Saturday, January 3, 2015

Aunt Katherine's 90th birthday celebration, January 3

In the atrium of Faith Baptist Church of Taylors; Tom is emceeing.

Joanna and Steve, now living with her mom, to take care of her

Uncle Jim and Aunt Dee lead off the yummy hors d'oeuvres line.
                                                    Yummy refers to the food, not the people.
The foncy cupcakes

Joanna, Linda, and Becky with Aunt Katherine

A wedding portrait among others decorating the balloons

Phebe pauses for the pushy photographer.

I think I heard there were 1,000 photos on the two monitors

My cousins--Sarah, Rachel, Becky, (Uncle Tim's) Linda, and Debby with me

Ohh, do you think the caterer would share the recipe for the spinach dip? Best I ever had, so probably not!

Julie speaking to Grace

The kids with their mom.
 Priscilla, David, Phillip, Rachel, Becky, Joanna, Lois, Phebe, Lydia, Stephen, Sarah, Debby, and Tom

Uncle Jim with his wife, two children--Jim and Julie--and daughter-in-law, from FL, NC, and SC

Our Christmas lights.

They light up our house.

These light up the yard. Or would if Sapphire's weren't on low beam.

Caroling with Bush River Baptist at Springfield Place.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


The trampoline, which not only exercises, but does a great job with lay-flat laundry
The nice clerk at the post office leaning across and giving my clerk the pretty stamps I wanted
Being able to find natural healing methods for an injury immediately, off the Internet
A friendly neighbor that takes me out to lunch
A thrift store find of a cooler, just the size I wanted
Good pans for a small price at a retirement yard sale
A Florida alligator who had the prudence not to come up on the bank near me
Thoughtful gifts from my Secret Sister
Photos that bring back delightful memories
Free anti-virus protection
Finally meeting family friends from way, way back (before I was even born)
A lovable mama pit-bull named Sweet Pea curling up in my lap and going to sleep
Delightful sisters-in-law
Non-ethanol gas that makes my lawn mower work better and last longer
The majestic beauty of Black Rock Mountain
The warmth of sunlight on a cool fall day
My solid black Lab when she’s not running a con to get more food
Digital photo books
The godly, hardworking Duggar Family, with their nineteen kids
The computers in Heathrow Airport, London--“dinosaur” though they were--they worked, sort of
The ticket agent that rerouted me without charging me for the new ticket
That my purse wasn’t stolen when I left it in the horse carriage in downtown Cape Town
Hiking with Vicki and watching the sail-kayaks scoot along the vlei
Pretty, colorful scarves
Bufflesfonteine Safari and gawking at the huge South African rhino
Gorgeous fall foliage, while walking the Three Rivers Greenway, Spanish moss draped over branches of oak
Numerous turtles covering logs and rocks in the river which reflects the vivid blueness of the October sky
 Kleenexes that have decent thickness to them
Gas station attendant’s response to tract I gave her: “I like ‘funny but good Christian!‘”
A friend’s husband who will come do jobs for us that we can’t do
Useful tips on dog training
My kind and clever cousins coming down to repair our three stoves that all stopped working at once
A neighbor’s dog who watches for me as they walk past my house, and sits down to wait
Best of all, God’s amazing love for me!   

 Posing in front of the Christmas lights on the square. Which are now out due to a power outage.

 David and Philip with their mom

 The accommodating brothers when Missy tries to take their picture

 Stephen, Lydia, and their mom share a joke.

Satiated with a sumptuous dinner!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Far Above Rubies Ladies' retreat

Jubilee Center at Cedine Bible Camp, overlooking Watts Bar Lake, on the Tennessee River

It's fall!  October 2-4, the Far Above Rubies retreat.
Right next to the Center

The theme for this year's retreat was the circus. The clown is doing tricks with Brother Ed.

The dining room, which shows a pictured history of Cedine Bible Camp.

Looking out the dining room windows at the galloping horses.
Each guest was equipped with a spare nose.

On the pontoon, touring the lake.

Bird Island, with a hunting blind, which is most of the time inhabited by birds with their spacious nests.

Our favorite part of the retreat--talks by Margaret Springer, missionary to headhunters in Irian Jaya.

Margaret singing a duet with Mina, not by choice. She made sure that someone recorded the event with snapshot, as she claims she can't sing, and here she was singing with famed soloist Mina Oglesby.

Yeah, I'm an emu, and whatcha got to say about it?!

The less ferocious Nubian, looking for a handout.

Grace shooting me as I shoot her in the equestrian arena.
Grace in the handbell choir.

My man the clown, who, I believe, has heard Small Paul preach.

Grace House

Lana and me as we prepare to leave.

Beautiful fall scenery at a rest area.

My Far Above Rubies clown.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BIRTHDAY JOY in the mountains

The birthday trip was over 320 miles, and I drove the whole route. Nerve-wracking for Grace and Becky, I suppose.
Ah, Black Rock Mountain, with its breathtaking vistas from the parking lot.

Great photo ops!

Bright blossoms bring color to the scenery.

Now to actually hike.

The morning sun didn't scorch us. Here it tends to be 20 degrees cooler than Central Georgia.

"The light at the end of the tunnel is simply not all it's cracked up to be. I'm leaving."

The information we were given doesn't seem to be correct as to how to get to
the falls.
Finally heading down to the car to find the lake.

The quaint church up near the dam.

Thunder rolled across the mountains, warning us not to go on the trail around the lake and risk getting our cameras wet.

"The paparazzi follows me EVERYwhere. The price of beauty, I suppose."
He does!!