Yesterday, the sun came out about 3:00 in the afternoon which brought our hopes up enough to unload the motorcycle and prepare for a ride up to the Blue Ridge Parkway today. We’d picked our ride and packed up our gear. We went to bed excited about what the day would hold and woke up to find it raining again. Unlike previous days with intermittent rain, this steady rain held on all day. I did my Bible studies and morning devotion. We ate lunch and still it rained. I sat on the porch, saw some intriguing photo opportunities and went out in the creek to take them, but it was so dark under the trees that the pictures did not come out well. I joined husband watching television and think my insistence on changing the Velocity Channel to “What not to Wear” and “Saw Yes to the Dress” encouraged him to suggest that we take a ride in the truck. We decided to go to some of the places I wanted to visit since we have no idea if the rain will stop for us to ride the motorcycle before we leave. We headed south to a fused glass studio I saw a sign for on the way up on Saturday. When we found the studio, I was surprised to find that some of my earliest work was similar to their pieces. When I first started fusing glass, I looked on the Internet for ideas and their website must have been one that I studied! Husband kept whispering to me “Your work is better,” and I kept shushing him because I didn’t want the artists to hear him. The people were very nice and as we were the only customers in their shop, I felt kind of guilty for not buying anything but I didn’t see anything that I couldn’t do myself. They suggested another place for us to visit, a mountainside chapel that I visited in college, but did not remember until they reminded me. We drove a little farther south to Camp Greenville and Pretty Place. The outdoor chapel faced the mountains and framed a large wooden cross. It was just like I remembered, but the view still overcast. We took a few pictures, took some time to pray for a friend who had sent a prayer request today and headed west to Dillard, Georgia for dinner. By day’s end, we had been in three states, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia before finally found the sun in Georgia. We ate dinner at Dillard House where they serve everything family style bringing meat loaf, fried chicken, pork chops, ten different vegetables, sliced tomatoes, cole slaw, green tomato relish, melons, and biscuits. Unfortunately, after dinner and a brief visit with the sun, we had to turn around and head back into the rain. It was not the day we had planned, but with some flexibility, we still had a good day and saw some unexpected beauty along the way.
A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike. Proverbs 27:15 (ESV)