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This wasn’t my first time in Colorado, but oh…
How beautiful the mountains all around!

Every morning when we came down to the lobby for breakfast,
the view was spectacular.

I guess people who live here are pretty much used to it
and don’t pay much attention to it…
But I couldn’t take my eyes off the beauty!  🙂

When I lived close to the Smoky Mountains,
I never got “used” to it.

Every time I went outside, I couldn’t help but smile.
The fall colors!  The Spring!  The summer greens!
It didn’t snow except maybe twice a year,
but everything looked so beautiful!

During the week in Colorado,
the temperatures were pretty cold (at least for me!)
But I walked across the street to a shopping area
where I had lunch everyday.
It was 26* and windy, so I was cold!

I didn’t take my “real” camera with me,
but I managed to get this photo with my cell phone.

I spent the week in a personal prayer retreat during the mornings.
Those times of pulling away from everything
and just being alone with God
was something I longed for.
I feel like it’s “recharging”, literally.

In the evenings, my husband & I got together with friends
for some wonderful times of fellowship.
It was fun and refreshing to spend time with them,
since we rarely get the chance to just relax together
and not be problem-solving or counseling for
serious situations.

It was a blessed time and I’m so thankful I was able to go!

Now it’s back to “real life” but every now & then I remember,
and I just smile.

Happy Thursday, everyone!
xoxo
Daisy

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Fear thou not;
for I am with thee:
be not dismayed;
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee;
yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10

Have a blessed Sunday,

Daisy

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My husband & I recently celebrated out 30th wedding anniversary!!

…to celebrate, we planned a very special trip,
however, things don’t always go as planned,
and I found myself in the ER just two days before
we were scheduled to leave on our trip.

I am so thankful that it was nothing serious and I am recovering.
If you’ve ever been in the ER,
especially if you have a lot of pain,
all kinds of thoughts want to rush in
and fill your mind with visions of what could happen…
It’s not easy to keep those thoughts from taking over.

I thank God that I felt his peace,
His comfort,
and his strength.
…and that I was happily released about 5 hours later!!

We didn’t exactly get to go on the trip we wanted,
but we did go to a nice place and get some fresh air
up in the Blue Ridge Mountains…

We went on a hike and I’d like to show you
some of the things we saw…

 

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It was hard to walk past the pretty flowers
without stopping to take 5-105 photographs…
My husband is a very patient man.

 

 

 

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We came across this bench with a heart shaped by flowers!

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Some of the more steep areas had steps…

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We had a great time!

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Now we’re ready for another 30 years of wedded bliss!!

I am blessed beyond measure!
My husband is my best friend,
he is an amazing person in many ways,

…and we’re still very much in love!

Looking forward to all God has for us!

Daisy

 

 

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…God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;  but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1: 5-9

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My daughter & I recently took a trip together.
It was so much fun!

We wanted to make it a history/quilting/sewing/fun trip.
We planned to visit historical places during the day and in the evenings
we’d quilt or sew.   (We had to go up & down on steep mountain roads,
so we decided we’d rather not do that while it was dark!)
Can you tell we grew up in the city?!

 

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We were able to stay in a friend’s cabin up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
Close to the cabin was a beautiful waterfall.  It wasn’t easy taking a “selfie”, but here we are.  🙂

 

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The third day we were there, it snowed!!
We were in a cozy cabin, with a nice fireplace, so we were happy, quilting…

It was kind of like going on our own Quilting Retreat! 🙂

 

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It wasn’t a lot of snow, but it was beautiful!!
The mountains in the distance and the woods all around us were
covered in a nice blanket of snow.
We were inside, cooking, quilting…
I felt a little like the frontier women of the 1800’s…
quilting, tending the fire, roasting a nice chicken in the oven.  🙂

Thankfully, I didn’t have to kill the chicken myself.
Some of the modern conveniences I am totally ok with.

 

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This is the quilt top my daughter was able to put together.
She didn’t get to finish it (she still has to add the borders and quilt it).
But she did get a lot of it done and I think it looks so pretty!
I love the fabrics and colors in this.

 

 

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These are the two mini charm packs I took with me.
I wanted to make something small, like a table runner.

These little packs were $3.75 each, there’s 42 squares, 1 1/2 in. each.
I got them from Missouri Star Quilt Co.  They have great prices.
They also have a great daily deal program.

 

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I used the 1 1/2 in squares in strips of four across and then in the border,
I made half triangles for the border using a tutorial.
It made it go so much faster, and much more fun.

 

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I didn’t have a pattern to follow, but I just used what I had on hand.
I like how it turned out and can’t wait to finish it.

 

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We had a lot of fun on our trip
and I’ll be posting more of our “adventures” in the next posts.

Have a blessed weekend,
Daisy

 

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If you’re ever near Roan Mountain, TN, you won’t be disappointed if you take the time to go to the State Park and climb to the top of the mountain.  The trail is great, actually part of the Appalachian Trail.  The views at the top are well worth the climb!

I took many pictures… this one is my favorite.  My husband didn’t even notice when I took his picture here 🙂

 

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Your lovingkindness, O Lord,
extends to the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches
to the skies.
Psalm 36:5

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I looked up the word “lovingkindness” in the dictionary:
noun  –  tender kindness motivated by or expressing affection.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we are loved.

 

Have a blessed week!

Love to you all,

Daisy

 

 

 

 

 

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During our time away,  (I posted about it  here) one of the places we were able to visit was an old farm, way up in the mountains. . .

 

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This is the marker at the top of the hill:

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A closer look, so you can read it:

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This is the farm house.  We weren’t able to go inside because the park rangers weren’t there, but we were able to walk around and see everything.  We did peek inside the windows. . . everything looked just as if time had stood still back in the 1880’s.

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Here’s a view from the porch.  I just love porch swings.  Makes me think of family & friends, children’s laughter, ice-cold lemonade. . .

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There were several gardens with many, many butterflies. . .

 

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They were everywhere!

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Here are some beautiful ones . . .

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I love barns.  Maybe I’ll live in a Barn House someday – they’re becoming more popular now.
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The flowers were beautiful. . .

 

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Wild flowers as well…

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As we approached the Chicken House, we heard them inside. . . We also heard a rooster several times.
I love the sounds of a farm!  Can you tell I live in the city??

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The root cellar (I could almost see the veggies stored there, as this was used over so many years!)

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There were many tiny birds.  So beautiful.

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A few were perched on the clothes line.  That’s right.  There was a clothes line.  That’s another thing I miss while living in the city.  I never thought I’d say that!  When I was a kid, my Mom would tell me to hang the clothes up on the line.  Inevitably, it would rain before I had a chance to run and take them inside!  I used to wish for a dryer.   Now that I have one, I miss both my Mom and the assigned chore of hanging the laundry on the clothes line.

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While we were there,  someone was working on the garden, planting & weeding.  This bench was among the fragrant flowers…

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These are the stairs to go back up to the parking area.  I didn’t want to leave.  I wanted to stay and visit the country folks and have a nice tall glass of lemonade with them.  What was it like for the folks who lived on this farm?  How did they get up & down the steep mountain paths with no car or truck?  How did they survive with no TV, internet, or cell phone?  It was a simpler time.  But it wasn’t an easy time.  These people knew back-breaking work, and plenty of heart aches.  They probably never would have imagined that well over one hundred years later, there’d be “tourists” visiting their farm, admiring their work & perseverance.

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It was an unforgettable experience.  I can still feel the cool mountain breeze.

These are the kind of places that stay with me for a long, long time.  By that, I guess I mean that when I remember them, when i see the photos, I can’t help but smile and want to visit again.

 

Thanks for visiting with me.  🙂

Love to you all,

Daisy

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