Sunday, February 23, 2014

Eventful Trip To Virginia

We are in our last full day in Williamsburg, Virginia.
It is just three of us.
Chelsea, Johnny and Me.
I was afraid this would be very awkward....since Warren had to 
work and couldn't come....
but these are two very awesome people and they make me feel so 
welcome in their lives.!!

I am enjoying my role as official photographer.
This is going to be a photo loaded post since we've taken so many
over the past couple of weeks and they have limited how many I could 
post out there on Facebook to the very bare minimum.
But, every photographer knows that we don't 
take pictures to keep hidden away as digital files.
We take photos to share.
And so, here I shall share.

Should I back up to Valentine's Day since I haven't posted in a while?
Thanks, I think I will.

I had so much fun this year with both Johnny and Michael.
They were both planning very special things for their 
chosen ladies.

Michael literally built a table!

He put the date and their names on it...he set it in front of the fireplace 
downstairs and set it in Mike and Em style for a homemade pizza dinner.
So sweet!!

Johnny was preparing to ask Chelsea to enter an official relationship with him
and so we got to help him set up a special place in front of Grandma Georgia's
fireplace.  Grandma Ruth provided a "light and go" wood starter, 
Warren lit it...and after some smoke issues it was perfect when the couple returned 
from dinner.

There were roses and lots and lots of candles.
Ahem..we have a few, candles that is.

She said an official relationship and they changed their Facebook status.
Remember the days of the note passed in school.
Do you like me?  Yes or No
I think things have progressed....and I love how seriously they take it.

Earlier in the day they had iced these cookies.
What a fun activity.

A special day, indeed.

Now we are in Williamsburg. 
It has been a wonderful trip in between the stressful things that 
have happened.
The first was an accident on our way here.
In a construction zone on an on ramp to I-95 I got hit from 
behind and they took out our rear left light assembly.

However, no one was hurt and the other driver was very nice
so it all ended o.k.

Then after we arrived there was a huge and very dangerous storm
system that passed through.
We waited the worst of it out in the walk in closet.
We were safe but listening to the roar of the wind
and hearing the creak of the walls was unnerving.
Flickering lights were nearly the end of me....but we survived unscathed.
Others did suffer much storm damage and so we are thankful
that we are fine.

That set up beautiful weather for the remainder of our trip.
Yesterday we went to Colonial Williamsburg where I took more photos 
of these adorable people.

This one was taken by Johnny.  
I thought it was fun to have them take a couple of each other.

We were looking for photo opps....
Well, this seemed like a good one. 

Just look....
No coats!  No snow!  No Ice!
Blue Skies.

We are so blessed.

Headed home tomorrow to another week of cold and snow.
Bummer on that but we are looking forward to 
the wedding of Lindsay Rabe and Joseph Musser on Saturday.
How time flies......
I knew both of these young people when they were just children.
And it is wonderful to see what the Lord has done for them.

Catch you later.
We have a lot to accomplish yet today.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Thinking Warm Thoughts.....

I'm more than ready to be warm.  
While the heat is on and I am technically warm it doesn't feel like it.  
So, I'm going to revisit some photos from warmer times....

First up:
From my Mother in law's gardens one Spring - 

 Just look at all of that green....ahhhh.....

 Longwood Gardens in April of 2010

 They are even beautiful in Black and White.....

Longwood Gardens May 2012

 And some proof that I've felt like this before....
I purchased these tulips a few years ago just to bring 
Springtime into our Winter home.

And so, there you have it.
Some color to warm your day...
and mine.
Wow, I feel so much better now.
How about you?

What a Week!

 Well, two weeks really.  There has been such crazy winter weather in our neck of the woods...and across the country, I guess.  Of course it always seems a bigger deal when it is disrupting our plans.  As I mentioned in a prior post, we were thankful that the day we picked up Johnny in Washington DC the weather was passable.  And once again on Saturday of last week we decided to make a day trip, this time to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and it was a very lovely day.  I'll show you some photos from that journey in a bit.  Finally yesterday we took Johnny once again to the airport to spend some time in the Atlanta area and we had gorgeous weather for the drive.  This I was especially grateful for since I was the driver.

In between Saturday and yesterday, though were two huge storms.  One that dumped about 9 inches of snow...and another that brought ice.  Beautiful as it was, it was also very destructive.  Warren and I stood outside watching and listening as tree after tree broke.  They cracked like gunfire and then the ice and limbs would crash to the ground.  Hearing it from all sides was both awe inspiring and fear inducing at the same time.  We looked at each other, eyes wide, as we felt so helpless.  It is unbelievable that people weren't injured as all of this took place.  But, the damage does seem limited to homes, cars and other property.

We went without power for two days...but were thrilled when it came back days before it was predicted to do so.  They had said it could take until Saturday evening.  We survived quite well.  Being the types to be a bit independent anyway we had picked up a generator some time ago and it has served us well during power outages over the past couple of years.  It is big enough to allow us to run water (not hot), the television (if nothing else is running), and even the Keurig yesterday morning....which allowed some to have oatmeal by heating water.  That was a stretch but we pulled it off.  It is not big enough to run our heat.  But we do have a propane fireplace downstairs that we count on in times such as these.  Well, we always have until this time.  You see, our propane had run out.  And I hadn't thought a lot about it since we are on automatic delivery.  Apparently we've used it faster than normal this winter with all of the cold temps.  So, we were without our backup source of heat.  As Mom, Warren, Chelsea, Johnny and I sat at Cracker Barrel eating dinner the first night of the blackout we discussed this.  I felt kind of overwhelmed.  How would we deal with temps in the teens in a house with no heat.  And we were hosting a guest from another country.  That didn't seem quite right.  But what was there to do? In the course of that conversation I mentioned that it would be amazing if they had actually delivered propane while we had been at the mall staying warm that afternoon.  We all agreed that it was unlikely that this had happened on such an ugly day where the roads were icy and many were blocked by trees and debris.   And so I picked up the phone and called the propane company.  The answering service said they would have someone get back to me.  It wasn't too much longer until the phone rang and an agitated/excited voice on the other end reflected the kind of day this man must have had.  He let me know that the driver had indeed delivered propane to our home at 4 pm that afternoon.  Remember, I had not was just the timing as God would have it.  We rejoiced in God's goodness of providing heat for us.  I doubt we got the upper level of the house much past 60 overnight, since it was so cold outside, but that was just fine.  We covered up and slept.  With another day out and about coming up with taking Johnny to Baltimore for his flight we weren't sitting around here worrying about our plight.  But upon returning home we found that the power had returned...just!  In fact I applauded the PPL trucks as they drove past our house.  I really wanted to thank them personally, but it didn't work out.  My heart goes out to these men, women and their families as they are out there in brutal conditions restoring our electricity and our normalcy.

And now, turning back to Baltimore's Inner are some photos I took.  We had such a great time.  I love this area and even though we usually spend just a few hours there it is enough and feels like a mini vacation each time.

Two very cute and lovely people!


 At the aquarium.
It was so busy when we first went in....
so we went, had a late lunch and returned later.
Ahhh...much better.
This was taken as the sun began to set...
after we watched the dolphin training session.

 Red Ibis.
I had only heard of them at Isaac's...
a sandwich chain that names their sandwiches after birds.
Now, I've seen them in person.

And now, life resumes it's normal pace for a few days 
and then Johnny is scheduled to return and we will go sight seeing and play a lot again.
I'm lovin' it!!
Hear that, Johnny?
Don't love Atlanta more than you love Lancaster County!
We are looking forward to more fun times.