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.




Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Our 20th Wedding Anniversary (6/23/01-6/23/21)

Hello Blog Friends:   These two little ones were both born in 1942.  They lived in two different states and didn't even meet until both of them were age 59.  Both had great lives before they met  BUT--when they finally met,  their lives became even more enriched--TOGETHER!!!!  WOW---what an awesome 20 years this has been for that little girl!!!!   

I truly met one of nicest, most generous, most loving men in the world!  Thank you, George, for coming into my life  and making me an extremely happy and blessed woman.  Hope we can make it for another 20 years!!!!   Now as we begin our 21st year, let's keep on laughing, loving and searching for waterfalls!!!!  I love and adore you,  George Emery Adams!!!!

Hope you enjoy seeing my pictures today --with just a sampling of how great this 20 years has been.  Stop on each picture,  click on it --and my explanation will pop up!!!!!  ENJOY!!

Finally,  here is our latest picture,  taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina ON our Anniversary (June 23, 2021).  We spent several days of celebration last week at the Pisgah Inn (near Asheville, NC)...  Had a fantastic time!!!


One more piece of GREAT NEWS:   While we were celebrating in Pisgah,  son Mark and his gal,  Robin,  were vacationing in Charleston, SC.  On OUR Anniversary,  Mark gave Robin a RING--and she said YES!!!!!  George and I are SO happy for both of them... They've been together for quite awhile --and are inseparable!!!  They have so many interests in common.  One of them is to jump into that little red jeep and head out on an adventure!  They take George and me with them VIRTUALLY.   We love it...  Congrats to Mark and Robin!!!!

Here's an adorable picture of a Happy Lady!!!  Mark took Robin to Folly Beach, South Carolina, at sunrise and got on his knees!!!!  (He had asked her two sons -both in their 20's-- ahead of time --asking for their Mom's hand in marriage.)  How cute is that!!!! 

Hope you have an awesome week ahead and Happy 4th of July! 




Monday, June 7, 2021

IRISES in our YARD 2021

Dear Blog Friends,  How are you?  I am doing well now (at least for now)--since I'm on a new medication for my A Fib.... We have also had a very busy month.   First was Mother's Day that you read about in my last post... Then--the next weekend,  we had a big Family Picnic in honor of my youngest son's 50th Birthday... Following on the next two weekends,   we spent a day with Mark and Robin when they were camping at Cumberland Mountain State Park (near us) --and the next week when they were camping at Fall Creek Falls State Park (about an hour's drive south of us)...   It has been a great month --and I love being with family.

Even though our Roses are blooming now,   I don't want to neglect all of our 34 varieties of IRISES we had blooming in our yard between 4/15  and now (6/4) since a few of them are still blooming! Most bloomed by the 20th of May!    SO---I made some collages and am sharing all of them in one Blog post.  Only one bloomed AFTER I made the collages--and that is of course a special one since its name is TENNESSEE VOL.  I included that one near the bottom of the post!

I won't take time to put all of the names on this post --but if you find one you especially like,  just ask and I'll send you the name...  I featured 6 pictures at the bottom --which are favorites of mine. Hope you enjoy seeing our IRISES for 2021...  Hopefully some of them, including ones which haven't bloomed yet,  will re-bloom in the Fall. 

This was a favorite of mine this Spring.  Her name is CONCERTINA and she bloomed and bloomed!!!!

Here is TENNESSEE VOL.   This was the last one to bloom this spring,  and bloomed AFTER I made the Collages...  However,  since I am a Tennessee Vol,  this one is a favorite.

This Iris has been a favorite for several years due to the 'frilly' look she has... Her name is ORANGE HARVEST.

This is one of our new IRISES named PICASO MOON.  I love that gorgeous bright yellow color.

We had this one last year,  but it didn't bloom until now... WOW--it was worth waiting for,  don't you think?  The name is PAPRIKA FONO'S ---and is definitely one of my newer favorites. 

And the WINNER (for me) again this year is BOUNTIFUL HARVEST!!!  I wish all of you could see this one in bloom.   Such an amazing beauty!!!!!


 I hope you enjoyed seeing our IRISES.   These plants/flowers can bring a lot of color to one's yard --and they take very little care.   They just do their own thing --and come back year after year.  The only thing we have to do is to separate them on occasion--when they spread out TOO much!!!!

And for us living here in the woods,  the DEER do not like Irises ---so we gradually have added more Irises and less Tulips (which the deer love)....  

Hope you have a very good JUNE....  We have been so cool here these past few months --but they say that we are supposed to have a VERY HOT summer.... The Roses,  Lilies and Day Lilies LOVE the heat,  but ME?  Not so much!!!!!

My question to you:  Do you have a favorite (or favorites) from this group?