A Moonlight Walk on Tybee Island

Saturday morning Bill was up and out of the house bright and early, dressed for another run. All the races he participates in are usually benefiting a charity or cause of some sort. This day’s run is to raise money for the Treutlen House. (click on the link or the photo below to read more about this).

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I, half thought of going. Yeah. Half. I want to go on a 5k; to walk, not run, but haven’t yet. The last one I signed up for was the Gulfstream 5k, but after short work of a really long drive home from Wisconsin, I was not up to hauling my behind out of bed the next day to go walking around Gulfstream. This one I wanted to do because I have started walking regularly, even though I’m only a week in to this regimen, and because it was set in a beautiful area full of nature and trees, not just a sweaty jaunt on asphalt blocking traffic.

But I didn’t go.

Mary and I had hair appointments at 11:30, that had been made in advance, to get our hair cut. For Mary it was to be for easier manageability for work, not having to wind her extremely long, full hair into a bun every day so as not to find it in every inch of Arby’s; for me it was to cut mine as short as possible without being labeled bald so I don’t have long, stringy, grey, dripping with sweat hair every time I go our for my walk. It’s too short to put up; too long to not be a nightmare.

But.

Our hairstylist first postponed, then canceled our appointments. Sick baby. No problem. Much more important than hair. See you next week.

The day went by with Mary getting up early for no reason other than recuperate from closing all week at work and cuddling with her pups. I worked on laundry, Bill worked in the yard and by evening we were all ready to do something.

We decided on a moonlight walk at Tybee.

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Isn’t that a beautiful picture? Gorgeous!

I didn’t take it.

Nope. Stole it off the internet.

Here’s the disclaimer: This is NOT my photo. I could not find the owner’s name. Stole it from here: http://visittybee.com/

Here’s mine.

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You can see why I had to steal one.

For reference, this is a picture of the moon. Duh. The pier and waves. In the dark. Love my iPhone. Wish I could learn how to use it better.

The walk was good, though. It was still absurdly hot, but the breeze on the beach was refreshing. Tybee was still jumping this hot Saturday in August with vacationers on the beach and in the bars.

Many families were out enjoying the breeze. We found children sitting in the sand, carefully guarded by adults, as the waves gently rolled onto shore. One man was trying his luck with a metal detector searching for lost treasure in the sand. We just enjoyed the walk along the edge of the water, feet wet in the warm ocean waves.

We didn’t stay long, but just enough to relax and wash away the sticky, humid air that had filled the day. As we left the temperature at a quarter after ten was still a stupid 86 degrees, but we had a good little getaway from the house.

We returned home to find the puppy had not (yet) eaten any furniture, washed the sand from our feet and went to bed.

It was a good stroll.

How to Keep a Lab Quiet?Please Advise

It’s taking this old mom some time to adjust to our routine these days. Mary is working nights a lot, much to her dismay, and she doesn’t get home until the wee hours of the morning.

My mom instincts are still intact. I ask her to text me when she’s on her way home. I hear the text and respond most nights, then I’ll wake up later and see the lights downstairs are out. I know she’s home.

Bill worked nights many years ago, when Dayna was just little and I always worried we would wake him up, but he never admitted we did if he happened to stumble out into the kitchen. He was usually just hungry.

Now that Mary is sleeping during the day I worry again. Instead of a toddler running around I now have two giant Labradors that like to race up and down the stairs, full throttle, tails banging the walls as they wag and thump all the way up… or down.

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Makes for an interesting day.

I haven’t figured out how to get some things done since they’re noisy, like vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, and such things, but it’s not like I’m broken hearted over that.

I haven’t put any pictures together in a scrapbook for such a long time! I want to remedy that. I started putting some together yesterday, but it was so hard! Every time I start working on albums after a long time it takes me forever to get back into the swing of it.

But, here’s a start!

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Starting out with a layout of my dear friend’s birthday!

I recently got the Soiree Collection from Creative Memories and had to use it for this special layout!

(Click on the picture to go to my Creative Memories page and see all the lovely papers!)

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I’m going to go work on that layout now and decide when I’m going for a walk. It’s a walk day. It’s August.

Bullet Journal Band Wagon

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When I first started forgetting to remember things calendars became a big part of my life. Had to write things down for the house, for the girl’s school activities, Bill’s out of town work and, of course, those horrific bills we all have to pay.

I started with writing things on the hanging calendars full of pretty scenery or cute puppies, but I soon learned there was just not enough room to keep track of everything.

Then came the calendar books, the journals with more room to write, ponder and project future events.

Ran out of room there, too, and they would end up being a jumbled mess of things I needed to remember to not forget. And where did I write that? Was it last month or three months back?

Who knew.

Then earlier this year while perusing Pinterest I stumbled across Bullet Journaling. I looked at this and pondered over that, following link after link after link. First I was intrigued by the original format that you can find at the Original Bullet Journal website. Then after following Pinterest links for the better part of an afternoon and seeing all the ways artistic things were added, I decided that I would give it a go.

As you follow links on Pinterest you will find hundreds upon hundreds of absolutely beautiful, quite extraordinary bullet journals with the most perfectly hand-written labels and notes. Very inspiring! You’ll love them so much you’ll want a bullet journal that looks just like all those perfect screen shots of all those talented calligraphers.

I know I did.

I also know that, even though everyone tells me they love my handwriting, my bullet journal will be messy, garbled and full of things that are just what I need to remember not to forget.

So, take heart. Bullet Journaling is the best way to keep your calendar, notes, musings, doodles and whatever else you need to remember not to forget.

Here are a couple of pages from my Bullet Journal.

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The most important page in the Journal is the Index. This is where you keep track of what is on what page.

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This is my Month-at-a-Glance page where I can see the whole month, well, at a glance. I don’t always have my weekly pages set up early, so I can jot down any future appointments on here right away.

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I even noted my when I started the journal in case I forgot.

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I had watched a video of a stencil technique and had to play with some hearts here on the page. There are some doodles and other miscellaneous items that happened to land here. The days are stamped here, but they aren’t always. Sometimes they are hurriedly scribbled out when time doesn’t allow. That’s okay. Some pages are doodled, some stamped, some just scratched out. I love that about this!

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Lists, lists and more lists! I make a lot of lists. These two pages are marked with a ribbon topped paper clip so I can find it easily, even though it is written in the Index, as well. The left side is used several times a month as I tick off the bills paid. I drew a quick grid for the months and listed the bills in order of when they are due so I can see those little check marks easily each month and see if I’ve forgotten anything. Although a lot of things are paid each month automatically, I always make sure they came out of the bank and check them off.

There are more check marks on the left page than the right; haven’t gotten to many books I want to read yet. When I do come across a title I want to check out I will jot it down, though, because, otherwise, I will not remember.

Here are a couple links that are my favorite:

The Lazy Genius Collective

I Love, Love, Love all her information on Bullet Journaling! Check it out, book mark it and refer to it regularly until you have an idea about how your journal works for you.

Boho Berry is also a happy favorite of mine! She has oodles and oodles of information, inspiration and decoration on her site. Again, take a look and be sure to book mark that page.

And of course, the all inclusive, time draining, black hole of Pinterest has SO many places to see all about Bullet Journaling.

If you’re not sure if this is something that would work for you, this is a perfect time to give it a shot. Grab any old notebook that you’re comfortable with and try it for the last three months of this year. If it works, you’ll love it for next year! If it doesn’t work, well, there is lots of time to go browse all those pretty calendars at the mall still.

Let me know what you think!

(the comment button is at the top left of the post. i don’t know why. it just is.)

Off to South Carolina!

Well, we were off.

We’re home now.

We headed out Friday morning, Bill and I, to South Carolina to help some dear friends move. I knew they were going to move, but never remembered when exactly. One day I threw out a text to her and found out they had not moved yet and when I heard the details later, plans were made, Bill took Friday off, and we were off that Friday morning to haul boxes and furniture with them.

We’ve been friends since their youngest and our oldest were in high school together and they have helped us move a few times. We were due to return the favor. Especially since one has a broken finger and the other has a broken foot. Those facts don’t keep them from doing a whole hell of a lot, but moving furniture really shouldn’t be done alone with those tiny details staring them in the face.

We had a nice drive up, it’s not terribly far from Savannah. We arrived at the house just after they had gone to pick up the truck, so we were set to work.

Can I just say that it was hot? I mean HOT! Damn HOT!! Not only because it’s summer in the South, but because the whole country is presently in the oven with the dial turned way up! But we had two coolers of water and Gatorade and we just tried not to think about it too terribly much.

The guys were in it more than Debbie and I and I only felt a bit guilty throughout the weekend. Bill is more used to the heat than anyone else since he seems to like to go for his run in the summer heat, a fact that I really have quit trying to understand. I nag about it a little, but he takes his water and takes it easy, so he runs in the heat.

Two of our friends grandchildren were there for a visit and we had a great time getting to know them again. The grandson is 10 now and the last time we saw him, he was about 2! Bill and I had great fun regaling him with stories of him as a toddler. He is growing into a smart, handsome young man. And is big sister is a beauty! So sweet and smart! The two of them went all out with everything they were asked to do over the weekend.

Their new house is cute! It needs a little tender loving care, as most do.

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Bright and early Saturday morning we were up and ready to go, left our hotel and had a bite to eat before the day began.

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Saturday was also Bill’s birthday, so the kids and I ran out to the store and picked up a cake so we could enjoy a little birthday celebration during the moving party!

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We ended up having the cake on Sunday afternoon. Saturday was long and it was kind of late by the time we wrapped things up for the night. But the cake was delicious! Publix won me over big time in the cake department.

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With promises of another birthday celebration at home with Mary, I think Bill didn’t mind one bit about his little ol’ 60th birthday!

And this couple here enjoyed a few minutes of together time over their piece of cake.

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They look serious here, but I missed the shot of them sharing a bite of cake and looking at each other like they were two teenagers with a first crush. They are an amazing couple. Love them dearly.

And, no, Mountain Dew was not the drink of choice to go with the cake. It was just there on the table. I hope.

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I had to take pictures of this beautiful plant! The plants were the last to be brought over, of course, and this one is so stunning! It made the trip safely and I’m sure it will love its new home.

Bill and I got home to Savannah Sunday evening and had a nice night with Mary and the dogs. From the recliners. In front of the TV. Until our heads hit the pillows. Early.