Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Family Visit = A Busy Week!

We do love having company!  It gives us a chance to explore East Tennessee even more thoroughly and it gives us a way to share this beautiful area with others.  I do know that we sure are lucky to have found this place and to be able to retire here!  

Laurie’s sister Bonnie and her husband Bill drove over from Maplewood Missouri to spend a week with us.  There is nothing like a little golf, this time at the Toqua Golf Course in Tellico Village. (Loudon County) It was a beautiful day. 

Then, the next day we were off to the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville Tennessee. 

We were there to see a matinee performance of Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5 – The Musical”.  It was lots of fun and very professional.
We’ve been to several plays at the Cumberland County Playhouse…and they’ve all been quite enjoyable.  For the price and quality, performances at this theatre are hard to beat.  For information on current and upcoming shows, just go to 

We also drove around the area south of Knoxville quite a bit…spotting a few of our many neighbors along the way.

This is Bill and I at a restaurant called “Hot Rod 50’s” in Maryville Tennessee.  It’s a 1950s style diner with large quantities of reasonably priced diner food. (There will be an upcoming blog on the food we enjoyed on our trip to this restaurant)

Here’s a bit more scenery from one of our various drives… You can see the Smoky Mountains in the distance across a cove on Tellico Lake.

Another day…another restaurant!  This time it’s Flaherty’s Irish Pub in Maryville Tennessee.  Bill and Bonnie are enjoying a spot of Irish brew… (I will publish a blog about Flaherty’s, but for the moment suffice it to say, we enjoyed our food!) 
Note: The reason Laurie isn’t in any of these photos is that she’s operating the camera…and I didn’t take any timely photos.  Another demerit for me!

One morning Bill and I went fishing!  He had fun catching this bass on a lure but most of our success came from using minnows.
Larry, aka ‘Big Dude’, let us use his party dock which is located in a secluded cove on the lake.  FYI…Big Dude is another dedicated fellow blogger.  Check out his blog at
Other activities during Bonnie and Bill’s visit included a movie as well as a dinner party…and you’re right!  I’ll definitely be blogging about the dinner party before very long.

In addition to the bass in the first photo, Bill also caught this nice ‘pan size’ catfish.  The fish I caught were all too small to publish pictures of… The fact is that Bill approaches fishing like a job…relentless!  I’m retired and they either bite or they just don’t…
That’s about it for now.  I know that Laurie and I had a lot of fun with Bonnie and Bill… It was a great week and we’re hoping that they come back and pay us a visit next year as well!
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


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  2. Good Morning Dave, I have enjoyed catching up with you. Your travels and seeing all of the old cars. Some of them were definitely weird, but then they are fun to look at. The grandkids got a kick out of seeing the storm chasing vehicles. Your scenery with the Smoky Mountains is so pretty. Have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

  3. Sounds fun! I know you was busy because I dont Heard about you:)
    Have a fun time!

  4. I think granddaughter Lauren caught this same cat or one just like it a couple of days ago.

  5. Dear Dave, It sounds like a nice visit with lots of fun activities, but don't forget to take Laurie's picture. Blessings Catherine