Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Voting

I just recently learned that my state - Tennessee - ranks at the very bottom in voter turnout! That is not a distinction that brings a feeling of pride! 

We have early voting here.....


This tells you what we did earlier today!  Be sure you exercise your right to vote!!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday

Ready for Breakfast at Wimbledon!  Sending out encouragement for Serena!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Busy times....

As is the case for many of you, times can become very busy!  That isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if the time is filled with enjoyable activities.

If you have followed this blog for awhile, you are aware of my involvement in United Methodist Women.  I have once again volunteered to be a group leader for Mission u for our Conference this summer, and that meant going for training.

Last year, my training was in Pittsburgh, but this year I was able to go to Nashville! Our site was the Scarritt-Bennett Center, right in downtown Nashville.

 Such a simple signage indicating the Center's location.
There is quite a history to Scarritt-Bennett.  When I graduated from college, this is where I would have come had I decided to pursue graduate work in Christian education.
This is the entrance to the dining hall.  I was fortunate that the dorm in which I stayed was right next door!
 This is the dormitory where I stayed.  My room was the last two windows right under that beautiful architectural bay feature!
The rooms were simple, though very adequate.  There is a shared bath between two rooms.

All buildings were constructed with crab orchard stone, an easily obtainable material in the area.  The campus has been given National Historic designation, so the beauty will not be destroyed for what is called "modern day improvements."

Scarritt Bennett is available for use to other groups, as long as they are able to fulfill this requirement.

This was only one of the UMW activities for the recent past.  More will follow.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Going backwards.....

Let's go backwards for just a couple or three days. There are a few things to pass along....things like those hot cross buns....


These have become a Good Friday tradition.



Some of them even made the trip to see Pebbles, a special bunny!


Pebbles is a special pet for Munchkin the Younger, and she truly adds that special touch at Easter!
It was great to be able to spend this special day with Muncho Mom and family!

These are just two of the many pictures of events since I posted in early February.  As every photo has a story, there will be more to come!


Friday, June 8, 2018

All good things....

Well, it would be good if vacations could last longer....if it is an enjoyable time, that is.

Love these word on a plaque the owners had hanging on the wall in the breezeway.

Of course, one thing I love about being at the beach is the great opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood!  My choice for one night was this Oyster Po'Boy! Delicious!

....and then it was time to leave.😞The elevation of this bridge coming onto Edisto Island is higher, but I was driving then, so there's no picture.  We were crossing the Intra-Coastal Atlantic Waterway.

The route continues....

....showing how very near the marshland is....

...and how low that wall seems to be to me!

Don't you just wish you could bottle up all these unforgettable experiences and revisit them at will?  It is so very important to make the most of the time we have!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

There is more....

One of the things we did while vacationing on Edisto Island, SC was to explore a bit on Botany Bay.

A memorial stone to honor those who cared for this area.

It was such a peaceful setting.

Marking the spot. The Country Couple rode their bikes all around!

As we walked out to the beach area.

We actually were walking where the ocean is at high tide!

Yes, I actually had my feet in the water!

It was a beautiful day; seemed like one could see forever!  
We did enjoy a "car picnic" at Mrs. Pepper's Oak!

This isn't all!  More to come!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Last week....

Hello, friends!

Last week, we had the opportunity to vacation - with all the family - at Edisto Island, SC! Great fun for all of us, and I want to share some pictures with you.

Crossing the state line into South Carolina....

Arriving at the house where we stayed....

My first picture of the ocean....

Some of the houses viewed from the beach; love those white puffy clouds!

The sunset one evening; lovely weather for us, thankfully.

The ocean was a bit rougher for this one. Are you able to see the boat out on the water? It seemed to me to be a rather small boat going across those active waves!

Showing the tide coming in that same evening.


It was such a special time as all the family cleared calendars and came!  There will be more about this trip....and all the other things of the past few months as well.  I've lots of pictures!😊

Friday, February 2, 2018

How did it begin?

I recently shared that a trip to England would be tops on my list....if money were no object.  How did this interest in England begin?

Have you ever heard of literary societies?  Well, they were in existence back in the Dark Ages when I was in college.πŸ˜€ At one meeting, it was my assignment to prepare a reading using this book....




The book was published in 1940, so times were very different then.  This was the first time I had known of the white cliffs of Dover, and it was really captivating to read about this woman's emotions when she first viewed them from her ship.

Then, later, a favorite author, Susan Branch, wrote this amazing book....



Isn't it beautiful?  How could one not be moved by such sights?

Well, there is no trip to England on the horizon, so I'll just have to have that taste of England here at home.

Well, the marmalade is from Scotland, but it will be delicious on those crumpets, and the Wedgewood Strawberry and Vine cup and saucer will be grand for that tea!  Isn't that a clever packaging for the tea....in that British car?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January....

The first month of 2018 is coming to a close.  In fact, by the time some of you read this, it may already be February.

January is closing much the way it began....with a full moon!

This was the view from our back door just as the moon was rising.  Very soon after this picture, some clouds began to cover it slightly.

So....while we have enjoyed this....


 .....and this.....


.....and definitely this....


....it is time to move to February decor. 

Before completely leaving January, however, a celebration is in order! National Hot Chocolate Day!! Yay! How much fun to see the month out on such a pleasant note!

Topped with marshmallow fluff.....well, just because!  Yum!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

When we have snow.....

....in our area, everything comes to a screeching halt!  Well....hopefully, not too many screeches!😬While an earlier blog post had a snowy picture from last Saturday morning, this is what greeted us on Wednesday morning....

This view is looking down our street from our front porch.  I should also add that the temperature was five degrees!!  Friends, that's cold!!

Cold, snowy days lend to extra warming beverages....possibly even warm snacks.πŸ˜‹

My friend, Danielle, at Danielle's Heartfelt Home, posted these ideas for discussion that she found on Pinterest,  So, get that cup of tea, and settle in for some conversation.

Help yourself to some popcorn while we talk.

If money didn't matter, what is one thing you would spurge on right now?
That one is easy for me!  I'd board the Queen Elizabeth for a sail across the ocean to England! Maybe, since money is no object, even stay for a year! I'd love to experience England in all seasons.

If there is one thing you could learn how to do, what would it be?
I have always wanted to play the violin - or the harp. I think I'd probably choose the violin at this point since it would be easier to transport and store.

Do you have summer plans?
We hardly ever make any grand summer plans, although I will be a class leader again in the Conference United Methodist Women Mission U event in July.  This summer, the course topic is "Embracing Wholeness: an Earth Perspective for Covenantal Living."  It has been designed to be part two of the two-part series, last summer's being "Living as a Covenant Community."  This may also be a good summer to attend my college's alumni event "More Than A Vacation." This is the 25th anniversary of that event, and I'm sure there will be some very special activities planned.

What is your favorite movie ever?
I will have to say "Sound of Music" is my favorite ever!  I've seen it dozens of times, even before it began to appear on television.  Julie Andrews has been a favorite of mine for many years, and I love the music!

Name a random fact about yourself.
I'm not exactly sure how random this is, but I've never been to New York City!  I believe I'd like to go, but would need to have a tour guide.  Any volunteers?😊

So, there you have it! I'd love it if you would answer these questions in the comments or post them in your own blog!

I'm pre-posting this on Thursday afternoon. We have sunshine, and our thermometer tells us we have 30 degrees. The ice and snow aren't going away very quickly, so I believe I'll just have another cup of tea! 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

When the weather....

When the weather is wintry, what is one of your comfort foods?  We seem to enjoy chili most when it's chilly, and that ties in with one of my current "missions" - a search for a good bowl of chili!


That led me to try these two on my "search."  This week, however, hasn't lent itself to exploring for chili out and about, so it was time to try this one....

A good friend shared this recipe with me....the first time ever for me to make chili in the crock pot, but it won't the last time I make this!  It is perfect for these cold days we are having!

We've never developed the habit of needing toppings for chili, though many people enjoy the toppings as much as they do the chili!  How do you like your chili?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winter, winter....

Our chorus program included a medley with a song about winter and the snow gently falling.  As I write this today, we actually have some snow "gently falling!" This is not the first time as we woke on Saturday morning to this....

I believe this could be called a "trace" of snow.  Today's snowfall will definitely leave more behind, then we have very cold low temperatures predicted for overnight - six degrees!!

It is definitely time to think about being warm and cozy!  A good cup of hot chocolate is usually a help when winter weather is raging, so I've made it one of my missions to find that best cup!


 Thus far I've tried these two!  Today I will have to be content with my own.  In fact, I think it's about time!πŸ˜‹

Stay safe, warm, and cozy!