Sunday, October 21, 2012

My Favorite Season Of All

Changing leaves

Golden sun rays 

A chill in the air



Fall festivals

Hay rides

Pumpkin muffins


Corn mazes

Halloween and Thanksgiving


Caramel Apple Cider

Jumping in the raked leaves


processed-20121007164655638Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Apple spice candles


Long walks in the woods


What do you think of when fall arrives?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Perfectly Fall

processed-20121007164655638Last weekend was perfect fall weather and the perfect day for a trip to the farm.  My favorite local farm/corn maze/pumpkin patch/hayride location is Cruze Farm just outside Knoxville.  Cruze Farm is a working family dairy farm with the best tasting milk ever.  I use their real churned buttermilk in my biscuits and you can really tell the difference.  And I love that the girl’s all dress in vintage looking clothes and they all look like fresh-faced farm girls from the 1930’s.

My daughter and I piled K in the the car for his first experience with a farm and animals.  30 minutes later we piled out into pumpkin heaven.  This is a real family place so there was a animal petting area, processed-8264miniature tractors for kids,
a corn “sandbox”, food and other fun things to do to make it interesting for families.

We started in the animal area.  Casey put K right up by the fence and a calf came right over.  K wasn’t scared at all, reaching out to touch it’s nose.


processed-5311We stopped for some ice cream and some pinto beans and fried cornbread from the food truck.  K loved the ice cream and couldn’t get it to his mouth fast enough.  He is trying new foods and the general concensus in that he just likes to eat!
 Then he tried the pinto beans and, well let’s just say, he’s a true southern boy.  Casey couldn’t get them to his mouth fast enough.

We took the hayride over to the pumpkin patch where there was an old truck piled with pumpkins and straw and a couple of old tractors out in the field.  We picked out our pumpkin, played on the truck and the tractors before deciding it had been a good day for the adults and the almost 7 month old. 
processed-5355 I love that I get to experience all of these firsts with K and Casey.  My favorite season is fall and this trip was a reminder that there are a lot more firsts coming. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Inspiration Explanations

I am currently participating in the #fmsphotoaday Monthly Photo Challenge.  You take a photo each day based on the prompt from a list provided here.  It’s a great way to have fun with your photography whether you use a DSLR or Instagram.
Here is the list for October.  The proOctober-photo-a-day-list_zps8380355empts are short, simple, and can be interpreted in many different ways.  It is so interesting to see all the photos together to see the wide variety of styles and stories behind the shot.

I started on day 3.  I wanted to share the photos for the last few days and to share the story of the shot.
Day 3 – This Happened Today
Nothing much had happened that day that I felt might be “important” enough to take a photo and share it.  Then, that evening, my daughter, K, and I were sitting in the sunroom, playing in the floor.  K started getting up on his hands and knees and rocking, pushing himself forward.  It’s not a quite a crawl, but it’s close.

Day 4 – What I Read
IMG_20121004_121813I took two photos for Day 4.  As I was sitting at my desk, I was eating Trader Joe’s Nutty Bits.  They are so amazingly yummy and addictive.  Jokingly, I said “These must contain crack.  Let me read the label to see what’s in them.”  Picture – I read the label.

I also wanted to use that day to take a picture of my new favorite toy, my Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight.  In August, some <insert ugly words here> broke into my house, stole my laptop computer, family jewelry, our Wii, some other small items and my Kindle Reader.  I replaced my Kindle with a Nook and I love it.  I am a pretty avid reader and I read every night to go to sleep.  The glow light is perfect and it is my new favorite toy.
Day 5 – Shadow
IMG_20121005_111559I decided as I was taking K to daycare that morning that the sun was perfect for a shadow picture in the park.  Who would have thought when I turned 50 that I would be doing the day care drop off every morning?  And here I am, a little over a year later, doing it every day and loving it.  Who knows what is to come in the next few years?
Day 6 – I’m Thankful For . . .
I knew right away what I wanted to do for this theme.  Every Saturday morning for a few years, I have met a friend or several friends at a coffee shop downtown for coffee.  It started when my friend Nineette and I would go there between yoga class and dance class on Saturdays.  The manager, Matt, remembered us the second time we came in and he remains the heart of this place, calling people by name, remembering orders, asking about family.  Over the last couple of years other friends have joined us at various times but for the last year it has mainly been me, Nineette, our friend Marisol, my daughter and I.  Occasionally we bring our kids sometimes it’s just us.  Matt, his wife and daughter are always there, even if it’s just to pop in and check on things or to have band practice in the back room.  Marisol and Nineette gave my daughter a baby shower in the back room.  We are considering having K’s 1st birthday there.

So I am thankful for Remedy.  Thankful for having this special place to come together every Saturday as friends.  Thankful for Matt and his family.  Thankful for this group of women.

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Nana Blogging


Meet my grandson, K.  We have had a fun 6 months getting to know each other.  My last post about my daughter and her pregnancy was this one.  It’s taken me a while to get back to one of my favorite things – this blog.

So you might ask “If something wonderful, like a new grandchild happened, why wouldn’t you write about it – you write about everything else?”

processed-4995Well, it was a long journey.  There were wonderful, amazing moments and moments of hurt and stupidity by all around us.  There was joy and there was downright anger.  Ultimately, I chose to keep those feelings to myself and discuss them within our family.  Some things I would have written about would have been hurtful to others because I was hurt.  When it came down to it, it was better that I work through all that in my head, not here.

McFee_Park-9My grandson has so much love around him and his mom is an amazing mother. Everything truly does happen for a reason. K has the best personality and I am so in love with him. We all have the best time together.  His uncle Zack is so in love with him.  It’s time to write about him.

I started this blog to document everything about the “Life of Tere” and all that entails.  Each year I download this blog so it can be put into a hardbound book so there is a printed copy of my thoughts, feelings, photos, adventures . . . LIFE.  It’s time to add him to the mix as a part of all the rest of my life.  It’s time for me to write again.