Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stone Mountain Dinosaurs -- Again

This afternoon we went to Stone Mountain, primarily to get the girls' membership cards made, which we accomplished, but also to get some candy from the hundred-dollars-a-pound candy store (it's not really that much, but almost), and, because Elyse wanted to, to see the dinosaurs again.

We didn't take any pictures of the candy, but here are some of the dinosaurs (and us). The first three are the girls waiting to get their membership cards made:

(You might notice that all three of these are the same picture, cropped different ways.)

This is Jessica taking a picture:

And here's the picture Jessica took:

Anna was not intimidated by the T. Rex:

Here again is Jessica taking a picture:

And the picture she took:

All of the pictures from here to the end of this post were taken by Jessica:

A couple of Jessica's selfies:

And a few backseat selfies with both girls:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Christmas in June

I like it when, at certain craft stores, Christmas starts in June:

But they also have plenty of Thanksgiving stuff out too:

(Also lots of Fourth of July stuff, but that's not surprising since it's only about three weeks away.)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Selfie at Ronald Reagan Park

This morning while Elyse was in her craft class, I went to Ronald Reagan Park to go for a walk and get some exercise. I'm afraid I may have stopped to take pictures so often that the walk wasn't all that exerciseful, but I did enjoy it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


This week Elyse is taking a craft class at JoAnn in Snellville, which happens to be right next door to the Petco. We arrived a little early this morning, so we went into Petco to look at the animals before the craft class:

(The ferrets are asleep and not dead, I promise.)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

For Laura

Six months ago today someone who was very special to me lost her life-long battle with depression. I can't tell you how sorry I am she's gone.

Her name was Laura Travis when I got to know her, but for more than half of her life her name was Laura Caudle. She was only 14 when we met, 15 when this picture was taken, 46 the last time I saw her, and just a few weeks short of her 48th birthday when she died. She is survived by her sister, Kate; her husband of twenty-five years, Keith; her daughter, Lisa; and two grandchildren.

I am grateful that I knew her when I did. She was good for me when I was 16 and 17; it was a great gift to be close to someone who was smart and funny and loved books. It was because of her that I read Stranger in a Strange Land and learned to play backgammon. She helped shape who I am today.

We grew up and went our separate ways, as people do, and stayed only loosely in touch as adults; we both married people who were good for us, and had kids, and led our own lives, and, frankly, probably didn't think about each other all that often. But the world feels emptier without her in it.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Freeman's Mill Park

Today was the last day of Lilburn Day Camp, which the girls and Anna have been going to all week, and therefore the last day when I would have the whole day to myself for a while. I decided not to go on a big drive this week, but I did want to go somewhere for at least a little while, so today I went to Freeman's Mill Park in Lawrenceville. It has the twin virtues of being close (only about thirteen miles away!) and being interesting, and also I'd only been there once before, several years ago.

Here are some of the pictures I took:

Some of the areas by the dam and the sluice, seen from the proper angle, remind me of the ruins of Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat or one of those places I've never been to but have seen pictures of:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jessica in the Woods

Looking through the recent posts on this blog, I noticed that there are quite a lot of pictures of Elyse, and not that many of Jessica. In many ways that's understandable; Elyse is the more outgoing of the two, and Jessica doesn't always like to have her picture taken.

But in an attempt to try to give my older daughter equal coverage--whether she wants it or not--here are some pictures I took of her a few weeks ago--on the same day Elyse went to Tree Top Quest, in fact; that Sunday, Jessica and I went to Vines Gardens and wandered around in the woods for a while (and got lost, and ended up at Grayson High School):

I'm happy to say we made it home (a little later than we'd planned, but with a half-gallon of ice cream we stopped at the store to get) unafflicted by either poison ivy or ticks. The ice cream was really good.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Elyse Atop Stone Mountain

This morning, Elyse and her mommy went to Stone Mountain for a morning climb!

(Anna texted me this picture a little before 10:00 this morning.)

As you can see, Elsa went with them--in her Girl Scout vest. She's working on her Stone Mountain badge.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Drive Through the North Georgia Mountains

Today I went on a drive to and through the north Georgia mountains.

Except for Suches, I'm not even sure where I went. I missed a turn in Gainesville and from that point on I used my cell phone's GPS for navigation, but it routed me around rather than through Dahlonega (which my printed directions, the ones I was following until I realized I should have gotten off I-985 a few miles back, would have taken me through; I had intended to make Dahlonega one of my stops). Google Maps doesn't show the names of towns on the cell phone screen as you go through them, just road names, so for quite a while during my drive I didn't know where I was.

Well, I knew where I was, of course; I was right there in the car with me. I mean, wherever you go, there you are, as Buckaroo Banzai said (or whoever it really was), but that doesn't mean you always know where there is.

But regardless of whatever there I was driving through, I had a good time in the mountains. I really love them. I need to spend more time up there.

Most of the pictures I took don't look that great, but here are three that are okay:

(That's my little white car parked at the Chestatee Overlook.)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Elyse's Field Day

Today I went to J.C. Magill to spend some time with Elyse for her grade's field day: