Monday, November 9, 2015

Chilly, Rainy Days...Warm, Happy Hearts...and THINC

Pine Mountain RV Resort
Pine Mountain, GA
November 9, 2015

We arrived in Pine Mountain November 2. The past week we have been dodging rain showers. The only sunshine we've had was on the first day for about 30 minutes. The skies have been gray, the wind has been howling, and blankets and coats were dug out from under the bed. 

Fall is definitely in the air here...

I managed a short, cold walk earlier today. The ground is completely saturated. My feet were squishy and the ground spongy as I made my way under the pine trees.

When I saw the thick branches on the holly bush moving, I had to wait to see what it was. I enjoyed the antics of this Northern Mockingbird for several minutes before moving on.

The colors of fall abound...

with a few colors of summer hanging on...

and colors that tell us winter is just around the corner.

Warm happy hearts also abound in our hometown...

Raelyn, our granddaughter, just turned two.

Joshua, our grandson, is five. 

Avery, our great grandson, just turned one.

 Our oldest grandson, Chase, is seventeen and a senior at Troup County High. He was accepted in the THINC College and Career Academy this year. Being dual enrollment with Troup, students are given the opportunity to take college-level courses from college instructors, earn college credit and receive high-school credit at the same time. Chase goes half day and is taking a critical thinking math class as well as a robotics class. THINC is completely funded by corporate sponsorships...millions donated by companies like Kia, Mobis, Georgia Power, Milliken &Co.  

Last Thursday, we visited Chase after school. He is in a robotics club and was eager to show us around. 

Latest and greatest robotic color sorter...

Boards the class has put together

The class is building robotic soccer teams. They didn't need much netting, so Chase downloaded instructions on how to make it. He then divided the class of ten students in half and guided them thru the process.

We have enjoyed our stay in spite of the weather.

Tomorrow is travel day...we head west toward Tucson. When we left Moab, our front driver hydraulic jack leaked fluid. We have an appointment with our mechanic to get it fixed, Jack needs to visit the vet and I desperately need a hair cut.

Until next time, let the good times roll... 



  1. With tear filled eyes I read this. It was so much fun to see y'all and I'm sad its already over. I LOVE how sweet Raelyn says granddaddy and I'm so thankful she finally got to meet y'all. Love, love, love the pictures of Chase and grandaddy. It meant so much to him that y'all visited him at school. We love y'all and miss yall so much already. Happy is good!

  2. You managed some beautiful shots despite the soggy weather.

    Looks like you've had a nice visit with family, but I bet you're looking forward to warmer, drier weather!

  3. Oh Gay, what a lovely group of grandkids and smart!! So glad you and Joe enjoyed your time with them. Wishing Chase great success in his endeavors!! Safe travels to Tucson!!

  4. Georgia certainly has had their share of rain! Dryer weather is ahead in Tucson:)

    Sure looks and sounds like you and Joe had a wonderful time with family. The grandchildren and great grandson are so cute. How nice that you got to spend time at school with Chase. Looks like he has a bright future:)

    Safe travels to Tucson!

  5. I almost wish we were heading towards Tucson. The Florida humidity is more than I bargained for!

  6. The weather out here is beautiful. A little windy and not as warm today but better than anywhere else. I love your photos. They are just so beautiful. Safe travels.

  7. Im so glad you made it back home and visit with grandkids. And you have captured beautifully the wet soggy fall weather in GA, beautiful grand babies and a birdie. You will soon have a grandson that builds robots, how cool that is.
    We are suffering too from unseasonably cold weather in Prescott and heading towards warmer grounds.

  8. We really like Georgia's state parks, they're about the best we've ever stayed in. I'm happy to hear you got in some family time while you were in the southeast.