Sunday, March 27, 2016

A different kind of Easter

For the first time in ever, our family didn't get together today for Easter.  I felt a little out of sorts not having anywhere to go or anybody to take care of.  But at the same time, it was glorious to have such a low-key Easter.  Larry and I woke up early, put our ham in the oven, and got ready for church.  It was a wonderful service and we were blessed to see two young girls publicly profess their faith and another one get baptized!  That's what Easter is all about -- celebrating our Savior, who died for us when He didn't have to and rose from the dead because WE needed Him to.  There's no greater love than the love Jesus has for us.  Not your family's, not your husband's or wife's, not even the love you have for your children.

Larry made me a huge basket full of chocolate and all kinds of goodies!  There was even a sweet little Jadeite coffee mug that he picked up on our Peaches to the Beaches trip that I didn't even know he got.  How'd he do that??  I see everything.  He put a beautiful little decorative plate in there, too.  Along with all. that. candy.  I made him up a basket with lots of candy, too, a big-eared chocolate bunny and a little stuffed lamb.

Yesterday, I baked some treats for Tabbie Hoffman and Banjo and I put them in Mason jars and tied a little yellow ribbon around them, to make 'em look Easter-y.  I found the recipes online and Banjo got pumpkin peanut butter ones and Tabbie's were tuna and catnip.  Banjo loves his and Tabbie's coming around to his.  Persnickety little self.

After church today, we came home and I finished our dinner.  We had our ham and green beans with red potatoes, steamed whole organic carrots, deviled eggs and carrot cake.  Simple and easy.  No stress, no rushing around trying to get here and there.  It was very, very nice.

And after the dishes were done, I took a nap!  Another thing that's never happened on Easter, except maybe when I was six.

 Banjo enjoying his ham bone in the rain.

 Like Mama, like kitty.  :)

The weather was yucky, lots of clouds and some rain here off and on all day but I hope y'all had a great day anyway!  I loved all the pictures that were posted on Facebook of kids dyeing eggs yesterday and then this morning with all their goodies and family pictures outside church.  To me, that's how it should be.  Church first then family time with Easter dinner and egg hunts.  And a nap.  :)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dreamin' of sunflowers...

I picked up this strand of silk sunflowers at Goodwill the other night and I draped them around the window in our mudroom.  I love how they look there!

I'm hoping to get some real sunflowers planted next weekend but in the meantime, these will do.

Peaches to the Beaches!

Our second road trip down Highway 341 for the annual Peaches to the Beaches yard sale was a lot of fun, it was HOT and it was exhausting!  I started Friday with two of my friends from work and the three of us got as far as McRae.

Here we are starting the day in Perry.

Debbie, Christie and I drove and stopped and shopped all day long and got home around 8:00 Friday night.

Here are my treasures from the first day!  I picked up one Pyrex piece, a lid to a Verde divided casserole (now I just have to find the dish to go with it!) and I got my very first Fenton piece!  A beautiful red, orange and yellow compote.  I added Josef Originals Number Nine Birthday Girl to my collection, too, and for only a dollar!  And we all got a laugh out of the 1960's aluminum lobster jello mold I found at an antique store.  I picked up some old campaign buttons and military patches for Larry and some earrings for me.  We girls laughed all day long and just had the best time!  It was truly a great day!  Complete with some Huddle House lunch and a sunburn for me.  Yay!  :)

Saturday, Larry and I got up early and we went on our own PTTB adventure.  We had planned to pick up where Debbie, Christie and I left off but we started in Perry, too, and worked our way east, ending up in Hazlehurst.  A little farther than we got last year!  I made sure I had on lots of sunblock and my floppy beach hat most of the day. 

Here are a few pictures from our day!

 Our Peaches to the Beaches t-shirts

 Smokin' some pig!

 On the road!  We could not have asked for a more gorgeous weekend!

Here's what we found Saturday!  Larry found that Barbed Wire Pyrex divided dish and got it for me and I picked up another Fenton piece (although I thought at the time the lady was pulling my leg about it being Fenton.  It has NO markings.  I researched it when I got home and discovered it's a piece from the 1940's, before they started putting the Fenton mark on the bottom.  It had a sticker instead, which is long gone.  It's a nut/candy dish and I am most happy with it!) along with some Depression glass pieces and a few other treasures.  And I love my "All I need is sweet tea and Jesus" t-shirt!

Two of my favorite finds!  A 1970's tea kettle and a vintage German ballerina music box clock from the 50's. 

We had a Huddle House lunch, too, and while we were waiting for our food and listened to some tunes on the jukebox, Larry took this picture of me with the lapel pin he had gotten for me earlier, hoping that one day I'd be able to truthfully wear it.  I thought it was funny and he didn't realize why until I told him that Saturday was my fourth anniversary at the base.  This pin was a pretty cool, if not a little bit bizarre, find!

Peaches to the Beaches 2016 is in the books.  It was bigger, it was hotter, it was more fun and more crowded than any other year before.  SO MUCH STUFF.  I can't wait to see what next year's is like!  I'm pretty sure that I'm only gonna see it just one day, though.  'Cause zzzzzz....  AND we lost an hour this weekend.  Did I mention zzzzzz....?