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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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Gettin' Cheesy with the Medley

Looks like the heat wave has passed. For now. I know he'll be back but Tucker and I can actually go outside and enjoy the yard for longer than 2 seconds. Now, if we can just get Mother Nature to give us a bit of rain. Not flood rain but like we usually have, a little thunderstorm every afternoon through the summer months. 

Ok, enough about the weather although y'all know I'm going to complain about it all summer... I mean, discuss it all summer. LOL On to the Medley, Meddlers! 

1.  National Cheese Day is Tuesday, rather than Wednesday, but I think we should celebrate cheese this week!!  Let's start by sharing your favorite cheese with us.  Which one is always in your fridge? I always have mozzarella cheese string cheese because grandkiddos. Other than that, it depends on mood and recipes. 
2.  What is your preference? Mild, Sharp, or Extra Sharp? Sharp is good. Extra is a bit strong but it's good in recipes. How do you use cheese most often? In recipes.
3.  Cheesecake? Is this a rhetorical question? LOL New York style or what other flavors would you rather have? I'm not sure I've had a cheesecake I didn't LOVE so bring 'em on! 
4.  When you do grilled cheese sandwiches, which cheese do you prefer to use and what condiments do you use, if any? I use butter or Duke's mayo on the outside and almost always cheddar inside. However, if no one is looking I have been known to make mine with American cheese. :) 
5.  Number 5 on June 5th... Say happy birthday to my sister, Tammy!! Happy Birthday, Tammy!

6.  Share something with us about your week. If it includes using cheese in a recipe, please also share that with us too!! Not much going on this week. I did go to Lula Mae's soccer practice Sunday---

And I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY at my Etsy shop for a set of 4 stone coasters for the 4th of July---

If you'd like a chance to win, just tell me in the comments and I'll add your name to the list! 

Have a great rest of the week, y'all!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Holding it Together with the Medley

Holla! I've missed the last two Medleys, dang it. The really sad part? I actually wrote the posts. I just forgot to post them. Not this week! It's been so hot here it's messing with my mind. But we've still managed to have a little fun. I find if I get outside by 6:30 AM I can sit out there for almost an hour to watch the sunrise, meditate, and water the tomato plants this little cutie planted---

I know I still owe y'all the last wedding post but I decided to wait for the professional photos to be ready. Going through all these others is crazy so hopefully, in another week or two...

Meanwhile, let's get down to the Medley!

1.  Wow!  Had you ever heard of the Holocaust project involving paperclips? I had not. It is a great teaching project, for sure!

2.  Have you ever created a paperclip chain? Yes. How long did it get? I have no idea as it was something I created out of boredom but I will say this, taking that thing apart was a pain! LOL

3.  I use paperclips as hooks at Christmas time to put ornaments on the tree.  Works like a charm!! What is something you used a paperclip for, other than holding papers together? I've tried to use them as safety pins when there was no safety pin in sight but that didn't work at all. I never thought about using them as ornament hooks. 

4.  I am amazed at the shapes and colors of paperclips available.  I found my favorite... share your favorite with us here! Mostly I just like plain ol' paperclips because anything else makes a stack of papers not lay quite right. But I do like the butterfly ones. Also, if I'm just sent a few sheets to someone or even a stack, I do enjoy decorated paper clips. If you've got to get a stack of papers to go through, a cute paper clip tends to make it a bit less of a bad thing. 

Cute ones for lessening the blow--

Large ones like these make great chip clips!

5.  Say goodbye to May on this last Wednesday of May.  Be poetic if you will, or simply bid it adieu. 

Go home, May. You're drunk. 
Get out and take your record-breaking hot temperatures with you! 
Good riddance to your record-breaking heat!
I don't know what you did to piss off Mother Nature but cut it out!

Can y'all see a theme here? Hahaha!
6.  Tell us something about your week so far, please! It's been hot. Record-breaking temperature hot. And I do not like it. It's so hot, it's hitting the meme scene--

Have a great rest of the week, y'all! And I hope you aren't having heat like this or damaging storms!

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Friday, May 17, 2019

The Wedding: Part 3

Don't worry, Y'all! There's just one more after this one (maybe 2 because there are so many photos) and I'll be all finished with the wedding posts. Well, until the professional photos come back and then there will be one more with some of her amazing photos.

Raise your hand if you've ever had a happiness hangover because I've got one and it hasn't let up one bit since Saturday. No, Friday. Oh heck, I've had one since we arrived in Nashville on May 5.

Today's post is all about getting ready and friends. Friends who are more than friends because they are more like family. Chosen family. And my daughter has chosen well. There were friends who flew in from DC and from California and various points in between and those who live right there in Nashville.

"...but in the richness of their soul & the vibes they give off" pretty much sums up several of the bride and groom's closest friends and it was such a joy to experience these good humans up close and in person. My life is richer just from being around them briefly.

Regardless of where they hailed, their intent was the same- to show love and support for the bride and groom. And show love and support they did. To overflowing. And they extended all that love and support to all of us. It was heartwarming, to say the least.

We had more of a whole lot of heart explosions to be more accurate.

Ok, here we go with the photos---

The bridal party got ready for the ceremony in a quaint little white country cottage surround by roses and ivy.

All the girls arrived at the venue early to have their hair and make-up done. The young lady at the bottom right is the bride's bestie and is not only a most wonderful friend but she'll blow you away with her singing voice. Holy cow! What a gal! That's DrummerBoy's mom beside her and then the bride.

Lula Mae got her hair done as well. And check out her little kimono! The bride gave all her bridesmaids a kimono to wear while getting ready and she found one for our sweet flower girl, too. I can't even.

The bride and flower girl.

All my girls!

Lest we forget she's not even three yet.

 Prettiest flower girl ever!

Just a few more adjustments...

That lace!

She's ready!


Of course, this is what I saw in my mind's eye---

Do y'all do that? See your all grown up daughters (or sons) and see them as they were when they were little and still needed you for nearly everything? The silver lining is when we realize what a great job we did raising them because how else could they be so amazing? And yes, I do take credit for some of it but mostly because I allowed them to become who they were meant to be instead of molding them into mini-mes. I'm happy to report they all did develop into their own, unique, individual selves and each one is a delightful work of art.

We are getting close to the ceremony and reception, I promise!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Wedding: Part 2

I promise we did more than eat but there does seem to be a good bit of that going on during this whole wedding week thing. That's because when you're in Nashville you simply HAVE to take advantage of the amazing food they have there. So, we did. But today's post is not just about super yummy food in a totally fun setting. It's also about family.

And it's about family because ours grew exponentially this past weekend and feeling all the feels from that is going to stay with me for...well, forever because you simply never stop feeling the love, support, encouragement, warmth, inclusion... from these people. They are good humans. Every single one of them.

Before we ate, we rehearsed. The weather held out but the humidity was annoying as all get out. No matter, we persevered.

When you have three sisters, they take up most of your bridesmaid space unless you want 15 bridesmaids so three sisters and two besties made up the bride's attendants (do we even say that anymore?)

There were tiny little rocks covering the paths which were horrid for those of us wearing open-toed shoes but fantastic for the kiddos and were a lifesaver during the actual ceremony the next day.

She wasn't the only one who had had enough. But we had to get everything just right because the bride is a bit of a perfectionist.

Y'all. See that girl in the middle? The officiant? I ADORE her! She's the BEST! I don't even have the words to tell y'all how I feel about this lady but you know how you get around someone who radiates more warmth and love and acceptance and positivity than you've ever felt ever? That's her.

Well, it seems he was on a mission but I'm not sure what that mission entailed. LOL Gotta love the pants tucked into his cowboy boots.

 Adorable nephew of the groom and I have donned him, Mr. Personality. Is he adorable or what?

The groom's parents rented out Puckett's in Franklin, TN for the rehearsal dinner and it was FABULOUS! Yes, it rained but not until we were all inside having the most fun ever!

I love the sign they hung up for the bride and groom!

The food was set up buffet-style and it was SO GOOD because it was SO SOUTHERN!

Here's a sample. Yep, all southern food so lots of carbs and I was in FOOD HEAVEN followed by a FOOD STUPOR. And the TEA! They do tea right at Puckett's. Oh, and there was COBBLER! And those chicken tenders? So juicy inside! I have to stop. I'm drooling on my keyboard. LOL

The man in the hat near the cake table? That's the groom's daddy. I'm not sure where his mom was at that point. Susie, where were you? The groom's parents are the sweetest, funniest and fun-est couple I've ever known. They love my girl like their own and I'm so grateful for them. It's not every day the two families come together and feel like one big family but we are blessed to say we have that with these folks. And this includes extended family and friends. 

See the gal on the bottom left corner? That's the bride's bestie and she's a nut! She's also the kind of bestie everyone should be so lucky to have in their lives. She's amazing! AND she has a singing voice that will blow you away! We love you, G!

Here's the bride with her Maw-Maw. That's my stepmom and the only grandmother on this side of heaven my girls have left. We're never letting her go.

And here's the groom's cake. Don't you love the topper? The bride found it on Etsy. When you marry a Georgia boy, you become a Georgia fan which is fine because we all love Georgia, too. 

The groom is full of funny.

I hope I'll finish the ceremony post tomorrow. It's a lot to put down and the words are not always easy for me to find when all of them want to come from my heart. But I'm working on it.

Let's all go eat now, ok? LOL
To be continued...

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