Who Wants to go to London?

Well, we all do, right?

But more importantly, my cousin’s daughter wants to go to London! (So she’s my 2nd cousin? I don’t know. It’s family.)

Go here to read about it…. Yes! Right now! Click on that link! Or this one>>>HERE

Stacie has been busting her mom butt raising money to afford her daughter this awesome opportunity for months! Deadlines are coming quickly and we in the Anthony house are trying to give a helping hand.

You can donate on her GoFundMe page (from that link up there…. that one you should have looked at already) or visit my Etsy Store and see if there is some Colorful Crochet Goodness you just have to have! Shop! Browse! Christmas is coming!

(I will be adding items as I finish all the details! Madly taking pictures and posting items! So CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY!)

If nothing catches your eye, please share this with everyone you know! Get on FaceBook! Instagram! SnapChat! Email! Call a friend! Text someone!

We need to get them to London.

Here are some links for you.

Go Fund Me

Memories In The Making My Etsy Shop

My Facebook Page

All sales from my Etsy Shop will be donated to Stacie.

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Thank you for reading and sharing!!

How can she be 19 already?

September came here to Savannah with Hurricane Hermine.

It flew off the Gulf Coast and swirled across our area with all it’s wind and rain, thankfully, leaving us with no damage around our home unlike many in it’s path.

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Mary turned 19 on the 2nd and, along with my many confused thoughts of unbelief, she stepped into this new age with beauty and grace, as she does with many things.

“How can this be?” I asked myself many, many times as the day approached. “She was just this little girl with curly, blonde hair, just a few days ago, right?”

Time flies and they grow up so fast.

The birthday question lingered in my thoughts for quite a few months. What should we do? Her 18th was shadowed with heartache and grief, but again, as is her way, she let it go by and worried more about how I was doing after the death of Pat.

I was determined to do something special this year. I wanted to do something big. Something she really, really wanted. I wanted to please her. I wanted her to remember this day this year with fondness.

Of course, things don’t work out as I plan. Nothing big happened. No great adventure was in the schedule.

But time.

Precious time was available and we spent it together, the three of us and a special friend.

This made the day special. Time with my youngest daughter who has quickly left all the ‘little girl’ behind (except maybe watching Scooby Doo)  and becoming such a confident, loving young woman. A young woman, like her sister, who is too smart for the world’s own good, who does her best no matter how frustrating it may be, who gives her all no matter how long and hard the list is and always lets me know, in one way or another, just how she loves me and her dad.

So here are some moments from Mary’s 19th birthday! I loved every minute of it.

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She had to work on Friday, but was home early enough to enjoy some paper shredding. There were three boxes waiting for her on the dining room table when she got home. After dinner she got to see what was inside.

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Mary loves all things ‘elephant’ so she was happy with this little trinket tray with a cute elephant on top.

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She’d been looking at this jewelry stand for a long time, but didn’t want to spend the money on it every time she had it in her hands. It always found itself back on the store shelf before we left. This was great for me, because I finally got back to the store by myself, snatched it up, and hid it until her birthday. Then I would silently chant, ‘don’t buy it. don’t buy it.’ every time she looked at it again while we were shopping together.

I found a really cute necklace with a Lab pendant, which she’s wearing in the picture, and a cute sign for her wall in a dog theme, that rounded out the evening of gifts. Nothing flashy. Nothing too expensive. Just things I knew (hoped) she would love to have.

I think her most favorite thing for her birthday, though, was our house guest!

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Our friend, Melissa, came to visit before her weekend with her sister! We hadn’t had any Melissa time in quite a while and we were all happy to have her here to share Mary’s birthday. The two of them were off and chattering about all the things they’d been doing since the last time they’d seen each other. It was a wonderful thing to hear around the house. Of course the visit was too short; we could keep Melissa here a lot longer, but more plans are in the works to spend more time with her in the future.

I had fun taking pictures of these two! It was adorable. Melissa is telling her all about how she took pictures for me and I snapped away, capturing the joy that is apparent on both of them with their laughter and happy faces.

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(Neither of you better yell at me for posting these, either!)

The next girl in line for Mary pictures was Maddie.

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I don’t think Ellie would pose like this. She needs some practice.

Soon after we were on our way to find some dessert. The air had gone out in the house throughout the week and there really was no way I was going to turn the oven on to bake a cake. Besides, when the birthday girl is an awesome baker, it’s kind of daunting to present her with a box birthday cake.

Besides, she really wanted to go to the Schnitzel Shack for Black Forest Cake, but, alas, with the storm, they were not open. She was even willing to go to Dairy Queen, but they were closed, too! So we headed across the street to see how busy Chili’s was on this Friday night right after a storm.

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It looked busier than it was, so we got a table and enjoyed some birthday dessert.

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We stopped at Sam’s Club where Mary picked up her own birthday present. She’s been working a while, paying her car payment and saving money, so she decided to treat herself to a new, HUGE, television. Of course, we had to give her a hard time about it being bigger than the one in the living room, but she was so happy to be able to buy something with her own earned money. As hard as she’s been working, she certainly deserves to spoil herself.

Happy 19, Mary! I hope it was a happy one.

Study Buddies & Denim Blues

Creative Memories has a couple new, awesome albums out this month! I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Even though my girls are out of school, I have tons of school pictures to get in albums along with all the school events, school friends and band pictures to do!

(from the email I rec’d from Creative Memories)

Introducing Study Buddies

 

This new Collection will have Moms everywhere doing a happy dance. First day pics, friends, activities, report cards…all will look fabulous against Study Buddies’ friendly colors and designs.

The Collection includes: 12×12 foiled bookcloth Fast2Fab Album, Predesigned Refill Pages, Paper Pack, Slide-In Pack, Stickers and Embellishments.

You’ll also have a Bundle with a complete Fast2Fab, Embellishments, Black Pen & Tape Runner…plus savings!

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Here is everything that is new this month! Creative Memories is back and is staying strong! I am so glad.

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You can find everything on my website! Click on this picture of the new cardstock colors and it will take you right there!

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Missing Mom

It’s been a year since that frozen moment in the Atlanta airport waiting for my connection home. It was expected. I knew it was coming. It still brought me to my knees.

My phone rang and I saw who was calling, my phone dangling from the cord where it was charging after my first flight toward home, in the middle of the airport near the gate I needed to make it back to Savannah.

I’d flown to Sacramento because Pat was in the hospital after falling at home early one morning. The call was frantic. The details filling up my head, my head spinning, my surroundings blurring in a wave of confusion and disbelief.

The racking sobs and realization that by the time I got to California, she may be gone.

But she wasn’t.

Days filled with doctors and teeter-totter details. Preparing for rehab for an injured back, then preparing for comfort care.

Trying to stay in the back ground because this wasn’t my real mom by birth or legality. Not knowing my place. Feeling, more now than ever, that it wasn’t my place. I wasn’t part of the family. I was there for others.

But in the airport when she said, ‘She’s gone.’ the loss was great. So much more than when my real mom died so many years ago. The childhood loss of a mother in such a dysfunctional setting was devasting, but different.

This loss was the end of the connection to a mother who saved me in young adulthood; who saved the life of my unborn child; who led me through those years of struggle, gave me guidance, accepted me for who I was and the choices I’d made. This was the loss of my girl’s grandmother.

I knew it was coming. I knew she didn’t want us there in the room when she left. She managed to make her journey back to her beloved husband how she wanted, but I was devastated to not be holding her hand; to not see her eyes one more time.

But I know she is okay now.

I have a short flight home to compose myself.

I missed my daughter’s 18th birthday.

But I use all the love and lessons I learned from Pat; her love for her children, her love of life, her ability to give so much without knowing how much she gave.

She never believed she literally saved my life.

But she did.

I love you, Pat! I will see you again.

 

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.

Saturday Drive

Bill and I took off Saturday morning to go check out another Georgia State Park. We were on our way to General Coffee State Park, looking forward to driving down some roads we haven’t been on before. We left Mary home with the dogs to sleep until her shift at work. Off just the two of us again? Twice in one month! Unheard of.

I had printed directions to the park, but also punched in the address to OnStar (Love OnStar, by the way) and off we went. The route took us through Hinesville and Jessup. Once through Jessup we were on roads untraveled.

The scenery was quite what I expected, nothing too terribly different except for there was very little traffic on these little highways and that is always a good thing. We read street signs and billboards and poked fun at some; always a good road trip game.

The new Equinox took the trip like a champ. I’m getting used to using the Eco button along with the cruise control to save gas. Although it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that we had on the Cruze, it’s still fun to drive. I do miss the back up camera the Cruze had. You could see all the way around cars parked next to you in a parking lot. The Equinox has a camera, also, but without the extra side views.

We made it to the park with no trouble. It’s just outside Douglas, Georgia. We first drove the whole length of the park, checking out the campsites (not that we will be doing that anytime soon), the cabins (this may be a possibility), and the Heritage Farm.

It was hot, of course, so we didn’t venture out on the nature trails, but took a leisurely walk around the lake.

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There were not too many people inhabiting the park, so it was pretty peaceful. A gathering of some sort was going on at one shelter, gearing up for some sort of celebration.

We strolled through the Heritage Farm where the most activity were the roosters making some noise, apparently ratting out the two who seemed to escape the pen.

Flew the coup!

At first we thought the chickens and roosters were the only animals to view here, but then we saw this little guy lounging in an empty flower bed or feeding trough. I don’t know what it was, but he thought it was comfortable.

No food for you, sorry

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Lounging in a planter.

I know he was hoping we had something for him to nibble on, but I broke the news gently that he was out of luck.

We left him with his disappointment and headed for the path around the lake and came upon these little cuties!

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They were sniffling and snorting around in the mud, enjoying the shade and not giving us the time of day.

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There were some horses in a pasture beyond the pigs, but I couldn’t really get a good picture of them.

We continued around the lake and stopped on a little bridge to take this picture of us.

Selfie of us!

And off we went.

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Let me just say, the air conditioning in the Equinox works really well.

We fired it up and headed to Douglas to see what there was to see and find some lunch. In days past we would have packed a lunch and found a shady spot at the park, but these days the heat, humidity and bugs that abound makes a restaurant much more appealing.

We came upon a cute little pizza and sandwich shop right in the middle of town and stopped in to give it a try. It was really good! I forgot to take a picture. Sorry.

But outside the window I noticed something and I had to take a picture. If you’re at all familiar with the computer game SIMs, I thought this might be a hidden gem.

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The house is awesome! Love it! Until I read the sign.

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Now we know where the SIMs people go when you don’t take care of them.

We found two things that made me stop and go back and grab a picture.

This is an awesome little bank!

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And this barn somewhere on the way to Douglas.

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Wished the election signs weren’t there. I hate election signs.

All in all we had a really fun day! We got home just in time to see Mary before she headed off to work!

Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoyed our little trip!