Sunday, April 28, 2013

God has a sense of humor!

A woman received a call that her daughter was sick.
She stopped by the pharmacy to get medication,
got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside.

The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground.  She looked at it and said, "I don't know how to use this." 

She bowed her head and asked God to send her HELP.
Within 5 minutes a beat up old motorcycle pulled up.
A bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag got off his cycle and asked if he could help.

She said: "Yes, my daughter is sick. I’ve locked my keys in my car.  I must get home.  Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?"

He said, "Sure." He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was open.

She hugged the man and through tears said, "Thank You SO Much! You are a very nice man."

The man replied, "Lady, I am NOT a nice man.  I just got out of PRISON yesterday; I was in prison for car theft."

The woman hugged the man again sobbing,  "Oh, thank you God!  You even sent me a Professional!"

Is GOD Good or What!?


Hat tip:  Pat Lewis

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Old friends

Creating more memories with old friends.

Claire, Diane, and Kay.

Diane and I lived on the same block till middle school. Good memories of hours and hours playing together with all our neighborhood friends.

A dinner dance concludes the festivities tonight. Will everyone be gone by 10p? Probably!

Having fun with the old people!
Albany High School Class of '63. Long may we shine! Go, Indians!

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Chatter, chatter!

Gals-only luncheon.

Lots of catching up to do...and eating.

Followed by a poolside party at the motel tonight, guys included.

It is class reunion time! Rumor has it this is the big 50, but I can't be that old, can I???

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Snuggle kitties.

See this sight? It has never, ever happened before:

Sure they will groom and whap and chase each other, but actually TOUCH, as in cuddle? No. Way.

KC is right now sitting on the stairs waiting/stalking for Missy to walk by. She sees him. The big staring contest begins!

Missy brought in another critter, this one a slithery but harmless thing. I stood watch on his whereabouts till MM came downstairs to retrieve and remove him back to the outdoors where he belonged.

Life is never dull with our fur babies. Bless their hearts.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Happy birthday!

I got to cut the cord 12 years ago that released our sweet Macey, who is now quite the smart, caring, talented young lady you see here.

Grumps and I love you to the moon and back! May all your dreams come true, honey girl. The world is yours. We know you will do great things with your life.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eek, eek!

That is NOT a good wake-up sound, Missy! KC wasn't inside last night when we went to bed, so the kitty door was left open. Big mistake. Missy went out early, found a critter, and then brought it inside to show off we were not thrilled, especially since it appeared to be a baby bunny. I am pretending it was an ugly mole. It is now fish food. The end.

MM found the John boat tied up at a Good Samaritan's dock about a mile away, so he towed it home.

Amy brought him some beer and limes as a thank you for the rescue AND clean up. Good daughter!

I have a date with my domino guy this morning. Being a Grammie is so much fun! Lucky me.

Have yourselves a ginger peachy day. I sure will, with my two-legged sweet critter.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Coffee to go, please.

MM is out early this morning cleaning up cove krap. This is what the boat dock looked like after the recent rain:

Not pretty. Plus a float is missing from the walkway.

Jas and MM repaired the walkway and worked on the boat lift yesterday...and froze from a brief foray into the water.

Here enters the problem, not the freezing part; the boat lift part. The air apparently leaked out of the tubes.

Text from Amy earlier stated that Will noticed the john boat is missing! Rut roh. Floated off...and is not in our cove.

So...MM is clearing a path so he can get out to begin his search and rescue mission.

Krappity krap. It's Monday.

Wish him luck.

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Musical music

"Annie Get Your Gun" had some awesome singers last night and some good songs, but it did drag on a bit too long here and there. Perhaps that was a result of the old-fashioned story line, or simply from sitting too long. The backdrops were impressive to all four of us. And we'll go back again.

Cathy's friend Vickie was the driver and a hoot and kept us laughing all the way up and back. Joy rides shotgun when we travel over mountains, so Cathy and I played backseat drivers.

We hit up some thrift stores and a discount store or two before dinner. Vickie plays Easter bunny at the elementary school each year, so she is always looking for stuff to use.

It was great fun with good friends, so it was plum perfect.

Life is good in paradise, y'all! Have yourselves a ginger peachy Sunday.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Silly boy

Are you thinking about potty training, KC? I'd appreciate that.

But I won't count on it happening.

Good morning from sunny Mayberry where we are apparently having a bit of blackberry winter. It was 33 here this morning. My orchids, basil and rosemary are enjoying a toasty sunroom, rather than their normal home outside on the deck. They may be there a few days if the weather dude is correct. Bugger. Spring is still teasing us.

Joy, Cathy, Jo and another lady and I are going to get a little culture tonight up in North Carolina. I am looking forward to it. MM isn't crazy about musicals, so I didn't even invite him to go. Hey, it's gonna be a Girls Night Out. He doesn't mind at all. He won't be lonely with Missy and KC to annoy, um, entertain him.

How's your weekend?

Life is good, peaches. Enjoy it!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Shopping with a purpose

What an adventure we gals had yesterday in Gainesville.  Maureen introduced Janet, Sharon and me to an incredibly unique shopping experience at Rahab’s Rope.

Rahab's Rope

What is that?, you ask.  This is from their website:

Rahab's Rope is a place that provides food, shelter, and protection; a place of education and training; a place where the whole person is ministered to spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and financially. It is a place of hope, a place of transformed lives.

Ultimately, we exist to rescue girls and women out of the the horrors of Human Trafficking and restore hope and purpose to their lives. Since our founding in 2004 our immediate and most all-encompassing focus has been on the victims of Human Trafficking in India. However, as we have grown so have our points of focus. We are currently doing work in both India and in the United States. These projects have very different objectives but are both in line with our desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who have very little in this world.

There were so many interesting items in the store that I totally forgot to take photos inside.  Bad blogger!  The items are beautifully displayed…eye candy everywhere.  All four of us did our part toward putting some bucks in their coffers, and brought home lovely, useful items…some for ourselves; some for gifts.

This is for me…beautiful and very reasonably priced (I could hardly make it myself for what they charge):


…and these stone and wire wrapped earrings (I haven’t tried the wire wrapping yet):


Plus a few other items that I can’t show, since they will be gifts.  At least SOME of the other items.

The store is far more than just jewelry—they have items for the home (Janet got a beautiful cut-work tablecloth and colorful basket), purses, scarves and other stuff.  Good stuff.  NICE stuff.  And the money goes to a very good cause.  Their staff is awesome!  We’ll go back.

We even got to meet one of the crafters and tell her how much we appreciated her work.  Her smile spoke volumes.

Our name is taken from the Biblical account of the prostitute, Rahab, found in the book of Joshua chapters two and six.  To view the complete story behind our name, as well as the Biblical account, please click here.

This interesting store is the ONLY one in the world, but don’t feel left out.  YOU can shop (or donate) from where you are sitting right now.  Check them out online:

Lunch was divine across the square at Sweet Magnolia’s CafĂ© and Bakery.  Afterward we walked around enjoying window shopping, and the beautiful spring day.  It was a perfect GDO—Girls' Day Out.

We’ll have to have another GDO soon, girls.  Blue Ridge next?

Life is good, y’all!

~~Hope means waiting for something we do not yet see, and we must wait for it in patience.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rainy night in Georgia

Rain and thunderboomers galore last night! This is a small sample of junk washed up in our cove.

Out on the main part of the river are lots of logs, limbs and general debris. Some low lying areas were actually flooded and made the Atlanta news, but nothing serious happened, as far as I know. The road department will be in major clean-up mode today.

And I am off for GDO--Girls' Day Out, going to a very unusual place in a nearby town...and doing lunch, of course.

Details tomorrow.

Have yourselves a ginger peachy day, y'all! I sure will, and the shopping is for a good cause. Hmm...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mirror, mirror on the wall

I heard a strange noise just now when I walked upstairs to the office. Peck, peck. What is in the bedroom making that noise? And the door is shut, but the bathroom door is open...and I can see what the problem is at the window.

A female cardinal is sitting in the tree...but not for long...

And this is what I see when I come downstairs...

Missy is watching the outside activities downstairs in the dining room. Hey, MM, that screen is not in the track. Fix. Stat. Please. TYVM.

And yesterday I spotted a brown fox walking up our driveway right after dinner. Yes, he was a quick brown fox, so there is no photo proof. Trust me. I got on the phone to alert Amy in case da boys were outside playing, even though their dog would probably scare off any ole fox, quick or not. They were all safely inside, even the dog. The fox was safe to roam some more.

Life is never dull in Mayberry, and is quite good, as a matter of fact, with a Jammie boy here with me for a little while.

Lucky me!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday tax day

Did you ever notice: When you put the two words "The" and "IRS" together it spells THEIRS...

Me either, but it does. And is too true.

So good morning from paradise, where the washer and dryer are busy helping me with some spring Moho cleaning. All bed linens, towels, throw rugs...whatever...will soon be clean and back in place. It's a necessary chore. The house will be next. Fun. We has it.

Our Sarvisberry tree is blooming across the cove, with its dainty white blossoms slowly opening. Here in Appalachia is it frequently called Serviceberry. Their fruits are important to wildlife, who don't care what the tree is called as long as they produce those delish-to-them berries. We like happy (good) critters. The dogwoods are just beginning to wake up from their long winter nap, but their beauty is still in the future. Brown is not my favorite color, and we still have too much brown in our view, not that KC cares.

MM is off picking up a parts machine. Taxes are a done deal (his chore). Kitties are inside, then outside.

It's just another Monday in paradise, y'all, where life is mighty fine! I hope yours is, too.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Happy smiles, happy day!

Happy, happy birthday today to BFF Joy, seen here holding that precious Eva gal, who will soon be celebrating the big #1 herself.Joy, Eva smiles

And congrats to Brian and Faith for being #1 in a run-bike-run yesterday:

Brian, Faith #1

Just thinking about a 2.8 run; 8 mile bike; 2.8 mile run makes my knees hurt!  You both will get old some day, so take care of those bodies while you can.  Is that blood I see on your leg, son of mine?

Have yourselves a ginger peachy Sunday, y’all.  And take as much cake as you want.  Celebrate!

Happy Bday cake

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Paper lesson

Good morning from the river!

The sun is shining. The weather is cool, and we have had a great breakfast with our camping buddies, and gotten a little education on paper...of the toilet variety.

Al compared the type sold by camping stores: two-ply and $1/roll vs the White Cloud brand, which is three ply and only 40 cents/roll. And works well in camper toilets.

Who knew? Every Moho was gifted with a free roll.

Campers are great people!

We all love to save money.

That's your PSA for today, peaches. Have a fabulous Saturday, no matter how you roll!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday stuff



We had rain and some thunder bumpers late last night, so there is no sun today.  I will enjoy this view of EPCOT for a moment.  Oh, do y’all know what EPCOT really means?  Every Person Comes Out Tired.  It’s true!

Amy and I are helping with an outdoor activity for Alex’s class after lunch, so I definitely hope the sun burns off these clouds.

We are meeting our camping group for dinner tonight, and have a weekend full of stuff going on, so I’ve gotta go check my list and get myself in gear.  Pronto.

Have yourselves a great weekend, y’all, sunshine or not!

Laugh lines are the sign of a life well lived.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Good Goofy day!

I know the sun was all wrong for this shot, but he wouldn't turn around for a better view. You take what you can get.

So yesterday I worked on putting together info for friend Maryan's memorial service and helped my sweetie with his new laptop. We call this place the Fun Factory. Yeah baby! We has it.

Groan. The learning curve. Of course this new laptop has a new system.

It is Windows 8, which is very different from W7. Very.

My desk is totally cluttered from yesterday's doings, and must be attacked with vigor today so that I can actually get a little work done that has been neglected.

Where are my assistants?

Scarce as hen's teeth, that's where!

Have yourselves a ginger peachy day. Ours is lovely right now, but rain and a cold front arrive later today.

Life is good, y'all! Practice some Goofy smiles!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sittin' on the dock..

...of the bay...go, Otis Redding, sing it!

Make that...nappin' on the dock of the cove, and that would be accurate! Lucky ducks.

Amy said that two pairs of mallards have shared their small pond by the house all winter. Not together as couples, of course. Just one couple at a time, and the kids know the difference in the two pairs.

One pair doesn't fly off when the kids go outside. The other couple is very shy, so they fly away to the cove water. I am sure they are all nesting somewhere, so hopefully we'll have a new generation of duckie duckies when it warms up.

A bald eagle was also spotted further out in the cove by Amy, so I will be on the look out for that nest...hopefully.

That's your critter report from paradise today, well, except for our two who are doing their usual in and out routine...after a thorough inspection of stuff brought in from the Moho that (still) needs to be put away.

Progress. It is slow.

The sun is shining. The deck is lonely. It has missed us. It needs a body to sit and enjoy the scenery.

No, work comes first. Bugger.

Who wants to be a responsible adult when the sun is shining???

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Lucky clover!

Amy found this in her backyard yesterday- a 5-leaf clover!

Mr. Google says they are a mutation and that sometimes there are even 6, 7-leaf ones! Who knew?

The superstition is that the 5-leaf clovers bring extra good luck and attract money. Now both would be a very good thing for their family right now. There is a serious medical issue with Jason's mom, so preparations are being made for her to move into their basement. Good thoughts are appreciated.

So it is Monday and Mechanic Man is seeing the accountant this morning and hopefully picking up a new garbage disposal while in town. Mine is leaking and isn't fixable. Bugger. Temporary fix is minimal kitchen sink use, and a very large bucket under it to catch the drips. This is just a minor inconvenience in the scheme of things.

This is a brand new week of opportunities for each of us.

My goal? Finish unloading the Moho and get everything back in place.

Yep, it's Monday. May we all have a bit of good luck, and maybe some "found" money. Life is good, y'all!

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Morning stand off

You go first.
Naw...YOU go first.

I say OUT with you both! These two have been racing and chasing for the past five minutes. Take it outside!

We love living next door to our kiddos. We went over and sat at the fire pit with them yesterday; made some s'mores (I don't eat them), and watched the boys ride their bikes and climb trees.

It's these little moments in life that are so precious. Those wee boys are mighty entertaining and plenty goofy! It's in their DNA times two, poor thangs.

Life is never dull. Have yourselves a ginger peachy day. Ours involves some marbles, and not the lost ones...we hope!

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday stuff

At least I got some snuggles before the games began! They are taking turns and sharing (mostly) nicely. Each got to pick out new games to download.
Good Grammie...I am!

I have everything washed that's gonna get washed and ready to take up to the Moho after it warms up. No sense venturing out yet @ 41 degrees, even though it is sunny. Sheesh. Even the kitties didn't stay outside for very long this morning. Smart kitties.

It's just another day in paradise...and time to fold some clean towels. I am truly thankful for modern equipment. Aren't you?

Is there some item, electronic or not, that you are most grateful to have (other than a roof over your head)?

Mine: indoor plumbing

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Home again, home again!

And it feels good, but not like spring yet at 43 this morning!

We did see some dogwood and Bradford trees beginning to bloom in the Atlanta area, where it was mighty slow moving. This serves as a reminder of why we no longer live there.

So the wee boys came over to see us, and the big kids did too. Those wee ones grew quite a bit during the winter. Loved getting those good hugs.

Missy escaped the switch from Moho to car and evaded MM every time he tried to grab her. She had to spend the night outside, all by herself. She was waiting by the door to come in this morning, eager for breakfast!

Mechanic Man has some stuff to do to the Moho this week, so we left it up the hill at the shop. At least Missy remembered the way home. Lesson learned? Maybe.

So today it is unload and regroup day. We'll git-er done a bit at a time, maybe Spring.

Have yourselves a ginger peachy day, y'all! I sure will...I have two wee boys here to hug before getting to work!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Homeward bound!

On the road again...all day, but worth it.

So what did my goofy guy do? He was in charge of getting our Disney tickets out of the info packet and his handicap sign for parking. Two things, and he got one right.

All 6 of us were in the entry line, and I asked for my ticket. He handed me a very colorful item--a WDW luggage tag!

At least he had 2, bless his heart. Fortunately, our ticket info was electronically loaded in our key cards and we didn't need our paper tickets.

My hip wasn't happy (no, I didn't turn into Grumpy either), so we left the kids to enjoy more rides and left the park late afternoon, taking a boat ride back to the campground.

Enter second oops.

MM looked at the bus route map, something he is very good at...normally...and put us on the orange bus instead of the yellow bus. I am working on his color recognition again. And again.

At least he can laugh at himself.

We grilled burgers just ahead of last night's rain, which cancelled our interest in fireworks. Oh well.

Goodbye, Mickey and Minnie. We're going to Mayberry World!

Mikes and smiles, y'all!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wilderness brunch

Oh so tasty!

MM and I are now sitting by the lake, enjoying the sunshine from under an umbrella; wee girls are playing on the playground; Haley and Logan are on the porch checking email. Someone is out parasailing. Lovely to see. Some banjo music is playing through the speakers.

The girls want to swim this morning before the rain comes, and so they shall. We all plan to ride the rail later...the park monorail. We can see the entire park, rain or shine.

This is friend Leilani's first visit here, so we ate at Germany yesterday for her German heritage, and want to take her to the Polynesian village today for her Philippine side. Culture. We has it!

Now I have two funnies to tell y'all on MM tomorrow. Hehe.

Life is good here in paradise, y'all!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hello from Epcot!

We have found the crowds!

Haley and family wanted to get to Soarin first thing upon arrival, so we went straight there...totally cool...then next door to Living with the Land...very informative.
And not too long a line to wait in, but it is gonna get worse.

MM and Logan took the girls off to Mars; Haley and I are going to walk around and enjoy the flower festival.

Funny story on MM later.

Beautiful day. WYWH!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday and Mickey

But first, a big thanks to Carolyn for hosting the Easter feast yesterday. We had enough food for everybody to take home for another meal...or two. Delish!

This was the first time all the siblings had been together in far too long, missing sweet Marj, who was smiling down on the gathering.

We bid farewell to Bob and Lynne as they drive nawth, but say hello to Ft. Wilderness, where MM and I head for a few days, joining up with some special folks to check out Mickey's little place.

But first...another of those...MM needs a visit to the auto parts store for a fuel filter. And a stop in Publix to stock up on a few things. Fun. We has it.

The weather is perfect, and life is good. Very good.

Have yourselves a ginger peachy Monday, y'all! No fooling!!!

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