Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header this month shows our home on 5/2/19 when many of the IRISES were blooming.

Friday, June 14, 2019


My Cardiac Ablation went well yesterday and I feel good.  I'm ready to go home this morning --so that I can sleep in my own bed!!!   Hospitals are definitely not the place to be IF you want rest... ha ha

Monday, June 10, 2019

Everything is Coming Up ROSES, and a PRAYER Request

Veteran's Honor --5/17/19
Dear Friends,   How is life treating you????   I hope things are going well.... My life is crazy ---and I thought retirement was the time I would just be able to sit and relax... ha ha ....  I apologize that I don't have much time these days to comment on your blog posts --but I do take time to read them...

After dealing with Long-Standing Persistent A Fib all during 2018--with no good results from the medications I was receiving,  at my insistence,   I finally got referred by my local Cardiologist to go to a specialist,  an Electrophysiologist,  in Knoxville. My new doctor has finally given me hope when it comes to my health.

My new doctor changed my medication,  and scheduled a procedure for me to try.   SO--on April 23,  I had a Cardioversion.   This is a procedure where they 'shock' the heart --trying to get it back into Normal Sinus Rhythm....  They only had to ZAP me once  (I was asleep and didn't feel it) in order to get my heart beating normally..... I was so so so pleased and amazed that this procedure worked the FIRST TIME they tried it...   (Why in the world had I not done it SOONER?)   AND --as of today,  my heart is still beating normally.. I cannot explain how much better I feel.   No more shortness of breath,  no more weakness,  no more exhaustion,  no more dizziness;  These were all of these things I suffered with all during 2018.

BUT even though I am doing well right now, my doctor wasn't finished with me yet...  For most people with A Fib,  the Cardioversion is a temporary fix...  SO---I'm having another more permanent procedure done this week.  This procedure is much harder and more invasive  (a four-hour surgery with a night spent in the hospital).  This procedure (called a CATHETER ABLATION) is more permanent --and hopefully  (if it works for me), I will  STAY in normal sinus rhythm for a much longer time, maybe forever..

I'm a 'fighter'  ---and will NOT give up... I want my life back...  Some people may just give up and live with A Fib --but that is NOT me.   My only regret is not pushing much sooner for a referral to an Electrophysiologist..  I put WAY too much trust in my Cardiologist...   BUT--I don't dwell on that now.. I'm looking forward.   Please pray for me on JUNE 13...  Thank You!!!!

For those of you who have blogged with me for years,  then you know that George and I grow ROSES  (along with Lilies, Day Lilies,  Irises, Tulips,  Daffodils,  etc.)....  This is the season for our Roses to start blooming.   SO--we  "walk the yard"  most every morning taking pictures.   Today I'll share with you some of my favorite MAY ROSES....  Hope you enjoy them.

DoubleDelight -- 5/18/19

Daring Spirit --5/20/19

Welcome Home--  5/20/19

RioSamba--  5/22/19

Queen Elizabeth-- 5/22/19

Flaminco-- 5/22/19

Sedona-- 5/22/19

Simply Magnificent -- 5/23/19

Crescendo -- 5/23/19

About Face -- 5/25/19

Peace --5/25/19

Alec's Red --5/25/19

Color Magic -- 5/30/19

Melody Parfume --5/30/19
Well ---that's enough beauty for today....  Hope you enjoyed seeing the Roses.  Do you have a favorite or favorites?????

Remember to send me some good thoughts and prayers on JUNE 13 (Thursday)...    I will be out-of-commission for awhile  I'm sure,  but I'll be back to blogging soon!!!!


Monday, June 3, 2019

Some Preciousness for You Today

VERONICA MAE --5/27/19
Hello to my Blog Friends,   If you have been on Facebook recently,  you may know that I have a 2nd GREAT Granddaughter now...  Veronica Mae was born on  May 27, 2019 at 12:18 p.m.  and weighed 7 lb 8 oz and is 20 inches long.   Veronica (Roni) is the daughter of my Granddaughter Booke and her husband, Tristan.   She has a big sister,  Vivian Lee (Vivi), who is 16 months old now.

As you can imagine,   this has been exciting for our family.  Tristan is in the Navy and is currently deployed on the USS Abraham Lincoln.  Communication between the two of them is SPARCE...  He won't be home until November.

Today--I'll share a few (out of the many I have) pictures of this blessed event.... Hope you enjoy them!!!!!

Brooke,  Roni --and Tristan (there in spirit)

Brooke and Roni --telling everyone the good news!!! 

Sister Vivian (Vivi) meets Roni for the first time

Adorable Veronica (Roni) and her Daddy

Such a precious angel--a Gift from God

Brooke and her two baby girls 

Big Sister wants to 'love' on Little Sister.... Little Sister says:  "Leave me alone.  I'm sleepy."    ha ha

Brooke is an amazing Mama

HA HA ---what an expression!!!!!  This one made me laugh outloud.

Finally,   here's one more of our little Bundle of Joy!!!!!  Hope you enjoyed these pictures... God has blessed  Brooke and Tristan with another gorgeous baby girl... I am sure I'll be sharing more pictures of this amazing little family in future blogs!!!!

Thanks to so many of you for your prayers, thoughts, emails, texts,  etc. etc. etc. during my recent Carpal Tunnel Surgery.   The surgery went extremely well ---and the healing has been much easier than I thought it would be.     I thought I was going to have to have surgery on the right hand sometime  also --but my doctor thinks I have arthritis in that hand and not Carpal Tunnel.   I now have a thumb brace to wear at nights on that hand.

Have a wonderful week,  and contact someone just to say HI this week.


Monday, May 13, 2019

Your Thoughts and Prayers are Needed. THANKS!

USS Abraham Lincoln
Dear Family and Friends,   Prayers are needed for my Granddaughter Brooke and her husband, Tristan.  Tristan is in the Navy and is currently deployed on the USS Abraham Lincoln which has been sent to the Middle East to help with the horrible problems happening in that area involving Iran....   I am sure you have read  or heard about this on the news recently.  SCARY situation for sure!!!!

Brooke is obviously very upset and worried.   AND --to make matters harder,   Brooke and Tristan's second baby is due the end of this month.  Even though she and Vivian (almost 16 months old now),  are with her mother during Tristan's deployment,   she obviously misses him so much... Prayers for Tristan and all of the men and women on the USS Abraham Lincoln --but also for Brooke as she brings Little Veronica (Roni) into the world soon...  Thanks for your good thoughts and prayers.

Here are some pictures of that sweet family.  Hope you enjoy them.

Brooke and Tristan on their wedding day

Having Fun

Aren't they just a precious family?


I am having Carpal Tunnel Surgery on Thursday,  May 16,   on my dominant (left) hand.  Since I won't be able to use that hand for awhile,  I am taking a Blog  Break.... BUT--I'll be back soon  (hopefully with no numb and tingly fingers)!!!!  Fun Fun!!!


Monday, May 6, 2019

What is Special about APRIL 21??????

Two people still in love after 18 years!!!!  (Photo taken on 4/22/19)
WELL--- for George and me,  April 21, 2001 at Fall Creek Falls State Park here in Tennessee was the date that we professed our love for each other.  We had only been dating less than a month but for us, we both knew that God had put us together since we both moved to Tennessee for new jobs in December of 2000.  On that special day,  I got my first kiss,   he held my hand for the first time,  and we both said that we wanted to be together for the rest of our lives...  Fall Creek Falls is also where our interest in searching for WATERFALLS began.

Almost every year, since 2001,  we make the short trip on (or near) April 21 ---and relive those special memories.... After our marriage in June of 2001,  we have truly been inseparable (except when George had to go to Ireland for several days on a business trip)....   That was a very long week for me since I missed him so much.

The greatest part of this special love between two people who were 59 years old,  is that our love has never wavered ---and continues to grow more and more with each passing year.... Thanks be to God.

If you would like to read a couple of blog posts I wrote about our love,  how it all began,  etc. --CLICK  here for Post I   and then CLICK here for Part II.... Many of you have read these since you have followed me for a long time!!!!!   THANK YOU....

This year,  we went to Fall Creek Falls on April 22  (since April 21 was Easter Sunday).   Again,  as we always have done,  we retraced our steps taking pictures along the way... SO--today I'll share some of the pictures from that awesome day at Fall Creek Falls... Hope you enjoy reliving that special day with us today 18 years later!!

Looking down at Cane Creek Falls on 4/22/19  from the new overlook they built this year;  
I love the RAINBOW... See it?

My Sweetheart at the new overlook at Cane Creek Falls --4/22/19

Rockhouse Falls,  at Fall Creek Falls State Park, 4/22/19

Such a gorgeous place just to sit and relive the past 18 years with my Sweetheart  (taken on 4/22/19)

Beautiful Fall Creek Falls State Park on a gorgeous Spring day (4/22/19)

Beautiful Cane Creek Cascades,  4/22/19

Here she is --sitting again!!!!! ha ha!!! I love sitting on the rocks near Cane Creek Cascades.  (4/22/19)

My view of the creek and the Swinging Bridge,  taken on 4/22/19,  from the rocks near Cane Creek Cascades;

Walking toward the overlook at Fall Creek Falls, 4/22/19;  We picked a fantastic day to go there.  It was the day after Easter and there weren't many people in the park,  even though we had a gorgeous, sunny day....  NOTE: I'm not sure we have ever  been to this (the main) overlook in the park without lots of people around.  Amazing!

My Honey-Pie standing at the overlook with views of Fall Creek Falls,  4/22/19;

A view of Fall Creek Falls (left) and Coon Creek Falls  (right) on 4/22/19

He caught me SITTING again... BUT--what an awesome place to enjoy nature...

On April 22--we had almost NO new leaves on our big trees at home yet (we do now).   SO---I was so excited at seeing leaves on the trees at Fall Creek Falls that day, that I just HAD to take a picture of the sun coming through the trees... Isn't that just SO beautiful?

George's favorite area of the park,  named after HIM of course!!!!!! ha;   This is where we were on April 21, 2001--sitting on a blanket in the grass,  when I got my first KISS.....   WOW!!!!   (taken on 4/22/19)

At the George Hole area--where I enjoy searching for birds that live in the rocks along the creek  (4/22/19)

One more picture of a very happy couple,  4/22/19
Hope you enjoyed today's memories..   As you can tell,   this place is so very important to us ---and gets more special with each passing year.

Have an awesome week, my Friends.