LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fridays are Golden

I started to take some pictures of the girls in the den.  Ellie wanted me to play with her and was in no mood to pose for a picture.

Ellie glares at me with evil eyes.




She really looks vicious here, but in reality I caught her in mid-yawn.



Little angel Lucy is snoozing in comfort.



She is not at all interested in me or my camera.



I couldn't leave you with an evil picture of Ellie.  This is more like her, although she still wants me to play.

We are definitely changing seasons here.  Cold and frosty mornings greet us and the sun takes its own good time rising over the mountains.  When we lived in Wisconsin, I dreaded the November mornings.  I didn't mind the cold and snow, the worst of it was the long number of gray days.  Here, we don't worry about a dreary day or two because we know the sun will be bright before long.

The following phrase is carved on one of our tables.  I don't know the origin, but it is one of my favorites:

The secret to life is to enjoy the passage of time.

How true that is.  Far too often we lament the passage of time.  Our children grow up, the seasons change and we get older.  For some reason we always regret time's passing.  Instead we should embrace and enjoy it.

So enjoy the passage of time as we move back to Standard Time this weekend.  Think of those who are less fortunate than we are and don't get caught up in your own misery.  Enjoy the passage of time.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE

21 comments:

Barb said...

Well, I enjoyed my Time with you and the Girls this morning!

Toni aka irishlas said...

I don't know who called them the lazy days of summer, but, it's mor like the lazy days of the approaching winter!

It's funny you should post about the passage of time as for I had a moment this weekend that made me realize just how fast it goes! I was an avid hiker and backpacker in my 20's and occasionally I would pass a couple in their 50's and think to myself "I hope I'm still doing this at that age". Well, this time I was the hiker in my 50's passing the twenty somethings and I felt a little nostalgic at how quick the time has passed!

But, I got my wish from my 20's - I'm still doing it!

Have a great weekend.

Rudee said...

You'd think Ellie would be thrilled to gain another hour of nap time this weekend.

I don't mind the grayness so much, it's the early dark that troubles me. The darkness will be a shock to the system come Monday.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great post, Carolyn, and great words of wisdom...

Your girls are amazing.... NOW---play with Ellie... Okay?????? ha

Have a great weekend.. And stay warm!!!! "Baby, It's Cold Outside"...
Hugs,
Betsy

cyclopseven said...

The words of wisdom reminds me of the first line of James Taylor's Secret of Life..

"The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time"

wise and entertaining. God bless.

Cheryl said...

Your dogs are darlings, they really are. There characters shine.....love the 'evil' Ellie. Any who follows Fridays are Golden will know that Ellie does not have an evil bone in her body.

I try to cherish each day.......winter does not worry me, I love the black and white days she holds.

Have a wonderful weekend......

Karin said...

Enjoying every moment of every day while I still can. No one knows what the future holds. Even though all our leaves are down, the days have been glorious and I still went barefoot in sandals today. Love your golden Fridays!Have a joyful week-end!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I adore that quote and will try to keep that in the back on my mind at all times.
I think you are going to have to try harder to make us think Ellie could make a vicious face. Never.
Enjoy your cool and crisp weekend...I will do the same.

robin andrea said...

When we lived in Washington, I dreaded the return of winter. Those long gray days, and when there was a sun, it rose at 8:00 and set at 4:00. That was unbearable to me. Now, I look forward to the changing season. I follow the transit of the sun as it makes its winter trek south. I love guessing where it will rise six weeks from now on solstice. And then celebrate its beautiful return.

Always good to see the golden girls. Hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

Sam said...

Our boys aren't always happy to have us taking pictures of them, but so many times I want a picture to remind me of those special moments.

Sam

SouthernSass said...

Great pics of the girls! And you so right - we should ENJOY the passage of time. Wishing you a great weekend!

carolina nana said...

Hope you enjoy your weekend also. Stay warm !

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

You are absolutely right -- always live life in the present moment -- we don't know the future and the past is gone. -- barbara

Vicki Lane said...

A good motto! I might add And learn to like weather -- all of it.

George said...

I hope Ellie finally got you to play with you!

Jayne said...

I love your outlook my friend. Have a beautiful weekend. :c)

The Thundering Herd said...

Wow - not sure I have the seen the two of them napping and not be touching. Great words of wisdom

wncmountainliving said...

Lovely verse and so true. Our NC weather sure beats my native Massachusetts cold dreary any day! Great to see the girls doing well.

Cicero Sings said...

We ARE always lamenting the passage of time! This is a very good reminder to enjoy the moment and where and who we are at the moment!

With the longer nights we get to sleep more. Yea!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Toni - I know just what you mean, except I'm now one of those hikers in my (gulp) 60s.

cyclopseven - Thanks for the origin of the words.

Robin - We like to follow the way the sun shines in the house as well. My favorite sunny spots keep changing.

Vicki - Good point

KB said...

I knew that Ellie couldn't really be vicious! Her heart is as full of gold as her fur!

It's funny when the dogs just aren't in the mood for photos, kind of like people are.

I try very hard not to lament the passage of time. Each night when I go to bed, I think that I've just used one of my days on this earth and ask myself if I used it well. I don't know whether that's a good or bad habit but I can't help it!