Thursday, April 20, 2017

Come Ride With Me

"Time to saddle up n' ride away...
We'll run the hills and watch the eagles soar...
It's where you want to be...
So tell me just what you're waitin' for.....
Don't worry I know the trails I know the way....
Come Ride With Me...."(Lyrics by Dave Stamey)

Today was my longest bike-ride distance this year!
(15.8 miles)

The scenery was beautiful. The crowds were minimal.
We stopped several time to smell the flowers.

The clouds that were forming above, meant imminent storms......but we didn't seem to care!

The ROANOKE VALLEY GREENWAYS are indeed stellar attractions for my home town!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Intricacies of Nature Part 2

Getting down on the ground with Mother Nature is an experience.
Never mind the dirt, ticks, and bugs.
Oh yes, there's the greenish-yellowish crud that's filling my lungs.
And my eyes are itchy and red.
And getting up from the ground has more complications now, than ever before.
It takes longer.

But as long as I have the desire and strength, I'll keep on keepin' on!
Because, once I'm stretched 'flat-out' on the ground, the intricacies of nature come alive for me!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Intricacies Of Nature

INTRICATE: having many interrelated parts or facets.
Nature provides us with infinite opportunities to view the intricacies of nature....
if we take the time to look!
Today, traveling by foot with camera and tripod in hand, I ventured out my back door, never
leaving my yard!

All around us, we see it every day, but hardly observe it.... the intricacies of nature.

Our area forecast predicts opportunities to be outdoors this week!
Take advantage of it.
Open your eyes to the beauty of nature.
The intricacies of nature are astounding.
The best possible way to know what is going on around you is to slow down. Start noticing details.
There's a whole new world outside your back door!

At the end of the afternoon, I put away my camera.
It was then that I realized I could still see this new world.
I just never looked before!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Party Central at THE OAKS at Richfield

I'm reflecting on this past Sunday, as are all of the members of my family!
My heart is soaring with jubilation and gratitude!
What a glorious way to celebrate a 90th birthday!
Joy.... that family could be together.
Joy.... that some of her long time friends could visit with her.
Joy.... that her new friends at The Oaks were able to attend.
Count it all joy!
En-JOY the following photos, and quotes about JOY!
~~~~~'Party Central at Richfield'~~~~~
"A thing of beauty is a JOY forever."

"JOY is not in things; it is in us"

"Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is JOY enough."

"JOY is the simplest form of gratitude."

Sometimes JOY is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your JOY.

"Make a JOYFUL noise."

 "Resolve to keep happy; your JOY will form an invisible host against difficulties."

"JOY is the infallible sign of the presence of God."

"JOY multiplies when it is shared among friends."

"To get the full value of JOY, you must have someone to divide it with."

"Happiness is part of who we are JOY is the feeling."

"Do good, live in the most positive and JOYful way possible every day."

"To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with JOY."

"A flower blossoms for its own JOY."

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy 90th Birthday to My Mom~

Meet my Mom.... Mary Lee Anderson Hamilton.
Many of my friends have known her for years, some for just awhile.
Me? I've known her all of my life!
Today is her special day. SHE IS 90. March 22, 1927.
A nonagenarian.
Can you imagine being 90 years old?
That's 32, 871 days!
That's 788,923 hours!
That's 47,304,000 minutes!
My 3 sisters, Kitty, Nancy, and Judy have known her all of their lives as well! (HAHA). Here are a few photos of the 'girls'... a blast from the past!
Kitty, Nancy, TK, Judy, and flower girl Selena

Dad, Kitty, Nancy, Judy, TK, Mom

Judy, TK, Nancy, Kitty, Dad and Mom

Mom has 4 super-duper son-in-laws --> John, Ron, Grant, and Jim.(Bless their sweet hearts, they've endured/suffered/lived through/withstood/just about everything.... and they keep hanging around!)
John, Ron, Grant, Jim

Mom is blessed with 9 grandchildren---> Walter, Sarah, Lauren, James, Cameron, Carter, Taylor, Kelsey, and Mary Kathryn.

Four of the grandchildren are married. Their spouses are Stephanie, Brian, Andrew, and Jennifer.

Oh, there's more!
She has 5 great-grandchildren---> Ethan, Carson, Landon, Katelyn, and Wyatt.

And she has 1 niece and 2 nephews: Hortense, Craig Jr, Eddie.(OK cousins, go ahead and kill me for posting this, but you have to catch me first!)
Eddie, Kitty, Judy, Hortense, Nancy, TK, Craigie

Pheeeewwww! What a clan! I'm thinking out loud here, that we probably need name tags, birthdates, and email addresses.(Getting this group together is a task, but we manage to do it, BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT!)
Mom weathered through weddings, graduations, surgeries, recitals, birthdays, church activities, and holidays with us.(and she didn't get her drivers licence until I was 18! Let that soak in for a minute.) It will always remain a mystery to me, how she managed to juggle the care of so many other family members, as well as my sisters, and Dad #atthesametime. Did I mention her corn pudding, cole slaw, and stuffing could not be beat? She was always in the kitchen, cooking, serving, cooking, serving....."Mom, would you please sit down and eat!"

Mom not only met our physical needs, she taught us to stand on our own, think for ourselves, and be independent. How could we be anything else!
Seriously.... with 4 girls in the family?
My first clue to becoming independent (I am the oldest), and standing on my own, was meeting my younger sister, Judy. It didn't take long for me to realize that I would never be an only child. Then along came Nancy, then Kitty. By that time, it was sink or swim! Mom cared for my paternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, maternal grandmother, and great aunt (residing in our home for designated amounts of time.

Mom was and still is very excited for our successes and accomplishments.
When we failed, it was "Well, what did you learn? Do better, next time!"
"If you can imagine it, you can have it!"
"Be true to yourself."
"It's not a crime to pamper yourself when life gets too stressful."
"If you girls are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
"You sit there until all that spinach is gone."
"Wait until your Father gets home!"
I will take the liberty to speak for my sisters Judy, Nancy, and Kitty when I write that Mom has always been there for us.
She lived in her home, and drove her car, until September 2015.
Health issues and safety concerns moved Mom to THE OAKS Assisted Living at Richfield.
She has a beautiful room, has reached out to some new friends, and is making her life the best.
Her eye sight is excellent, and her mind is as sharp as a tact.

For all that you've done and everything that you are,

I'll update the photo below after the big celebration this weekend!.... and keeping fingers crossed that the camera lens will include everyone!

"Her children rise up and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28