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Sunday Grateful- November 3, 2013 : My Husband’s Family

I see people on FACEBOOK k11381665 writing a “Grateful” k7231294 every day for November…

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Since I’ve been writing my “Sunday Gratefuls” for awhile… I will continue with that…

I went to the grocery today sfo0444… Besides everyday food and supplies… I bought a few extras for making my Christmas Cookies…  Christmas-Cookies-Cutters

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That’s my gift to my husband’s family in Georgia3cae153d-f926-4da4-9cfd-e99305cdf697

Whether they like them or not… ( They say they love them! ) … k14825741

I totally enjoy making them…

As I bakeI think of all of them…  k14529108

Only three sisters, their children and a few cousins of my husband are left from what once was a huge family when we married k8660880… which will be 45 years in February …

To have been introduced to this lovely family that came as a bonus with my husband… has been a blessingk0982803

I am so grateful for the lovek12161300 they have shown me…

and in my humble way k11789234… that I’m able to show them I love them back at this time of year!

Don’t Go Away Yet… Summer!

I just read a post by “This Blog Needs A Title”… Yes, that is the actual name of his blog… and that’s what caught my interest… the title …

He expresses his statements simply

and the last being…

Where has summer gone?”… http://thisblogneedsatitle.com/

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I don’t know… except it has been an unusual summer weather-wise here in Kentucky

not as many hot days…k10226537

not as many sunny days…

lots of rain all of a sudden…095b0617

dry days for weeks…

and then starts all over again…

Things I’ve done…

Went on vacation to Savannah… and Tybee Island… Making me want to move there…

I’m really very serious about this… but, no one really believes me…

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Have been on numerous short trips to some Casino Hotels… pbu0761

They pay for the room and the food… So, we take advantage of that… A night away is always good to clean out the cobwebs… vl0008b110

Have lost a family member… a brother-in-law… so sad for my sister and the rest of us… watching this coming about for over a year…k5673685

Have had a few lunch dates with my “girl” friends… Enjoying talking… good food… and browsing in shops…u23965518

Have kept up my water aerobics… but, weather has hindered that at times…x23686509

Have managed to get husband to YMCA… and he wants to join… An achievement I’m happy about!…u15313290

Have met so many nice people as acquaintances… and made a few new friends Isn’t that grand!

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and I have obtained a new jobteaching painting classes… That should help me stay busy this winter…x30276018

Things I would have liked to do:

Have my Grandkids more… They are busy with trips… ball games… friends… moved a little further away to a new house… Miss them!k5872361

Still haven’t zip-lined through the trees… b09989

Still haven’t made it to the drive-ink6801775

Still haven’t lost those pounds… k13970169

Still haven’t opened an Etsy Account to sell purses for kids that I like to make… 2839v3-max-450x450

Still haven’t done a few things (Repairs) around the house we need to make…k8994862

Still haven’t got a flowerbed fixed I’ve been wanting to redo…k13745297

Summer! You just need to give me more time!

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Could you just hold on for another month or two?

Our Day In Savannah…

Never had been to Savannah But. I have fallen in love with this lovely Southern City!

So beautiful with the moss hanging from the trees…

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We parked under these lovely moss laden trees…

There are 22 park-like squares throughout the city…

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Savannah was the first planned city… and this plan is today called “The Oglethorpe Plan“… 

and the homes… some huge… but with a classical beauty

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The pastel colors… the laid back atmosphere… the water… the shops… the river traffic…

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We watched as this tugboat moved down the Savannah River…

The history… so fascinating…

I will go there again… A one time trip is not enough!…

It was only 20 minutes to Savannah from where we were at Tybee Island

Loved that!

We viewed the city as we drove through…

I take in all details… the colors, the people, the buildings, the decor…

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I knew we wanted to see the Riverfront

and we found it easily with the directions I had gotten off of a map from the Motel…

We parked… and found the rustic stone/brick steps going down to a lower street level….

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As you can see the steps are steep and original…

Immediately… the Savannah River is before you…

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One of my favorite photos I took…

We decided to go up one way since we seemed to have come down pretty much in the middle

We visited several shops… staffed with the friendliest people…

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This shop had every type of peanut you could imagine and open cans of each for tasting anything you wanted to try!

I tasted several!

We checked out a Store dedicated to all kinds of Honey… Tasting several as the nice young lady explained where they came from…

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Yummy!

We checked out a funky hat store… and It’s there I bought a pair of new sandalsNO, not a hat… I was in for some walking … and my old ones were on their last leg…

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I talked to this Artist ( Simba ) who painted on discarded items… Very friendly… origianally from Jamaica and going to school in Savannah…

There were numerous artists along the waterfront and even a lady singing… but, too far away to get a good picture…

We walked and looked in several shops and then decided to quench our thirst at an outside table area of the Dockside Restaurant…

They had Mimosa on special… and so I chose that…

Quite refreshing… Champagne and orange Juice…

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Bobby checking out the view as we had a refreshing drink…

We walked and viewed the bridge that crosses the River… and the ships that were docked…

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We watched the people and saw two River Paddle Boats…

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similar to our Belle of Louisville here in Louisville

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( The Belle )

We viewed a memorial for World War II Veterans shaped like a globe… very pretty!…

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We sat at benches along the River… and viewed the Open Air Market… full of all kinds of items for sale…

I asked the clerk at one of the shops I liked , “Where is “The Waving Girl” statue …I wanted to see this in particular after reading about it… and he said, “You are almost there… just pass the Open Market and where the greenery starts”…

We found her and I just loved it!… It represents Florence Martus (1869-1943) who supposedly greeted the sailors and fisherman returning home … By day she waved a handkerchief and by night a lantern… for 44 years…The staue was created by Felix de Weldon

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Another statue that was made popular by the book and movieMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil“…  called “The Bird Girl“… is replicated in smaller statues in lots of the shops we visited… Very pretty also!… I found out later it was moved from the “Bonaveture Cemetery” to the “Telfair Museum of Art”… Maybe next trip… I’ll get to see it in person…yhst-10599332836763_2273_58564033

A Statue depicting a remembrance of the suffering of Slavery was beautiful…

The words of Maya Anjelou were engraved on the base…

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We walked and looked until we finally had to give it up

Hopefully we will be able to make another trip to this beautiful city of Savannah!

Daily Prompt: Seven Days / The Daily Post

You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.

“Oh, my… where did this money come from?” k9179637

Bobby, “Did you win it from a scratch ticket?” k1701177

I know you scratch them sometimes when you go to the store on the corner…

“Did you and Doug win it at Horseshoe Casino?” … You went the other day to play penny slots k11303832

“No, I didn’t win it!… I don’t have that much luck!” k10526498

It came from someone anonymously?… Whoever would do that?…

“You mean it is ours to spend anyway we want?”…

We need to think about this… I’m so conservativepay a bill???… pay something off???… Stock up on things we could use???…

“Have some fun!”k9916211 , you say…

“That sounds so good!”…

“Where could we go???”…

“Who would you like to see???”…

Let’s give this some thought!…

I better hurry… or I’ll have used one of those 7 days just thinking… contemplating… k11242244 going over and over what to do with it!…

Let’s fill the car up with gaspack a suitcase…  x15278694 and just get out-of-town

North or South???

I have to admit… South sounds much warmer and I could use some sunshinek0682379

Let’s drop by and see your family, Bobby… We haven’t been to Georgia for a while and it will do you good to see them…

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Let’s go by the casino in Tennessee… We might lose a few dollars or we may win some more… Sometimes a chance has to be taken… and you have so much fun pbu0761

3 days gone by already…goes too fast!…

After visiting a day… let’s hit the road again k8255274 … stopping at anything we want to see… trying new places to eat… checking out those things we promise ourselves to do when we are in such a hurry …

I’ll be happy and content to see that Ocean and feel the water lapping at my toes

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Feeling the sun k4919127 warming my shoulders… Just smelling the salt in the air…

Our hotel will have a huge King size bed with a big window and patio right on the beach…

We can walk to anything… or just sit and rest… not believing our good fortune… and giving thanks to whoever made this happen…

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Realistically, I know $10,000 is not an extraordinary amount of money… but, with my compulsion for getting the most from what I have… We will have the best time… and great memories of our special 7 days!…

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We make it home safely…. and with my sparing ways… a bill will be paid offk9791884… there will be some stashed   k12289450  for some extra little fun things for us to do… and I will have no regrets in accepting the money… Because I feel I used it wisely… Thanks to our benefactor… He/she has made us so happy for a week… Isn’t that grand!

As you can tell… my desires are smalland my favorite companion is my Bobby…

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This is exactly what I would picture as a great time… and what I would do with this wonderful gift!

Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

Oh, let’s see…

I will have to get right into it

Get messy… dirty… try it my way… and sometimes learn the hard way

I remember the time we bought a new car… A little dark brown Chevette… Just big enough for us to get in… with the two boys in back k6674522

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It was a hatch back… so it was useful for hauling things… something we could afford… and it lasted us well…

We made many trips in it… some to Georgia lots to Georgia… because that’s where my husband is from…

That was our only vacation for many years… but, loved it!…

Now to get back to this teachable moment

We loved the color… the car itself… but, it had no aircof0658 … Not many did at this time… That was a luxury!…

And then the main thing I found fault with …was that it was straight stick… You know… clutch… and I had never driven one…

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Well… I’ll take that back… When I was first learning to drive… my brother-in-law did take me out for a lesson and I had no clue what he meant when he said clutch… brake… and this had to be done in some kind of sequence… After almost running into the stone posts k5121725 k5121725 my Dad had meticulously made at the end of our driveway… I had no more lessons with a stick… as they called it…

And now… my husband wants to buy a new car with the same contraption…

He promised he could teach me… u25513350

He didn’t know me too well at that time…

I was awful!…

and I began to hate our new little car…

There was this thing about being on a hillk1222446 … that terrified me!k5676109

and then there were railroad crossings k1519893 … and then there were parking garages that went around and around and up hill

Bobby kept trying… but, we probably had more “unkind” words during this time than all of our 44 years of marriage…

I decided the only way to learn how to drive this beast… was to do it on my own

It’s a wonder there was a clutch k8759474 left in the car before I finally mastered the technique…

The reason I learned finally… was probably because my Daddy had numerous heart attacks and I had to take my Mom to the hospital to be with him every day k0723150 … and she didn’t drive… Well…only in the country when she was growing up… (never had a license)…

I would pray for no red lights on hillsno one to be in front or back of me on the ramps that led us into the parking garagekle0088

Please Lord…”Let me just get there…  park… and then be able to go down without any trouble” …

The Lord and I had many prayers flowing back and forth at this time

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maybe it was He who finally taught me … gave me my “teachable moment”

He was probably the only one with patience to do it! …k1554734

Just A Little Preparation

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friend I’ve known since I first started working at Thomas Jefferson Middle School has been praising a place called… Tybee Island, GA

My husband… being from Macon85px-Seal_of_Georgia_svg

… had never heard of it… Can you believe that!…

I’ve been checking it out on the internet saf0034 … listening or rather reading what Pam had to say about this unheard-of little place… and she hooked me!…

I want to see it!…

A small town of around 3000 inhabitants… “Quaint”…  seems to be a word I hear a lot…

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It’s near Savannah GA… 17-18 miles from what I’ve read…

Refurbished beach houses… some hotels… bed/breakfast places..

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We usually procrastinate about going places…

So I made reservations this morning!… 5-1/2 months in advance…

Am I anxious???… Yes!… I can hardly wait!… k9465121k2883984

Pam is going to get back with me on places to eat… things to see… things to do and shops to visit…

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Of course we’ll find our own way to some things…

and touring Savannah 100px-Savannah_official_seal is a must!

There’s a new book out about the Hotel Tybee… by Harry George Spirides…

I plan on reading it before I visit…

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“Goody” Containers…

After Christmas is actually my favorite time to shop… I don’t do Black Friday … but, I have been known to get up very early for the After Christmas Sales!

I’m kind of particular as to what I buy…

Keeping people in mind…

What I’m going to do with what I buy…

Is it really a bargain

Can I store it for a whole year…

I always bake something… mainly cookies

or I make candy… and even little loaves of breads

So I’m on the outlook for containers

It has to be something I can mail… because my Georgia relatives will be getting homemade goodies from me…and a few neighbors, etc. …

They tell me they love it! … or it could be they haven’t the heart to tell me …

“DON’T SEND COOKIES/CANDY ANYMORE!”…

I will go on believing they like their goodies… as my husband calls them… because I truly enjoy making them.

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I collect different containers… to ship in… and also cute plates and boxes

   Ceramic Baking Dishes for breads…

 

Family and Friend’s Plates will work well for Cookies…

It says:

For Family and Friends,

This plate’s journey shall never end,

Fill with food made with care,

And complete the mission to love and share.

Enjoy and pass it along!

Happy Holidays!

 These little plates have recipes right on the plate… So the one with the Tree will get Sugar Cookies

and the one with the Star will get Butter Cookies…

 These Cookie Tray Bags will be great for covering the plates and keeping the “goodies” fresh!

     These cute boxes will be nice for cookies…

I do need a few tins for candy if I decide to make any… I’ll keep looking and knowing me… I’ll find them “cheap” somewhere…

None of these items cost me over 50 cents… So that way… I can put more into the ingredients I will need…

Enjoy!… Your Holiday “Goody” Making!