Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Nashville time - part 3

Sunday  -  October 16

Time for William's breakfast. If you ask him what he wants, he always wants Omi's applesauce. But Auntie Sarah had given us the idea of eggs in a hole. Well, it was not rejected.

Helen and her Dad wanted to go for a hike and this morning seemed to be the only time possible through this visit. So, William and I dropped Papa off at Helen's and continued to church.

William likes going to church and is good as gold. He sat next to me very attentively. In the beginning of the service, the Pastor usually gives treats like this to new people. This day he gave it to each child in lieu of the children's sermon. He was "under the weather" and thought he shouldn't get too close to them.  

After the service William automatically disappeared into the Sunday school so we stayed for that too.

Helen and James had a very nice hike. The weather was so perfect. We had leftover lunch and afterwards William and I went to Kroger to buy a pumpkin.  Sarah had told me about a special kit which I had bought several days earlier. We had to try it.

William is obsessed with seeds. Any kind. I was not allowed to throw them away. So I googled and roasted them (we had to count out 20 first because he wanted them for growing pumpkins next year). Actually, they turned out quite delicious.

William, Papa and I also did a neighborhood walk. Remember this picture in an earlier blog? The decorations have changed in just a few days. The big purple dragon is new. 

What a difference a few months are making too. William is quite happy to go for a bit longer walks now. So much fun.

Sunday evening we all wanted to get together for a family dinner again. Helen and Ben had talked about a vegan restaurant. It had sounded so good that I suggested that instead of cooking. We met there. James and I would have never found it without the GPS. It was very nice.

Helen, William and I played UNO at our end of the table until the food came, which was peanut butter and banana for William.

A vegan Reuben (made with tempeh) for me. Could have had a little more sauerkraut but otherwise it was really nice. And the lentil stew was super.

It was a "school night", so no sleepover. 

Monday  -  Originally we had thought of driving back to Virginia on Monday since William is in school all day. But Helen could not be there to pick William up at the appropriate time so we happily decided to do that.

Having heard about the great hike Helen and James did the day before I was a bit jealous. So since we were free all morning that's what we wanted to do.

Radnor Lake State Park is truly a gem. The weather could not have been any better. Sunny and warm with a gentle breeze. We met a fair number of other people and all were so friendly. Here only a few photos.

We did see the heron Helen and James saw the day before. They saw him (or her) even catch a fish. But we didn't see the owl and the turkeys they saw. Here are some of James' pictures from the day before:

At the end we came to a visitor center close to where we had parked. There was a little nature museum. Is this the grandma of the beaver who cuts down the trees behind our TH?

James thinks that my pedometer on my iPhone didn't work correctly. I should have had more steps and more miles. Oh well. The steps on the Fitbit are more interesting. And I like to see the map at the end. 
And the major point is that it was lovely and peaceful and very enjoyable.

This is a map given to us and I draw the red line of our walk. There are other trails and I am sure we will be back.

At 3 o'clock we had to be at the school. We had parked at their house. William is a "walker" most of the time and we walked back to his house. We had brought the pumpkin he had helped carve the day before and the three of us quickly went to the closest Kroger and bought three different color hardy mums to surprise Helen with in front of the house. William picked the colors his mother might like. We picked those which were the buds were still mostly closed and hope that they will enjoy them for a while.

After that we went to our place. William had to do his homework first and then he and James played several games of dominoes. William is a good player. Of course he likes to win but is also a fair loser. 

We met Helen and Ben at a Mexican Restaurant close to their house. Ben had invited us to another family meal. It was very nice. And very considerate because we didn't have any leftovers to worry about since we had to pack up.

Parting is never easy but we promised that we would be back as soon as we could.

Nashville time - part 2

Tuesday Oct 11  -

William is in school! James and I decide to have a nice walk. Nashville has very nice "Greenways". We already know some of them and we decide to start at the Dam.

It was a perfect weather day and we enjoyed our walk very much. It goes along the river.

We saw several birds standing in the sun drying their feathers. 

We also saw a very healthy-looking ready-for-winter groundhog in the middle of a large lawn (next to his hole ready to disappear). James went to have a closer look (the red spot on the right). It was fun to see the little guy.

The only thing I don't like about this greenway ... it's not a circle ... it's a forth and back. You have to go back exactly the same way. It's funny though that the way back seemed shorter.
At the other end we found a map at the trailhead.

The detail of the total greenway we had walked from Percy Priest Lake to Lebanon Road (or ... our landmark is "Kohl's")

Back to the other end again. See the moon?

My Fitbit is happy.


I worked on odds and ends but after lunch had to get out. The weather this week is just so nice. It was just a walk in the neighborhood but in streets I haven't been in before. James walks almost every morning before I wake up and knows pretty much every corner.

We picked William up from school at 3 pm ... and then went a little shopping. This map was on sale. We mounted it with 3M velcro strips. William can draw on it and dry erase it. He had a lot of fun with it. Papa pointed out certain areas ... where Papa was born ... where Omi was born ... where Auntie Sarah lives ... where we all were on vacation in January ... where he was on vacation last week ... etc etc


James and I went to school to keep William company at his lunch time. We have done that several times before and he likes it. He introduces us to his friends.

Since nothing else was planned for that day James and I took a walk in Long Hunter State Park. It wasn't that long but very nice anyway.


I can't remember what we did (actually I have trouble piecing the whole week together including meals we had together several times). 
Helen and William went to Taekwondo in the evening and then she brought him over to spend the night. That is a must! If there is no school the next day a sleepover is a must!
It was 8 pm by the time they arrived but he was so good - so tired but so good - and went to bed happily.


Breakfast and then a little play with the trains. Those tracks go forth and back between VA and TN.

We picked Helen up and went to Cheekwood Botanical Garden. There was a Fall Festival going on. We were there promptly at 10 am. 

Still lots of flowers in bloom. We were making our way to the part in the garden where the story time was supposed to be at 11 am.

We were a little early so we had time to admire things in detail.

William loved climbing on these rocks, the seats.

The story teller was first class. Children of all ages had a lot of fun. The book was about a mouse and the Gruffalo. 

Afterwards we kept wandering around. So much to see.
Then we stumbled upon the arts workshop. Just walk in anytime and you get to do the project.
Helen and William really got into it. William did the tearing of the papers and Helen did the glueing. 

Papa set on a wall outside and was perfectly happy to listen to one of his podcasts. He "doesn't do" art. But two days later he told me that their piece looked really nice when you view it stepped back. Alright!

William decided were he wanted to go next. He liked this little house.

And then it was lunchtime. Cheekwood had done some remodeling. They had taken down a hedge and a fence and made a beer garden behind. Picnic benches, some people had blankets, and live music. There were also food trucks. 

There were only three food sources but one was offering very healthy options. Helen said she wished she had known because she had packed her lunch. She is wonderfully careful now what she eats.
The Thai Power Bowl was great.

The last thing on our agenda was looking at the scarecrows. There must have been about 20 (wild guess). Lots of them were very clever. Luckily William was not scared and enjoyed it too.

One week of visit is quite short when you have a lot on your to-do list. So we packed the shopping trip into this afternoon. William needed some clothes and so did Helen. We are so proud of her. Giving a good example to William for healthy eating and exercising has paid off greatly. A lot of her clothes don't fit any longer. What a terrible problem to have, ha-ha. Yes, we are very proud of her and it was fun. She and William found things they liked.  

Except they didn't have the shoes he wanted in his size.
After Helen left us to drive home, the three of us went to Opry Mills. James and I decided to try to find Williams shoes there at Sketchers. He had to try on several pairs and finally said these were comfortable! He was sure.

Oh well, why not? We went to the Aquarium Restaurant. It's expensive but so much fun. And we had a very good table right next to this.

Another sleepover night. A bath and hair washing. It's all fun.