Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Friends Retreat

The children and I just got back from a two day trip to the mountains of Virginia with my best friend Lori and her children.  The trip was way too short, but so nice!!  The leaves were at their absolute peak of fall colors and the weather was perfect.  

I absolutely love trees!  Our house is surrounded by trees, and I am always "oohing and aaahing" over the fall colors.  I hate to see the leaves go because winter is my least favorite season, but they sure do go out in style!  The song I have playing today on my blog is one of my favorites and seems an appropriate song to go with the beautiful fall pictures.  I've included the lyrics at the bottom of the post.

We were blessed enough to have free lodging thanks to a certificate that my parents gave me so we only had to pay for gas and food.  We both brought snacks and drinks so we didn't have to spend too much.  

We both voted absentee and didn't have to wait in lines to vote on Election Day.  I usually spend the entire Election Day volunteering and then anxiously awaiting the results.  This time, I am very glad that I was able to bypass the emotions and exhaustion I usually associate with Election Day.  It is always great to get away, even if just for a couple of days, to refresh and have some fun.  Here are some pictures that I took of the scenery and one of our 10 year old Mini-Schnauzer Smokie who came along!

In our days we will live 
Like our ghosts will live:
Pitching glass at the cornfield crows 
And folding clothes 

Like stubborn boys across the road 
We'll keep everything:
Grandma's gun and the black bear claw 
That took her dog 

When Sister Lowery says, "Amen" 
We won't hear anything:
The ten-car trains will take that word 
That fledgling bird 

And the fallen house across the way 
It'll keep everything:
The baby's breath
Our bravery wasted and our shame

And we'll undress beside the ashes of the fire 
Both our tender bellies wound in baling wire 
All the more a pair of underwater pearls 
Than the oak tree and its resurrection fern

In our days we will say 
What our ghosts will say:
We gave the world what it saw fit 
And what'd we get?

Like stubborn boys with big green eyes 
We'll see everything:
In the timid shade of the autumn leaves 
And the buzzard's wing 

And we'll undress beside the ashes of the fire 
Our tender bellies are wound around in baling wire 
All the more a pair of underwater pearls 
Than the oak tree and its resurrection fern


Jamey said...

Wow some great pics, looks like you had fun. It is hard to come back to reality!

Karla said...

Awesome pictures. It took us an hour and a half to vote. I was glad at the turn out and dismayed by the results.

Karla said...

P.S. We'll be driving to my mom's house for Thanksgiving and should see some great fall scenery too. That will be fun. I'll have to pack my camera.

Terrie said...

Great pictures! I am so glad that you had a good time!

Jamey said...

Come get your award, check you might have more than 1!

*~sis~* said...

great photos :)

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Our 2 Giant Schnauzers and our Mini Schnauzer (Smokie) hanging out in my office. Notice Smokie rules over the big ones.