Tuesday, December 20, 2016

‘Twas the week before Christmas

I am not a last-minute person by any means.  I have always been super organized, probably too much so! My Christmas cards were all ready for the mail in early November.  I did hold off mailing them to get a December post-mark.

The tree was up and in its full glory on Thanksgiving.  The rest of the house and two smaller trees were taken care of Black Friday.  We are having a Prime Rib, which I ordered from Kansas City Steak.   It has been in the freezer for several weeks and it is almost time to take it out to thaw.

Most of my gift shopping was done online.  Other than the mail lady and beautician we pretty much only buy for ourselves – and of course Ruby.  Shopping was a breeze for me anyway.  Since my husband doesn’t use a computer he did have to run around to several physical stores to shop!  He enjoys it, lucky him.

The bottom line is – once it’s all done, what’s next?  Here we are with time on our hands so I came up with a plan.  A short road trip to Dayton, Tennessee.  

A few months ago, someone told me about a place there called Wooden's Apple House and it sounded like something we would enjoy. Not only do they, obviously, sell apples, but they have a pie shop, gift shop and a café.

I was told it is a beautiful ride up the mountain to Wooden's.  OK, I was convinced, I just needed to find the right day.  I didn’t want to go on a weekend, knowing it would be crowded.  I didn’t want to go on a rainy day, or a day it was too cold.  So, a few days ago I decided it was time…. we would go the following day.

Just to refresh my mind and to get directions, I went to their website.   “When, what to my tired eyes should appear” but a note thanking everyone for a great season and ‘see you next season’….darn, I was too late.  All my planning and organization and I waited too long….

I am sure some of you have experienced something similar, especially when traveling.  I like to be spontaneous, but there are times when planning is a must.  So, if you are traveling within the next two weeks, remember that some places actually close. Check websites or call ahead to make sure there is ‘room at the inn’ or an apple to be picked!

We will be visiting Wooden’s Apple House when they open for business next year and I’ll be happy to fill you in then on all the details!

Enjoy the season and Merry Christmas one and all!

Photos belong to AbbyG

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