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Back Home Again

by admin on November 5, 2011

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Rosie and I just got back from a great vacation in the Smoky Mountains. Our daughter flew into Nashville and joined us for a few days.The weather was fine and the fall colors were beautiful. The picture on the front page was taken one morning after a freak snow the night before and it was quickly melting, falling through the sunlight like little spears of silver light. We went as far east as Ash ville NC and took a trolley around town. the Biltmore Mansion is located there and it was evident that the Vanderbilts had more than there share of good fortune. He built his own train station along with a village for his workers to live near by, including a very nice church complete with a huge pipe organ. Even the local MacDonald was the most expensive to build, with marble floors and trimmed in oak with a baby grand piano. Our tour guide said the French Broad River that flows through town is the 3rd oldest in the world the oldest being the Nile in Egypt. Going back through Memphis we took in the Elvis Presley Estate and spent 4-5 hrs looking over the house and cars and motor cycles along with jewelry, clothes, guns and what ever else he wanted to keep him happy. But alas I guess he wasn’t. But to see all the awards that he received and all the good that he did with some of his wealth makes you glad he tried to help others that weren’t as lucky. He never wrote many songs but no one good sing like he could. From there we went on to Eureka Springs AR and saw more beautiful color surrounding a little town that is something to behold with all the little shops and so much history. Early Photos show a little wooden village with no trees, because they cut them all down to build it, then spring rains came and almost buried it in mud. All in all we had a great time and hope to go back someday.

Surounded by Water

by admin on August 29, 2011

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I talked to my son James this morning who lives in Astoria New York. Astoria is on an Island more or less with water on all sides and it’s not that big. I was sure he would get flooded out since he lives in a basement apartment. Not so; he said he was dry and had electricity and he slept through the hurricane. I said you slept through the hurricane the one that broke all the records for wind damage and rain. What have I told you about taking that stuff? He says I didn’t take anything it was no big deal we don’t even have any limbs down or nothin’. It just rained a lot….Well I guess that’s good then I thought sure you would be in scuba gear this morning trying to retrieve your stuff. He says well the news media really gets carried away when it comes to news in New York if the hurricane was in DeSoto Ks they would say a hurricane just slammed into the little town of DeSoto KS and now here is the sports report from US open yesterday…… Anyway I guess you never stop worrying about your kids no matter how old they get.