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1349 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Sunday, May 12, 2019

SPRING CELEBRATIONS!

Spring rains brought this welcome sign of promise over our entrance driveway.
Spring rains brought this welcome sign of promise over our entrance driveway.

Spring 2019 descended upon us screaming, CELEBRATE!  We’ve had fun times witnessing our guests’ various celebrations, for which we are honored and grateful.  During one recent weekend, we had guests celebrating a 30th birthday, the upcoming arrival of a first baby, a wedding night, a fifth wedding anniversary, a Berry College graduation, and two students receiving their master’s degrees, so we popped some champagne and served mimosas with breakfast.  All of these wonderful happenings deserved a toast!

Andy and Linda from Northern Ireland celebrate her birthday at St Francis Cottage.
When you’re almost 4,000 miles from home and celebrating a birthday, it’s fun to pull out some cake and sing “Happy Birthday” with our lovely guests, Andy and Linda, from Anahilt, Northern Ireland.  Laughter is indeed the best medicine, and we greatly enjoy and appreciate when people choose St Francis Cottage as a celebration point for their special life events.  

Friday, February 22, 2019

Christmas in Florida


Very happy to be warm on Rosemary Beach in early January, 2019.  Front Row: Amelia, Grace, Hannah  Back row: Philip, E-man, Nancy, Wallace, & Big Guy! (for those who don't know E-man and Big Guy are foster children and can't have their recognizable likenesses displayed on social media)  We love our fam! (Michael is taking the picture, see below.)
WE ENJOYED a five-day getaway in early January at Rosemary Beach, Florida, with our son Michael (Palo Alto, CA) and daughter Hannah, son-in-law Phil, and our four grands (Winnipeg, MB).  What a treat!  Although the weather was cloudy with rain, the temperatures were unseasonably warm.  

 Granddaughter, Amelia; son, Michael; and Granddaughter Grace
 Amelia, Son-in-law, Philip and Big Guy brave the chilly salt water lap pool.

The Canadians ventured into the pools and Gulf with no reservations whatsoever, as anything above freezing is just fine for them!  We celebrated Christmas, took lots of walks and hikes around town, at local parks and on the beach, and had lively conversations over dinner about current events and global, socio-economic and political situations, which is standard fare for our family gatherings.  

 Brauds on the beach (Hannah is now a Cavey, too)
Beeps as Santa with Granddaughers!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Hannah and little E-man were able to come to Chattanooga for a few days after the Florida getaway.  Phil bravely drove the 30+ hours back to Winnipeg with the three other children.  We hear it was quite the adventure.  THANK YOU, PHIL!



Michael came up for one day before returning to the west coast and spent part of the time helping Ma'am in the garden.  THANK YOU, MICHAEL. 



We can’t wait to see all of them again at the Clemens Family Reunion this summer on Lake Erie. 

  
More SFC Tweaks

Hummingbird room with new bench.
We have taken the opportunity during our slower season to implement some incremental changes to the Cottage.  

New Sunflower rug for Sunflower room.

While out-and-about, we stumbled upon a fun sunflower rug that fit perfectly in our Sunflower guest room, so into the truck cab it went!  Of course, with the new rug came a new color-complementary comforter. 

Metal Poppies adding some color and dimension to stairwell.
We also decided upon a temporary metal art piece for the stairwell until Wallace has enough time to construct and install a wooden art structure with a design that’s currently stored only in his brain.  

Adding safety and contrasting colors to entrance stairs.
We added some safety stair treads for all the outside staircases and, finally, put the handles and hardware on the Library/Media Room doors. 

New iron handles and decorative elements for library barn doors.
In addition, we decided to rearrange a few of the larger art pieces/photos in the dining area and upstairs hall. 

The next big project is a wooden wall treatment in Monarch Room under Wallace’s design, and he has produced three renderings with the boards running vertically, horizontally and diagonally.  When we asked for opinions from Michael, Hannah and Phil, of course they each chose one of the three.  We can't decide . . . so, we’re throwing the designs out there for your comments Please leave us a comment on the blog or drop us a note via email.  (see below). 
Proposed Horizontal design: Reclaimed Oak & Smooth Cedar with Metal Ceiling Tile Accents
Proposed Vertical design: Reclaimed Oak & Smooth Cedar with Metal Ceiling Tile Accents
Proposed Diagonal design: Reclaimed Oak & Smooth Cedar with Metal Ceiling Tile Accents
Saint Valentine’s Day 2019

We had fun decorating SFC for St. Valentine’s Day and hosting our guests for their celebrations.  Chattanooga has experienced an intense rainy season this winter, so we were grateful for indoor activities to suggest for their V-day week of getaways, including Ruby Falls, the Aquarium and Songbirds.  

And I (Nancy) received the best gift ever from Wallace:  a bright red wheelbarrow!  I have already put it to use mulching the blueberry bushes, and my new friend and I will spend many, many hours together as spring and summer approach. 

Chattanooga Events – March and April

There are several exciting upcoming events over the next two months, and we would love for you to stay at SFC during your trip to Chattanooga.  Specially featured are the Coker Tire’s Spring Cruise-In and the 4Bridges Arts Festival.  Click on the links in each listing for more information.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – Paint & Sip Party – Georgia Winery – 5pm-8pm - $40
  
Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Chattanooga Marathon 2019 – 7:30 am – 1:00 pm - $105 to register; FREE to the public

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – One Delicious Bite: Mindful Ways with Food – Crabtree Farms - $50
 
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Outdoor Rock Climbing 2.0 – 11am-4pm - $89
 
Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, March 17, 2019 – Shamrock City at Rock City Gardens - $26.95

Saturday, March 16St. Chatty’s Day Parade – 11am

Saturday, March 166th Annual St Paddy’s Party on the Parkway – 2pm - $15.00 - $45
 
Saturday, March 16 - Wildlife Photography Workshop – Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center - $55   (Wallace received the gift of this course two years ago and some of the results are hanging in the Library at the Cottage)
 
Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Sip TN Chattanooga Wine Festival – First Tennessee Pavilion - 12pm – 6pm -  $45

Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24Wilderness Survival: 3-Season Skills – REI School – 11am-3pm - $79

Saturday, March 30Coker Tire’s 2019 Chattanooga Spring Cruise-In – 8am – 4pm - Camp Jordan Arena – FREE!

Friday, April 5, 2019 to Sunday, April 7Vintage Market Days – 10am – 4pm, Chattanooga Pavilion - $5 - $10

Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, 2019 – 19th Annual 4 Bridges Arts Festival – First Tennessee Pavilion
 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Hike, Bike & Brew: Lula Lake Beer Festival – Lula Lake Land Trust - $25-$75
 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Sculpture Fields Spring into Sculpture and Sculpture Burn – 12pm – 10pm - Sculpture Fields at Montague Park – FREE!

Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, April 28thOpening Weekend of the Chattanooga Market – First Tennessee Pavilion – 10am – 5pm (Saturday); 11am-4pm (Sunday) – FREE!