License and Thanksgiving Plans

We are anxiously awaiting Jenna (Sunday) and Lauren (Tuesday) to get home for Thanksgiving break. Jenna gets to come home early as she is coming to Chattanooga this weekend with a friend from school whose sister is in a play at Covenant. So Jenna will spend the night with Lauren Friday and Saturday, and I will go get her after church on Sunday. She was successfully able to get out of both work and class Monday and Tuesday. Lauren, however, still has class and work Monday and Tuesday, so we will go get her Tuesday around noon. It will be nice having everyone home. We’ll have close to 20 on Thanksgiving as a couple of families are joining us. And we have purchased the Thanksgiving puzzle, so all is just about ready.

Rebekah has officially gotten her license. The picture from a couple of weeks ago was her driving in the parking lot of a nearby church. Since then, she has logged her 6 hours with the drivers ed teacher, taken her test, and this morning got her license. She is still restricted to driving with one of us for the next year while she logs 60 hours, but it’s nice to have the process started, and she will be able to drive some when we take Jenna back after Thanksgiving!

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Oh, And I Forgot About This

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Blue Ridge Parkway—Finally

We’ve been here seven + years and only today made it up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In some places, there was still a lot of green, in others the trees were completely bare. But it was a nice drive, with a short nice hike on a very enjoyable sunny fall day in Western NC.

We hiked up to the top of that rock.

The next two are the pictures from the top of that rock.

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Comings and Goings

Dana spent a week with her mom during the first of October while I was out of town. And on Friday, we picked Lauren up from Covenant for a long weekend—she’s off on Monday and Tuesday. It has been nice to have her home for a few days.

We missed the Fall Festival at the Folk School this year since we were both out of town. Other than the year it was rained out, I believe that’s the first one we’ve missed since we’ve been here.

I will be a Classical Conversations tutor again, briefly. I am subbing for the freshman class this Tuesday. Hopefully, this will be the bunch I will inherit (and that Rebekah will join) next year. I know most of them, and it should be fun—other than discussing Billy Budd, one of my least favorite books we read in CC. They would happen to be doing that one, the week I am there.

Speaking of reading, Rebekah and I have started Les Miserables for our world literature class. I am excited to get to read it again, and Rebekah is enjoying it so far. In addition to that, she is also reading an account of Lewis and Clark for US history.

So we are staying busy as we near the midpoint in the semester with school; piano lessons; tutoring—we’re all doing that—some paid, some volunteer; babysitting; events with the youth group and church; and the comings and goings of daily life. Busy, but good.

The garden is still going strong as we’ve had a long bout of warmish weather. But it is supposed to be in the 30s at night most of the week, so things should begin to slow down considerably. The warm weather has kept the green on the trees longer than normal. By this time, the hill across the way, is usually pretty colored; it is still mostly green. This week should move things along, hopefully.

Finally, there is a house that we’ve had our eyes on for a couple of months or so that may be difficult to obtain. It is going into foreclosure, and I’m not sure how hard it will be to seek to buy it, as it is not a local bank who has the note. But we are going to pursue it, nonetheless. We should know something by November.

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Bucket List?

I don’t have a bucket list. And if I did, I’m not sure I would have thought to include this unless someone had brought it up. But going to a concert at the Ryman (home of the Grand Ol’ Opry) would be something I would want to do.

Dana and I drove to Nashville after church yesterday, and so after last night I can check off that non-existent item on my non-existent bucket list. And it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime concerts. Just a few days ago was the 20th anniversary of Rich Mullins death. (If you don’t know Rich Mullins’s music, you are missing out on arguably one of the best singer-song writers that has ever been.)

Numerous artists (Andrew Peterson, Andy Gullahorn, Andrew Osenga, Jill Philips, Finnegan Bell, Ben Shive, Gabe Scott, Jeremy Casella, and others) sang and played numerous instruments (including a bagpipe, accordion, several strings, and a hammer dulcimer) in covering almost 30 of Rich’s songs in a tribute concert to a man who influenced so many of those on stage. I’m not a huge fan of cover songs. Few are done really well. But this was a fabulous concert that ran three hours in a neat venue. I’m thankful that we got to go.

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The End of an Icon

It sits nestled in the very corner of Clay County. It’s owned by a man named Clay Logan. It is called Clay’s Corner—an apt name. I pass it on every trip to town. It is the morning gathering place for the locals. It hosts a Friday night convocation of musicians and whoever else can fit into the back room for a jam session of fiddles, guitars, and basses. And on New Year’s Eve, a couple of thousand folks gather for the Possum Drop, where (depending upon what lawsuit PETA has filed), they lower a caged possum around midnight after music, skits, and general fun. It’s also where I buy gas for the lawn mower—it’s one of those old analog machines, and you can’t pay at the pump.

And last week it closed. Clay has decided he’s ready to hang up the general-store-manager role. He said the Possum Drop will go on as planned this December 31, however.

A couple of times since we’ve lived here a hurricane or tropical storm has hit the North Carolina coast, and we’ve been asked if we were affected. Seeing how we live over 500 miles from the North Carolina coast, there is usually no sign of storm in our neck of the woods. Irma, however, is not supposed to stay on the coast but come north through Georgia right into our neck of the woods with tropical storm force winds. If it follows the track below, it will pass right over us (we’re just south of that S on the map). The last time I was in a tropical storm was at a UT football game sometime in the 90s when a storm came ashore from the gulf and went right up I-35. I don’t remember who we were playing, but it came quite a squall; there was a rather lengthy delay, and then all was well. I’ll be curious to see if this is anything like that.

The garden is still plugging away. We did pull up two tomato plants today to make room for some spinach and kale, but we are still getting okra, though the cool nights have certainly slowed it’s growth (it was 46° this morning), and my peppers are producing well again. One of the plants is taller than I am and putting out some rather good sized jalapeños.


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And Then There Were Three

We dropped Jenna off last night at Belhaven to begin her junior year.

She’s all ready to go and should have a fun year with a class in aesthetics, Victorian Lit., History of Grammatical Structures (they are using a text book I used in college a long time ago), biology, and honors where the subject they will tackle (from looking at the reading list) appears to be something to do with the role of work.

We also got to see Lauren briefly on our way back home as we dropped off some essentials that she needed, like her coffee mug.

I think we’ll probably feel like we’re missing someone for awhile. But I am personally looking forward to diving in with Rebekah in lots of fun subjects this year in school. Adjustments for everyone ahead.

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