January 25, 2018

so i know i’m not alone in talking about winter.  it has been a bitter one for everyone it seems. but i’m loving it!  although today will be the typical GA winter, with 35 in the AM & then 53 in the PM….

last week it was steady and super cold.

and we missed The Mr. who was facing his own frigidness in Montreal of all places.  he landed in true -5d weather.  by midweek we were colder than he was with windchills reaching 0.

the snow was so pretty!  but that was mainly it.  once jovie did get to go out and play, she said she couldn’t pack it. so it was basically good for snow angels which basically was good for about 20 minutes.  before i let her go out and play (when it was 13d as opposed to 7d), we tried to take a walk to the stop sign which is point 2 miles away.  we didn’t make it all the way before she wanted to turn around b/c her face was hurting.

we were out of school for THREE days.  AGAIN.  couple that with being out for what turned out to be a cloudy day the week before, we have missed 7 days & i guess it was great while it lasted, but it will totally suck to make some of them up.  but we enjoyed lotsa hot cocoa, movie time, game time, snuggles in our big bed.

this week marks our first full week of school in 2018.  (we went for one day last week!).  back to the swing of things!!



the most wonderful time of the year

January 3, 2018

well, jovie went back to school today, after having had 3 mondays off!

it was a super break, we all agree.  i know i have said in years past how lazy we had been, and this year it seemed to get even more lazy, cozy, snuggly.  it’s a normal cold time of year (thankfully not like last year!  we played cornhole, and come to find out- it was record breaking for being warm).  BITTER cold (for us, anyway).  so i’m not joking when i say i have left the neighborhood all of 5 times in the last 3 weeks.

The Mr. has enjoyed a leisurely vacation as well.

my christmas presents have been a hit with the whole family.  The Mr. outdid himself this year.  because he wanted one, he got me a little computer that has all the retro video games on it, so we have enjoyed that a lot on these cold days.  add to that, he got me the dice game QWIXX and we all are loving that easy quick game!  plus, Santa gave jovie Pass the Pigs.  games galore!!

we had a really nice visit from gramma & grampa.  we hung out, baked, cooked, ate, watched football, pretended, read, played on devices & had christmas.

jovie was happy with her gifts.  a woodzee camper from santa, a pillow from her cousins in arizona & a $100 bill from santa to buy an american girl doll were some of the hits.  not to mention a full-sized bookshelf from us & plenty of books from everyone to go along with it.

it’s definitely hard to get back in the swing of things, but we’re managing!

hope you have a fabulous 2018!!

lookin’ back

December 13, 2017

ah yes- it’s been awhile since i have posted any retrospectives….  over thanksgiving, we got a good shot of one.  then it snowed (**!**) and i was able to do my standard snow shot.  plus christmas decorating….

do enjoy:

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Thanksgiving 2017




Nov 9th 2008

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Dec 26 2010


Dec 9th 2017

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all i want for christmas is for time to stop!

a great november

November 29, 2017

as it is still november, i am pleased to be posting things in the present tense!

i was going to just make this a thanksgiving post, then i saw a few other pictures that deserved some (mild) attention.

i do hope my few readers had a nice holiday.  (half of you spent it with us!)

we had a very nice thanksgiving with gramma & grampa.  and this year was noteworthy in that it was the first time in 21 thanksgivings shared with The Mr. that we did not travel.  and not only did we not travel, i believe the first time i left the house since the monday before thanksgiving was to have lunch at the indian restaurant on friday! (because some traditions do not need breaking!)  then we didn’t leave again until a small local hike on sunday.

The Mr. had been in Australia prior to the week’s vacation, so the g’s were gracious enough to come here to celebrate so he didn’t turn around a couple days later and sit in traffic.  unfortunately, that meant they faced traffic, but they got here in plenty of time to enjoy chicken paprikas!

jovie handled the australia trip pretty well, and having had a busy week ourselves while he was gone, we spent the day sunday waiting for him to come home cleaning jovie’s room for several hours.  HOURS.  i worked the whole long day and felt no remorse when dinner consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich and tots!  (The Mr. had had some fancy food in first class, so don’t feel terrible for him, either)


recycling and trash from the hours of cleaning

i had hinted and begged at The Mr. for us to have a firepit during the week.  We were too cozy, lazy & full to even do that.  We did manage a few games of cornhole in the week, though.  and we lit an inside fire instead.

i was overly pleased at the absolute perfect autumn weather we got.  & we were delighted to cook 2 lavish meals in our updated kitchen.  time was spent catching up, playing with jovie, snuggling with cats, cooking, cleaning, eating, & watching some absolutely terrific football games.  (tho’ sadly the lions lost, those friday games were nailbiters!  and of course- saturday games were equally awesome!  —i hope clemson plays equally clean and smart this coming saturday as well!)


what the what?  i missed “bring your duck to clemson day, apparently”

a fun november makes me look forward to an equally great december!…




look! peacock!

November 7, 2017

alas, how things change:

“look! peacock”    [june 2010]

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halloween was such a blast this year.  we went with some friends around just one street of our n’hood in a hayride.  jovie had a lot of fun running from house to house with other kids.  i had a lot of fun sitting on some snug blankets chatting to the other adults around.  The Mr. had a good time opening the door for basically nobody.  (so sad how nobody comes down to our house.  we would really like to enjoy the fun of halloween, but there’s just not a lot going on!)

jovie got a good stash, and the weather was great.  she’s already talking about next year!

it’s still october!

October 31, 2017

whew! i did not skip this month.  nevermind that it’s my last chance! at least it’s still daytime outside.

we’ve had a good month or 2 since i last wrote.

  • The Mr. has been home a couple of those weeks, which is always nice.
  • jovie has been keeping us busy.
  • i had a good birthday, in which Georgia cooperated and gave me actual fall weather!  we skipped dance that day and enjoyed last year’s gift cornhole.
  • the orchard was good, even though we couldn’t pick because they’ve been picked over.  (it was still crowded).  it wasn’t 90d like last year!  and of course, it was great to see gramma & grampa again!
  • we got to enjoy Charlotte’s Web at the Center for Puppetry Arts.  neither The Mr. or i love the storyline, however, it has good memories for me.  nonetheless, those guys did not disappoint!  we are looking forward to a few more to go to in the coming months.  Rudolph is not to be missed!
  • jovie is continuing to thrive in school:  she is still loving chorus, she had an extended day field trip to Dahlonega with Enrichment Class (she didn’t get home until about 7pm!!),  and she got invited to participate in Jr. Beta Club!

so i will be done with this one now, because hopefully i will post halloween pictures SOON.  enjoy the *rest* of october!


eventful things

September 13, 2017

so 4th grade (!!) has turned out to be pretty eventful, so far.  we are currently home from school for the 3rd day due to hurricane Irma.  i feel overwhelmed how lucky we were, and i truly cannot imagine having been in the thick of it.  jovie’s aunt LJ (and fam) were down in one of the hardest hit areas of FL. [they’re ok!] and to think how throttled the caribbean islands got.  it’s awfully devastating and i keep reminding jovie how grateful she can feel.

we lost power for only 5 hours. some of our local schools are still without, thus the 3rd day at home. The Mr. left early monday morning, before Irma spent the day soaking us with rain & blowing some wind.  jovie and i made the most of the day with videos & game playing.  we played games with a lantern for part of the evening.  i cannot even fathom what millions of others were facing.  my thoughts go out to everyone affected by both of these massive & scary storms just in the past month!!  plus earthquakes, tsunamis, fires & floods elsewhere.   tragic!!

another eventful thing was the solar eclipse!  i originally had planned on jetting to greenville to see 100% totality.  but since we were in the 96% zone, lots of things added up where it just didn’t make sense afterall.  they extended the school day, because it all occurred when dismissal would have happened.  however, i brought jovie home early and the 2 of us sat in the backyard and ooh-ed & aahh-ed by ourselves.  The Mr. got to watch the very start with us before he had to go to jury duty.  luckily he got to witness the “full” thing when they took a break and went into the parking lot.  it is quite surprising how dark 4% must be.  it *did* look like dusk. but we were surprised it wasn’t a tad darker.  still pretty flippin awesome, though.

(thanks to the lady on the tv who suggested a colander for a pinhole viewer since the one jovie made at school i couldn’t get to work at all!)  of course. all this waiting for an eclipse- ya gotta read!!

meanwhile, jovie auditioned for – and made!- chorus & we have NEVER seen her so giddy/excited/proud.  they only had slots for 60 kids and there is a waiting list.  we’ve only been a few weeks (canceled this week b/c of Irma) and she’s really enjoying it!

she is totally enjoying and getting more confident in horseback riding!  she wants to sign up for the next session.

she is no longer a ballerina.  she was super observant & mature about that decision and realized that Modern may be more suited for her.

so, we have been keeping busy.  she has realized that 4th grade (!!) is so…. BIG.  she has 2 teachers now.  new responsibilities.  giant class of kids.  and so far things are going well.

so, on to autumn & all the fun that brings.  (the one good thing about Irma was the cold weather she brought the past several days!!)


robes. hoodies. slippers. a blanky. windows open. bring it on!!!