Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

Meeting an Old Friend for the First Time

January 5, 2015
Betsy, Ruth and Gwen at Cracker Barrel, Nashville, Tennessee.  December 29, 2014.

Betsy, Ruth and Gwen at Cracker Barrel, Nashville, Tennessee. December 29, 2014.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

Betsy and I celebrated the holidays by meeting a blog friend in person.  We have both followed Ruth for several years, and she quickly became a friend whom we enjoyed visiting on world wide web.  Ruth is a marvelous photographer, and you can  check out her beautiful blog HERE.

Ruth lives in western Canada, so when we learned several weeks ago that Ruth and her friend Gwen would be attending a gospel music convention in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, we couldn’t let her get that close without meeting her in person, so we made plans to meet them.

Since neither Ruth nor Glen had ever been to Tennessee, we took them to Cracker Barrel for some good southern eating.  Although we introduced them to cornbread and chicken and dumplings, the highpoint of the evening was talking as only friends can talk.

Ruth and Betsy, Nashville, Tennessee.  December 29, 2014.

Ruth and Betsy, Nashville, Tennessee. December 29, 2014.

Ruth mentioned that she would like to get back to Tennessee with her son some day.  We hope she makes it so we can show her the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee.  Of course, we warned her that one of these days we might show up on her doorstep in Manitoba.

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Thankful for Blogging Friends

October 27, 2010

Mildred, John and Harriet on the porch of their home. October 25, 2010.

Betsy and I were fortunate to be able to enjoy an early Thanksgiving this past Monday.  We had planned to meet blog friend Mildred and her husband, John, at their home in northern Georgia.  What we didn’t know was that Mildred had a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch planned for us.  The lunch was delicious and was topped off with a new treat for me — pumpkin ice cream on pumpkin coffee cake.

One reason we went down to visit them was that John has been having some health problems and we have been thinking and praying for the two of them.

The picture above shows Mildred and John with Harriet, the third member of their family.

This scarecrow welcomed us to Mildred and John's home.

Mildred is very creative and talented (in addition to being a great cook) and had this welcome set up for us on their screened-in porch.

Betsy and Harriet. October 25, 2010.

We had a wonderful visit with Mildred and John.  And, as you can see, Betsy found a new best friend while we were there.

Both Betsy and I are very thankful for blogger friends.

It’s Going to be Hard to Leave

May 28, 2009
Big Rose Bed, Fairfield Glade.  May 23, 2009.

Big Rose Bed, Fairfield Glade. May 23, 2009.

The picture above shows some of the roses in our large rose bed.  That bed contains 22 roses, but not all of them have bloomed yet.  But I can say that scenes like this make all the work very worthwhile.

Betsy and I are going to be visiting friends for a couple of days.  Judy and Charlie have a cabin in the western North Carolina and we’re going over there later today.  We met Judy and Charlie when Betsy and I lived in Hendersonville.  They still live there, but we have remained close.

This visit is for relaxation and to give Betsy and Judy an opportunity to ‘talk’.  Whether the talking will leave time for eating and sleeping remains to be seen.

I don’t think this trip will include any waterfall visits, although there are several in the area.  I’m taking some reading and may even get in a nap or two.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

I Want to Win This

November 21, 2008
Cranberry Pecan Bread.  Yummy!!!

Cranberry Pecan Bread. Yummy!!!

Betsy has been writing a blog longer than I have and she has met many other bloggers through her own blog.  Lately she has been sharing some of those links with me, and I must admit that all of them are interesting and some of them feature absolutely gorgeous photography.  (I’m jealous, but that’s another story.)

One of the bloggers Betsy told me about is a woman from Michigan named Shelley.    Shelley actually writes three different blogs and maintains another site.  She talks about living in northern Michigan and has some great pictures as well.

Shelly is doing something interesting — she’s having a giveaway!  As she says on her blog Building a Log Cabin,   “There is a special place called Zingerman’s located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have the best deli and bakehouse in the state in my opinion. In fact, their breads were voted one of the Top 12 Mail Order Bread sources in America! Every year during the holiday season they come out with this Cranberry Pecan Bread – it is so yummy that they have a waiting list for this bread! You have to try this stuff! In fact, I’m going to have a loaf shipped from Zingerman’s to the winner of this Giveaway!

I’m sure many people have entered this giveaway, but I’m really hoping that I win.  In my younger days (before I had to worry about high cholesterol and things like that) I used to make sour dough bread for my family.  Although I stay away from breads more than I used to, I still love the smell of fresh-baked bread.  If I win Shelley’s giveaway I promise to do justice to the prize!

To see Shelley’s blog (and enter the giveaway) click on BUILDING A LOG CABIN.  Links to her other blogs can be found on the right side of her page.