First of all, I have the pictures of the beautiful, bright colored trees along the way. I think these were taken in Mississippi. This is where I couldn't pull off on the soft shoulders, so I was taking them "on the fly." Sorry for the blurriness in most of them, but you'll get the idea about the colors.
If you enlarge these, you'll see the mixture of color really well.
The colors are probably best in this one, but Excuse Me, Mr. Truck Driver, I didn't mean to get in your way!!
Do you see the "patchwork quilt" in these?
And this I took for fun. It is is Tupelo, and you'll see the message if you click on the picture.
And now, back to the current day ...
First of all, we had a rather lazy morning here at the house. Sat around visiting, drinking coffee and watching our collection of dogs. My nephew and his wife have two little guys, also. Toby is a little larger and a mixed breed. I'm not sure about the mix, but a sweet little dog. Dusty is a younger dog, a Shih Tzu and possibly mixed with something else. Both are nice little guys and they got along with mine very well.
We were talking about books on CD and how they make a trip so much easier, and I mentioned that I'd like to get one to listen to on my way to SC and FL, so Stan and Dixie weren't hesitant at all to take me to Cracker Barrel to rent one ... and have breakfast or lunch while there! So we did, and I did. I haven't eaten at a CB in a long while, and I really did enjoy it. I also bought a couple rolls of Necco wafers for the trip. Do you remember those? One of the fun things about CB is the "old fashioned" candies. And Charles Chips! I remember when Scott was small and those were delivered to the home! Loved Charles Chips and the home delivery just made them even better! Stan and I remembered the candies that my grandmother, his great-grandmother kept in her room. One type they didn't have be we found the others that were occasional treats for us kids! What a nice memory lane trip!
We talked about doing some other things, but I was enjoying simply having time to visit, so we came back to the house and continued with that.
Later in the afternoon, Dawn called and we arranged to meet half-way between the two homes. I got my directions and left. I knew Dawn would find me in the parking lot at the mall because of my ... ahem ... rather distinctive vehicle! And she did. She brought her two daughters with her, Jayla who is almost 6, and Bryanna (I'm not sure I'm spelling that right) who is nearly 23. Both these girls are just beautiful! Jayla is everything I expected ... cute as a button, precocious, smart, a personality to die for, and friendly ... and then some! She is definitely "all that" and she knows it, but in a sweet way. Bryanna is just beautiful. She is witty and funny, and I'm really glad she came along so I could meet her, too. She has a little Shih Tzu, also, so you know she is a very cool person by that fact alone! LOL!
Bryanna checked to see if a Starbuck's was in the area, and yes, there was a Barnes and Noble. Perfect! We got some drinks, and since all the tables were occupied, we moseyed back to the children's section and took up residence at one of the little tables there. It was perfect, because Jayla could browse the books, giving her something other than grown up talk to help pass the time. She had birthday money from her big sister, and she must have considered, oh, one or two hundred books to be purchased with her new fortune!
I didn't look at my watch, but I'd guess we spent about an hour and a half, just talking about many things. It was very easy to chat with Dawn because I felt I already knew her in some ways through our blogs. Isn't it amazing what can come out of these? Dawn is every bit as nice and genuine as I thought she would be. She has one of the most beautiful smiles I've ever seen. In fact she is a beautiful woman through and through. What a cool mom she is! It is clear that Bryanna adores and respects her mother, and being the kind of good older sister that she is comes from being mothered by a woman like Dawn. In the short time we were together, I could see clearly how much both of her daughters were bonded with her and were examples of the young women she could be (and is, of course!!) happy to call hers.
It was a good time we had together, and I'm so glad that we were able to get together as we did. I enjoyed watching and listening to them together and as individuals. Thanks, Dawn for taking time for this. I know you had a crazy, busy day. BTW, they had Jayla's 6th birthday party today, and I got to see the birthday pictures before you all did. Na, na, na, na, na, naaaaa!
And now, in response to the multitude of requests for this, following is the picture, proof-of-completion of the "blogger meet and greet" ........
Life is beautiful!!!
...and gets more so with every new friend!
...and gets more so with every new friend!
PS - Everyone keep in your prayers and meditations some requests for good health reports for "Ruth in Canada." Ruth is having her big 5 year check following treatment for cancer on 11/22. This is a big event, and she is nervous about it. Between now and Thursday, think of her with positive energies and do it often. And on our Thanksgiving Day, remember her in your giving of thanks. Ruth, girl, good luck and hugs for comfort. :)