Thursday, October 19, 2006

500 Miles Later

Well, I'm back, after spending all day in the mountains of North Carolina yesterday. We drove almost 500 miles yesterday, most of it on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our group consisted of me, my friends Gloria, Judy & Joyce. The leaves were absolutely beautiful; golds, reds, oranges, yellow and burgundy! God created such a beautiful world for us, it just filled me with wonder to gaze out over the mountains and look at all of those incredible sights. I thank my Lord for such a wondrous gift and give Him praise and glory! It was a beautiful day, sunshine and mild temperatures. We all had a great time, and enjoyed a late lunch at the Pisgah Inn at Mt. Pisgah. I had grilled shrimp with sun-dried tomato sauce served with yellow rice, and candied carrots. Then, for dessert we all had Chocolate French Silk Pie all the way, meaning it was served with sliced almonds, sliced fresh strawberries & whipped cream and vanilla ice cream! Decadent, but I loved every bite (and will probably gain 5 lbs!). I do not usually eat dessert, but as tomorrow is my birthday, my friends convinced me that I really needed the dessert. Truthfully, it was not too hard to talk me into having it!

I am posting a bit early today, after being gone all day yesterday (we left at 8:00 a.m. and I got home at 10:00 p.m.) I have quite a few errands to do today, in addition to raking leaves. Oh yes, it is that time! I really rather enjoy it, I love being outside and I have found that if I rake them every few days it is much easier than waiting and having tons of them to rake.

I am also planning to leave this afternoon about 4:00 to visit and spend the night with my friend Denise. She has a cottage at the lake and we have decided it is time to un-wind and have some girl time!! We always have a great time and I am looking forward to it. She is actually my ex-sister-in-law, after she & my late brother divorced we remained friends. We have surely had some good times together, my entire family is close and she & her husband Tony seem like a part of our family due to Denise & my brother's only daughter. I know, this is complicated, but since I don't have children my niece has always seemed more like a daughter and I claim her children as my grandchildren. So, that means Denise & I share "our" grandchildren. Aren't you finding this boring? End of this conversation!

I want to thank everyone who has commented (and Janet, I am so sorry, but I deleted your comment by mistake...I apologize and promise I will not do that again) and I ask that you remember Claudia in your prayers tomorrow. She is hoping and trusting in God that whatever problem the doctor might find will be able to be corrected. She is such a fun person, and also a very spiritual person. I know that God has the power to make her well, and am praying that He will do so. Her husand Jerrell is supposed to let me know how everything goes sometime tomorrow. Therefore, I will probably wait until I hear from him before I post, it might be late tomorrow but I will let everyone know how she is doing as soon as I find out.

God is good....my pastor tells us that every Sunday, and it is so true!

6 comments:

Ordinary Janet said...

That's OK-just don't let it happen again! ;-) You're doing a good job! I liked your report on your trip. Sounds like a great time was had by all!

I will have Claudia in my thoughts tomorrow and will be checking for updates here.

Anonymous said...

Janet, I was finally able to retrieve your comment, I have published it. Blogging is a whole new experience for me, and I still have a lot to learn! I'm just grateful that Claudia's faithful readers are giving me a chance, and hopefully I will learn as I go! I have been reading your blog for some time, and enjoy it so much. Maybe one of these days I will decide to do one of my own. I hope I have really good news to post about Claudia tomorrow.

Grammie said...

Nice post....it made me hungry reading your food descriptions! : )
My prayers are with Claudia tomorrow...thanks for keeping us updated.

Gattina said...

You do very well, really ! congratulations. I am not to keen about autumn and colorful leaves as it is a sign of the forthcoming winter !

I will think of Claudia and wish her all the best for her today !

Ordinary Janet said...

waiting for news...

Teresa said...

Happy birthday and enjoy your time with Denise. Friends are so important in life. You should start your own blog, you're doing a wonderful job!