Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I need to name her. I need to find recipes. I need to remember how to breathe. I can't wait to crank her up! Thanks Honey!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
We got away to Ocean City MD for a week. I ate crab, crab, more crab and lots more crab.
I am such a Maryland Girl! We visited with family, ate great food - notice a theme here - and sat on the beach. Just what we needed.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
When I have been home I've been scanning pictures and slides into the computer. I've found some gems.
This is my Dad and my Grandfather Meyers after going fishing at Fairview Beach in VA. It's a slide I had to be a bit creative with, but I think it turned out well.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Front porch view. Yep, the propane tank is still where it belongs.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The short answer is I've just not written, because some of what I may have said would have been hurtful, far more than the original hurt. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to "edit posts". I've always found it easier to write rather than confront, so the writing part has been cathartic. I've not yet confronted the person or the problem, and probably never will, as I am a coward at heart.
Enough of that, that's why I haven't written. Now onto what's been happening otherwise. Spring has arrived in the mountains! We've not had a problem with pollen this year, as we are making up for the drought years all in one season! Everything has turned green, and if it's not a plant, then it's the stuff that shouldn't be. The decks, bird bath and driveway need washing and bleached, if you know what I mean.
I've had a wonderful visit with a lifelong friend. It was one of those things where the planets aligned and we got to spend a weekend together. We celebrated Christmases and birthdays past. She is a talented needlewoman and I was blessed with some pieces she made especially for me.
There is a 3rd piece but the pic looks awful, my fault. Years ago I chose the Christmas scene, long before we moved into our cabin. The pic in the first one was taken at her wedding, 6 years ago.
The same weekend that Deb and Jason were here, my middle brother, Kevin, was in the hospital with a brain aneurysm over the optic nerve. There was a bit of miscommunication between his significant other and my parents. Anyone that knows me will understand when I say I took matters into my own hands, found contacts through friends and hospitals and got directly to the hospital and the nurses involved. Middle man was effectively eliminated. Kevin is better, out of the hospital and recovering. I don't do drama any more than I do shopping.
Youngest brother, Kirk, has found a permanent job. He's given up travelling nursing, and found a job in a hospital near our parents in NC. Like many people, there was an extended period of time off prior to finding the new job. Mom and Dad have been hosting him for the last few months, and I am sure all are celebrating the new job!
J & P are in Vegas this week. She has a trade show and he has some vacation time. They've found a new place to live in Dahlonega, so when they get back, it's all packing and moving. It's a cute little house with a pretty view and a pond on the property. Lots of wildlife visit the area and P will have plenty of gardening opportunities.
I'm busy with work. We've had a media familiarization group come through, and just participated in National Tourism Week. We have revamped the shop and made changes to the snake room as well as the viewing gallery, with more decorating to come. We've designed new t-shirts using pictures of our bears. I'll be working on revamping our website, working with tour groups and doing most anything that needs to be done. We've got a new keeper for the bears and she is teaching me a lot about animal behavior. I'm tired, but having a blast!
I am waiting by the phone for news on our niece, Colleen. She is pregnant, a few days shy of 34 weeks, with some high blood pressure and is having strong contractions. She is in the hospital waiting for her dr to arrive. We're all praying baby Ryan will hang out in Mom a little longer.
I think that just about catches me up. I promise more pics of the treehouse, when it becomes a little drier out there. Thanks for your patience with me.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Scroll down to see what we woke up to this morning.
Yep, snow. We'll be back in the 70's by Thursday. Welcome to spring in northeast Georgia!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here is after, at about 1 this afternoon:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I'm spending some time with my parents in North Carolina. Mom does a lot of needlework, mostly needlepoint nowadays, but she used to do crewel, counted cross stitch, knitting and crocheting. I didn't get this gene. When I was younger I tried. I really did. Not relaxing. Not theraputic. The thought of needlework causes hives. Hot glue is too much for me. I love her work, and she's happily making a pillow with a million flowers and colors for the windowseat in my dining room. Maybe one of my brothers will be like Rosie Greer and pick up needlepoint. Love you Mom!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I don't know what I'm hungry for. Am I bored? Probably. Maybe I'll make a cake, but I'll eat just one piece and hubby doesn't need the rest to himself. I made salsa yesterday, for something to do. Don't want it any more. Sigh.
The good news, there's food in the house. That's something to be happy about.
I think I'll put on my shoes and take a walk. That should take away the hungries.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Ok, so why am I showing you a picture of marachino cherries? Oh, but they are not ordinary cherries!
A long time ago a friend of my Dad told him of their family holiday tradition of steeping cherries in vodka. Dad decided to try it, and put them to steep at Halloween. Christmas Day came and Dad offered them around, not telling what they were. My grandmother was skeptical, but took one anyway. She bit down, and started coughing from the ingestion of straight vodka. She called Dad some impolite names as we all laughed at her. Dad left the cherries on the table and we all enjoyed a few, but the best was Mom-Mom. She would do a polite ladies cough and decide that she needed another one! She was a bit tipsy by the end of that day!
Fast forward 20 years. The torch has been passed and now our son makes the cherries. This year he decided to try something different, Bacardi 151!!! Wooooo dogggggiiiieeee! These are potent!
My happiness today, is the remembering of the story and family traditions. Oh and yes, I feel much better. Hmmm, I feel another coughing fit coming on. I'd best go take my medicine.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I wanted to share with you something she wrote. I feel exactly as she does, and am so thankful for Terri allowing me to share it with you.
Opinionated Coffee Cup
Join me here with a cup of coffee while I air a few thoughts about the current hub bub.
All weekend long I've heard a copious amount of news, opinions, debates, chronicles and more about our incoming president. Almost every single one promotes the idea that the moment our new president is inaugurated, life as we know it will forever be sunshine, rainbows and bliss.
It's my opinion that an awful lot of people are going to be sadly and badly disappointed. And it's a darned shame!
Whether or not I voted for Obama is not at stake here. He is my president and I will pray daily for him to have wisdom and wise counsel in all he does. As a Southerner, who well remembers separate drinking fountains and desegregation and such, I am proud that as a nation we've made this vast step forward. But what we have to remember here is that if race doesn't matter, then we shouldn't be making such a huge fuss over his race. Let's make a big deal over his ideals instead. Let's make a big deal out of his party if we must, but for heaven's sake let's remember that he is a man: human, intelligent, with faults and virtues like any other.
I am concerned at the unrealistic views of those who are so vocal in the media. Because Obama is untried, inexperienced and new to the tasks at hand. He's going to have a thousand and ten new things to learn, as anyone who takes on a new job. He will struggle with making difficult and life altering decisions. He will make choices that are unpopular with his own party as well as to the opposing party.
He is a young man who will leave office as aged as any other before him. The job of the presidency takes a tremendous toll on the leaders who are chosen to fill that position. Take a look at any president's before and after photographs. The stress and strain of the position is visible in every grey hair, every line of their face.
He doesn't have a magic wand to wave and make all things as all people would wish them immediately. There will be choices that are heart wrenching for him. He will make great decisions and grave mistakes. There are problems to be solved that will take years to fix, and nothing will overnight be set right after the stroke of midnight on January 21.
Whether or nor he was your choice as president, let me urge each of you to pray for him daily while he is in office. He will need every prayer he can get! May God bless him and his family.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
44 Question Meme
Taken from http://daycaredaze.wordpress.com/
1) Favorite object in your room? Antique vanity table that hubby refinished
2) Have you ever smoked a cigarette?Yes. Just once Yuck
3) Do you own guns?No.
4) What flavor drink do you get at sonic?Watermelon
5) Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Yes
6) What do you think of hot dogs?Love them grilled
7) Favorite song?Right now? Toes by the Zac Brown Band.
8.) Can you do push ups? No
9) Can you do a chin up? Only by throwing my head back.
10) Favorite type of jewlery? Watches
11) Do you like blue cheese? Love it
12) Ever been in a car wreck? Yes
13) What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? weight
14) Middle name? Kimberly
15) Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: I'm freezing, dinner was good and I need a cup of tea.
16) Name 3 things you bought yesterday. No shopping yesterday
17) Name 3 drinks you drink regularly ? Sweet tea, hot tea, wine
18.) Current worry? Will hubby get work soon
19) Current hate right now?My weight.
20) How did you bring in the New Year? Set the alarm to wake up to see the year end.
21) Where would you like to be right now? Any warm Pacific island will do
22) Name three people who will complete this?No. Idea.
23) Do you own slippers? Yes.
24) What shirt are you wearing? Pink sweatshirt
25) Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No. They make funky skritchy noises
26) Can you whistle? No
27) Would you be a pirate? No.
28.) What songs do you sing in the shower? Whatever is on the radio at the time
29) Favorite girl’s name? Amanda
30) Favorite boy’s name? Justin
31) What’s in your pocket? No pockets
32) Last person who made you laugh? Charlie Gibson
33) Best memory as a child? Going to my grandparents house at the bay. Swimming, boating, catching blue crabs and just hanging out on the porch.
34) Worst injury you’ve ever had?badly sprained ankles
35) Do you love where you live? Yes.
36.) How many TVs do you have in your house? One
37) Who is your loudest friend? SOmeone on hubby's side of the family. I'm NOT naming names.
38.) How many dogs do you have? None.
39) Does someone have a crush on you?Someone loves me, which is much better.
40) What is your favorite candy? Anything caramel
41) Favorite Sport?To watch or to play? To watch - football To play? indoor games
42) Where is the next place you want to travel to? DC
43) What were you doing 12 AM last night? Wandering the house hoping to sleep
44) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? My feet are cold!
This joy is my hubby working on something for my work. My joy comes from watching him help me.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The short answer is I've been lazy. The long answer is, well, longer.
Work got crazy. We ran a 50% off everything in the store sale from the 18th of December until our close for the season date of January 4th. I had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off, then worked every day through the end. I was amazed at what people will buy when marked half off! Long and frenetic days, to say the least!
January 5th was hubby's birthday. The kids took us out for dinner to celebrate. I took him shopping for some new clothes for me. I had put off buying new dress slacks too long. I had need for dress clothes later in the week, so delaying any longer was not an option. I loathe shopping. I had 2 stores in mind to visit. I hit pay dirt on the first store! Walked in, found a sale rack, pulled 4 pairs of pants that should fit and went to try them on. 2 of the 4 were perfect! Exactly what I needed! Took them to the checkout, and they were on clearance. I was willing to pay the sale price, so getting them for a third of the price I was elated! Then it was on to find tops. 8 stores later I found 2 that "would work". Ugh
Thursday, Sunday and Monday I shopped for work. I'd never been on a buying trip before, and this was interesting. It's hard to put aside personal style and order things that are within the style of the offering in the store. The best part of it all was that I got to see Tyler Florence give a demo of recipes from his newest cookbook.
Since then, I've been happily enjoying a mini vacation. The store remains closed until the first weekend in March, so I have a few weeks to relax. We've been scanning old pictures into the computer and enjoying trips down memory lane. I'm reading a book a day, catching up on housework and cooking. I've started a workout video, hopefully I will keep it up.
That's the long version of where I've been. Sorry it's been so long.