Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Vist to East TN

We made a lunch date with a friend from CA that is moving from TN to CA.  We met in McMinnville, TN.  We had such a good visit catching up.  We hadn't seen each other for a few years.  It wasn't until we both left that I realized I didn't get any pictures.  Sorry, Sue Stevens.  It was so good to see you again.  Life gets too busy.

We went over to Laurie's Sunday after church to spend a few days with her.  Brett and Laurie still like to bike ride, even after Laurie's fall last year.

They do most of their riding in the National Forrest near them.  They will ride anywhere from 8 - 15 miles at a time.  Beautiful area.  They took us in the car to show us where they ride.  

Laurie and Brett live in Ocoee, TN.  They are in the country but have quite a few neighbors they have met.

 I never tire of the view from their place.  We had a storm come in one day.  I love a good rain storm.  The clouds got really dark before it started raining.

Laurie gets her milk from an Old Order Mennonite community. We went over with her on Tuesday.  I always love the drive over there.  We got some produce from the market there also.

One night Laurie roasted grape tomatoes, onions and garlic in some olive oil.  She cooked some spinach in a little bit of olive oil when that was done.  We put that on pasta.  Yummy.  It was a great meal.  We also had some chicken cut up in it.

We had fresh lettuce from the garden, and a fresh batch of crusty bread.

Their garden

The four oldest kids at home work at Ocoee Retreat Center.  It is about  mile from their place.  What a good job opportunity.

Chase, Hunter, Hannah and Noah

Daria will be 16 this summer.

We also had fresh roasted broccoli from the garden.  We sure do love the fresh garden products.

Laurie has two grave stone markers in her yard.  The story goes about couple who lived on this land, that when the wife died, the creek was too high to get to the cemetery, so she was buried here.  They did not have any children, so when the husband died several years later he was also buried here.

Mr. Copeland had a long life before his wife, and after his wife.

Laurie will walk by this house on the days she walks.  She would love to know the history of this place.
Do you remember drinking water from one of these?  I sure do. It was always nice and cold.

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