November 23, 2014

Closing Down for the Season

With much sorrow, I am closing down my blog for the season. I don’t know when I will be back. The photo challenge will go on as scheduled for the weekend of December 13. I will not participate. Future challenges will be postponed.

Mr. Jim’s health has deteriorated, and he was hospitalized for a few days last week. He is now back home. I am devoted to him and his needs. I love him with all my heart and soul. He has been my rock, my best friend, my world. We have shared so many joys and journeys together. We have been blessed. We are grateful.

Please keep us in your prayers. Pray that Mr. Jim receives comfort and measures to combat his pain. Pray that we can both weather this terrible storm with dignity. Pray that we feel loved and that our lives matter.  Pray for us to receive God's grace.

Thank you, my dear friends.

November 19, 2014

Photo of the Week - Rice Grist Mill

Norris Dam State Park, Anderson County, Tennessee

We visited this picturesque grist mill in early October. It is located about 35 miles north from our home, near the towns of Norris and Rocky Top. The mill was originally constructed in 1798 in Union County. It was dismantled and rebuilt on Clear Creek, southeast of Norris Dam. The charming old building serves as a landmark in the Norris Dam State Park.

Mr. Jim reports that he used to visit this mill with his parents when he was a little redheaded lad. He thoroughly enjoyed wading in Clear Creek, right next to the mill, searching and catching crawdads that lurked under the stones. Ah, sweet memories!

November 12, 2014

Photo of the Week - Reflections of Fall

Melton Hill Park, Knoxville, TN

Cold weather is swooping in. Leaves are rapidly tumbling down. Autumn colors like this, found at a nearby park about two weeks ago, are now a memory. 

Goodbye, sweet fall. See you again next year!

November 7, 2014

A Personal Photo Challenge - Trees

It’s time for A Personal Photo Challenge! “Trees” is the theme this month.

A Personal Photo Challenge

I was sorely tempted to dust off some images from my archived files for this challenge topic. I have always been fascinated by the shape and majesty of trees, so I could have easily driven myself bonkers by going through several thousand images. And like children, how can you pick which ones you love the most? It is impossible. So I selected a few that I have taken in the past two weeks that feature autumn scenes. (Click on each one to see them bigger.)

November 5, 2014

Photo of the Week - Fall Colors on the Hillside

Cherohala Skyway, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee

Update on Mr. Jim: After consultation with his oncologist yesterday, Mr. Jim opted to resume chemotherapy. However, it will begin after our planned Thanksgiving journey to Asheville. The treatment will be a different combination of drugs. Adverse side effects are not expected to be as harsh as the regimen he was on earlier this year.