more natural bridge

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/31/2008 06:47:00 PM 0 comments
small waterfall from the bridge
did you know the bridge is open all year?
now you do!

and don't forget the gospel tracts--yours for the taking!

natural bridge

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/30/2008 01:40:00 PM 6 comments
Did you know Alabama is home to such an illustrious bridge?

me neither, until last week!

'tis the season for returns...

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/29/2008 09:29:00 PM 0 comments
The average person spends $700 on Christmas gifts, many of which are never used.
Posted by mountainmelody On 12/28/2008 02:31:00 PM 2 comments
We ate at the aquarium restaurant in Nashville.
We sat beside this huge, round aquarium in the middle of the restaurant.

Even the walls and ceilings were decorated like an aquarium.

The real fish moved a little too fast for my camera, though!

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/26/2008 04:19:00 PM 1 comments
We went to the Grinch ice show in Nashville.
It was freezing cold (nine degrees, to be exact)!

Pretty much everything there was made of ice.

We tried out the ice slide--fun!

The Grinch was everywhere.

There was an ice nativity at the end of the exhibit. By then, we were so cold that we just took a picture and ran out!

Merry Christmas!

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/25/2008 08:38:00 AM 0 comments
Birth of Christ from the Saint John's Bible:
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

-Li­tur­gy of Saint James, 4th cen­tu­ry

a little more random

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/24/2008 12:35:00 PM 1 comments
giant wise man and camel
medieval bear playing a mandolin (?)


Posted by mountainmelody On 12/23/2008 01:52:00 PM 1 comments

more Opryland Hotel

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/22/2008 03:30:00 PM 0 comments
giant Christmas tree
lights from behind a waterfall

better lights

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/21/2008 10:14:00 PM 3 comments
A more successful lights photo, from the Opryland Hotel.
More coming soon!
Posted by mountainmelody On 12/18/2008 08:44:00 PM 5 comments
This is what Christmas lights in the park look like through the windshield of a moving vehicle on a foggy, rainy night.

You can’t say I didn’t try…

Christmas everywhere

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/16/2008 09:37:00 PM 0 comments
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!
Christmas in lands of the fir-tree and pine,
Christmas in lands of the palm-tree and vine,
Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white,
Christmas where cornfields stand sunny and bright.
Christmas where children are hopeful and gay,
Christmas where old men are patient and gray,
Christmas where peace, like a dove in his flight,
Broods o'er brave men in the thick of the fight;
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!
For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all;
No palace too great, no cottage too small.

-Phillips Brooks

gingerbread house

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/14/2008 03:31:00 PM 5 comments
It's actually a graham cracker house. But "gingerbread house" just has a nicer ring to it, don't you think? ;)
Posted by mountainmelody On 12/12/2008 04:52:00 PM 0 comments
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Posted by mountainmelody On 12/11/2008 08:08:00 PM 1 comments
This was supposed to be a picture of snow:



Posted by mountainmelody On 12/11/2008 06:13:00 AM 0 comments
Leader: You can use these beads and string to make a bracelet.

Girl: I can't get the beads to fit on the string! They're too small.

Leader: Here--try these beads instead.

Girl: Great! Now we have all the ingredients we need!
Posted by mountainmelody On 12/09/2008 07:40:00 PM 1 comments
We worked on the star this weekend.
Or maybe I should say we watched...
while they worked on the star!
You should be able to see it shining from the highway now!
Posted by mountainmelody On 12/08/2008 01:03:00 PM 0 comments

my first 5K

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/07/2008 06:26:00 PM 2 comments
I walked in the Jingle Bell 5K this weekend.There were lots of festive participants among the crowd. (I'm sorry I wasn't able to capture a photo of Santa himself jogging down the road.)

I saw lots of people run by me, but I didn't mind.
I saw beautiful historic houses too--different scenery from my normal walks!
Walking three miles was easy, but I'm not sure running would be!

Merry Christmas?

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/05/2008 09:20:00 AM 1 comments
Three-fourths of Americans view Christmas with more dread than anticipation.
Posted by mountainmelody On 12/03/2008 09:33:00 PM 0 comments
Happy Christmas season from my parents' Christmas tree and me!
Posted by mountainmelody On 12/02/2008 08:02:00 PM 0 comments

no snow

Posted by mountainmelody On 12/01/2008 06:10:00 AM 0 comments
It's freezing outside, but the ground is just wet, not white.

Maybe I should move to Alaska or something.

keep your fingers crossed!

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/30/2008 05:41:00 PM 0 comments
It's raining/sleeting right now, and it's very cold outside.

The weatherman says: We have a great setup for snow showers across the northern half of Alabama late tonight and tomorrow morning. . . . The best chance of a dusting on grassy areas will be across high terrain locations northeast of Birmingham.

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/29/2008 07:50:00 AM 0 comments
Posted by mountainmelody On 11/27/2008 10:20:00 AM 1 comments
Happy Thanksgiving from the New Madrid Seismic Zone!

(No, the zone itself isn't actually wishing you happy Thanksgiving. I am. I just happen to be in that lovely area.)
Posted by mountainmelody On 11/26/2008 03:36:00 PM 0 comments

predictions from 1969

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/24/2008 08:11:00 PM 0 comments
  • The workweek will drop to thirty-six hours in 1976 and to thirty hours by the year 2000.

  • It will be possible to phone home and turn off the oven, turn on the heat, leave a message, turn off the lights.

  • Portable phones will be available.

  • Two-hundred-day school years including summer sessions are predicted.

  • Cars will have TV, radio, telephone, stereo, and tape recorders.

  • Leisure spending may go beyond all imagination.

another exciting update

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/23/2008 08:44:00 PM 3 comments
We walked to the lake today.
The water level was lower than I expected. People in Birmingham are going to have to stop taking such long showers!
On the positive side, we did get to see shells and rocks that would normally be hidden under the water.

only in Alabama...

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/22/2008 08:19:00 PM 1 comments
Only in Alabama can you follow a car with the license plate "Praiser" until it turns at a sign labeled "Divine Design Studio."

helping you become smarter

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/21/2008 11:11:00 AM 0 comments
More people live in India than in all of North America, Central America and South America--combined.
Posted by mountainmelody On 11/19/2008 08:53:00 PM 0 comments


Posted by mountainmelody On 11/18/2008 06:22:00 AM 0 comments
Message on gum wrapper: calorie content of this size piece has been reduced from 5 to 3 1/2 calories.

That's good to know. I generally refuse to eat gum with over 4 calories in it. It might ruin my figure.


foiled again

Posted by mountainmelody On 11/16/2008 02:37:00 PM 3 comments
For some reason I felt like walking down to see the Valentine cow today.
Unfortunately, the cow was once again uncooperative.
The horses weren't very helpful either.So I just gave up and looked around a bit.

Maybe next time.