Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Double Trouble

We celebrated Peter and Daniel's birthdays over the Thanksgiving weekend. It was the holiday rotation for everyone to be seated at our home for turkey and dressing. As we had them all in town at the same time, sometimes a difficult task, and Daniel will be celebrating his actual birthday in was a go for December birthdays in November!

I must admit I was not good at keeping up with my camera and taking photographs this Thanksgiving. When I escaped from the kitchen I was heady with the thrill of enjoying my family and not too keen on spending time behind the lens.

We had a wonderful weekend and as usual, most of the pictures are of the little ones. Although it wasn't Lily's birthday, she has a penchant for wearing the fluffy tiara whenever she is at Sush's. I do think she wears it like no other ever could! 

Without further ado...Grandson Peter's 4th Birthday celebration and Daniel Son's 30th!
Peter's Mom once again fulfilled his birthday request with chocolate cupcakes....Notice his number FOUR?
Trey was right there to make sure Happy Birthday was sung loud and clear, and wishes were made...
Looks like Mom did her top notch job once again! That's a chocolate smile of contentment!
Daniel's sister Elise fulfilled his request for a devil's food cake with rainbow chip icing!
He's such a shy retiring young man...
Lily helped blow out those big chunka monka 30 candles for Uncle Dan!
Speaking of Lily, no one styles a tiara like this gal! Step aside Queen Elizabeth...roll over Princesses comes Princess Lily! Where is the paparazzi anyway?
Princess Lily awaits her loyal subjects...! Nah I think she's just waiting for her cupcake!
Now that's what I'm talking about....toss the tiara and dig into the cupcake!
Pop sure seems to be enjoying his cake...great baking Aunt Elise!
And what are birthdays without presents??? Not much is what I'm thinking! Peter looks quite content with his Mr Wolf pillow pal; look out Peter, Uncle Dan may be taking that back with him!
When you share a party, it's nice to take turns opening gifts! Uncle Dan takes a turn...
Well when you're four I think you get more turns.
Stylin' that new cap Peter...looking really cool dude!
Now that we have everyone's attention and help...Uncle Dan, back to you!
Peter's up again...
Oh look, little Miss Zoey is helping her Daniel open gifts!
Yes, Lily...I think we all thought it was that kinda birthday! When the little ones are worn out you know the party was a success!

Happy Birthday to all and to all a good time!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

“I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.”
― Erma Bombeck

 Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have lots of fun exploring with family and friends...


Monday, November 21, 2011

In My Spare Time

Hi Friends...
That was a post title filled with sarcasm...I've just returned from a beautiful weekend spent enjoying myself at my daughter in love Erin's, Baby Shower. It was beautiful and I will be filling you in and showing off pictures of the pretty Mom to be very soon. 

Sadly, the Piper must be paid and I will have to take a few more days off getting ready for Thanksgiving. I may not be able to comment, but I promise in my spare time I do read your blogs! I will return and comment when I feel I can give you my best attention! 

We are having a small group of lucky thirteen on Thursday to celebrate, chow down and be grateful for all of our blessings. Friday we will be celebrating my son's 30th birthday a bit in advance. His loving wife is gifting him with a trip to Hawaii for his birthday so for the real deal in December, they will be swaying to tunes on a ukelele in grass skirts. Or not...but something fun and tropical, I'm sure! Friday we will also be celebrating our grandson Peter's birthday at the same time as he is used to co-sharing the day with his Unka Daniel and who is going to disappoint a soon to be four year old. Right...not his Sush! I'm now going to get some rest from my fantabulous weekend and gear up for the fun-filled week ahead. 

Before I say goodbye, I humbly ask you to say some prayers for one of my dearest friends who is fighting a very brave battle with breast cancer. You would be in awe of this valiant, bright and loving spirit. She lives every day with Stage 4 cancer and the road is getting long. I believe in the Power of Prayer and all the wonders it brings.

Blessings to all...


Friday, November 18, 2011

Making A Difference

After the soccer game last weekend we were invited back to Trey and Peter's home for lunch. While it was being prepared I did one of my favorite things to do in many a household...peruse the contents on the refrigerator door. I love seeing the latest photos and school projects on display. I had a lovely surprise waiting for me! There was a piece of card stock with a starfish glued to it. Under the starfish was the poem below. What a lovely philosophy it encompasses. We can all be like that little boy and make a difference. Even it it's to 'that ONE'.

Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, 'What are you doing?'

The youth replied, 'Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die.'

'Son,' the man said...'don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make a difference!'

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then smiling at the man he said, 'I made a difference to that one!'


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Patricia Ann

Happy Birthday to my sister today. You know I love you and admire you to the moon and back! You've been there for me more times than I could count. You sat by my side or stood at the foot of my bed when surgery was the only answer. Even when it looked like the hospital curtains were on fire in my morphine induced state I knew it was really okay cause you wouldn't be just standing there chatting with my date for the last 40+ years. 

I miss you not being in the same city, but we've lived like that longer than I care to compute. I'm thrilled we're going to have grandbabies born in the same year again. Kind of like a do-over with the kids, but without all the sleepless nights!

I love you Patsy, and I want you to have a very special day on this your 29th birthday. Dear older sister....


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


The view as I head home...turn right at the fire hydrant...Autumn  in the 'Hollow'. The trees look like they are on fire in the sunshine!

And now I've got to blow the fallen leaves to the compost bins, sigh...


Monday, November 14, 2011

Hey Faewies...Wake Up In There...

Any morning spent with our grandchildren, any minute for that matter is golden. This particular morning spent with Lily was one I'll cherish. Let me set the stage for that particular day...

I grew up with my Mom reading stories and telling tales of fairies and elves, brownies, goblins and trolls. I was and am, in love with fairyland hook, line and sinker! One day while shopping in a Plow and Hearth store I found a set on sale of windows, door and a light to place on a tree to make an elfin home. I felt shivers down my spine as I envisioned where this delightful display would go. SOLD!

Our back patio was poured around an oak tree. I wish I could take credit for this lovely treat but it was there when we purchased the house...tree and patio were there, that is. It is a favorite place for the grandkids to play. We have a large porch sized swing, a glider and a small bench seat swing for many rides to the sky. A trampoline stands off to the side waiting to give happy jumps to strong legged children.

A few weeks ago Lily and her parents moved into their new home. The cable connection was delayed and it would have helped to have something to keep Lil' occupied during the unpacking. I have several, imagine that...Tinkerbell DVD's for the viewing pleasure of children of all ages. Lily had not yet seen these so I sent them off with her family to see if Tink could work some magic and keep Lily still for perhaps the length of at least one DVD screening.

I have heard from my son that Lily's Mom was intrigued with the movies. Lily watched them with some divided interest. I don't know how often she has viewed the DVD's but evidently enough for the ideas of fairies to have taken root in her imagination. 

And now for the rest of the story...

Lily and her Dad came over a few Saturday mornings ago for a visit. It was a beautiful Autumn day so we went outside to play. First was a trampoline session with Aunt Elise...
After the trampoline session ended, Lily was off wandering and exploring around the backyard. Eureka! A door to the tree? 'Sush, who lives there'?  'Why, Lily that's where the fairies and the elves live'. Lily opened the door but only the tree was behind the door. She asked where the fairies were. I explained they are sleeping, they come out at night. Lily leaned over and in a very stern and loud voice with her face scrunched up to the tree shouted...'HEY...FAEWIES! WAKE UP IN THERE!"
No results...Lily would wander around the yard. She'd stop and play with Beignet...who knows all about Fairies...
Stare with amazement at the image on Holden made by the shadows off our garden globe...Perhaps more magic?
And then she would go back to the Fairy Tree, rearrange the windows and tried shouting to the fairies again, "HEY FAEWIES WAKE UP IN THERE!"
Perhaps one more time? Maybe knocking will wake them up?
No luck. Were' going to have to try this at night, Lily...when there is a ring around the full moon. That's when the fairies are having a Ball!  We'll be sure to see them getting ready for the party. You'll see, Lily...just you wait!

 And when that does happen, I'll be sure to share!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

You say Futball...We Say Soccer!

There is another type of football...other boys of Fall. This morning my date for the last forty plus years and I spent our time watching our two grandsons playing the other kind of football. Trey's team was up first...
                                                  That's Trey kicking the ball...

and he's heading off again. The much shouted phrase by many a parent from the sideline is, "Follow the Ball"! And he did!
During one of the quarter breaks, the sweat pants came off, things were getting heated in more ways than one on the field!
Pensive? Tired? Wondering what snack is going to be at the end of the game?
Wounds of the warrior...slide tackles can leave grass burns....
Serious stuff this soccer!

A move to another field...some warm up time on the field and next up is Peter!
One of the really sweet moments of the day took place on this field. As one of the girl players on Peter's team came running onto the field one of the other girl teammates burst out in giggles and went running towards that happy teammate. They both erupted in giggles and hugs. Sheer joy in seeing a good friend. We should all keep that in our hearts!
There was a lot of time and energy spent on the field with this age group. Just not a lot of game plan is needed. Lots of atta boy/girl were heard from the coach...
Peter scored TWO goals this day...
High Fives!
Thank you dear other boys of Fall...we had a lovely morning!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Victory For LSU about the Clash of the Titans! It was a veritable slug fest of a game. Two very evenly matched had kickers, thank you very much Messieurs Alleman and Wing!

Thank you for a very enjoyable evening, yes edge of my seat, night of football. Congrats 'Bama fans, your team was excellent. Nice to win to such champions...

Geaux Tigers! Roll Tide...but whew...thankfully and by the hairs of our chinny chin chin...

this game was an LSU win!

And Mr Rick Watson, 'Bama fan extraordinaire...always the Southern gentleman... acknowledged LSU's win last night in my comments section in the previous post. Merci Mr Watson, merci!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Edge of My Seat

Number 2 Alabama vs Number 1 LSU...TONIGHT! I'll be on the edge of my seat, and hopefully enjoying the telecast. That is what's so wonderful about these mega never know how it's going to turn out. For my money, I'm hoping my home team wins. Geaux Tigers!

Have fun tonight if you tune in. Remember, it's just a football game. OR NOT! 

And then as most sporting events seem to have created all the world's cliches...
There's Always Next Year...

Here's hoping the coach for LSU, Les Miles aka 'The Mad Hatter' pulls another victory out of his hat! Next year is a longggg time away!
Let the game begin~

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Little Bit of This A Little Bit of That

I know, I know Halloween was in October and it is now NOVEMBER. I am not responsible for how long it takes SOME of my children to send photographs of my grandkids all costumed and gussied up and ready to roll for Halloween. I might interject at this point, I STILL DON'T HAVE A PHOTO OF LILY AS A BUMBLEBEE. Not to belabor a point...

Happily I do have photographs of Trey and Peter. Please enjoy...
My Rodeo Cowboy and Batman:

And a photograph of Peter as Batman in his Batmobile...PS It was a rainy Halloween in NC!
My oldest son Steve Jr., proud parent of Trey and Peter handing out Halloween candy...
Thus you have a little bit of This...

Now for a little bit of That...

I feel I may have mislead a few of my very thoughtful readers by a comment I left on ThisIsMe's blog about my back.

 I didn't have surgery on my back...I had a procedure that I have every now and then known as a 'trans-lateral lumbar steroid epidural injection'. Not in my top ten list of things to do in my spare time, but a necessity to keep walking...

So thank you everyone for your sweet comments and concern. I'm doing okay and hope NOT to be having any back surgeries matter what is suggested. Hear that good Dr's????

And for those who may be interested...RICK/JILDA...the Alabama vs LSU game is this Saturday evening. I'll be wearing my purple and gold, dining on Tiger Bait and pulling for LSU! Geaux Tigers!!! Roll Tide...
Hopefully Sunday will be a day of celebration around these here parts...if not congrats to my 'Bama friends!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Petticoat Weddings

I am really going to date myself with this posting as petticoats went the way of poodle skirts, saddle shoes and sock hops many years ago! I was reminiscing earlier this morning about how my sisters and I used to play for hours with each other. No tv was required, no dvd's no parental supervision. 

We'd break out our petticoats and start layering. We'd pull our petticoats up to our arm pits and then continue down from there, layering as we went. It was our attempt to create what we felt was the perfect wedding gown. We wore strapless wedding gowns before they were in fashion...Then we'd find the petticoat with the greatest amount of tulle and place it over our head as a wedding veil.  We giggled and laughed and practiced walking down the aisle, humming Here Comes The Bride as we walked! I don't remember when we quit playing that way, but it sure is a vivid and happy memory!

We'd also practice walking while balancing books on our heads. It was supposed to help you learn to walk with style and grace. I am smiling now as I don't know why it was supposed to do that, but my Mom had a way of creating fun while spending no money just telling a story and then letting us use our imagination. We were often practicing for our runway walks for Miss America. We'd take turns piling the books on our heads competing to see who could carry the most and walk the farthest without dropping a book. Silly girls; loads of fun.

So a silly post today...just going for a stroll with my petticoat down memory lane...

Thanks for obliging my sentimental journey! Hope you spend some time taking a sentimental journey of your own...I know I've a reader or two that grew up in my generation...female readers. Does anyone else out there remember playing petticoat wedding? And if you are of the male persuasion and played petticoat wedding, I'm not here to judge...