Sunday, October 10, 2010

Busy Week

The past week has been a busy one. Probably the busiest one since we’ve been here in Georgia. I had physical therapy Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am this past week at Mountain Physical Therapy eight miles down the road in Clayton. The stretching and exercises they put me through involved muscles I no doubt haven’t used in awhile---thus the soreness I felt after each session. I’ve noticed a pattern that the soreness and discomfort is worse for 2-3 hours immediately after the sessions are over. After that, no discomfort. Like I used to preach to my players when I coached football, “no pain, no gain.” Thursday evening we met our good friends Pat and Sandie Gregory at Lucios, an Italian Restaurant up in Franklin, NC. Dinner and company was great. Following dinner, we drove a few miles to Gregorys rv site which they own in the Great Outdoors RV Resort in Franklin. We sat outside on their patio watching the sunset over the mountains and watching the fire they had in their firepit.

Gregorys firepit & sunset

The firepit is a gas one so we didn’t have to add wood or stoke the fire at all. We got caught up on family, travels and solved world problems lol. Early Friday afternoon shortly after returning from pt, I got a call from M’Liss Kemerer, one of our Roamin’ Rigs rv club members, saying they were checking in to our campground as we spoke. We knew that they, Ron and M’Liss Kemerer with their granddaughter, Krystyne, and Tom and MaryAnn Hartman, another Roamin’ Rigs couple, had planned to stop and visit but we didn’t expect them for a couple more days. A short time after that call MaryAnn called and said she was serving a baked ziti, salad, sausage and peppers and bread dinner down at their site at 6:00pm and that I was to call Gregorys and tell them they were expected as well. Bottomline, we enjoyed a great meal and good conversation. Saturday we had already made plans to travel to Waynesville, NC and Maggie Valley, NC to attend arts and crafts festivals. This IS festival season up here in the Smokies. In Waynesville, they close down Main Street and the exhibitors, food vendors and performers take over the street. It was a great show, in glorious weather with a huge crowd. After Waynesville we traveled the five miles to Maggie Valley and the craft show held there. It was a smaller show but we bought two soy candles there. By that time we had worked up an appetite so we stopped at Granny’s Chicken Palace in Waynesville. We’ve eaten there in past years. Their specialty is obviously fried chicken served with  rice with gravy, green beans, cole slaw, and sweet nuggets, a fritter type sweet tasting delight. It is served family style, so with the exception of the chicken, they’ll keep bringin’ it as long as you ask. We also brought home some cherry cobbler to eat after we got home. I had to work hard not to nod off in the car on the 75 minute drive home. After getting home I watched South Carolina beat previously #1 Alabama and then the U of Florida lose to LSU in a heartbreaker. So you can imagine today I played “couch potato” or should I say “recliner recluse” and read and rested as Barbie did laundry. Whew, I’m tired again remembering and writing what happened this week.

Just in case any of you are wondering, the leaves are beginning to change colors up here now. They should peak in two weeks or so. Barbie took the picture below from our deck looking out at the mountain we face. Pretty special huh ?

Leaf changes at River Vista

So ‘til next time……

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