Saturday, October 27, 2012

Making Dreams Come True

My husband and I in Paris, 1978

Some people have a knack for making their dreams come true. Perhaps it's more than a "knack." Its determination and not losing sight of your dreams.

Like my former co-worker, Dawn (not her real name). She quit her job last year to devote all of her time to her organic farm, renovated a 100 year old barn, hosting small events in her rustic setting with southern charm. She also teaches schoolchildren the importance of gardening and believes in bringing them back to the rural values that she grew up with.

Like a former neighbor who published a book about a mascot dog from her husband's alma mater. Her sister-in-law did the illustrations. She didn't become rich or famous, but it was her dream to become a published author.

Like the daughter of a friend of mine who hiked the Appalachian trail last year. Once a shy young child in my pre-school Sunday School class, she has grown up to be an adventurous, confident young woman. She recently worked at a bear camp in Alaska.

Like my oldest daughter who started her bucket list while still in her 20's when she went skydiving on her 23rd birthday. Another one of her dreams came true when she visited New York over the New Year holidays. She and two college friends appeared on the Today show and talked to Willard Scott. A producer on the show recognized one of her friends (who is blind) from college and invited the young women into the green room, where they sipped hot chocolate with guests from the show.

Like a couple that I know who used to manage a herd of reindeer (really) and made special appearances around the holidays. One of their highlights each year was to take the herd out west to appear at a famous pop star's holiday gathering.

Like a local woman, Christy Jordan, who has published a cookbook, and has been featured in Southern Living. Her southern charm and recipes have made her a household name here in the South. I haven't personally met Christy, but I am a big fan of her blog, here.

There are many others that I am leaving off of my list, but it is amazing how many people actually follow their dreams and find success.

Never give up on your dreams.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Smoky Mountain Drive

I just got back from a long weekend in the Smoky Mountains.
It has been several years since my last visit.

I couldn't resist the beautiful autumn colors and took
lots of pictures.

This was taken from my car in Gatlinburg.

Tunnel outside of Gatlinburg

A tapestry of rich, autumn hues

I like barns.

An old church cemetary in the cove.

The view over Gatlinburg.

The mountains change colors depending
on what time of day it is

Trees forming a canopy over the road

A creekbed

Driving through Cades Cove

Stepping back to a more peaceful time

My daughter and granddaughter
visiting the old church

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

Fall is my favorite time of year. And Fall just wouldn't be the same without a visit to a local farm to pick out pumpkins, let the children play and pet the farm animals, and, of course, eat funnel cakes and drink hot apple cider on a chilly day.
There are pumpkins in a wagon
And pumpkins on the ground
Tiny pumpkins sitting in rows
Pumpkins in the stands, waiting to be picked
There are pumpkins white as snow
And some gourds not quite so pretty
Pumpkins named "Cinderella" (after midnight?)
And pink pumpkins shaped like a ribbon
There are even "Turkish Turban" pumpkins 
There are pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!
We came home to bake cupcakes
and collected leaves to make leaf rubbings.
It was a perfect Fall day!