October 29, 2014

Photo of the Week - Painting Colors Across the Mountains

Cherokee National Forest, Cherohala Skyway, Tennessee

To celebrate Mr. Jim feeling a bit better after the paracentesis procedure last week, we scooted off down the road to briefly tour the Cherohala Skyway. We discovered that the fall colors weren’t fully developed in the lower elevations on the Tennessee side, and past prime in the higher elevations on the North Carolina side. My camera didn’t get much of a workout, but we had a lovely time traveling and viewing the scenery.

Of course, we made our customary stop for lunch at the Tellico Grains Bakery. In my humble opinion, this place has the best BLT sandwich in the universe. Benton’s smoked bacon is a key ingredient, along with the bakery’s legendary herb flatbread. One of these days, we vow to visit on a Saturday and devour a gourmet, wood-fired pizza.

October 28, 2014

Autumn Decorations

I’m keeping autumn decorations to a minimum around here.  It’s all about making it easy!  I took these photos over four weeks ago, and I’m finally getting around to posting them.  I figured I better get moving on the task before there is a snowfall, haha.

I bought a stool this summer to compliment the front porch furniture. It is a handy prop for seasonal displays. Mr. Jim picked out the BIG pumpkin.

October 22, 2014

Photo of the Week - Vines Below the Cabin

Museum of Appalachia, Clinton Tennessee

This humble composition reminds me that there is much beauty that can be found in small details. Simple. Often overlooked. But present in the here and now, nonetheless.

I deeply appreciate all of you who have provided comfort and prayers during this season of our lives. Those dear friends who take the time to converse with me and/or leave sweet comments demonstrate true grace in action. God bless you!

Here is an update about Mr. Jim. His oncologist has been out of the office, so he saw another physician in the group yesterday. The cancer antigen blood test result has increased since the last visit. However, there are no further metastasized areas per the latest CAT scan. (Ah, a silver lining.) Mr. Jim had a paracentesis procedure this afternoon and is feeling better. A radiology team removed 4.2 liters of fluid (a little over 10 pounds) from his abdomen. More fluid will be drained in a couple of weeks. He will meet with his oncologist next Tuesday and discuss whether chemotherapy will resume, and if so, what regimen.

Please continue to keep him in your prayers. Thank you!

October 20, 2014

Free Photography e-Book (& More)

I follow the delightful blog of professional photographer Bill Fortney. He recently decided to capture his knowledge from a long photography career and develop a series of e-books. Bill’s online store is now open! Through the end of November, he is offering a free download of “The 7 Steps to Taking It to the Next Level.” The details about his new venture and free e-book can be found HERE.

Now I’m going to completely change topics. I would greatly appreciate it if you kept my sweet Mr. Jim in your prayers. His malignant ascites condition has been getting progressively worse for the past couple of weeks. So he moved up the CAT scan schedule and follow-up visit with his oncologist. The scan was last Thursday, and his doctor’s visit is tomorrow morning. I plan to provide you an update later on this week.

October 15, 2014

Photo of the Week - Lineup of Gristmill Stones

Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, Tennessee

As a (transplanted) Southerner who appreciates regional foods, every time I see one of these old stones, I think of the scrumptious taste of cornbread. Authentic stone ground cornmeal is essential if you want your cornbread to taste the way it is meant to be – with a little bit of crunch.  And, nobody makes cornbread better than Mr. Jim, using an old family recipe and his grandmother's cast iron skillet!

October 13, 2014

Funny Photography Assistant

I sure could have used this dog to help me with the photo challenge's "still life" theme!