Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header this month shows the early morning sunshine shining on the mountain ranges, taken from our balcony at Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway not far from Asheville, North Carolina (9/26/19). I took this amazing shot with my iPhone!!!!

Monday, October 14, 2019

A Kentucky Trip with Good Friends (October 7-9, 2019)

Our good friends,  Neal and Patti
Hello Blog Friends,   There's nothing better in life than visiting with family and/or friends.   We met with great friends,  Neal and Patti, at a little cabin in Cave City, Kentucky for a couple of days of FUN, FELLOWSHIP and FOOD.... We had a huge amount of all three of those!!!!!! I never laughed so much in my life,  never talked so much, and never ate so much!!!!!!!! ha ha ha....  It was GREAT...

Cave City is near Mammoth Cave National Park, and when the four of us visit that area,  we don't do what most visitors do at Mammoth Cave. We don't tour the caves.  Instead we love the other areas of the park....   SO --today I'll share some of our little trip with you and show you around the area and around out little cabin.. Hope you enjoy seeing a little piece of southern Kentucky.

We took a little hike on the Sand Cave Trail.

This is SAND CAVE....   Don't think I want to go into that cave.  You?

Patti (she is SO tiny and cute),  Neal and George along the Sand Cave Trail

We also walked around the Sloans Crossing Pond... This little froggie was enjoying the day!!!!

Our little cabin on the hill near  Mammoth Cave National Park;  The Cabin was TINY for four of us adults---but the view was AWESOME.

The view of the valley below from our porch

Looking the other way from the porch;  See the field of cows below?  

We all got up early on the 8th to see a beautiful SUNRISE... WOW---it was awesome.

BEFORE the sun popped up,  this was the early morning sky!   Neat,  don't you think?

Want to travel down this road with me????  These are the kind of roads I LOVE to explore as we traveled back into the deep woods.

This is what we saw at the end of that little road (in the picture above)... This is Good Spring Baptist Church --established in 1842.

We also visited the Nolin River Lake (and dam).  Gorgeous day in Kentucky!!!

We didn't see much Fall Color that week --but here's one tree trying to show off some of its yellows and oranges.

Want to come and have a picnic with us --and wait to see the sunset?????  This picture was taken  from our porch the late afternoon on Oct.8...

Taken from our porch the same late afternoon (as the picture above);   There's more Fall color when the sun hits those trees...

 SUNSET the evening of October 8;  Such a gorgeous sky!!!

One more picture of the SUNRISE on October 8--since I managed to take a huge bunch of pictures... ha ha

Us at the Mammoth Cave sign!!!!!
We 'forgot' to try to get a picture of the four of us together --like we usually do --but they took a picture of us and we took a picture of them at the sign.....

The weather was good... It was drizzly and cool the day we got there (7th)... That's why we all have on our rain jackets.... The next day when we spent the day out-and-about,  the weather was PERFECT  (sunny and temps in the low 70's).....

Several of you have asked about my health...   My heart rate is still GOOD (normal sinus rhythm) --and I feel good... I'm off all of the powerful medications except the blood thinner (Xarelto) which I'll be on for the remainder of my life. A Fib is never completely cured --and can come back at anytime....  SO---if it ever does come back,  the Xarelto keeps me from having a stroke (which, as you know, is a good thing NOT to have)....  SO----other than getting older and slower and having less energy ---I'm doing fine!!!!!  Thanks for asking.

Have an awesome week --and catch up with some friends SOON...  It's just SO much fun!!!


Monday, October 7, 2019

More Beautiful ROSES in our Yard ---Part II

Hello Blog Friends/Family... Hope your October is going well SO FAR.   We finally have some Fall-like weather here in Tennessee  after  a long long September of record breaking heat and drought....Hopefully our October will be much much nicer!!!!!

I am posting Part II of the ROSES in our yard this year... IF you missed Part I,  click HERE.   I think we have had about 69 different ROSES to bloom this year.   I can't possibly choose a favorite one --since I love them all.

Today's ROSE pictures were taken from June 11 through July 10... Sit back and ENJOY!!!!!

PINK PEACE--6/15/19

LEMON SPICE--6/15/19  (This one has been in our yard many years and is usually one of the first to bloom in the Spring.)

SEVENTH HEAVEN--6/25/19   (New in our yard this year; Love the colors)

SHEER MAGIC--7/10/19

WINTER SUN --6/16/19

ABOUT FACE--6/27/19   (Love this one and its name;  The underneath part of the petals are that dark rose color and when the rose opens up, the upper part of the petals are a tannish-yellow color...Amazing little rose that has been in our yard for many years.)

ALEC'S RED--7/07/19   (another little beauty which has been in our yard for many years,  and this bright red rose has an incredible fragrance)


TIFFANY--7/10/19 (LOVE the color of this rose)

CRESCENDO--7/1/19  (always a pretty bloomer)


COLOR MAGIC --6/18/19  (new in our yard this year;  Isn't it pretty?)
Hope you enjoyed seeing more of our amazing ROSES.... They have even done well during our heat wave and drought (thanks to George for watering them and taking such good care of them...

My son, Mark,   participated in the WALK for SUICIDE PREVENTION on Oct. 5 in Knoxville, TN. He was one of the speakers...  I have a video of his speech and have listened to it several times.  Debbie was such an amazing woman --and had so much to live for... She is greatly missed not only by Mark --but by many many friends and family members... I am so proud of Mark for doing this to raise awareness when it comes to Mental Illness.

Have an awesome week,  and reach out to help someone who may need your love/help...


Monday, September 30, 2019

Peaks of Otter, VA (8/5/19) -Part II

Looking up to SHARP TOP peak;  We didn't have time to go to the top of Sharp Top this trip--but we will stay an extra day next year so that we can get back up there!!!
Dear Friends,   Since last week,  George and I have taken another short trip.   We enjoyed staying at the Pisgah Inn along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville,  North Carolina,  for a few days.....  We had terrific  weather there with some cooler temperatures up on that mountain.  Loved it!!!!

BUT--today I am going to share Part II of my pictures from the Peaks of Otter on my birthday (8/5/19)....  IF you missed Part I,  click HERE to see those pictures first....

Hope you enjoy Part II from this amazing place!!!!

This is a close up of the top of Sharp Top Mountain.   They provide a bus which takes us part of the way up that mountain --and then we hike the remainder in order to get to the top.  (OR --you can hike up the entire mountain!!!!)

This is us taken from the peak of Sharp Top ---taken on a previous trip to the Peaks of Otter...  We opted to take the bus up and then hike the rest of the way....

Our view from the top of Sharp Top---looking down at Lake Abbott.  You can see the lodge housing down there... Isn't it gorgeous from up there???   That's why we want to do it AGAIN next year.

A view from our balcony of  Lake Abbott

One of our TWO walks around Lake Abbott on the day we were there... We were coming out of our lodge building and heading down to the walking path... 

As we walked around the lake,   I took this picture of the main lodge building  (check-ins and restaurant there).

Love the reflections in the water in this picture;   The Peaks of Otter is a great place to just RELAX... People here were enjoying the big campfire!!!

The Birthday Girl on our walk across the lake.

Lodging at Peaks of Otter;  Our room was on 2nd floor in Building 1 (on the left)

I took this picture of George on our walk around the lake.

Walking around the lake gives us so many pretty views from all directions.

A big dinner for the Birthday Girl;  That Pork Chop was INCREDIBLE --but too big for one meal.  We took a bunch home with us for more dinners!!!!!! 

After that big meal,  we just HAD to take another walk around the lake (1 mile)!!!!    AND---this time we stopped and enjoyed the FirePit for a little while.... NO---I'm not on fire ---even though it looks that way!!!!! ha ha 

A beautiful sunset across Lake Abbott --after a beautiful day...
Good Night from the Peaks Of Otter!!!!!  Hope you enjoyed all of my photos...

Have an awesome week!!!!!