Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving With The Smiths

The "Chandler family" and the "Fall family" gathered tonight at my mom's house for our family Thanksgiving dinner. We ate way too much and visited and looked at old pictures and played with Olivia and had a good time together. Those in attendance were Mom and Lee (our hosts), Suzanne and Mike and Jasmine and Braeden, Natalie and Darrell and Olivia, Franklin and Tracy, Janette and her Aunt Louise, Mam-ma Polly, me and Greg and his mother... and of course, Spot!

Mike and Braeden left before I got their picture (I almost forgot to take any!) Olivia is in a stage where she doesn't want her picture taken, so she makes "faces" for the camera!

Thursday, November 22, 2007


I hope you have had a good day with family and/or friends. We stayed home, built a fire, enjoyed the valley view and all of the birds scurrying around the feeders for something to fill their bellies this cold holiday. Greg's mother came for lunch, and then we took a short walk toward Mossy Bluff Trail. Of course, we stopped at the overlook for pictures!

We came back home for pie, then drove down to the fish hatchery on the other side of the river to see if we could spot our house. We would have been able to, but the sun was just setting beside it, creating a bright "blind spot!" So we will have to go back some morning or cloudy day. Being down below does give one a perspective of how high the bluff really is, and a new respect for the "cliff" on which we live!

We will go to my mom's house Sunday night for a Thanksgiving dinner with the "Chandler" side of the house.

The moon is bright and we are expecting a very cold night here! I hope you and yours are safe and warm and full of turkey and pie!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mam-ma Polly!

Monday, November 5th, my Mam-ma Polly will be 95 years young. We celebrated today with cake and coffee and a memory box I made for her. I asked family and friends to send their memories of Polly, and I put them all in a box for her. It was FULL!!! She has days and days of memories to relive, and I'm sure she will enjoy the box all winter. However, this week she is off to Branson for a couple of days with my her friend Ruby and my mom, so the memories will have to wait!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

November 1, 2007

Happy November! I know it's been awhile since I've posted... we have been busy getting settled and getting the finishing touches done... and we're still not finished, but it's getting there. We cut trees under the bluff a little over a week ago, and that cleared the view quite a bit for us. With the beautiful fall color and a cloudy day this morning, the valley to the south and the dam/lake to the north were really pretty.