Tuesday, September 23, 2014

45 and foggy in Mayberry



When I wake up to 45 and foggy, I declare that summer is officially OVER and FALL has begun…and the calendar definitely confirms this as well!  Bu-bye, Summer.  You were mild this year, and we d0 appreciate that.

This year is flying by.  I think that is maybe a sign of getting older.  Kids think that Christmas will n-e-v-e-r arrive, but adults know that the calendar hits Halloween, Thanksgiving, then Christmas lightening fast.  Every year…gaining speed.

So I am still tinkering with the new laptop, getting everything installed and downloaded so that my guru can come over and hook me up to the home network and tweak the old laptop to be the auxiliary computer, rather than the main one.  Exciting stuff.


My lovely assistant will probably want to help, right after her morning nap.  Leave a message, she sez.  KC has escaped already…to the sun(less) room…for his nap.  I’m thinking they are overpaid, the slouches.

Have yourself a ginger peachy day.  Come on, sunshine!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Beta Sigma Phi fun!

We had a funny and informative forum presented by the Phi-vile Tater Sistas this morning:

Shook our booty a bit last night:

And finally managed to get a group shot of our chapter represented here at convention:

Smiles, laughter, and connecting with our sistas...197 registered!

Having fun in HotLanta, y'all!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Hair…for a good cause

Ansley (on the R) has been letting her hair get rather long this past year, and for a very good reason:  she planned on donating to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Before, with sister, Macey:

Macey, Ansley before hair cut

Brave girl:

Ansley hair cut

And after:

Ansley, Macey hair


Ansley hair cut2

I love your new short “do.”  And smile.  And generous heart.

Thanks for making some little girl happy with your beautiful hair.  One young lady…making a difference in the world, for a disadvantaged stranger.

May we all make a contribution in some way to something worthwhile this week.  Go ahead.  Just do it.  You’ll feel good!  Pass it on…

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throw Back Thursday



Look at these children!  No, I was not 12 when this photo was taken, although I look it.  I was definitely more than twice that age.  Trust me.

This was early 1972, and I was pregnant with Haley (sorry for outing your age, honey), taken in Grandmommie’s kitchen.  I’m not sure of the exact date in 1972, since I only marked the photo as “1972,” (shame on me) but that tummy definitely “blossomed” more before Haley was born.  Actually, it blossomed A LOT more, before her arrival in late March.

This makes me smile.  So does this photo of our girl, now all grown up:

Haley '14

At the rate I am going, I will have all my old photos scanned in by 2112.  Wish me luck.

Happy TBT, y’all!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Zoom, zoom…

Getting ready to go four wheeling (no, Madison wasn’t asleep—yet):




We wound up with eight ATVs all total (one directionally challenged, unknown couple joined us so they wouldn’t get lost) on Snowbird Mountain up in NC yesterday.  We rode over boulders, mud, ditches, rocks, a few streams, and more mud…about 20-22 miles of that stuff.

MM said the views are beautiful (my first trip up there), but we were in the misty clouds, so our views consisted of the thick forests, just loaded with a variety of trees, rhoddys and mountain laurel (not in bloom of course).

Some folks left the trails and called it a day  (one had to be towed back to the truck…bugger), but those remaining visited a lovely waterfall:


Trust me, it was a bit testy walking up the trail to the waterfall and back in that slick mud!

We stopped for a few “donuts” in a muddy field toward the end of the ride that everyone had to experience:


I enjoyed all this in comfort with Jason as my trusty driver in their new, side-by-side ride.  Great job, Jas.  I’m ready to go again on a clear day!

A warm shower was first on the agenda when we got back home…thoroughly splattered with mud…everywhere!

Life is zooming in the mountains, y’all!  Who wants to join us next time?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fresh stuff

Our local farmer's market has only a couple more weeks to be open, and I was pretty much out of fresh fruit and veggies, so Joan and I shopped together this morning.

We both enjoyed seeing folks, and picking up some good, fresh produce. We also got some locally made soap/lotion products. They are a treat to the nose and a plus for natural skin hydration. Cutting out chemicals and buying local are both winners, as is spending time with my bestie.

Now that I am back home and ready to tackle the new laptop again, the sun finally comes out. Go figure. It is beautiful, and I need to be inside. At least my view outdoors is a good one. One assistant is inside; one is outside, always subject to change......constantly.

Have yourself a ginger peachy day. I sure will!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday funny…finished



No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between these two words:


In a recent linguistic competition held in Toronto, attended by supposedly the best in the world, a Newfoundlander was the clear winner with a standing ovation which lasted over 5 minutes.

The final  question was:  How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand?

Some people say there is NO difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED.

Here is his astute answer:

When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE.

When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED.

AND, when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!!!

He won a trip to travel the world in style, and a case of 25 year old Scotch.

Very smart Newfy, I would say.

HAT TIP to Dorothy M