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Monday, January 19, 2015

Catching Up ---Christmas and Beyond

Two Bloggers meet:  Ruth and Betsy together AT LAST!
Sorry I have been missing in action lately---but wanted to share some pictures from our month with you today.  Despite my knee problems and knee surgery (Jan. 8),  we did have a great Christmas and so far,  January has been good also. 

The picture above was taken on December 29, 2014 at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Nashville,  Tennessee.  Ruth Heibert  (Ruth's Photo Blog) and friend Gwen came to Nashville to attend a special Gospel Music Convention.  SO---since we are only 2.5 hours from there,  George and I  drove over to Nashville,  picked them up at their hotel and took those two Canadian ladies to the Cracker Barrel for a good ole' southern dinner..... They both enjoyed Chicken and Dumplings for the first time ---and CORNBREAD.    (Can you imagine ANYONE going through life without cornbread????? ha ha ha)

I have met LOTS of bloggers (and I love all of you) --but Ruth and I have been very special friends for many years ---back when we both started blogging... To say that finally getting to meet her was special is an understatement.  She is EXTREMELY special to both George and me.  We love her so much---and are already thinking about when we will meet again. Thanks, Ruth,  for coming to Tennessee!!!!!!  Come back SOON.


Landon (college),  Avery--age 16,  Bay Lee (college) and Brooke (graduating from high school in June)
The next day,  December 30,  George and I drove to Chattanooga to meet up with two of my three sons and their families...   Seeing these adorable grandchildren just made Christmas for this Grammy!!!!!  Aren't they beautiful --including Bay Lee's tiny little doggie!!  Landon and Avery are Jeff's children and Bay Lee and Brooke are Mark's children.  We were SO glad to see them and spend the day with them.



George with his little girl (Kelly) and her hubby (Chuck)
That same week (on January 2)---George and I drove back to Nashville to celebrate Christmas,  New Year's AND Kelly's Birthday (Jan.1) with them.  It was a cold and dreary day ---but we had a great time,  having a delicious lunch/dinner at the Dan McGuinness Irish Pub in West Nashville.  George and I both enjoyed Shepherd's Pie --which we hadn't had in a long time... It was a great day!


George enjoying his new camera lens,  a Tamron lens, 16 to 300mm
After all of the other trips we had after Christmas,  Christmas Day was spent at home with just the two of us enjoying one another.  I went 'away' from tradition this year (yipes) and we had a delicious Honey Ham (instead of turkey),  some scalloped potatoes,  green beans,  sliced tomatoes, baby carrots, pickles and cranberry relish.  For dessert,  we enjoyed some Dutch Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream on top... YUM...  (Since we still had turkey left-over from Thanksgiving,  we decided that ham would be a nice change.  And it was ---although I struggle with changing traditions... ha)

I gave George this nice lens ----but somehow,  his bride has already taken it away from him... He 'wants' me to use it so that I won't have to change lens so often... If I like it,  I may just have to buy another one for his birthday for HIM.... ha ha


Willow Figurine named HERO
George gave me lots of really nice things for Christmas ---and this was definitely one of my favorites.  Since I collect WILLOW Angels/Figurines,  I was thrilled to get this one (which I had never seen before).   Reminded me of a widow of a United States Military man killed in action.. Makes me cry!!!!  OH how I appreciate our Armed Forces and what they do for us...  Isn't HERO a gorgeous figurine?



Three new ornaments on our Christmas Tree this year depicting our 2014 trips
Besides many day trips and short trips in 2014,  George and I took 8 longer trips.  Six of them are on the ornament on the left:  Strasburg,  VA and the Shenandoahs;  West Virginia (Cass Railroad) for our anniversary;  Maggie Valley NC and the Blue Ridge Pkwy with friends;  Mt. Nebo, Arkansas with friends;  Blowing Rock, NC  for my birthday;  and Hocking Hills,  Ohio for George's birthday.   The ornament in the middle was from our trip to  Texas to visit 2 sons/families in Sept.   AND the one on the right is from our beach trip in May to Ocean Isle,  NC.  That cute ornament made me laugh since Santa is dressed up with his beach attire.  We had planned to go back to Ocean Isle the first of December --but my 'bum knee' cancelled that trip temporarily. 


Mama Says:  "Now Sweeties,  SMILE for the camera!"
I just had to include this funny picture of sons Jeff and Mark on December 30 in Chattanooga...  That was such a fantastic day together as a crazy family ---which we are... My sons were in RARE form telling stories about their childhoods and lives... I've never laughed so hard in my life.  Of course,  I told a few stories myself that day!!!!!! 



Two crazy people on Christmas Morning at our home!!!!!  

After looking at this photo,  you will know where those two funny guys in the picture above this one get their craziness.... Do you think their Nutty Mama had anything to do with it????????? (Don't answer that!  ha ha)

Speaking of a Nutty Mama,  I was barely standing and not doing much walking on Christmas morning... But---how could anyone keep a crippled girl from dancing on Christmas?   (I do think that George was there to catch me if I fell!!!!! ha)


A very happy Mom and her Three Sons  (on January14, 2015)
This is a picture that I will cherish forever... I seldom get to see all three of my sons together ---but did on January 14  (which was only 6 days after my knee surgery).  From left to right:  Mark--45;  Me--old woman;  Jeff--43;  and Bert (called Tre)--51.

What brings families together more than anything else?  FUNERALS.....  My sons' wonderful Grandmother died and her funeral was that day in Knoxville,  TN.  Laura Wilhite (age 99) was loved by all,  including me (since she was my ex-mother-in-law) and my sons and grandchildren.

Even though I was still re-cooping after surgery,  I cleaned up and we went to the funeral... I did great that day --but really felt the pain the following day... BUT--it was worth it and I am very glad I went.  Just having my sons with me for a few hours was worth everything.


Hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas.
Finally,  I want to wish each of you a Happy 2015.... I INTEND to have a great one.  I apologize for being away from blogging for so long. To look at all of these pictures,  you'd think I was doing GREAT... Truth be told ---it has not been easy for me.  I will do an entire blog about my knee/surgery/recovery, etc.  sometime  AFTER I am totally well and back to myself again... But--just know that I am okay and am gradually getting better and better.  Thanks be to God.

I will try to be back to blogging again sometime the first week or two in  February.  In the meantime,  be sure to check out my January quotes on my sidebar.  There are some good ones...

Thanks for all of the comments/emails/Facebook comments/messages/texts,  etc... George has even had people asking about me on his blog.  That is SO sweet that so many people care.  God Bless You ALL.  I have so many wonderful friends.

Hugs,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year Brings Surgery for Me

Happy New Year from George and me to YOU and YOURS.  I hope that 2015 will be a fantastic year for all of us...  I don't make New Year's Resolutions -but if I did,  mine for 2015 would be to have a better year health-wise... I try SO hard to eat right,  watch my weight, get lots of exercise, and stay healthy.  YET in 2014 --I had Gallbladder Surgery,  and on November 21st,  I twisted my left knee,  which ultimately is leading to another Meniscus-Tear Surgery on JANUARY 8, 2015...

I already had meniscus-tear surgery on that same knee in 2010,  so I know what I'm getting into....  AND---I'm 'okay' with this surgery.  It's out-patient and the recovery time is not too bad...  As you know,  I've had LOTS of pain with the knee this past month and a half---so I'm ready for ANYTHING to give me some relief.   AND---since I'm an active person,  I am ready to get out there and do some HIKING again!!!!!

Again,  Happy 2015 to you!  Check out my new January Quotes on my right sidebar.  And---there's a new post on my other blog,  Betsy's Photo Blog,  if you have time to look at it... Thanks!!!!

Thanks for all of your prayers for me during this time of my knee problem... God Bless ALL of You.

Hugs,

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas to YOU


My hope and my prayer for each of you is that you have a fantastic and blessed Christmas this year.  I will close with this interesting poem about Christmas.

Let Me Not Keep Christmas  
by Linda Felver

Let me not wrap, stack, box, bag, tie, tag, bundle, seal, keep Christmas.

Christmas kept is liable to mold.
 

Let me give Christmas away, unwrapped, by exuberant armfuls.
 

Let me share, dance, live Christmas unpretentiously, merrily, responsibly with overflowing hands, tireless steps and sparkling eyes.
 

Christmas given away will stay fresh—even until it comes again.

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Many Blessings to you and yours...

 Big Hugs,

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


Today in our country is a special day,  our Thanksgiving.  This is a time for families/friends  to get together and celebrate their love and their lives with one another.  We all have so much to be THANKFUL for --and yet,  so often,  we dwell on our hard/bitter/unhappy/angry times.

No matter where you live today,  take some time to think about your life and all that you do have to be thankful for.  May God richly bless each and everyone of you not only on this very special day---but also on each and every  day all year long!!!

UPDATE on my Knee/Leg Pain:  I did go to the doctor --and am now on some medications for the pain and for the swelling/inflammation..  Once the swelling goes down some (if I am still having problems),  I will have an MRI to see what is going on.  I'm still  hoping that it's just a strain/sprain.... I am taking some time off from Blogging --to work on some Family History while I am SITTING....   I'll be back with an update in a week or two... God Bless ALL of you...

I love this quote:  “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.” ~ Walter Anderson

Hugs to all,

Monday, July 7, 2014

Around Our Yard on July 4, 2014

Flag flying in our Yard on July 4 like it does everyday;  Happy Birthday America!
Hope ALL of you enjoyed the holiday weekend,  at least those of us who were celebrating this particular holiday.  George and I stayed home ---and just enjoyed our yard and flowers and the gorgeous weather we enjoyed on the 4th.  Our temperatures that day were PERFECT  (in the 50's for a low and in the 70's for a high)... AMAZING....  AND--not only did we have mild temperatures but we also enjoyed very blue skies,  sunshine, low humidity and no haze.... Like I said,  we truly had a PERFECT day!

We relaxed and just enjoyed each other on that day and then enjoyed eating some steaks which George grilled for us --along with a baked potato,  sliced tomatoes and some cranberry relish... And of course,  we HAD to have some watermelon.  DELICIOUS!!!

Today I will share with you photos of our beautiful yard on that day... I took photos several different times during the day for different perspectives.  Hope you enjoy the photos since our Lilies and Daylilies are showing off  now.... We are so blessed to have all of these beauties in our yard.  Hope you enjoy seeing them.  Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements.


Our yard early in the morning on July 4th;   I took this one in the road looking toward the house. Can you see the SUNBEAMS?????  (Click on this one.)



TOUCHING Lilies have really put on an amazing show this year!  You should smell these beauties!



Beautiful lily in our Lamppost Flowerbed named LOMBARDIA;  I love the colors!



Looking through the TOUCHING Lilies at the beautiful blue sky;



Daylilies named PERFECT PEACH GLORY



Looking across the yard --showing off the Road Flowerbed from the road;  This bed has Tulips, Irises, Roses, Lilies and Daylilies.  The bloomers now are Daylilies and Lilies and a few Roses.



A photo of ELEGANT CANDY Daylilies and TOUCHING Lilies ---against the really blue sky



CAMERON QUANTZ Daylily (one of my fav's since I love pastels)



Looking at the Road Flowerbed from the other direction (looking up the street);  This photo really shows off all of the colors. 



PANDORA'S BOX Daylily  (I love getting pictures of them in groups.)



Our home in Summer (what you can see of it)...  We love our big shade trees (until the leaves fall in Autumn... ha).  AND  whichever month I take a picture of our home,  it always looks different.  In June there were tons of Roses in bloom. This month--it's the Lilies and Daylilies TURN to SHINE.
As I said,  all of these photos were taken on July 4.  Many of my blog friends have been following me for years ---so you see our flowers every year.  Some of you might think that it's the same every year.  BUT--it is not.  Last year my favorite lily was one named PINK PERFECTION.  That one got damaged in a freeze this year --so we only had a few blooms... BUT--TOUCHING (which bloomed last year but not this much) decided that it was 'her' year to show off... I've probably taken 100+ photos of this lily... Amazing...

I'm not always pleased at how my photos come out--but this set made me smile.  I especially loved the one with the sunbeam (since I didn't notice it until I put the photo on the computer).. I also love the ones showing that gorgeous blue sky with the flowers in the photos!!!  Hope you enjoyed hearing and seeing more of our holiday!

Hugs,