Spring Break Ends

Grandson Nathaniel’s last full day with us was packed with excitement. Our son John $ was here to visit with him. $ drove Nate and me to Soco Falls between Maggie Valley and Cherokee. We went down the steep path to the viewing platform, which was far enough for me. Nathaniel continued down to the base of the falls where he posed for a moment.

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His bright blue shirt helped in spotting him. I zoomed in as he started the climb back.

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Because of a connection of dear neighbors, Nathaniel had a job interview in town. It seemed to go very well, and they will talk again when Nate finishes classes in May. I don’t want to jinx it, so I’ll say no more.

Because John was doing trains in Tennessee, we were sharing one car. David hurried to be ready for work, and we dropped him off on the way to Nathaniel’s interview. I knew the car needed gas, so I stopped on the way back. Filling a car would be humdrum for most folks, but it has probably been ten years since I pumped gas. I told Nate I was screwing my courage to the sticking post to do it. I had to read all the instructions on the pump. Bless his heart, he had come around the car and was standing there, ready to help if need be. I know you are snickering, but that was my big excitement of the day.

It can be a bit intimidating to cook for a chef. Nathaniel never criticizes anything, but I’m aware that his standards are very high. What would you cook for him if he came to your house? The two prettiest things I did were a chicken pie and a chocolate chip coffeecake.

We will miss Nathaniel when he is back at school.  It won’t be long before he will be here again, and David is still with us.  Let the good times keep rollin’!

40 thoughts on “Spring Break Ends

  1. Hmmm, I think Mildreds Chicken Huntington for the main dish and Orange -Marmalade cake,made famous in the Mitford series by Jan Karon ,for the grand ending.Of course there would be homemade yeast rolls
    but that is just understood around here.
    I’m sure the falls were running especially well with all of the rain and snow.

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    1. One of my sisters-in-law shared my love of Jan Karon’s books. She made the Orange Marmalade cake for the family once!! It was delicious. Mildred’s Chicken Huntington would be new to me. Thanks for playing the “what if” game.

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  2. That pie! It looks so delicious. What a beautiful place, definitely some place Id love to explore. I am happy you tackled the gas pump head on. Its always good to know how to do whatever it is just in case. 💗


    1. Soco Falls is beautiful, but the trail is treacherous. The grandsons thought their mother would be game to go down to the falls. Maybe she’ll choose to do that when she comes this summer.


    1. I’m glad to see you here. I haven’t looked at Facebook to follow your progress.

      I wish I could take credit for influencing Nathaniel, but I think he was following his dad. Besides, the young man has a passion for cooking that must come from within.

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  3. Hmm – you cooked chicken pie and a chocolate chip coffeecake – lots of alliteration there and it sure looked good. We’ll all stay mum on Nathaniel’s prospect and May will be here before you all know it.

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  4. You live in a beautiful area! Congratulations on successfully pumping your own gas. It has been months since I pumped my own gas too!

    The chicken pie looks delicious! I think I need to make one soon. They are one of my favorite dinners and always provide leftovers.


  5. That is quite a bit of water coming over Soco Falls. I’m guessing any grandson would like Grandmas cooking chef or not 🙂


      1. Lots of rain for more like a year, hopefully after the deluge coming today we dry out for the cold snap. It funny when I prefer freezing cold and dry to warm and raining.


  6. If Nate came to visit, I would ask daughter 2 to do the honours for she bakes and cooks far better than I do.
    I am glad you didn’t miss out on a waterfall spotting during the visit- that has become quite the tradition too in your house I think, along with the putting away of the high clock. It seemed such a steep climb. I am glad you managed to pump the gas in fine; you mentioned once that you were the technological one there.


    1. We all like waterfalls here. Yes, it’s surprising that I don’t usually pump gas. John does it easily. I’m more likely to repair something than the others, and computer problems always land in my lap. How are you with repairs?

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  7. If I had him over for dinner, I’d do my variation of Mexican cuisine, notice I said “variation” because I by no means make anything, “typical” and only because it’s different than what he would be accustomed to and who knows there could be some inspiration and spices he could use for something else?


  8. Seeing how the weather is deplorable, cold and damp, Mary Agnes says, a nice pot of Hamburger soup with a grand loaf of homemade bread. Just give her a few hours lead time Nathaniel. And, lower the mirror on the way out.


        1. By law, you can’t pump your own gas in New Jersey, too. Timelesslady reminded me of that, though we were aware of it from all our trips to and from NY. I didn’t realize it was the same in Oregon.


  9. The trip to the waterfall looks like go much fun. It’s so special to be able to spend time with family. The chicken pie and chocolate chip coffee cake are beautiful. Nathaniel must have inherited some of his cooking skills from you.


    1. Waterfalls are special! Nathaniel probably surpassed my culinary skills when he was 12 years old. Cooking is a passion that rose in him at an early age. He has enjoyed his first college labs where he had intensive cooking sessions all day.


  10. Anne, your pie and coffeecake look delicious. I live in New Jersey, one of two states that don’t allow pumping gas. I am glad! The problem is if I go to another state…I have no idea what to do. Years ago, when my son was still a teen, he and my mother traveled out of state and ended up with gas all over their feet. That would be me too!


    1. In all our trips back and forth to NY, we were aware that we didn’t have to pump gas in NJ.

      If you traveled out of state, you’d have to read the instructions like I did. I just have to remember not to panic.

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