Crossville, Tennessee to Mount Pleasant, Tennessee 10/27/2013

OCTOBER 27, 2013 (Sunday)

 

Got an email from Kathy saying her plans for today had fallen through so she would be home early. Bobby and Kathy are so busy, we wanted to get in as much as a visit as we could so we left around 10:00 AM. We stopped at the local Subway for their breakfast flat bread sandwiches, then on the road.

The trip to Mount Pleasant is about 3 hours. It was a beautiful drive. It’s been almost ten years since we’ve been back to Tennessee but the closer we got to Mt. Pleasant, the more it seemed familiar.

Miles of fence like this along the countryside.

Miles of fence like this along the countryside.

Nice country side on today's drive.

Nice countryside on today’s drive.

We are so aware of being in the bible belt.  There are so many beautiful churches on almost every corner.

We are so aware of being in the bible belt. There are so many beautiful churches on almost every corner.

When we got to Bobby and Kathy’s house, Bobby was outside on one of his many toys (a big tractor). He moved it out of the way so we could park.

Bobby driving one of his main farm tools.

Bobby driving one of his main farm tools.

Bobby and Kathy live in a gorgeous home overlooking their own private lake. The house used to be a family cabin, which they have expanded many times, so it’s full of history and love. They have 5 dogs, 1 cat, and many cows – fun place. 

Beginning of the driveway.

Beginning of the driveway.

Long driveway.

Long driveway.

The driveway is well maintained, but I went real slow since the Prius is so low to the ground

The driveway is well maintained, but I went real slow since the Prius is so low to the ground

Lake number one.

Lake number one.

Strange fruit that Bobby tells us only deer and squirrels eat.  It comes from a tree that has many names, bow wood, and iron wood are the most common.

Strange fruit that Bobby tells us only deer and squirrels eat. It comes from a tree that has many names, bow wood, and iron wood are the most common.

Great twisting vines.

Great twisting vines.

Fall colors, twisting heavy vines, with the lake below.

Fall colors, twisting heavy vines, with the lake below.

After a mile or so we finally reach their home.

After a mile or so we finally reach their home.

Their beautiful home.

Their beautiful home.

Was so good seeing Bobby and Kathy. Such nice Southern folks. Kathy’s brother, Wally, and Wally’s son, Hank, came by around 3:00 PM for a visit too. Was wonderful. Kathy had made a chicken spaghetti casserole that her mother, our Aunt Merle, used to make. Was so good. Wally’s wife, Wanda, had made a chocolate meringue pie and an apple dumpling dessert dish for us too. Everything was so good and it was so nice to get a good, long visit in and catch up. It was especially wonderfully seeing Wally and his recovery from some neck surgery.

Sabin, as in the coach, a sweet dog that Bobby and Kathy recently adopted.

Sabin, as in the coach, a sweet dog that Bobby and Kathy recently adopted.

Functional antiques everywhere.

Functional antiques everywhere.

Our suite for the night.

Our suite for the night.

One of 4 Carin Terriers.  This one is Dave and he played Toto in a local production.  He stole the show.

One of 4 Cairn Terriers. This one is Harry and he played Toto in a local production. He stole the show.

Kitchen.

Kitchen.

The den.

The den.

Amish manufactured Adirondack chairs made of cypress.  $160 for the set.  Beautifully sanded and made.  Stainless steel or brass screws.  They will last a very long time.

Amish manufactured Adirondack chairs made of cypress. $160 for the set. Beautifully sanded and made. Stainless steel or brass screws. They will last a very long time.

There is a big deck on the back of the house overlooking one of two private lakes.

There is a big deck on the back of the house overlooking one of two private lakes.

Bobby's floating dock.  It sports 24 barrels and floats great.  He puts a little motor on it and takes it all over the lake.

Bobby’s floating dock. It sports 24 barrels and floats great. He puts a little motor on it and takes it all over the lake.

Bobby told me this translates to, "forest of deer" or something like that.

Bobby told me this translates to, “forest of deer” or something like that.

Chicken spaghetti casserole, salad, ice tea and garlic bread.  We were all stuffed by the time we were done.

Chicken spaghetti casserole, salad, ice tea and garlic bread. We were all stuffed by the time we were done.

Chocolate pie art.  Wally's wife, Wanda, displayed considerable cooking talents.

Chocolate pie art. Wally’s wife, Wanda, displayed considerable cooking talents.

Bobby in the kitchen.

Bobby in the kitchen.

Lex, waiting to dig in.

Lex, waiting to dig in.

Sweet beautiful cousin Kathy, always on the move.

Sweet beautiful cousin Kathy, always on the move.

Dining room fireplace, one of five in the house.

Dining room fireplace, one of five in the house.

Pretty woman in a pretty setting.

Pretty woman in a pretty setting.

Curved glass hutch in the side sitting room.

Curved glass hutch in the side sitting room.

Side sitting room to the dining room.

Side sitting room to the dining room.

Cousin Wally, a pretty woman, and the gorgeous dining room.

Cousin Wally, a pretty woman, and the gorgeous dining room.

The dining room is so grand and full of beautiful wood work, delicate antiques and wonderful company.

The dining room is so grand and full of beautiful wood work, delicate antiques and wonderful company.

Though I did not get to meet or see Wanda, I sure enjoyed her salad, chocolate pie, and apple dumplings.

Though I did not get to meet or see Wanda, I sure enjoyed her salad, chocolate pie, and apple dumplings.

Cousin Kathy cutting and serving the wonderful chocolate meringue pie.

Cousin Kathy cutting and serving the wonderful chocolate meringue pie.

Cousin Wally and his son Hank in the den.

Cousin Wally and his son Hank in the den.

The lake in the backyard.

The lake in the backyard.

Scottish bathroom wall paper and art.

Scottish bathroom wall paper and art.

Bobby and two of the Carins.

Bobby and two of the Cairns.

Our bathroom for the night.

Our bathroom for the night.

Around 10:00 PM, we headed to bed. Bobby and Kathy’s house is huge, 5 bedrooms, 5 fireplaces and 4 bathrooms. Lexi was in a beautiful bedroom upstairs and we were in a wonderful suite downstairs. We plan on leaving in the morning at the same time Kathy leaves for work (around 9:30 AM).

That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

 

 

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