Walking in Memphis

December 9th, 2014

My time on the computer has been really limited (with the exception of Christmas shopping), which also means my posting has been less than regular.

We spent some time traveling with family and friends- and went to Memphis. It was our first time to go and stay in the area, as opposed to ‘just passing through’ towards another destination- but it was a fun experience. It was a learning experience when we visited the home of a former abolitionist and listened to information about the Underground Railroad. It was humbling- and at the same time so sad to know that anyone could treat ANY human being less than human. I can’t even begin to understand or imagine.

We walked down Beale Street- heard some great music coming out of various cafe’s and clubs into the streets- and enjoyed some great food.

Now- we’re back home and life continues to show us how much we are blessed. I love spending the time with my family and friends, and can’t wait to see everyone else who wants to take time out of their schedules to spend time with us. I’m so grateful!

Right now- I have gifts to wrap- plus Fleur de Sel caramels to wrap for an order- but I’ll try to post more often.

Merry Christmas Season y’all!

Cat Food??

November 21st, 2014

persimmonsI love the South-   Granted, I am biased since it is my ‘home’, but there is something about coming home to the Deep South that feels like a warm hug and a blanket of love.    Maybe it’s the hospitality-  maybe it’s the family and friends-  the water- or maybe it’s something that runs much deeper.

One of the things I love about this time of the year and being back ‘home’ is the fruit that can be found around the property.    Mom and diddy’s persimmon tree produced in abundance this year- and I grabbed a ripe one that had fallen to the ground, and dug in.    Creamy and perfectly sweet-   delicious bliss.

But what is that?   A cat eating a persimmon?   What happened to mice and other creatures?   I’m sure they get their fair share of both, but a fan of persimmons they are.   You can find them on occasion gathered under the tree having their own Southern Style feast-  of nothing more than the orange colored fruits-      Who knew?  Certainly not I.   One thing I do know for sure-  that always magnificent Mister Mistoffelees wouldn’t give it a second glance.

Tis the Season-

November 21st, 2014

While probably most of the people I know are either well on their way with their Christmas shopping, and in some cases done- Yours truly hasn’t purchased but one gift. Yes- I’m a little behind on the gift scale this year, but I know I have plenty of time to grab just the right deal here and there.

Marcel has his eyes on a pair of Beats headphones, and it looks like a young (boy does that make me sound old) couple we know are looking for promise rings for couples to solidify their commitment to each other. It is the season of giving, and personally- I think that in giving- we receive the most.

We Inturrupt this Programming…

November 21st, 2014

100 Happy Days (part 1) posts are on hiatus- as we are now on VACATION!

We arrived after a flight delay in ATL on Monday evening with a surprising crowd of people welcoming us home with a lot of love and hugs.   I felt not only overwhelmed, but also blessed at the fact that in spite of the delays- some of my favorite people were there, plus some whom I haven’t seen in a long time showed up just to welcome us home.     There are no words to describe the feeling.

So even though I’m still doing ‘part two’ of my 100 happy days- as I am here,  I’ll continue on in the beginning of the year-   because the photos are on my other computer, and right now I have too many other amazing things to do and share.

 

Day 50- 100 Happy Days

November 12th, 2014

50It’s no secret that I lost my last grandma in 2001, and I miss both grandmothers even to this day.    My great aunt-  Lois-  I adore and have pretty much adopted her as my grandma- even though she is anything but.     She made this lap quilt for me, sent via mom and diddy last time they visited, because she wanted me to have something to curl up with when I’m watching TV.   Everytime I look at it- it makes me smile, and I feel wrapped in the love in which it was made.

Day 49-100 Happy Days

November 11th, 2014

49I surprised Marcel with tickets to see his favorite soccer team play.    While I’m not a soccer fan, I’m a fan of making him (and others) happy.  I also enjoy the atmosphere of the games and the crowds.  It was a fun day and even though they lost-  we had a wonderful time together.    It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

 

Day 48- 100 Happy Days

November 10th, 2014

48Day 48 found us taking a trip to our local weekend Farmer’s Market-  and I came home with fresh limes, strawberries, a LOT of avocados, green onions, mushrooms, walnuts, and slivered coconut- plus more.

There is nothing quite like fresh fruits and vegetables for great summer prices.    They make me VERY happy.

One Week and Counting

November 10th, 2014

This past weekend was spent in an early Thanksgiving with friends.   It started last year and the group of seven couples decided to turn it into a tradition.   This year- someone else in the group hosted and another feast and great time by all was had.   It really made me happy that they decided to have it earlier in the month, since we will actually be at mom and diddys celebrating Thanksgiving with them when the day actually comes-   so it was great to have a ‘kick-off’ to the holiday season a little early.

The thing I love the most- is that we’re a group of people who love to cook and bake-   so everything was from scratch, including my Great Aunt Gladys’ homemade stuffing made an appearance.   Between the main course and dessert- we took a two mile walk along the river and through the quaint town that my good friend Niki lives in.  Bliss- is the only way that I know how to describe it-   one thing is for sure- I’m grateful for each and every one of them.

Our trip home is in less than a week-  In fact, this time one week from now- we should be landing in Atlanta for our short layover.  I’m ready-  we both are.    I’m also going to be helping mom, alongside my best friend of many years to organize and revamp mom’s sewing room-    I’m surprised that she’s trusting us to the task, but I know it will be fun-  and she’ll actually be able to find things once we’re done.

Plus plans with family and friends- and some other life-changing things possibly happening.    Life is good-  and I need to remember more and more to take the time to really pause and think about just how blessed I am.

Day 47- 100 Happy Days

November 10th, 2014

47Sorry for the delay in continuing to share these-   Life has been moving at a fast pace, and in the process I’ve started ‘part 2′ 0f 100 Happy Days- and am on day 10 of that.     I’ll share those after I’m done with these, but in the meantime-  Day 47:

Having a tomato buffalo mozzarella sandwich with tomatoes I harvested from my plant.  Making Roasted red pepper- Parmesan bread (from scratch) makes me very happy.    The smell, the smile on Marcel’s face, the process= pure bliss.

Day 46- 100 Happy Days

October 27th, 2014

46This is probably one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken this year-   Marcel and JJ were having a little moment, and I was lucky enough to catch it-   it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Those two are best pals- and while JJ definitely doesn’t see Marcel as the ‘boss’- he does see him as a friend and playmate-   They have a lot of fun together and make me laugh hysterically quite regular.

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