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.

November 3, 2014

November - A Look Ahead

We were kept busy last month, it seems, in between activities around our cottage and medical appointments. We had the opportunity to make a few jaunts to see local sights and enjoy the fall season. We were grateful for those breaks.

As reported earlier, Mr. Jim had a paracentesis procedure to relieve fluid in his abdominal cavity. He is meeting with his oncologist tomorrow to decide where to go from here with further treatments. His pain levels have ramped up the past few weeks, but he has been eating well since the drainage.

We don’t make too many plans around here anymore. We keep our schedule adaptable. However, we decided to throw caution to the wind and make Thanksgiving reservations for the Biltmore Inn in Asheville. We would appreciate your prayers that we will be able to go and not have to cancel. Mr. Jim is even considering the postponement of any chemotherapy until after that week so that he can enjoy the trip better.