This is the view from where I sat yesterday morning. Now you can see how the Great Smoky Mountains got their name.
When I was very young, our family traveled to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, and I asked my parents if the mountains were named after Smokey the Bear. Does anyone besides me remember Smokey the Bear? Anyway, my parents thought that was a hoot, and we still laugh about it to this day.
Life has been somewhat stressful lately. Our summer started off quite nicely, but as we all know, life takes unexpected turns. Even so, we are still blessed and luckier than many out there. The destruction of Malaysian Flight 17 over the Ukraine has been so much on my mind; that people can be so cruel to one another breaks my heart. Good news these days seems to be a very rare thing indeed. In addition, I've been worried about my parents. But we've had this trip planned since February, and my mom said we needed to go. Hal works so hard, and he needs a break -- and we both needed a change of scenery. So off we went.
When we got to bed, I was so aggravated, I couldn't get to sleep. I laid there and stewed and fumed about all these things until about 2:00 a.m. and was worn out the next day. Do you do this, too? Why do we let the small things that can't be helped eat away at us and spoil the happiness we're given? We are blessed to be able to take this trip, to be able to get away from the hectic pace of the workaday world for a few days. To let small worries intrude on this time is a kind of ingratitude, and it doesn't solve any problems. Life is not perfect, but it's still pretty darn good if we make the best of it and appreciate what we have.
The stuffed head above the fireplace reminds me of my favorite deli meat -- Boars Head. I don't eat wild boar, though. ;)
On Friday morning while Hal went to check out the Miata events, I spent a few hours on the porch with Miss Potter. I could feel the stress and irritation draining out of me.
By lunchtime, I could tell that the peace and quiet here and the beauty of Mother Nature had done its work.
Until then, I'll let the lake keep working its magic. :)
I hope you're having a good weekend, wherever you may be, and I hope you're not sweating the small stuff. Thank you for your visit and for reading about my little slice of life.