Saturday, June 30, 2007

Friday, June 29, 2007

Words to Live By

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"From what we get, we can make a living. What we give, however, makes a life."

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Carrie

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I've been working all day on my portrait galleries for my indefinately under construction website. This is my friend, Carrie, on her 10th birthday.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Blue Mountains

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Today I got to be the Minister of Fun AND a "Trail Angel." Briana, Dylan, and I delivered a food drop to friends who are backpacking on the AT (Appalachian Trail) this week. In turn, they invited us to share their dinner of Hobo packs with them. Before dinner, we enjoyed hiking two more trails at Grayson Highlands: the Twin Pinnacle Trail which leads to the highest points in the park (and a breathtaking 360 degree view encompassing the peaks that we hiked last week) and the Big Wilson Creek Trail where I managed to drop my camera battery in the creek and took an icy, bone-throbbing plunge to recover it.

Have you ever heard of "Letterboxing?" Briana and Dylan have turned me on to this hobby which is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming treasure hunt style outdoor quest. There are 2 letterboxes located in Grayson Highlands and today we found the "Between the Pinnacles" box. We picked up a "Hitch-hiker" from the box and have decided that we want to send it on its way in a new box that we are going to place. We will have to create a unique stamp for the box, first.

Here is the view looking north from the Big Pinnacle:
So that's why they call them the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Who can explain how this tree can be growing on top of a boulder?


Examining the contents of the Letterbox.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I'm a Winner!

This ad ran in the Richmond Times-Dispatch yesterday.

They will display a framed print in the Glory Days Grill in Richmond.

Charleston Potpourri

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Some random shots form Charleston:
First, My beautirul niece, Kylie Marie

What a thoughtful, great city to build this for her wilted visitors! You have to feel the heat and humidity to appreciate how wonderful a walk through the fountain felt!

Charleston is famous for its bounty of intricate ironwork.

This magnificent live oak is in Anne's yard on Sullivan's Island. Anne believes that it may be the oldest one on the island.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Charleston Revisited

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It's been a whirlwind trip to Charleston for the McPhersons to celebrate our sister's retirement. Isn't she radiant?


Congratulations, Lilless! I'll be working on your slideshow tomorrow.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Smile!

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I'm smiling because we are leaving for Charleston in a few minutes! My first beach fix of the summer. McPhersons are gathering to celebrate with Lilless on the occasion of her retirement from teaching at the Medical University of South Carolina. It's not likely that I will have internet while I'm there, so don't go away! I'll be back Sunday.

Menagerie

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Babies are SOOOOO cute!!! No matter what size or what kind. Today, Agape and I rode down to Ennice to see a new foul.






And Agape was thrilled to "practice" riding before she goes to Camp VA Jaycees. (I took a short ride, too, but it ain't purty, so you're not going to see it here!)



Here's some more babies:


And here are our resident babies, Mata Hari and McMuffin McPherson (though they are not really babies any more.) Aren't they just the epitome of the Lazy Days of Summer?




Last, but not least, we got to see the US of A's multi-billion dollar babies streak across the clear evening sky, but I don't have a picture of that. The space station and shuttle were but a mere bright speck in the night.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Yum!

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I'm sharing my anniversary dinner dessert with you tonight, fresh from the Petticoats and Petit Fours Tea Room.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Wilburn Ridge Ponies

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Another shot from Grayson Highlands last Friday.
Just a puzzle for you because tonight I'm too tired AND way too hot!!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fun at Byllsby wth the Special Olympics Team

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It was fun, but I am way too tired to talk about it!


Tea Time

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Today is our wedding anniversary (#34) and David's birthday. We have a cherished tradition of celebrating with Ken and Kay since our anniversaries fall on the same week. This year, Kay planned a mystery trip for us to Salem. We relaxed a short time at a lovely little duck pond park, then went to the Petticoats and Petit Fours Tea Room for dinner. We had a delicious meal, a delightful hostess, and a completely charming experience. Now I want to take all my little girl friends up there for a tea party. This place was the motherload of stuff that little girls dream of!

Here's a few pics. Click here for more.



Friday, June 15, 2007

Rooftop of Virginia

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That's where we went today: to Mt. Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia. Finally, after living here for 28 years, I have feasted my eyes upon the blooms at Rhododendron Gap, and it was, indeed, a sight to behold.
The view from Rhododendron Gap


and a few photos, of course!




The wild horses had taken over the Thomas Knob shelter.

Watching the storm roll in.