Monday, December 31, 2018

"And that's when I know it's over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end." ~Junot Diaz

December 1 ~ a soggy beginning to this month (and end as it turned out)
December 2 ~ grandson Knox celebrated his 7th birthday with a Harry Potter themed party
December 2 ~ my sweet grandpeeps Shelby, Elijah, and Knox
December 3 ~ RIP #41
"Be bold in your caring, be bold in your dreaming and above all else, always do your best."
~George H.W. Bush 
December 12 ~ Ella the elf
December 13 ~ Merry & Bright
December 16 ~ Some of the thickest fog I think I've ever seen
December 16 ~ daughter Holly celebrated her 40th birthday
December 16 ~ celebrating Holly's 40th at Red Lobster ~ with Knox, Elijah, and Shelby ~ the wait staff sang The Birthday Song to her and served up ice cream and chocolate with some extra spoons to share
December 19 ~ Ella the candy cane
December 21 ~ Ella the reindeer
December 22 ~ late afternoon on Broad Street
December 22 ~ Knox and Grandpa at Poet's playing a video game online together
December 22 ~ I sneaky snapped a pic of my niece Julia with her friend at Poet's ~ nice smile, Julia
December 23 ~ Sunday lunch at El Tapatio with granddaughter Shelby, grandson Elijah, and daughter Holly
December 23 ~ daughter Kelly, grandson Knox, and granddaughter Ella ~ I borrowed this selfie from Kelly
December 24 ~ my Christmas grandpeeps in reindeer gear ~ Ella, Shelby, Knox, and Elijah
December 26 ~ watched the Christmas tree light/music show in Dogwood Park ~ borrowed this pic from Kelly's Snapchat
December 26 ~ Not sure if Ella got to see much of the light show ... the music was really loud so she couldn't get too close ~ she was snug as a bug in her stroller on this chilly night
December 26 ~ some local businesses sponsored this carousel in the park near the big Christmas tree ~ free for all the kiddos who wanted to hop on and ride as many times as they wanted 
December 26 ~ the day after Christmas at Wal-Mart ~ when we walked into the store, I told Neil that I'd bet the Valentine candy would already be on the shelves
December 27 ~ nine foot fake Christmas tree back in the box
December 27 ~ the struggle is real wrangling that tree back into the box ~ that thing bites me every year, same hand, same scratch
December 29 ~ another late afternoon on Broad Street
December 29 ~ this kid loves her bouncy chair and the fun mobile her Aunt Holly gave her for Christmas
December 31 ~ saying so long to 2018 and wishing everyone a very

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” 
― Roy L. Smith
The best presents under the tree ~ Grandpeeps Shelby, Ella, Knox, and Elijah

The Kimbrough Family ~ Kerry, Kelly, Knox, and Ella
The Myers Family ~ Holly, Jerry, Shelby, and Elijah

Merry Christmas!

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” 
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, November 30, 2018

"Autumn is marching on: even the scarecrows are wearing dead leaves." ~Otsuyu Nakagawa

November 1 ~ Ella Rose, little miss fancy pants ... and socks
November 1 ~ Early voted. So glad this election is said and done, aren't you?
November 3 ~ It won't always look this way. Will it?!?
November 3 ~ God always blesses us with something pretty to look at each day.
November 6 ~ The days are short and the shadows are long.
November 9 ~ Progress! Wood for the floor delivered on Friday and scheduled to install Monday. Light at the end of the tunnel.
Neil and I both agree we're getting too old for this DIY renovation stuff
Eagerly looking forward to back-to-normal
November 10 ~ When we first moved into our house 35 (?) years ago, 8 maple trees and one ash tree lined our front yard. They were beautiful shade trees, especially in the fall. Throughout the years, though, we've been forced to remove them for one reason or another. Painful to see them come down.
But we do enjoy our neighbors' beautiful old trees, mostly maples, like this golden one across the street from us.

However, we do not enjoy the neighbors' leaves which blow into our yard this time of year. What a pain ... having no trees, yet forced to rake leaves anyway. Life ain't fair, is it?
I guess the lady across the street from us will never know how many of my pictures her house and yard have appeared in. Should I tell her? Nah.
November 11 ~ Granddaughter Shelby target shooting with her Smith&Wesson AR15. You go, girl! I borrowed this pic from her dad, Jerry. Love it.
November 12 ~ Tools of the trade. Floor installers arrived bright and early. Yay!
They scheduled us for a two day installation, but these guys had it all done by 3:30.
The finished product looks amazing. We are thrilled with it, to say the least. Yay!! 
(And I forgot to snap a pic of the whole room once it was done and still totally empty. But you get the picture.)
November 13 ~ Look who joined us for lunch.
This thing was on high alert ... all 8 legs of it. Then, when we weren't looking, it disappeared. Had no idea where it skittered off to. Then a MickeyD employee came over to our table and said somebody had said something about a spider. We scooted our chairs back so she could look for it. And there it was, by the table leg near the wall. She took some napkins and went in for the kill. One dead spider. Felt kind of sorry for it, but let's face it, spiders don't make the best lunch dates.
November 14 ~ Ella Rose got her first shots this morning, three of them. Ouch!
November 14 ~ Better late than never, I guess. Daughter Kelly's birthday was Monday. She really wanted a big ol' cookie cake, but the big ol' cookie cake store was closed, so we didn't get it ordered until last night. Happy Birthday, Kelly!
November 14 ~ Ella Rose is 2 months old today. 

She loves her big bro Knox

November 15 ~ Wendy's recently remodeled one of their restaurants here. This 'wet paint' sign has been hanging here since the store reopened several weeks ago. The paint is no longer wet. Trust me. Yeah, I touched it.

November 16 ~ My view while rocking Ella Rose

November 18 ~ Golden

November 18 ~ I love the yellow maples

November 18 ~ As the crow flies

November 20 ~ grandson Knox was the Puritan Minister in the first grade Thanksgiving play ~ He played the part to perfection ~ "Hallelujah!"

November 22 ~ Thanksgiving group shot ~ test snap

This one's a keeper ~ check out my Thanksgiving day post here:
November 23 ~ hubby Neil is a glutton for punishment ~ No sooner had he finished the living room re-do, which took 4 months, he tore apart one of the bedrooms upstairs to fix an electrical wire that had broken/shorted out (the ceiling fan in the living room is attached to that particular wire) ~ And of course said wire is under the carpet and the carpet pad and the floor ~ And then he decided since he had it all torn apart it would be a good time to fix a joist under the floor and replace some of the floor itself ~ good times

November 23 ~ at Spring and Willow ~ long may she wave

November 23 ~ Courthouse square ~ snowflakes on lamp posts

November 26 ~ At El Tapatio with the grandpeeps ~ Knox, Shelby, and Elijah ~ always a fun time with these three

November 26 ~ Knox ~ How does he do this?!

November 26 ~ Elijah ~ He says the guys do this at school for fun

November 29 ~ My view Thursday afternoon ~ sleeping like a baby

It’s all a farce,—these tales they tell
About the breezes sighing,
And moans astir o’er field and dell,
Because the year is dying.

--Paul Laurence Dunbar, "Merry Autumn"
Lyrics of Lowly Life