What a great time we had at our cousins' get-together! I made this photo as we were about to say our good-bye to each other and head home from Areeda's beautiful home in the Tennessee mountains. How can we ever thank her enough for being such a gracious hostess! She made us all feel so at home, right down to the special touches in our bedrooms -- bottles of water, a little snack if we got hungry!
But how could we ever need between-meal nourishment with a cook like her? She prepared a lunch Thursday consisting of chicken casserole, layered salad, asparagus spears and hot rolls.Two cousins brought homemade cakes -- a lime cake from Darry and an apple cake from Betty. Everything was delicious and I should have remembered to take photos of the food before we ate it but did not!
Into the afternoon, we took a trip into the lovely little village of Franklin to stroll the streets and window shop. For our evening meal, we went to J. Alexander at Cool Springs. I asked a waiter to get a picture of us before we left the restaurant.
|We have dubbed ourselves the "Fa So La(s)," as a tribute to our Grandmother, Mommie Howell, who attended a church which engaged in Fa So La singing, also known as Sacred Harp or Shaped Note Singing. From left, Edith, Sanda, Darry, Henrietta, Becky, Betty, Areeda|
Areeda's husband Joe -- very wisely no doubt -- went fishing for the day and spent the night at a nearby motel to give the ladies the run of the house. Thank you, Joe. You're a really special person.
Their beautiful home is filled with memorabelia from both their successful careers -- Areeda's in the recording business in Nashville, and more recently, publication of her cookbook -- and Joe's singing career. Go to these links to read more about Joe's music and career and Areeda's cookbook.
I should have made more pictures but was so busy having a good time that I didn't think about my blog. And that's the way it should have been. However, here are a few casual shots I captured.
|Lovely sisters -- Becky, left, and Henrietta, relaxing on the front porch.|
|Edith, left, and Darry. Pretty ladies!|