Friday, July 25, 2014


Well it looks like a grocery store threw up in my bedroom as I have filled five Thirty One Bags with groceries for our week at the beach.  I have packed, sorted and repacked. I have put both of my neighbors on red alert to guard the homefires while we are gone.  I am trying to figure out what I can do without for a week! Of course I will be taking my computer as I have to keep up with all my friends on Facebook and in Blogland. But I think I will take a blogging break to refresh and just enjoy the moment with my family at the beach.  You can bet that I will have lots of pictures to share when I get back!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Downton Abbey

When I heard there was a Downton Abbey page a day calendar coming out, I went ahead and put in my order on Amazon. I believe I ordered it early in 2014. In fact, I had forgotten I had ordered it until Amazon sent me an email telling me my package was on its way!!  So my Christmas in July gift arrived right on time! I have enjoyed looking through the calendar and I had to stop at every page that featured Lady Violet( Maggie Smith). I have to admit that she is one of my favorite characters at Downton. Her sharp wit causes me to giggle!  For now I have put it away to pull out on January 1, 2015 or else I would wear it out looking at it!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ziggy Zinnia

I was so excited to receive my fall Vera Bradley purse in the mail yesterday! Loving this pattern, Ziggy Zinnia. It is a charcoal black background with pink, orange and teal accents.  I love my Dooney and Bourke purses for special occassions but for everyday, Vera's are so light weight and easy to organize.  The other day I was having breakfast with the girls and we were each carrying a Vera Bradley bag. Deborah likes the Blue patterns, Susan's bag was a cute bag with lime accents and my summer bag displays the popular pantone color of the year, Orchid. We had to smile as we observed our designated"purse chair" piled high with Vera Bradley bags. I have to admit to owning several of these purses, overnight bags and wallets!! But then I am a purse girl!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


One of my old friends from Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing posted this picture on her Facebook page and I had to borrow it.  You can never have too many friends!! I have three girlhood friends that I keep in touch with, quite a few of my GBH Friends that I can chat with via Facebook and many friends young and old here in Decatur. When I add those to my sisters, sister in laws and cousins, I am a blessed lady for sure.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Giver

While browsing the book aisle at Walmart the other day I came across this book, The Giver. I had seen some trailers for the soon to be released movie and thought I would pick it up to read. It is a Newberry Medal winner so I thought it had possibilities.:)

I have to say that I found it hard to put this book down once I started reading it.  Written in 1993, it is a dystopian novel about a world of Sameness.  Jonas, the main character is an 11 year old boy who lives in a society where sameness is valued and everyone is supposed to be content with their lot.  Each family unit has been thoughtfully put together. Arranged marriages between a man and a woman are the norm. If they choose to have a child they must petition for one and after careful consideration they are given one boy and one girl.  Once the children are adults, the parents are sent to live with the child less adults. When they are old, they go to live with the older adults until they are released.  And here is where the reader begins to see that eugenics plays a large part in this society.

At 12 years old the children are Chosen for their future jobs in the society. Jonas is chosen to replace The Receiver.  The Receiver holds all the memories from history so that these memories do not "disturb" the larger population.  As Jonas begins to receive the memories from The Giver, he thinks that people should have choices in their lives and he begins to question his whole world view. I will warn you that the ending is ambiguous as the writer hopes each person will formulate their own ending. If you are like me, that is not good enough. I had to google the ending and found some answers in other reviews of this book.

This book gives the reader much to think about and I like those kinds of books. The only problem I have with this book is that I think it is not really age appropriate for sixth graders who are the target audience. I know if I had a sixth grader who was reading this book, I would want to read it with them and discuss the plotline.  The Giver can be very disturbing to those who are sensitive.

After reading the book, I plan to see the movie which will be released in August. Let's just hope Released in movie talk does not mean the same thing as it does in The Giver parlance.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fall is on Display at the Cracker Barrel

Marvin and I had dinner at our local Cracker Barrel last night. He loves the meat loaf while I enjoy the fried cod that is the Friday night special. Guess what I saw?

I must say that  this display did not surprise very much as FOOTBALL is king here in Alabama. By the way, we pull for the Crimson Tide, Bama or as most people know it The University of Alabama. Son, Ben is a graduate of Bama so we cheer on the Crimson Tide when we are not busy cheering for Georgia Tech!

But this did surprise me...

Halloween is on display already!! I was in Hobby Lobby a week ago and I did note that they had FALL items on sale and were even beginning to put out some Christmas things. But then Crafters must stay a season "ahead" to get their crafts done in time for the holidays so I understand that. But Cracker Barrel?  I did see one Halloween sign that I liked...

The Yes I can drive a stick, did make me giggle as I am one of those poor people who have no idea how to drive a manual transmission automobile.

So if the summer heat has you down, check out Cracker Barrel and pretend it is Autumn!!

Friday, July 18, 2014


I am excited to be a part of MOPs again this year. I had to take a break last year from being a Grandmother of Preschoolers in this group so I am excited about another chance to minister to these young moms.  Last night I had the privilege of hosting Mom's Night Out in my home. I had about 12 young moms spend the evening eating and playing games as it was Game Night. I had prepared the snacks as I wanted the moms to just have a carefree evening out from the kiddos.  We always have a good time because these moms are practically giddy at getting out for a bit for fellowship with other moms.

I admitted that I seldom played games anymore now that my own children are grown up but we played a lot of games when they were young. The girls question to me was, What games did you play with your kids? I had to think just a minute...Racko, Cootie, Sorry and Uno were favorites. We played Uno quite a bit when they were old enough to follow the rules.  I remember one evening when the in laws were in town and we settled down to play after dinner. My father in law accused us of not playing the game correctly since the rules changed according to the color or number you had in your hand. Actually he thought we were cheating!! :) We get a little competitive in our family!

I made some sweet and salty snacks....sausage balls, ham rolls, chex mix, tortilla roll ups were the savory while Blondies and Chocolate Chewies were the sweet treats. One of the girls told me that she saw my post about Gottlieb's Chocolate Chewies and she hoped that I had made them for MOPs.

I always enjoy being with these young women. They are so much fun and I always come away with a blessing each time I have them in my home.