Sunday, May 31, 2009

~Sleep...Sweet Sleep~

The worst thing in the world is to
try to sleep and not to.

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Now, I do not consider myself a princess...perhaps a queen? Just kidding! However, I do require and expect certain, a roof over my head, clothing....SLEEP!
Why does it elude me night after night?
I've bought the finest high-thread count sheets,
down comforters, featherbeds,
a pillow-top mattress...$$$,
but do I catch any Z's? NO!

I will admit that I stay up too late into the night, but, if I were to slip into bed at a decent hour, I would just lie there, my mind churning over the day's activities and anticipating what will be tomorrow. In the morn, my back aches from tossing and turning, my blue eyes are red-tinged and swollen. Perhaps my love snores? No matter, my ears are oblivious to the sawing - I wear earplugs to bed. So what could the problem be? I cannot shut my mind off once the moon shows it's light. I count sheep - yes, I have done that
and I've counted back from one hundred.

Could I be a creature of the night, coming to life while the world around me slumbers? I think so and I think cat-napping while the sun shines could be my lot in life. But, who can do that?!
No answers - just an endless chase for one perfect night's sleep.

A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water,
and pure sky -
I've thought of all by turns,
and still I lie

~William Wordsworth, "To Sleep"

Life is too short to sleep on
low thread-count sheets.

~Leah Stussy

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Help yourself to a scrumptious pink cupcake and celebrate with us the one year birthday of

Our friend, Beverly, began organizing this group of pink lovers one year ago.
It's been so much fun that it doesn't even seem like a year has passed.
You will find a list of pink posts on her lovely blog.

While in Key West a couple weeks ago, we found some delightful Florida pinks. The first was this darling pink cottage
that I REALLY wanted!

These pink taxis where everywhere!

Maybe not as pink as my, I mean, the pink cottage we saw or those precious pink taxis,
but what could say "Florida" better than these pink flamingos?!



Thursday, May 28, 2009

~My Buddy~

Welcome to Friday's Favorite Family Foto!

You met our grandsons Coy and Andrew a couple weeks ago and you've seen many photos of our granddaughter Kathryn. Have you met our grandson Nicholas? He's my buddy and I often call him that, much to his dismay...I think it embarrasses him just a little. But he knows we are best buddies. I take care of Nick while his mommy and daddy work and when he's not in preschool.

This is Nicholas at around seven months old. I had just given him a bath. Look at those eyes!
All our grandchildren have fair complexions and blue eyes...except for Nicholas. You just cannot ignore those big brown eyes.
He's just like his daddy in looks and personality.My Nicholas was the baby and only boy for two years...then along came his baby boy cousin and he wasn't too thrilled about the whole situation. This photo was taken at the hospital the day little Coy was born. Nicholas stayed right with me until he finally fell asleep on my lap. He didn't want Grandma to hold the new baby.

There have been times when we get into a little trouble at Grandma's the time I was on the phone trying to make a doctor's appointment. This is what I found when I finished my phone call. The day before, because he had been so good, he was allowed to choose a treasure from the treasure box at school.
He chose a stamper with blue ink.

Nicholas is four and a half now...and he doesn't let you forget that "half" part. This photo was taken on his fourth birthday. Isn't he handsome?!
...and growing up so quickly!

I'll be sharing more of Nicholas on Friday's to come, because he's my buddy!

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

~Family Photo from 1914~

Welcome to Favorite Family Foto Friday! If you would like to share one of you favorite family photos,old or new, just post it to your blog, then come back here and sign up with Mr. Linky below. A reference back to this blog wouold be greatly appreciated and will direct your readers to other bloggers sharing their photos.

My picture for this week was taken during the summer of 1914 in Graham, Kentucky - most likely in July or August of that year. The woman holding the two babies is my great grandmother, Susanna. She arrived in this country in 1881 from County Durham, England. The two babies are her grandsons, my father and his twin brother. This is the first photo of the two boys that I know of. I've never found out for sure who the other children are.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

As you read this, I am in Key West! We had to be at the airport at 5:00 A.M. this past Tuesday morning - that meant being up at 4:00 A.M...and I am NOT a morning person! You can bet that I was grumpy that whole day! We flew to Miami, picked up a car and drove to Key West, stopping at the other Keys along the way. We'll be home Monday night, the 18th.

I wanted to share these photos of our "Blue Ridge" boys that daughter mailed to us just before we left on our trip. These two grandsons live in Virginia, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. They live about three hours from us, but I miss them like they live across the country.

These are my favorite family photos for this week. They were taken in April. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

This is our Coy. He'll be three years old in August. Notice how he is 'loving' the duckling? Last year, at the photographer's studio, he threw one! His mommy had to leave the room - she couldn't watch.

Our Andrew will be one year old next month! Looks like he's saying, "Mommy, what are those?"...isn't he sweet?!

Our 'Blue Ridge' boys...I love them bunches and bunches!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

~I'll Be Away For Awhile!

I'm flying to Miami at 6:45 tomorrow morning...have to get up at 4:00! It's going to be a long day! We're picking up a car and driving down to Key West for a week.
I hope you enjoy this video while I'm away and please come back Friday for Favorite Family Foto day! If you would like to participate, please come by on Thursday at 9:00 or after to sign up with Mr. Linky.

The music is None but the Lonely Heart by Tchaikovsky.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

~A little light on Pink~

Due to something that came up, I didn't get to create a new Pink Saturday post for today, so I'm sharing a previous one with you and hope you will enjoy it again.

Candles tend to light up an evening with softness and romance and as we know it adds to the loveliness of us ladies, even as can the color pink. My candelabra was found in SUZANNA'S treasure trove of antiques and shabby goods. It came complete with melted down pink candles - ready to add ambiance and atmosphere to my home.

My darling teacup nightlight with the pink silicone bulb was made by Janet at SHABBYFUFU. She calls these teacup lights NIGHTTEAS. You can find them on her gorgeous website .


Thursday, May 7, 2009

I love you.
You don't know how much I miss you.


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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Get Those Pictures
Out Of The Attic!

Do you know what happens right here every Friday? We have a family album party! Yep, several of us get our albums from the attic, from under the bed, from the back of the closet, download recent photos from our cameras or get out there and take that special family picture just to share with us on Fridays.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

~Parade Pink!~

We went to Myrtle Beach last week just in time for the 15th annual Society of Stranders parade. What? Various clubs from the 'Grand Strand' and from around the state hold shagging competitions and a parade to celebrate. I think everyone in North and South Carolina, for sure, knows what shagging is.You'll see an example in this video. There are shaggers across the United States, but I think only on the east coast you will see it danced to great beach music.

Now here's where the pink comes in...I spotted these two pink cars in the parade and just had to put them in my Pink Saturday post. Aren't they the cutest?!

Check out the back of the VW...see the wind-up key?

Most Carolina girls know how to shag. I shagged in my younger days in high school. After last week, I feel like taking it up again...if these old legs would let me!