Life is all about choices and attitude. Make the right choices, keep a positive attitude-- and you will find JOY through all of your ups and downs. Hope you enjoy my thoughts!
My JOYFUL REFLECTIONS header picture is a picture taken on 10/20/16 on our visit to the Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. I had never seen so many different colors of Poinsettias before... These HOT Pink ones were gorgeous.
Well----I guess you are tired of seeing everyone's Christmas pictures --but today, I'm giving you some more pictures!!!!!! I just 'have' to share Christmas morning at our home. Above is our Christmas tree --and below are a few more. Be sure and click on the pictures to see some larger views.
Here's a picture of my Santa ---checking out the presents under the tree.
George and I always exchange ornaments. This year, George gave me some ornaments from some of the places we visited this past June (Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon and the one above, Rocky Mountain National Park). They were awesome and brought back such great memories of a wonderful trip.
Some of the ornaments that I gave George were: a Michigan Wolverine football jersey ornament, a cute little Gardening ornament, a little cellphone which said "Merry Textmus", and my favorite---a little train which said Cass, West Virginia (from our fall trip on the Cass Railroad).
Santa also gave us new coffee cups (with a picture of US at the Grand Canyon).... SO Special!!!!
Santa also gave both of us new hiking rain jackets ---which we needed. As many of you know, George and I end up doing alot of hiking in the RAIN for some reason... These new jackets (modeled by George) should help not only keep us fairly dry --but also our cameras.... There are zippered areas and little pouches to hide our treasures...SO neat!!!
Hope you enjoyed seeing a 'sample' of how good Santa was to both George and me. I guess that proves that we were definitely not naughty in 2011..... Whew--as I'm wiping my brow!!!!!!!!
I'll close with one of the pictures of us --taken by using our tripod... Hope you had a fabulous holiday season --and are looking forward to 2012... We certainly are!!!!
The first known publication of a collection of Nursery Rhymes was in 1744, and the first confirmed collection of Nursery Rhymes using the term, "Mother Goose" was published in 1780. Isaiah Thomas published the first authorized AMERICAN edition of "Mother Goose's Melody". The book I remember as a child was published in 1916. Rand McNally and Company re-published the collection of Mother Goose Rhymes as "The Real Mother Goose". And in 1928 the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes arranged by Logan Marshall was published in Chicago with illustrations by Julia Greene.
Maybe you are wondering why I am talking about nursery rhymes!!!!!! WELL---when we were with our friends in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on Dec. 11, we drove down an area which featured light displays of some of the popular nursery rhymes... The child in ALL of us came out ---as we looked at these displays. Hope you enjoy seeing some of these nursery rhymes depicted here for you today. Remember to click on the photos for LARGER pictures.
Can you guess what nursery rhyme this picture is depicting?????? See if you can figure it out.... (Answers at the bottom)
How 'bout this one???? Bet you can guess this one, since you can see part of the title!!!! ha ha
This nursery rhyme is a 3-parter... See if you can figure out which nursery rhyme this one is... Bet you can!!!!!!!
Did you get it??????? I was just so impressed at these displays... The child in me popped out (as you can imagine) ---as we saw these depictions...
OKAY---if you missed any of these three nursery rhymes, here they are....
1. HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle; The cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such fun, and the dish ran away with the spoon!!!
2. HICKORY, DICKORY, DOCK
Hickory, Dickory, Dock...The mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck one; The mouse ran down; Hickory, Dickory Dock.
3. HUMPTY DUMPTY
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!!!
Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. AND---I wish for each of you a tremendous 2012....
From our home (pictured above) to yours, I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. George and I are taking next week off from blogging so that we can celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with family and friends, and with each other.
I went through some of my recent photos looking for some to share with you today. It was hard only choosing a few 'favorites' since I have so many wonderful memories. Hope you enjoy seeing what I've chosen... Be sure and enlarge these photos (10x16) by clicking on them.
George and I started our own traditions when we got married in 2001. One of these traditions is giving each other special ornaments each year. One of the cutest ones I found one year for George was a little fishy..... I love going up to George while puckering and saying "Kissie Kissie" ----so this little fishy became a puckering ME.... ha ha
My most recent collections (and I have had a lot of collections
through the years) are my WILLOW ANGELS. I have nine now ---but the
picture above was taken when I only had seven... Oh how I love these
As you know, I love my Backyard Birds. Thanks to George and friends, I have NINE birds on my Christmas tree now... The one pictured here was my FIRST bird, a little glass hummingbird... It is very special to me---as they all are!
This little angel has been with me since I was a little girl... My parents got it for me one Christmas ...... They chose her and called her Angel Betsy... Isn't she pretty????? Like me, she loved to sing!!!!! ........................WELL---look at the next picture!!!
Can you believe what Angel Betsy has in her back pocket???? She has a slingshot!!!!! I guess my parents thought that was the REAL ME.... ha ha... Maybe I wasn't such an angel afterall.... (But--don't tell George!!!!! ha ha)
This beautiful Nativity Set has been in George's family for many years. It is so important to both of us ---as it tells the real meaning of Christmas.
I went back in my archives and found a picture of my childhood home all decorated for Christmas. My Dad thrilled his little girl when he would shine a spotlight on a picture of SANTA --which he hung on the side of our home along with some greenery. The picture was taken in about 1947 ---and I think my parent's home was the FIRST one in our town to hang outside decorations. That is my sweet Daddy and his little girl with my dolly, Lulu... (The old car --a Pontiac--belonged to my brother, Raymond.)
The picture above was taken on December 12 this year while we were searching for some waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains!!!! Both of us want to wish ALL of you a very blessed Christmas.. I will blog again on January 2nd ---so come back and check out my post. It will be on "Nursery Rhymes" --so you may want to polish up on what you remember about nursery rhymes!!!!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Hugs and LOADS of LOVE, Betsy
Pigeon Forge, TN does a creative job when it comes to Christmas lights. If you have ever been to Pigeon Forge, you will know that there's one LONG main road going through the town.. The road is divided with a big median between. This year, inside the median, along the way, the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was depicted using light displays. We couldn't stop to get photos ---but it was great seeing "Five Golden Rings", "Nine Lords A-Leapin", "Two Calling Birds" etc. etc. etc... I loved it ---and maybe someday, we can get pictures of those depictions. They were awesome...
We did manage to get pictures in areas where we could stop.... Here are some pictures in Pigeon Forge for you to see today.. Click on the pictures for larger shots.
The picture above is a neat little building along the road ---all decorated... We found out when we got home that this is the front of a big Holiday Inn in Pigeon Forge...
Here along the side of the road is a light display of "the old mill" in Pigeon Forge... There is an old mill in that area --and in fact, one of our favorite restaurants in Pigeon Forge is "The Old Mill"....
These next three pictures are neat since they all go together... These were taken at Patriot Park and show an EAGLE in motion.... The first one shows the eagle taking off. The second one shows the eagle picking up a fish for lunch... AND the third one shows the eagle in flight as he leaves with the fish.... Look at all three of them in sequence...
After seeing the lights in Gatlinburg (this past Friday's post), we drove to the nearby area of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to park and walk around Patriot Park. We had been to this park before a few years ago (with Judy and Charlie)---but there were some different light displays this year... They usually keep some 'old favorites' at the park--but they add new displays each year... Here are some of the displays we saw this year. You can enlarge the pictures to 16x10 by clicking on the photos.
The picture above shows a great depiction of the Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima by our MARINES. To the left is an ARMY tank.
Since they were honoring all of the branches of the armed forces, this picture shows a NAVY Aircraft Carrier in the center. And--you can see the airplane to your left --representing the AIR FORCE.
This picture shows a COAST GUARD Cutter. I loved seeing the details in these wonderful light displays.
AND here is a better picture showing the airplane belonging to the AIR FORCE.
These next two pictures are displays that are at the park every year... This Paddlewheeler represents life along the big rivers here in the USA.
And this neat display shows a Plantation Home beside the Live Oak trees, complete with Spanish Moss.. I visited some plantations like this one in southern Lousiana. (Ever been to Oak Alley?????) Wow!!!
Finally, here is one more picture showing my favorite this year, the Raising of the Flag at Iwo Jima... AND---if you look above the flag, you will see a gorgeous "almost-full" moon shining over us!!!! How AWESOME is that!!!!
Hope you enjoyed our photos from Patriot Park this year.... God Bless AMERICA and God Bless our TROOPS.
As I mentioned in my last blog post, George and I spent a few days in the beautiful Smoky Mountains with good friends, Judy and Charlie. We went just to be together and enjoy each other's company at the Rocky Waters Motor Inn---but we also went to see the gorgeous Christmas lights in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. (Those city leaders go ALL out in those 'resort' towns, and George and I haven't been there during the Christmas season in awhile. By going during the week before schools are out, there weren't many people around --which was wonderful!!!)
Before dinner, Charlie drove us through Gatlinburg ---but we didn't get any pictures then. BUT--my Sweetheart later (after we got back to the room) walked back down toward town and took a bunch of great photos... Hope you enjoy seeing some of Gatlinburg all lit up for the season!!!! In the picture above, you can see the Space Needle sticking up in the distance... Anyone who has ever spent time in the 'burg has been to or seen the Space Needle. Click on the pictures to enlarge them...
This big horse could be seen from our motel... Isn't he gorgeous?
Want to take a walk through the lights????
For those who know about Gatlinburg, this picture was taken near the Aquarium. Love the Christmas tree!!!!
I have many more pictures to show you ---but that will be next week. There were fabulous pictures in Pigeon Forge and we walked around Patriot Park and took patriotic pictures... SO---that will be next week. Hope you enjoyed some pictures from Gatlinburg today.
Have a wonderful weekend --and I'll see you on Monday.
You may have noticed that we have been missing from Blog World and Facebook recently.. We took a quick 2-day trip to Gatlinburg, TN (Smokies) with our really good friends, Judy and Charlie. This was our Christmas trip together ---so that we could see the gorgeous Christmas lights, eat at a wonderful restaurant, and talk-talk-talk....
We had rooms at the Rocky Waters Inn (where we enjoyed a balcony --with the roaring river right behind us). We also had a wood-burning fireplace in the room ----AND our room had a big jacuzzi in it. What more could one want!!!! Even though the time was short, we had a wonderful trip--with terrific friends! (Thanks, Judy and Charlie!)
We will blog about this trip ---but today, I want to show you some of the pretty outside lights at our home this year. I took these pictures on Saturday ---while trying to learn to take BETTER night pictures... I think the photos came out pretty good---so I'll share them with you today. Above is a street view of the front of the house... You can enlarge the pictures to 16x10 for better views.
This is our front porch. I didn't hang lights this year around the door ---so am just leaving the porch light on instead... The little tree is decorated with candy canes and red bows...
Here is my hanging basket ---and NO, this Poinsettia is NOT real... It wouldn't stay alive outside this time of year!!!
Here is a close-up of the little tree... You can't see much of it, but we have a holly floor mat beside the door.
This is my favorite 'night picture' I took that evening---showing one of our 3 lit wreaths. Hope you enjoyed seeing a few more Christmas pictures from our home. (Can't wait to show you some of the Christmas lights from Gatlinburg!!! They were fabulous!)
I will try to catch back up with your blogs this week.... It's a busy time of the year (I'm sure for ALL of us--you too I bet)...
Today I want you to meet some of my Christmas babies --which guard the Christmas tree and live in our home during the Christmas season. Above is Frisky Snowman.... Frisky is a a great grandson of Frosty... I have to keep the house VERY COLD ---so that he won't melt.... (NOT!!!! ha ha )
Here is one of Santa's helpers named Santa Simon Edgar---after my Daddy... Daddy was my Santa ---and one year, when I was a little girl, I asked for a sliding board to go with my swing set (which I already had) from Santa. BUT--as you can imagine, Santa had trouble getting that big sliding board down the chimney... SO---he had to leave me a note saying that my sliding board was on the side porch.... (Poor Daddy Santa had to somehow manipulate that big sliding board so that it would somehow fit on the side porch.... What a great Santa!!!!)
This little guy is Theodore the Bear.... Theodore has a big job in my household... He is in charge of making sure that all of the Christmas Babies BEHAVE and don't bother the ornaments on the tree.... One year, Theodore caught Frisky trying to eat Santa's cookie and drink his milk.... Frisky got a WHOOPIN' for sure!!!!
Here is Edith Marguerete Snow-WOMAN.... She is named after my sweet Mama who died in 1991 at the age of 91.... Miss Edith smiles like Mama used to ---and she tries hard to make Frisky behave...
This is Roly Poly Santa since he loves to EAT.... He ate so much this past year that I had to buy him a new belt----and a new box to keep him in during the year... Don't know where he gets the food, but he just keeps growing wider and wider... He says that he is growing so that he can join his Papa Santa on the sleigh one year on Christmas Eve.
Finally, one of my favorite babies (don't tell the others please) is Bertha the Christmas COW..... Isn't she just a hoot????? Have you ever seen a Christmas Cow before???? Bertha feels pretty SPECIAL -----and she enjoys flirting with Theodore.... Hope she and Theodore don't get TOO close... We don't want any little CowBears running around here!!!!!
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas Babies..... As you can tell, I turn into a child at Christmas!!!!! Oh how I love Christmas!!!