Final Peace...Get Wells...Leaf Peeping...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, October 28, 2009

For the last few weeks myself and a number of other people - TRAVIS; JULIE; SONGBIRD; ANNDI; STARR; KATHERINE; and my bride Nancy have been carrying the Peace Globe torch for our most excellent friend MIMI as she sat vigil with her family at her dad’s bedside.

We have had email threads that went over 200 emails in a day…text messages came flying across the skies at all hours of the day and night. Phones rang and hugs were felt through the lines.

Peace Globe Worker Bees were born…friendships grew and became stronger…cute security guards were eyed…pages of stories were written to someday be shared with the world.

Yesterday morning Mimi sat by her dad’s bed in the hospice and she whispered her thoughts and love to him…she reminded him that he did not have to stay and fight…that he could let go and begin his journey home…and at that moment he did.

If you have read Mimi over the years, you know that her dad and her grandfather – Papa – have been extremely strong influences in her life. Both of these fine men are now looking down on their little girl and making sure she finds the peace she deserves.

Papa’s blue marble was the inspiration for the Peace Globe movement. If you have never read that story, please find it and read it HERE. As a child, who was the person in your life who made you smile…who taught you the ways of the world…who took your hand and walked you down the street to place you had never gone before…

We all have someone like that…why not honor that person with a Peace globe and you can put their name on it and maybe the one sentence that reminds you of them…

Please stop by and give your condolences to MIMI …she is truly a remarkable woman and would be kept afloat with your kind words…

We mentioned yesterday our friend MATT-MAN had been admitted into the hospital due to pneumonia in his right lung. He is still recovering…at the same time – send some get well wishes to STARR’S daughter Kidlet, who ended up in the hospital while running a high fever and having to be tested for a possible kidney infection…so some good thoughts are required there also…and to top it off, Chicklet, the daughter of ANNDI has been home for at least 4 days running a high fever…send her some healthy squeezes…

I planned on this being all pictures from our trip this weekend – but real life keeps getting in the way of my doing that…

Nancy and I decided to head up to the Ozarks this past weekend…(YES MICKEY-T, we were going to come east, but realized we needed a three day weekend for that and just could not swing it. You are next dude...

The drive up on Saturday morning was made underneath clear blue skies…We drove up into Missouri and jumped onto the Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway located in the Mark Twain National Forest.

The colors overall this year were somewhat muted due to too much rain in the area. While researching the area for our trip, Nancy came upon an article where the gentleman compared the New England foliage to the Ozark foliage and one thing he stated was evident. In NE the colors of the scenic views are much brighter than in the Ozarks…types of trees tend to make this the case…but in the Ozarks, when you are undercover…the colors can be quite brilliant.

Here are the pictures of our 23 mile journey down Glade Top…we took our time and got out at all 10 spots noted on the map. We never took any long hikes into the woods, but journeyed out a little.

A short time after the picture above was taken
Nancy looked down and realized she was
being covered by Ladybugs!
My Ladybug was being greeted by her namesakes!

As I mentioned the other day, we found a motel with a $49.00/nt rate and we did want to get there before it got dark…figured if it was a hole, we would eat the $49.00 and find a better place, but the Twinlakes Inn did the trick. It is situated right on Bull Shoals Lake.

We got settled and then headed out to dinner. We decided to go a tad upscale and visit the restaurant at Gastons White River Resort, which was about 2 miles down the road and right on the White River.

We had a very nice meal. They feature trout on the menu, so of course, that is what we ordered. Nancy’s with a crab meat sauce was fantastic – she told me, I can not eat crab.

My Trout Almondine was not as good…the trout was tasty, but the coated they put on it was very salty and there were more almonds on the fish than there should have been IMHO.

Then back to the room for some shut-eye…

On Sunday morning, my eyes opened at 6:30am and it was still pitch-black outside. I laid there for a while and then got up and got dressed and walked down to the lake hoping to get some sunrise pictures.

The walk through the woods to the lake was a tad spooky and it was steep as you got near the lake. There was nothing at the lake (i.e. dock etc)…and the land was not real level so it was not as easy to shoot as I had hoped.

But I think I got some cool sky shots – you be the judge…tomorrow!

14 Of Your Sparks

  1. Ken Says:
  2. Sure is a great time of the year to get out in the woods. I've never been in that neck of the woods before, looks nice. The colors are muted here too.

  3. DrillerAA09 Says:
  4. Looks like you got here just in time for some great fall color.

  5. ...please! tell us about the pyramid!...

  6. Nice pictures. Sounds like a great time. Well done with the $49/night motel.

  7. MICKEY-T: If we could have had that third day we would have come east...too far for just two days

    DRILLERAA: Timing worked out well, yes

    PHFRANKIE: OK I shall

    SOUTHERN: Thank you Sir...the motel was a grand bargain.

  8. Julie Says:
  9. Ooooh I can't wait for more pictures you little teaser you!

  10. katherine. Says:
  11. sometimes those little side trips are just about perfect! I am envious of all the autumn colors.

    lady bugs do flock to their

    there has been a disturbance in the blogforce lately.

  12. I miss seeing the fall foliage. We'd have to drive a few hours north to see it here, and while it's not too far, the elevation can be a challenge for me. Not the mention the timing is tricky since the peak viewing season is brief and never the same from year to year. It could be now, it could have been weeks ago, it might not happen for a few months! See, crazy, huh?

  13. Jay Says:
  14. It's too bad the fall foliage was a bit muted this year. But, taking a little drive through the countryside is still a great time during the fall. Especially during the fall actually. Spring isn't as much fun as that's when the bugs and snakes start coming out. ;-)

    It's not been a good week in the bloggerhood. Too many people getting sick. No more allowed!

  15. Thank you for the hugs and bossy texts =)

  16. JULIE: I am a tease

    KATHERINE: It was a great two days of just nancy and I - great music and color

    SONGBIRD: We drove 3 hours to see this...I understand the breathing must be difficult when you go up high

    JAY: It was even better meeting you dude

    STARR: My pleasure - I love sending bossy text msgs!

  17. Travis Cody Says:
  18. Excellent idea to fly a Peace Globe in honor of someone.

    And as has been said, the scenery looks fantastic. Great colors.

  19. Mimi Lenox Says:
  20. Starr is the Queen of bossy texts but in a most excellent way.

    This post touched me. What would I have done without all of you? We laid him to rest this afternoon. It has brought me much peace tonight to visit blogs for awhile and feel "normal"....time for sleep though.

    You and your little ladybug love are priceless.

  21. TRAVIS: I thought the idea might fly with some

    MIMI: HUGS to you honor to have been there


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