I have to say that Loretta has some great friends in Alabama. The downside for me is they all want her back there! The upside is that they seem to have adopted me with the same enthusiasm they have for her. Our social schedule was very busy.
Saturday night we had dinner and played games with Bill and Nancy. Oh, by the way, you might notice the sweater Loretta is wearing. It may look familiar.
On Friday, Bill had the day off, and he took us hiking at the TVA reservation. His hobby is birding, and he whistled up some interesting birds for us while I scouted out plants. That's the Wilson Dam in the background.
It was decided that no trip was complete without lunch at a hole in the wall, Staggs Grocery, where they serve hamburgers in various sizes, of local renown. A friend of Bill's joined us for that part of the adventure.
We spent part of Monday with Dr. and Becky Dougherty. They drove us to see a few local sights, and then we had lunch with them. I told you we were never in danger of starving on this trip!
On Monday evening, we went to a Women on Missions group at Loretta's former church. There, this lady, Kay, told us about a non-profit she founded called "The Healing Place." It is a place where grieving children and their families can come to work through the loss of a loved one. Everyone was interested to learn more, especially since it was known that she was one of the three finalists in the Health-Mart caregivers contest for the year. The final winner was to be announced on Thursday. The top place winning organization would receive $30,000.
Guess what? The Healing Place won! Late Friday afternoon, after some of the hub-bub had subsided, Loretta and I went to their building to have a tour and a short visit with Kay. It's a wonderful facility, not too small or large. I think she said they served 400 families last year.
With a laugh, Kay said they were planning to take the display check to the bank to deposit, and would play dumb about knowing it wasn't the real check.
Tomorrow, more plants, I think. For sure, I'm not allowing any more snow pictures this season!
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