Friday, June 5, 2015


I don't think my title picture needs any explanation! The boys were so excited about going, they left a midnight instead of 4, and were on the beach by 7. My son called this morning and said the kids were having a ball already.  More pictures to come of course.

This is going to be rather long and if you don't want to read it now, please do another time.  I am so happy to live where I do.

The Scenic City lived up to its name: 
Chattanooga is a two-time winner of 
Outside magazine's Best Town title.
Chattanooga defeated  Port Angeles, Wash., with more than 52 percent of the final round voting, winning by a 67,432-to-62,130 vote margin in a final round that almost consistently had it outpacing the tiny Northwest city.
Chattanooga has won the competition both times that Outside's editors have put it in the running since they started the contest five years ago. The first time was in 2011.
And the River City — yes, another nature-laden nickname — couldn't vie for accolades again until now. That's because the magazine instituted a three-year sidelining to any town that had won or been runner up.
Both cities saw a surge in local support to get the vote out, from social media campaigns to pushes from local businesses and tourism organizations.
At one point the surge got questionably high: an 8,000-vote spike in Port Angeles' favor during a one-hour period Saturday. That led to allegations of "robo-voting" or automated voting. Outside later added a "CAPTCHA" test, which requires a series of slightly distorted letters or numbers to be typed in order to ensure that a human is voting.
To reach the peak, Chattanooga beat Roanoke, Va., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Beaufort, S.C., Boone, N.C. and Eau Claire, Wis. in earlier rounds. Wins and losses came directly from online public voting.
The contest started with 64 cities, 60 of them selected by the magazine's editors and four of them selected by online voters through an Instagram contest — Port Angeles among them, with just under 20,000 residents. Chattanooga, in comparison, has 170,000.

My cat picture for today!


  1. Our son attended Covenant College, so we're familiar with that beautiful area. Cute cute kitty pic.:-)

    1. One of our daughters attended Covenant also. Beautiful college with beautiful scenery.

  2. I'm glad the boys are having a good time. I loved living in Chattanooga the 2 years I was there. I can understand your pride in your beautiful city.

  3. AWESOME pics:) Nothing better than sand between your toes! I love Chattanooga! We have been there many times while heading to Nashville and Knoxville! 1/2 way to both:) Have a blessed day dear friend, can't wait to see more from the beach:)

  4. That is such a great, fun photo of Jesse. So thankful they had safe travel! I look forward to seeing more of their vacation.
    I've been to your beautiful city several times also. I love it.
    I hope you both will have a nice day. xo

  5. Sigh...they are so lucky--I do miss the beach--especially Orange Beach, sugar fine sand (big smiles). AND you know, girl, I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee Chattanooga. Have a beautiful day, Linda, praying that Jim is healing. Blessings

  6. I love the beach. So glad to see they got there safely. Congrats on your city's win!

  7. Midnight!? Holy Cow, I would have to sleep on the beach if I left that late/early in the morning. Hope they continue to have fun chasing waves.
    Wish I could still sleep like the cat in the pocket.
    Luv ~:)

  8. Glad the boys arrived safely and are having a good time!
    Hooray for Chattanooga! We need to visit your city some time.
    I enjoy your cat pictures.

  9. Glad to hear the boys are having a good time!

  10. It sounds as though the boys are having a wonderful time making happy memories together! Chattanooga must be a wonderful place. It would make for a great travel destination :)

  11. Congrats to Chattanooga! It really is a lovely place and you are blessed to live there!