Sunday, August 31, 2008
Happy Birthday honey! We had birthday breakfast at Cr*cker B*arrel with Tommy, Claudia and Matt, then hit the road for home! We had a nice time with the kids this weekend and I'm glad we were there to celebrate Russell's birthday together!
Thanks to Tommy and Claudia for being our weekend hosts!
Matt and Tommy got to visit too!
Today is also the 38th birthday of my first born child! Happy Birthday!!! I hope this coming year is very happy. I remember the day Paul was born...actually the wee hours of the morning. One day I'll do a post on his childhood with pictures! Of course, I have lots of scanning to do before that can happen!
So, until then, here's the birthday boy on my recent trip to California. He's standing with his new wife, Jessi and his children.
Happy Birthday son!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tomorrow is Russell's birthday and also the birthday of my first born! I'll be posting more on that when I get home and have access to my pictures! I'll say a big Happy Birthday to them both though!
We will meet Tommy and Matt tomorrow at Crackerbarrell for a little birthday breakfast.
It seems all I've done this weekend is EAT! Tonight I googled waist cinchers. I honestly am considering one... I wonder if they work. Anybody tried it???
I'm nervously watching and praying about the hurricane situation. The only thing is where do you pray it to go??? I'm praying it will just rotate itself out and go away. Then Hannah! Oh, dear....
Hope everyone is having a good Labor Day weekend. We'll be traveling down the road home tomorrow. See you all soon.....
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Now that was the true definition of HOT! The sun had come out and the humidity was high. Even Adam was fading before we reached the half way mark. However, since it was a ridiculous amount of money to play, we stayed the course and got to the end.
Ashley and I got a couple of hole in ones! We were so excited, but of course we didn't get them on the free game hole....not that we're complaining! None of us wanted to play again!
We then drove to one of the few remaining places that you can get to the beach and took a few beach pictures.
Each child picked what they wanted to have for lunch. Adam wanted T*co
We went through the drive thru at Ch*ck F*let and on home to finish lunch.
Then they swam for a little while, got dried and dressed and we went to the airport to pick up Russell's mom, who had been in N*rth C*rolina for a couple of weeks. I was so glad she got to see the kids....
We went over to her house and let them play in the edge of the bay for a little while.
Then I sadly delivered them to their great grandmother who will take them to catch their plane today!
My grandchildren have always called me Nana....but over the past couple of years, Ashley has started lovingly calling me Nanny. I didn't think I'd like that, but coming from her it is so precious. When I left them at their great grandmother's, she hugged me tightly and said "Nanny, when I see you again, I'll be 17." That seriously brought on the tears!
What special gifts my grandchildren are!
These two are very close. They watch out for one another and see how happy they are. They're always like that. They are just really happy, sweet kids! Take a look at those beautiful smiles!
Then there's Adam doing a cannonball into the pool! Our time together is winding down and we are making the most of each moment.
From the time they were really little, I knew I wanted to make memories with my grandchildren that they would remember long after they were grown.
That's what we did today!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So, today I got the grandchildren from their great grandmother's house and on the way home, we passed a church and people were flooding in and out and I said Hmmmm, I wonder what's happening there?? when suddenly a random thought passed through my mind It's election day! It was storming....pouring rain, but I wheeled right into my polling place, parked, gave the kids instructions not to let anyone kidnap them and ran through the rain in my new shoes and let freedom ring by voting! Whew, really I almost missed it!
My shirt with my I Voted sticker is laying on my bed because I'm wearing it again tonight and I don't want to get it dirty. That says a lot about being old! We just better not even go there.
I swore up and down and all around, I would not comment on politics, but I watched just enough of the convention last nite to hear the "tribute" to T*d K*n****...o.k. when you've been accused of allegedly causing a death by drowning, please don't start off talking about your love of the water (sea). For goodness sake! I turned it off at that point. I'm sorry to any of my democrat friends. It isn't even about that, because being raised in the south, I was a democrat for many years. Until democrats became some other beings. Even some I love and hold dear.
I will repeat what I read on someone else's blog (I would link, but I honestly don't remember where I read this), I pray that America doesn't get what we deserve. I hope God is merciful!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Tonight we formally installed our new pastor. It was a wonderful service and we just welcome him and his wonderful family into our lives.
Thanks so much to Leigh for so kindly giving me this award!
Leigh is such a good representative of her generation! She is creative, kind and so cute. Her blog is a joy to read! She is the age of my oldest child which makes it even more interesting for me.
Thank you Leigh! I know I'm supposed to pass this along so I'll pass it to some who have become close blog friends.......Dawn who is very talented at writing and is also understanding and always offers a wise word!
Tonja who is not only funny but has been through many things and trusts the Lord through the storms.
Sheryl who endures physical and spiritual pain with grace and dignity and trust the Lord with it all even when she may not particularly feel His presence.
Katie, oh my precious almost daughter! Because she is exactly what this award is all about, the perfect blend of friendship...not just to me but to everyone she knows. She's also new to the blogging world. If her sisters had a blog, they would get this award along with her! :) They know what I mean!
There are so many more of you I want to give this award to, but you know how very long it takes me with the linking and all.....
Saturday, August 23, 2008
This has just been a hectic week! Every day except Monday, I was either taking someone to the doctor or going for myself! Oh, except that Thursday I had to go to the dentist. I had a toothache and went in for them to check it and ended up starting a root canal.
Now one of my major anxiety issues centers around the dentist chair! During any big dental procedure I have to have time to prepare myself mentally and have nitrous oxide. O.K. I had no time to prepare myself because once they took the x ray, it was on with the root canal! I even had them take a picture of me (I later decided nothing about that picture or visit was very funny) with the nitrous thingy on, thinking I'll blog about what a big baby I am. I am usually very good at laughing at myself.
They started, and first of all, it took several tries to get the area deadened. Then something wasn't right about the nitrous oxide, but maybe it was just me. I made it through the procedure, sat up in the chair and started sobbing. I went into a full blown panic attack.....one like I've never had before. I was soaking wet with sweat and was just crying uncontrollably. That has NEVER happened before...oh, I mean I've cried uncontrollably before, just not at the dentist.
On the way out, I had to stop to make a second appointment.....I'm sure the dentist is looking so forward to that....and I was so upset I just handed my calendar to the receptionist and had her make my appointment. I didn't even talk about paying....in fact I almost had another attack when I got home and looked at the bill they thrust in my hand as they were
I made it home, changed into some dry clothes and pulled myself together. I called my husband for comfort and he lovingly said, you're fine, now get over it! Have I ever mentioned he has a minor in Psychology??? Or how grateful I am we don't have to depend on that to make a living???
Today was a much better day! It is two days later after all! My cousin is here for a wedding, so some of us went to lunch.
Voila, cousin and I at the lunch table.....
Friday, August 22, 2008
I took my dogs outside a little while ago and there were the first signs that we were having a storm.....little oak branches all on the deck and in the pool....the oaks are so beautiful and provide such shade, but they are a fierce enemy in the storms. We have two big oaks, one on either side of our house. Right about now we're thinking we should have trimmed them, we should have trimmed them!
Our children in Ocala and Jacksonville have weathered their part of the storm and as of this afternoon, Matt in Jacksonville still didn't have power. That is one of the bad parts of a storm is no power! Of course, we have always been blessed and not had a lot of damage, for which we give thanks!
My brother and sister in Pensacola haven't been so fortunate! They have lived through a few real hurricanes.
We are apparently making history though, as the weather people here are saying we've never had a storm come in from the east. Usually our storms, hurricanes or tropical storms come up the Gulf of Mexico or directly west into the other coast of Florida....so here we are, making history.
The grands are with their great grandma and their grandpa for a few days, but they're safe and sound. They can now officially say they bring the storms with them! They went through Hurricane Dennis and now Tropical Storm Fay.
We'll go to bed and see what the morning holds!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
According to her all of you are really perverts just waiting to pounce on me! Shame on you! :) I tried my best to explain that most of my readers and blogs I read are Christian women, to which she replied.....that's what they want you to think!
So if any of you really are perverts, a. cease and desist! b. you sure do a great job of hiding your pervertedness!
On to the next random thing! The grand children's great grandmother picked them up this morning to take them fishing! They will have a great time. They just love everything Florida! Except that we freeze them......they don't have air conditioning so they aren't used to being cold as they put it, I say mildly able to stand yourself from the heat.
Anyway, their great grandmother is the mother of my first and second husband (I'll bet you can't wait until I post about that can you???) Actually, I married the father of my children twice. Don't ask. Back to great grandmother...she's an amazing woman who keeps up a huge yard with every flower that will grow in Florida. She fishes and just stays way busier than I do, 20 years her junior.
So, today, I was going to just REST, but I woke up with yet another bout of bladder spasms so later this afternoon it's off to the doctor for the 4th time in 4 months. I can't imagine what is causing these recurring uti's but I can say this.....I'm not happy about it!
I hope everyone has a great day. I don't think you're perverts! :)
P.S. Please pray for our son who is travelling back to college in Jacksonville today, trying to beat the storm.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The poor man was nagged all the way there and home by not just one woman but two. Here is a tiny bit of the way the conversation in the car flowed.....
Grandma.....David, David, you're going way too fast.
David......I know what the speed limit is grandma.
me.....David! Are you going to drive up into that person's trunk???
David......Mama, please, I know how to drive.
Grandma.....David, do you see what that speedometer says!? You just must slow down!
David....Oh, why, did I come???
Me......Just try to appease us son...It is only 4 hours total in the car.
But we got there in one piece, although we went through several really bad thunderstorms!
We waited a long time at the airport. Their flight was delayed over an hour and we got there early.
They finally arrived and as unaccompanied minors were the last off the plane. But what a sight for sore eyes!!! The attendant sweetly took our picture.
Here they are coming into our arms! The poor guard on the left had to threaten us about what would happen if we came into the no entry zone. Just kidding....click on the picture to see how laid back he was.
We got in late and went to bed even later. Today we have been busy in the pool, visiting and stocking up on all the bad snacks you get at Nana's house!
Oh, one last note.....since they are from the very green state of California, I have been getting lectures right and left on recycling. I'll try to do better! I promise! But no plastic bags?????
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I have been so excited watching all of the different contests, but for some reason today watching these girls, I just cried with pride! There was just a certain something about them that drew me right into their excitement and joy.
Don't get me wrong, I have whooped and rooted for Michael Phelps and all the rest, but it was just something about this group effort that touched my heart.
Congratulations America! When we join together, we are truly the greatest country in the world. We may have moments that are less than glorious, but every time that National Anthem plays and those hands go over those hearts, I realize anew how blessed I am to have been born in this country, the land of the free and the home of the brave!
As my heart soars for these young men and women, I do not forget that there are other young men and women fighting so that we might remain the greatest country in the world. My prayers are with each and every soldier for they are ALL gold medal winners!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I didn't get as many comments as I hoped.....o.k. insecure people need affirmation!
My sister, who of course knows, was sweet enough to comment but not let the cat out of the bag, so to speak!
So, here goes.......I am the Presbyterian! I was born in
Having said that, let me say this.....and this may be hard for some of my Baptist friends :), we aint all that different as far as our theology goes.
Sharon, the long haired beauty is still Baptist and Linda the blond beauty is Methodist.
We all love the Lord with all our hearts and are members of the Holy catholic church. For some of you who have a problem with that word catholic....please note it has a small c and means the Church invisible....Christians from every denomination and corner of the earth!
I add that little disclaimer because a boy I dated once attended church with me and when we stated our beliefs in the Apostles Creed, he looked at me and said I didn't know you were catholic!
Now, having said all THAT, I want to say this. I think, Biblically, we are called to be a part of a local church......I'm not talking particular denomination....I'm talking the Body of Christ as He talks about it in His Word. There are many reasons that I personally think He called us to be involved in the local body of Christ.......one, He told us to, which is enough for me......second, He knew that His people would be persecuted and would need one another....three, He knew we needed one another in general in this life....Four, He told us to! I offered another opinion on that in this post.
Friday, August 15, 2008
My mother, sitting, had him in August and turned 40 in September. My dad told her he wanted 3 boys and 3 girls when he asked her to marry him and she always did aim to please!
Happy Birthday Steve, and I hope you have a really good day!
I have two posts today, so keep going down for the first one I did today! :)
This year we are all in our mid
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I'm also backing my stuff up every day!
I didn't get my notes, but we were able to have a hearty discussion without them! I had handwritten a few things and everybody participates so much that it was no problem.
I am getting a little nervous about all my thousands of pictures! I'm hoping even if mine can't be fixed, my pictures can be pulled off. I do back up, but haven't for about a month. I take so many pictures and I don't want to lose any of them! From now on, I promise to back up every single day!
Anyway, I called husband immediately at work and told him he either had to come home or send his computer man here, to which he replied calmly (which irritated the snot out of me)......honey, he works another job and comes here at night and weekends.....to WHICH I REPLIED.....WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT, HIS JOB OR MY COMPUTER????? My husband told me to go lay down with a cold compress and he would look at it when he gets home at 6 o'clock tonight!
Only, I can't lay down. I'm leading a Bible study at 11 a.m. My notes are on my computer.
Just another day in the life.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This lighthouse is labeled as a reconstruction project on the island. Russell and I both think the lighthouse was probably moved from another spot on the island. When it is completed, it will be a museum.
These long pauses between pictures are blogger's way of torturing me. I worked and worked to make it turn out better, but it just wouldn't cooperate.
A shrimp boat that was tied up alongside the dock. We thought it was such a pretty picture. Maybe another one to frame.
I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures of the oyster boats. If you haven't seen one, oyster boats are just very small ,shallow boats and the oyster men use a long rake to bring up the oysters. They really earn their paychecks! When they get them. Oystering is a hard life!
This picture my precious husband took when I asked him to take a really pretty picture of me.
I had to
This is another picture from the Orman house.
One interesting fact (I promised, remember?) about Apalachicola is that there were slave owners, the Ormans being one example. Although the original house was not nearly so big as the house is now....the slave quarters were very small, probably one room. There is one on the property. Slavery has always made me very sad. When I think of slavery, I never associate it with Florida....naive I guess. I always think of Indians and Ponce de Leon.
I may be a distant relative of Scarlett O'Hara. Just don't think about things that are upsetting.
If you click on the picture, you can read about the slaves owned by the Ormans.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This is a prayer that my mother found in her father's Bible ...
My mother writes on the prayer......."found this in Papa's Bible 11-22-87, just when I needed it most.....Margaret. She would have been 64 years old... 8 years older than I am now.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Each week that we were in Franklin County (Apalachicola), we would drive by a dilapidated old house hidden behind woodsy brush. Each and every time my friend saw it, she would say, I wish someone would restore that house! Her son restores houses and has restored a beautiful house in the historical district of Pensacola.
So! Imagine my surprise when we drove past and not only had it been restored, but the woodsy brush behind it is now a beautiful Viet Nam memorial park! I said to husband, we must go see that! Below are pictures from that visit.
First, the house! Sorry I don't have any before pictures!
This is a little frog pond in front of the house. That's a little old antique sitting on the bench. O.K. RUSSELL, IT'S A BIG ANTIQUE!
This is the memorial plaque in the park. If you click on the image it will get larger and you can read what it says.
This is a replica of the Three Soldier Statute that is part of the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington D.C.
I got many more pictures inside the house and of the park. There are a couple of really interesting things about the house that I will have to save for another day! I just realized that I have two posts today!
I'm so glad I noticed it. Aren't you, Linda???
This next picture is a patient room...if you look closely, you'll see a pot hanging from the ceiling. That was filled with ice with a vent (look very closely) going up into the ceiling and somehow hooked into the chimney. They would seal off the doors and windows and it would be "somewhat" cooler in the room. There was a lot of malaria in that area of Florida....and Dr. Gorrie was trying to treat the disease and cool the fevered patient down at the same time.
This is the Gorrie Museum in beautiful Apalachicola, FL. It only costs $1.00 to tour and it's not the most interesting place you'll ever visit but you know you owe a huge debt to Dr. Gorrie....because after all, which of us wants to live without air conditioning, ESPECIALLY in Florida???
If you just happen to be in Apalachicola, drop by, it only takes a
More tomorrow and another museum.....Please come back and leave a comment if you visit. Don't make me beg!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Our first lunch was at Papa Joe's, a little restaurant on the marina. It was good! Russell had the grouper basket and I had the shrimp basket, fried of course. I very seldom want seafood any other way!
SHHHH!!! Right over to the left of that picture is a dock where boats are moored. It was honestly deceiving because there is one dock and then it is a huge step down to the next dock...if Russell hadn't fallen first, I would have. When he fell, I was in total shock. He went down to the lower dock and rolled. In my mind's eye, I could see him rolling into the water between boat and dock, but thankfully he stayed on the lower dock.
At that point, I realized he wasn't hurt, so it became funny. Really, how do people get those "getting hurt" shots for Amer*ca's F*nniest H*me Vid*os??? Of course, he didn't think it was nearly as funny as I did. As a matter of fact, I began to seriously worry about his sense of humor! When I asked if he was hurt, he replied just his pride!
I love this second picture of the beach! We were walking down and I realized this was a picture that many paintings have copied! I do think I'll print this one to frame!
I'm trying to hide behind some sea oats! Now protected by law from being picked, back in the day any self respecting Floridian had a vase full of these beauties somewhere in their house!
From what we could see, they're coming back with a vengeance. But it is still a huge fine if you're caught picking them.....and of course Miss Rule Oriented would never dare!
I have more great pictures coming.
This is actually last years picture. I was out of town for his birthday this year.
Tomorrow nite we will have chicken enchiladas, his favorite!
By the way, does anyone think I should enter my homemade chocolate chip cookie cake in a contest??? :)