Thursday’s Thoughts ~ The Summertime Tree…

Many years ago, when I used to work in a classroom, as a paraprofessional, one of my duties was to change the bulletin boards in the classroom each month.  Each month’s bulletin board always had a different theme.  I always enjoyed finding and celebrating something special about each month, and, one day, decorating all of those bulletin boards gave me an idea!

I got the idea to begin the tradition of decorating a ‘year round’ tree, at home. I bought a tall, skinny, artificial tree and started collecting things to decorate it with.  At first, my family thought I’d lost my mind (keeping a tree up all year?), but, now, I think they enjoy seeing the different decorations on the tree, each month, almost as much as I do.

I decided, each month, my tree would have a different theme.  I’ll have to admit, it took me a while to figure out what some of the themes would be, but, eventually, I settled on a theme for every month.  For instance, January is snowmen, February is Valentine’s Day, March is St. Patrick’s Day, etc.  The summer months proved to be the toughest to choose themes for, with the exception of July, which is patriotic themed.

For the month of August, my theme is ‘summertime’–and nothing says ‘summertime’ more to me than the beach.

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My summertime tree decorations are among my favorites because they remind me of the beach. Most of the ornaments came from little shops at various beaches, particularly St. Simon’s Island, since we visit there most often.

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I’ve decorated the tree with sand castle ornaments, actual sea shells, and even a miniature replica of a shrimp boat!  The little girl sitting in the lawn chair is one of my newest (and most expensive) ornaments.  The glass ball filled with sand and shells came from Tybee Island.  It’s a souvenir of one of the beach trips I’ve taken with my friend, Diane.

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This ‘gone to the beach’ ornament is one of my older ones, and is among my favorites.  Of course, it came from St. Simon’s Island!  The sea-horse ornament, to the right of it, came from Amelia Island. I bought it on one of mine and Ed’s anniversary trips there.

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Of course, nothing says ‘beach’ like flip-flops, and I have a few pairs of those for ornaments, as well. The mermaid came from eBay, and the white sea shells at the top of the picture were found on Fernandina Beach.  Did you notice the little maracas to the far right?

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Here’s a view of one of the sand castle ornaments, along with one of my fish ornaments.  I have several different kinds of fish ornaments scattered about the tree.  There’s a tiny surf board to the left of the sand castle, as well.

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Of course, my tree wouldn’t be complete without a light house, so I have a couple of different kinds of those, too.  The one shown in this picture came from Amelia Island.  Speaking of ‘light’, the little green and blue fish lights up!

I enjoy looking at my ‘summertime’ tree decorations each day.  Whenever I feel the need to go to the beach, I just look at the summertime tree and dream!

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 The sign on this little ornament says it all…  my heart is always at the beach!

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A Few Friday Fragments…

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This old blog is probably feeling a bit neglected this week, but then again, so is my house.  Lately, I seem to be spinning my wheels and not getting a whole lot accomplished.  It could have something to do with me not feeling well…  Perhaps, next week will be better!  Anyway, I’m ending the week with a few fragments of what’s been going on around here, and linking up with Mrs. 4-4-4-4.

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Ed and I picked our garden peas on Monday.  I put three packages of them in the freezer, and we’re saving the rest for seed.  I’m not much of a fan of garden peas, but these are so good!  We’ll have some fresh squash to eat by next week, and should have some green beans in a couple more weeks.  The sweet onions are almost ready, too!  I love having garden-fresh vegetables to eat!

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I’ve begun letting my remaining four hens ‘free range’ a little bit.  Sometimes, in the afternoons, I’ve been letting them out of the coop for short periods of time.  They enjoy roaming, very much, but if let unattended, they always find their way to places they don’t need to be–like my flower beds and such!  Chickens are much like children, they always want to play where they shouldn’t 🙂

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We finally got over two inches of rain, this week.  We didn’t see any leaks from the roof, so I think it’s safe to say Ed has our leak fixed, once again.  It rained almost all day yesterday, and our grass and our garden is grateful!  I guess Ed will do some grass cutting and hoeing time this weekend.  I may do some hoeing, as well, but I don’t mow grass!

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Ed and I ended up going to St. Simon’s Island on his mandatory day off on Wednesday.  It was our first beach trip of the season, together (I’ve been twice without him).  The island wasn’t crowded at all, but by 1:30 we had to pack up and leave because it started raining!  It was okay, though, we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping in Brunswick, another favorite past-time of mine.

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Our oldest grandson, Caden, will be finishing up Pre-K today.  Ed and I will be attending his closing program, this evening.  It seems like just yesterday when he was born,  and now he’s getting ready to enter Kindergarten!  Our grandbabies are growing up too fast.  Sniff, sniff…

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There’s a lot of truth to the Kenny Chesney song, Don’t Blink, don’t you think?  We need to savor every moment of life that we can! Go out and make it a great weekend 🙂  See ya’ back here on Monday.

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A Few Friday Fragments…

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Here I am at the end of another busy week, which means it’s time for a few Friday Fragments.  The days sure do go by quickly, don’t they?  I’m joining Mrs. 4444 at Halfpastkissintime for Friday Fragments.  Speaking of Mrs. 4444, I’d like to send Happy Birthday wishes to her, because her birthday is tomorrow!

On Monday, I spend the majority of the day sitting on the couch!  After such a busy Easter weekend, I needed some time to rest.  By Tuesday, it was back to business, as usual, since I had a doctor’s appointment early that morning.  Fortunately, I got a good doctor’s report, and don’t have to go back for six months, unless I have any problems.  I sure hope I don’t have any problems!

Speaking of problems, one of my ‘little red hens’ is sick 😦   She’s the runt of the flock, and has always been smaller and a bit frail.  Yesterday, the ‘boss hen’ started to pick on the sick hen, so I’ve had to isolate “little sister” from the rest of the flock.  Sigh.  I so hate it when things like this happen!  It doesn’t look like “little sister” is going to make it, which makes me sad.

On the brighter side of life, I had the opportunity to go to St. Simon’s Island yesterday, and I took it!  My daughter was taking our granddaughter and her little girl friend, and invited me along.  It was a beautiful day, and I enjoyed sitting under my favorite oak tree, once again.  As always, the view from under my favorite tree was beautiful–and inspiring!

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I ran out of media storage space on my blog, this week!  This meant I couldn’t upload any more pictures until I purchased more storage space.  It took me five years to run out of free space, but I sure hated to have to pay for more!

Speaking of five years, I celebrated my 5th ‘blogiversary’, this month.  Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?  It seems like just yesterday when my son, Brad, and I were getting this blog up and running.  Here we are, five years later, and Brad’s married, for almost 3 years, with a son of his own, and living in a different town!  Meanwhile, I’m still blogging 🙂

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It’s shaping up to be another busy weekend.  The garden needs hoeing, the roof needs patching, and we’ve got a dance recital to attend.  I’d sure appreciate your prayers for Ed’s safety, as he attempts to climb on top of our very slippery tin roof to patch that tiny nail hole that’s causing our leak. Sigh.

I’d love to stay and ‘frag’ some more, but a list of Friday errands is calling my name…

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Published in: on April 25, 2014 at 9:15 am  Comments (9)  
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A Week Ago…

Today I’m sitting here watching it rain and experiencing the final effects of tropical storm Andrea, but a week ago, the weather was beautiful and Ed and I were on our way to St. Simon’s Island for the day.  What a difference a week makes!

Ed and I hadn’t seen my brother and his wife since last summer, so we asked them if they might be interested in meeting us on St. Simon’s Island for a day visit.  They agreed to come.  I told them to bring a sub sandwich, two lawn chairs, and meet us under the oak trees in The Village.  My sister-in-law loves the beach as much as I do, so I knew she’d probably enjoy the atmosphere.  She did.

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By 10:30 Friday morning we were all safely nestled in our lawn chairs, admiring the scenery and catching up on what’s been going on in each other’s lives.  We talked about everything from our gardens to ‘the good ole’ days’.  We marveled at how quickly time passes, with my brother reminding us that he and Kay will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in October!  Say it ain’t so!  Another interesting thing we noted–between the four of us, we’ve lost over 100 pounds since the last time we were all together!

The tide seemed to be unusually high on Friday, so there wasn’t any visible beach sand in the area of The Village.  (My brother told me I had a strange idea of what a beach is!)  I’ve never been there when water covered the sand the entire time, but it did on Friday.  We could have gone to the main beach area to sit in the sand and sun, but all agreed we preferred the shade of the oak trees.  We, also, took a few pictures of each other to remember our trip by.  Now I have a more recent photograph of my brother and me…

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My sister-in-law and I took a tour of most of the little beach shops located in the area, and I purchased an ornament for my ‘beach tree’.  Every summer, I add at least one new ornament to my collection.  This year I chose a sea-gull sitting on a post, holding a little fishing pole.  She didn’t purchase anything.

All too soon, the day ended, and it was time for us to part ways and head back home.  We said our good-byes, and each headed in different directions.  It was about this time that Ed and I realized we had a problem…

Earlier in the day, about the time we arrived on the island, Ed noticed a slight “bumping noise” coming from under the car.  He stopped and checked the tires, but didn’t see anything wrong. By then, we were almost at The Village, so we continued on our way, and promptly forgot about the bumping noise–until we got ready to go home.

A few miles into our journey home, the bumping noise got louder and was accompanied by a stronger bumping sensation.  We pulled over again, and took turns checking out the tires.  Ed still couldn’t see anything wrong, but, to me, it seemed like something with right rear tire wasn’t right.  We cautiously headed on toward home…

Fortunately we made it home safely, without incident.  After taking my car to the shop, we discovered the right rear tire had a huge bulge on it, and at some point, had actually split apart.  I’m so thankful it didn’t blow out while we were traveling.  Needless to say, today there are four new tires on my car!

I’m already planning another trip to the beach–and I hope my brother and sister-in-law will decide to join us again soon!  Happiness is best when it’s shared.

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Marchin’ Into Another Hodgepodge…

It’s time to participate in my dose of mid-weekly meme therapy, otherwise known as “The Hodgepodge”.  Joyce’s meme forces me to dust off my brain, and put on my thinking cap! Come on, join in the fun by clicking on the button! You know you want to 🙂

1. Did March come in like a lion or was it something less ferocious in your neck of the woods?  March came roaring into our neck of the woods, just like a lion–complete with tornado watches, warnings, ferocious winds, and some much-needed rain!  Thankfully, we didn’t have any tornadoes here.

2. Speaking of lions, which one’s your film favorite…The Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz), Mufasa (The Lion King), Elsa (Born Free), or Alex (Madagascar)? You may notice I left Aslan off the list. Including him would have made this question way too easy for many of you.  I love Mufasa!  What’s not to love about that deep, wise-sounding voice?

3. What’s your favorite spot from which to view the sunrise or sunset?  If you know me at all, you will already know my answer–at the beach!   I took the photo below last summer…I wish I was there now!!!

4. To what extent is knowledge power and to what extent is truth power? What’s the difference?  Knowledge is the ultimate power!  After all, without knowledge, we wouldn’t recognize the truth, right?

5. What’s something peculiar you’ve seen recently?  I’ve been noticing more and more empty shelves in our stores.  I haven’t experienced this so much in the  past.  It’s common for our local dollar store to be out of bread, milk, or sugar.  Certain items are impossible to find right now–like Tylenol and Excedrin, due to the recall a few weeks ago.  The other day I had a problem even finding some iodine!  The store was out.  Things are beginning to remind me of my parents “tales of the past”–when they needed something and couldn’t find it–or else they couldn’t afford it when they did find it!

6. Bottled water…your thoughts?  I think buying bottled water is really a waste of money–unless I’m on vacation someplace, in a hot, crowded place.  In that case, it’s pure bliss–and I’m willing to pay two dollars for a bottle!  However, I do find that I enjoy drinking water from a bottle more than I do from a glass…go figure!

7. What’s your strongest sense?  Well, let’s see…my eyes are pretty much shot (I need to wear two pair of readers to see small print on a label).   My sense of smell was damaged after I spent months painting (indoors) with polyurethane, so I’m not very smell sensitive anymore.  I don’t hear as well as I once did, and my hands and feet are getting wrinkled, rough, and dry…I guess that means my sense of taste is my strongest sense!  I still love to eat!

Random:  I’m having to make adjustments to my thyroid medication and my HRT (compounded hormone replacement therapy).  I made the adjustment to the Synthroid fine, once I learned to break the tablets and increase the dosage slowly.  Now I’m in the process of adjusting to the new dosage of the HRT.  Oh my word!  It’s kicking my butt!  This is only day 6, and it’s rough!  March may be a long month…

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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!

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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”.

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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?!

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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.

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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!

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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  🙂

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