LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fridays Are Golden


The weather has been much cooler this week.  That means it's time to hit the trails.

Ellie sits while we take a break for water.





Lucy conquers a large stump and smiles.





Ellie patiently waits for passers-by.  Many people thank us for stopping our dogs.  Others ask if they can approach.  We usually don't even have to command, "sit-stay."  The girls automatically sit when we stop walking.  Well, Ellie always does.  Sometimes Lucy needs a prompt.





Lucy loved sitting on the stump but Ellie didn't seem inclined to join her.  "Just as well," says Lucy.  "After all, I AM the Queen of the Hill."





A most unusual sight.  Ellie using Lucy as a pillow.  Actually she had no choice...Lucy kept taking more and more space until Ellie had no other place to lay her head.


Hard as it may seem to believe, this is the last weekend in April.  The weather has been so strange around here that it's hard to determine which season we are enjoying.

We have two quotes today.  Both concern compassion.  The first is from John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  (Who, by the way, never made me want to throw up.)  When he spoke them I had no idea how much we would lose our national purpose, our national action, and our national compassion as we moved toward such a bitter partisan society.

I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion.


The other quote is from George Washington Carver:

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong.  Because some day in your life you will have been all of these.


HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!

24 comments:

The Bug said...

Such pretty (& mostly) well-behaved girls :)

I think that compassion would make a fine ingredient in today's political talk. Do you think we could manage that, even a little bit?

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I love you blog and your good girls!!! They are so pretty!!!
Golden's are so special aren't they??

Rudee said...

Queen of the Stump, indeed. She looks very regal sitting up there surveying her dogdom.

The quotes are beautiful. Is it too much to ask for compassion? I don't think so. A little empathy goes a long, long way.

JeanMac said...

The girls are just so beautiful and I love their smiles!

JeanMac said...

The girls are just so beautiful and I love their smiles!

Taradharma said...

just love that goofy grin!

wonderful quotes, worthy aspirations. achieved by the very few, but how fine it is when we see it in action.

lovely weekend to you!

Ms. A said...

Love the Carver quote. Have a fantastic weekend!

Madi and Mom said...

What beautiful Goldens...if my mom ran into you all on a trail she said she sit on the stump with the Golden girls!!
Hugs Madi

George said...

It looks as if both girls are good, well-behaved hikers. I'm glad you were able to take advantage of the cooler weather by hitting the trail. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Cheryl said...

Some lovely captures of the golden girls.......they always seems so very well behaved. Their good behaviour I know is down to responsible ownership.

I love the last quote.....

Barbara Rogers said...

Enjoyed both quotes, and both girls. What well behaved dogs they must be, and what a joy for you. Where have you hiked? Enquiring non-hikers want to know.

Janie said...

Great quotes from two people I greatly admire.
Your dogs are beautiful and well-behaved, too. With their thick coats, they must prefer cooler weather and an occasional dip in a stream.

Arkansas Patti said...

With those lovely ladies, you must have lots of stranger conversations.
Mr. Carver said it so well and pretty much summed up my life. I've been all.

Ginnie said...

I love both quotes. Although we both live in NC our climates are very different. If you ever get to Moore County be sure to look me up !
(I think I've told you in the past that your area is the part of our State that my late husband loved above all others.)

Berts Blog said...

Your Golden Friday Posts are always my favorite. The girls are just beautiful, the stories of their walk and how good they are with the passer bys and the quotes. the always have a calming affect on my vickie which means "Good Things" are comin.

Carolina Linthead said...

Amen and amen! Love you, bloggy buddy. Love your beautiful girls, of course. Would that we had leaders today who did not make us gag! I like our current POTUS, make no mistake, but I am still waiting to be inspired the way my parents were inspired...

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

The last photo today was wonderful, both girls do now how to relax after an outing! The second quote is so true for everyone and stated by a wise man indeed.

troutbirder said...

The weather strange. Two beautiful girls. And some quotes to live by. Well done, Carolyn... :)

Vicki Lane said...

Wonderful quotes -- and too sadly unheeded in today's partisan society.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Zoie is photogenic isn't she?? That is because she is so BEAUTIFUL! Somedays I feel guilty for adopting her. She is so big and I am so old, she deserves some one young that could go running with her!!!

KB said...

The girls look very happy about the cooler hiking weather. I love seeing Lucy on the stump - that's a familiar sight with our pair.

I just heard a review of a book on NPR that I'm guessing that you'd like. It's called "It's even worse than it looks..." by Thomas Mann and co-author. It sounded fascinating.

I hope that you had a great weekend!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Bug - I hope so, I really hope so.

Barbara - Thanks for dropping by. I left a note on your blog.

KB - Thanks for the tip. It can't be any worse than I think it looks.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm with Lucy, it's good to be queen!!!!
Your girls are so behaved...Ozzie and Cocoa should be ashamed. :)

Julie said...

I love that quote from George Washington Carver - sometimes it's hard to remember the important things.