Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header Picture for September 2021 shows a beautiful Sunset with the Shenandoah Valley below. My picture was taken from our room balcony while at Skyland Resort on 8/3/21.

Friday, August 20, 2021

A Great 79th Birthday in 2021

Dear Blog Friends,   How are you doing during this VERY HOT mid-August weather???  We are both doing as 'good' as possible at our ages!!!! ha ha... We were lucky during my Birthday week to have some less humid/less hot weather for a few days.. That was nice and made our trip so enjoyable.

 We spent several days along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in Virginia.  We visited Peaks of Otter. the National D-Day Memorial,  Point of Honor Home, Skyland Resort, Belle Grove Plantation, and the Cedar Creek Battlefield. 

Then the family came to visit on 8/8/21 (after we got home from our trip). It was a wonderful Birthday week. Hope you enjoy the pictures.Explanations are on each picture.

Well, as you can see,  I had another wonderful Birthday week this year... Thanks be to God for my fabulous husband, family and you--my friends... 

*****************  AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:
After I wrote this post, George and I visited his daughter in Lebanon, Tennessee on Sunday (8/15/21). On the way home, we were in a terrible automobile accident. We were in the left lane on I-40 with several cars in front/back of us. Someone apparently changed lanes and then stopped, causing a three or four vehicle chain reaction pile-up.  We were the 3rd  car in that big wreck so we got hit both back and front.  God and our airbags took care of us and saved our lives. Our pretty little car was totaled  George escaped with soreness, aches and pains, but I was taken by ambulance to the ER. After X Rays, I found out that I broke my right wrist. They put a soft cast on my arm but it is very big and bulky and heavy. I have really struggled with it this week. I see the orthopedic surgeon tomorrow (8/20/21). Hopefully I will get a smaller cast.

As I told my Facebook friends, George and I were very lucky. It could've been much worse. Neither one of us have ever been in a wreck before so this is all brand new. It is definitely something I do not want to ever go through again. But we are thanking God that we are alive. 

PRAYERS for us please. This is going to take some time. And I need patience.




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.