Saturday, October 23, 2010

Baby Cowgirl, Circa 1967

When I was born, my mama got flowers at the hospital in this cute little vase from the folks Daddy worked for. I have always loved it and when I was home today, Mama gave it to me. She's in pretty good shape for an old girl, don't you think?
I was home today for Brian's Aunt Kris' funeral. She passed away last Monday from a pulmonary embolism following knee replacement surgery. She was only 49. I have been so sad all week because she was such a sweet person and was always looking out for everybody. She was taken way too soon and in such a senseless way, too. I know she had tons of stuff left to do!! I didn't know her that well but I was fortunate enough to have been around her some in the thirteen years that Ami and Brian have been married and I am thankful for those times. Kris was funny, fun to be around and just mothered everybody and everything. She will be terribly missed by everybody who loved her. I didn't think Kris would mind sharing this post with my baby cowgirl. Kris loved her horses and in a way, she was a cowgirl, too.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Weekend Was Full of So Much Awesome, I 'Bout Couldn't Stand It

I went to my 25th high school reunion Saturday night. It was held at The Station in Americus and we had such a great time!! I laughed and smiled so much my face hurt. We laughed and cried and took tons of pictures, shared memories and just enjoyed each other so much.

I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

I started first grade with just about every single one of these boys and girls. They were such a huge part of my life for so long and we waited waaaaaay too long to see each other again!! Maybe we'll do better now about that.

I do not know what I was doing with my mouth here!!
Lookin' like a 'tard with my best friend from first grade on, Pat Bellew Dominey.

Beautiful blue sky Sunday afternoon at the Georgia National Fair!

My (not so little anymore, waaaaaaaaah!) nephew Christopher,
Daddy and Mama at the fair

Okay, when did he get so dang tall??!

OHMYGOD, fried Wisconsin cheddar cheese on a stick.
These people need to stop with the friedness on a stick thing.

You know every good Georgia girl has to have peach cobbler with peach ice cream every chance she gets. It was good but my mama's cobbler is better. :)

I had such a wonderful weekend!! Got to see some old friends and spend time with my family.

It don't get much better than that.

Friday, October 15, 2010

No Trees Were Harmed In The Production Of This Day

And what a day it was!! I took the day off to get some stuff done and to get ready for my 25th class reunion this weekend. So I hit the floor running this morning at 9:00 (yeah, 9:00 is hit the floor running for me on a day off!!) so I'd be up and presentable and in a decent mood by the time the chimney sweep got here to clean my chimney and fireplace for winter. They got here about 9:50 and cleaned and inspected and were gone by 10:30. $85, thank you, ma'am. Everything looked good inside and out so that peace of mind is worth the money to me.

I had the Directv guy coming sometime between 12:00 and 4:00 and I had a few errands to run so I went and did what I needed to do and got back at 11:00. The Directv guy shows up and gets to work. He comes in and tells me that he has bad news, though. There's no clear shot through my trees to the satellites I need and he didn't think they'd be able to do it. I have several humongous trees with big old fat juicy branches full of leaves. Like one million three hundred seventy-eight thousand four hundred eighty-three leaves. Every year. I know 'cause I rake them. You know how God knows how many hairs are on our heads? Yeah, it's like that. I told him that was okay, it's what I expected anyway. He told me if I would cut one of my trees down, we'd have no problem. Well, that ain't gonna happen. I hug trees. I don't cut them. I hadn't cancelled my cable service yet so as far as I was concerned, I was good. He tells me he's calling his supervisor for a second opinion so okay, la la la la, we'll try that. I mopped behind my refrigerator and cleaned my stovetop. I'm good either way. Supe comes out, walks around the yard while I'm on the phone with Larry and tells me that maybe, just maybe, if we put it here and stand on one foot and close one eye, we may be able to get reception. They ended up putting the dish at the end of the driveway next to the fence. And they ended up cutting my neighbor's cable clean in two. Seems we shared a cable. Who knew?? As much blankety-blank money as I've paid Cox in the last 7 1/2 years, I ought to had my own dang cable!!

So far so great!! I'm amazed at the clarity and the sharpness in color. Even my 18-year-old TranSouth color TV is actin' like it's brand new.

Here's the dish!! Standing out there all by its lonesome lookin' like a little alien!! I think it is SO CUTE. I can't wait to wrap some Christmas lights around it.

Mum's The Word

This pretty thing just begged me to be on the blog today.
The two punkins say hey, too!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I Guess Even Monsters Can Take A Sick Day Every Once In A While

I saw this cute sign today at the American Legion post on Watson and just had to share it. It cracked me up! Too funny!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


So I was really super excited about today being 10/10/10, you know "once in a lifetime!" and "we're so lucky to be alive for this!" until Larry reminded me that last year, we had 09/09/09 and next year we'll have 11/11/11 (which by the way will be Veterans' Day, my favorite Larry day next to February 24th) and it kinda busted my little excitement bubble.

But. Still.

10/10/10 is an awesome thing!! Pop a cork or something.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Peace Love and Birthday Cake

In honor of John Lennon's 70th birthday today,
here are a few of my favorite quotes by him.

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.

All we are saying is give peace a chance.

Everybody loves you when you're six feet in the ground.

Everything is clearer when you're in love.

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.

And my personal favorite,

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

Happy Birthday, John!

Your music, your vision and your love live on.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nom Nom Chocolate Peeps Nom

Looky what I found today!! I hope I'm not the last person on earth to have seen them. Were they out at Easter?? I LOVE LOVE LOVE Peeps and just the thought of them wallerin' in chocolate makes me all atingle and stuff.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Let's All Be Women Of Moderation!

We started a new women's Bible study tonight at church and I am SO excited about it!! It's A Woman of Moderation: Breaking The Chains Of Poor Eating Habits. There were 13 of us there tonight and we're beginning an eight-week study about feeding our soul hunger instead of our physical hunger. OR, as you know, just your fat hollerin' "feed me!" when you're sad, stressed or just plain bored. I'm really looking forward to digging in. No pun intended! My friend and coworker, Lisa, is going to be my partner and she is absolutely perfect for this. She already helps me at work so much. I've been stuck at 58 pounds for a while now and I'm hoping this Bible study will help me lose a few more. I think my body is finally comfortable where we are right now. Where we are right now is less than I weighed in high school so I've carried these remaining pounds around with me ALL of my adult life. I would like to lose about 25 more. But will I be "free" then? I don't know. This Bible study is all about putting you in control of food instead of food controlling you, about changing your behavior, changing how you look at and respond to food and asking Jesus to help you with the whole mess. 'Cause you know food addiction is a mess. You read the Bible several times a day and each day is either a Fast Day, a Half Day, a Liquids Day or a Normal Day. Our leader tonight asked us at what clothing size would we feel we were actually FREE, as in free from the bondage of food? I have no idea. I've never been below a 12 in my adult life. I think I wore a 12 in junior high. So I have absolutely no clue. A 10 feels like a good number to me. I was in an 18/20 January 1st and now I'm in a 14. I still have a long ways to go and I'm not even sure if I'll feel free in a 10. What I DO know is I feel better now than I have in my entire life. I've done well on the South Beach Diet but I've hit a major plateau and it's not all the diet's fault. I've let my busy life lead me to some unhealthy choices and some late night eating after class. I've maintained my weight loss all summer but now it's time to get busy again. I'm getting back on track starting tonight!

Here's our first scripture we have to memorize. It's a good 'un!!

Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man that trusts in him, fear the Lord, ye his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. (Psalm 34: 8-9)

Friday, October 1, 2010