Picture Post with guest photographer

We’re packing it in for our Smokies trip, but I wanted to share a few pics before we go.  I am fascinated with shadow pictures…they show off my long legs…


As we were tearing down camp at Harmonie SP the other week, I let Olivia, my 8-year-old grand-daughter, wander around taking pictures with my Nikon.  I think she did a pretty good job, so here’s her album.

Pictures by Olivia

Week-end Wrap-up

On Saturday evening we spent some time at Boo-at-the-Zoo, trick-or-treating with the Jrs. …

Taking advantage of the beautiful week-end weather, we sneaked in some gardening.  We trimmed and pruned, moved some things around,  and  the 2016 gardens are officially put away for the year.  Lessons have been learned, notes have been noted, and like anyone who gardens, we’re full of plans for next year.

We’ve been to the Smokies dozens of times, and have always wanted to camp inside the Park, but the idea of no electricity or water leaves me cold and thirsty…get it?  Haha.  We bought a generator to keep me in style, but they only allow generators from 8am to 8pm, so we’ve been doing a number of experiments to check our battery usage.  Casey is obsessed.  I’ve politely listened and nodded as he explained the amperages and voltages, using hydrometers and just how much the furnace draws when it kicks on and on…and on…

I am excited about the trip, though.  We’ll be staying in Smokemont Campground, something different for us.  We’ve stayed on the Cherokee, NC  side of the Park before, but more often we are on the Peaceful Side in Townsend, TN.  Cades Cove Campground was full, so we welcomed the change.  Look out Bears!   Stand back, Elk!  So far, the weather looks like it will be great too…

The week ahead is full of babysitting, meeting up with friends, and getting ready to go.

Peace, Out.

Look me in the eye…


It came scurrying  out of the corner of my kitchen counter top as I was doing dishes…

I saw the movement and stepped back,

ascertained it was something big and quick,

shrieked, jumped  waayy back,about 5 feet,

and watched as it came rappelling down the stove,

and scrambled across the floor,

two pairs of hairy legs up,  two pairs down,

suddenly stopping at the leg of my kitchen island.

 It looked up at me and glared…

I glared back…said nothing,

just turned my back and walked away,

sneaking a stealthy glance back

to make sure I wasn’t being followed…

(I don’t kill spiders…it’s a karma thing)

Perfect Weather for Camping


We went up to Harmonie State Park last Friday, staying until Monday.  The last time we were up there was our first outing with the Trailer back in April.  We were so excited to take to the road that we didn’t care that the weather was awful—high winds, rain, cold.  It was a pretty dull affair by most standards, but we tried the heater, the microwave, and the toilet, figured storage options, and started planning our Trips.   With four more trips under our belt, we felt like Seasoned Trippers as we set up camp.  This is a park that we are verrry familiar with.  We have camped there at least once a year since we bought our first camper back in 1989.  After we sold the Old Viking, we would tent-camp with the van and it became our go-to spot to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  We were up there just last year with the pop-up (and Olivia) and that’s where we decided to go whole whog and buy a travel trailer.

The weather (as you can see) was perfect.   Saturday morning we got up and went for a hike, starting with flannel shirts, but soon dropping off to tee shirts.  I didn’t take my camera, but we did have binoculars to spot birds.  Sunset found us on the banks of the Wabash River.


Olivia marched in the Fall Festival Parade with her dance school, so the Jrs. were busy on Saturday.  They came up for lunch on Sunday, and to play…

Michael, Jessica, and Samantha went on home after some hot dogs for supper (yes, I said supper) and left Olivia with us.  We rode bicycles and roasted some more dogs.  She always takes the bedroom, so she settled down early with her tablets and a movie.

On our last trip, the stormy weather had precluded any TV or cellphone reception (there is no internet connection there), so I had Thought that I would be getting off the grid, taking a nice break from Anxiety-producing News.  Alas!  We usually had 2 bars on the cell, and the TV reception was perfect for our local network outlets…  We kept the TV off, though, so I didn’t realize there was a shit-storm the size of Matthew roaring through until Saturday afternoon, when I got sucked back into the “what the hell” that is our current political clime.  I did my best to keep my eyes and mind averted, but by Sunday night there I was in my comfy chair, clutching the remote and watching the debate.  Damn.  I guess there’s no place to hide…

But I’ll keep trying.

The next morning, we tore down camp and went for a quick around-the-pond hike as we left…

Peace, dear Readers.

The Getaway…in photos

It’s Throwback Thursday here at the Acres, a nifty device to cover for the fact that Nothing is Happening in the Present, just the usual, dreary, day-to-day maintenance.

We will be retreating this Friday through Monday, camping at Harmonie SP–no cell service, internet, or cable. I need to do some hiking, stare into a campfire, and detox from the all-consuming TV-news. Reading this post from the 2013 government shut-down week-end, I felt the same way back then.

Olivia is going to join us on Sunday, and I’ll be in and out of town, so don’t worry that I will actually miss any breaking news. In fact don’t worry at all…


The News from Sonnystone Acres

In case you didn’t know, I had a rough week, and so did the United States of America…  In an attempt to run to a spot of nature, I ran into a roadblock:  America is closed…   You can bet that the ass-hat congress is not missing a paycheck, though.



What to do?  We were within an hour of Music City, so we pressed on…


Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins…

veggies, veggies, veggies

And how about those mums?

Very lush, wouldn’t you agree?  And so was I after strolling Broadway for a few hours…

I’m back to reality, so I’m keeping the TV Off…

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