It has been ever so slightly slower without OLLI classes and the responsibilities of the Newcomers board. Bob and I have gone out several times for dinner with other couples and also have gone off on our own with the girls or guys. The students from my advanced Tarot class continue to meet on our own every couple weeks. We socialize and talk about lots of things in addition to Tarot cards.
Last week we went on an overnight trip up to Bryson City, NC and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Since we moved here I have wanted to see the outdoor drama “Unto these Hills” which is the story of the Cherokee nation from the late 1700′s through the Trail of Tears and the “Indian Removel Act” in the 183o’s. Andrew Jackson forced 15,000 Cherokee to march to Oklahoma, in the winter. 4,000 of them died.
The performance wasn’t quite what we expected but was still interesting. Cherokee is two hours from our house. We stayed again at Freymount Inn. Here is our cabin. We were on the top floor above a heavily wooded dropoff.
On the way home we stopped at the Harrah’s Casino. We aren’t gamblers but thought since we were so close we should take a look so we can tell visitors what it is like. IT IS HUGE! With the new addition they are adding it will be 300,000 sq. feet. They have 3,700 slot machines and some take 1 or 2 cents. There is a hotel attached and a big parking ramp and a Paula Dean store and restaurant and many, many more shops and restaurants coming. The casino room is about 5 stories high, all open. The decore of all the areas is modern. Unfortunatily it is a smoking casino and the smell was horrible. If I had been there a few more minutes I would have been sick. We left without spending a single cent.
We went to see the last Harry Potter film. As good as the books and movies were after a decade I am ready for the series to come to and end. We saw it in 3D, which I am not a great fan of,but was glad we choose 3D for this particular film.
Smoky has gotten to be a very big cat. He is the size of a medium sized dog. I don’t think he is so fat anymore, just big but still has his “jelly belly”. His tummy is so soft, like a little well stuffed pillow. Unfortunately he doesn’t realize how big he is and it’s so funny to see him in his various poses. He takes up a huge section when he sleeps on our desk and doesn’t seem to mind laying on all kinds of electronic equipment. You would think he would be uncomfortable. The tick and flea medicine seems to be working, thank goodness.
Sabrina still continues to hunt lizards. She came home again yesterday and was so excited at the patio door with a lizard hanging out of her mouth. She is so proud. What can I say? Poor Bob goes to get his gloves and does lizard disposal. They are little lizards, maybe 5″. Sabrina is the leader and Smoky is the follower. They are so funny to watch together. What great additions they are to our home.
My next post will be about our woodworking. We have both been busy and having a ton of fun.