Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Weekend at Armuchee

Wow, the "road trip" was fun. Our pup, Trixie, did very well and was a hit with lots of folks. This was her first over night trip and we were very pleased with how she acted. Not too many problems at all.

The other great thing that happened this weekend was our son and his wife were able to come up for a while on Friday. It was so good to see them and to be able to share their news about being pregnant and the fact that we will have a little grand child in just a few months. It was very nice just to be able to visit and relax together.

(This picture wasn't taken this weekend. I didn't use my digital camera for their pictures and I haven't gotten them developed yet.)

We were also able to spend time with our dear friends Mark and Candy. We live in different towns and aren't able to see each other as much as we'd like,and being with them this weekend was wonderful. Back in the 80s and 90s we played music together. But eventually, you have to make a choice and family and children must come first, so we stopped playing on a regular basis. It makes our visits and the times when we do get together so very special.

We are so close to them that our son called them aunt and uncle. In fact John's niece thought Mark was my brother until a couple of years ago.

Friday night John and I along with Carl and Buzzy were scheduled to play at the Armuchee Bluegrass Festival. We were thrilled when two songs into the set, Mark and Candy walked on stage. I find it amazing that we can still hit the harmonies even without rehearsing.

We did have a scare early Saturday morning. Their 17 year old son was working with a crew to clean up downed trees and limbs from the recent storms. They received a call that he had cut his leg with a chainsaw. Of course Candy was ready to head to the hospital but he promised it was a small cut and may not even need stitches. He was only calling to get insurance information. So she waited about leaving the festival with his promise to call her as soon as he spoke to the doctor. It turns out he needed 21 stitches. Not quite a "scratch" but fortunately he is fine.

This weekend was a much needed time away, and so fulfilling to be able to spend time with family and dear friends. John and I both are exhausted after the trip but we both had wonderful time.

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