Don’t Look Back

The phrase “don’t look back” is somewhat common.  Have you ever said it?  Has anyone ever said it to you?  Life is full of history, both good and bad.  Sometimes it is easy to focus on the past and wish we could change it.  But the reality is that  focusing on the past won’t change it and chances are, we’d make the same mistake twice.  I think it is imperative to focus on the present and the future and “not look back”,  The reason?  If we hadn’t made the decisions we made, and the past hadn’t been what is was, we wouldn’t be where we are today.  I guess my point is, cherish the good that came out of past experiences and try not to “look back” on past mistakes, or regrets.

Today’s image is of the reflection of the blue sky and a landscape in the tinted car window as seen reflected in the side view mirror.

Reflection Times 2

Reflection Times 2 in Black and White

President’s Day – Quotes and Photos

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln

Old Glory

Waves of Freedom

Weekend Get-A-Way

Thanks to my wonderful mother, my husband and I were able to sneak away for a weekend retreat for our 15th wedding anniversary.  John planned the entire local escape.  It was the perfect, short-notice, close-to-home get-a-way.  We stayed at the Inn at Bowman’s Hill.  The service was impeccable, the expansive grounds were gorgeous, the food delightful, and the ambience, just what we were looking for.  Visit: http://www.theinnatbowmanshill.com/ to learn more about the inn.  It is a fabulous place to relax, celebrate, and connect.

The Inn at Bowman's Hill

During our stent away from the hustle and bustle of life with work and three children, we visited Bowman’s Tower.

Shadows on Bowman's Tower

To learn more about Bowman’s Tower and the history of the grand structure visit: http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/visit/bowman.htm. The views from the top of the tower are expansive.  Buck’s County at it’s best on a clear, fall day.

View from the Tower

After visiting Bowman’s tower and enjoying the beautiful scenery, we took our picnic blanket and bottle of champaign down to the river to enjoy the soft, relaxing sounds of the water lapping against the bank.  We had long conversations without interruptions, something that doesn’t happen often, and enjoyed re-connecting as a couple, rekindling our friendship, and reminiscing about the experiences the past 15 years have graced us with.  Here are just a few images of our afternoon under the canopy of fall colors.

Our favorite Champaign

Leaves in the Water

Water Rolling In

Up Above

The Canopy

The Reflecting Pool

Isn't she beautiful?

We ended our day dining next to the warm fire at Franciscos on the River: http://www.franciscosontheriver.com/.  Our nightcap was flour-less chocolate cake with hazelnut gelato.  It was exquisite.

Thank you John for the time celebrating US.

The Old Days

Steam engine

As many of you know my family and I recently spent a week in Idaho.  Of all of the ski resorts we have visited, Schweitzer mountain is our favorite.  In my opinion, Schweitzer Mountain is a legend  in the making. It is an undiscovered jewel, especially known for it’s vast terrain. It’s a powder paradise on a good snow day, which is what we had during our recent visit.  One of our favorite parts of the mountain is the Stella lift.  It combines the old with the new.  There is an old Idaho style barn that skiers pass through to get to the 6-pack lift.  Skiers who enjoy history and antiques, like I do, find eye candy inside the barn and, especially on days when there is a lift line, skiers can marvel at the old steam engine equipment, gears, etc., that use to make things run.  I don’t want to assume the steam engine in the photo above is a replica of one that formerly fueled the lifts, but my husband thinks it is.  I, of course, am letting my imagine run and completely have a vision in my mind of the “olden day” skiers passing through the barn observing staff feeding the steam engine with wood.  The heat not only served the purpose of making the lift run across the cables, but provided warmth for the skiers passing through.  I can envision skiers passing by and removing their mittens to warm their hands in the heat radiating from the engine  while listening to the noise; cha shu, cha shu, hiss, clink clank, of the engine producing steam and the chairs running across the cables.

One of my favorite children’s books is “Ollie’s Ski Trip.”  It is written about a little boy who gets a pair of skis for Christmas.  The illustrations in the book depict old wooden skis and the days of old.  Every time I ski at Schweitzer Mountain, I think of Ollie, the little boy in the book skiing through the forest on his old wooden skis – the tranquility found in the trees and the imagination of the skiers gone before me.  I can imagine Ollie stopping inside an old barn to warm his hands and feet while eating the lunch his mother sent with him.  If you have not read this book to your children or grandchildren, I highly recommend it.  It is one my children and I pull out and read every winter.

And, because I love silhouettes, I leave you with this image.

Steam engine silhouette

Dreams of Innocence

As the country celebrates one of the great men of American History, my thoughts are drawn to my daughter and her “bestest” friend.  I have never seen so much excitement as last week when Gracie woke up and clapped her hands and said “I get to see my Abby today.”  These two little girls look completely different from one another, but neither of them notices.  They play, they talk, they go for little walks, all in the name of innocence.

When I see these two beautiful, spirited little girls together it warms my heart.  They are so thrilled to see each other.  There is no recognition of the differences of the race they were born into.  Their relationship is innocent and joyful.  I love that they see each other for who they are and not what color their skin is.  This is the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The harsh reality is that the relationship between these two toddlers is not the gold standard.  There is still a vast amount of adversity to different ethnic groups.  Seeing these two little ones though, makes me realize that prejudice is not innate, it is learned.  There may be circumstances that arise in life, conflicts perhaps, that result in adversity or hate amongst people of different races, but even in the absence of such situations, there is often an underlying prejudice that exists.  As humans we are often afraid of what is different from what we consider the norm.  We are afraid of what we don’t know or what we don’t understand.  This too can lead to mis-understanding and hate.   As Dr. Martin Luther King said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  I hope and pray that my children and all in their generation will grow up to recognize people for who they are, and not their ethnicity.  Another great man once said “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus.  Together the two men have given us words that result in peaceful coexistence.

Another quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”  I feel like as I get older I am less and less afraid of speaking out in regards to things that matter to me.  I become more passionate about morals, ethics, and faith.  I think it is important that we as a society stand up for what we believe so that our children have a safe, peaceful environment to grow in.  People like Martin Luther King, Jr. and the founding fathers of this great country fought so that we have the freedoms we have today.  Let’s not take them for granted, but embrace them and continuously increase their value for the generations following behind us.

An adventure with a friend

Always something to talk about

"Bestest" Friends

Stover-Myers Mill

Joshua has been studying the Revolutionary War at school.  As a result, we recently went on a Revolutionary War Adventure around Buck’s County.  This image is of the Stovers-Myer Mill.  It was in the same family for almost 150 years and was built prior to 1800.  It was originally a grist mill, later converted to a saw mill.  We think the stone in the image is an old grinding stone.