Forty-Three And Counting…

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showing (with our fingers) that we’re celebrating #43

Wow! Has it really already been four days since Ed and I celebrated our 43rd anniversary? I guess time flies when you’re having fun… Actually, time flies when you’re not having fun, too. I can testify to that, after too many days spent canning vegetables!

Anyway, I wanted to document, on my blog, how Ed and I spent our special day–in case I forget!  These days, it seems, I’ve forgotten about as much as I remember, and by this time, next year, I may not have a clue what we did, so here goes…

Ed and I woke up early on our anniversary, June 18. We both knew the garden would just have to be put on hold for the day, because it was our day to celebrate! We exchanged our cards and gifts, then decided, at the last minute, we’d pack up and head to the beach, after all.

Originally, we’d planned to post pone our trip to St. Simon’s Island due to the heat wave we’ve been experiencing, but, suddenly, it just seemed like the right thing to do. Heat wave or no heat wave, we were going to St. Simon’s Island! By nine o’clock we had ourselves and all of the animals fed, had our things (for the day) packed, and were on our way.  (I’m so glad we went, because the relentless heat wave is still with us!)

Upon arriving on the island, the first thing we noticed was another [older] couple sitting under our favorite tree! Oh, no! We’ve made dozens of visits to SSI, and we’d never encountered this problem before. Fortunately, the tree is large, so we picked a spot to the far left of the couple and set out our chairs. As it happened, the couple left just about an hour after we arrived, and we had the tree all to ourselves for the rest of our visit.

Ed and I took our camera and tripod with us, and did our traditional anniversary photo session, too. (A tradition we started, about five years ago, was holding up fingers to show how many years of marriage we’re celebrating) We took our anniversary pictures in the park, on the same bench we used last year.  After the first three or four pictures, we discovered the camera lens had fogged up, so we had to start all over, once the lens cleared. At one point, two men came driving up in a golf cart, and stopped short, just seconds before driving through one of our pictures in progress! We laughed. Believe it or not, we eventually got some good shots!

We ate Southern Soul Bar-be-que sandwiches for lunch, and, as usual, they were delicious. If you ever visit St. Simon’s Island (near Brunswick, Ga.), and are a fan of bar-be-que, I highly recommend Southern Soul! The place isn’t much to look at (it’s a converted gas station), but the food is so good!

The ‘walking man’ (from last year) was still out and about The Village.  He started walking just before noon, and was still walking at 3 o’clock–in temperatures over 100 degrees!  His clothes were totally soaked, from perspiration, after the first hour or so.  I can’t help but wonder why he always walks through the hottest part of the day.  Ed remarked how quickly he must wear out a pair of walking shoes…

Temperatures reached 101 degrees, after lunch, but a nice ocean breeze was blowing, most of the time, so it didn’t feel that hot–until we left The Village! The ride home was pretty warm. Thank goodness for car air conditioning–and, believe me, it was working overtime, that day!

Of course, our anniversary would not have been complete without our traditional meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken, so we stopped in Jesup, for an early supper, on the way home. Us and one more couple were the only ones in the entire place, so it was a quiet and pleasant meal. Ed remarked, “This (the chicken) is almost as good as it was 43 years ago!” We didn’t get our meal for free, like we did on our wedding night, but we did get the senior citizen’s discount 🙂 Sometimes, growing older has its privileges.  Ha!

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the last picture we took

We made it home, safe and sound, with no car problems, which is always a good thing!  My back even cooperated and didn’t give me too much trouble during the ride.

It was an awesome day, at an awesome place, spent with an awesome guy.  I couldn’t have asked for more.

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Good-bye October, Hello Hodgepodge…

Can you believe it’s already the last Wednesday of October?  Me either!  Welcome to The Wednesday Hodgepodge, the mid-week meme, hosted by Joyce FromThisSideOfThePond.  The Hodgepodge is a little of this and a little of that, but it’s always a lot of fun!  Here are this week’s questions, along with my answers:

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? Which of those would you most like to taste, or be most willing to taste?

Ed used to do a little bit of hunting, when he was a teenager, but that was long before we met, and he didn’t hunt much.  Our son-in-law, Clint, used to hunt, too, but not since he’s been in our family.  At this time, there are currently no hunters in our family, but if meat prices continue to soar at the grocery store, that could possibly change!  Around here, most people hunt for deer, birds, or wild turkeys.

While we’re on this subject, let me just say that I have a problem with very young children going hunting.  I’ve seen pictures of local children, some as young as five or six, posing with deer they’ve supposedly killed.  This disturbs me–a lot!

As far as what I would eat or what I have eaten, I’ve eaten venison (deer meat) and wild birds (dove & quail), but it’s been quite a while since I’ve done so.  I would be willing to try duck, wild turkey, or goose, but that’s about it.

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful ‘bird’s eye view’ of something below?

The last high ‘bird’s eye view’ I had was from top of the light tower, on St. Simon’s Island, and that was probably 25 years ago!  My knees grew weak when I walked out on the ledge, and looked down! I’m afraid of heights, so I usually try to avoid places with a ‘bird’s eye view’.  Besides,  these days, I probably couldn’t hold out to climb all the steps of a lighthouse!

3. Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in bird prints, knickknacks, fabric or pottery.

Yes, we have birds!  Up until two weeks ago, we had seven baby chicks living in a box in our pool room.  Thankfully, they’ve moved outside now, to a home of their own, but I still have a green and yellow parakeet named ‘Tweety’, who shares our home.  I don’t know exactly how old ‘Tweety’ is, but he’s lived with us for almost nine years.

4. Tell about a time you ‘killed two birds with one stone’?

How about this past weekend, when we celebrated two different grandchildrens’ birthdays in one weekend? Granddaughter, Madison, turned 8 on September 23.  Grandson, Evan, will turn 1 on October 30.

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Evan wasn’t so sure about his ‘smash cake’…

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Madison poses with her ‘Frozen’ themed cake

Evan’s party was last Saturday, and Madison’s party was last Sunday!  It was a lot of ‘sweets’, people, and celebrating for one weekend, but, we all survived!

 5. Your favorite song with a bird in its title?

An old song comes to mind:  On the Wings of a Dove by Ferlin Husky.  This [somewhat spiritual] song was popular when I was a child (in 1960), but I still love it today!  I was happy to find the song on YouTube, and decided to share it for those who may have never heard it. (That would probably include my own children, too)


6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?

Watching the new show ‘Stalker’ gives me goose bumps!  What a ‘sit on the edge of your seat’ kind of show!  Last week’s episode, ‘Phobia’,  actually had me squirming and yelling, when a woman woke up to find over thirty snakes in her bedroom–one of which was in her bed!  Snakes definitely qualify as one of my phobias!  (I got goosebumps again, yesterday, when Ed found a HUGE snake’s skin near our back yard!)

7. Halloween is this Friday…any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume.

Although Halloween isn’t until Friday, our town will have its ‘trick-or-treat night’ on Thursday night–our town is ‘funny’ that way.  They only do ‘trick-or-treat’ on Tuesday or Thursday nights. Go figure!   We have no plans (yet) for Halloween, but our grandchildren will stop by on Thursday night to collect the ‘treats’ that I have waiting for them.

Yes, I did go trick-or-treating, as a child.  Back then, we were  lucky if we got a mask to wear for Halloween. If we weren’t lucky enough to get a mask, from the dime store, we dressed up in old clothes, put smut on our faces, and went trick-or-treating as a hobo. There was also the old standby of wearing a white sheet over our heads, and pretending to be a ghost, too. I think we had more fun, back then, than the children do now!

My most memorable Halloween costume is from just three years ago, when Ed and I dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, for our last family Halloween Party.

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As for carving pumpkins, I never did that when I was a child.  I watched Ed carve a few jack-o-lanterns with our own children, although I’ve never tried it myself.  I’d probably make a mess of the pumpkin!

Random:

With Halloween just around the corner, I’m sharing my Halloween montage again. It’s a collection of some of my favorite Halloween pictures.  I really need to make another one of these, and include some Halloween photos of the two newest ‘grands’.  Enjoy!

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Catching Up…

It’s Monday again, and that can only mean one thing.  It’s time to play ‘catch up’.  Boy, the weekends pass in a hurry, don’t they?!  Ed had another three-day weekend, but, still, the weekend passed in a hurry.

Only two words are needed to describe our weekend–hot and wet!  The temperatures were almost unbearable on Friday and Saturday, with highs reaching the 100 mark!  By 10 a.m., each day, simply walking out on the porch was reason enough to make one sweat! Needless to say, we stayed inside as much as possible!

We originally had a day trip to the beach planned for Friday.  Once I saw the weatherman’s predictions, I knew there was no way I was going to sit outside–even under my favorite oak tree at St. Simon’s Island!  We postponed our trip until Sunday, when the temperatures were predicted to drop.

Ed and I made the best of being ‘shut ins’, by watching lots of television and taking naps.  Both days, late in the afternoon, Ed fired up the grill and cooked supper for us.  Saturday evening, on a whim, we even ate grilled steak, salad, and baked potato by candlelight!  Fun times.

Sunday morning, at the crack of dawn, we were packed and headed toward St. Simon’s.  I should have known it was going to be ‘one of those days’ when I realized that I’d forgotten to bring my shrug.  (I always wear a sundress when going to the beach, but bring a shrug to wear over it when going anywhere other than the beach.)  The sky was overcast on the way, but had cleared by the time we reached the island.  It was shaping up to be a gorgeous day–or so we thought!

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When we arrived at The Village, I noticed there was an arts and crafts festival being held in the park.  It was the first festival we’d been able to attend all year, so we headed over before unpacking our beach chairs.  I enjoy browsing the exhibits, even though I rarely buy anything. Sunday was no exception.

Before long, Ed and I were settled in our chairs, underneath our favorite oak tree.  A stiff breeze was blowing, and I noticed the water was a bit choppier than usual, but it felt so good to be outdoors!  Before long, I looked to my right, and spotted this…

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I’ll bet you can guess what happened next!  Within the next hour, the rain began to fall!  Ed and I quickly grabbed our chairs and headed for the car, where we sat and waited to see if the cloud would pass.  The longer we sat, the darker the skies became, and the more it rained.  It didn’t just rain, it poured!  We’d been on the island just over an hour…  After another hour of waiting, and watching the downpour, we gave up and left the island.

We didn’t go straight home, though.  Instead we did a little shopping, in nearby Brunswick.  I was disappointed about missing my ‘island time’, and felt naked without a shrug to cover my skimpy sundress, but we made the best of a bad situation, and still had a nice time.  In the end, that’s what really counts.

Before long, summer 2014 will be winding down, but there are still enough days left to get in a little more ‘island time’!  Ed has a four-day weekend coming up, and it’s my birthday weekend.  Guess where I’m hoping to be, at least one of those four days?  The ocean and the oak tree are calling my name…

Happy Monday!

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Just Another Monday…

First of all, this post will be late in getting published.  I’m settling back in from a long, three-day weekend, and I’m running behind (as usual).  That being said, I’ll get busy recapping the weekend.

Ed was off on Friday, and he graciously took me back to my favorite place.  You guessed it–St. Simon’s Island.  The skies were clear and beautiful, but oh, my goodness it was warm.  No, actually it was HOT.  The car thermometer said 94 degrees, but a nice breeze was blowing in from the ocean and temps under ‘our’ oak tree ran a bit cooler than 94, I think.  However, the temperature in Brunswick, just a few miles from SSI, was 98 degrees!

Here’s a bit of what we saw, while sitting in the shade of that oak tree, on Friday:

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a shrimp boat,  followed by a flock of birds

(that’s nearby Jeckyl Island in the background)

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the ‘walking man’, along with some shark fishermen on the pier

(the walking man walked exactly 3 hours!)

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one of the fisherman posing with his ‘catch of the day’

(I had a blast watching the guy land that shark!)

Ed and I enjoyed a picnic of bar-b-que sandwiches from ‘Soulful Bar-b-que’, and the food was delicious, as always.  One thing you can say about us, we are creatures of habit 🙂

On this visit, I did a bit of shopping at some of the gift shops on the island.  I purchased a few more beach-themed ornaments for my ‘summer tree’, which I recently decorated. I’ll have to share a few pics of that tree, one day soon.  It’s decorated in all things ‘tropical’ or ‘beach-y’.

The trip to and from St. Simon’s Island was uneventful, which is always a good thing.  (I always wonder if we’ll have car trouble)  I’m already looking forward to making another trip back, hopefully in a couple of weeks!

On Friday night, after arriving back home from SSI, we gathered at our daughter’s house, and watched our oldest son’s wedding/honeymoon video.  The wedding video was pretty much traditional, but oh, my goodness, the honeymoon part of the video was hilarious!  Our son filmed everything they saw on the honeymoon, including traffic and the entire decor of the condo where they stayed.  He did a running commentary while he filmed, and that’s what was so funny!  Toward the end of the video, suddenly a basketball game appears.  I said to my son, “Please tell me you didn’t film a basketball game over your wedding/honeymoon video!!!”  He said, “No, the wedding/honeymoon was filmed over the basketball game!”

The rest of the weekend went by quickly.  We were able to visit with almost all of our family, at some point over the weekend, which is always good.  Ed managed to get a little work done around the house, too, and that always makes him happy.

The low point of the weekend came, on Sunday morning, when the ‘anti tracking’ warning light came on in my car!  I’m not quite sure what the warning light means, except that it means another trip to the car repair shop!  Hopefully, it will be a simple and not-too-costly fix.  It’s always something when your vehicles grow old…  In fact, I’m planng to write a post, soon, entitled “Old Vehicles Never Die, They Just Come To Live At Our House!”

On that note, I’ll end this post and say “Have a great Monday–and stay cool!”

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Hello Blog! I’ve Missed You…

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the view of my kitchen table (all last week)

I had the best intentions of re-entering the world of blogging, last week.  That was before–before the pea vines made a second crop of peas, before the butter beans made their second crop of beans, and before our dying tomato plants began growing more tomatoes!  Ya’ gotta’ love a good garden 🙂  So!  Guess what I’ve been doing for the past four days?!  In fact, I still have butter beans spread out on the floor, still waiting to be shelled–but I’ll get to those a little later.  For now, I’m going to blog!

Today is the first day, since June 18, that I haven’t had to get up and be in the garden at 7 a.m. (Sundays included)  I’m not quite sure what to do with myself,  but to tell you the truth, it sure feels nice!  There’s nothing quite like falling out of bed, putting on clean clothes, then covering yourself with insect repellent and heading for the dew-covered garden–and yes, you can insert a bit of sarcasm there!

Last week,  after a particularly ‘dirty’ trip to the garden, I managed to get water in my ear, while shampooing my hair in the bath tub.  I was in a hurry to deal with the vegetables  awaiting my attention, so I failed to get all of the water out of my ear.  As a result, I developed ‘swimmers’ ear’, which I’ve been battling for nearly a week!  An earache is a miserable thing, especially when you don’t have time to be sick.  Thank heaven for daughters who live next door, and have a handy supply of ear drops!  Thanks to those ear drops, I’m finally getting better 🙂

In addition to all of the gardening and canning, we did manage to fit in some family time on Friday night–with the entire clan, this time!   I fixed a pot roast in the oven, and cooked fresh peas and corn from the garden.  I even managed to bake a chocolate cake–all while dealing with an earache!

Our home gets very crowded and loud when everyone is present (there are 12 of us), but there’s nothing like having everyone together, under one roof.  The high point (with noise) of the evening was when the grandchildren decided to drag out the Baby Einstein keyboard and the old Fisher Price Marching Band set!  The ladies were talking in the living room, while the men were talking in the kitchen.  I sent the ‘grands’ into the kitchen to serenade the men folks 🙂  The men folks never missed a beat, they just slid their chairs a little further away from the children and kept on talking.  It was a priceless moment!

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our oldest and youngest grandchildren, enjoying a moment together

Brad, Jennifer, and Evan spent Friday night with us.  Evan doesn’t sleep well when he’s off from home, so he was up and down all night.  I feel bad for the little fellow, ’cause I don’t sleep well when I’m off from home either.  We all woke up, Saturday morning, with dark circles under our eyes, but none the worse for wear.  After all, we all had places to go and things to do.

Brad and Jennifer had plans with her family, so they left us pretty early on Saturday morning.  The rest of the day Ed and I spent picking and shelling–both peas and beans!  I put the last packs of peas in the freezer at 10 p.m. and went to bed, dead tired– but happy– because I knew I would be sitting on St. Simon’s Island on Sunday 🙂

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the view from our favorite tree: two huge ships passing in front of us

Ed and I got up early Sunday morning, and were on the road to St. Simon’s by 8 a.m.  We spent most of the day under our favorite tree again.  (I never grow tired of it!)  This time we were joined by our daughter and her family, which was a pleasant change for all of us.  There was a ‘Antiques Show’ going on, and we all browsed through the exhibits.  Our son-in-law took granddaughter, Madison, swimming in the park pool, as well.  We were all back home before 6:30 Sunday evening.  All-in-all, it was a good weekend!

This week, I’ll be attempting to play ‘catch up’ in the coming days–both in writing and finding out what’s been happening with all of my blog friends.  Of course, things may become a little bit crazy around here, again, during the next few days because…

Now that we have a brand new roof covering our front porch, the old decking boards suddenly need to be replaced!  As a result of now being protected from the rain, sun, and dew, our boards suddenly began to shrink.  We had no idea this was going to happen when we covered our porch!  We now have these HUGE cracks between each board (an inch or more), and this just isn’t working for us.  The chair legs keep falling into the cracks!  Over the upcoming holiday weekend, Ed will be attempting to remove these old boards, replace them with new ones, and close up the cracks.  This will not be an easy job!  (Much of the porch will have to be disassembled.)  Wish us luck, and hopefully, there won’t be any unintentional fireworks at our house!  If you read here regularly, you know how our building projects tend to go…  Have a great Monday, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things Could Have Been Worse…

The weekend began with the closing program of our oldest grandson, Caden.  Friday marked the end of his year in pre-K.  (Where did the time go???)  The closing program was cute, and had a ‘nautical’ theme, which is near and dear to my heart 🙂  Caden knew all of the songs and poems, and recited his memory verse without a hitch.  We are very proud of him, and all that he’s learned, especially the fact that he’s now reading!

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We had no plans for Saturday, which felt nice for a change.  Of course, having no plans didn’t mean that Ed didn’t stay busy!  He hauled dirt (with the scoop of his tractor) to build up and fill in bare spots in our yard.  Our lawn is still a work in progress, following last summer’s tree cutting, but we’re slowly getting there!  After finishing with the dirt, Ed mowed grass for a while.

Meanwhile, I weeded in the garden for a while and delivered small buckets of dirt around the yard, using my garden wagon.  After that, I spent the rest of the day sitting in the lawn swing, under the magnolia tree, watching the hummingbirds dine!

I had ordered myself a new hammock, and it arrived on Friday afternoon.  Ed put it together on Saturday, after mowing grass, so I was able to spend a short amount of time in the hammock, too.  I think the hammock will be an excellent place to enjoy a good book during the milder parts of the summer days!

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me and Bobs, the cat, trying out the new hammock

On Sunday morning, Ed asked me if I’d like to go back to St. Simon’s Island.  Would I?!  I told him that he knew me too well!  I’d been thinking how much I’d love to go back, but wasn’t about to ask him to take me since we were just there on Wednesday.  Ed’s invitation was too good to pass up, so I quickly got ready while Ed put the chairs and cooler in the back of the car!  We were on the road within 45 minutes, and we ate breakfast on the way.

The weather was ‘picture perfect’ and we spent four glorious hours in our favorite spot on St. Simon’s Island.  Many others were there enjoying the island with us, too.  A birthday party was going on in the picnic area, and fishing on the pier was brisk. We sat and watched a parade of sailboats gliding across the water…

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Sunday was a perfectly glorious day…until the ride home.

On the way home, we stopped by Lowes to pick up a few bedding plants.  As we were leaving Lowes, Ed came (literally) within an inch of rear-ending the car ahead of us.  He’d seen the car start to pull off, assumed it was gone, then started to accelerate while he was still looking at the on-coming traffic.  I started making funny noises, and he hit the brakes–just in the nick of time!  We both soothed our frazzled nerves and proceeded home.  Alas, our travel troubles were not over though!

About eleven miles from home, a vehicle pulled out in front of us, then immediately slowed down to turn off.  Things like this make Ed mad, so he punched the gas to go around the vehicle.  Within a minute or so after passing the car, I heard our car alarm ding.  I asked Ed, “What’s that?”, and he replied, “I don’t know.”  About that same time, I noticed our car beginning to slow down, and Ed looking for a place to pull over.  Apparently, the car engine had suddenly shut off!  Ed pulled over to the side of the road, but the car refused to restart, even after repeated attempts.  There we were, eleven miles from home, and stranded by the side of the road!  There was nothing left to do except call one of our children for help.

It took two calls before we were able to find some help.  Ed asked our oldest son, who was home getting ready for evening services at church, to “Please come and get us.  Drive my truck and bring a chain!”  (In the meantime, Ed discovered there was no place on the car to attach a chain.)  As we sat beside the road for 45 minutes, only one car even stopped to offer assistance–a lady traveling alone!  We thanked her for her offer of help, and marveled at her courage and kindness, as she drove away.

Our son arrived, we transferred everything from the car into the truck (including the plants!), and left my poor car sitting beside the road.  (I was more distraught about leaving my car unattended than I was about breaking down.)  We dropped our son off at church, to join his family, and made our way  home shortly after six.  I continued to worry about my car, sitting there beside the road.

Fortunately, we called our insurance company, once we arrived home, and they were able to arrange tow service for my car. (We had no idea our insurance company would do this, until our son mentioned it.) It was shortly before dark when the tow truck arrived, an hour and a half later. (Ed had to go all the way back to the car, to meet the driver with the car key.)  We had the car towed 23 miles, and dropped off at a car repair place we normally use.  Ed followed the driver to the repair place (which was closed, of course), so he could get the car keys back until morning.

So, our exciting and eventful beach day finally ended at 9:30 Sunday night.  Ed and I went to bed, slightly sun burned, very tired, and wondering what in the heck happened to the car!  However, we, also, went to bed grateful that we made it safely home, and were able to get my car off of the side of the road. (because people are so mean, these days)  Things could always have been worse!  I hope we’ll still be able to say this when we get the repair bill for the car!

Have a great Monday!

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Monday, Is That You Again Already?

Acting Balanced

Can it really be Monday, again?  Monday means it’s time for me to participate in my favorite Monday meme over at Heather’s place.  I always look forward to her four great questions each week.  Here we go…

1. What is your favorite Olympic sport?

My favorite summer Olympic sport is ladies gymnastics, my favorite winter Olympic sport is figure skating.

2. What is the healthiest meal you’ve eaten this week?

Cubed pork steak, steamed cabbage, peas, rice, and cornbread (can you tell we live in the south?)

3. What is the unhealthiest meal you’ve eaten this week?

A DQ hamburger and some french fries–and it was delicious!

4. What jewelry do you wear every day?

I don’t wear any jewelry when I’m at home.  When I go out, I usually wear my watch and wedding rings.

Now, here’s my question for you…

5.  Tired of reruns?  What fall television show are you looking forward to watching?

I’m looking forward to watching “Dancing With The Stars– The All Stars” and the new season of “Revenge”

Weekend Wrap Up

It was such a nice weekend, I really hated to see this one end…

Ed and I did a few things around the house, and spent a wonderful Saturday evening together.  Ed even surprised me by making omelets for  breakfast, too!

On a spur of the moment, we decided to go coastal again on Sunday!  We’re so blessed to live within 90 minutes of two different beaches!  Ed and I had another Subway picnic, and spent most of Sunday afternoon under the shade of those beautiful old oak trees on St. Simon’s Island–just enjoying those wonderful ocean breezes.  Such a welcome relief from the 98 degree highs at our house!

Throughout the day, we watched as people flew off  of the island in their private jets, leaving from the nearby airport.  Impressive!  We watched all sorts of people leisurely strolling on the walkway… People were also having picnics, playing Frisbee, sailing, and fishing off of the pier.  We watched several dolphins cruising by, while some seagulls flew overhead–all while we listened to some  great “oldies” music...  

We always meet such friendly people down at St. Simon’s Island, too!  One nice lady even offered to take our picture together! 

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Acting Balanced

Happy Monday, everyone!  It’s time to join Heather for another edition of ” Monday About Me Quiz”.  Here are today’s questions:

1. What is your favorite thing to BBQ?

I love any kind of food that’s cooked on the grill, but steak or grilled chicken are always among my favorites.

2. What is your favorite thing to do on a holiday long weekend in the summer?

Food, family, and fun–any time, or any place, but our family trips to the beach are always among my favorite memories.

3. Who was the last person you ate out with? Where did you go? What was the occasion?

My hubby, Ed, was the last person I “ate out” with.  We picked up a sub sandwich, yesterday, then ate it together under the shade of a beautiful, old oak tree, over-looking the ocean surrounding St. Simon’s Island.  There was no special occasion, just a “get-away” for the day.  Our weekend temperatures reached well over 100 degrees, but it was so cool and refreshing under the shade of that old oak tree, you’d never know it was hot every place else…

4. Do you recycle?

We live in a very small, rural town, and there aren’t any recycling facilities around here, so my answer is “No.”

Here’s my question for you:

5.  Where’s your favorite “get-away”?  

Here is one of mine.  It’s the beautiful oak trees on St. Simon’s Island.  A day spent here is good for the body and soul…

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Kathy’s Cure For Cabin Fever…

After spending the entire week closed up in the house, with the mini blinds drawn, trying to escape six consecutive days of 100 degree heat, it happened…I came down with “cabin fever”!  You know, the feeling– if I don’t get out of this house, I am going to go absolutely crazy!  On Saturday, I was as ill as a hornet, but by Sunday morning, I had formulated a cure for what was ailing me!

posing with the whales...LOL

My cure for “cabin fever” consisted of getting up at 6:30 on Sunday morning, throwing two lounge chairs and a cooler full of drinks into the trunk, then heading to nearby St. Simon’s Island! 

In addition to the chairs and coolers, Ed and I also packed our daughter and her family into the backseat to enjoy the trip with us!  My daughter loves the beach as much as I do–so she happily planted herself in the backseat to go along and share “my cure”.

an uncrowded picnic in the park

The weather for Sunday was predicted to be back near 100 degrees for the seventh day in a row, but I was a woman on a mission–to get out of the house for a day!  No way was I going to let the heat keep me inside for one more day!  I figured if there was any place around where the heat might be bearable, it would be beside the ocean–in the shade.

The weather man was “right on the money” again, and temperatures ranged from 98-101 degrees on Sunday afternoon, but we spent four wonderful hours lounging under the shade of those beautiful, large oak trees on St. Simon’s Island!  The breeze from the ocean made the heat tolerable, but it was still pretty warm–and would you believe, we managed to get sunburned in the shade?!

the view from our chairs

We strolled along the shore a bit, and waded in the water some.  The water was very warm.  In fact,the water was warmer than I ever remember it being, but it felt good.  Granddaughter, Madison, found a stray yellow balloon on the shore, and had  great time playing ball with it for a while.

cooling off and having a little fun...

The entire picnic area along the pier village, was practically deserted.  For a while we were the only ones under the massive oak trees, but eventually a few more families ventured out for picnics.  We had the place pretty much to ourselves–except for some black birds who came to share our lunch–and poop on us from the trees above!  Daughter, Brandy, got pooped on twice!

Madison shares her chips with her new "friends"...

We arrived back at home by 5:30 in the afternoon, a little sandy, a little burned, a little tired, but with no more “cabin fever”!  Relaxing by the ocean has a way of chasing my blues away, and making everything seem better!

Cost of the gas to get to the ocean…$30.00.  Cost of breakfast on the road…$7.00.  Cost of our picnic lunch…$5.00.  The peace of mind gained by taking the trip…PRICELESS!  Mission accomplished  🙂

Published in: on August 8, 2011 at 7:18 am  Comments (12)  
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It Was The Best Of Times…

It’s always nice to get the entire family together, but getting the entire family together for an afternoon of fun and sun beside the ocean is about as good as it gets.  That’s exactly what we did on Saturday of the long Memorial Day weekend.

We are so fortunate to live fairly close to the ocean.  We can travel in two different directions and be at the beach in about ninety minutes.  We are located equally close to Tybee Island, St. Simon’s Island, and Jekyll Island.  On Saturday we chose to visit St. Simon’s Island.

beautiful St. Simon's Island

 On St. Simon’s Island, in the middle of the village, is a wonderful picnic area beside the ocean.  It’s located under two very large, and very old,  live oak trees.  The area under the trees is paved with patio stones so the area is neat and clean. There are about 20 picnic tables, and several grills located among the picnic tables.  Public restrooms are located nearby.

picnic by the beautiful ocean

Located to the right of the picnic area is a wonderful children’s playground, a public swimming pool, a water park, and the St. Simon’s lighthouse.  Located on the left side of the picnic area is a public fishing pier, and the village area with numerous shops and eating places.  In addition to all of the regular activities, there was  also an antiques/arts and crafts show going on.  In other words, there was plenty to do on the island!

We met up at the picnic area, grilled some hotdogs, and ate lunch.  After lunch we strolled down to the beach area.  In this particular part of the beach there is no sand at high tide.  Luckily, the tide was going out and we were able to walk down to the water.  Some of the family tried out the water, but said it was still cold.

the braver ones got in the ocean

After a while, we walked over to check out the antique show, and the arts and crafts.  I’m not very interested in antiques, but I did see some very old coca cola bottles–for thirty dollars each!  No, I did not buy one…too rich for my pocketbook!  My daughter, Brandy, bought a cute hand-made baby doll, and daughter-in-law Christina bought a cigar plant for her yard.

Brandy and her family were actually spending the weekend at a friend’s condo about thirty minutes from the beach, so eventually all of us left the beach and followed them back to the condo where some of the younger folks swam in the pool.  Some of us ended the day by visiting the Outlet Mall on the way back home.

Two moments of the entire day especially stand out in my mind…the first was when Brad’s girlfriend, “Jenn”, revealed to us that she has a tatoo.  Apparently, she had been dreading that moment since she’d heard me make a negative remark about tattoos…  When she took her shirt off, I didn’t mean to, but I exclaimed “Oh, it’s huge!” (I’m notorious for saying what is on my mind)  My daughter-in-law, “Nina”,  who also has a tatoo, immediately put her fist in the air, pulled her arm down, then exclaimed “Yes!”  I don’t know for sure, but I think “Nina” is happy to not be the only one with a tatoo anymore…

The other funny moment was when a tiny little crab crawled through the hole in the side of my croc.  I was busy watching the grandchildren playing on the   beach.  Suddenly I looked down just in time to see that little crab slide through the hole in the side of my shoe!  I screamed and immediately began to get my foot out of that shoe!  I’m sure I drew a lot of attention to myself… 

It was a fun and relaxing day.  I feel blessed that we live close to such a wonderful place to visit, and I feel blessed that everyone was willing to make the trip and spend the day together.  It was the most fun and memorable Memorial Day weekend I’ve ever had.

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