Happy 4th of July - Late!
Jul 5, 2012
|Well, here it is July already and it's been a long time between postings.
In June, I went home on the 9th to spend two weeks with our granddaughters, Alex and Darby. Blue Ridge Community Theater in our hometown of Blue Ridge, GA runs a two week drama camp every summer called SunnyD. Our granddaughters have been attending it for the last 7 years. This year Alex was a Director (leader/counselor)of the Tweens group (8-12 year olds) and Darby was a camper in the Teens group. Rick decided to stay and work. The girls and I made a trip to Pigeon Forge the weekend of June 15-17 so they could go to Dollywood and spend time with their Grampa on Father's Day. Rick took advantage of some alone time and went to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to finally get some photos of the rhododendrons. Also, while I was at home, Rick was busy helping our friends, the Austins and Pattersons, build decks in front of their campers.
While the girls attended camp, I spent a lot of time finishing up some sewing projects that I was making for gifts. A Double Ring Wedding pattern table runner for our Choir Director who is being married this weekend and some layette items for my nephew and his wife who just gave birth to twin boys on the 2nd of July. I've posted pictures of both.
Rick came home the last weekend of camp (June 23) to see the girls' theater productions. After we bid them farewell on the 25th, we did some much needed chores around our house and prepared to return to Dollywood and go back to work on the 27th.
As I'm sure most of you know the weather has been HOT! HOT! HOT! since then. This past weekend the temps were in the 100's. Rick's Slush Factory stand was 111 degrees. It amazed me how many people still chose to come to Dollywood. It was so hot over the weekend that many of the rides, especially the roller coasters, had to be shut down. The rides in Country Fair are carnival type rides and the seats would get so hot - above 140 degrees - that our Safety Department closed them down so no one would burn themselves on the seats. Needless to say, water rides were very popular.
Monday and Tuesday were our days off so we spent part of Monday in the laundromat getting caught up on the laundry. It's amazing the people you meet there. One lady was a fellow Dollywood worker who, I found out, comes from the same Pennsylvania town that my brother lives in, and her husband is another Santa. We had met him as he worked in our area one time but did not know where he called home. Another woman was a refugee from the heat and storms in the Midwest. Tuesday was a lazy day and by afternoon we decided to go to one of the shows in town - The Tennessee Shindig. It was a really good show but not well attended. Hopefully, the evening show had a bigger audience. This is the last year for this particular show. It will be interesting to see what kind of show is in that theater next year.
The 4th of July was quite busy here in Pigeon Forge with lots & lots of people and traffic. Rick and I both had to work and by the time we left work for the campground, we decided to forgo the fire works and entertainment being offered by the town and go back to our nice AIR CONDITIONED RV. I watched fireworks on TV.
Tomorrow it's back to work. It's supposed to be hot again this weekend but cooling off next week. I never thought I would think that temps in the 80's were cool but it's a lot better than the high 90's and 100's.
We'll try not to be so long for the next update. All for now.
Betsy and Rick