Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to MARCH. I cannot believe how FAST this new year is flying by!!!!! Anyhow--my March blog picture shows some of the pretty early Spring flowers in our yard.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Oh, those Gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains
I have many more photos along the parkway --but I'll share them gradually...
Hope you have a wonderful day!!! Did you get snow yesterday???? We did---but it didn't stick much ---or when it did, it melted quickly... SO---I'll just say that we had flurries all day!!!! Oh --how I love SNOW!!!!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Orchids at the Biltmore Conservatory
Hope you have a tremendous Tuesday!!! We have had more rain in 2 days than we had all year I think... It has rained and rained and rained. Now --they say we might get some snow flurries... December is almost here!!!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Christmas at Biltmore Estate
Our first stop was one of our favorite places, the Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina. I love Biltmore during all seasons, but Christmas in the Conservatory is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all of the Christmas reds and greens ---and I love tropical plants. Biltmore does a good job with displaying so much beauty in their Conservatory.
Today I'll share with you some photos from Biltmore... Be sure and enlarge the photos to 16 x 10 for better pictures...
Friday, November 18, 2011
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.
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 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.
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.
I'm thankful for you.
Hope all of you have a great week. We'll be back in touch on Monday, November 28. God Bless ALL of you!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Last Views of our Autumn 2011
I showed some Autumn photos on November 7 (click HERE if you missed that post)... Since I had a few more to show, I decided to give you one last look at our Fall 2011 pictures. You can enlarge the photos to 16x10 by clicking on them.
A similar photo (to the one shown above) was a favorite in the Nov. 7th post ---so I decided to show you another similar one today... We are looking across Canterbury Lake ---and the sun is setting behind us. The sun is providing a fabulous look to the trees ahead of us, making it look like everything (including the lake) is on FIRE.... Hope you enjoy this one and the ones below.
Hope you enjoyed my last set of Autumn photos from 2011.... Now--we'll look forward to a long winter followed by a gorgeous spring..... Life goes on!!!!
Since many of you have asked about my health, I am here to tell you that I am doing much better. I even went with George on Monday to Tullahoma (2.5 hours from here) to see his 99 yr. old father. I did well---although I was tired when I got home. My energy level is still zilch---but with each passing day, there's improvement... Yeah Rah!!!!
Dad Adams seems to be doing okay other than the fact that his memory is getting worse. He 'wolfed down' an entire fish sandwich for lunch and loved the RIDE we took him on. Bless his heart!!!!
Have a great Wednesday.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Our Favorite Winter Flower
I went outside with my camera on 11/11/11 ---and took some pictures of some of our Pansies to share with you today.. The picture above shows one of THREE round flowerbeds in our front yard where our Pansies are planted. We cannot use the entire bed because spring bulbs (Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Lilies) are all planted there. SO---the Pansies get the outside rim and the inside rim.... Be sure to enlarge the photos to 16x10 for larger pictures.
IF you live in Tennessee and are looking for some great winter plants, be sure and plant some precious little Pansies!!!!! They bring joy to us!!!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend... I am feeling better and better. We even went out for another little ride on Saturday ---which felt GREAT....
Friday, November 11, 2011
Irises in our Yard in NOVEMBER
Since I have been sick, all of these are George's pictures... Thanks, Honey, for letting me share them!!!!! Above is a 'group' picture of some of them... All of these Re-blooming Irises are in our new flowerbed near the road... There is alot of sun there, and Irises love sun!!!! (Click on my photos to enlarge them to 16x10.)
Our temperature lows last night were predicted to be in the 20's.... SO---George brought more blooming roses inside and also a group of these beautiful Irises. I love seeing them in the yard ---but it's great to admire them inside also....
Hope you have a good weekend. I am still healing ---and am not being as patient as I should be. I yearn for the morning when I can wake up and say: "Gee---I feel AWESOME today!" (I'm not there yet!!!! Sigh!)
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Winter Forecast 2011-12
Here are some of the predictions for us this winter:
--We won't have as harsh a winter this year as we did last, due to the fact that there are very few wooly worms in our area this fall.
--Only FOUR early morning fogs were seen in our area in August, with only one of them being very heavy; That means that we'll only have four snows this winter --with only one of them heavy.
--Our lack of a large mast crop this Fall is another indicator of a milder winter.
--HOWEVER, the cornhusks were thick this year --which indicates a harsh winter.....
--The evidence of a lot of spider webs indicates that whatever winter weather we get will be mainly in the form of ICE (Yuk) and will be very cold but with minimal snow.
Harsh weather usually falls around the changing of the moon phase and any snow that falls on a full moon usually melts off fast. But---if it falls on a new moon, it usually will hang on for a few days, spawning the additional predictor of "if a snow hangs on for several days, it's usually waiting around on another one"----meaning there'll soon be another snow.
Thus, they are telling us to keep an eye on Nov. 10 (full moon) and Nov. 25 as this is a new moon. Also, we need to watch Dec. 10 (full moon) and Dec. 24 (new moon). SO---for all of us hoping for a white Christmas, we may just get one!!!!!
Melinda said that her Mama always said that her Dad told her that winter was never officially over until after Easter (April 8, 2012). SO----she told us to button up our overcoats and stay warm for what could be a cold, perhaps icy, yet milder winter than last year.
I guess (as a snow-lover) that this winter will not be a favorite of mine... But--I know how much George hates to shovel snow... SO---I guess I need to be happy... BUT--I certainly don't like the idea of ICE...... Oh Well!!!!!
What is the weather going to be in your area? Looks like the north is in for a very harsh winter...
Have a wonderful day.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Late Fall in Fairfield Glade
George took me for a short ride on Saturday afternoon late. The sun was going down ---so the colors were magnificent... I want to share some pictures today that we took during this little ride... The picture above was taken at an over look near Fairway 14 of the Druid Hills Golf Course. You get a great view of the Cumberland Plateau in this picture. You can enlarge all of my pictures to 16x10.
I have more Late Autumn pictures to share ----so will show you another set on Wednesday. Thanks again for the MANY get-well wishes. I am gradually getting my strength back---but am trying to take it easy ---as much as possible.
Friday, November 4, 2011
The Smile is BACK
First, I had abdominal bleeding --which they fixed (after I had 4 units of blood). (I had been anemic for awhile --and they finally found the 'bleed'.) Then, the hardest part was that, after that, I had a blockage inside of me ---preventing me from having a bowel movement. My poor tummy looked like it had a basketball in it, or maybe I was about 10 months pregnant... ha
After lots of agony ---they finally put me back into the hospital and ran a bunch of tests... The CT Scan (with liquids going through my body) found the culprit..... I had developed a HERNIA right on top of my small bowel.
Surgery to repair the hernia happened this past Tuesday ---and I came home on Wednesday feeling like a new person. I'm still not 100% --and have to take it easy for awhile... SO--I may not post a blog (or be on Facebook) every day yet... BUT--I'll do some each day --gradually gathering my strength back.
George has been wonderful protecting me through all of this. He has taken care of me from beginning to end --and I truly couldn't have gotten through this without him...
This has been hard for a gal like me who is NEVER sick!!!!!!! The picture above was taken on our recent trip to West Virginia.... Can't wait to get out there and hike again!!!!
Hugs and Thanks Again to ALL. I have missed you so much!
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