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Monday, February 17, 2014

Our Celebration of LOVE

Us on Valentine's Day 2014
George and I love to celebrate ---as most of you know!!!!  This year on Valentine's Day was no exception.  Our plans changed ---so we were at home this past week!  (More on that in Wednesday's blog post.)  BUT--that didn't keep us from having a great time together.

The picture above was taken of us at home before we opened gifts and then went out to dinner...  I have mentioned my new glasses --but here are some photos with me wearing them.  I have never worn glasses (except to read)...  I thought this was going to be a huge transition time for me---but I have adjusted to the Progressive Lens (Bifocals without lines) rather easily.   George says he likes me in glasses --but he 'would' say that you know!!!!! ha...  Anyhow ---I can SEE now much better so that is what is important.

We first opened cards to each other ---and as many of you know,  I LOVE getting cards (although most people don't send them much these days).



Here is George opening his card. I think he liked it!!!!!



George actually gave me TWO gifts this year...  I have been begging him for a big picture of one of his special water shots (with his special filter)... This beautiful  Framed Poster (of George's photo) was taken above Bald River Falls near Tellico Plains, Tennessee.  Isn't it gorgeous?



I gave George (actually US) two new Valentine's Coffee/ Tea mugs...  I love the heart- shaped handles.  If you can't read it,  it says that 'we go together like the moon and stars'.  Don't you think that that fits the two of us quite well????? ha



Here is a picture I took of George as he opened his little gift.   (We have already tried the mugs ---and the hot tea tasted really good in them!!!!)



Okay---so here is the other gift George gave me.   NOTE that it is the same photo (he took)...  He couldn't decide which to get,  the canvas (above) or the framed poster... SO--since Zazzle ran a special,  he got them both... I love them both--but the canvas is definitely my favorite.  It's now on the wall in our Computer Room (Office) with the others he has gotten.  SO SO SO gorgeous....

SO---what did I decide to do with the Framed Poster?  It's hanging on the wall in our bedroom --and I can see it when I step out of bed each morning.... Love it there!!!!



I think George was pleased with the Canvas---and since he took that photo,  I wanted a picture of him with it!!!!!   LOVE it and LOVE him!!!!



Finally,  here is another photo of the two of us on our sofa ---before we left for a fantastic dinner at the Olive Garden.... Wow---what a celebration and what a fabulous day!!!  Thank You, Sweetheart,  for another beautiful day with you in paradise!!!!! I am so blessed.

Hope you had a good week ---and hope you found LOVE and BLESSINGS on Valentine's Day --and EVERY DAY.

This coming Wednesday---I'll share about our disappointment ---but also about some JOYS in our lives this past week!!!!  So tune back in then!

Hugs,

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day to ALL


Much Love to YOU on this day of LOVE and BLESSINGS.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Old Glory

Photo taken by us in the state of NEW YORK
This famous name was coined by Captain William Driver, a shipmaster of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1831. As he was leaving on one of his voyages aboard the brig, Charles Doggett, and this one would climax with the rescue of the mutineers of the Bounty--some friends presented him with a beautiful flag of twenty four stars. As the banner opened to the ocean breeze for the first time, he exclaimed: "OLD GLORY".

 George and I both love our Old Glory... It hangs on a pole 24 hours a day (since it is lit at nights) in our front yard. We are both very patriotic and love our country and our FREEDOM.  We hope we never lose this freedom.

Here is a little poem I found about our precious flag.
I AM LOVED by J. Atwell 

I am loved, I am hated, I am spit on, 
I am burned. Regardless, I am proud of 
my country and her people. They say 
that love is the greatest gift but the true 
greatest gift is FREEDOM. May my 
country and her people always have this 
great gift. I ask the blessing of God to 
be with my people now and forever. 



I searched through my photos and am featuring eight pictures of Old Glory taken by us, on our travels through the years ---all from different states.  Hope you enjoy seeing Old Glory on this special holiday.




Photo taken in ARKANSAS




Photo taken in KENTUCKY




Photo taken in NORTH CAROLINA




Photo taken in SOUTH CAROLINA




Photo taken in VIRGINIA




Photo taken in WEST VIRGINIA




Photo taken in TENNESSEE
 Finally,  this beautiful flag hangs in our own yard ---and we are very proud of our OLD GLORY.

Hope you have a fabulous 4th of July.  We will be spending the day with family!!!  AND---by the way,  we finally got some rain on Monday night.... Did you see me doing the "Happy Dance"????   We need more --but this was a good start!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Wonderful Valentine!!!

This post today is three-fold.  First,  I want to thank George Adams for being my Valentine for the past eleven plus years.  When I met George in 2001,  I found out ---for the first time in my 59 years--- what real love is.  I guess I'd been searching for love all of my life ---and never realized how truly awesome it is to love someone so much, and have them love me for who I am,  even with all of my flaws and craziness!!!  George is truly the nicest, most honest,  smartest,  most loving man I have ever known.  AND to think that he loves me is just amazing!  Thanks, Honey,  for being my lover, my friend,  my companion, my husband, and my VALENTINE.  I am truly blessed.

The picture above was taken on April 21, 2001.  We were at one of our favorite places,  Fall Creek Falls State Park.  This was our  fourth date in three weeks.  BUT--we knew by this day that we loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.  Fall Creek Falls is very special to us and we have returned many times since 2001.  That is also where our love of waterfalls began. If you haven't read 'my story' about how George and I met,  click HERE  and then HERE.    It is a wonderful story if you haven't read it yet.




This was at our wedding on June 23, 2001.   We got married outside beside the river in Knoxville, Tennessee with only family in attendance.   We had a gorgeous wedding and if you want to see more pictures from our wedding,  click HERE




Secondly,  I am thinking today about my youngest son.  He  and his lady-love will soon be  engaged, and hope to be married sometime this Fall.   SO---Jeff is on my mind as I discuss Valentine's Day today.   I'm not an expert when it comes to love and marriage ---but I certainly have gotten it right this time and just want to share a few things that may help Jeff and Dawn as they start their lives together.

Here are some things which every marriage should consist of:
-Make personal and date time for each other, no matter how busy you are;
-Communicate with each other CONSTANTLY;  Communication also consists of LISTENING to each other;
-Be aware of each other's feelings;
-Be yourself ---and accept each other as you are;
-Celebrate the good things about each other;
-Be understanding;
-Show affection to each other ALOT;
-Have fun together --with lots of laughing!!  Enjoy life;  it's too short not to!!!!
-Never go to bed mad... Work it out!!!
-Problems will occur;  Work them out;  Do NOT ignore them!
-Show your love in little ways,  as well as the big ways;
-Keep that 'spark' alive ---even years after you have been married;
-Marriage takes work ----so work at it all of the time;
-Other than God,  put your spouse FIRST in your life;
-Work out touchy issues (like religion, finances,  politics, etc.)  BEFORE marriage;
- Marriage is not 50-50;  It's 100-100... Help each other as much as possible.
-Find things which you enjoy doing together, and do more of them.
-Keep God at the center of your lives together.

Speaking of showing love in special ways,  above is a picture of my Valentine present from my sweet hubby. He knows how much I love both my backyard birds and windchimes... SO--he got me a new  bamboo windchime which includes a precious little birds nest on top.  Can't you just see the little Carolina Wrens enjoying this new birds nest this spring?????  Isn't this just awesome?  I love it!!!! Thanks, George.


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Following are more pictures of George and/or me ---enjoying our lives together.
Did you know that people in love can 'walk on water'?????



See these love-bird 'tree-huggers'?  Note that waterfall across the gorge?


There's LOVE in the Hot Tub!!!


Even if she is being scolded,  she's still laughing!!!!


And he still loves her,  even though she LOVES snow --and he doesn't!!!



AND--even when she pouts  (she broke her hiking stick),  he STILL loves her!!!


Two lovers in LOVE
The third part of this post is to wish  each of you a very Happy Valentine's Day.  We will be out 'waterfalling' ----so I'm sure we'll have a wonderful day!!!!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to YOU...  Show love to those around you!  LOVE does make the world go 'round!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Gifs by Oriza "
George and I are taking next week off from blogging.   Thanksgiving is next Thursday and we want to spend time with each other,   visit family and friends,  and just spend the week being very thankful for all of our many blessings.



Gifs by Oriza "

Thanksgiving is a special time for me... I remember,  when I was a little girl,  waiting for my two brothers to come 'home' for Thanksgiving.  My mother was an excellent cook---and the special Thanksgiving dinners (along with the stories around the table) will always be in my memory ---and bring huge smiles to my face.


I also am thankful for you,  my special blog friends...  I will close with this poem--just for YOU.


I'm Thankful for YOU
by Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them, 
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let's be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
YOU are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving, 
I'm thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope all of you have a great week.  We'll be back in touch on Monday,  November 28.  God Bless ALL of you!

Hugs,
Betsy



Monday, July 4, 2011

What is FREEDOM to you?

Here in the United States of America,  we are celebrating today.  Today (July 4) is when our country declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776.  In our Declaration of Independence are these words:  "We hold these truths to be self-evident,  that all men are created equal,  that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life,  LIBERTY and the pursuit of happiness".



When I think of the 4th of July,  three words pop into my mind:  independence,  liberty and freedom.  In order to think more about these three words,  I needed to distinguish between them.  Independence is usually associated with countries or nations,  and freedom and liberty more often applies to people.

The dictionary defines these last two as follows:
LIBERTY:  the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life,  behavior or political views
FREEDOM:  the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint

Liberty implies the power to choose among alternatives rather than merely being unrestrained, whereas freedom implies the absence of restraint or compulsion.  Freedom can apply to many different types of oppressive influences while liberty often suggests or implies deliverance or release.  It's interesting when we start studying words and their meanings,  isn't it????

Human rights are something we all are interested in,  whether we are in the USA or in other countries.  Human rights are also something we all struggle with daily. Rights are legal, social or ethical principles of FREEDOM or entitlement.



My question to you:  What is FREEDOM to you?  Does it mean that you can do anything that you WANT to do --simply because you have the 'right' to do it?  Does it mean that you are 'entitled' to the good life no matter what you do?

As an OLD WOMAN who grew up with parents and grandparents who worked hard  (even if it meant 2 or 3 jobs),  loved our country,  loved God, never asked for a dime from anyone ---and NEVER felt 'entitled' to anything --without working for it, I struggle with today's world where people don't want to work and feel 'entitled' to the good life --no matter what.

Freedom to me is living the kind of life our forefathers provided for us when we obtained our independence ---working hard,  not doing things to hurt someone else,  doing for others as we choose,  not expecting handouts from someone else,  setting an example so that our children and grandchildren will remember us as Patriots --who loved God, family and our country.



Here are a few quotes I picked up about FREEDOM:

  • "Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged"--Ronald Reagan
  • "Liberty is the right to choose.  Freedom is the result of the right choice."- unknown
  • "Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one"--Benjamin Franklin
  • "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit"- Kahill Gibran
  • "Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free:- Dwight David Eisenhower
  • "Let freedom reign.  The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement"--Nelson Mandela
  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same"--Ronald Reagan




Happy 4th to ALL....  Enjoy your day!

Hugs,

 
ALL pictures came from the internet in today's post.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

What are you serving for Thanksgiving Dinner this year?  I love to hear about Thanksgiving traditions in different areas of the country.   Here's a typical menu in my home growing up --and now:  Turkey;  Giblet Gravy;  Bread Dressing  (we call it dressing and not stuffing, and we eat Bread Dressing rather than Cornbread Dressing);  Cranberry salad/relish;  Rolls;  Pimento Beans (my mother's recipe of a Creamed Green Bean casserole --using pimentos;  it's excellent!);  Sweet Potato Casserole;  and Pumpkin Pie topped with Vanilla Ice Cream!!!

I am a traditionalist... I don't want anything different for Thanksgiving Dinner--not even ham...   Guess I'm set in my ways!!!!   However,  since my sons are all grown up and gone, we scale down our dinners --by using a Turkey Breast instead of an entire turkey.

Tell me about some of your Thanksgiving traditions --when it comes to food!!!!! Different areas of the country do things differently --and it's so interesting to read what others do.






I recently read this neat little poem written by Karl Fuchs.  I would like to share it with you today.

MORE THAN A DAY

As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we're poor,
Feel like bums, insecure, 
But in truth,  our riches astound.

We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We're wealthy,  when push comes to shove.

So--add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you've got;
Realize it's a lot, 
And you'll make all your cares go away.


Let's all count our blessings --not just on Thanksgiving---but year 'round!!!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.   I'm taking some time off from blogging and will be back on Monday.

God Bless You ALL,

Friday, July 2, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA

Happy Birthday, America!!!!! When I think of the 4th of July, I think of parades, picnics, family and friends, concerts in the park, and fireworks!!!!! My favorite 4th of July food is WATERMELON. I don't think I have ever missed having a piece of watermelon (with salt of course) on the 4th!!!!! It's just a tradition!!!


I also love Patriotic Music ---and always look forward to hearing it, especially on the 4th of July. Today I will feature one of my favorite songs, "God Bless the USA" sung by Lee Greenwood. Here is a video for you to enjoy today ---and the lyrics, published below.





GOD BLESS THE USA
by Lee Greenwood

1. If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I'd worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with my children and my wife.

I'd thank my lucky stars,
to be livin' here today.
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can't take that away.




CHORUS
And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.



2. From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of TENNESSEE.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and it's time we stand and say.

Repeat Chorus Above

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What are you doing on the 4th??? We will stay home and have our own holiday picnic. We may take a ride sometime this weekend. George says that we may go and see the fireworks this year (here in Fairfield Glade) because he wants to take some pictures with his new camera I think!!!!!

Other than that, I hope to see some patriotic concerts on TV. I always look forward to watching the Knoxville Symphony's 4th of July concert, followed by Knoxville's fireworks display. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Stay SAFE and I'll blog again on Tuesday!!!

Hugs,