Turkey

For various reasons I ended up cooking a turkey dinner tonight – with all of the trimmings – just like Thanksgiving. Well…sort of. The bird was stuffed – but with StoveTop. The gravy was canned. The biscuits Pillsbury. The kitchen was a disaster. The bird wasn’t pretty. It was definitely not a Walton’s Thanksgiving. In my defense though – it was tasty. AND my son liked it. So I may not be Julia or Paula or even Rachel – but as long as my child is happy…I’m happy:)!

Before...

 

After...

Happy...

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Garden

The beginning...

Starting the garden over. The dog days of summer definitely took a toll on the spring garden.  Add my lack of interest in watering  every day and it was DONE. But – being ever the optimist and certain that I can correct my lackadaisical behavior – the garden begins again. Had a tomatoe plant in a pot for 2 years that has occasionally produced a tiny, tiny tid-bit. It’s the Charlie Brown Tomatoe Plant. Hoping a big old space and a little more attention will produce an abundance of tomatoes now. Will keep you posted…

Hoping for big things...

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Eagle

 

Before...

 
 Allow me to take this opportunity to brag about my son. Even though he’s the most perfect child in the world – I try not to. I just don’t want to be one of those people that bore the world talking endlessly about their kids. But this time – I’m going to. You see – my fabulous son is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout:) He completed his Project this weekend – renovating the storage shed at the church where his troop meets. It was a BIG job!
 
 
 
After – what a difference!
His job was to plan and lead the project. 11 volunteers did the work. And it turned out perfectly. We are really proud of him!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Many thanks go to the terrrific volunteers who helped with the project – church members, family friends, and, of course, fellow Scouts.

Boy Scouts working together - that's what it's all about...

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Manatee

Manatee moment…

You might not be able to tell from this picture – but below the surface is a pod of Manatees – several babies and Momma. That’s Momma’s nose sticking up for a breath of air. What a beautiful sight at sunrise. These magical creatures swam right by our dock – swished their tails to say hello – and down the river they went. Talk about a good start to a great day:)!

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Cocktails

Mai Tai...Yummy...

Blue-tini…

There’s something about having a real cocktail – professionally and beautifully made – it’s an experience – it makes me feel like it’s the 1960’s – when a lovely beverage was just for fun – I’m keepin’ the faith:)

 

 

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River Bliss

The best thing about living on the river is being able to jump in your boat on a moment’s notice. Particularly when it’s a small Jon Boat that can go out at low tide. The river is yours to enjoy as you please. Sunrise is the absolute best – even on a cloudy morning. Talk about freedom and peace. 
Let the sunshine in…let the sunshine in…

It doesn’t get any better than this!

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now…
It’s pretty neat seeing your house from the river…
I love bridges…
Eerie – but interesting…
Looking for breakfast…
Wouldn’t this make a great seafood restaurant???
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Dinner

I can’t take credit for this wonderful feast – but I can certainly share my delight
Steak Diane – Before…

 – YUMMY!

Steak Diane – After…
Really healthy broccoli…
Almost healthy salad…
Stone Crab claws – fresh from the river…

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Space Shuttle Atlantis

Godspeed Atlantis

The final lift off of Space Shuttle  Atlantis was exciting and sad at the same time. The cloudy weather almost caused a scrub and definitely caused a poor view – but – most importantly – it was a safe launch. Once again watching from our dock we couldn’t see much – two very short bursts of light through the clouds – and then she was gone. Despite the brief glimpse though, the same feeling of pride was present. Also present was a feeling of let down. With nothing concrete on the horizon, our place as the leaders in space exploration will be lost. Controversial I know. The talking heads are going on ad nauseum about whether this is good or bad. Me? I’m just sad that it’s over. I remember the first shuttle launch in 1981. I was 19 and Columbia was brand new. No words can adequately explain it. Exciting – awesome – goosebumps. I also remember 2003 when Columbia was gone along with 7 astronauts. Again – no adequate words. Devastating – heartbreaking – chills. I’m no expert on the space program, but I do know that it was an important part of my personal pride in America. Hoping we will ultimately keep going where no man has gone before…

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Flowers

Flowers on the mantle - also mandatory:)

Flowers on the table – a must!

Flowers from the house gardens – nothing cooler than walking into the backyard and clipping a bloom from here and there – wish I could name them all – wish I could take credit for them all – some are from the house’s previous owner – she was a master gardener – we have her to thank for some really exotic and lovely plants – some are from us – trial and error over the past decade – beautiful all together…

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Big Chill

The scene of the crime...

Tybee Light House…
A walk on the beach…

 

Shrimp & Grits – the beginning…

           My very own Big Chill.

A beach house on Tybee Island, Georgia – deep in the Old South – filled with a mixture of oddly connected people. By the end of the stay it was a beach house filled with Family.

Living with people – even if only for a short time – can either promote intimacy or hostility. Going into the deal you never know which way it will go. Particularly when some of the group involved are actual blood relatives and some of the group are complete strangers to each other. This event was prompted by a family wedding. All told there were 3 sisters, 2 brothers, 1 cousin, 2 brother-in-laws and 1 significant other. 9 very different people in a fairly small space.

The Grits...

Ta da…
Poetry, current events, the political climate…

Heading to Tybee I was excited. I couldn’t wait to see my fabulous Southern Belle Sister, my brother-in-law whom I love to torture with my opposing political views and my adopted cousin who I have some of the best conversations ever with. Three of my very favorite people in the whole world. But there was a twist. My sister’s brother and wife – whom I’ve never met (it’s a long and complicated family story) along with the wife’s brother and girlfriend were the actual initiators of the summer holiday.  Tagging along I wasn’t sure how it would work out.

The opposing view…

We were blessed with a magical time. Disconnected from reality and filled with laughter. Intelligent conversation mixed with good food. Sightseeing and beach loving. Family stories told for the first time and for the fiftieth. Sunsets on the marsh with lovely red wine. Poetry read and music loud. Stray cats temporarily adopted. Dancing in the living room and hot tub in the back yard. Banana bread and shrimp & grits. A slumber party for adults. Relationships begun. Memories for life.

My newly met ‘step-brother and sister-in-law’ and ‘second-brother-in-law and wonderful-other-half’ are now just family. They say you can’t choose your family. I disagree.

The sun set on our own Big Chill…
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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