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Fun with the Family

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I had a great two day break from basement cleaning while my sister and brother-in-law were here from Florida. Yesterday we headed for Hanging Rock State Park and did a 4.8 mile hike to Mooreís Knob. The leaves were beautiful and the weather was perfect. It was tiring, but so much fun.

They brought their two dogs (Kirby and Kody) along, but we left Thor at home. I felt kind of guilty, but I know he canít walk very far without getting very tired and sore so we opted to leave him at home. Even though Tommy also knew he couldnít go the distance, he decided to go along and walk part of the way with us and then return to the van with Kirby (my sisterís older dog who also doesnít do well on longer hikes) and wait for us to finish the loop trail.


Kurt, Kirby, Kody and Tommy near the start of the trail. Tommy and Kirby walked about a mile in and then they headed back to the van opting to skip the more strenuous climb up the mountain.


A fork in the trail. We headed for Moore's Knob.


On the trail going up. A picture my sister took with Kody in the middle and me off to the right.


The lookout tower at the top of Moore's Knob.


View from the top.


Kurt at Moore's Knob checking out the view.


Heading back down the trail. The leaves were beautiful.


More leaves.






Even though Kody was carrying his own water bottles in his backpack, he preferred getting in the creek and drinking that water.

What a beautiful day it was and how nice it was to be back out hiking. I hope everyone is able to spend some time outdoors enjoying the fall weather.

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DOGSTARDADDY 10/25/2012 5:39PM

    Great pictures!
I always feel bad leaving Morty behind when we're doing "real" walking/running. But he's just not built for long distance.

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LINDAKAY228 10/25/2012 10:48AM

    What a beautiful hike! I love the tree leaves that are red. We don't have very many of those in our area. Mostly yellow, gold, and brown, which are pretty too. But I really love red fall leaves. I'm so glad you got to get out and go hiking and that you are having fun with your family. Also I know it was good for Tommy to go out and do what he could and enjoy being out in nature for while.

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DOODIE59 10/24/2012 7:05PM

    What a fantastic view!! Most certainly worth the effort. I am really glad that Tommy heads out anyway, and does what he can.

Thank you so much for sharing these pics.
Deirdre

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ILOVEMALI 10/24/2012 12:08PM

  Beautiful day -- beautiful you!

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LIBBYG7 10/24/2012 10:10AM

    What a wondrous day! You have a gift for appreciating life and all its beauty......and one of the most compassionate souls I've ever encountered......

Big hugs!!
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GOLFGMA 10/24/2012 8:24AM

    Looks like a wonderful day! The photos are beautiful and the colors take your breath away. Glad Tommy was able to get part of the hike in and had companion Kirby along. Thor probably had a nice nap. emoticon

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SHESMITH1 10/24/2012 5:43AM

    Looks like a great hike. We were there the week before; the colors were not quite at peak yet. They look beautiful in your pix.
I am so glad you were able to "get back to nature!" What a privilege to live where we do!
Enjoy your time in Florida~

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/24/2012 3:26AM

    What a fantastic view, and a beautiful area to walk in. Love the dogs. Cute as can be. This time of year is so pretty. Thanks for taking us along on your hike! emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 10/24/2012 12:34AM

    Love the pictures, they are always so beautiful!! So glad Tommy & Kirby got to join you for part of the hike. Such a lovely day!
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_JODI404 10/23/2012 11:55PM

    Looks like a wonderful hike!! As always, your photos are gorgeous!!

So glad that Tommy got to go too. Fall is definitely my favorite season!!


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NELLIEC 10/23/2012 11:43PM

    It looks great and I am glad that Tommy and Kirby got to do some of it.

I am praying there is no giardia in the creek.

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Tommy's Latest Scan

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wow, I feel like Iíve been away from SP for a really long time. Actually, itís only been a couple of weeks and I have been checking in briefly each day. So much has been going on in my life that I feel like Iíve barely had time to breathe.

As the end to Tommyís break from chemo was approaching, he went to get his next scan. Waiting for the scan results are always a nervous time, so I managed to busy myself - REALLY busy myself. My son Cliff and I decided to do some much needed work on our basement. But Iíll get back to that in a few minutes.

First, Tommy went back to his doctor on Monday fully expecting poor scan results and a return to chemo. What we actually got was a good report - the tumors in his lungs have remained unchanged for the last three months! She decided that there was no benefit to putting him back on chemo and subjecting him to the toxic effects of the drugs at this time since the tumors are not changing. He has another three month break and then they will do another restaging scan in January and see how things are going then. We are so happy that he can enjoy the holidays and our trip to Florida next month without suffering the side effects from chemo. Thanks to you all for the wonderful support and all your prayers.

Now for the basement. We recently ďcleanedĒ it out, but decided it was time to get serious about getting rid of all the unused items simply cluttering the basement. We spent several days going through boxes and moving pieces of stored furniture, deciding what needed to go to the dump and what was still useful. I found out that young guys with their own apartments are always in need of something and managed to find new homes for most of the stuff I didnít want to throw away. Our basement is now almost eerily empty, but it looks great! Weíve spent the last few days painting the cinder block walls to brighten it up and next weíll be painting the floor (weíve already bought the floor paint, so I guess weíre committed to that). Thor has also loved all of this because he's been spending time lounging in the back yard while we worked with all the basement doors open. Iím on vacation from work until next Friday, so weíre hoping to get most of the work finished this coming week.

I will, however, be taking some time for fun the next two days to let my bruised and battered body recover. My sister and her husband who live in Florida have just retired and are on an RV trip. Theyíll be stopping here tomorrow and spending a couple days with us. Weíre hoping to get a chance to go hiking while theyíre here.

Now I have to get up and clean my house that has been neglected since starting work on the basement. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and enjoying some nice fall weather.

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LINDAKAY228 10/25/2012 10:46AM

    Oh I"m so happy for the good news!!! That's wonderful.

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CHANGE4THEBEST 10/24/2012 1:52AM

    Hi Cindy

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GOLFGMA 10/21/2012 8:56PM

    Wonderful news regarding Tommy's scan. So glad to hear you will have freedom from the chemo for 3 months. Have a great vacation and I can't wait to see more of your photo art. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHESMITH1 10/21/2012 8:51PM

    Thank you for adding me as a friend. I was "virtually introduced" to you by another
W-S Sparker.

While you've been away, I've had the opportunity to read some of your past blogs. I'm so happy to read this latest news. I pray for every moment you share with your husband to be precious.

I also visited your Flickr page - what a photographer you are! Oh my - you are in the wrong profession! (Please tell me you aren't responsible for the mug shots...?)

...a little levity for your day.... I just realized that you are a SouthWestDesertLover instead of SWeetDessertLover! (Yes, I'm blonde....)
Have a wonderful week. You are in my prayers.

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EMPTYNESTER60 10/21/2012 8:33PM

    emoticon news about Tommy. And the timing couldn't be better. Chemo free over the holidays will be great.

emoticon for getting so much accomplished in your basement. That has got to be a good feeling. Glad you had Cliff to help. Good job for finding a new home for some of the things. Sounds like a win/win solution. Enjoy your family!

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WORLDSERIES11 10/20/2012 10:15PM

    Such great news about Tommy!!! emoticon
And think of all the great exercise you are getting cleaning the basement. emoticon
Have a wonderful visit with your sister! emoticon

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 10/20/2012 8:04PM

    Wonderful news about Tommy. Will continue to keep him and you in my prayers. I seriously need to go through our storage house (a little house behind us that's crammed full) and get rid of stuff. I haven't felt like it because I'm still dreaming about my trip to Florida last month and wishing I was still there walking on the beach emoticon . But alas I'm home in the colder weather walking my dog - she loves it. Enjoy your trip and the holidays now! Have fun, get some rest.
Hugs,
Ramona

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DOODIE59 10/20/2012 12:14PM

    First and foremost, Tommy's health news is wonderful -- what a blessing:)

Second, you must be very pleased with yourselves for tackling the basement. How satisfying! And you gave stuff away to people who could use it -- while it was still usable!

What a great week.
Deirdre

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_JODI404 10/20/2012 11:41AM

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That is such wonderful news about Tommy's scan!!!

I am so happy for you both that you will not have to deal with chemo for these next
three months. I am sure that will make life, and the holidays so much more enjoyable!!

I'm really happy for you both!!!!

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LIBBYG7 10/20/2012 10:52AM

    Cindy, Cindy, Cindy!!!!

What WONDERFUL news about Tommy! Three months chemo-free! What wonderful news- especially, as you said, during holiday season - and your upcoming trip. He must be over the moon happy! emoticon emoticon

As for cleaning the basement, I understand the satisfaction you get from 'purging' unwanted/unneeded stuff. And....how great you were able to recycle so much of it! I'm going slowly around my apartment - trying to do the same - after 23 years of accumulation!!!

Great news!! Keep it coming --- Now REST!!! That's an order!

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My New Kayak

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thanks to everyone for your words of support in my early purchase of my kayak. I feel really good about it today and started my day with a light and healthy breakfast.

After breakfast Tommy and I drove to the cancer center where he had to stop by and get his port flushed out (it has to be done every eight weeks even when he's off chemo). After we left there we drove to Greensboro and picked up my new kayak - YAY!!!


My new Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100

Brought it home and unloaded it so I could check it out. It's awesome! Now I'm REALLY looking forward to going kayaking on Sunday. Shortly after looking it over good I got in some exercise. I had to rearrange things in my basement so I would have a place to put my kayak. After I finished that I moved it inside and then took Thor out back, got out his baby pool and gave him a bath. He enjoys this in the summer when it's hot outside, and I enjoy washing away the dog smell.

After drying Thor off and putting all his bedding in the washer, I watered my flowers outside and then made me and Tommy a healthy, homemade fruit smoothie (my lunch).

In a couple of hours when it cools down a little bit, I'll be heading out for a walk to burn some more calories.

I'll be posting pictures after our trip to the New River on Sunday. Hope everyone is having a great day!

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RONDARC 9/21/2012 7:22PM

    That looks like a lot of fun!! emoticon

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DOGSTARDADDY 8/26/2012 7:13AM

    Looks like fun :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/24/2012 12:03AM

    Very cool. Wishing you many fun times. Happy Birthday.

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/23/2012 11:57PM

    I really like it. Sounds like everyone had a good day!

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VLL723 8/22/2012 8:57PM

    Love it....

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_JODI404 8/21/2012 11:38PM

    It is absolutely beautiful!!! I'm so excited for you!!

Glad you are feeling better about getting it!!

ENJOY!!!!!!

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GRANNYQUINN 8/21/2012 10:28PM

    Good news about your Husband , Nice toy , can I come to play. I cannot wait to see your pics and blogs with that Kayak!! Hugs Karen emoticon This is the only choice for Kayak !! lol

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DEBBIEDAY 8/21/2012 10:25PM

    emoticon Awesome can't wait to hear about your weekend!!!!

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NORWOODGIRL 8/21/2012 9:16PM

    You lucky woman! I am so jealous. I have been wanting a kayak for a few years now. Guess I'll have to enjoy it vicariously by reading your blog!

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LIBBYG7 8/21/2012 6:55PM

    Oh Cindy....
She's a beauty!!

What fun you're going to have with her. I'm so happy that you found something so fun to do....and good exercise.

Hugs to Thor --- and to Tommy.

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NEILITHICMAN 8/21/2012 5:15PM

    That kayak is certainly going to help you get down to your target weight a whole lot faster!

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CHRISGETTINGFIT 8/21/2012 4:43PM

    Hope you have lots of fun in your new kayak!

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SKIPPYDOG 8/21/2012 3:31PM

    Happy birthday !!! You deserve your new kayak it looks awesome. You will have so much fun!! I went out today with Skippy and loved it. emoticon emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 8/21/2012 3:23PM

    It's beautiful....congrats! Can't wait to see the pictures...happy kayaking!!!

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GOLFGMA 8/21/2012 3:05PM

    Thanks to such good blogs and pictures I think I am as excited as you that you have your new kayak! It is a beaut! Ok hiking boots, get ready for a little competition in the life of one Cindy girl! Have a wonderful time on the New and I can't wait to hear about it! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/21/2012 3:00PM

    Oh my goodness, that is so exciting and your new kayak is GORGEOUS!! Wow, I think I want to go with you!!! Well.....probably not this time but maybe one of these days - in the meantime, I can't wait to hear all about your kayaking trip on Sunday on the New River in the awesome NEW KAYAK!
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LADYVOLSFAN1954 8/21/2012 2:44PM

    Woohoo! You got your kayak! Way to go! Have fun Sunday.

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My Broken Deal

Monday, August 20, 2012

I made a deal with myself that I would buy the new kayak I want for my birthday if I lost twenty pounds. Iíve been doing even better than I expected and Iím down about eight pounds already. I still have twelve pounds to go, but my birthday isnít for another five weeks. So how could I possibly justify backing out of my deal and buying my kayak before Iíve lost all twenty pounds and before my birthday? I canít.

But thatís exactly what I did. Cliff, my son and my biggest support system in my weight loss effort, had a talk with me last week. It went something like this:

Cliff: Mom, Iíve been watching the websites that had the Tarpon 100 on sale and they are all selling out.

Me: I know Cliff, but I havenít lost the weight yet.

Cliff: But youíre doing great, and if you wait they may be sold out and you'll have to pay a few hundred dollars more for the 2013 model of the kayak you want or youíll have to settle for something you donít really want. You really should go ahead and order it and then weíll make sure you have the rest of the weight off by your birthday.

Me: But then, Iím going back on my deal with myself. Thatís cheating!

Cliff: Iíll exercise with you and make sure you lose the weight or Iíll take it away and lock it up until you do. Besides that, if you wait until the end of September, youíre not going to get to use it much before it gets too cold. And, if you go ahead and get it we can go a lot more on your days off and youíll get even more exercise.

So, how hard do you think he had to work to talk me into it? Not very. He accomplished his mission in just over thirty minutes. My son, my support system, and my saboteur. But then thereís that thing called ďpersonal responsibilityĒ that makes me accountable for my own actions. After all, Iím an adult with my own free will and could have simply said no. Still, watching him paddle around last week in his new kayak only increased my desire to have my own. Yes, I actually did feel a little guilty as I got on the website and clicked the add to cart button, but not guilty enough to stop.

So the kayak was ordered, in the color I want, it is on its way, and is supposed to be in Greensboro tomorrow for me to pick up. We have a kayak trip planned this coming Sunday with a lot more friends this time. Weíre going back up to the New River in Virginia and Iíll be paddling my new mango color Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100. And the truth is Iíll probably be having so much fun I wonít even be thinking about the deal I broke with myself, but at least Iíll be getting a good workout and burning some extra calories.

I still feel a little guilty, but Iím also really excited about picking up my kayak tomorrow!


Cliff at the Yadkin River checking out his new kayak last week.

  
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GOLFGMA 8/21/2012 9:39PM

    You did the right thing and I applaud your son for his support. emoticon

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DOODIE59 8/21/2012 12:49PM

    You can still lose the 20 lb by your birthday and have the weight loss be your birthday gift:)

That kayak is going to get you out and exercising and enjoying life. It's going to give you family time in a healthy setting. There is no time like the present!! Have fun with it:)
Deirdre

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VLL723 8/21/2012 11:18AM

    Kayaking is one of my favorite things to do. I have an inflatable Sea Eagle 330. Enjoy.

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LIBBYG7 8/21/2012 9:25AM

    Hi Cindy....
Please don't think of this as 'cheating'! You made an expedient decision based on changing circumstances..... You'll get the kayak you want, at the price you want, in the color you want. If you waited --- you'd pay a lot more. Think of this as an 'adjustment' in your goals. Cliff is so right - and you're so lucky to have him on your side.. If you really feel guilty - lock the kayak away until you lose your 20 lbs. Or use the kayak TO LOSE the 20! Set a new goal (a revision of your last goal.)

Have fun on your upcoming kayak adventure! I know you will.
(still having trouble with my computer....so I hope I can post this......)
Hugs. Libby

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LIZZYP609 8/21/2012 9:15AM

    So now make a new deal with yourself. Use the Kayak to lose the weight by your birthday and if you don't then you have to put it away until the weight is gone and stays gone for a set amount of time!

Either way, it sounds like a win to me!

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EZRIN101 8/21/2012 12:53AM

    Lol. You have a great son to help you so much!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/21/2012 12:33AM

    I'm so glad you ordered it - I was looking at them online myself after reading your previous post and noticed several places were sold out - it didn't occur to me that 'everyone' would be sold out soon so I'm glad you son talked you into it.

GOOD LUCK reaching your goal and I wouldn't worry about the 'broken deal' - sometimes we just have to 'go for it' anyway.
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/21/2012 12:22AM

    I got my Kestrel just slightly before I'd lost the 100 lbs I needed in order to "earn" it.

And then I promptly spent so much time IN the boat, that it ended up helping me get OFF those lbs! LOL

Congrats, and enjoy!

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(...and don't complain to me in a couple years when you're good and addicted and can't stop boating! You walked right into this one! LOL)

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KAYOTIC 8/20/2012 11:58PM

    I must confess if a deal like that had come along, I wouldn't have needed to be talked into it! It does sound like your son is looking out for you though,and you more than likely would have regretted not getting that deal later if it was sold out after you make your goal (and now you have to do it, or the kayak goes under lock and key!) emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/20/2012 11:35PM

    Cliff is sweet as can be. Looking out after his Mom. He does have valid points. I know you will continue to lose. This week-end will be so much fun. I also vote for pictures! emoticon

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DEBBIEDAY 8/20/2012 11:01PM

    emoticon Gotta agree with Cliff...all valid reasons to get the kayak NOW and use it to burn extra calories on your way to losing the rest of that 20 by your birthday!!!!

And of course...Ciff needs to take a picture of you in your Kayak so you can post it!!!

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EMPTYNESTER60 8/20/2012 10:17PM

    emoticon You didn't break your deal - you just amended it and added a partner to it.. Cliff just has to live up to the partnership parts - help you loose the weight (& lock up the kayak if you don't emoticon) I've got a feeling that with the new kayak you won't have any trouble reaching your goal. Enjoy!

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WORLDSERIES11 8/20/2012 9:32PM

    emoticon Good for you!!! Get out and enjoy it. Cheers to your son for talking you into it!!!
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EVWINGS 8/20/2012 9:04PM

    Woo Hoo for your son. He's right you know. I don't know how many times I've bought something ton "settle" because i let go the sale on the one I really wanted. And it always ends up I don't like it and rarely use it!!

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NELLIEC 8/20/2012 8:41PM

    Just so long as he keeps his word to help you lose the weight! emoticon

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_JODI404 8/20/2012 8:40PM

    Well, I guess it depends on how you look at it. I am super happy you got it!!
Your son had some really good points in his case... as you know!

I would say you didn't break your deal... you made a new deal. I don't think you will
give up now. I do think your determination is strong and you will continue to achieve great results!

Hope you & Cliff get in plenty of good adventures before it does get too cold!
Burn those calories and ENJOY yourself! Life is too short for guilt and regrets!

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Tommy's Andy Griffith Birthday Celebration

Friday, August 17, 2012

Today is Tommy's birthday! Because he has been a lifelong fan of Andy Griffith and the show, his sister reserved Andy's childhood home in Mt. Airy, NC for me and Tommy to spend the night in. We drove to Mt. Airy yesterday afternoon and checked in at 3:00. Tommy's sister Lisa, her husband Dale, and Tommyís parents met us there. They stayed in the Hampton Inn (who now owns Andy's old home).

After checking in we drove to the house and were delighted when we opened the door and stepped back in time. Much of the furnishings are 50's and 60's style decor and very little has been updated. The only newer appliances in the kitchen were the refrigerator, microwave and a little coffee maker. In the living room was a DVD player with the entire collection of the Andy Griffith Show.


Andy Griffith's childhood home at 711 Haymore St, Mt. Airy, NC


Me in the kitchen, but I didn't do any cooking (I should have).


Living Room


Master Bedroom


Hard to believe that this little room not much larger than some walk-in closets was Andy's bedroom. A back porch has now been enclosed as a second bedroom.

While we were at the house we noticed a number of cars pulling up to stop and take pictures. Remembering how many times we've been up there and wished we could see inside, we began inviting some people to come in and check out the inside. It was fun because we talked to people from Georgia, Texas, Missouri, West Virginia, and several other places and they all seemed excited to have the opportunity to see inside.

Later we all drove to Dobson, NC (only 10 miles away) where we had dinner at a fantastic restaurant named The Depot. I didn't eat as healthy as I should have, but I did pass on the prime rib and opted for a chicken dish, some potatoes and apples instead. It could have been much worse. We then drove back to the house where we had a birthday cake in the beautiful back yard.


Tommy with his birthday cake.


Tommy and his family enjoying birthday cake (yes I had a small piece).

Later that night we went to the theater on Main Street where they had free live music. We then walked around town a little before heading back to the house for the night.

My sister woke me up with a telephone call this morning to tell me that my niece delivered a baby boy at 3:02 this morning - on Tommy's birthday!! For those of you who have been my friends here for several years, this is my same niece who lost her sweet baby Maddie to Leigh's Disease (a mitochondrial disease). Baby Maddie was buried the same day Tommy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Stephanie and Jimmy now have a sweet, healthy daughter named Abby and now little Jay. We are so thrilled for them.

After meeting Tommy's family for breakfast, we did some sightseeing around town and then went to the Andy Griffith Museum. Betty Lynn (also known as Thelma Lou on the Andy Griffith Show) was there today. We were so happy to meet her and found her to be a warm and genuine person.


Me and Tommy with Betty Lynn


Tommy gets a birthday kiss from Thelma Lou.

What a great two days. We finally made it home this evening and we are exhausted, but it was so much fun. Off to bed early tonight since I have to get back to work tomorrow.


A little souvenir we brought home with us.


Me and Tommy

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DOGSTARDADDY 8/20/2012 4:46PM

    Awesome!!!!!

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PAMNANGEL 8/19/2012 12:42PM

    How fun! Thanks for the photo tour!

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GRANNYQUINN 8/19/2012 12:32PM

    Wow , so much excitng news, First Happy Birthday Tom , what a great way to celebrate. Second Congrtas on the new addition to your family. emoticon. This is all such good news. This looks like a wonderful place to visit , I adore visiting our countries real towns and people. I am glad you had a good time . PS You look Awesome. Hugs Karen

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/18/2012 3:50PM

    Now that is a truly unique and interesting way to celebrate - good for you!

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GOLFGMA 8/18/2012 1:27PM

    Thanks for letting us enjoy the birthday for Tommy in pictures. Your SIL did great to plan such a nice birthday for Tommy. You both look wonderful! emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 8/18/2012 6:33AM

    I'm a big Andy fan, too.

what an awesome b'day!

congrats on the baby.

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WORLDSERIES11 8/18/2012 1:03AM

    What a wonderful experience!! And news of the new baby just made the experience that much more special!! Happy Birthday Tommy!! emoticon
Love Andy Griffith!! And Love all the pictures...thanks for sharing!!

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EMPTYNESTER60 8/17/2012 10:56PM

    Sure wish you guys had been staying there when we were one of those people driving by taking pictures many years ago emoticon It must have been so awesome to spend the night in Andy's house. I love Mt Airy! It is truly a quaint little NC mountain town. So glad you were able to have this neat experience.

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CAROLJ35 8/17/2012 10:44PM

    WHAT A NEAT EXPERIENCE!!! And you did such a good job of describing - makes me want to visit there!
Tonight, as I rode recumbent bike, I watched interview of Andy on public television. Such a down-to-earth person.
Thanks for sharing!

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/17/2012 10:22PM

    How much fun, and so sweet of your SIL to arrange everything for you. I always liked Andy Griffith. The home looks good. I love the kitchen. Happy Birthday to Tommy, a little late!

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MJ7DM33 8/17/2012 10:07PM

  Looks like a really good birthday celebration!

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LASKIE2 8/17/2012 9:08PM

    Wow, these pictures of Andy Griffin's childhood home are great! I had no idea the home still exist! Sorry to hear about your niece's baby, and about Tommy. Looks like wveryone had a good time. Thanks for sharing!

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NELLIEC 8/17/2012 9:01PM

    Wow, the picture of the kitchen looks a lot like my Grandmother's kitchen!

It sounds like a great time!

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DOODIE59 8/17/2012 8:55PM

    Thanks for sharing Tommy's great day:) And really nice of both of you to let the curious onlookers inside for a peek -- bet you made THEIR day too!
Deirdre

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_JODI404 8/17/2012 8:51PM

    What a wonderful experience!!!

I always enjoy your blogs & your pictures! Tommy is looking good ~ I hope he's feeling well too!

Glad you enjoyed some cake too. I'm a firm believer in enjoying special occasion treats... *especially* birthday cake!! emoticon

Thanks for taking the time to share this with us! Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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NANCYPAT1 8/17/2012 8:32PM

    That is SOOOOOOO cool. I have always been an Andy Griffith fan also. Maybe one of these years I will have MY birthday there too. That sounds like a totally wonderful thing to do. I think you are awesome to do that.

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ILOVEMALI 8/17/2012 8:29PM

  Love this!

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