Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Decorations 2016

Today we decorated for Christmas!

This coming Monday, we all have to go back to school (half of us as students, half as faculty) after having a week off for Thanksgiving; decorating helped make that fact a little more bearable.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Feast at J.C. Magill

Today I went to the girls' school to have lunch with Elyse for their Thanksgiving Feast! And afterwards Elyse and I went to the book fair, though that was a bit of a disappointment since it was an Usborne book fair and not a Scholastic book fair, and Elyse wasn't impressed with their selection. (She still managed to spend nearly all of her $20, though.)

(Unfortunately, I couldn't go to the Thanksgiving Feast yesterday with Jessica's class because I had to teach. Under other circumstances I might have cancelled my class to have lunch with Jessica, but this was the last class meeting my Tuesday classes would have before their research papers were due, and the next-to-the-last meeting for the whole semester, so I really couldn't cancel.)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Stone Mountain Christmas 2016

Today we went to Stone Mountain for the opening day of Stone Mountain Christmas for 2016. It's not that we are so taken with it that we had to go on opening day, it's just that we could get free passes this weekend for up to four guests, and we had three guests in mind: Granny, Pa, and Jeff.

We enjoyed it. Jeff hadn't been to Stone Mountain in years, so the Crossroads area was all new to him, as was Snow Mountain (which isn't open yet, but is nearly finished). We road the train, and for the first time (with the girls, anyway), we rode in a closed car, which is if nothing else warmer than being in one of the open cars (it was slightly chilly today).

Jessica didn't bring a camera, so there aren't any pictures of me, but here are some of the pictures I took:

(How can you look that unenthusiastic when there are giant cookies in front of you?) 

(Climbing on the giant rock in the parking lot is as much a draw for our girls as anything else.) 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Vines Gardens Haiku 10

The path before me
curved and strewn about with leaves
Solitary walk

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Vines Gardens Haiku 9

Vines Gardens greenhouse
comes noisily crashing down--
Misty fall morning.