Sunday, November 4, 2012

Friendship



As I was driving from mass this beautiful fall morning, I was thinking about friendships.  I know the bible has a lot to say about friendships. 
One of my favorite is in (Proverbs 18:24).

 Some friendships don't last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers.
  
I believe this really says lots about the people we meet in our life.

 We meet some people  and become great pals and others may come and go and we wonder what happened. Some friendships are meant for a short time and others may last a lifetime. One never knows when you meet that person.  Growing up in a small town, I still run across a childhood friend and we cherish warm memories of childhood as if it was yesterday. 

 (Sirath :615) A faithful friend are beyond price, no amount can balance their worth.
A healthy friendship is too valuable to give up on.
A valued friend is someone that we can be ourselves with and not worry about being judged.

A few of my best friends I met much later in life. 
They have stood by me in times of pain as well as joy.
When you are down and out, it is easy to tell who they are.
When my husband and I both had surgery a few years back, we both were blessed with the kindness of faithful friends that helped us during this difficult time and wanted nothing in return but friendship.
                             Proverbs(13:20 )
                            He who walks with wise grow wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

                         I have had and have many wise friends over the years which I call mentors.                                                                            I have learned much from them.  They have taught me how to live, love and laugh. A few that come to mind were little old ladies in my garden club. They have passed now, but they knew how to live and be a friend. They were so much fun to be around they brought out the best in everyone.  And yes, I have walked with a couple of foolish friends and know their negativity was not a good influence, so it was time to move on. With some people, it is just too much work to stay friends. I Love them, but it best to let them go.

This brings me to (Proverbs 18:24)  that is about honesty in friendship. 
An honest answer is a sign of true friendship. 
If you can not be honest with each other, what can you build a relationship on? 
If you cant not be honest with your friend, who then?  Keep it real.  Friends should bring out the best in each other.
                                 I believe you can learn from each of your friendships. I feel you can grow and learn, even from the ones that hurt you.There is always a lesson to be learned. It may help you  too appreciate what friends you have in your life. 
Letting go can be hard, but sometimes necessary.  As they say, when one doors shuts, another opens. 
I have made many new wonderful friends on the web with my Blog, Facebook and playing  Scrabble.  It has restored my faith in believing that most people are good. I hope you enjoyed my lovely church pictures of Murray, Kentucky.  Have a blessed week and make a new friend.
And Yes, I married my best friend Bill.  
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall At The Bitlmore in Asheville, North Carolina

Come and join me at the Bitlmore 
in Asheville, North Carolina.

We took a few days off and headed southeast to one of my favorite places, Asheville, North Carolina 

I have always wanted to see the Biltmore in the Fall 
and like the Spring, Summer and Christmas, I was not disappointed.
Fredric Olmsted created the bath pond so the guests could enjoy.
He was the landscape architect.

The house is majestic from every angle.

This view is from the back of the house.

This is just a fuller view of the side of the house.

The mums in the garden were stunning.
This is a huge European Birch tree.

The colors were sharply contrasting 
in this Japanese Maple.



                                                    The gardens were breath taking.
This is the Library South Terrace.

This view is from looking up from the gardens.


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Wouldn't you like to have a patio like this?

On Christmas Eve 1895, George Vanderbilt officially opened Biltmore House.
Three years later, he brought his bride home.

In 1900, there only child, Cornelia was born here.

In 1914, George Vanderbilt died.

He brought artisans from Europe to produce the architectural details.

We stayed a night at the Biltmore Inn.


The conservatory was designed by architect Richard Hunt. It has a glass roof.

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Canadian Geese stopped for a visit.

The next night we stayed with a friend 
that purchased a house
 on a mountain in Asheville with a breathtaking view.


                                                      We really enjoyed our visit. 
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hiking In Kentucky

As many of you know, I have been exercising
each day since summer. It is paying off.
Today was too pretty to stay in the gym. I took a long walk  in my neighbor hood. Come and join me.

The fall days have been so beautiful here.
I am feeling and looking great.

With my music blasting in my ear, I could not stop and go in. So I decided to drive down to the lake, walk some more, and take some more photos. 

This is the Land Between the lakes, Kentucky Lake. The sky was a brilliant blue with  the sun peaking in and out all day. 

 The ground was covered in walnuts, acorns, and pecans.
The squirrels were busy gathering the for the winter.

The sun kept peeking in and out that made a stunning fall silhouette.

I think the best things in life are free.

The sweet gum tree adds lots of color to the palette. 

Isn't being in Love Grand!
I guess I am a hopeless romantic.

The scenes kept changing as I kept hiking.

This trail leads to Golden Pond.

The light and shadows produce an enchanting serene feeling. 

This is called Golden Pond.

I could spend weeks here just hiking and observing.

Mistletoe! I need someone to Kiss.
I am just a hopeless romantic.


Here is a beautiful Persimmon tree. Did you know persimmons are not good to eat until after the first frost. They are sour now.


How about a blast of bright red?

Deep in the woods I have seen deer, rabbits, squirrels, and even an eagle that was soaring.

I wish I could build a campfire and spend the night.

This is an American Beauty Bush .

It is time to head back home.
I have had a wonderful day.
Thanks for all the text responses to my affair in the previous post.

What wonderful news for me!
No school tomorrow! I can blog all night !  

No, I guess I should decorate for Halloween. 

I knew someone was watching me.
I thought it was my new jeans.
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