Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header Picture for August 2021 is is a ROSE in our yard named SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT.... Happy August to YOU!!!

Monday, July 19, 2021

Anniversary Trip to Pisgah Inn, North Carolina 2021

Dear Blog Friends,   On June 21-24, 2021,  George and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Pisgah Inn,  along the Blue Ridge Parkway west of Asheville,  North Carolina.  The picture above was taken at the Craggy Pinnacle on our Anniversary, June 23, 2021.  We invite you to sit back today, relax with a coffee (or something of your choice),  and come with us on our Journey!

On the 21st,  our first stop was at BILTMORE HOUSE and GARDENS (Asheville, NC).  Of course,  we love seeing all of the seasonal flowers and plants outdoors.  BUT--what we loved the most this time was visiting the Model Railroad Display in the Conservatory.   Not only do they have model trains running throughout the Conservatory --but amongst all of these trains,  they also added miniature displays of the Biltmore Estate buildings surrounded by the Conservatory flowers and plants.. We were SO amazed to see all of this fantastic work.  Above is a "HUGE" replica of the Biltmore House that they built in the Conservatory.  Wish you could see the detail in this display in person.  AMAZING.

Look what they had on display in the Conservatory at Biltmore---  A WATERFALL just for US of course!!!!ha.... Can you see the railroad bridge above it?  Like I said,  this entire display is AWESOME.

OKAY---now we are on the road,  heading along the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Pisgah Inn.  We (of course) had to stop at some of the overlooks to get some pictures...One can never have enough pictures of the mountains!!!!!

We are HERE... So--why don't you sit awhile with us,  have some hot tea,  and just enjoy the view... Since we are above 5000 feet up here,  it is always MUCH cooler!!!!

OR --if there's not enough room on our balcony,  we can sit here and still enjoy the view of the valley and mountains!!!

Here's a Panorama I did of the beautiful view we had from Pisgah Inn... Just breath-taking!!!!

Did you sleep well?  We certainly did!!!!  This is our view the next morning. (June 22)...  We woke up to FOG all around us!!!!! After it began to clear a little,  I got this shot from our balcony to share with you...  

We relaxed in the room most of the morning --but when the fog lifted,  we took off heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway --driving to the highest point (about 6000 feet)... Of course we stopped and checked out the views (and that amazing SKY).  

We headed back to Pisgah Inn and had some dinner there.  We enjoyed seeing the sunset --and that beautiful pink sky... BUT--we had an extra treat, and that was seeing an 'almost' full moon that night!!!

The next morning (June 23--and our Anniversary Day) --- we enjoyed seeing a beautiful sunrise from our Balcony... What a great way to begin a special day!

Okay --I'll stop this trip for today!!!!   BUT--I just HAVE  to show you one more pretty view of the early morning sun --and some fog in the valley below!!!

Hope you are enjoying our trip so far!!!!!! I still have two more days to share --but that will come in a Part II Blog post...

Thanks to so many of you who have asked about my health... I am doing really good right now!!!!  The new heart medication is working like a charm,  but there are some side effects I am dealing with (mostly neuropathy problems with my feet/legs)....   That problem is MINOR compared to what I go through when I am in A Fib....SO---I'm doing good!!!!!  

Continue your thoughts and prayers for my George --as he continues to deal with a disc problem in his back which affects his leg...   Unlike me,  he seldom complains,  but there are times when he has A LOT of pain....

BUT--life goes on for two 79 year olders!!!!   We are still kicking and HAPPY.




Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Our 20th Wedding Anniversary (6/23/01-6/23/21)

Hello Blog Friends:   These two little ones were both born in 1942.  They lived in two different states and didn't even meet until both of them were age 59.  Both had great lives before they met  BUT--when they finally met,  their lives became even more enriched--TOGETHER!!!!  WOW---what an awesome 20 years this has been for that little girl!!!!   

I truly met one of nicest, most generous, most loving men in the world!  Thank you, George, for coming into my life  and making me an extremely happy and blessed woman.  Hope we can make it for another 20 years!!!!   Now as we begin our 21st year, let's keep on laughing, loving and searching for waterfalls!!!!  I love and adore you,  George Emery Adams!!!!

Hope you enjoy seeing my pictures today --with just a sampling of how great this 20 years has been.  Stop on each picture,  click on it --and my explanation will pop up!!!!!  ENJOY!!

Finally,  here is our latest picture,  taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina ON our Anniversary (June 23, 2021).  We spent several days of celebration last week at the Pisgah Inn (near Asheville, NC)...  Had a fantastic time!!!


One more piece of GREAT NEWS:   While we were celebrating in Pisgah,  son Mark and his gal,  Robin,  were vacationing in Charleston, SC.  On OUR Anniversary,  Mark gave Robin a RING--and she said YES!!!!!  George and I are SO happy for both of them... They've been together for quite awhile --and are inseparable!!!  They have so many interests in common.  One of them is to jump into that little red jeep and head out on an adventure!  They take George and me with them VIRTUALLY.   We love it...  Congrats to Mark and Robin!!!!

Here's an adorable picture of a Happy Lady!!!  Mark took Robin to Folly Beach, South Carolina, at sunrise and got on his knees!!!!  (He had asked her two sons -both in their 20's-- ahead of time --asking for their Mom's hand in marriage.)  How cute is that!!!! 

Hope you have an awesome week ahead and Happy 4th of July!