Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Miscellaneous Medley

Well, y'all. It's here. The oppressive heat and humidity characteristic of a low-country summer. The last month, after the oppression of May, made for outside play and exploration with Tucker and plenty of pleasurable, lengthy morning meditations. It's over. Tucker can have it. I did make it out yesterday morning and wondered whether hot meditation is as beneficial as they say hot yoga is.

On to the Medley!   



From Terri: This will be a true Medley of questions and Calendar Day celebrations!  Terri learned a little from a couple of these!!  Hope you enjoy this week's Medley!

1.  Do you enjoy fresh peaches? I do! What is your favorite way to use them in a recipe? It's a tie between peach cobbler and homemade peach ice cream. 

2.  Have you ever gone the wrong way on a one-way street? Yes, but I was not driving. What do you think about Mr. Corrigan's story? True or False? Who am I to voice an opinion on anything related to aeronautics? Or direction for that matter as I prefer land travel and I can get lost quicker than anyone else I know. Plus, instruments back then were probably less reliable and why would he lie? I think people were way more honest then.  

3.  Tell us about your life when you were 17. High school. UGH. I spent those years in a horrid town filled with horrid people. However, 17 was the year I discovered SNL and was taking a few college classes during high school from the college I attended when high school was done. Shook the dust from my shoes when I happily left that place. Enjoyed college, though! Broader minded people and all.  

4.  Do you use emojis when you text, email, or FB message? I do! Do you have a favorite? Nah, I like most of them but I do use the one that's laughing so hard it has tears. 


5.  It has been asked many times, but do you have a tattoo? I do not. Do you want to get a tattoo? I do! I want a semi-colon on my wrist but I have such an aversion to pain that I have yet to brave it. 

6.  Last, but not least, please tell us something about your week! I started watching OUTLANDER on Netflix. I'm hooked. The intensity of the violence of the era and couple with the intensity of the intrigue of what's coming next is more than I can handle at times but, hey! That's what fast-forwarding is all about. LOL I mentioned this on IG but here it is again---the actor playing the role of Black Jack Randall is doing such a fantastic job that I shall never be able to watch him play any other character, ever. Black Jack is all evil men rolled up in one man and despicable isn't strong enough to describe him. On the other hand, I will watch the actor playing Jamie Fraser do anything, play any role, whatever. He too is playing his role quite well but he's a good guy. And easy on the eyes so...

See what I mean? 

Anyway, I'm stopping the television series to read the books and then return. I usually prefer reading the book first and after this was recommended by a friend of a friend, I'm gonna do it. 

One more thing, the professional wedding pictures are FINALLY back so I'll try to get that post finished soon.


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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Red, White, and Blue Medley

Is it hot in your neck of the woods? Mother Nature turned up the heat and humidity here this week which means Tucker and I are spending a great deal of time inside. We do have an outdoor event on Saturday and I hope it doesn't do me in but there is no way I'm going to miss it because somebody is turning THREE!  

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Thankfully, the Medley is an indoor activity so I don't have to give it up which is great since this seems to be the only time I take the time to blog anymore. Do you ever feel as though you've said all that needs to be said? Or maybe it's just writer's block. A very long writer's block. Anyway, grateful for the Medley!  




1.  Please share a favorite July 4th memory with us. Mostly what I remember from July 4th celebrations is BBQ, watermelon, home-churned ice cream, and my grandparents. It seems we nearly always had our July 4th celebrations with my grandparents who were my favorite people in the world. Nothing too big just good food and porch sitting. I do remember fireworks displays put on by the town but I don't recall seeing them every year for some reason. 
   

2.  How do you plan to spend tomorrow? It will probably be just like any other day. Once the kiddos grew up, July 4th ceased being a day of celebration as far as cooking out or enjoying fireworks. Ok, it does have a bit to do with the fact that IT. IS. HOT. If you are working, will you celebrate later? If I get caught up in the creative process I won't be able to stop if not, I hope to at least partake of some yummy food. 
3.  Is there a favorite food always reserved for your 4th of July celebration? BBQ is still our first choice and by BBQ I mean we put BBQ sauce on chicken and ribs and grill them. Some years we just went with burgers and dogs. But we always had a cookout.
BTW, Opie's daddy says a cookout is called a BBQ. This is not true. Here in the south if you say you are having a BBQ, there better be some BBQ not burgers and dogs. He's from Colorado, bless his heart. LOL
4.  In Florida, you can buy all kinds of fireworks, including some that fly high and burst into pretty cascades.  Are fireworks legal in your state/community and does anyone you know put on a display for your neighborhood? Fireworks are legal in SC but there are a few towns that have restrictions. Our town has no restrictions and most of us hate it. Kids in the neighborhoods start just before dark and continue into the wee hours of the morning with no regard for their neighbors, the neighborhood animals, any military neighbors, families with little kids, etc. They will continue shooting them for a day or two afterward. And they NEVER clean up after themselves leaving litter in the middle of the road and in neighbors' yards. It's becoming more and more of an issue each year. There is a HUGE display from the Yorktown each year but that doesn't seem to be enough for the middle schoolers.  
5.  Do you have a favorite movie that you always watch sometime during the 4th of July? No. It's not Christmas, y'all. Unless we call it Christmas in July and then I'll be watching Christmas movies so... LOL I'm not a fan of war or war movies. I even consulted the Google about patriotic movies and saw none that I would want to see either for the first time or the second.

6.  Share something from your week, please. If I had to sum up the week so far in one word that word would be, HOT. Hot or not the end of this week holds a special day as Lula Mae turns THREE on Sunday! THREE. How did that happen?

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Parching Heat and the Medley

Here we are again. The weeks continue to fly by but who cares when the summer heat is on! I'm just keeping my head down and getting through another summer though I do come up for the occasional birthday. LOL

And the Medley! 




1.  Who knew there was a day to celebrate parchment paper?!  Good grief. They'll honor anything these days. Do you ever use parchment when you bake or cook? I do. Tell us about your favorite way to use it, please. Is there really a favorite way to use parchment paper? Maybe I don't use it enough to have a favorite way. I just like that it keeps things from sticking and makes clean-up easy because I am not a fan of cleaning up. 
2.  When Terri thinks of parchment paper, she usually thinks about special writing or artist papers. She loves using specialty papers for creating cards or other art projects. Tell us about a creative way you have used parchment paper other than to bake with! I use parchment paper when I am creating coasters, sometimes and I always use it between finished coasters to keep them from clacking into one another. 

3.  Terri used to be in the cake business and has piped many borders and roses and leaves and letters, etc., etc.  You can make a pastry bag from parchment paper!  Have you ever tried decorating a cake with a pastry bag and specialty tips? Let's see, I have four daughters which means four birthdays/year requiring deocrated birthday cakes when they were growing up so...YES. Ha! As they got older I stopped trying to decorate anything fancy because cake decorating is not my forte.  Do you have a picture to share? Oh goodness, I'd have to go back through a gazillion pictures to find the birthday cakes and because my photos are not organized that's not going to happen this time. Don't be shy, now!
4.  Tell us about something you baked or cooked in the past week or so that turned out great, parchment or no parchment. I live in an empty nest so going all out for cooking or baking happens rarely these days unless the kids and/or grandkids are over. Oh! I did make a stir fry that was delicious a few days ago. Will you share the recipe? It's stir fry so I don't think anyone needs a recipe for that. 
5.  The last Wednesday in June!!  How can that be? Has your June flown by or have you been able to enjoy each day and make it slow down for you? It's pretty much flown by for me and although I know even hotter more miserable days are ahead, I also know football season is even closer so I'm ok with summer flying by. 
6.  Tell us something about your week so far, if you will. There's not much going on this week and I do like calm weeks because I spend more time creating which is not only fun but also therapeutic. I created these two wreaths over the last few days. It takes time because I hand-cut everything instead of using machines but I like the look of the hand-cut pieces better. 
ALSO, July 4th coaster sets are ON SALE through July 3rd!


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Big Orange Cat and the Medley

Is June going by quickly or is it just me? At least the weather has been pretty nice around here. Even on hot days, we have a lovely breeze that still has a hint of cool within it so we've been outside a good bit. The tomato plants are healthy and producing blooms but my wildflowers are not doing a darn thing so I planted some different wildflower seeds yesterday. I'll keep y'all posted. I really want these wildflowers to grow because I love wildflowers and these are bee and butterfly friendly. Fingers crossed, y'all. 

Now, on with the Medley where the big orange cat refers to Garfield! 




1.  If you have ever followed the Garfield comic strip, you know Garfield loves lasagne.  What is your favorite Italian food? I love lasagna, too! But I didn't make anything Italian while Lula Mae was here over the weekend because cleaning up red sauce is NO FUN when an almost 3-year-old is involved. Do you over-indulge when it comes to pasta? Nope. Pasta clogs the pipes, so to speak so I take it easy.
2.  Tell us about your very first pet.  If you have never had a pet, can you tell us about an animal that touched your life in some way? My very first pet given to me at Christmas as my very own and not the family pet was a French poodle I named, Jacques. Y'all can read about him HERE. We always had a dog in the family but Jacques was the first one given to me and me alone. Gosh, I loved that dog. 

3.  Garfield sleeps his day away, only waking to eat or sweet talk his girlfriend Arleen.  How many hours sleep do you normally get each night? I shoot for 7. How much sleep do you really need? Seven is perfect for me. Anything more or less and I'm no good for the day. 
4.  Garfield lets the mice in the house have their way.  When was the last time you had to chase out a little varment?  I don't have to worry about those with Tucker around. He chases squirrels and any other furry critter. We've had possums and these little rats or mice. I'm not sure what those last things are because they're kind of big like rats but cute like mice so... anyway, Tucker takes care of that for me by chasing them out of the yard. If someone else has to step in, we use a humane trap and relocate said creature. 
5.  Garfield also loves his teddy bear Pooky. Did you have a favorite stuffed animal when you were young (or now!)? Oh, that's a HUGE yes but it wasn't ONE favorite. I had a line of stuffed animals that stretched across my bed (queen sized) and they had to be in a specific order every single day. I think the elephant might have been a slight favorite but I would never have told the others. If you didn't or don't, what about someone you know? The lovelies had their favorites---ArtisistDaughter had Dolly, a silly rag doll I made and she still has that thing. NashvilleDaughter went a different route and had a blanket named, Blankie and yes, she still sleeps with it even though it's about as threadbare as something can be. AthleticTrainerDaughter had a stuffed bear named Pookie and TeacherDaughter had Buddy Bear but that's a story all on its own. 
6.  Please tell us something about your week, so far! Lula Mae was here for 4 nights and 3 days so this week is all about recovery. Ha! I think she had fun...








She played and played and played and played. Saturday, Mother Nature decided to bless us with the most gorgeous and perfect day for outdoor fun. I don't think we came inside for more than 2 hours and that was for a nap. Lula Mae was on the swing, in the bouncy house, in the pool until she was 'pruney', blew bubbles, shared snacks with Tucker, had a picnic for lunch...we were busy the whole time but it was the fun kind of busy. And now, I'm almost recovered. I think I'll be ready for her next stay which is in August. LOL


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Smiling and Loving through the Medley

We've finally been getting some daily rain around here and it has made all the difference in the lushness of the backyard. And in how often the lawn gets mowed. It's all good, though! Just about anything is better than that nasty heatwave we had for a few weeks in May. Or all of May. Anyway, thanks to the rain, I saw these yesterday morning---


Ok, let's get to the Medley!




1.  Tell us about a time you made someone's life beautiful or someone made YOUR life beautiful. These two make my life beautiful every single day!



2.  Will you take on the challenge and smile more often on June 15th?  Probably not since I doubt I'll remember. Why not start now!!  Have you been blessed by a smile that changed your day? You tell me---




3.  Terri is a cancer survivor.  Cancer has touched most of us in one way or another.  When did someone reach out to you with an act of kindness or when did you last perform a random act of kindness for someone? I am not a fan of telling when I perform an act of kindness but I don't mind sharing when someone shows me a kindness such as when TeacherDaughter randomly stops by and brings me my favorite coffee from my favorite coffee shop. That just makes my whole day. 

4.  Terri admits that this turned out to be not what she thought it would be.  Our country has come a long way in recognizing that people are people and our differences are what makes life beautiful, but we still have a long way to go, unfortunately.  Your thoughts? I doubt anyone wants the hear what I have to say as it would involve a soapbox so let's just leave it at I don't think anyone has any right to tell anyone who or how to love regardless of race or gender\sexual preference. 

5.  Had to lighten it up a bit.  Terri is a total klutz in the kitchen.  Tell us about something klutzy that happened in your kitchen... by you or another! Why can I never think of these when someone asks? Can you laugh about it now? Oh, I'm sure! Our family tends to laugh at ourselves and each other over just about everything. 
6.  Share something about your week so far, if you would. So far, this week has been quiet and calm which is the calm before storm Lula Mae comes to stay the weekend while her mommy travels. 



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