Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tobi and the mountain

Well, folks, I finally got out of the house and away from the computer yesterday to visit family in TN. It was a beautiful sunny day here too, perfect for a drive. I took my handy, dandy little camera with intentions of giving you another tour. The problem was, we were driving into the sun the whole time and on the interstate most of that time so I either got a glare from the sun on everything or just a blur as I tried to take pictures of things in passing. I do want to show you a couple of attempted pictures of Chimney Top Mountain. My mother grew up right smack dab on the top of this mountain in a log cabin. My uncle took us up there once years ago when I was just a kid. The old cabin was still standing but I cried when I saw that what was once my mother's home was being used as a barn to hang tobacco in.

I waited until a little cloud covered the sun for a minute and snapped this picture:

Chimney Top Mtn.

As you can see, what I mostly got was the electric wires!! You can see the tall, smoky looking mountain that comes to a peak. Then after we got off the interstate to a country road I took this one:

Chimney Top Mtn

This time I got mostly the trees in the foreground. Since this mountain can be seen almost from the time we cross the state line and from most areas in East TN
you would think I could get one good view of it. Oh well, maybe next trip.


This morning I had to venture out again to take my dog, Tobi, for her grooming. I've mentioned to you before that I have a dog but you haven't seen pictures of her yet. There is a reason for this...Tobi is very camera shy! Actually, it's more than that. She has camera FEAR! If she even sees the camera in my hand she runs to the bedroom and hides! Tobi is a little Lhasa Apsa who came to live with us 2 years ago. She had been an outside dog and because this breed grows hair all the way down to the ground, she stayed a matted mess! With Tobi and me it was love at first sight. I could always appreciate animals from a distance, but I actually have a fear of them up close and personal. But it was different with her. Tobi will be 14 this year and she's still very spry for an old woman especially when she gets to go for her walk to the park! She is a somewhat high maintenance old girl, with the hair, allergies, skin problems, but we love her and she's worth it all to us. Since she was all clean and had a new haircut, I wanted to try and sneak a picture to show you. I can't let her see the camera or she'll run away and I can't use the flash because I won't see her the rest of the day if I do, but I managed to get a decent picture:

Tobi 2008

She is such a sweetie and has big brown eyes that will melt your heart! As soon as I snapped the first picture and tried to take another, here's what I got:

Tobi new haircut 2008

Then she ran away to the bedroom!! I know how she feels. I don't like having my picture taken much either, even when I have a new hairdo!!


Betty said...

I love the pictures you made on your trip to Tn, especially the one of the sun. Now, Hope, why didn't you just keep driving until you got to Middle Tn and visit me for a while?

Cutest dog, and I love the picture of her hiding her face.

Lib said...

Hi Hope,
Your baby is Precious.:o)
I love the pic. of the mtn. how neat your Mom lived on the mtn. :o)
Glad you enjoyed your trip to Tn. :o)
You have a good day.

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Hope,
I'm here but have no idea as to why and how. LOL. I'm taking advantage of it tho. I'v already been to visit Lib. Awwww, your Tobi is precious. The Big Brown Eyes will have you in a heartbeat. I love the Green Chair in your previous post. Green is my favorite color and I love old chairs like that. "THANK YOU" for sharing Tobi and the Chair with us. I am going to try and do a post in the morning if I can. Like I said, I have no idea how and why I have internet back. "PRAISE GOD" I do tho. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours. Oh, by the way, I love the pictures you shared when you was out riding. I couldn't see the house, but I could see the top of the mountain tho. "THANK YOU" for sharing that as well.

Love ya & Hugs,
Karen H.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh She reminds me of my muffin! We had a part Lhasa and part Keeshound. She was camera shy too. You actually had to hold her to get a good picture. I will email you a picture of her.

Tammy said...

I can't imagine living atop that mountain. That is up there with God ain't it?

Tobi is a doll!

PEA said...

From what I could see of that mountain, it is HUGE! What a shame that the house your mom grew up in was being used for tobacco hanging...when I went to find the house my mom grew up in, it was to discover it had been torn down:-( Awwww your pup is so adorable, what a precious little face. That is too funny how scared she is of the camera...I was like that too until I started to blog! lol xoxo

Brandy said...

How cute, you got Toby pictures!