Our daughter and son-in-law had an out-of-town soccer tournament with their oldest, so we had a chance to host Madelyn this past weekend.  Her birthday was two days earlier and we promised her a day of belated celebration.  A picnic in the Smokies sounded the…

“I wrote some lines once on a time In wondrous merry mood, And thought, as usual, men would say They were exceeding good.” – The Height of the Ridiculous, Oliver Wendell Holmes There was no small energy expended Saturday fretting over publishing a new post…

We saw pictures of a beautifully frozen Bald River Falls the other day and figured we might drive over on Saturday to get our own pictures. The thermometer was showing 5 degrees in the early morning and we talked ourselves out of that, but we…

Snatches from Billy Joel’s song  “The Piano Man” came to mind as we fell in line behind the other cars queueing up at the Cades Cove Loop Road gate.  The “crowd shuffling in” song lyrics didn’t fit the happy story of our day, but Billy Joel…

On the first Saturday of the new year 2016, Doug and I found ourselves joining a line of cars waiting to get into Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We were hoping to have one of those spectacular winter sunrises that would…