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1) This is my new discovery for the week and I love it. Bubble Tea. I may be the last person I know to find out about this yummy indulgence, but I am usually the last to discover things so I’m not surprised. It is iced and very refreshing. I actually got the coffee, which was smooth and rich. There are little tapioca beads in the bottom, and they come up through the big straw as you sip. They are similar to unflavored gummy bears in texture. I think people either love it, or are grossed out by it. I love it.

bubble tea

2) I’ve followed Kathie at Homespun Seasonal Living for several years, and there aren’t enough words for how awesome this woman is. I had the privilege of co-writing on a blog creation of hers with her and a few other women a few years ago. She never ceases to inspire and amaze me. I love this post, I’m totally making this. How to Make Oregano Infused Honey.

3) This is my temperature reading in my car this morning. That’s right, 66 and low humidity. No air-conditioning on the way to work. It doesn’t get much more favorite than that on a Friday in the South in late July.

temp in car

4) These. I love how they grow out over the walkway, softening the hardness of the rock and stone. It makes me think of that English garden that I always fantasized about having. Yes, they do need a little haircut, I’ll admit I dodged some thorns this morning as I went out, but it will be minimal, just enough for us to walk safely through.


5) My father used to grow enough tomatoes in summer to feed the county he lived in. One of my favorite memories is walking out to the garden with him and picking a warm, red, juicy tomato, wiping on my shirt and taking a big bite of it. Oh.My.Word. The end of the summer growing season is near, so I’m eating as many of these babies as I can.


Do you have a favorite thing to share today?

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“Love is…

 … patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Oh how I love love.  And I love those passages.

We experienced love head-on this past weekend as we celebrated the marriage of our dear friend and pastors son and fiancee.  We traveled to Auburn, Al., which was a lot of fun in itself, and got to see a lot of Alabama Crimson Tide fans on the plains to celebrate the marriage, which was also a beautiful sight :-).  I know it was painful for many, but they managed to get through it. It was particularly lovely because we shared it with some church friends, and the pastor himself performed the ceremony.  It was emotional, fun, sweet, joyful, beautiful and …hot.  It was hot folks.

It was a beautiful outdoor wedding, but let me just say this…it’s HOT in the Loveliest Village on the Plains in July!  I’m talking about serious hot…makeup melting, hair frizzing, babies-running- around-in-underwear-after-the-ceremony-making-me-jealous HOT!

But we made the most of it because we love these people, and it was wonderful.  We even got the men in on the fun.  One of them did say, “Don’t post this on Facebook, and I mean it”.  So I didn’t :-).

 mike and brian watts wedding

The girls had fun too.

girls at watts wedding

Just beautiful.

watts wedding

It was a nice little getaway from all the hectic stuff at home, but we soon got back to it after returning on Sunday.  I have discovered that having an antique booth is a lot more work than I counted on, and spent about 4 hours just getting a few things ready and getting them there.  I need so much more in there, like the 4 pieces of furniture that I now have to be restored. Hopefully this week I’ll get around to restoring piece number 1.

The setup, so far:

Memories booth

So an eventful weekend, and now to rest. Except not. Too many projects, not enough time (and sleep)!

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Oh how I love a weekend.  And oh how fast they go by!

This past weekend consisted of the usual house cleaning, farmer’s market shopping, vegetable picking/cooking and yard work.


My mom and I visited the antique mall that we’ll be renting a booth in beginning mid-week, and spent Sunday afternoon admiring the goodies we have to start the booth up, pricing items, etc.  Add church into that, and that is a full weekend.

We are very excited about opening our little antique booth. We’ll be here, at this awesome place, Generations, on a busy stretch of road in Tennessee about 30 minutes from my house.  I love, love, love it.  It’s a mixture of old and new; wonderfully worn and used antiques, crafty projects, something for everyone. My daughter is quite artistic and crafty, so I expect some really cool contributions from her.

I have a few furniture items that I’ll be putting in the booth, but a bit of work has to happen on some of them first. Like this antique waterfall dresser.  I fell in love at first sight, because it reminded me of one that my grandmother had, but this little guy isn’t in such great shape.  I negotiated from $75 to $35 on it, so I think that was a good deal for the condition it’s in, and I do have big plans for it, but it will take a bit of work.FullSizeRender

This one is ready to go.  This isn’t the best picture, but it’s a large wardrobe, with a built in computer desk that can be removed.  We built it and placed it inside without damaging the wardrobe, so the wardrobe can be used with it, or without.


My favorite piece is this antique hutch.  I’m going to clean it up, and possibly refinish it.  The photo isn’t the best, it has great glass doors on the top, and little hooks inside the top. It belonged to the great grandmother of the lady I bought it from, and I could tell she was a little sentimental about it.  I want to really freshen it up and make it something that someone will love and enjoy as much as she did. And hopefully I can make myself part with it.

HutchI have another dresser that I don’t have a photo of, that will also get cleaned up and go in, and most other things for now are smaller things.  Hopefully we’ll get set up this week, and have photos by the end of the week.

Add all that in to the normal daily craziness in our lives, and it will be a busy week for sure.

Have a wonderful Monday, enjoy to the fullest wherever you are!

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Oh how I’ve missed this little blog.  I know, it’s been three years, and life has overtaken me.  I’ve thought so much about this and how I miss it, but have been struggling with how to resurrect it.  Our lives have evolved SO much, there are so many different aspects to it now, that I just haven’t been sure how to go about this, how to focus and direct it.

That said, I’m going to take a stab at it.  Even if I’m the only one reading this, I so love it.  I get to relive wonderful moments, and I’m so aware of my life when I’m documenting it, if that makes any sense.  It makes me realize my blessings, my failings and my dreams so much more vividly.

Where are we today? We still love country living. We now have a 3 year old grandson.  Hubby lost his job with NASA after 36 years, and has started a new career doing something he’s always had a passion for, and I hope to be able to join him in that venture within the next two  years.  I’m still working toward fit and healthy, working with a coach.  I am opening an antique booth in the next month. I haven’t been biking this year, but want to start back.  We lost our beloved Ozzie dog, so now we are a one dog family.  We have added camping and boating to our list of things we enjoy, and try to fit in as we can.  And I’m sure there’s more that I’m forgetting, which is why I love writing…I will capture it all and relive it thoroughly.

The picture of the day is from a trip to the beach last week.  I’m missing it already!


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Hello 2012

Wow, what a busy past year.

Many, many things going on, so much that I honestly haven’t had much of a chance to think, much less post.

I do think, however, that I’m ready to return to the blogging world, it’s such a great community, as well as such a great documentary tool for me.

Join me later this week as I attempt to catch up on what’s been going on with the Funny Farm and family.

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Weekend in Review

What a beautiful weekend in the South!  We had temps in the upper sixties and sunshine, wonderful outdoor weather.

My beautiful daughter turned 26 years old on Sunday, so on Saturday we did what any Southern family does for any kind of a celebration…we had a big cookout, invited everyone over and ate and ate.

Courtney’s friend Brunno is from Brazil.  Brunno has been here since 2003, going to college on tennis and soccer scholarships, and working for the past couple of years.  Sadly for all of us, he can’t get a work visa to continue to stay here, so next week he is headed home to Brazil.  So of course we had to have a big good-bye party, so the cookout served both purposes.

There was grilling, playing with the dogs, eating, lots of fun.  Courtney decided she wanted Creme Brulee Cheesecake for her birthday cake, so I made two.  The picture isn’t great, but it was good, if  I say so myself.

We probably took 50 pictures, and I guess it was because Court was taking most of them, and Brunno is leaving…they were mostly of Court and Brunno and big dog (he belonged to them at one point, before we ‘adopted’ him).


Birthday girl and her mom

There were many more people here…not so many pictures of them!

A fun day.  I can’t believe she’s 26.  And I can’t believe Brunno is leaving, we love that kid.  He really has been like a part of our family for almost 8 years.  We wish him much luck back home in Rio.

Hope your weekend was wonderful as well.

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Well month two of my challenge to reduce the grocery bill is finished and we came in at:
Costo: $98
Weekly market – average $77.84.

Not bad. I’m going to continue aiming for $75 weekly and less than $100 monthly at Costco until the garden comes in, then we’ll target $50 or less weekly.

But, until then, I’m going to post only once a month on the success (or not) … you are welcome :-).

I’ll be going back to ‘Weekend in Review’ on Mondays. Hopefully Spring is in the air and there will be things going on to post about.

This little cherry tree thinks Spring is on the way.

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Loser Update

Well it looks like I’m going to lose a pound a week. Down 9 since the weigh-in.  But, down is down, so I’m not complaining.

I’m not feeling deprived of food, and I’m not on a diet so I guess this is the way to do it.

It’s been a whirlwind, interesting not-necessarily-in-a-good-way month at our house.  I have some health stuff going on, and have been undergoing tests and what-not throughout the month.  But, the amazing thing is that the stress hasn’t driven me to ‘eat up where I’m going’ as a friend used to say, so that is actually a big change for me.  Maybe I’ll have some good news to share on the health front next week.

The weatherman says we’ll likely have another frost, but for the most part the brutal winter is over and Spring is on the way.

Can’t wait.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Monday’s Market Report

Good grocery shopping trip this week, totalling $58.13.

I’m still working on the pantry and freezer, we still have turkey and chicken galore, and frozen vegetables from the garden.  In reality, I should be spending even less at the grocery store, but that does include non-food items such as detergent and personal items, so it isn’t bad.

Dinners this week will include grilled turkey burgers and salad, chicken enchiladas with refried beans (dried pintos cooked over the weekend), stir-fried vegetables with brown rice, and open-faced portabello burgers and roasted vegetables.

We’ve been having some really nice weather days, so in my mind at least, I’ve planted my garden.  I can’t wait to do so for real, although I wouldn’t be surprised at one more round of snow or really, really cold weather.

Meantime, I can dream about walking out my back door and picking warm, red sun-ripened tomatoes, juicy cucumbers, and fragrant leafy herbs.  Mmmmm.  Summertime.

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An Exciting New Year

It’s a new year! I’m always sooooo excited at the start of the new year. I was talking with Mike about that just this morning, and wondered why we don’t feel that excitement every day, because after all, every day is the beginning of a new year. Why don’t we? Things become routine I suppose.

I’ve been thinking about my goals for this year. I haven’t exactly firmed them up yet, but one of them for sure is to be focused on keeping this excitement going on a daily basis as much as it’s possible. We never know when our last day is going to be (not to be dramatic, it’s just true), so why not wake up each morning and be excited about everything ahead and work to make the most of that day.

Basically, don’t put off until tomorrow…

I know, typical New Years day thinking I guess. But I think I really mean it.

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