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Peach State says: Isn’t That Grand!?

What an incredible view I was able to share with my hubby and youngest!  It was our first time at the Grand Canyon and I have to admit I was in awe!  Pictures don’t do it justice!  “Isn’t That Grand!?”  Every nook and cranny was a revolving door of shadow and light.  The flow of the clouds danced along the peaks and layers providing photographers multiple chances to catch the perfect shot.  “If I may state for the record…There is no way a person can take a bad picture of the Grand Canyon.

It is important to share with you that you may need to have a designated non-photographer in your group.  This way you can move around and not worry about running into others taking the same picture.  Small groups of visitors moved around in the same familiar state…Phones and tripods with multiple lenses all focused on the amazing sight.  Selfies and groups with an ever changing backdrop scattered along the rocky and uneven edge of the South Rim.  There were a few photo enthusiasts who dared to attempt the best phot on the edge. I spoke with them…the title of their picture was “Giving Birth to the World!”  I won’t tell you what the pose was…you have already let your mind run with the thought.  “You should probably stop before you embarrass me as well as yourself.”

The weather on this beautiful day was chilly-windy-glad-I-had-my-thermal-shirt-and-sweatshirt day.  The wind was sustained winds between 25-30 mph with temperatures in the lower to mid 50’s.  “BURR!!!”
I had seen documentaries about the Grand Canyon and knew about the clouds flowing over the edge.  I have a few others with the varied depth of flow.  But, I knew there was a chance of wintry mix and with the cloudy overcast skies moving in we decided to leave this overwhelming and heart fluttering place.  I am, as you know, a weather watcher and a prepared mama…just wait!

As we were strolling along the path, toward the car, a wonder sentiment burst in my direction …”War Eagle!” I smiled and replied “War Eagle” and kept moving.  My hubby asked how he knew I was an Auburn fan…I just laughed and said “Honey I do have my Auburn strap on my glasses and a perfect shade of orange sweatshirt.  We recognize each other!”  He simply shook his head.  Auburn fans are everywhere!

As we said goodbye to the Grand Canyon and drove out of the park, with the heat on, we were privileged to see a group of elk.Sorry for the blur…hubby was driving a bit over the speed limit.  

I have more to share but don’t want to overload you with my unedited pictures.  I will do my best to give you a beautiful insight into our vacation!  Till then…

Coffee is my _______! Fill it in!

Peach State

Peach State says: Chilly Facebook Funnies

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Snow covered back porch…check!
Snow covered front steps…check!
Snow covered yard and sidewalk…check!
Icy streets and driveways…check!!
Not knowing Elsa personally…Boy am I in trouble!

What a week I have had! Needless to say the snow and ice were not the only problems! Let’s see if you can figure out what may have been a problem! How about some “Chilly Facebook Funnies

I’m Just Sayin’ Award:

20140130-073027.jpgUh…no one got out of their cars to look at the snowflakes! They were busy doing other things!

Straight-Jacket Award Winner:( or…The employees raised money to send you on a snow-filled vacation!)

20140130-073153.jpgWhat do bosses know anyways! (“Don’t get me started about bosses!”)

Blog Worthy Award Winner:

20140130-073306.jpgWish I had seen one of these…they would have highly appreciated!

20140130-073822.jpg“Find a place to keep warm they said…Get something to eat and wait it out!” There was a bit of a gap in that governmental suggestion!

20140130-074105.jpgCan’t make it home…the next best thing available is the Home Depot!
( sadly the above picture was taken Tuesday here in the Atlanta area…and these people were grateful to Home Depot and the other few businesses open for a shelter from the cold!)

20140130-074455.jpgThis one just makes me cold thinking about it!

How about a few Non-Weather Funnies?

20140130-074810.jpgOops! That could be a picture of my “Precious Princess” Tuesday night!

20140130-074921.jpgDang…another mention of cold!

20140130-075012.jpgSnow and ice on the right…60’s and 70’s on the left..Here I am “Stuck in Georgia with you! ( sorry just humming while I type!)

20140130-075247.jpgI would settle for barefoot… Oh wait! I am barefoot if you don’t count the fuzzy socks!

Non-Weather Award Winner:

20140130-075436.jpgNow go google the song and sing-along!

Things have definitely been different here! I will fill you in on the current events later!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: The Windy Howl!

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There is a gentle swaying
as the bare naked limbs stretch across the sky.
The tinkling tones sound
as the helpless chimes compose new melodies.
Constant and unchallenged the steady breeze blows…

But wait!

A new sound finds my ears
as the leave-less giants quiver and bend.
The melody is mashed
as the confused chimes crash together.
The fury of The Windy Howl!

Gone again is the gust
roaring through the shivering trees.
The clanging chimes quieted
as the furious breath becomes a whisper.
Returned is the gentle sway, awaiting the next Windy Howl!

I just wanted to share this visual picturesque scene. I am truly enjoying this view…as I finish my coffee in the solitude of my chair. It felt like a poetic morning so I wrote what I experienced. Yesterday went well and almost everything was accomplished. The only thing that was left un-checked was completing my grocery shopping and attending the extra choir practice. “Sometimes we have to choose family!” As you know…I am always at some practice or another! But this week is a different week…too vague? All will be explained…promise! I will take this rare time to enjoy the sights and sounds provided by the forceful wind…before my day is taken from me.

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says:Fuzzy Socks and Oversized Fuzzy Sweater

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I love these cooler temperatures! I love wearing my Fuzzy Socks and Oversized Fuzzy Sweater and not being looked at like I am crazy!
Of course…running a fever over 100 could be contributing to the wearing of the fluffy, fuzzy wardrobe accessories. Good thing I have a doctors appointment today and even better that I have plenty of Fuzzy Socks!

Bring on the cooler temperatures…I am ready! Cough, cough!

Hey!…seeings how I am sick with the lost-voice-cough-congested-chills-hurts-to-swallow yuck now maybe I will be spared during the Winter! Hehe! The Weather is supposed to be milder again this Winter…so we will see!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Dark Sky…No Rain!

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There it was…This is a pic of the dark and ominous view as I crested the hill Tuesday morning. I was taking my 19 year old to his painting job and saw the incredible sight. I was so excited as the possibilities flooded my weary brain. Music playing throughout the house, a few lamps turned on to provide cozy light and warmth…but alas…

Dark Sky…No Rain!

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This one was taken to show the visible wave-like movement in the body of this massive front.
It was dark most of the day…

Just thought I would share…
I have completed my minor chores already today and have plans to sweep along with, as someone close to me would say, some down-on-your-knees-nitty-gritty-corner-scraping-base-board cleaning. Until that part of the day…Coffee comes first and, of course, waiting for my 19 year old to get ready so I can drop him off for work today. “A mom’s work _______!” HeHe…you understand! Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: A Good Day To Clean!

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Dang Dust Bunnies!
They multiplied over night and now I have something else to do today. You know how it is…I am not alone in this battle between dust and cleanliness. The even sadder truth is the ever-growing-pile of Tupperware-type-containers-holding-the-mysteries-to-the-meaning-of-life packed into the fridge. This is the way my 19 year old cleans the kitchen. “I really need to correct this method before it gets out of control!” So with this in mind as well as the huge….did I say huge?…rain system moving in it looks like A Good Day To Clean!

I had every intention of walking the track today but the humidity levels are very high. Asthmatics don’t function well in high humidity. I will put on some fun, fast-paced, music and try the new aerobic cleaning style. Grab the broom and mop and twirl and twist dancing the grime out of the house. I am picturing something along the lines of Robin Williams in the movie Mrs. Doubtfire cleaning the house.

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The only difference is I will not be attired in an apron or dress much less wearing a wig and support hose. I can honestly say I am not that “Umm…what’s the word?”…Mature!

(Those of you who know me can get up off the floor and stop that Hyena-type laughter!)

I know what you are thinking…it will be a scary sight for those little Dust Bunnies. Well at least they will be gone!”

Exercise is exercise and I must be creative today. I will venture into my office/sitting room and ride my bike sometime today. Maybe I could Hulu a show and ride for that time period. It is worth a try…right?

Facebook is active this morning as a friend and her hubby wait for a decision from the medical professionals. The conversations and concerned inquiries are numerous as well as musically diverse. “Her hubby is the electric guitarist for our band and a suggested song list has been started for surgery music!” But that will be another blog worthy post!.

I am off the great cleaning adventure and will let you go for now. Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: The Weather Tease

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The moment I stepped outside, on my way to choir practice, the humid heaviness enveloped me. Being a fan of stormy weather I instinctively looked up to see a few spotty clouds wisping lazily across the sky. I got into the car and drove up the hill and turned into the connecting subdivision and headed to the main road. The trees cleared and I saw it…a dark ominous presence in the form of a rain cloud was right over where I was going. I had only one thought…I need to beat the rain!
When I arrived at church the darkness was stretching it’s threat across the sky. The slight thundering rumble with silent soft flashes of lightning excited my senses. Yet, as I walked out after practice, Not one dropnothing…It was The Weather Tease!

Later, about 11:40, I went to let my Precious Princess out for her nightly duty. I heard the rumble of thunder and waited. A soft glow lit up the night sky and showed me another system was almost overhead. I was doing the dance of joy, internally of course, at the thought of falling asleep to the storm. Crawling in bed with an anticipative ear…I waited…and waited! Absolutely nothing! It just fizzled and like before was such a tease. There is a chance of a stray thunderstorm this afternoon and tonight…Stray? Did the thunderstorm get lost? My only hope may lie in tomorrow’s forecast…but we all know that could change. The only thing constant about the forecast is the heat, humidity and The Weather Tease!

How is your weather? Do you love stormy weather? Let me know. Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: It’s Just Another Day!

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That ticking clock stops for no man…
The news dishes out the headlines filled with sadness and strife.
Facebook notifications continue as those we know keep us up to date on the trips to the doctor and to the beach.
The weather brings in dark cloud cover and refreshes the browning grass and wilting plants.
Yep! It’s Just Another Day!

I guess I should be happy…
It is Friday and the weekend cometh.
There is only a week and a half until school starts back.
I am still receiving Facebook notifications.
Because of the rain I will not have to water the plants by going back and forth from the sink to the deck.

It is really all about how we look at things. Perception! It is not just another day…It is another day we are breathing and functioning. It is a day we have our family and friends around us. So enjoy yours and I will enjoy mine! Make it wonderful for those around you and it will be wonderful for you!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Like The Energizer Bunny!

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I have received suggestions o’plenty for feeding our faces and recommendations to wear out the body, even the youngest spirit among us. The coordinates have been punched in as a “Favorite Destination” on the navigation device as well as a couple of “Points of Interest”. Single digits have been reached in our final countdown…and my list just keeps going and going and going Like The Energizer Bunny!

Last night the discussion of food items came up in things to pack. The main items were:

Breakfast food like cereal and pop tarts maybe some instant oatmeal
Bottles of water
Snacks
Our coffee!

I was pleased to announce the already purchased products from Starbucks that you add to water…Instant Starbucks! My son, who is being left behind due to his work schedule, said “Why don’t you take the espresso machine?” I looked at my hubby as the sudden silence grew. Hubby grinned and said “We could…it is not a small hotel room but a condo…there will be room!”. I wanted to stand up and shout…

“But this is our vacation…I am wanting to escape the everyday schedules!”

But…if we did take that money saving appliance with us…that would buy a lunch or better yet Candles! “I think that is a great idea…we should take it so we could enjoy our morning latte’ as we sit on the balcony in the mountainous landscape.”

“It is a good thing our 19 year old son is going with us…we are going to need his youthful endurance to unpack the car.”

The maps, of the destination area, have been studied and will be neatly tucked into my companion bag just in case the conversation needs a boost. Coupons and discounts have been collected for the possible Points of Interest and will be placed along side the tourist information. “I should consider taking a position with AAA Travel with the degree of organization that has gone into this trip!” It is not the same as going to the beach house…up, coffee, beach, lunch, beach, dinner, sleep and repeat…

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I have even pulled up the weather forecast and added the destination city to my weather app. Either I am very excited and a very prepared mom or I am very____…”No need to go there!” Unfortunately there is a chance of Thunderstorms most of the trip…but that just means more shopping! Right? I have a hair appointment on Wednesday and will get my nails done on Friday…after everything is packed. I am really excited…”Can you tell?”

I was relived to find out that I was not the only person, involved in the music program, that would be gone on the first Sunday…As a matter of fact all but one will be unable to be there for one reason or another. I guess it is a good thing we switched with week two’s praise team. I was a bit bummed about missing the Patriotic music but that too has been moved to the second Sunday.

I need to start on my youngest clothes for the trip…that should take me the rest of the morning. At least his closet will be cleaned out in the process.

Have you ever gone to this extreme for a vacation? Do you have any suggestions about the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area? Let me know! I just hope i can last…Like The Energizer Bunny! Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Rain on a Tin Roof

I am sitting here in church!

I just had to share the sound!
The heavy rain in beating against the Tin Roof of our church. The silence
had already been broken today but the constant beating of the weather
driven drums have filled the large Worship Center.
Glad I am indoors!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Peach State

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