A Wild and Wonderful Labor Day Weekend

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing, fun, good-food-filled, and happy holiday weekend. I had every single one of those adjectives plus more. Yay! I’ll get to that in a minute, first I need to post a few photos that I promised my Aunt Cathy would be debuting on the website.

Welcome to Oil Ridge. My Aunt Cathy and Uncle Jim had asked me a while back to go up to the property where they had lived with Uncle Jim’s dad as newlyweds. It was my absolute pleasure to capture these memories for them…not to mention the view was STUNNING! Nancy, you are so lucky to have that view every single day! I’ll be visiting later this fall for even more picture taking opportunities! The funny thing is that my mother and grandmother had sent me on a wild goose chase the day before telling me all these great places in Sistersville to take an aerial shot of the town. However, they failed to mention that they hadn’t visited these “secret” spots in over 20 years. Needless to say, things had grown over a bit. So I was very excited to see this view of the Ohio River and the Ohio Valley from Oil Ridge.

Uncle Jim, the tractor pictures are just for you! Aunt Cathy said that you’d really like them. I don’t know that much about tractors, so I hope I caught the right details for you. This tractor was parked over by the woods and I wondered away from the ladies to see what kind of photos I could get. I was really getting into the different angles and colors of the tractor when this HUGE (and I mean HUGE!) deer came leaping out of the bushes and took off down the hill. It scared the heck out of this city girl…I must have jumped 4 feet in the air and then sheepishly glanced around to make sure no one saw. You just don’t see that in Royal Oak, MI everyday.

Above is my mom, Aunt Cathy and Nancy. Can you tell that the colors are already starting to turn? When we go back for the next football game, they will be blazin’ with color!

Speaking of football…to the sports fans alike and those who know me best, you know that Saturday was the highlight of my weekend…in more ways than one! West Virginia won their opening football game against a pretty talented Villanova Wildcat team. We had a lovely tailgate, visited with old friends and celebrated the victory in style (which is really the only way I know how to celebrate.) It was so nice to see everyone this weekend. Big hugs and kisses to each of you and I hope you all made it home safe and sound. Can’t wait for our next game together!

Stay tuned…I have more country side and a surprise for my grandma later!

September 2, 2008 - 8:19 pm

Aunt Lori - Love the pictures Meg. It makes me miss home. It’s hard for me to believe I spend every weekend and summer up on the hill when I was younger. Thanks for sharing. We miss you! Lots of love, Uncle Tom & Aunt Lori

Lets go WVU!!!!

September 3, 2008 - 1:48 pm

Mary Ann - Wow… the colors are beautiful! I love the shots of the house with the shadow of the big twisty tree resting on it. It was so cool to look over the valley from the ridge and try to figure out where different locations were in the valley.

Meg… I think it is one of your best posts.

September 3, 2008 - 2:28 pm

mnrphotography - Aww! Thanks Mom! 🙂

September 4, 2008 - 9:24 am

Aunt Cathy - My dear Megan, your pictures of our humble and cherished beginnings brought tears to my eyes. I cannot wait for Uncle Jim to see them and especially the John Deere. I also loved the one of MJ’s – I could even see the stars in the evening sky. Thank you does not seem enough to say. I send you all my love and look forward to you and your family’s return later this fall.

September 4, 2008 - 6:15 pm

Uncle Jim - Megan, like Aunt Cathy said, this brought back so many cherished memories for me too. You’ve captured a piece of timeless recognition in my heart with these photos of my homeplace, and the quality and images are simply outstanding. Now I have lots of screen savers for my computer too *S*. Words can not express the thanks to you for this. Know that we love you dearly and look forward to your return with the family soon *S*.