Category Archives: Summer

Hello, September.

September is here and though the days are still hot and humid, we are excited for the transition into fall, which is Brian’s and my favorite season. We love to go out and explore and take lots of pictures once the weather is cool.

We had a pretty good week. Here’s the recap.

Sweet Lord Jesus, I laughed until I cried at this picture I found on Tumblr:

Some of the babies posed for pics for me:

Brian had a training class most of the week, so we were both ready to get out of the house for a bit and have an adventure. Yesterday, we decided on a whim to go exploring some local thrift stores. We found some great treasures!!

We got all this stuff for $28. $28!!!!

I was stoked to see the “Currier & Ives” on this $2 print!

Some cloth doilies for 25 cents each:

I bought 7 frames for less than $10! I intend to sand and paint/refinish them and frame some of my artwork to sell. I loved this one because it’s a large square, and those are rare.

When I turned it over, however, I was sad to see this on the back and to know that this picture was now for sale in a thrift shop. I hope that wherever they are, Paulette and Brenda are ok and are still forever friends. I am going to remove the artwork and the backing so I can reuse the frame, but I will save them in honor of this friendship. Something like this is very meaningful to me. Even if they aren’t friends anymore, this gift that Paulette gave to Brenda is a special marker in time. Even though Brenda had her reasons for donating this framed artwork to a thrift store, it’s a relic of sorts, a frozen moment when a friendship was special. This writing has a special, positive energy of love and it is now mine for safekeeping.

The frames I found, and some 25 cent twine.

And this super-large spool of thick white twine was only $3! I see many buntings being made with this!

In another store we went to, which was like an indoor flea market, we found an old jukebox with my name on it! Cool!

After shopping, we walked around downtown Forsyth a little and saw this old fire truck.

And steam engine.

We had such a fun day and can’t wait to go back! Planning another trip for the end of the month!

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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!!

Mmmmmm…meatballs!

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. 🙂

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!!

June

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! 😀

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 had.to.have. They cost all of $6 for the pair and are now hanging in the bedroom. 😀

Little things, BIG smiles.