Monday, January 16, 2017

Cliff said.....



At the end of church service yesterday, the pastor asked the congregation to have a seat. He explained that a very lovely couple had celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last week and that they wanted to renew their wedding vows, today, in front of family and church friends. Oh fun! I was excited.

The pianist began playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D and then the lovely couple began walking hand in hand down the aisle. As they approached the pastor, he had them join him at the pulpit. He gave a brief history of their lives for the past 40 years and then proceeded to have them repeat their wedding vows. I couldn’t help but smile because you could see the love and happiness this couple was experiencing. And at the end..they kissed! So Sweet!

Sitting there, I already knew that Cliff would say something about it after church. So, I decided ahead of time what my response would be. I wanted to shock him, no wait…...I wanted to scare the bejeebies out of him. HaHa!

Sure enough, we were walking to the car and Cliff said, “I didn’t know I would be going to a wedding, today.” Without batting an eye, I said, “We are so doing that when we’ve been married 40 years”.  And just as soon as I got the words out of my mouth....Cliff said, “Pffft”.  

Backfired!

It didn’t even phase him. I can never get one up on him. LOL!!


Laurie

Monday, January 9, 2017

If You Love The Outdoors…


Hey there! How’s everybody? I trust you all had a great Christmas and a happy beginning of the New Year.

 
We had a great Christmas. Both of our children were able to be at home with us this year. Times like these are rare these days and I really love them. I’m not going to bore you with Christmas pictures and such, but I do want to show you a few pictures taken on our day after Christmas. If you love the outdoors, like we do, then you take a walk in the woods. And then there’s this one of Cliff cooking our Christmas steaks outside over an open fire. Since we went traditional at Thanksgiving, we decided to part from the norm at Christmas. Yes, we had steaks and all the fixins to go with them. Delish!

Our walk in the woods was so fun and beautiful and peaceful. We may even make it a tradition. I mean, when you have a child as active as Whitney and a husband who would love to just live in the woods or swamps, then you conform. It wasn’t hard at all. I love it, too. Not the swamps…just the woods. Especially, when there are no snakes out.

 
And then after the New Year, specifically this past weekend, there was the promise of snow. Accumulation was expected to be about 3”. For the south, that’s nearly paralyzing. Well, that didn’t happen. We had a trace…I don’t even know if it was enough to measure. But to this snow loving woman, it was beautiful. I stared and gazed and was mesmerized for the two whole hours that it snowed. Ha!

This week, I’m working on my goals for 2017. They include health, organizing, new plantings, crafting, and such. I’ll probably share. Stay tuned.

Hoping you all have a great New Year!
Laurie

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wild Watermelons


Last summer, there was a logging outfit cutting down trees on a piece of property just down the road from us. After the loggers cut all the trees down, they left an empty field....or so we thought. But as usual, once the trees are gone, weeds and plants that lay dormant for years, come to life. This field became covered in a pretty yellow flower called Birdsfoot Trefoil. It's a perennial wildflower that grows well in poor soil conditions. I'm not sure if the logging company planted them or if they just popped up from the soil being churned up. Anyway, I would ride by there and admire the flowers that bloomed for nearly a month or more, it seems. The blooms have withered and died now and all that's left are the seed pods.  

 
But just the other day, as I drove by, I thought I saw something that looked like a watermelon. I hit the brakes and did a double take. Sure enough, growing right there where there used to be trees, weeds, overgrowth of all sorts, and among the withering Birdsfoot Trefoil, was this big fat watermelon. 



I was telling Cliff about it, so after church yesterday, we stopped to take a look. Lidia and Sawyer was with us and made a bee line straight for it. I handed Sawyer my phone to take some pictures. As it turns out, there was not just one watermelon, but five. We were planning to go on a hike through the woods at a historic Revolutionary War site in Ninety-Six.....so we went home, changed clothes and headed back to pick a watermelon to take with us on the hike. In addition to the big fat ones, there was a little baby one that Sawyer just had to have. So, we picked a fat one and the baby one to take on the hike with us. I tell ya, I'm an constantly amazed at what we find around the lake. 




Our hike was beautiful. There are still some colorful leaves on the trees.


And the pond area was very nice, also.
 

After walking for a couple of miles, we came to this picnic area and decided it was time for a snack.

Cliff cut open the baby watermelon and we all shared it. 

Surprisingly, wild watermelons are.....

 .......oooohhhh so good! 

LOL!!

Laurie

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cliff said.....



Cliff and I went to breakfast yesterday morning. He ordered his usual.......grits, eggs over easy, bacon and white toast with butter. During the meal, I asked him if this was his comfort food. He asked me what that meant and I told him that it was, basically, food that made you feel good. 

Cliff said, "That sounds like a bunch of psyche stuff, I don't do that."

Ha!!

Laurie

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Early November



Early November foliage is beautiful here in SC. Spending time outside has been glorious. We had our first rain Sunday, since Hurricane Matthew came through in early October. The air is cool and crisp. 

I went exploring this morning. There's a trail about 20 miles from our house that I've been wanting to check out. 

The main trail is a gravel road....you can bike, hike, run or horse back ride there.


It was gorgeous! I'm definitely going back with my mountain bike. 

I came upon this horse farm that bordered the trail and just had to sit there for a minute or two to swoon over the pasture and barn in the distance.....the horse was cute, too.

Early November, back at home..... 

The sauerkraut is ready, or so I thought. The first few bites were so delicious, but then when I jarred it, I noticed that the kraut wasn't as soft as it should be. I must have eaten the part that had fermented quicker than the other. It is still delicious, but just not as soft as it should be and I may have used a little too much salt. I can remedy that part by rinsing it. After jarring the sauerkraut and putting it in the refrigerator, I decided to sit one of the pints out for a few more days to see if it will continue to ferment.  This was my first try and I've learned a lot. I will make it again and again, until I get it perfect. I ordered a sauerkraut crock with a lid and weights to hold the cabbage down. I'm so excited to try another batch soon....

I'm loving the colors of my new cushions and pillows for the chaise lounges on the upper deck. The fire pit is to the left of this picture. We were planning to have a fire there the other night, but got busy raking and burning leaves. By the time we finished and I made dinner, I was too tired to go back outside.  There will be plenty of time for a fire.  

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving. Mama will be spending it with us again this year. Emily, Matt and the children will be with us, too. I'll be cooking up a storm. I have so many things to be thankful for this year....I hope I can always feel this sense of gratitude for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me and my family.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, also, spending it with the ones you love.

Laurie

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Our Sweet Girl

 Lidia as Cleopatra..............Sawyer as a Greaser

Let me just tell you that Cliff and I have been blessed beyond measure with the sweetest grandchildren. Lidia and Sawyer are the best natured children you'll ever see and they are best friends. They look out for each other and want to spend their time with each other. That's rare and it really warms my heart.  I love them!


A Lidia Selfie

But, in this season of Thanksgiving, I have to brag on Lidia just a little bit. It dawned on me this morning as I was serving them breakfast. She NEVER fails to thank me for food that I make for her, whether I've cooked a full five-course meal or just a piece of toast. And, she NEVER fails to say Grace. I love her!

We are a blessed LaLa and Papi!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Weekend Scrapbook

  
Lidia and Sawyer like their wet suits. They are able to play in the water, when it's a little too cold. And, they play in the water all day long. We even had lunch on the dock so that they wouldn't have to take too much time out of their play time.


 Lidia likes to make things with mud and clay. Not sure what this is....maybe a pool to contain the minnows she was catching in a net. She, also, likes to make pottery....just like her mama used to do, when she was a little girl.


Sawyer likes to climb trees.....just like his LaLa used to do, when she was a little girl.

And, Cliff likes to watch them play. 

   I like anything in nature.

 Pampas plumes...

 And, colorful Crepe Myrtle leaves.

Happy First Week of November,
Laurie