Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy to Be Back Online and Back Home from Vacation

I am delighted to be blogging again on our brand-new IMac. Have missed all of you and hope to begin catching up on visits to your blogs as well.
Part of the reason it took awhile to post again is that Mark and I (and the intrepid Shih-Tzu traveler Magnolia) have been on the road for a couple of weeks to spend time with members of each of our families. After a rich time with people we love, we are happy to be home again--especially after putting over 3000 miles on the car. (Little known fact: if you try to type "miles" with your right hand on the wrong keys--due to ineptitude on a new style of keyboard--the result is "nukes". Glad nothing we did involved even one nuke, much less 3000!!!)
Our road trip took us from our North Florida home to Wisconsin via a visit in Tennessee. Oh no, here comes the "what she did on her summer vacation" part! Not to worry, friends, will keep it as brief and painless as possible. The photos show scenes from a hike to Cataract Falls in the beautiful Smoky Mountains where we enjoyed a weekend family reunion with my siblings and their families at a wonderful, affordable lodge just the right size for all of us. From there, we drove to Wisconsin to see Mark's siblings and their families--may show you a few photos from there in a later post.
Question of the day: Well, not really a question; a hope and prayer that all of you have loving, supportive friends or relatives in your lives.


  1. So glad you had a great time, Mary. Had I known you were going to WI, I'd have begged you to stop off for lunch or dinner somewhere in IL or WI so we could meet up. The photos are exquisite and an prime example of why I love landscapes and nature so very much. The very hand of God is seen in nature.

  2. Looks like a beautiful hike. Hope there weren't too many mosquitoes! Glad you had a fun trip visiting with family. Isn't is always so great to be back home again though?


  3. Oh, Sherry, I hope that we can meet sometime, although it would have been difficult this time. Your comments about nature are beautifully expressed; thank you.

    Hey Lisa, great to hear from you! Re bugs: my sister had some wonderful bug repellent spray along--very light and soft on the skin, yet effective. I definitely appreciated it, more because of the tiny irritating midges that were out than the mosquitoes. Yes, as people so often say, I love to travel and then truly love being back home.

  4. You have a shih-tzu traveler, too? They're the greatest. :)

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Appreciate it!

  5. I agree. Marlene. Shih-tzus are smart, fun, easy-going, and big-hearted. Our Magnolia is a treasure. So good of you to visit and comment; thanks a bunch. I'll be back to see you sometime soon.

  6. Sound like a great trip. I've been to the Smokies twice and loved it. Of course, the Packer fans are our neighbors and we love them dearly (except at the Viking games.) Glad to see you back blogging, Mary. :)

  7. Yes, TB, we love the Smokies, too--somehow it seems like a very manageable, "homey" park, yet with breath-taking natural beauty. I'm not sure why my earlier response to your kind comment is MIA, but here goes another try.