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Did I ever tell you about the time when I twirled around in the bathroom of the camper and my iPhone went flying out into the toilet? Right after we had been stranded for 2 hours in the moonlight in the middle of a lake and hubby had to paddle a huge pontoon boat 1½ miles back to shore? Right after I had a vitreous hemorrhage in my right eye? Yeah that was last weekend.

As my 3 year old grandson says, “I didn’t see that coming from”.

So what had happened was, we went on a camping-get-away-from-the-stress weekend. All went well for the first two days, lots of fun boating, hanging out with friends, relaxing. Then it began with the eye. This vitreous material detached, which is a natural occurrence evidently, only usually it happens peacefully and you don’t know it. Mine was an angry detachment, and roughed up my retina. Hopefully there is no retina tear, the retina specialist is still watching it. New iPhone arrived this week, thankfully it was covered by insurance. And the boat needs a filter replaced in the engine. I got great pictures of the moonlight ride, and of the hubby rowing us back in on that beautiful night, but those photos are on my iPhone that is totally fried, because of course I tried to turn it on while it was still wet and I was panicking. Don’t do that.

That was actually two weekends ago, it’s just taken me this long to recover and post. This past weekend was full of activities, including a block party hosted by our church with tons of fun, and a 20th year celebration for our little church on Sunday. Of course I don’t have pics because I didn’t have my new iPhone yet.

I did run over a curb on my one-eyed journey to work this morning. It was in the parking lot and I’m blaming it on lack of coffee, not the fact that I can’t see out of my right eye.

So my life is full, and I am grateful. We have a beautiful grandson, hubby is loving his new business that grew out of his being laid off from NASA after 36 years (and I am really going to do a post on that, really), and I am enjoying my little antique booth venture. I have tons of projects to finish to get it where I want it to be, but I’ll get there.

It’s all about the journey.


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Wow, what a year 2012 was! My own life changed immensely.

A look back.

The Peanut arrives, and I fall in love.

I fall in love.


New hobby

I take up a new hobby


There were cookouts and picnics,

There were cookouts and picnics,


Trip to Jackson Hole, WY...the Tetons are incredible.

Trip to Jackson Hole, WY…the Tetons are incredible.


Biking in Wyoming!

Biking in Wyoming!


My sweet daddy turns 80!

My sweet daddy turns 80!


Halloween 2012A little Halloween Monkey

Halloween 2012
A little Halloween Monkey


Family trip to North Carolina

Family trip to North Carolina


Some little Peanut turns 1! My how time flies!

Some little Peanut turns 1! My how time flies!


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds. I wish you and yours a wonderfully blessed New Year!

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Oh how I love the weekend!

This past weekend, although WAY too short, was a just in time break from a crazy work week. We have a new senior level manager at work, and life there is just a bit more crazy and hectic than it’s been in awhile.

The weekend started with daughter and Peanut coming Friday evening for a spend the night visit. They were able to stay until Saturday afternooon, so there was a lot of grandmommy spoiling time.

Saturday night I had a ladies night out with some friends from church. We do a Secret Pal drawing twice a year, and we just finished the first period of the year, so we had a pot luck supper to reveal secret pals. It was great fun, and after the reveal we watched ‘The Help’. I recommend the movie for those of you who like to have a good cry now and then. I’m NOT one of those people and will usually avoid a movie like that, but chose to stay. Yes, the tear ducts got all cleared out. There were ten or so women going between sniffling, sobbing and laughing at ourselves for the entire couple of hours.

I am very pleased to say that even with a grocery shopping trip with my daughter and a potluck with dishes from some fantastic cooks, I’m down a pound this morning from last Friday, so I’m a pretty happy camper. My daughter did head straight for the bakery when we entered the grocery store, then stopped and said ‘oh my gosh, we head straight here every time don’t we?”. We then promptly left the bakery and settled on Mango Italian Ice and celery and peanut butter for snacks. Of which we had neither once we got home. But we were prepared.

I took a less than healthy dish to the potluck myself, but didn’t pig out on it. It was Baked Potato Salad, and, oh my it’s good. I’ll post the recipe for it soon, it’s great to take to a pot luck.

Sunday was a LAZY day, I didn’t lift a finger all day. A real lazy summer Sunday, as it should be.

There’s some landscaping progress at our house, hopefully I’ll have beautiful pictures and an update soon.

Meanwhile, Happy Monday. Every day can’t be a weekend day.

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Wow the weekends go by fast!

This past one was not very eventful, but very restful and FAST.

Daughter and Peanut came on Saturday afternoon and helped me with the grocery shopping.  I have to say that when they do that, which is most Saturdays, I shop a little differently than when I’m alone.  For instance, I NEVER visit the bakery and bring home chocolate eclairs or chocolate frosted donuts when I shop alone.  I do that almost EVERY Saturday when they are with me.  The best thing for me to to right now in order to eat right is to not have anything bad in the house.  So I’ll confess, I had two chocolate frosted donuts over the weekend, and a cranberry slushie from a drive through, which I love, but I know is full of sugar.  So I was very happy when I weighed this morning and was down 1/2 lb from Friday morning.  I guess I did something right.

Sunday service at my little country church was great, with the pastor reminding us to praise and be thankful for all of our blessings.  It made me realize that a lot of the praying I do consists of requests…for healing, improvements in situations, etc.  I don’t spend nearly enough of that time thanking Him for all of the things I have to be thankful for.  And I do have SO many.

Sunday afternoon consisted of a little family visiting, then a little photo taking.  Unfortunately the photographer (me) seemed to snap between smiles, but I think he’s still as cute as can be.

All in all, a quiet, restful weekend. And now looking forward to a great, busy week.

Happy Monday.

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I’m definitely out of my groove when it comes to keeping this blog up. I remember when I first started blogging a few years ago, I couldn’t wait to get on here and write. We had just bought our land and were getting it ready to build our house. That was basically what the blog was about, so it was really pretty easy to sit down and write about what was going on almost daily, or at least a few times a week.

Lately I feel like there just isn’t anything going on in my life, but there really is, I’m actually very busy. I think that when it was just the housebuilding it was easier, because I knew exactly what I was going to blog about, and now my mind is off in a hundred different directions.

I really just blog for myself, as a journal of sorts, and I do like to go back and read things from the past few years. There are many good memories there that make me smile. I do have a few friends that still come here looking to keep up, and have asked to me keep it up.

SO, that said, I’m trying to come up with a plan, you few friends.

I posted recently that I’m really focusing on weight loss and getting fit, so I think I may dedicate Wednesdays to that. And of course if you know me, ironically one of my favorite hobbies is cooking/eating/planning food. OK so the hobby is food. Which is why I’m focusing on weight loss. I do get it. Anyway, I think I’m going to dedicate a post each week to food. And of course little Peanut and family get a day, probably a weekend recap.

So I’m going to see if I can get it all sorted out in my mind and start this week.

So look for Foodie Friday, coming up this week. And this little guy is what makes me smile these days.

The Peanut

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I love to read. I love to work in the yard. I love to cook. I love to walk. I love to ride my bike. I love to visit with people. I love to go out and have fun.

Lately, I’m really not doing any of those things. I have a problem. A vice. A BIG ONE. I’m letting it make me lazy, and the more I do it, the more sucked in I get. It’s social networking. In my particular situation, it’s Facebook.

It’s the devil. It calls to me. I can always justify my time spent there. I tell myself that we are so busy that we don’t have time to keep up with friends like we used to, and Facebook is the perfect way to keep up. We can see what our friends are up to, watch their kids as they are growing and changing, seeing the places they are vacationing, their accomplishments.

So every evening when I get home from work I cook dinner, we eat, and it happens. Hubby sits down in one recliner in front of the tv, I sit down in the other, and put my laptop in my lap. I listen to the nightly news, then as he settles in to his favorite programming, I chat with friends, read and catch up on the daily Facebook wall, then settle into one of my favorite games. There are probably four or five that I like, so I’ll skip around and play here and there. Then it’s bedtime. Three hours have passed. Goodnight. Another evening gone by.

What I WANT to do is make dinner, eat, go for a walk with the dogs, sit on my back porch and watch the sunset, then do a chore or two so that I don’t have them all to do on Saturday. Spend maybe 30 minutes catching up with friends on FB (and not even every night), then shut it down and either read or write. Or actually pick up the phone and call a friend and catch up. What a thought!

So that’s my goal starting today. I’m going to try a 3 day a week schedule for catching up on FB, and then only 30 minutes at at time. Maybe I’ll be able to work on a few projects that I have been wanting to get to, like going through photo albums, working on the spare bedroom to make it more inviting, and working on a food and exercise plan. Maybe I’ll call a friend and catch up via telephone.

Now on to catching up the two people that have told me to please keep blogging so they can keep up with me :-).

The past week has been less than fun. Hubby had oral surgery a little over a week ago, and the very same day my back decided to get a little whacky. He has pretty much recovered, and I’m still limping around, having to use a heating pad and take pain meds. I’m trying the ‘lay on the wood floor’ treatment tonight, if that doesn’t work I guess I’ll give in and call my Dr. this week.

One thing I have been doing is spending whatever time I can with little Peanut. He’s growing like a weed, doing all kinds of cute new things.

Little Peanut

He’s now 4 months old, a whopping 17.2 lbs and very healthy. He is starting to eat baby food cereal, and still has the impulse to push it OUT of his mouth, rather than take it in :-). All in good time.

Grandmommy and Peanut

This week I’ll be helping my daughter do some nursery decorating, hopefully be able to exercise a little, and getting ready for a fun Mother’s Day weekend.

Have a great week, and don’t be surprised if I call you for a chat!

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I love Spring! I’m loving seeing all the new growth and brown turning to green, even though that means a major mowing season is about to begin. We did a little outdoor sprucing up this weekend. I have a little backdoor herb garden that is convenient for running out and snipping something to throw in a pot quickly. I usually have rosemary, thyme, oregano, a couple of varieties of basil, curly and flat-leaf parsley, and chives. Rosemary is so hearty it usually survives our winters unless they are crazy cold, but rarely does anything else make it over the winter. Well this past winter was so mild, the oregano, thyme, rosemary, chives and curly parsley survived from last year.  I’ll plant a few varieties of basil and flat-leaf parsley and be good to go.

The vegetable garden will be planted soon, and I think I’m going to reserve an area for planting a lot of basil for canning pesto this year, as well as a flower garden for planting flowers for cutting.


We’ve lived here three years and still haven’t finished landscaping and hardscaping. Meaning no driveway, no walkways, etc. So this week we had a landscaper come out and discuss a plan for beginning several projects. The first will be a walkway from our front steps to the driveway. We came up with a beautiful plan, now we’re waiting for an estimate and hopefully we’ll be good to go.

We have no fencing, so we are getting an estimate on that also. We’re thinking farm fencing (hogwire) around part of the property from the back of our house to our tree-line (which is about the middle of our property). From the house to the sides of the property, we’ll have split rail fencing. We have a partial estimate on that, waiting for the last bit of info.


When I was growing up I went hunting with my father, but it was never a serious hobby for me. When he passed away, he left me some hunting firearms, and a nice traditional recurve bow. I’m currently working on my archery skills with help from my little brother…and it’s HARD. But it’s fun, and me and my little deer are spending quite a bit of time together in the back yard.

My little buddy

Brotherly instruction


One of my favorite-I could eat them all the time-foods is sweet potatoes. We usually buy 25 plus pounds every Fall, and I could eat them several times a week. They are actually very healthy, a great source of vitamins and fiber. I like to slice them and bake them in the oven with a little spray butter, garlic salt and pepper. If you like sweet potatoes, you must try this, and don’t let the garlic salt throw you, it’s delicious!

Just slice them, throw them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, spray with your favorite spray (or brush on olive oil or real butter), add garlic salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes, or until they are your desired tenderness. We tend to like them a little firm.


I’ll be going on an adventure on Saturday…I’ll have updates this week. I’m totally excited.


And what better to round out and end Sunday Stuff than the Peanut…awake for a change!

The Peanut

Have a great week!

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What a long week!  I’m not one to wish my life away, but I’ve been looking SO forward to this weekend.

I’ve had several successes, a failure or two, and a lot of fun this week.  My daughter turned 27 years old on Tuesday, so I took the afternoon off to spend with her and Little Peanut.  We had Asian food at Sun Cafe (sauteed vegetables for me), she got her hair colored and cut, and we ordered dinner in (salad for me).  I spent the night with her to give her a little bit of a break with Little Peanut, so I had a lot of good quality Grandmommy time.  Yes, I was exhaused the next day, but seeing that little guy’s face first thing in the morning made it all worth it.

This week was also the first week of training for the David McKannan ALS Run for Research.  I missed Tuesday training due to being with my daughter, but went out yesterday with my friend to a jogging trail for my first attempt.  I’m going to be honest and say, it was torturous.  I ended up walking most of the time, and felt pretty crummy about the entire thing.  I ended up coming home with aching muscles and a bad attitude.  Then today I talked to my son, who is a personal trainer.  He really made some good points, like, I had surgery at the end of October and have basically done NOTHING physical since then.  I’m carrying this weight that I wasn’t carrying when I ran in the past, so I can’t expect to just go out there and run.  He suggested that I continue to go out 3 times a week, and get a good, brisk 30 minute walk under my belt.  And at some point, I will likely feel like throwing in a little jogging.  But you know what?  If I don’t, that’s ok!  I can do a brisk 30 minute walk for the David McKannan Run if I want to.  

The bottom line is, I’m not 40 years old anymore. I weigh a lot more than I used to and my energy level has dropped.  I’m a lot more fragile physically.  And with age comes wisdom (hopefully).  In my case, I’m being much more realistic about what I can do than I would have been 15 years ago.  I am going continue to try to get the weight off, and keep my eyes on the goal of getting fit and strong, and getting off my medications. And I’m going to arrive there in good shape, not beaten up.  I’m going to be good to myself.

I did do a great job of watching my calorie intake, I’ve actually lost 4 1/2 lbs in the past week and a half.  I had one slip today, when my son’s girlfriend brought me a Tiramisu cupcake from Gigi’s Cupcakes, where she works as an assistant manager and decorator. All I can say is, it was a GIGI’S CUPCAKE! What was I to do?? I ate the entire thing, and it was incredible. And now I have to get over it and move on.

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend here, temps near 80 degrees.  We’re looking forward to visiting with friends, playing outside, and getting some good old vitamin D the old-fashioned way.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend wherever you are.

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That’s me.

A lot has transpired since I last posted here, most notably, tornadoes ripped through our North Alabama community once again. Some people here are still recovering from devastation from the April 2011 storms, and have been hit again. We are feeling very blessed that we escaped damage and loss both times.

My daughter and little Peanut came Friday and hung out with us through Saturday afternoon. We have a full inground basement, and a storm shelter, so we felt much better that they were here. We did actually go in there twice on Friday, as black wall clouds passed within a few miles of us.

Things got much better after midnight on Friday when the bad weather moved out, and we had a great weekend.

Saturday was a beautiful day. I joined some ladies from our women’s group at church and did a little shopping at a great outdoor shopping mall in town. We wrapped up the afternoon with cheese and dessert fondue at The Melting Pot, which is located in the mall area. Sinfully indulgent. Not good for the eating plan. Awesome. A great girl day.

Sunday was full fledged family day.  A true southern Sunday afternoon.  Dad, brother, daughter and Little Peanut all came out to the country, we feasted on fried chicken, sweet iced tea and fixings, and played outdoors.  My brother and I practiced a little shooting with my bow and new arrows, getting ready for turkey season at the end of the month.  Dad and hubby were the peanut gallery.  Daughter and Little Peanut watched and learned.  We laughed and played, tried to get dad to shoot with us, but only got as far as getting the bow and an arrow in his hand for about a minute before he decided it was harder than it looked, and said he didn’t want to play :-).

Then we all got tired, went inside, and everyone retired to their respective recliners, sofas and grandmommy’s lap for aternoon naps.

The perfect weekend, indeed.

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Catching Up

I decided to revive this blog because I really do miss the journaling aspect, and being able to go back and relive the moments that I capture here. Family and friends have also voiced that they miss keeping up with the oh-so-exciting life on the funy farm :-).

So much happened last year that I’m sure I’ll only remember bits and pieces. Life is different here than it was a year ago, and the same.

To catch up …

I had surgery in October of last year to remove my thyroid. My Dr. suggested this, and a thyroid specialist agreed, when the second biopsy of the year showed abnormal cells in some nodules that she found. Fortunately it went well, very easy in fact, no complications other than a week of getting my calcium level adjusted, and no cancer found in the cells.

Well, maybe one complication. I’ve gained 10 lbs since the surgery. The Dr. is still trying to get my thyroid hormone levels where they need to be. So, in the event that you visit here, you will be witnessing my attempt to lose that 10 lbs, and more, and to get strong and fit. It has been winter after all. I’ve been a couch potato to some degree.

I’m perusing seed catalogs and getting ready to plant as soon as we can here. It’s been a mild winter, so we may get brave and plant a few things a little early, if I can talk hubby into it.

The biggest thing going on is that I’m now, for the first time, a grand-mommy. The sweetest little guy you can even imagine was born to my daughter on December 21, and life hasn’t been the same since. Needless to say, the holiday celebration part of the holidays was chaotic, but we’ll make up for that next year. 

Little Peanut

Happy weekend to all…a few Friday Favorites I thought I’d share as I wind down the week:

Waste Not, Want Not – Citrus Peel Edition

Foaming Kitchen Hand Soap

Discovering guacamole: better late than never

Thrifty Living 2012: Daycations

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