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Wow, another February in the books. It was a busy one! Lots of stuff happened–my 37th birthday, our 17th wedding anniversary and lots of other fun stuff! Here is the photographic evidence. πŸ™‚

Brian knows how much I love globes, and he hand-painted this large canvas for me as a birthday gift. SO sweet and I absolutely love it. And him.

On our anniversary, which fell on a Saturday, we just spent the day together having fun. We had a wonderful lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. Then, we went out to Rose Hill for about an hour, just enjoying the sunshine and being in one of our favorite places.

Then we went to Lake Juliette to watch the sun set on 17 years.

Last weekend, we were so excited to be there as Larry got baptized! It was a very special moment and despite Brian getting called out of the sanctuary for work, I was still able to capture it.

He was so happy as he came up out of the water, he threw his fists up in the air and let out a “Whoop!” that got some laughs from the congregation.

Larry and Ginger outside the church afterwards.

What a jam-packed February! March looks to be even busier!

Canada, Stop Breathing On Us!

This month has been the coldest, craziest January that I have ever known. Apparently, the arctic overdosed on some major chill pills and while it was under the influence, a nor’easter took full advantage and together, they had a big, freezing baby that we have affectionately come to know as The Polar Vortex. TPV toddled its way all the way down to the deep south a few weeks ago, causing us to have wind chill temps teetering on the zero line for several days. It was cooooooooollllllddddd for central Georgia, y’all.

So, we hunkered down and dealt with that, thinking, ok, THIS is the major chill we’ll get this winter. Oh, not so. That Polar Vortex was so not done.

Oh, snow it didn’t!!! Yes, it snow did.

We got THREE inches of snow here in Macon! I have never seen that much snow in person, and may not again in my lifetime (not challenging you or anything, TPV). It was crazy. Of course, I took pictures.

And!! I saw today that we may not be done with this freezing, drunken arctic baby. After a brief warmup next week, we may be getting MORE snow! Now that would truly be insane.

That’s A Wrap

What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been! So much awesomeness packed into such little time! I’ll just let the pictures tell the story. The many, many pictures. ;D

A new globe! We saw this one in an antique store and Ginger was so sweet and got it for me as an early Christmas present!

And as we neared the end of the month, just before Christmas, our family received the biggest blessing: Larry came home! My sweet sister, Ginger, met her prince charming more than 25 years ago, but due to difficult circumstances, they were unable to be together until now. Finally, he is home and they are able to truly start their happily ever after!

And we had the best family Christmas in *years*.

So much happiness, much-needed by all of us. 2013 was a very hard year in many ways. Looking to 2014 now. Onward we go!

Autumn Night

One night when we were out and about, and riding through parking lots, I noticed that the night sky was jet black and cloudless. The foliage on the trees looked amazing against it (just as foliage looks amazing against brilliant, blue skies). Β The trees were also lit by the parking lot street lamps, which really gave them some drama and impact. Of course, I had to take some pictures. Β (I carry my camera EVERYWHERE. Even to the grocery store. You just never know.)

Fall-tography Adventures

We have had a very fun and photography-filled fall! More pictures from our recent adventures:

On Halloween, we happened upon our first real-life Wienermobile sighting. It was everything we dreamed it could be, and more, because it had “Happy Hallowiener” written on the side.

We had so much fun doing a photo session for these lovely sisters. Love them!

One cold night, as we were riding through the Kroger/Amstar Theater parking lot, we saw this little guy.

He was sitting on a median and seemed scared and lost. I rolled down the window and meowed at him. He meowed back, and we pulled into a nearby parking spot to see about him. (Before you think I’m cray-cray for meowing at him, you should know that cats typically only meow at people. Since there are feral colonies living at that shopping center, I wanted to see if he was feral or tame–a feral kitty wouldn’t be that close to people, first of all, and secondly, he definitely wouldn’t meow at me.)

We gave him some kibble, and he ate voraciously. Poor baby was starving. And he was very tame and loving, although a little defensive because God knows how long he’d been out there, scavenging for food and seeking help. It made me mad to see the people who rode by and didn’t pay any attention to him. People are so self-centered, for the most part. We didn’t have a carrier with us, so we left him to go home, five minutes away, to get one. We decided that if he was there when we got back, that it was a sign for us to take him and help him.

We got back with the carrier and he was there. So, he came home with us. We posted him up for adoption on Facebook, and asked around, but have since had no interest from anyone to take him. So I guess he will become part of the fold here. We got him neutered and vaccinated last week, and he had a sore on his head that has healed up nicely.

Ugh. We are total suckers.

We also recently photographed this beautiful family. Love.

We frolicked all around a nearby cotton field (ok, you don’t really “frolic” in a cotton field) and I got a few pics there, too.

Finally, at Target recently, Brian tried to rock a Walter White/Heisenberg vibe with a hat he found in the Dollar Spot.

Somehow, he doesn’t have the same scowl as Walt. But that’s a good thing. πŸ˜€

2013 Country Living Fair

Wow, what a busy Autumn it has been! I have been a bad blogger and have not kept up with everything going on as it happened! This will be the first of at least a couple catch-up posts!

The last weekend in October, Brian, Ginger and I braved some of the first really cold temps of the season and ventured about an hour and a half north, to Stone Mountain, for our very first trip to the Country Living Fair! This fair is put on each year by Country Living Magazine, and it is advertised as the magazine’s pages “come to life”! And it certainly was. There was so much to look at! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our day. And I took hundreds!

We got there a little early, and the line to get in was already very long. But the Country Living Fair crew was super-efficient in getting everybody’s hands stamped and getting us in! It hardly took any time at all, and we were walking through the gate and into the fair!

This little beauty came home with me.

After we left the fair, we went exploring around Stone Mountain Park, and there were some gorgeous sights to behold!

A lovely area with a covered bridge and lots of beautiful fall foliage.

SUCH a fun day!! We can’t wait till next year’s fair!

Happy IKEA Day

This past Monday was Ginger’s 46th birthday! We decided rather spontaneously, over the weekend, to spend the day at one of our most favorite places–IKEA! I have loved IKEA since I was a teenager and requested and drooled over their catalog right on up to 2005, when IKEA finally came to Atlanta. Since then, Brian, Ginger and I have made many, many trips. We would live there if we could, right in one of the showroom display bedrooms or apartments.

We did things a little differently this time–usually, we get there right when they open at 10 and shop for a bit, then eat lunch in the IKEA cafeteria, THEN shop some more! This time, we got there at about noon, ate lunch right away, then spent the next 4-5 hours shopping.

It was a special birthday lunch!!


I snuck in a birthday candle and lighter so Ginger could make a wish!

I made Ginger a paper ribbon big enough for a pony that said “I spent my birthday at IKEA.” It got her lots of attention and many “happy birthday” wishes! She even got a hug from a complete stranger! It was fun.

We went into one of IKEA’s display apartments, and Ginger looked for birthday ice cream in the kitchen’s freezer.

Sadly, there wasn’t any birthday ice cream.

One day, we’re going to get Brian his very own Poang chair. He sits in one every time we go to IKEA.

‘Bout to get our shop on in the downstairs Marketplace.

Did y’all need a pillow (or 70)?!

Pretty pineapple glasses.

I was excited to see these Dala Horse cake pans. I want a wooden Dala Horse figurine! Too bad IKEA doesn’t sell them in the store anymore.

Bought another one of these awesome frying pans.

Took a pic of these chair pads, just because they were colorful and pretty. πŸ™‚

You are here.

Me, too, IKEA art lady. Me, too.

No, IKEA–YOU stop. Crazy self.

What a fun day we had!! A birthday celebration AND IKEA, all in one day? Who could ask for anything more?! Happy Birthday month, Ginger!!


Wow, it’s hard to believe June is winding down. It’s been a rainy, mild (at least by Georgia summer heat standards) month. We have had some adventures! As a result of those adventures, this will be a very image-heavy post! πŸ˜€

Pretty magnolias downtown Macon.

We visited Little Martha Ellis’ grave at Rose Hill Cemetery (again) and I placed some pretty yellow wildflowers in her monument’s arms.

We stopped for a rare treat when we saw the “Hot” sign all lit up at Krispy Kreme.

We posed for photos at the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds tunnel.

We photographed a sweet baby girl’s first birthday party.

We experienced a sunset that moved us to tears.

The corn fields in middle Georgia have been the most lush and gorgeous I’ve seen in years. So much rain this year!

Of course, we appreciated the beauty all in Mama and Daddy’s yard.

We saw the most beautiful early summer sky.

And we drove out to a dark, quiet road to capture this beauty.

What a fun, beautiful month June has been!

Sometimes The Little Things…

…really are the big things in life. The ones that mean the most.

Like shopping for clothes. Most people do this without a second thought. They walk into a store, see something they like, probably try it on and buy it, then take it home and enjoy wearing it. For someone with psoriasis, though, shopping for clothes can be torture. Especially during hot, summer months. For more than a decade, for me as a psoriatic with at least 80% coverage on my body, finding “summer” clothes meant finding as thin a long-sleeve t-shirt as I could find, usually on fall or winter clearance. It meant shopping online, mostly, because I’d be able to find something long-sleeved and in my size, more likely than in a store because all the season’s merchandise was picked-over.

Last August, I began a new treatment for my psoriasis, and to date, it has been the only thing to clear my skin. Other treatments (and I’ve tried everything) would make my skin calmer, and would make me more comfortable (not feeling like I was on fire or crippled), but wouldn’t actually clear me. Within just a few weeks, my skin started clearing and it has continued to improve ever since. This year, this is the first spring and summer that I could liberally wear short sleeves! No more red, flaky lesions on my arms. I hadn’t shopped for any new short-sleeved shirts, though, until now. (It was nearing fall as my skin started to clear last year, and I had a few short-sleeved shirts to get me through and didn’t buy any extras.) Except for buying a short-sleeved blouse in aqua to wear to my niece’s wedding in April, I have not shopped for anything, just for me, just for fun, just for the thrill of BUYING SHORT SLEEVES.

I had a gift card to Kohl’s that I hadn’t used, so I thought I’d look around in there. Brian and I went the other day, and it was kind of surreal. For one thing, I normally wouldn’t shop in a physical store, I would shop online as I said above, and that made it less painful and difficult, I guess, to not be bombarded with so many choices that I couldn’t make. So many shirts that I wouldn’t be able to wear because too much skin would show. Normally, I would just dismiss 90% of what was on the racks, and zero-in on that back corner, you know, the one little rack that might still have some winter clothes, things with long sleeves (and be thrilled and count myself LUCKY if I found something long-sleeved and thin, something that wasn’t a sweater and would be way too hot). I normally would ignore all the current seasonal clothes. But not this time. This time, my eyes just danced all around the clothes, the bright, spring and summer colors, the light, sheer fabrics and the short sleeves that surrounded me. I picked up several options right away to try on. I covered the whole area, looking at nearly every single rack of thin, sheer, short-sleeved awesomeness. On my way around, I did come upon that winter rack, the rack full of clearance sweaters and long-sleeves. I had a bit of a moment, I must be honest. To be able to quickly glance at it and then just walk away, to not have to stop and SCOUR that thing for any possible clothing option–it was so freeing and fabulous.

I ended up getting a couple really pretty blouses for summer. Light, sheer and pretty.

I normally hate summer, and my disdain for it has only grown during this last decade, and understandably so. Wearing long sleeves can certainly make for a more miserable time during Georgia summer. But this summer, I still may not like the extreme heat, but I will be lighter, I will be freer, and I will be joyful and grateful that my arms don’t have sleeves on them. Feeling like I can LIVE through a season and not just ENDURE it. It really is a BIG, big thing.

In other news, we stopped by Goodwill, where I found some priceless art that I They cost all of $6 for the pair and are now hanging in the bedroom. πŸ˜€

Little things, BIG smiles.