Friday, November 29, 2013

Snow and some randoms

Happy Friday, everyone! Nancy, of A Rural Journal, started a meme called Random 5 Friday, and I’m hooked. Even though Nancy is on a break, I still find it fun to share random facts with you each Friday.

Larry and I enjoyed Thanksgiving at Mountain Lake in Giles County, Virginia. If it wasn’t the best Thanksgiving ever, it was close to the top. We had a wonderful time.

The closer we got to the top of the mountain, the more snow there was.

It snowed in Altavista on Wednesday, but not for long, and it didn’t stick. Up at Mountain Lake, there was snow! Larry and I are like kids when it comes to snow—we love it. We were so excited to walk around and enjoy the soft crunch of the white stuff underneath our feet.

It wasn't deep, but it was snow.

The barn with a background of trees glittering in the sun at the top of the mountain.

We had a fabulous meal. There was a full array of food on the buffet, and a man stood at the carving station, ready to slice off turkey or roast beef, or both.
I had turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, a green salad, and butternut squash.

Yes, I cleaned my plate.

They had a lot more selections, including cornbread stuffing (which Larry said was the best stuffing he had ever eaten) and pecan stuffing, but that’s what I ate.
We had two baskets of different breads on our table, with honey butter and a cranberry relish to spread on them.
The dessert table was lovely, but by the time I got to dessert, I could only eat a small lemon cake.
We both ate too much, but we did manage to stop before we were miserably stuffed.

We went by the gift shop and bought a pottery ornament shaped like Virginia with the name Mountain Lake Lodge on it. This is the second time we’ve been there, and we’ve had a wonderful time each visit. I wanted something to commemorate this visit.

At a fenced off lookout near the Mountain Lake Lodge.

I find being in the mountains restful for my soul. That’s the only way I can say it: my soul feels at peace when I look across the blue mountains.

I’ll share more photos next week. I probably went overboard with the picture taking, but I wanted to capture every piece of beauty I saw.


  1. Tina, your photos are lovely! Glad to know I am not the only one who loves snow. :) I would have cleaned off that plate as well, everything looks scrumptious!

  2. I love how you love snow. I'm from Minnesota, so I ... do not. :-)

  3. The meal looks delicious- more so because you didn't have to cook it! I love the mountains- my favorite place to be.

  4. Glad you had a such a lovely time, that plate of thanksgiving food made my mouth water and the view is stunning..looking forward to more photos.

  5. looks like fun. i've been there in the fall - i bet it was simply gorgeous with snow. awesome! ( :

  6. WoW, that meal is impressive!! My stomach still hurts from yesterday!!

    Love, love, love the snow!!

  7. Oh wow Tina I am loving these snowy scenes here. Beautiful!! Snow is good for the soul :)

  8. looks like a great way to treat yourself to a good thanksgiving!

  9. I love the mountains, too. Always beautiful and peaceful. That dinner looked to die for -- even though I'm still full!

  10. Gorgeous pictures! We could use a little snow...the crunching under the feet kind.

  11. I'm so happy to hear you both had such a lovely Thanksgiving!

  12. Sounds like a dream Thanksgiving celebration! To have someone else cooking and carving the turkey and surrounded by all that majestic beauty...ahhhh. Your photos are really beautiful and all that snow is so pretty. I know what you mean about having peace of the soul surrounded by mountains. Any time I'm outdoors, my soul feels that way. :)

  13. Comparetimos amar a los animales. Tengo una gatita o mejor dicho una gata de 20 años que se parece mucho a la tuya.
    Un abrazo.
    Rosa María Milleiro

  14. Sounds like a wonderful day, Tina. I love the mountains also.......somehow they always put everything in perspective for me.

  15. Beautiful photos, Tina! It sounds like a wonderful place. And it looks like you had a fantastic time. I really love the mountains, too, especially when there's a body of water nearby. Then I'm convinced I've happened upon heaven.

  16. Wonderfull fotos landscapes, greeting from Belgium .; raining here.


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