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Our neighbor was here bright and early to cut grass and trim…

It was the best time of day…

slight breeze… and sun just coming up over the hill we live under…

I had “peanut butter something” on my mind to bake this week for his payment…

I decided on Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter filled Chocolate Baking Chips…

They turned out good… tasty… with a few to have at home too…

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Yesterday was lunch with two friends from High School… The “best” of friends…

Mike Linnig’s  is known to all who live in Louisville…

Located down near the River… lots of outside seating… covered gazebos… serve yourself or waiters…

wonderful for large groups… We meet there after our class reunions… and will again in 2017 for our 50th!

Of course you can eat inside, but I doubt too many people do on a day like we had yesterday…

Always crowded but, manage to get food quickly…

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Lunch Special

11 AM to 3 PM

1 PIECE FISH SANDWICH, YOUR CHOICE OF FRENCH FRIES OR COLE SLAW, AND 1 LARGE SOFT DRINK OR ICED TEA

FREE DRINK REFILLS

8.95

 

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The few photos I took…

Hand carved Tree Trunks are scattered here and there… very intricate…

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Lots of flowers… these are just the two I captured…

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We talked for 3-1/2 hours… maybe a new record for us!

BFF is what we are… Best Friends Forever!

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Coconut Cake for “my guys” this weekend…

but… OOOPS!

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Just used a White Cake Mix, Fluffy Whipped Frosting and Light Flaked Coconut…

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I managed to frost and coconut the “Messy” layer…

and then top with good layer…

No one will know if you stay quiet about it!

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Sweet Peppers chopped fine and then mixed with garlic butter…

Spread on Corn on the Cob… Salt/Peppered…

wrapped in foil and baked for about 25 minutes in oven 425 degrees…

Great Taste!

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A new find … Cilantro Lime Seasoned Chicken Breasts…

Tender and quick cooking either in skillet (I chose due to not needing any more heat in house)… or baked…

Will definitely do again… and will also try other flavors…

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I find unique items at my thrift stores/ peddler’s malls…

This plate was the same color as I’m using in my bathroom…

and I just love it…

The birds are raised and the plate was in perfect condition…

Notice the birds in background also…

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I’ve mentioned Jill loves to drink from my floating candles…

I say she is having her martini…

but, did you know… she also loves Lays Potato Chips… on the side…

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Jill sleeps anywhere she wants…

the last couple of days on the back of the sofa… on the pillows…

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and I like having my frosted flakes for a treat sometimes… Not even for breakfast…

She always waits patiently for her sip of the sweet milk…

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I keep her blue ribbon in the file cabinet by my computer…

She comes and says in “cat talk”… that she wants to play…

We play with her ribbon for about 30 minutes every day…

Might be what’s keeping my old girl healthy!

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or is it that she might be a little spoiled…

Sitting and looking outside on her bench…

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“Praise BE!”

Some may wonder about my Bobby…

being told terminal…

and still going strong…

ATTITUDE!… and keeping GOING!… Active!…  seems to be the clue…

He is taking Chemo… much stronger with some side effects…

and for 2-3 days after coming off the pump… he is weak… no energy… and has gotten dry heaves… twice…

During this he never actually stops…

I try to talk him into taking it easy these days…

but, it is not in his nature…

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“I have things to do!”, he says…

“I can’t just watch TV… sit still… lay down… I am just not made that way!”…

so doors are hung… repaired… floors put down… trimming done… locks fixed… running here and there for parts… car is cleaned and washed…

helps me when in need… takes people if they need a ride…

Maybe this is the secret that makes him keep goingchemo working to give him more days… blood levels great…

and Doctors impressed!…

Of course we know we have the greatest help from our Lord… and we attest to that every time…

Bobby saying, “I asked the Lord for more time… and He is answering!”… worship-praise-silhouette-man-hands-raised-sunset-concept-religion-prayer-42264053

Praise Be! … an expression of relief, joy, or gratitude.

 

I walk around my yard and find that my Yellow Pear Tomatoes are in abundance and starting to ripen…

They always seem to come on all at once!…

This single plant has grown from 6″ to over 4’+ … and still going!

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I like these because you just pop them into your mouth and less acidic…

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The Blackberries are turning and getting bigger…

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I made my Flower Garden Fence Hanging from plastic plates, cookie cutters and wood posts…

all materials are from Thrift Store Shopping… even the Bird Feeder (house)…

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Kit Kit follows along as I walk around… Stretching and sharpening her claws on the tree bark…

then comes in to eat and lounge out!

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Neighbor that cuts grass got Chewy Oatmeal/Chocolate Chip Bars this week…

Easy and looked good…

Tempted to taste… but, figured I could make us some later!

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After parking in Gatlinburg… we made our way through the people (ALWAYS CROWDED!)… to take in some shops…

One of my favorite spots is “The Village” area…

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One of my favorite shops…

27 shops in this one area… and beautiful sitting areas to rest among the flowers and fountains… Great spot!

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Free “sips”… caught our eye… Homemade Moonshine!…

although my sister looks like she is enjoying herself… (Which she did)… I probably tasted more this time…

They had apple pie, root beer, butterscotch, caramel apple, blackberry, peach… you could taste 12 …

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Next stop Candy Shop… Have to have their taffy… Have brought some home…

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made right in front of our eyes!

Some boys were so fascinated about the candy makingwishing out loud for free samples…

Carolyn bought them a bag to share…

They were taken back I think of her generosity…

and thanked her for the taffy!

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Peanut Brittle too!

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Donuts are a must from this bakery…

Sugar-Cinnamon Cake are my favorite!

but so much more!

Days could be spent here in this tourist town… and then never see it all…

Heading back to Cherokee again over the Mountain…

views are breathtaking!…

Never tire of this!

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Sister and Bobby relaxing a little before heading down to Cherokee…

A clerk in the donut shop was telling us of the Elk at the foot of the mountain…

and to our surprise one was in view as we came down… cherokee_elk2-2_1133_522_80_s_c1

My brother had recommended “Peter’s Pancakes” by the authority of his Grandkids…

We found it on our way to Gatlinburg…

right down the road from where we were staying in Cherokee…

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We sat right beside the creek…

Menu was on the placements at each table…

The breakfast held up to it’s advertisement as “BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN”…

Fluffy big pancakes with either blueberry, maple or honey syrups…

but, served so much more…

I heard raves about biscuits/gravy!

Good coffee in mugs with their logo on them…

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I liked this Funky Rooster painting on the wall behind us…

As we left and headed out of Cherokee… I had seen a sigh… “Mingus Mill”…

we turned and not too far down we found it…

Just a short walk across the bridge over the running creek… a path meandering up to the mill…

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Sister… Bobby and I…

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Photos of creek from bridge…

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Two story Mingus Mill…

used to ground corn meal… which was sold in the mill…

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The sleuth where water ran down to turn the mill…

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Outsiode/inside view from same window

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A nice peaceful walk… and a little bit of history of the area…

“I like that!”…

Morning!…

This morning…

My husband being more Southern even than me…

loves his Grits!…

and I love things my Mom taught me to cook when I was young…

So… today it was a combo of both …

Grits with butter-salt-pepper and “Eggs in a Nest”…

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I used a small jar I had to cut out hole in piece of bread…

Butter skillet… Crack egg into middle…

I know some would just leave it this way and fry on both sides… but, since I like my eggs well-done

I break the yolk and fry till done…

To each his own…

Added homemade strawberry jam given to me by a friend…

COMPLETE!

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If you notice the sign behind us… It says “Twisted Sisters”…

this is what our brother calls us… so I guess they named this store after us!…

located in Cherokee, NC. …

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Bobby and I went to the park in the middle of Cherokee… that has this wonderful rolling stream right through the middle…

You can wade… picnic… sit and take in the beauty… listening to the water making songs in your head…

or even inner tube down the bouncy small waves…

The benches surround a campfire area… where on the weekends stories are told and music is played…

The walk-ways are patterned with leaves engraved on them…

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I waded like I had always wanted to do…

and then a downpour of rain came down so fast… that we ended up under the bridge with about 20 others…

until it stopped and the sun came out bright again!

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As I have said the flowers were so pretty… rain and sunshine makes it’s magic!

We toured a little of the shops and this small mill… Bright “BIRD” Houses in gift shop…

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A nap came next and then some penny slots at the casino slots-8789544… just fun!

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