Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekend: Sisters

We've been gone for the weekend and just got home a couple hours ago. I was presenting my workshop on ballads at the Virginia Storytelling Gathering, and Larry explored some Civil War sites in the Shenandoah Valley while I was busy. Did he take pictures of the battlefields? No, he left the camera for me. Did I take pictures of the Gathering? Um, no...I left the camera in my room! So the only pictures we have to share are the ones I took on the road.

And the photos of my sisters! Out of eight of us, five were able to meet in Harrisonburg, VA for lunch--and add in my Larry, Julie's Jackie and their son EJ and his fiancee Amber and you can imagine we made quite a good group in the restaurant. I was so happy my sisters took the time to meet--I know their lives are busy too, so it was a really special treat.

 Theresa, who brought me a potted pansy to brighten my room at the conference,


Judy, whose 22 horses at Hidden Trails stables at Lost River State Park have her wearing a t-shirt that says "I'm so busy I don't know whether I found a rope or lost a horse," and


Julie and hubby Jackie who celebrated their 20th anniversary by being with us, and

my beautiful sister Elizabeth who brought me some lovely gifts! I owe you, Liz--and I'm still researching a neat cast iron pot she brought me. Pics later this week, I hope--after I figure out what it is!

The conference was wonderful. I will write more about it later, and about our meandering trip home that took in a naval base, a metal sculpture garden, a trip back in time and a foraging expedition. For now, it's just good to be back by our own fire in our quiet home far back in the hills of our beloved West Virginia.

7 comments:

Lucky13 said...

Oh my goodness! I look just like Mary! It was wonderful seeing you and Larry, Sis! What a fun day! I love it when we can all be together!

TheresaandJay said...

Oh Julie, I was thinking how beautiful and young you look!

momalizzie said...

Diddo to what Theresa said, Julie! It was such a fun day, I really was so happy to be around my sisters that day! Sometimes, we don't know why, we just need...

Glad your conference went well, Susie and very happy to know you're home in your quiet home tonight!

Nance said...

it is always good to gather with your sisters (and/or bros). I'm standing by to hear more about the rest of your trip.

A Vintage Green said...

A time to treasure.
- Joy

Granny Sue said...

Julie, I thought you looked like Maggie! But not to worry, they're both beautiful women :)

We did have fun, didn't we? I can't believe I had to miss out on a junking trip though...hope you all found great bargains. We stopped at one fleamarket on the way home and all I found was a funnel! And the Goodwill in Harrisonburg--very busy place but I found absolutely nothing there. A rare occurrence, one for the history books, Larry says ;)

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

There is nothing that compares to a family get-together no matter where it is held. I bet there were lots of laughs, smiles, and love at that table -- barbara

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