Week Twelve and Thirteen



Atlanta, GA


Our stop in Metro Atlanta was two-fold.  First, we were joining Jeff and Helen and their family for Thanksgiving.  Jeff and Ron worked together at Easter Seals when we all lived in NH.    Second, since Atlanta in under consideration as a “settle down” city, we thought it would be good to check out houses and property. 


Their daughter, Molly, is a cheerleader for the Henry County 85lb league – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.  Her squad won the Division competition for best cheerleading squad.  We attended the Division Super Bowl and watched her team win.   It was interesting to see just how serious these southern families take the game of football – even for the 3rd & 4th graders.    There were families with both cheerleaders and football players!





The weather was unseasonably warm when we arrived on the 20th.   We had almost a week of 70° weather and were thrilled!  However, by Thanksgiving the weather turned cold and rainy.   Considering the weather that the NE was experiencing, we still counted our blessings and enjoyed the 40s and 50s.


Turkey Day arrived and we had more than enough to eat.  We feasted on turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, yams, green beans, rolls, cranberry sauce and for dessert – pumpkin and banana cream pies.  No one went hungry that day.  We certain hope that everyone viewing this site had a great holiday as well. . .




The Cooks


The Table

The family had a lot to be thankful for this holiday.   Bridget was born just two weeks before Thanksgiving.  Both Molly and Brandon thought it was cool to have a new sister. 








Chessie went nuts when she got “released” into the back yard.  She and Sadie ran around chasing each other to the point of exhaustion.


My Friend Sadie




The cost of homes -- 30-40 miles south of Atlanta -- was true culture shock having just sold ours in New Hampshire.   All brick homes with 2600 square feet of heated space sitting on an acre were priced from $259K to $279K. . .we couldn’t believe it at first!  The same house in New England would have a price tag over $450K.  Starter homes in this area started below $100K.


We explored the area and looked at 20 or 30 houses along with multiple tracks of property.   We found the floor plan that we want to eventually build and will just have to find the lot – big enough for the house, a motor home garage and multiple sites for motor homes when our friends come to visit.