Tuesday, April 21, 2015

wonderful things.....

I have reached the age where I know exactly what I like.
A diversion.....

I love having really good hand soap
at my fingertips.
So many times a day I wash my hands.
Why not let it be an experience
of exotic smells and soothing softness?
makes wonderful, all natural
 hand and body products.

For years and years I have used this
big chunk of  
olive ~ lavender soap that is made in France.
Bubba always says to me,
"You smell so good."
Could there ever be a better compliment
from your husband?

The little purple soap on top is 
lavender ~ travel size.
They didn't have the olive ~ lavender in the small size.
That will be tucked away in my suitcase
 for our trip tomorrow.

But O, this best of the best...
It caught my eye.
I picked it up ~ I put it down.
I said, "No Cathy, you don't need that."
A pink leather journal
filled with fresh ~ never written on pages
just waiting for the first word.
It came home with the soap in a fancy bag filled with tissue paper.
You know how I love words.....
It had to be.

Wonderful things ~
sometimes its that kind of day.

speaking of days....
It was a perfect 10 in Savannah, Georgia.
Not a cloud in the sky,
cool temps,
no humidity.
We don't get many of these....
I'll be in the yard till the sun goes down.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


...sitting on the back porch watching a good storm go by.
Lightning and thunder and wind....
this one was top notch!

My flash makes it look like the sun is shining.
I forgot to turn it off.

I love this time of year!
The best time to be outside in the yard
planting and weeding,
and making it all look beautiful.

When it gets hot its too late,
but right now it is perfect!

Praying for Archie and David in St. Louis.
This is their eighth trip since January.
Tomorrow the cast comes off.

Also praying for Sarah Kate and Jay in China.
Just imaging
what it will be like when they see
little Max for the first time.

So nice to be home, quiet, praying.....
 enjoying the beauty
 of our backyard.

God is merciful and kind, 
full of love and compassion,
always ready to forgive and cleanse our hearts.
He hears our prayers,
He inclines His ear to us.
He loves us with a pure love.
We have His very own personal book that He gave to us....
every day it is full of new truth,

"God gives rain on the earth...."
Job 5:10

Saturday, April 18, 2015

happy birthday cam #5

We sure did enjoy your party!
The monster truck cake that your mommy made was delicious.

We had hamburgers and hot dogs cooked on the grill.
So delicious!

The bounce house was a surprise for everyone.

You sure are a cute 5 year old!

Your granddaddy fixed a monster burger.

You got lots of presents to open and enjoy.

Your friends and family enjoyed your party so much!

Friday, April 17, 2015

she was......

......my matron of honor,
Sandra Splawn Rushing.

We've been friends since forever.
We met at church when we were teenagers
and have been running around together ever since.
Also, we both met our husbands, 
Robert and Bubba, 
there at the church too.

When we graduated from high school,
we both went to college to become schoolteachers. 
All during college, we double-dated
and were more or less 

She and Robert
 got married almost a year before 
Bubba and I tied the knot.
We had so much fun with all of the parties and the weddings,
 first hers, and then we did it all over again with mine.
After we got married,
we taught school and played house.
We traveled some and we were at each others house constantly.

We had babies together too.
We were pregnant at the same time
and we birthed our last babies
only three weeks apart.
This is David and Kellie.... 

I took her out to lunch today to celebrate her birthday.
We looked at each other and said,
"We've been together a long time and we are still going."

We are grandmothers together now.
We talk about silly things,
our kids
and the grandchildren that fill our days with delight.
We might mention our aches and pains
but we don't camp there long.
Mostly we count our blessings 
and thank God that we are still friends.

Happy Birthday Sandy!!
It's been a whirl!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

lovely things....

....handmade by God.

A vase of tulips 
sitting on an antique table.

A late afternoon thunderstorm
making our grass so green and shimmery.

Sunlight shining through a window
casting shadows in the room.

Raspberries and blackberries
sitting on the counter
in moma's crystal berry bowl.

The ocean....
I never get over it.
I think there is salt water in my soul.

When I come upon it from afar,
I whisper to myself,
"There it is."

The ocean literally excites me 
every time I see it

Bubba said this to me the other day....
"When I die I know what you will do the next day.
You will go out
 and buy a cottage right next to the ocean
and you will spend the rest of your days hanging there
loving every minute."

Without a pause I said back to him,
"You know me so well."

Thanking God tonight
 for all of His beautiful works of art.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

way back....

I've been looking at our wedding pictures some this week.
There is so much in this one photo.

First of all,
this was our first home on 36th Street.
Year ~ 1970.
Look at the wallpaper
and the little paneled room off the back of the house
that once was a screened in porch.
We had hardwood floors
and I don't know where the table and chairs came from.

You all know how I love to throw a good dinner party.
Yes, now I have a small closet just for my tablecloths and runners. :)

this was the beginning, folks.
Evidently I had cooked up a roast and gravy
and who knows what else,
we are eating off of our very fine china.
drinking out of real crystal goblets,
and we had gorgeous,
authentic silver 
to lift whatever I had cooked to our mouths.
There is a yellow rose in a silver goblet,
and silver candlesticks.

I look a little stiff and uncomfortable in that dress.
I think my Hodie had made it for me.
It was covered with daises.
I wonder if I cooked that whole meal dressed like that?
Maybe that's why I look sad.
Looks like only the two of us will be eating.
How sweetly romantic!

I've come a long way.
I can serve 30 now easily,
(with a little help from my friends.)

What fun to write about 
"the beginnings."

This may be our first Anniversary
now that I think about it,
(no date on back.)

Bubba and I are having a romantic dinner tonight by the way.....
hamburgers cooked on the grill
on this beautiful spring
I think we will eat on the porch
and I will definitely light
a candle.

Monday, April 13, 2015

the bell

I asked Bubba to take me to
 Trader Joe's yesterday afternoon before we left to come home.
I am definitely not an environmental wacko....
I just like several different kinds of cookies they sell.
I also drool over their cut flowers.

when I went to check out amid all of the
environmental wackos that WERE shopping there,
I inadvertently pushed my cart on the wrong side of the register.
To cover up my stupidity in this fast paced sea of environmental wackos 
who knew exactly what side of the register to push their buggies, 
I blurted out,
"Sorry, I'm a new customer."

Now, I've shopped at many other Trader Joe's in all of our travels,
In fact, I had been in that store two times previously.
But it didn't make any difference to the cashier.
All she heard was "NEW CUSTOMER."
In the next split second,
she was ringing a huge and extremely loud bell,
deafening me and sending me into shock.
All at once everybody in the store started clapping and yelling.
Not only did I feel stupid,
but my stupidity was called out to the store.
I was humiliated.
I couldn't wait to get out.

But, there was more....
she proudly awarded to me 
 one of the environmental wackos' shopping bags.

Bubba was waiting outside of the store.
The minute he saw my bag of cookies he accused me
of buying an 
an environmental wacko shopping bag
and he berated me for it.

All I wanted was to get in our ten year old van and head for home.
The cookies are delicious though.
Well worth the trouble.