Saturday, December 15, 2007

This does seem to be a problem at most companies today. Family and Friends First!

So what does this teach for family!

It is that time again... time to balance the check book. This is never a pleasant activity. Even if I am not the one adding and subtracting the numbers...ok more subtracting than adding... Nibbler and I both feel the pain.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Some many times I wish for nothing more than to escape the village and wander the forest paths on some great which nothing major happens. The forest has such a peace that you just can not find in even the best of villages.
To escape!

Monday, December 10, 2007

With all the Holiday travellers, the roads and highways are safe. You see more people on the way then in the town square... This will all change right before the holiday when all those traveling here arrive. But right now the Inn is slow. We have 5 or 6 pilgrims arriving last night. So Off I go to see to breakfast... although it will be a cold break for their fast... cook's gone for the holiday too.

Merry Yule Tide to you all.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

My dear friend Bella will be heating up the London Circuit until July. I truly will miss my fiery Italian friend. I am searching for cheap caravans to London during her time there... She can show me the town ... for a change.

I am sure London is not ready for Bella! Move over Prince Harry... there is a new royal coming to town and she likes to play with longbows and throwing axes... you might get hurt if you get in her way. (smiling to myself)

Lady Bella, play nice on the other side of the pond.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Five more Pilgrims arrived tonight. It will be a long two weeks for them to complete the holy rites of the shine.... I must be up extra early tomorrow to run fetch more eggs from the great Kinko's Farm before the pilgrims rise for their first day of enlightenment. The good thing is that at the hour of the morn the streets will be free of all the carts of the day and my trip will be speedy and quick.

Early to bed Earlier to rise!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Guess who? Wearing their mothers favorite color for them... and studing... well for the photo anyway. Is that a blank piece of paper you are studing so hard? I do not even know the year of this picture, but I would guess around 1984. Am I close?

No, I did not crop this picture... this is another example of our family's fine photo skills. This is one of the only pictures I have of the Fowler clan... Uncle Major and William almost lost their entire heads and Uncle Holly got a hair cut.

Great-Grand Mother Fowler (Zula, front center) was always smiling. I can never remember anything getting her down.

Please also note my Cool Rock Star Grandmother Doris with her hugh shades...when you are this cool the sun shines on you 24/7!
Here it is! Raccoon Mountain... Picture it...
the year is 1991, May... two young friends take off for an all credit card paid trip to see the world (some facts have been altered for no reason at all)
To save money they packed a loaned tent....
It gets late... the sun goes down... it gets cold... really cold (30 degrees) The pull into the Raccoon Mountain park to camp after dark to discover the loaner tent has no solid walls...only screen. So the two youth hang all their worldly belongings around the test to block the ice cold wind... we won't talk about the air mattress or the pup tent that smelled like cat pee...and had a rusted zipper so you could not open it more than a few inches....

Needless to say, they stayed in warm hotel rooms the rest of the trip.

We should have had more than a V8...but that would have helped.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Yet another trip down memory lane... This was taken by Granny Doris in either 1974 or 1975. Yes, I am the nerd holding the dog. Sorry the picture is not the best quality... it was a instant, count to 10 and pill off the back...

My parents and brother are to the left and Tracey's parents are to the right... dig our mom's fashions; plaid pants and a red do-rag. Hot!
Digging in the boxes of family photos is always a fun trip down memory lane. A few days last week I discovered a badly damaged photo of Mom at a party in 1962. Funny how we all see our parents as parents. We forget that they had lifes before children, before us. I never knew this shy young lady.

Oh and I did find the "tent" photo from 1992... it will be making an appearance here later.

Ask your parents what they liked when they were 19... before it is too late to ask them.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Were-pig! This past week I traveled to the deep south to visit with family. I have been out of touch with my family for so many years I have lost touch with Uncles and Cousin alike.

I discovered that my only cousin on my Dad's side is now an amazing author. Please read her blog listed under my links. Tracey Kitts Wow!

After the long weekend visit with the folks I returned home in time to attend Castle Wars down in Macon! Yet again it was COLD! ...but a wonderful weekend. I found a were-pig bag from one of the vendors. Good friends, good food, and good times! Who said camping is not fun has never camped with Owl's Nest Shire!

Love this picture! (from Tracey's Blog)

With the caption: All we're missing is a naked werewolf.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Just got home from a wonderful weekend in Blue Ridge. It is so relaxing up there. I wish I had more time to enjoy it. Now, back to work!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Well, after many attempts and a few changes of the mind... sounds like picking a major in college... I have made a device. As the Device also is the name of my ole Inn it had to be something tasty.

So Welcome to the Black Boar Inn!

What do you think of it? I know it will have to pass which means have some changes.

For some of you the Black Boar Inn will forever be the Were-Pig so I have another device with a little oops of red...(big smile)

Monday, October 22, 2007

I want one!

I want one of these too!

I also want them to help me put it together!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Well, the first "movie" night was a success. It was night and a movie was shown. Friday we gathered for a night of pizza, cheese and a movie. The cheese never made it out...too bad. It was Dublin Cheese with tasty crackers. The movie was chosen by popular vote. Ok only one person voted and that was that. It even fit the season... ok anything from Tim Burton is creepy.

I hope everyone had a great time. We enjoyed having everyone over.

Sorry Lisa and Ken could not make time we'll have it on a Saturday night! How does that sound?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

For those that have not seen the New Elizabeth movie... It rocks! I may not know if everything was period, or the right period, but I loved the pavilions on the beach. I have a plan on how to make one using two Pop-Up's and some imagination.

Good movie, good friends, and great conversations afterwards. It has been a really long time since I was up late enough to have closed an establishment. Starbucks must have hated us.

Thanks to everyone. I had a great time.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Meridian Grand Tourney 2007 was an incredible event. The tournament started with the cool crisp morning fall air blowing and caring the many proud banners aloft. Everyone could sense the excitement as over 80 fighters took the field for honor and glory. Over 300 good gentles attended filling the many colorful sun shade pavilion surrounding the field. There were also a host of activities. Each of the orders not only sponsored one of the tournaments, but they also provide tasty treats for the populous. A great many also brought there A&S projects to work on and display field side. No matter what your interest everyone had something to entertain themselves with. The tournaments, of course, were the main attraction and I as a non-fighter did learn a great deal about fighting. Those that won honor on the field as listed here below.
1-Meridian Grand Tourney/Winner – Sir Elazar
2-Rosebud Tournament – Order or the Rose – Sabre tournament/Winner – Lord Mordan
3-Chalice Tournament – Open weaponstyle/Winner – Jarl Ailgheanan
($1500 raised for a battered women's shelter of winners choice)
4-Champions Tournament – Sable Sword – Open Weaponstyle/Winner – Count Aengus
5-Great Weapons Tournament – Order of the Bough/Winner – Baron Aubec
6-Grand Tournament/Winner - Count Seth of Newcastle

Chosen Champions for the Grand Tournament:
Populace- Mistress Stephanie
Laurels – Lord Fearghus
Pelicans – Baroness Ianka
Royal Peers – Master Geoffery
Sitting Royals – Lord Mandin
Chivalry – Lord Gunnar

The amazing MGT Champions Scroll was artfully created by the hand of Mistress Constance of Purneos.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Now this was a cool tent! I would love to know what the structure inside looked like. Oh well maybe next year I'll see this one in person.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

DragonCon 2007 is over...but what fun.

I took no always when the great costumes came by I did not have a camera. The one I loved this year was the evil White Queen... amazing dress and hair. We did have some knights on crusade and some Stormtroopers on march and many many others. This was great fun.

We also had many, many, many Hogwarts kids... it looked like a scene from one of the Harry Potter movies a couple of times.

But I did not get a picture of them either... just the memories. Ahhhhh.

I will be going again next year....for sure!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

It has been a few (more than) days and I am a little behind in my postings. This is the best picture I have found of adopted home town. I have been working on Mom's genealogy. It is a huge project. Mom had over 4000 entries from all sides of the family. I have signed up for all the on-line searching tools and am going person by person searching for and updating new information. You would think that would not be too hard, but it has become a task. I have been adding children Mom did not know of and in laws and grand parents of distant cousins... it adds up. This weekend I entered the 6000 th person. For those that what the geno facts... 6144 individuals, 2084 marriages, 42 generations, with 1155 different surnames. And yes, 42 generations does put the oldest verified person born in the year 1000 AD. Mom worked for almost 15 years on the family tree. With very few exceptions, her information has proven to be correct. I have even verified one full blooded Native American. Morning (Mary) Flowers was born in 1773...and was my 6 th great-grandmother.

Well I have most likely already lost you with facts, names and numbers, so I will end with this: "Like what you do, and Do what you like" (Jake)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Just saw the new Bourne movie. Overall I would give excellent marks. I am not one for liking part 2 and 3 movies but this one has better action and more of a plot than most. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing what and where was next. This one like the first two is shot in amazing locations around the world.

This one is worth the full price.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Wow. Abraham was a single source for three of the worlds largest religions. His 1st son by Hagar (his servant) was Ishmael. He founded the Islamic faith.

His son by Sarah (his wife) was Isaac. He founded the Jewish faith.

So why do these two faiths hate each other? Why is there so much spilled blood? Does it all go back to a brotherly dispute? Ishmael and his mother Hagar were send out into the desert after Sarah had Isaac. Was there more to the story? The lord of Ishmael and Isaac are the same. We are all brothers and sisters.

Ever wonder why the Bible does not include any gospels written by women? There are several that date to sources older than many of the gospels that are included. Are the female disciples any less holy? Was the teachings of these ladies less important that the men? Did they not suffer enough to be included?

Why? If the Bible is not altered by the men that composed and translated it then did God choose the work of Man over Woman?

Friday, August 03, 2007

Choices maybe the source of some regrets for either mistakes or how people react to your choices or even the actions caused by your choice. Everyone is forced to make choices everyday. To run from your choices is in itself a choice you have made. Running as spoke of in the last entry is beyond a choice you can make. It may be a desire. It may even be a hope, but you can not choice to run from mankind as you can not run from yourself. Where ever you go you will be there and mankind will be there in you. You can no more choose to live when it is time for you to die than you can choose a life other than the one you have and mankind can no more change the nature of man than it can change our past. The end is final and the beginning is forgotten like our childhood dreams.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

I do not believe we run from responsibilities. I think that we in general use this word often to avoid examining the things we dislike to closely. The thing I wish to run from is knowledge. The knowledge of how ugly mankind really is underneath all the manners and political correctness. This is something as kids we just have not seen yet. Childhood through school protects us from most of it. It is only after we leave to explore the world with our wings spread wide that we begin to see that we fly over, not a garden of wonders, but a wasteland of broken-half lived lives. Lives that are broken by the cruel nature of mankind never complete the numerous dreams and plans they once made.

So, I look to the untouched beauty of nature itself for peace and dream of a life without the knowledge of how ugly mankind really acts towards each other.

These maybe just words, but remember Shakespeare's greatest works are also just words.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Well this is what Monk's Corner looks like now. It is so different. I remember when there were maybe 6 families living in the area pictured. The Ramseys, Dawsons, Rudds, Kiblers and maybe two more I did not know. The truly sad part is that the rest of the area were vast forest. Well to an 6-8 year old vast has a different meaning, but there was a lot more then. When I was 8 I ran away from home and waited in the woods in front of the Kiblers house for Kathleen to join me. We had planned to run away together. Those woods are completely gone in this picture. While change is good, how long before all the woods of the world will exist only in the memories of those who once played in them. When we moved from Monk's Corner I left part of my innocence d'enfance there. Is it time to run away again? This time I want to leave my Adulthood behind!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Reposted from the Village Center Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:14 pm

Post subject: A little Christian humor

This is one of the best clean jokes I've seen in awhile!
Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering. Finally fed up, God said, "THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job." So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away. They moused. They faxed. They e-mailed. They e-mailed with attachments. They downloaded. They did spreadsheets! They wrote reports. They created labels and cards. They created charts and graphs. They did some genealogy reports They did every job known to man. Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell. Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power went off. Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming: "It's gone! It's all GONE! "I lost everything when the power went out!" Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work. Satan observed this and became irate. "Wait!" he screamed. "That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don't have any?" God just shrugged and said, JESUS SAVES!

Posted by Lord Tor Magnusson

Monday, July 30, 2007

It is coming.... Run. I am so excited I can hardly wait. I wish I could stay downtown the entire weekend, but at $260 a night... just can not afford it on an Inn keepers pay. How much fun!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Well work is back. TGIF!!! I have a small group of Marriott Pilgrims this week at the Inn. There are only three of them. One fell ill on his journey and did not travel the others. The three have made excellent progress through the spiritual journey here learning much. Thus the weekend they have to themselves with not teachings to study. One gentleman plans to attend a tournament of skill and sport while the other gentleman and lady have not voiced their personal plans. I will enjoy a quite weekend away from the Inn. I may camp at the lake and live off the land for a day or two. The reality is I will in all likely hood stay at home and sleep. After such a grand trip I had last week this has been a very long week and I feel I need the sleep.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Today is the last real day of our vacation. It was a full day of all the touristy things to do in Chattanooga. We, of course, started our day at noon and then had breakfast at Long John Silvers... it would be the only non fast food meal we would get today.
First off was the Inclined Railroad. It is only one mile but it goes straight up Lookout Mountain. I had never ridden it and it was part of the packaged tickets. At the top of the Inclined Railroad was a cute little town with old houses (circa 1900-1920) and a large park. The park was only 3 blocks away so we walked down to it and took some amazing shots of the city and the park. The main feature of the park was a Civil War Monument honoring both the Union and Confederate solders that died here. At the very top of the monument were two solders shaking hands. A park ranger was telling another group that this is the only Civil War Monument to honor both sides on the same monument. The park had a real sense of peace. I would have liked to stay longer, but time was tight and we still have two more attractions to see.

Second attractions was Rock City. It was warm and this was taken at the end as we got back to the gift shops. Rock City has changed a little and added a bird show and a nice place for large groups. Oh, they have also piped in some yanni type music. There were lots of people and kids in Rock City so there was little peace here and while we took many beautiful pictures here without the sound of screaming kids and lots of people talking in the background it is not like you are there. In other words the pictures are better than being there. This shoot kind of shows that in our expressions.
Next we hit Ruby Falls! It was about 7pm and the Falls parking lot was thinning out so we got a spot right up front at the main building. This was the park, as a kid, I remembered Dad loosing his cool because they put a bumper wrap thing on his Cadillac. This had to be in the 70's. It was the family vacation and everyone came. Mom, Dad, Kevin, me and great-grand mother Bessie all in the car for hours. Well this is one place that was better than my memories. The walk to the falls was like I remembered with some extra signs here and there to point out different rock formations. When we got to the falls... it was more beautiful than I remember. The lighting was amazing and I would come back again. We did not take the camera with us... I wish we had. Brian and I both remember this as not being that cool, so we did not think we'd want cave pictures. Oh well, live and learn.
We stopped by the hotel to clean up for dinner and discovered that everything closes at 10pm here. After driving around for a little we stop at Wendy's, picked up some burgers, and drove back to the hotel.
All in all a great, if not too busy, day.
Tomorrow... back home.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Well today was another road trip. This morning we left Gatlinburg and drove down to Chattanooga to check into the Marriott Convention Center. It was a easy day on the road with little traffic. We arrived at the hotel about 3pm checked in and then went to the mall. While at the mall area Brian finial bought the PS3... now $100 less, free extra controller, and 5 free blue ray movies. This deal was more than he could resist. At the mall the theater was playing the new Transformers movie. We both have wanted to see it so we caught the 4pm movie.

After the movie we shopped for some late night snacks at the Wal-mart across from the mall. It was only 6pm when we got back to the hotel... and I noticed that the flower fairy had not visited us... like she was paid to do... So I went to get us some "ice" wink, wink. At the desk they had no idea about the tickets I had ordered from the hotels on-line service, had no record of flowers being delivered or my comments that the flowers would arrive with boxes of chocolate... well one of the ladies at the desk ask a bellman that had been there all day and he located the flowers and chocolates and I got to bring them up to the room with me. Not the best service, but the end results were the same, Brian was impressed. He took the picture of his new flower in the rooms window. He kept the 2 dozen roses he received in Gatlinburg. I think he is happy and having a good time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Today was just hot. 90plus degree. We slept in and then walked around downtown Gatlinburg. It was so hot it did not take long to tire us both out. When we got back to the car it was 101 degrees... and the car was parked in the shade! We also took a nice drive over looking Gatlinburg... got lost a few times... turned around a few times then made it back to the hotel to take a much needed nap... ahhhhh this is relaxation.
I just point and shoot... whatever settings are on it are the settings that get used. Most of the time this is a great frustration for me...(Brian likes to change them) ...but I like this one of Brian overlooking Gatlinburg in black and white. It is sad when the camera is smarter than the user.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Today we had breakfast at a scary but good little local place called Little House of Pancakes. Then we stopped by the Food Lion for some supplies for our trip to Cades Cove. To get to Cades Cove you have to take the mountain road called Little River Road. This drive is 20 something miles of twist and turns that follow small rock filled rivers through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the tourist we stopped at many overlooks to take pictures of the mountains... the best part was driving the entire day with the top down. Amazing!

Cades Cove is a huge valley in the middle of the park that is breath taking beautiful. It has a one-way road that circles around the edge of the valley to end at the beginning. As a kid Mom would always make sure we came here once on vacation. This was her favorite place... memories. The reality was it was 90 degrees in the valley and it felt even hotter. the loop road was slow with everyone stopping to see the deer along side the roadway every few feet. It took until 4pm to get around the valley. I have more pictures I'll post later of Cades Cove.

On our way back down Little River Road we wanted to find the place we stopped at on the way in to Cades Cove and have lunch on the river.. well on the rocks in the river. We stopped at 2 places that were not it and I was sure we had already passed it when we stopped at the same place. It was our lucky day. Which it really is for today is our 11th Anniversary. So I gave Brian the card I have put in the glove box Saturday. and we eat on the rocks and listen to the sound of the river rushing over the rocky river bed.

We did not get back to Gatlinburg until 6pm and the flower fairy had put some roses and a cute little bear in our room when we return... (I can be so sneaky) After baths to get rid of the days road trip we had a really nice dinner at the Cherokee Grill. It rained while we ate and a little afterwards while we looked through some neat shops. All in all a good day!