Monday, August 13, 2018

I Love You Dad

My father passed away this afternoon -- on our son's 28th birthday.  Those of you who visit here regularly probably know my dad has been struggling with serious health problems for several years.  He fought the good fight, but his body was just worn out.  We're glad that he's no longer suffering, but we will miss him so.
 
 
I will return to write more soon.
 
Blessings,

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Magnolia Gardens in Charleston

When we went to Charleston back in April of this year, we tried to see some new (to us) places on this trip.  On one of the days there, we visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  For us, the highlight of this spot was the gardens, more so than the house.
 
 

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Richmond Reid Plantation

Happy Friday to you!  Do you have any plans for the weekend?  We'll be celebrating my dad's birthday at my parents' house on Sunday.  His birthday was July 3rd, but it's easier for everyone to get together on the weekend.
 
On Monday, Hal and I went to the town of Denton, North Carolina, to attend the 48th Annual Southeast Old Threshers' Reunion.   
 
 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Grilled Pork Tenderloin For Summer

Hello all!  I hope you had a happy and festive Fourth of July celebrating the birth of our country.  Ours was very quiet, and that suited us fine.  Hal was on vacation from Saturday through Wednesday, and we stayed on the go.  Last night after dinner, we watched the Fourth of July celebration at the White House and then watched Captain America.  😎  I'm not much of a Marvel Comics person, but I'd never seen this, and it was fun to watch. 
 
Today, I'm sharing a recipe that comes from my mother-in-law; it's a summertime favorite at their house.  
 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July -- America's Independence Day!  I'm sharing pictures from past and present; hope you enjoy.
  
Charlottesville, VA  

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summer Countryside and Southern Porches

Fridays are usually the day I visit my parents.  Sometimes, I miss a week or we have to schedule our visit for a different day, due to doctor appointments, etc.  I often end up spending three or four hours with my parents because it's a 45-minute drive one way.  Yesterday was no exception; I was there from about 12:30 to 4:30.  We ate lunch when I arrived, and then I stayed with my dad so my mom could run a few errands.  
 
While I was there, I took some pictures of their front porch all dressed up for summer.  :)  My mom just got her wicker porch furniture painted white; her dear friend and neighbor, Susie, painted all the wicker pieces. We think it looks so pretty!  The furniture was originally a natural, tan color and it just didn't show up very well on the porch.  Now it looks cheerful and summery.  :D   
 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Kitchen

It's officially summer, yes?  Whew, is it hot here!  It's supposed to be in the mid-to-high 90's all week, with high humidity.  Welcome to the south!  At this point, the catch phrase around here becomes, "Hot enough for you?"  After hearing this so many times, no one even bothers to reply.  😜  It's almost like the dead of winter because everyone stays inside, where it's air-conditioned, as much as possible.   
 
Today, I want to share a few pictures of my summer kitchen.  I've made a few little changes in here since the big renovation in 2012, namely a new dishwasher, new replacement windows, and wood floors.  All those things were money well-spent, and we still love our kitchen.
 
 
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