Can you believe it? It's been a year (tomorrow) when we celebrated my father-in-law's, Dad Adams (John Emery Adams), 100th birthday with family and friends... NOW---he's going to be 101 tomorrow (August 29)....
Here's what he looked like in 1938. Dad has always been health-conscious --so I guess that is why he has lived for so many years. He was from that 'older' generation --who worked hard all of his life and was very Patriotic. God Bless John Adams. He's an inspiration to all.
Then, he met the 'love of his life' (Kay Cassiday) when he was working with the CCC in Indiana. They were married in 1940---and were inseparable until Kay's death on May 6, 2011. If you do the math, you'll note that they were married for 71 years.
In this photo, Kay and John (who was called Emery then) are with their oldest child, 'my' George!!!!! This photo was taken in 1943.
Here is a picture of Dad and Mom which I love.
Dad was active (VERY active) for many years... Here he is on his tractor --when he was in his late 90's!!!!!
Here's two people very much in love---after many years together!!!
These days, George and I visit Dad about every other week.. One thing he still loves at age 101 is to have lunch out and then go for a nice long ride in the country!!!!!
Last year, we celebrated Dad's 100th birthday with a party at his church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. From left to right: Row 1--Me, Dad, Bonnie (Ken's wife); Row 2--Son George, Daughter Janet (with whom Dad lives now), and brother, Ken, who lives in Indiana. (There was another child, Jimmy, who died in 1970.)
Finally, let's all wish JOHN EMERY ADAMS a very Happy 101st Birthday tomorrow.
Now---pop over to my Photo Blog (click HERE) to see a photo of a precious little bird.
On March 8-10, 2013, George and I spent his Birthday Weekend near Fort Payne, Alabama. On Friday, we visited the Little River Canyon area. Click HERE for more information on the area. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, we visited DeSoto State Park. Click HERE for information about this wonderful state park.
Our goal (other than to just have fun) was to see lots of waterfalls (we saw 12 total during the entire weekend) and do some good hiking. We hiked about 2.8 miles on Friday, 5 miles on Saturday, and 3.5 miles on Sunday.
Saturday was George's 71st birthday---so today's blog is all about Saturday. I'll blog at other times about our Friday and Sunday experiences.. All in all, we had a fabulous weekend.
The picture above was taken on our hike to find Lost and Laurel Falls. There were so many interesting rock formations along our trail. Be sure to click on the photos (especially the collages) to see them larger.
Here is a collage of George at 5 of the waterfalls we saw that Saturday. All of the waterfalls were pretty, but DeSoto was definitely the largest one. Sometimes I enjoy the smaller ones better because of the rustic area around them. But DeSoto is a marvelous waterfall.
When we got to DeSoto Falls (note photo above), we could only see it from the SIDE---so we couldn't get a good shot of the entire falls. Therefore---we hiked/bushwhacked around the ridge of the mountain to see if we could get a good photo of this waterfall... AND-we DID!!!! Hope you like it. (Click HERE for more information about DeSoto Falls.)
This collage shows my photographer at work on his birthday. These were taken on the trail to Lost and Laurel Falls.
I do anything I can to get my man on his KNEES. Maybe he was trying to get away from me by crawling under that big rock!!!!!!! NAH---doubt it. No telling what is sleeping under there!!!! Yipes!
I love this collage of George bushwhacking through the brambles --just to get a better photo of the waterfall. I was sitting on a rock watching him---so why not take some pictures of my MAN working hard! ha ha
George is following the path around some very big rocks.. This was a gorgeous area --and the trail was in good shape, although not marked as well as it should have been.
Here is a picture of MY HERO.. He was holding that big rock up so that his "Bride" could walk under it!!!!!! Wonder where the red carpet was????? ha ha.... What a GUY... (See how much fun we have!!!!!)
That evening, we had a delicious Catfish Dinner at the restaurant at DeSoto State Park and then went back to our motel (Holiday Inn Express in Fort Payne) to open his cards and enjoy some birthday cake.
The collage above shows you his delicious German Chocolate Birthday Cake, complete with 71 (7 + 1) candles that he had to blow out---after making a wish of course. Then he opened his cards (bottom left was from his bride, and the ones on the right are a funny card from our friends, Judy and Charlie).. After that we both had a piece of that German Chocolate cake..... (Even I had a small piece. YUM)
Finally, here is a photo of the two of us taken at Lost Falls. We had such a fabulous day together ---and highly recommend this area to anyone who enjoys being out in nature.
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Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you on Monday.
Georgie has a birthday tomorrow... We are going to have a FABULOUS weekend!!!!! SO--today's blog is ALL about him!!!! I truly am the most blessed woman in the entire world. There's NOBODY who could make me more happy than he does. I had a LONG list of what I wanted in a man ---and God gave me everything I wanted PLUS more. Thank You, George, for coming into my life and bringing me so much happiness and love.
Today, I'm going to honor George by sharing SIX of his special photos --which he loves taking with his special filters and his tripod when we are near moving water. These six photos were taken on January 23, 2013 when we were enjoying the Smokies, in the Tremont area. Please click on the photos for enlargements.
We were lucky to be in the Smokies during a time when there was high water. I have more of George's great photos, that I'll show you another time. These were when we were at the Greenbrier area of the Smokies on January 24, 2013. I think the Greenbriar photos are even prettier than the Tremont ones, if that is possible. Hope you enjoy seeing these gorgeous photos.
It is fun for me to watch George as he takes photographs. This is such a PASSION of his ---and when he's enjoying himself, then I am also enjoying watching him, and being with him.
Here's one more collage of this wonderful man I put together. All of these photos were taken on that trip to the Smokies on January 23 and 24, 2013.
Please take a few minutes and go to George's blog (click HERE) and wish him a very Happy Birthday!!!!
Again, a special thanks for "MY GEORGE" for everything you give to me... Hope we have a great weekend celebrating the big 71st. (My 71st is in August!!!)... Happy Happy Birthday to the Man I love more than life itself.
Hope you have a great weekend... Celebrate with us --whatever you are doing!!! We will be off the computer most of the weekend --so we won't be doing much blogging. Will catch up with you next week!!!!
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On April 23, 2012, George and I made a trip to the Smokies.. So far, I've done 2 posts from that trip. If you missed either of them, click HERE and/or HERE. Today I'm going to blow my husband's horn (since he doesn't like to do it)... I'm going to share some of George's pictures taken that day along the creek in those beautiful Smoky Mountains.
George and I both love photography. However, I'm not nearly as patient with my photography. I take LOTS of pictures --hoping for a good one. George, on the other hand, is patient and works hard to get the PERFECT photo. He reads and studies ALOT ---learning more and more about how to take really good photos...
Recently, after taking a photography class, he learned about a new FILTER --which he immediately ordered. This is the filter he got: Polaroid HD Multi-Coated Variable Range Neutral Density Filter. Basically this filter darkens the scene so that he can use slower shutter speeds. WELL----the filter is fabulous when doing water scenes. The water looks like silk!!!!! I just HAVE to show you some of George's beautiful water scenes today!!! Hope you enjoy them. The pictures seem to get better and better, the more he took them that day. Be sure and click on the photos for enlargements.
I know I'm prejudiced ---but I truly don't think I've ever seen any water pictures that are much better than any of these. I am so proud of my hubby!!!!!! (I know this will embarrass him---but I just have to brag about him!!) Hope you enjoyed George's photos today. All of the photos were taken along the creek at various places where we stopped and hiked.
Hello on March 9, 2012.... There is a very important person in my life who was born on March 9, 1942 in Gary, Indiana. George Emery Adams is the eldest of four children of John and Kay Adams. George graduated from Crown Point High School, Crown Point, Indiana, in 1960 as the Valedictorian of his class. He graduated from Manchester College in 1963 with a BA degree in Mathematics. He got his master's degree at the University of Illinois and worked on his doctorate at Florida State University.
George taught college for many years before going to work in the 'real world' (as he calls it) as an IT Computer Programmer/Systems Analyst. He retired in 2006 ---and has been extremely busy ever since doing all of the things in life he didn't have time to do when he was younger (photography, stamp collecting, converting old vinyl records to CD's, traveling, hiking, gardening, etc.).
George's first wife died from cancer in 1998. They had two beautiful children, Robert (who lives with his family in Florida) and Kelly (who lives with her husband in Buffalo, NY).
I was fortunate enough to meet this wonderful man in 2000 when we both moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee. I had been divorced for about 20 yrs. and never dreamed I would ever meet anyone else to be a part of my life... But---God truly brought us together and we fell in love immediately and got married on June 23, 2001.
That is when life BEGAN for ME.... Meeting and marrying George has been the greatest gift I have ever had in my entire life (in addition to having my three wonderful sons). Thanks to George Adams for coming into my life and bringing me so much happiness and love.
Today, as you can imagine, George and I are unavailable since we are out chasing down waterfalls!!! BUT--if you get a minute, go to his blog (click HERE) and wish him a Happy Birthday--since this will be his 70th!!!!! (Don't tell anyone --but I turn 70 also this year, in August... Yipes!!!)
Here are some pictures I took of George this past week --while we were in Arkansas.. The first picture above was taken on a hike we took in Petit Jean State Park to Cedar Falls on March 1. Be sure and enlarge all of the photos to see bigger pictures.
We took a hike on the Rim Trail at Mt. Nebo State Park on Wednesday (Feb. 29). This trail followed the edge of the mountain and was quite narrow. George never gets scared --but I was a little frightened of falling on the loose rocks.
George loves photography and will do most anything to get some creative pictures... Can you see him down at the lakeshore (Dierks Lake) taking pictures of an old tree which had washed ashore???? We visited Panther Bluff Falls and Dierks Lake on Feb. 27.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, we visited another favorite state park, Mt. Magazine. Mt. Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas and we love to come here to hike, check out their waterfalls and to eat dinner in their lodge restaurant. This was the only day on that entire trip when we had a little rain (mostly drizzle) and fog..
This is another picture from our hike on the Mt. Nebo Rim Trail on Feb. 29. Luckily, there were some big rocks where we could stop and relax a bit!!!!
Here is a picture from our hike around all of the rock croppings in Mt. Magazine State Park on Feb. 28. As I said, this was the only day that it was drizzly and VERY foggy.
This picture was taken on the trail leading to Cedar Falls (in Petit Jean State Park) on March 1st. This was the warmest day we had all week ---and we both wished while on this hike that we had had shorts and short-sleeved shirts with us!!!!! When we got back to the car, the temperature said 82 degrees!!!!! Pant Pant!!!!!
Finally, I just 'had' to include this picture.... See why I'm the luckiest woman in the entire world??????? This picture was taken at our cabin patio in the back --with a view of the valley below.
"Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.... Hope you have a wonderful day today!!!!" AND--thanks to all of you wonderful blog friends for wishing George a Happy 70th.... Click HERE.