Sunday, May 30, 2010

When you have a contract for a new roof...

it will begin raining everyday. Just thought you'd want to know. No rain dancing necessary.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Little Summer Spooky

Jack Skellington: [singing] What's this? What's this? There's color everywhere! What's this? There's white things in the air! What's this? I can't believe my eyes, I must be dreaming; wake up, Jack, this isn't fair! What's this?

Today I am wearing my Jack Skellington t shirt. I bought it at Disney World. I love it. Then I realized, I have few places where it is appropriate to wear. I can't wear it to teach Preschool. Even on Halloween, we don't do Halloween at school. I can't wear it to church on Wednesday or Sunday Nights, well I did wear it once with a jacket over it. So, today on Summer Vacation--Jack came out of hiding. I even wore dark grey eye makeup for the occasion. The cashier at Sam's liked my shirt, we went on to have a conversation about Tim Burton movies. Remember, Big Fish is awesome everyone.

So, maybe I cause some to wonder with my Halloweenish shirt. It's fun to put a little spooky in the Summer.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I read a sentence posted by a friend on facebook that captured so much in a simple sentence.

I enjoy being someplace where nobody expects me to fit in.

I never imagined the freedom that would come with being expected to be different.

I am probably quite average, but don't tell me. I like to believe I am unique.

Monday, May 24, 2010

True Compass

I finished True Compass over the weekend.

I was moved to tears, which says a lot for several reasons. I rarely am moved to tears by books or movies. I just don't tend to get emotionally involved with the abstract. In this case, there are no big surprises in the sadness. I knew that the oldest brother of Ted Kennedy, Joe Jr., died in WWII. The writing of the chaplain coming to door asking for their father sent me to tears. As we know, history tells us of other terrible losses by this family.

Since I was a small child, I have known that Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, the child born to President Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, died of hyaline membrane disease. I was born prematurely and had this condition. My dad tells of hearing this diagnosis and immediately thinking of the Kennedy's baby who did not survive because of this lung condition. He knew it was a very serious matter. When I read the emotions of this lost baby, I can't separate the fact that I could have been that lost baby.

Ted Kennedy lived a life different than most. He had wealth and power, above all was human--and flawed. His Compass was his faith in God and the love of his family.

Beans and Cornbread

I grew up eating a lot of pinto beans. We always had fried potatoes and cornbread with it. In the summer, we would have sliced tomatoes too. This was my mom's favorite meal, she added sliced onion to her beans. I liked colby cheese with mine. My brother and dad often topped their bowls with ketchup.

Today, I made a pot of beans. My mom would use the beans the next night in chili--I may just have that tomorrow.

Sometimes the best meals don't contain fancy ingredients, but are filled with memories.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Very Happy Very Sad

I recently read The Village Watchman by Terry Tempest Williams.

"How are you doing?” I would ask.
“Ask me how I am feeling?” he answered.
“Okay, how are you feeling?”
“Today? Right now?”
“I am very happy and very sad.”
“How can you be both at the same time?” I asked in all seriousness, a girl of nine or ten.
“Because both require each other’s company. They live in the same house. Didn’t you know?”

I have been told in life to experience true happiness one must also experience sadness. I don't know if that is true, but I have had times where I could have answered. "I am very happy and very sad."

Friday, May 21, 2010


I don't go back to work until August!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Beep, Beep, Jeep

I want a Jeep.

A Jeep Wrangler that I drive around with the wind in my face. I think it may be a pre-midlife crisis. Although, I have wanted one for several years, so maybe not a passing fancy.

It's not practical.

It's not sensible.

It's not a reality.

I really want one.

Maybe an orange one, perhaps a copper color--hey, I'd take whatever color I can get a deal on.

Well. maybe not pink.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Just Be Happy Everyone

I admit, I like peace. I can't handle conflict. Even the idea of potential conflict can send me into a mess of worry and stress. Thankfully, I live a life of very little conflict.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Travis Mc Gee

I collect these books. They are a mystery series from the 70s. Travis Mc Gee is the main character. I bought my first one in Key West on my honeymoon.

I like the older issued covers better than some reprinted ones. Today I found one at a seldom visited thrift store. What a fun day!

It's Retro

Love this!

I just bought one of these at a thrift store today for $1. I love it. Josh is only slightly embarrassed that I am going to toting this baby around now.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I am sometimes crafty. I don't claim any true artistic talent, but I have moments of crafty glory.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Scarlet Begonias

She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes.
And I knew without askin’ she was into the blues.
She wore scarlet begonias tucked into her curls,
I knew right away she was not like other girls, other girls.

Yeah, I have red begonias in my flower beds. Would you expect anything less?

Things I Notice in My Bedroom RIght Now

1. Sailboat painting by my friend Leslie

2. Pile of Magazines

3. Three wilted blooms from the azaleas that my girls picked me for Mother's Day

4. Overflowing laundry basket

5. Half burned candles

6. Three pairs of sandals

Monday, May 10, 2010


Not all who wander are lost--Life is Good T shirt.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sea Shells

While in Nashville, I feel in love with these shams. They had them displayed with a solid coverlet that was very similar to what we already use. I saw the tiny bit of blue on the shams that matched our wall color. I knew they would be perfect for our bedroom. I have Key West related things on the walls. Josh surprised me with them for Mother's Day. One day when the bed is made I will post a photo. I am so excited.

I was so thrilled with my new bed linens that my Mother's Day has consisted of three things so far.

1. Church

2. Lunch

3. LONG afternoon nap

I love it. I am not as good as Pottery Barn with the staging. :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mother's Day Number 1

My mom loved Mother's Day. She wanted a corsage to wear to church. We always were at my grandparents' house for Mother's Day. It was so important to my Mom that my Dad drove to Alabama to pick me and Delaney up and then took us to my Grandma's house--it's a long way from Madison, Alabama to Verona, Missouri. That year was my first year as a Mother and my mom made Delaney and I matching dresses. I proudly wore, even though it was not my taste and lavender. My mom was thrilled.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thanks to Our Parents

Thanks to our parents, Josh and I were able to go on two overnight trips last week. My dad came and watched the girls early last week while Josh and I were in Atlanta. We were home for two nights and then we were off to Nashville with Josh's parents taking over.

We are so lucky that even though they live 300 and 500 miles away, our parents take the time and effort to visit often. They also don't mind watching the girls while we skip town.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oh The Stories I Could Tell

We survived a crazy day of floods, closed roads, and tornado warnings. In the end, we made it to the concert on time. There was no leisure time to eat dinner or change clothes prior, but we made it and that was good enough at that point.

Tornado sirens while driving in unfamiliar areas are scary. We pulled ended up at Cool Springs Galleria, the parking lot flooded in many areas. They recommended no one leave due to all the flooding. Many cars were underwater in the parking lot. I asked a group of young men if they knew a way to get down town without going on 65, which was closed near where we were.

After many hours of waiting and moving at a snails pace, we made it to the concert. The mayor of Nashville and a police officer went on stage prior to the concert to tell us of road closures and recommended not leaving downtown. Thankfully, we were already had a hotel room. The hotel room had flooding issues on the ground and first floors. We thankfully were parked in an area that did not flood, although the lot was flooded in some areas.

Driving home, one section of the interstate was flooded in all lanes North and only the shoulder was passable in the South bound. Thankfully, we were heading South and made it without any detours home. It rained to hard cars were slowly driving with their hazard lights on. We saw cars underwater stranded all over.

Oh the Stories I Could Tell.