Black Bear Cabin Rentals

Here are some pictures from our Thanksgiving Getaway!
Starting inside, the cabin had beautiful wood walls and floors.

Outside, here is a low view of the lovely cabin, clearly on the side of the mountain, but with a wonderful view of the river below.

This is a fly-fishing river and my husband brought his weighters to give it a try. The water was cold, it was in November, but it was so serene.

I loved sitting on this porch, listening to the river rush.

My daughter standing over a small ledge overlooking the river.

Here is a side view of our cabin. We had several clear, cold days there. The cabin was located a couple of miles beyond the town of Margret, Georgia. Anyone have a clue where Margret is?

If you’d be interested in renting a cabin like this, book through Black Bear Cabin Rentals. Click here for their website.

Blairsville, Georgia Trip October 11, 2008

The weekend we headed to Blairsville was the same weekend of their annual Sorgham festival. The square was packed. A parade came through at the same time we got up the mountain. The festival was taking place at Meeks Park, but I wanted to get to my mother’s first.

I detoured somewhere near the hospital, trying to avoid the square. But the bridge was out on 76 and I couldn’t pass through. I had to turn around and head back up 129. I took a route that ultimately ended up at Mulkey Gap, which was cool, as that was closer to my parent’s home.

The scene below is one I captured on the way to Mom’s. I can’t remember the street but it was between 129 and Mulkey Gap.

Isn’t that beautiful! There’s a house perched on the hill. 129 runs in front of it. I love going north just for the scenery.

I just had to take this shot, not because I’m fond of power lines, but look at that sky and the mountains and all that farm land. We always see plenty of horses and cattle on the way to my parent’s home.

Just another breathtaking landscape I couldn’t resist. Can you believe I took this AS I was driving? No, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Yet, I’m a mom of a toddler and I’ve learned to multi-task.

Fall colors are popping out all over!

Here, my daughter waters my mother’s impatiens. The last ones of the season. I believe this was the last warm weekend we had in October

A butterfly among the impatiens.

Trunk or Treat – West Hall Baptist Church – Oakwood, GA

(picture courtesy of

Please join us tonight at West Hall Baptist Church for our annual Trunk or Treat celebration!

We’ll have a fun house, candy, hayride, and will show an outdoor movie “Flywheel” to conclude our fun festivities.

Trunk or Treat starts at 6pm.

West Hall Baptist Church is located at 5314 McEver Rd Oakwood, GA 30566
Phone (770) 532-9537
Get directions here.

Burt’s Pumpkin Farm

Beyond Dawsonville Georgia located at 4801 Highway 52 is a place I know has become a tradition for many families. Burt’s Pumpkin Farm is a place my family has gone for years, every year as the seasons turn from summer to fall. Here are some photos.

Note this very informative and important message from Management at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm:

Downey tries to push the pumpkin!

Gotta get you some deee-licious boiled peanuts!

My niece Savannah with all those pumpkins!

My nephew Landon, Downey in the background, climbing and sitting on the pumpkins.
As you can tell, the Smith’s don’t adhere to directions very well 😉

Landon and his dad Blake waiting in the looong line for the Hay ride!

And we always have to get a slushie.

Downey, Savannah & Landon’s Nana musing over the kids.

More pics to come….

Waldorf Salad

A recipe passed down from my grandmother, Margaret Hinton.
Waldorf Salad
2 cups diced apples 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 cup diced celery 1/2 cup mayonaise
1/3 cup pecans
Directions: Core apples, leaving some of the red peel if desired.
Sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix with celery, add mayonaise
and nuts. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


My daughter is 3 years old. The things that come out of her mouth are hilarious.

Right now, I’m chuckling over her sense of time. Everything, whether it was a year ago, a month ago or an hour ago, my daughter refers to the day as “yesterday”.

I usually respond… “Yes, it was a few yesterdays ago, sweetie…”