Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to JULY!!!! Our Lilies are blooming now... So gorgeous!!! Here is one of my many favorites! Meet DIZZY.

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?