and two spotted dog statues....love that Marcie. It was loads of fun even though some of the stuff was junk....who am I kidding....most it was....but the company made the evening a success. Can't wait for the next auction! See you next Sunday and I hope you have a great week!