Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to DECEMBER!!!! My header picture this month is a beautiful photo from our trip last year to "Christmas at Biltmore"... Being there to see that beauty just makes Christmas more special for us! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
SO--what did we do to celebrate?????? WELL---we did something we had never done on Valentine's Day before: we went to a local Mexican Restaurant near us here and had Fajitas for TWO. Even though it wasn't 'fancy' --and we didn't dress up for a special occasion, the food was GREAT. We both enjoyed it ---and after getting home, we enjoyed cuddling on the sofa by the fireplace --watching the snow come down (and being happy we were HOME).
Adult children may not always realize how special it is for a parent to hear from them. This Mama CRIED with so much love and joy inside of herself. Mark and Debbie will NEVER know how much this gesture of love means to me....
Well Friends---as you can tell, even though it wasn't what we first expected, we did have a wonderful weekend... As my Facebook friends tell me, just being with George is enough for me!!!!!! SO TRUE..
God Bless You ---and remember to keep the LOVE going all year long.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
|We walked on the cart path --and for some reason there were NO GOLFERS out on the course (HA HA)!!!!|
As you can imagine, we stopped often and took a lot of pictures along the way... Today I will share with you some of this 80 minute walk (which usually takes us about 50 minutes on a normal day)... As you probably know (how could you not know? ha)----I LOVE snow.. SO---this was a fun walk for me, even though the temperature outside was only about 18 degrees.... Fun fun!!!!!!
Grab a cup of something hot and enjoy the pictures in the WARMTH of your home!!!!!
|I always enjoy seeing the shrubs filled with snow.|
|George (with a RED NOSE) was saying: "Why am I not at home sitting by the fire drinking a cup of hot tea?"|
|The Pond on Fairway 14 of our golf course (Druid Hills); This is ALWAYS a favorite area to photograph in every season. I enjoyed seeing it in Winter!|
|More snow-covered shrubs along our path|
|Even the boy who doesn't like snow will do whatever needed to get the perfect photo!!!|
|Continuing along our way, we crossed the bridge at Snead Canyon.|
|The creek at Snead Canyon; Don't you know how COLD that water must have been??|
|George took this picture of a happy 'snow-lover' on a COLD COLD winter day!|
|A close-up of the snow, water and icicles ----which is another reason that photographers LOVE Winter!!!!!|
|The Pond on Fairway 17 of our walk; The frogs love this pond in Summer!|
|As I said, I LOVE seeing the snow covered shrubs/bushes/pine trees....|
|As we headed across the golf course for home, I snapped a picture of the back of a nice warm house, just waiting for us... Wonder if that next cup of hot coffee is waiting inside, along with a cozy fire in the fireplace?????? YEAH.... We are HOME!|
|Poor little Daffodils in our yard!!!!!! As we walked around the house headed toward the front, I saw these Daffodils (some of them with BUDS).... Hmmmmm--just a little early, don't you think????|
|One more picture I put on Facebook; George took this picture of a very very happy lady (also with a red nose)--who still loves SNOW regardless of the bitterly strong winds and cold temperatures!!!!|
Monday, February 1, 2016
Since we are starting a brand new year, I thought it would be a good time to think about our lives (YES---even those of us who are retired can be very busy) and find ways to 'unplug' from some of the craziness at times...
My sons (in their 40's) stay SO busy and the stress can be great... I used to be the same way when I was raising kids alone, working fulltime, working on my Master's Degree, etc. etc. etc. Life wasn't always easy --but I just had to keep on keeping on! But --even back then, it was important to 'unplug' at times..
HERE. Danielle gave 27 ways to re-charge --but I won't talk about all of them. IF you want more info, be sure to click on the link.
While unplugging, do something that makes you happy... Maybe you love to COOK --and can make a fantastically delicious dinner. OR--maybe you want to READ that book on your night-stand --which you have never done... OR---why don't you LIGHT SOME CANDLES and take a leisurely Bubble-BATH???? There is so much you can do simply AFTER turning off those devices!
One way I re-charge (both George and me) is to get out most every day (no matter what else is going on ) and take a walk. Just GETTING OUT IN NATURE is SO refreshing ---and makes us feel good all over. Even if you can't walk, just get outside some --and smell that air!!!!
Another thing you can do is to VOLUNTEER somewhere --especially if you are lonely, or feeling sorry for yourself. I worked with lots of volunteers when I worked in the church for many years. We couldn't have existed without those wonderful volunteers.
Another way to 're-charge' is to PLAN something upcoming. It may be a trip to see family far away, or maybe a special vacation to an area where you haven't been. Doing some planning will make you feel MUCH better.
One of my favorite things to do is to sit in my recliner, drinking a cup of hot tea or coffee, enjoying a fire in the fireplace on a cold, winter day, and watching my little birdies come and have a feast at the Bird Kitchen....
Another option would be to TRY SOMETHING NEW. Maybe there is something you have never done --but want to try it... For instance, take a paining class if you are interested... Step out of that comfortable box and do something new and different.
One way to get that light shining again is to PLANT A GARDEN... We do that -and there's so much joy in seeing plants grow that YOU have planted!
Want to really make your light 'shine'?????? Then CLEAN OUT A CLOSET or get rid of the CLUTTER around you.... That will help SO MUCH.
LISTEN to MUSIC... That always help me to feel better when I am stressed or feel overwhelmed... OR--if you are married or have a special person in your life, enjoy a DATE NIGHT.
You have heard of "Unplug the Christmas Machine"..... WELL--how about unplugging yourself ---and re-charging your batteries! I am writing this for ME as much as I am writing it for YOU.... Just DO IT. AND--check our Danielle's list to see more... You might even add some to this list for others to read.
Check out my other blog, Betsy's Photo Blog, today. Click HERE.