June 21, 2021


Ezra was already awake and reading in bed when I got up at 7 a.m.  He said his book was so interesting he had read until 12:30 a.m. That explains his two-hour nap late this afternoon!  He’s finished well over 300 pages of a 500-page book since he got here.

I went to the church to do my clean-up assignment for the Altar Guild, Charlotte arrived about 9 and my friend Betsy got here by 9:30 with a dozen fresh donuts—six old fashioned cake and six chocolate with sprinkles.  The boys hadn’t had the cake version before and it quickly became a new favorite.  

Our neighbors have spotted three small red foxes several times recently in my back yard.  They are possibly making my dilapidated storage building their summer headquarters.  Betsy went up to take a look and found the hole they’ve dug at the back where they can push into the storage building.  The current thinking is that they need a place to shelter and be safe from the prowling coyotes also in the area.  So I may wait until colder weather and then follow through with my plans to have the structure demolished.  

Next we all piled into Betsy’s roomy vehicle and she took us on a driving tour of Ellington Agricultural Center near my house.  She told us the anecdotal history of the stately mansion at the top of the hill.  It was originally the home of Caldwells—related to Betsy’s ex-husband.  She showed us where the children enjoyed roller skating on an arched walkway.  We then went to the onsite Tennessee Agricultural Museum and explored some rustic log cabins on the grounds.  The museum was filled with interesting old farm implements, spinning wheels, looms, quilting frames, and churns.  We marveled at the ingenuity of those early Tennessee settlers.

We ended our tour with a visit to the pool with koi—and spotted a turtle on the rocky ledge near the fish. This photo shows Betsy with Charlotte and Sam looking down at the koi.

Betsy then drove us to see the Caldwell Lane mansion Longview, which originally belonged to another of the Caldwell brothers.  This property is now owned by Lipscomb University. 

She made the Camp Grandmama Monday morning a very interesting time!

For lunch, I prepared one of the menus they’d requested—salmon patties, biscuits, mashed potatoes and apple sauce.  Appetites were good!

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