Thursday, May 28, 2015

Missing Man

True to military tradition, the Wing Nuts posed a missing-man tribute to our friend Dick D. in the memorial garden after his service on Saturday.

My own Maytag Man represented this group and gave a touching eulogy to Dick at the Celebration of Life service.  No easy task for my guy, but he spoke from the heart, telling lots of complied history, anecdotes,  and insights about our friend.  This was very much appreciated, especially by the family.

Life goes on as usual, at least for us…changed entirely for Helen and family.  They will all still have our collective support and friendship, because that is the way friends are…steadfast through life. 

Sharing and remembering.

Because we care. 

Because we are blessed.

Because life is so darn good!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Some gave all…


Mem Day vs Vet Day

Thanks to ALL who made it possible for us to freely celebrate this day of remembrance.  And thanks to the families who supported these troops.  Freedom is never free.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Celebration of Life

Today we celebrate the life of a great patriot, Dick D., who served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy. His career continued and grew in many ways beyond that initial retirement.

He was a good husband, father, and friend...and a member of the distinguished, local Wing Nuts. This group formed 14 years ago for beer and wings while we gals attended our twice monthly sorority meeting. They helped solve many world problems over the years, so I hear.

The group changed as men moved away, and a few other good men moved in. They are a tight group, requiring an invite to be included in this special camaraderie.

Dick was the oldest member and is the first Wing Nut-ter to die. Even at 85, we didn't have enough time with him. Don't we all feel that way about a loved one?

After the afternoon celebration, the Wing Nuts and spouses will gather here at our home to have a special toast for our good friend. Gone, but never forgotten. Healed at last.

RIP, Chief. We loved you, your quick wit......and bright smile very much. You will be missed.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Blackberry winter

Holy is 45 this morning in Mayberry. I had to shut some windows! Even the water is warmer than the outside temperature, although the sun is slowly burning off the pretty mist.

The locals call this Blackberry Winter, a colloquial expression used in the south and Midwest N America referring to a cold snap that often occurs in late spring when the blackberries are in bloom.

I'm thinking we will have a pretty good crop of blackberries this year! Brrr. KC inspected the deck and came promptly back inside. Smart boy.

Enjoy your fabulous Friday. We sure will. It is the last day of school for all our short folks, with several of them advancing up to another school. Last day of elementary school. Last day of middle school. Slow down, kiddos!!! Y'all are growing up too fast.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015




I doubt that the Shirley Temple curl rolls will ever come back in style.  My mother sure loved playing with my hair waaay back, a very long time ago, giving me a curl here…and a curl there.

Look at those chubby baby cheeks.  They are still here, just older.

Never mind.

Have yourselves a ginger peachy TBT.  Life is good here in Mayberry, y’all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Catching up...

What could be cuter than a tyke in a tutu on a trike? Happy birthday, sweet Eva! This is the gal who calls Joy Grammie. She loved her new ride from Aunt Anna, so there is NO slowing down for this precious child. Zoom, zoom.

Bob and Lynne arrived Sunday night, so that is why I have been missing in blog land. The whole family loves having them here, hence I've been playing BettydamnCrocker (with great help from Lynne and my girls) and feeding the crowds. Love it!

We've toured around the county, visited with friends, shared a little wine, done a little deck sitting, and generally had a fabulous time.

A pontoon boat ride was on the agenda, but we just flat out ran out of time. Hey, y'all come back!

That's how it is with (good) family. We always want them to come back. It also works that way with good friends.

We are mighty blessed. And have the guest room available, which will be ready for occupancy shortly.

Kitties are excluded if you shut the door!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Uptown Funk-y band parody!


Uptown Funk

Our multi-talented UCHS band members have put together an amazing band recruitment video.  We do NOT own the rights to the background tracks.  We just own the rights to love and promote the accomplishments of all these great kids.

Watch all the way to the end for the cute bloopers!  Enjoy:

Cheers and best wishes to all the kids (and the band director, and the band boosters) from Ansley’s Grammie!