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Friday, May 22, 2015

Still Blooming

When Marvin surprised me with a dozen yellow roses for my birthday, I hoped they would last all week. However by Wednesday they were a bit droopy so I created some new bouquets and now I have yellow roses all over my house!!

I was able to use my neat pottery flower container that Deborah got for me. You have to use flowers with sturdy stems so that they stand upright. Then you fill the reservoir with water! This allows the flowers to get the water they need without the contamination of water standing in a vase. Whoever thought up this idea was a genius!!

This bud vase is very special to me as it was a gift. When Marvin and I became engaged 40 years ago now...Mama G gave me this pretty vase.  I guess it is an antique now!! And I am going to need a new picture with ALL my girlies for my bedside table.

So proud of Landon this morning. His baseball team is now the County Champions after playing hard last night...two games in a row against a team that was equally talented. I am thankful for the coaches on Landon's team, including Landon's dad, Nick. These men are such encouragers and teachers. I have never heard one of them speak harshly to a player on their team. And I can say that I have seen coaches who belittle and humiliate their players. I just cannot go along with that at any age but especially for these little ones.

We are going to have a busy Memorial Day weekend but it should be fun! Remember that freedom is not free..it was bought with a price. I am going to remember those that gave their lives so I can live safely in the USA.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Equal Time

As a Nana, I have to give equal bragging time to all my grands! Yesterday Landon had his award day but as he is in Kindergarten, they do their program in the classroom.  Landon got the Almond Joy Award as he is always joyful and a friend to everyone.

I am so proud of this boy's outgoing personality. As a toddler he was super shy and would cry at the drop of a hat. When I look at him now, I can hardly believe it is the same child.

His teacher gave everyone a note card with her observations added. As you can see Landon wants to be a police officer when he grows up. When I asked him about it, he told me he really wanted to be a Ninja but all the boys were saying that so he said Policeman!! And Landon is good at sports! He is tearing it up on his coach pitch baseball team.

And a gift from his teacher....isn't she a cutie? None of my teachers were that cute.lol...

Today is the last day of school and Kendall and Landon's Mimi is in charge of pick up. I am off to have lunch with my Girls and then dinner with my Titus Ladies from church!!  Starting the Memorial Day weekend off with a bang.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Awards Day

Yesterday was Awards Day at Priceville Elementary and I had the privilege of being there to see Miss Kendall receive two awards.

Here she is receiving a medal and certificate for having All A's all year. Mrs Brown is her third grade teacher. The awards program was just for the second and third grade and was it ever packed. I was glad to see so many parents and grandparents in attendance on a Tuesday morning. I also noted that second graders had lots of All A students but when third graders came to the podium, the numbers were less. I guess third grade is harder than second grade!!  When I was in school there were not a lot of students in my class who made all A's. ( I am going to brag and let yall know I was one who did!!).  I thought I was pretty special in elementary school but when I got to high school and there were kids from all over the county who were smart too, I got my comeuppance.

In addition to her academic award, Kendall received the leadership award for her class. This award goes to a boy and girl in each class who have high standards and go the extra mile in being helpful and friendly. Most teachers related that these boys and girls finish their own work, then help other students who need a hand. I am glad that PES encourages the students to help one another. This is a good life skill.

Here is my pretty girl dressed in her pink and smiling!! Right in the middle of the row.  Looks like a lot of proud kiddos!!

Now I have to figure out some fun activities to keep the grands entertained this summer. I already have a bucket that is hidden in my closet with different crafts etc that I have picked up for them. Kendall wants to do some baking so we will do that. She wanted to host a bake sale but I told her we would just share our goodies with friends and neighbors.

Well I am off to get a nice pedicure this morning, thanks to darling daughter, Amelia. She gifted me with one for my birthday!! It will be a Wonderful Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Library of Unrequited Love

I picked up this small book at the library the other day. Any book about libraries captures my attention. When I read the introduction to the book I was hooked.

To all those men and women who will always a place for themselves in a library, more easily than society, I dedicate this entertainment.  Sophie Divry, author of The Library of Unrequited Love.

The story opens as the librarian who reigns supreme over the Geography section in the basement of a library in France, comes upon a patron who has been locked in the library overnight.  On the discovery of a captive audience, the librarian begins to relate to the man all her thoughts on libraries, readers and life in general. It is a gentle rant that brought many a smile to my face as I read the book. Only 92 pages long, with no chapters it is an easy read.

One of the things I most enjoy about being a "reader" is the tidbits of information that I come upon. In this book, I discovered a French citizen by the name of Eugene Morel. Monsieur Morel was a man who had ideas about changing libraries from a palace of learning to a place for readers of all ages and interests. Morel felt that libraries should be made more comfortable and well lit to entice readers inside! But the thing I liked most about Eugene Morel is his last name. My husband's grandmother was a Morel who has French roots! I had to wonder if Eugene might be a distant cousin!!

If you enjoy libraries, you will get a kick out of this small gem.

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Little Water

What is is about summer time and water hoses? I love to take the time to water all my plants and to check on their progress. We replanted our front beds this summer and they are growing so well! I have babied them along the last two weeks. Giving them extra water along with the sprinklers seems to have done the trick.

The nandina, impatiens and hostas are growing well.  My friend, Barry, brought mulch for us when he picked up his own. It is nice to have a friend with a truck!!

Our Japanese maple already has new growth as well!!

This year I purchased one of the light weight hoses that draws up on its own when the water is turned off and I have LOVED it. It is perfect for the light watering that I do and it is easy to handle and put away. I am so glad that I do not have to wrangle with a length of rubber hoses!! Little things make me happy!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

60

On Thursday my dear friends had a 60th birthday lunch for me at Deborah's beautiful house in the country.  I do not turn 60 until tomorrow but I am celebrating all week!! One of my friends asked if turning 60 bothered me. I told her that I was HAPPY to reach 60 as I have some sweet friends and much loved cousins who did not make it to see their 60th birthday.  I do not understand people who are coy about their age and do not want anyone to know how old they are. Sorry ladies but there comes a time when we all know you are not 16 any more no matter how much you cling to youth!! I have no time for such silliness.

Deborah made this cute birthday banner.

Susan was in charge of ordering the cake....a classic Dooney and Bourke purse! ( You can see me and  my phone in the shiny foil!!) It was hard to cut into it at dessert time but it was yummy.

Note my 60 tiara and necklace! The necklace states I am a classic.

Love my friends...a few were missing due to work and travel but the four of us partied like it was the 70s!!

Susan gave me a cute card of three old ladies just chillin! I also received a beautiful scarf from Terry, a lovely pear from Susan(who knows my love of pears!) and Deborah gave me a pretty piece of pottery and an all cotton dish towel which is another love of mine. Susan also got me a Little Audrey comic book from 1956...she bid on one from 1955 but did not get it.  The comic book is going into my Audrey's special memory box that I make for each of my grands to keep mementos for them.  I got tickled as under the comic book title, Little Audrey, it said Everybody Loves Her! That would be true of our Audrey as well!!

Today I am picking up another birthday cake to take to Sunday School tomorrow. I am also making some cheese straws so it will be a real birthday party to celebrate 60 with my church friends.  I am blessed beyond measure with friends and family!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Let's Scuba

Since this Is Nanaland, I had to share this picture of a craft Baylor brought home from school!! His teachers are so creative!!

Baylor the Scuba Diver!! Those cute handprints that are a crab and a jellyfish caught my eye right away but my favorite is the Scuba Diver!!

Katy said she and Ben were so tickled when they found this art work in his book bag!!

My sweet friends threw a 60th birthday lunch for me yesterday at Deborah's house. I will be posting pictures tomorrow. I think I am going to like this new decade of life!!