spring broke

April 7, 2018

jovie’s gearing up for getting back to school after having a week off.  most people would call this school holiday “Spring Break” but in our case, Spring was indeed broken.

i feel bad for all the many other areas that are getting their 3rd or 4th snow in a month!

nevertheless, when we booked a trip to missouri & kansas, we didn’t expect the chilliness that we got.

prior to that, it was Easter.  so we’ve had a very whirlwind period of time!  all of it was awesome.

first, gramma & grampa came on the friday before easter.  & because we booked our trip with us leaving easter afternoon, we knew we would have easter dinner early.  but that week i decided (& The Mr. happily agreed) to have our “easter” dinner on that friday night so that we could have appetizers for the Final 4 game.  The Mr. is always happy when i make the best wings out there!!  [guess who had 3 of the final 4 teams in his bracket??  that would be Mr. I Don’t Care To Do Brackets But Sure Okay]

so we had a great visit, marred only by my frustration at constantly watching the weather.  luckily, WE had gorgeous weather.  the forecast for some of the time was that we were going to get 1-3 inches of snow when we landed in Kansas City!

so that didn’t entirely happen; they had gotten snow earlier that day & it was just on the roads (and sanded) by the time we got on the roads.  which was weird enough to those of us who have only ever lived in the south.  we were gone for 6 days.  Thursday was the only day it got above the 40s.  So…..  broken indeed!

luckily, tomorrow should be a pleasant mid-60s & sunny for us to enjoy the final day of spring break.  i will share details of that in another post;  didn’t want this one to go overboard!

here!  look at some easter pics to tide you over!


the final egg…

and……  from this:


to this:




February 24, 2018

we are currently enjoying the last saturday of our “winter” break.  sadly, february didn’t get the memo that it’s not yet spring.  i was looking forward to just a few more cool days.

The Mr. recently spent another fortnight down under.  jovie (& i) handled it well and we seemed to keep busy.  luckily, it was still fairly cold/cool during that time.  one weekend we just enjoyed some lazy free time.  the day The Mr. came home, though, we spent it in columbia.

i didn’t like the timing, but it worked out perfectly.  let’s face it, there’s not much quality time to spend with him on the day(s) he comes home from a 20+ hour day spanning a zillion timezones & feeling all outta whack.  my niece carolyn is getting married & we had a brunch shower for her in columbia.  so i used the opportunity to see if becky could bring ansley up and the girls could play while i was brunching with my family.  it was awesome how it worked out!  we hadn’t seen them in over a year and a half when they evacu-vacated from hurricane matthew.  it was so great to see them.  the girls got along well & jovie was thrilled with staying in a hotel.  “i’ve been wanting to do this ALL. YEAR!”   we hated to leave, but were excited to do so because The Mr. was waiting for us!


no, this was not planned.

then she finished up a week of school and we just got back from Savannah.  being down under for so long, we couldn’t utilize the feb break and go out west like i had wanted to re-do nevada.  but The Mr. didn’t really wanna laze around here all week, and re-do xmas break (tho that was great).

we all agree it was a fantastic trip.  we rented a house and found out a few days before going that it flooded.  so the rental company gave us more options and wow.  we absolutely LOVED the new option!  it helped us have a very low-key but spectacular vacation from sun-thurs.  we basically planned for one thing each day and had this gorgeous and convenient house to come back to and regroup/relax.  we didn’t wanna leave.  it’s quite unfortunate that we are not very likely to re-do savannah (there’s so many other states to see!!!) but if we ever do, i know where to stay!!

Sun- we had to kill time til’ check-in at 4pm.  We did that easily by rolling into town in time for lunch & hiking the lovely Skidaway Island State Park.  then we ordered in dinner & ben took jovie to the nearby Forsyth Park to play while i waited for it.  we spent a lot of time in that park.  it was lovely.

Mon- we spent presidents’ day at Tybee Island.  i kept expecting (& then insisting) we were not going to be swimming.  tho it was quite a warm day/week (in the 78-80 range!!).  the water was cold and quite frankly, i didn’t wanna deal with bathing suits & wet sand.  we spent a good 5 hours on Tybee- most of it relaxing and taking walks along the beach.  we ended at the lighthouse & got to see the historical property.

Tue- we spent the morning at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.  this was a gorgeous walk in the woods to trek & see many different animals.  the foxes weren’t available, and the deer weren’t coming around.  tho the fact that we see many deer up close & personal in our own yards, that was not a big problem.  we enjoyed wolves & the cougar.  owls, eagles & alligators.  the afternoon we spent just hanging around downtown savannah after cooling off & hanging out at the house.


hey, jov- she’s thirsty!

Wed- everyone opted to not do a trolley tour afterall.  we just wanted to explore savannah ourselves.  we did, however, take the riverboat tour.  it was fairly interesting to hear about the 4th busiest port in america, but mostly it was a pleasant cruise down the harbor.  The Mr. even won a prize for knowing that “Terminus” is the original name for Atlanta.  so next time you’re on jeopardy, you can use that nugget of info!

Thurs- we packed up & left.  many miles were walked.  treats enjoyed.  the park was explored in & played in daily.  savannah is a quaint city.  food was good.  we all had such a great time.  we’ve enjoyed the “bonus” days off at home.  methinks jovie will not be excited to wake up & head to school on monday!



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!